This is probably one instance where the "Media Meltdown" tag has never been more apt: ESPN's Skip Bayless gets destroyed on-air by Philadelphia sports radio host Mike Missanelli. Enjoy the carnage.
While bloviating about the Dallas/Denver/La La situation on "First Take" yesterday morning, Bayless chastised certain Mavericks fans for their "Philly-style rude, crude, dangerous" behavior. Missanelli, a homer who's easily irked when a national media person decides to lazily bash Philly, invites Bayless to call in to his afternoon radio show (on 950 AM, an ESPN affiliate station, no less) to discuss his comments. The "discussion" goes from zero-to-no-my-cock-is-bigger! in quite a hurry. SRI has the transcript:
MM: It's real easy for journalists who live outside Philadelphia to throw these barbs when you really don't have any information at all:
SB: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a second. Did you say I have no information at all?
MM: Yeah, I'm asking you for the information. I'm asking you to produce it. In the last ten years, what have you heard about this rude, crude dangerous behavior in the stands?
SB: "Well, ok I'm going to have to go back to my 18 years of going to the Vet."
MM: (Missanelli interrupts) Oh, so let's go back to the Vet. So we're never going to live that down in Philadelphia because of nitwits like you who rip us and make it a modern day thing:
SB: "Ok, if you're going to insult me I'm going to hang up."
MM: Do you want to hang up or do you wan t to spar? I'm not like these lightweights you spar with on First Take. Let's get into a little sparring here if you've got information.
And then it gets worse. Bayless does the whole "Who are you?"-routine with predictable, pompous Bayless-ness and Missanelli counters with the equally wince-worthy "GOOGLE ME!" retort. Listen to the whole thing. You won't hear a better battle between two misguided egomaniacs the rest of the year.
But Missanelli is wrong to accuse Bayless of battling lightweights on "First Take." Remember, Mike — Bayless took on Lil' Wayne. You couldn't suck out his flu.