On Monday, outlets across the sports spectrum were marking the 10th anniversary of the infamous “Steve Bartman game” at Wrigley Field. This morning, it was time for another related 10th anniversary – radio host Dan Patrick revisiting the prank call to ESPN Sports Center that he fielded on this date in 2003 from Howard Stern foot-in-mouth soldier Captain Janks (a.k.a. Tom Cipriano).
Patrick replayed the ESPN Janks-as-Bartman call twice on his show this morning, before “retiring” the clip. In between, he learned that the perpetrator failed first in the direction of CNN, spoke beforehand to Bartman for research purposes (!) and benefited from being able to tell ESPN he was returning a producer’s call:
“What you consider to be one of the worst moments of your career I consider to be one of the best moments of my prank phone calling career,” Janks said.
The good Captain added that other than a local sports show, the only other time he has successfully targeted a major sports outlet was ESPN again, three years ago. Thanks to a “fake black accent,” Janks said, he had Scott Van Pelt for about 30-40 seconds believing he was released Cleveland Indian Brian Westbrook.
Meanwhile, ten years later, the statement from the real Bartman is still hard to read.