Boomer Esiason and morning show co-host Craig Carton were discussing synthetic marijuana and Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, who was reportedly found in possession of it, when the conversation took a turn. After taking some calls on the subject, Carton said to his radio partner: “Listen, don’t even pretend like you’re Mr. Innocent.”
Boomer then opened up about a moment from way back in 2000, his rookie year on the Monday Night Football radio broadcast.
“Now here’s the deal. What you’re saying, for some listeners or some viewers now that are listening to us for the first time, what you’re saying is accurate. I did get high. I did. I didn’t realize I was getting high when I got high, but I got high — and I have to tell you that it was one of the best broadcasts I’ve ever had.
“… The radio booth is like a lean-to in the middle of the stands. And it’s a (December) game. It’s the Chiefs at the Patriots, both teams have major losing records, it’s raining outside, it’s cold, there might be about 40,000 people in the stadium, it is awful. And there’s this grim reaper outside of our booth, and he’s got a hoodie on and he’s got a big ol’ puffy jacket on, and he’s smoking weed. And he’s blowing it into the lean-to.
“I mean, we’re 3 minutes into the game and Matt Millen’s already looking for something to eat. And Howard David is trying to keep us focused on the game, and Matt Millen and I are talking about everything but the game.
He did state that he was high from these two hooded guys that sat next to the booth, but it is still an interesting conversation.
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“We have the second-hand smoke going on. Now, we obviously know what’s happening, but we don’t necessarily know that we’re reacting to what’s happening. … I was laughing my a– off for the entire first half!”