Marc Zumoff calls Phillies game on 94.1 WIP, Defector’s Drew Magary thinks Eagles suck

Phillies fans heading to Sunday’s game on 94.1 WIP heard a familiar voice calling the action, but it wasn’t Scott Franzke.

Marc Zumoff, the 76ers’ longtime TV voice, jumped into the booth at the top of the third inning on Sunday to call the action alongside Larry Anderson. It was the first time Zumoff had called a live game since leaving NBC Sports Philadelphia last year, and the first time in his long career he had the chance to call a baseball game.

Zumoff said he expected to spend time in the booth with Franzke and Larry Andersen, much like WIP host Angelo Cataldi and 6abc presenter Jim Gardner did during their appearances. But when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon, he was surprised to learn he would be taking care of play-by-play duties during his half-inning in the stand.

“I had this giant lump in my throat,” Zumoff joked during an interview on WIP Monday morning. “But it was great. Scott is a friend and colleague, and Larry Andersen is like those old jeans you have in the closet. He’s just awesome. So I settled in and had a great time.

It was an easy half inning for Zumoff, with Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard striking out two batters and knocking out the Pirates in order.

“So the Pirates lost one-two-three here in the third. We’ll go to the last of the third, it’s 1-0 Bucs,” Zumoff said to end his stint in the booth on Sunday, retiring the oft-forgotten Pirates nickname (a buccaneer game).

Since retiring from broadcasting, Zumoff has kept himself busy. He is currently Associate Director of the Claire Smith Center for Sports Media in Temple, where he also teaches a play-by-play course. Last July, he led a student media delegation to Israel to broadcast the Maccabiah Games, known as the Jewish Olympics.

So does Zumoff regret leaving the Sixers job he held for 27 years?

“I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I was live for the first time in a few years,” Zumoff said. “That feeling came flooding back to me. But I’m in a good place. I wanted to leave before my skills eroded, hopefully I did – that’s for others to judge.

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Drew Magary thinks the Eagles will suck this season, but that’s nothing new

The Defector writer – who left Deadspin in 2019 with most of the staff after the site’s new owners imposed a sports-only mandate – has been tearing the Eagles and their fans apart since 2011. In at least one of those seasons, the Birds have won the Super Bowl. In four others, they made the playoffs. So you can’t exactly bring Magary’s lay opinions to the bank.

But unlike bird haters like Colin Cowherd, Magary’s amusing rants aren’t meant to be taken seriously. The hate isn’t directed solely at Philadelphia, either, although he’s fed up with being told that locals don’t eat cheesesteaks at Geno’s or Pat’s (“Nobody cares. It’s a sandwich.”) Each season, Magary writes 32 versions of “why your team sucks” and truly enjoys tearing up every team, including his beloved Minnesota Vikings (“Even Vikings management doesn’t like Kirk Cousins. Who would?”)

“In the prehistoric days of the internet in 1998, I was on a Sporting News bulletin board and trolled opposing fans of my favorite team, the Vikings, posting a lengthy rant ‘Why the Vikings are better than you’ before every game,” Magary told the Inquirer in 2019. “The Vikings were 15-1 that season, so I had a leg to stand on…until that leg turned out to be that of Gary Anderson.

So what isn’t Magary leading the Eagles this season? For starters, he’s not a huge fan of head coach Nick Sirianni, whom he dubbed the “Rest Attacker” for his sometimes awkward pep talks. He also poked fun at the bad luck the Eagles have had with their wide receivers, a streak they hope to break this season by pairing first-round pick DeVonta Smith with former Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown. .

Brown arrives at the NFL’s largest cemetery. And you might tell yourself that since the Eagles didn’t draft Brown themselves, he has a chance to avoid the ignominious fates of Jalen Raegor, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Reggie Brown. , and Todd Pinkston, and Freddie Mitchell, and DeVonta Smith in two years. No team has a richer history of drafting wide players who can’t catch a football, but the Eagles are by no means victims of bad luck here. No no no, they TEACH these broads how to suck.

Despite being “immune to shame,” Magary also described the many reasons he hates Philadelphia sports fans, complaining about everything from their love for Lenny Dykstra to the anger they still harbor over Joel Embiid who was not named NBA MVP last season.

“I’m sick of them worshiping Allen Iverson like Allen Iverson has already won a goddamn thing besides his divorce case,” Magary wrote. “I’m sick of their stubble. I’m tired of the Wawa talk, especially when you can find a Wawa in f–florida if you feel like it…I’m sick of them celebrating kelly green like it can prevent COVID-19.

Of course, Magary also had fun at the expense of the Eagles’ NFC East opponents. He dubbed former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz “Outlet mall Brett Favre” and wrote that DCs have started their own cruise “because international waters are the only place they and their fans can’t be. prosecuted for anything”. When it comes to the New York Giants, Magary thinks the team’s best quarterback “is probably the offensive coordinator” and celebrated the fact that they only have one prime-time game this season.

“[T]his list is still a disaster. Imagine losing Evan Engram and being worse off. These are the Giants,” Magary wrote.

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  • Conshohocken Brewing is releasing a new beer called “Merrill & Mike,” a hazy IPA named after longtime Eagles announcers Merrill Reese and Mike Quick, who are entering their 24th call season together. Proceeds will go to First Tee, a golf charity that empowers children by teaching them golf. A launch party for the new beer is scheduled for September 14 at 6 p.m. at Puddlers Kitchen in Bridgeport.

  • NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Taryn Hatcher has been an unfazed presence since joining the network from Hawaii News Now in 2018, so it’s hardly surprising that Hatcher managed to move on after mistakenly mixing up the terms ‘cutter’ and ‘slider’ in hilarious new terrain. while hosting Phillies Postgame Live Saturday. “My mom is going to kill me for using that kind of language” Hatcher joked on Twitter.

  • For the fourth time since 2011, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL’s Best Player by his peers at the start of the 2022 season. The Eagles don’t have a single player in the top 60 – The Birds’ highest-rated player, Jason Kelce, registers at No. 71. The only other Eagles player to make the NFL’s Top 100 list is cornerback Darius Slay, who landed at No. 77.

Luz W. German