NEW YORK -- Boomer Esiason likes to talk. This is a good thing for the retired NFL quarterback turned CBS football analyst, sports radio co-host, Westwood One broadcaster and cystic fibrosis crusader. The former Jets, Bengals and Cardinals quarterback talks about sports for a living. But sometimes his talking gets him in trouble. Esiason shared some of his most memorable media missteps as well as other entertaining anecdotes during a candid Q&A session at the Chase United VIP Lounge the day before Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.
In his role as a studio analyst for The NFL Today on CBS, Esiason opines on the game he loves every Sunday alongside host James Brown, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and outspoken former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe. Esiason has become known for his straight-shooter approach which has received some attention from the league, particularly when it comes to criticizing the league’s officiating.
“It was a game between Indianapolis and the Bengals and the Bengals ran the play in from the two yard line and Benjarvus Green-Ellis got tripped off by the Colts and he fell short of the goal line,” Esiason recalled about the game on December 8 officiated by notoriously incompetent referee Jeff Triplett. “They wanted a replay so the official had to go underneath the replay hood and look at the play. I figure he’s going to come out and say the play stands as it was called on the field, down on the one yard line it’s not a touchdown. But he comes out and blows everybody’s mind and says, ‘Touchdown, Bengals.’ If you’re the Colts you’d be pissed off. The Colts went on to get blown out that day.
“They came back to us at halftime and I was livid,” Esiason continued. “I was screaming about this official. ‘They should fire him! There’s no way he should be a part of this game.’ I’m getting a call from the NFL, ‘Cough, please, can you calm down a little bit?’”no comments