Last night a twitter user posted a video tagging 98.5 the Sports Hub official account of the morning show Toucher and Rich of somebody bothering long time sportscaster Jim Gray while he was inconspicuously watching a golf tournament. The original tweet was retweeted by the Toucher and Rich account. Watch the video below.
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Hilarious right? This all stems from an interview Toucher and Rich did with Gray while in Atlanta a couple days before the Super Bowl. The zany morning hosts began the interview by pestering Gray why he was in the background of an interview with Tom Brady and Oprah Winfrey. Gray, not wanting to be the butt of a joke at his own expense, refused to play along with hijinks causing a very awkward interview. One of the hosts growing frustration with Gray not allowing the joke to land eventually kicked Gray out which caused Gray to lecture the hosts off the air. The interview can be seen here.
Both sides come across looking bad, in my opinion. Gray certainly could’ve lightened up a little bit and used his almost 40 years of experience to keep the interview on track and the radio hosts could have maybe moved on once it was obvious Gray wanted no part of the obvious hijinks. I know Gray isn’t the coolest guy to interview, but throughout his career there’s been plenty of interesting encounters I would like to hear him answer about. From his dickish interview with Pete Rose during the All Century team ceremony in 1999 to his role in Lebron James’ epic disaster ‘The Decision’ in 2010 and most recently his awkward weekly interviews with Tom Brady during the season. Hell, even this incredible back and forth with boxer Adrien Broner after his fight with Manny Pacquiao just last month would be something to ask him about. However, the morning zoo keepers decided a two second clip of Gray in the background of interview he had nothing to do with was all they cared about.
Now I want to make one thing clear, I think Jim Gray sucks. He’s giant dick that constantly makes the story about him more than the people he interviews and he definitely didn’t himself any favors with how he acted in the Toucher and Rich interview but I’m not sure that deserves to be harrassed while minding his own business and watching golf by someone looking to impress their favorite radio show hosts and make a viral video. With Toucher and Rich retweeting the video they are essentially encouraging this action and expect more videos like this going forward. So now Gray will have to be constantly looking over his shoulder for some other clowns looking to get noticed by a radio show host. Zoinks!!