On Monday, a story about Steve Coates, written by our old friend and ex-AFL China sideline reporter Randy Miller, appeared on NJ.com. This was the (gross-ish) lede [preserved and sent to us by a tipster]:
Steve Coates was standing outside the media room at Skate Zone after Flyers training camp had begun Sunday morning when a passerby realized someone had let one slip.
“Was that YOU?” Chris Therien asked Coates after getting a whiff.
“Yeah,” Coates admitted.
Overhearing everything from inside the press room, Tim Saunders called out, “That’s my partner!”
Coates is funny, zany and has a thousand hockey stories from his playing days that will crack up anyone. And, as we just saw, the lovable long-time member of the Flyers’ broadcast team is honest, too!
Not quite the journalistic money-grab that was Miller’s Harry Kalas book.
As you might imagine, Coatsey, chapped after being quasi demoted from TV to radio, wasn’t too thrilled about being portrayed as a fool by Miller, according to our tipster. Can’t blame him. And at some point between Monday and this morning, Miller or his editors did some, well, editing. Here’s how the article now appears on NJ.com:
Steve Coates is funny, zany and has a thousand hockey stories from his playing days that will crack up anyone.
Some have been told on the air during his many years as a Flyers broadcaster, while others are reserved for a bar stool.
Man, Miller would have a field day in the Phillies’ clubhouse.