Tensest on air moment?

As I type this, those who muse so gently are discussing what their most tense interview was in their illustrious history, which leads its way into a perfect discussion topic for us here at the unticket.

I have searched my memory banks quite thoroughly and can come up with a few, including Dan and Dale’s, “What, are you walking out?!?” moment, the time that Jerry Jones said “bullshit” on the air and they let it pass through the dump button, and one time when Junior and Norm argued through two breaks about some sports point that I don’t even remember.

Aside from that being the longest sentence in the history of ever, take a moment to reflect and put what your memory serves up as the most tense on air moment of all time.

Mine, without question, is the first time that Pete Stein was on the air.  This was when Rhynes did the infamous countdown, letting him know that his career was over when he got to zero.  That was really difficult to listen to, as you could hear Rhyner’s ego get the best of him at that moment and he wasn’t afraid to show it.  I still cringe when I think about it.

So, what is it? What is your recollection of the tensest on-air moment?  Or, do you have an off-air story to pass along to the group?  Come on, don’t be afraid to share!


  1. February 11, 2010 10:05 Reply

    Showtime vs. DRA

  2. February 11, 2010 10:06 Reply

    Lee Corso

  3. Tomo
    February 11, 2010 10:28 Reply

    Is there available audio for a lot of these confrontations? I’m sure they replay them, I know they most certainly do with the Lee Corso one and the Dale incident, but I’ve never heard Rhynes vs. Pete Stein. Damn it sucks being an out-of-state P1.

  4. fo shizzle
    February 11, 2010 10:40 Reply

    It has to be Rocco on the Rant committing “ticket suicide”.

  5. Tim in Allen
    February 11, 2010 11:20 Reply

    Rocco trying to explain the Kidney/Liver confusion to both The HL and BaD live at a remote.
    Chris Arnold DUI

  6. Paul in...Uh
    February 11, 2010 12:36 Reply

    Dale vs. Big Mac is up there. I appreicated that Dan called Dale out and Dale’s response was to walk out. I’ve mellowed on Dale over the years but I always felt that he was a bad fit on the Li’l Ticket and the other hosts just tolerated him.

    Lee Corso was also tense. I remember them discussing it after the fact and Bob admitted that he realized that radio gold was taking place, so he just sort of hung back. Genius move on his part.

    Does anyone have audio of Rocco on The Rant? I’ve heard about it so many times but I’ve never actually heard it.

  7. February 11, 2010 12:44 Reply

    We NEED some audio of ANY of these…haven’t heard any of them in years, never heard the Rocco things (in fact, never heard ANY Rocco, ever, I was a huge listener pre-Rocco and picked back up after the BaD era had just started).

    Does anyone have any of this audio?

  8. jchap
    February 11, 2010 15:05 Reply

    I missed this segment 🙁

  9. kent
    February 11, 2010 15:19 Reply

    The time on The Rant when Gordon made a hilariously tense point about JFK Jr’s death and Norm called for his firing. This was before Norm worked at The Ticket. If anyone has audio of this or remembers exactly what Gordon said, let me know.

  10. Drake Speedball
    February 11, 2010 16:01 Reply

    What about the BaD Radio Phil Niekro interview?

    Dan – “Just think, if you had your own sort of private baseball league, you could call it the “Niekro League.”

    Mr. Niekro was not amused.

    Besides that, the Musers (Gordon’s) interview with Cheech Marin was tension gold.

  11. Not that Bob
    February 11, 2010 20:48 Reply

    The Dan/Lee Corso incident is mine. That was the only one I heard live. I caught just as it was brewing. Some great radio.

  12. um paul in um uh
    February 11, 2010 20:50 Reply

    Even though it was short the tense conversation with Norm and Bart Starr. Norm ran right through the red light on that one!

  13. mexicanjunior
    February 12, 2010 00:31 Reply

    I was in studio during Gordon’s conversation with Rocco the weekend before he was fired…most tense moment I can recall…

  14. Earthquake Baby
    February 12, 2010 02:24 Reply

    Gor-don making fun of Gaylord Perry’s name and asking if his dad “hated God” when it turned out he was named after someone that died in WWII…

  15. Guy Who Visted The Conan Set
    February 12, 2010 02:28 Reply

    I heard Corby/Bob Knight live, when Corby asked if he’d taken any shots at anyone lately. I remember it being a solid interview blown up by the Snake in about 3 seconds. So tense.

