Last night, Sal Pal called in to Mike Missanelli’s show as part of his weekly (twice-weekly?) segment where he tells us townsfolk great legends from gridiron lore or, you know, some football news. Mike, commendably, brought up Bill Belichick blowing Sal off for an interview just as Belichick was leaving the podium. Sal says it wasn’t like that [around 3:24:00 mark]:
“It’s not for the faint of heart, as I’ve explained many times. I am definitely the tip of the spear for ESPN. You know, the broadcast partner gets the first crack obviously, on the podium. And there are all kinds of rules and regulations in place to make sure I don’t interrupt that. I have to respect that, or else I could just climb up on that podium I wouldn’t care. But I don’t obviously. And so I’m trying to be the first guy to get the first interviews. And I wound up getting an interview with Malcolm Butler, I don’t know if you saw that on SportsCenter. I obviously interviewed Robert Kraft. But before all that happened, Belichick is carrying the Super Bowl trophy off of the podium, and he’s going to the locker room. And nobody sees him but me. And I bullrush everybody. I have a producer with me, I have a camera with me, I have a sound guy with me, and I have a runner with me. So it’s me and four other people.”
Let’s stop it right there.
Nobody sees him but me. Really? Really, Sal? No one else among the 2,000 people on the field saw the Super Bowl-winning coach walking off the podium carrying the Lombardi Trophy? OK.
Sal Pal also insinuated that he could’ve climbed up on the podium and grabbed Belichick before the host network (in this case, NBC and Dan Patrick), but he didn’t because he’s a stand-up guy. What a doucher. I could run on the field at a Phillies game and grab Chase Utley’s balls, but that doesn’t mean doing so is a viable option. I’d be thrown in jail, and Sal would get fired for doing what he just described. Continue.
“I go right at him, and he was ready, Mike. He saw me, he smiled, I said congratulations, he said thank you. He was ready to do it. It would have been golden. The only one to get him, with him hugging the Super Bowl trophy like it was a three-month-old baby in his arms. And I almost had him.”
Oh? My moving picture file says otherwise:
Go on, though. I’m engrossed.
“Belichick stopped, he smiled, he said hello, he said thank you, he was ready to go, and then this guy just stepped right in and looked at me like he was ready to cut my throat and said ‘Don’t do it, I’ll get fired by the NFL. You’re done. Get going.’ And that was it, I got bum rushed… but yeah, I got shot down.”
Stopped… smiled… said thank you. Right. Sure he did. Wonder how much Sal Pal embellishes things that aren’t broadcast to 100 million people.