Today on WFAN in New York, radio host Mike Francesa had one of the more embarrassing moments in recent memory after he was asked about Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque. Just watch this first clip that comes to us via Jimmy Traina...
Al Alburquerque is someone that Francesa should certainly be familiar with. In the regular season, he had an impressive K/9 of 13.9 with an ERA of 1.87 as a rookie and also memorably got plunked in the dome during a batting practice in Baltimore where he suffered a concussion. The other reason he should certainly be familiar with him is the fact that he's been an absolute gas can of a pitcher for the Tigers this series against New York. He's the one who gave up the grand slam to Cano in Game 1 and got rocked in Game 4. His ERA is 81.00 this postseason.
But the main reason Francesa should be familiar with Al Alburquerque is the fact that he might possibly have the most hilarious name in all of baseball! Al Alburquerque completely laps Frank Francisco, in my opinion. Anyways, someone on the show must have slapped Francesa and pointed out that his name is indeed Al Alburquerque. At this point, most would probably admit their mistake and have a laugh about it. Francesa instead decided to double down on his stupidity in this clarification again thankfully recorded by Jimmy Traina of SI...
Ahh, yes. If the caller would have said "Alberto Jose" then Francesa would have known exactly who he was talking about. Of course, everyone who follows baseball closely would not have any idea who the hell this Alberto Jose is because he has never been called that once this season - just Al Alburquerque.
Like Bugs Bunny, Alburquerque must have confused Francesa as well.
[H/T Jimmy Traina]
pooleman87 definitely has a picture of tony romo hanging in his bedroom....right next to one of justin bieber
espn really wants tony romo to succeed. romo, like lebron and andy roddick, espn wants these guys to excell because it would be good for them.
I think Gruden and Jaws just pick a player every week and lick his lap all night. A couple years ago the Ravens were playing the Browns when Brady Quinn got the start because Derek Anderson turned back into Derek Anderson. Gruden provided Quinn a world-class on-air tongue bath and acted like Quinn was the best QB since ever. Quinn's stat line for the night:
13/31 99 yards 0 TD 2 INT 23.5 Rating
The Ravens shut out the Browns 16-0, but to hear the MNF crew describe it the Browns had their franchise QB for the next decade. Those guys are terrible. I tune out the MNF "analysis" every week.
First of all, the 3 "fumbles" that Romo was apparently given credit for were all caused by a center (who has started all of ONE game) snapping the ball while Romo was setting up protection. So to act like it was Romo fumbling the ball is absolutely moronic, and just shows that you're attempting to be purposely misleading in the stat line.
I mean, getting the ball snapped while you're not looking is the exact same thing as getting the ball stripped from you because you're not paying attention and attempting to keep the play alive when you should've just thrown the ball away.
Secondly...are you attempting to be purposefully obtuse? Nobody is suggesting that it's the "greatest game of his career" statistically. The point most are trying to make is simply that it was a career defining moment, considering how much Romo overcame. Don't pretend that he had a disappointing game, or that we should be talking about how poorly the dude played. Team as a whole had some serious issues ranging from 3 o-linemen with a combined 5 starts protecting a dude with with broken ribs, a RB with a separated shoulder, a starting WR who wasn't even on the roster a week ago, and another who didn't play last week, and has been hobbled so far to start the season.
If you don't think that win was reasonably impressive, then you're simply hate the Cowboys, or you didn't watch the game.
@pooleman87 "The point most are trying to make is simply that it was a career defining moment, considering how much Romo overcame" You're either brainwashed by ESPN or a total Romo fanboy, Pooleman. Musty Week 3 wins vs. a team led by Rex Grossman are never and will never be career defining. "If you don't think that win was reasonably impressive, then you're simply hate the Cowboys, or you didn't watch the game." Impressive win? No, I actually watched the game. A good win for the COWBOYS considering all the adversity? Sure, fine.
@Packey No, totally. You're right.
Dude straight up sucks. I mean, he didn't throw any TD's. Let's just ignore all of the obvious issues the team was having, and the broken ribs and whatnot. Did the analysts probably go overboard with their Romo-love? Probably, but to pretty much suggest that this isn't going to have any effect on how Romo is seen is pretty lame.
If you think that stat-line was purely because of Tony Romo, then you're a moron. Was it Romo's best game ever? No. Nobody is really saying that. But seriously, you're pretty clearly trying to ignore ANY context when talking about his performance, as evidenced by you crediting Romo with 3 fumbles, in an effort to suggest that Romo sucked it up all night, and that the team lost in spite of him.
"Dude straight up sucks.:" Your words, not mine. I never said Romo sucks. Read carefully.
"Did the analysts probably go overboard with their Romo-love? Probably," Yeah, that's all I was ever trying to suggest.
"...an effort to suggest that Romo sucked it up all night, and that the team lost in spite of him." Someone has to be credited with the fumbles and if you read the next sentence I said "believe Phil Costa or not" to jokingly suggest Costa would/could probably blame Romo. Too deep for you? Ignore it then--it's not the point of the post. Cowboys won btw. Did you watch the game?
I think this was a reaction to all the unnecessary Romo-bashing that's been going on (i.e. Colinsworth). I'm not really a fan of Romo, but watching the game just made me feel bad for him. He did a lot of dumb stuff (Like ignoring Dez and forcing throws to Witten), but for the most part isn't the offense's problem.
@axhfan So the NFL's announcing biases should cancel each other out?
ATH and PTI did point out how questionable Romo's line was the next day, BTW (PTI even blamed the fumbles on Romo).