  16. ejh
    February 12, 2010 03:16 Reply

    I remember hearing a segment with the musers talking with the girl who was doing traffic before Barb. She started going off on this strange tale about people following her around – and watching her while she was driving to work. Really crazy stuff. They went to break – and I don’t think she was ever on the air again – and I’ve never heard anyone talk about her since.
    Was I dreaming? – I think this happened.

  17. Bob hearts Toni
    February 12, 2010 08:51 Reply

    Does no one remember Rhynes vs. the baseball anti-christ Scott Boras? He didn’t really appreciate the wolf addressing him as that.

  18. Ryan
    February 12, 2010 10:51 Reply


    I believe Gordo or Davey Lane said they wondered (as a result of the crash) if JFK Jr was shrunk down to the size he was when he saluted his dead daddy or some such. And there were a lot of Gay Head jokes.


  19. Legmanopen
    February 12, 2010 22:29 Reply

    Mike, Corby and Danny finally speaking about what happened with Greggo.

  20. Gravypan
    February 14, 2010 22:57 Reply

    Mine would have to be Dan’s meltdown a few weeks after he stopped eating red meat.


    Close second would be when Nestor assaulted Gordon on the air on radio row for the Super Bowl in Tampa.

  21. Steve Ross
    February 15, 2010 18:36 Reply

    Rocco’s moments with Rhyner or Gordo have GOT to be some of the best.

    Do you remember Chuck Cooperstein yelling at that caller about Brett Favre taking drugs: “WERE YOU IN THE LOCKER ROOM?!!!”.

  22. em
    February 15, 2010 19:46 Reply

    The Dan-Corso interview was the most tense I’ve heard on the air. Mike Rhyner’s nuclear countdown of Pete Stein was a close second. Maybe not the most tense but very funny and uncomfortable was when Grubes threw Bob Sturm under the bus during the Mia Hamm interview with that infamous drop played as Bob was about to ask a question.

  23. Rob
    February 15, 2010 21:36 Reply

    Hear the tense Pete Stein – Hardline moment on bobanddan.com -> Grubes Drop Page -> Ticket Drops -> Pete Stein Hardline Layout

  24. Rob
    February 15, 2010 21:42 Reply

    The Hardline with Kenny Lofton left one side pretty frustrated.

  25. Calvin
    February 16, 2010 12:06 Reply

    What about John in Plano? I know it was audio gold and probably in the top 5 best things from 2009, but damn it makes me uncomfortable.

    My vote for uncomfortable and tense gold HAS to be the infamous countdown on poor pete. Thw whole mix is painfull to listen to. The Old Gray Wolf just keeps asking “Who is this?” “Why am i talking to you?”.

    My memory is not too clear on the whole event but I know pete came to the mix with a bunch of generic ranger questions and rynes just shuts him down with “The season hasn’t started yet” or “Thats a stupid question”

    The cringe-clamix is when Ryner (rip) starts the countdown and Pete says “What this? Whats the countdown mean? *nervous laughter*”

    AAAnd i’m done.

  26. February 20, 2010 14:53 Reply

    The best have already been listed, but I’d like to throw out

    1.) Tom finally exploding on Doucher-Dan “YOU FAT MOTHER F’ER” (aanndd scene). Somewhat psychotic on Tom’s part, but he’s too awesome to hold it against

    2.) A conversation about Greggo trying to hit on some woman with Rhyner saying it went well “until his nose started bleeding”.

    3.) Didn’t someone say ‘fuck’ during a press conference that wasn’t dumped as well?

  27. BIlly
    February 23, 2010 22:49 Reply

    I didn’t hear the argument between Gordon and Norm about betting on sports….I heard that was really tense.

  28. P1 Steven
    February 24, 2010 15:05 Reply

    Corso was really great. Norm Going on his “Are you Gay?” rant was ver good also. Bobby Knight was good stuff too, a shame Corby had to torpedo what was a good regular interview.

  29. Jebo
    March 04, 2010 09:50 Reply

    How about Jub jumping all over the moment of silence after 9/11? His explanation after was extraordinarily tense.

  30. KellyD
    November 30, 2012 16:56 Reply

    The musers trying to get Adam Schefters opinions on Jerry a couple of years ago was tense. He evaded the questions by saying “it’s not his job to speculate” or something and the Musers had to ask him what his job really is.

  31. bg3boy
    November 30, 2012 20:36 Reply

    I’m a P1 day one but missed the original Rocco Gordo discussion. For those that haven’t heard it it’s here:

  32. Truthseer
    September 16, 2015 13:04 Reply

    This was short…but incredibly tense. Classic bear trap!

  33. RockoJohno
    November 30, 2017 00:29 Reply

    And one “Is your mother a whore?” ring to rule them all!

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