'Boomer And Gio': Playing The 'I'm Seeing Ghosts' Blame Game

Should ESPN Have Broadcast Darnold's Comment?

Boomer and Gio
October 23, 2019 - 9:59 am

Who deserves the brunt of the blame for Sam Darnold's "I'm seeing ghosts" comment being broadcast? 

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That was a topic WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti discussed Wednesday morning.

Coach Adam Gase and running back Le'Veon Bell on Tuesday criticized NFL Films and ESPN for airing the remark, which was made during Darnold's four-interception performance in a 33-0 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.

"I would be livid, too," Esiason said during Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. " ... I tweeted during the game, like, 'Who was the dummy who allowed Sam Darnold's words to get out on the national airwaves?'

"Also, I saw yesterday where (SNY's) Ralph Vacchiano tweeted a quote that I gave him back in 2004 about Eli Manning seeing ghosts and how all of us quarterbacks at times see ghosts on the field. Well, we do. But we don't talk about it in the midst of a game in which you look like you're frantic, like there's something wrong with you. So that's the embarrassing part of it for Sam and the Jets."

Esiason wondered if somebody might have intentionally wanted to show the Jets in "a very bad light," but Giannotti didn't believe that was the case. 

"I think what it is, is they had an opportunity to create good television in a game that was not being able to do that," Gio said. "That's what I think they were looking at.

"If I'm ESPN, I'm thinking: 'Hey, you guys didn't show up. You gave access to the quarterback to be mic'd up, and this is interesting,'" Giannotti continued. "So this is where we go back to our original point. If you are the Jets and you are approached about Sam Darnold wearing a microphone against the New England Patriots, when he has done nothing this year outside of the Cowboy game and one half against the Bills, you say no!

"You never get anything out of those mic'd up moments. You actually got something there. So I don't think ESPN regrets it at all."

To listen to the open from Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.

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