Philly Sports Jabronis with Guest Joe Toner from Philly's Finest Sambonis
August 16, 2013
Hosted by Joe Darrah and Mike Greger
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The winds of speculated change are blowing in Philadelphia. The Sixers (finally!) have a new coach, the Eagles’ new coach is supposedly this much closer to naming the “new” quarterback for 2013, and now that Charlie Manuel has earned his heart-warming 1,000th career win, the rumor persists that he will be relieved of his Phillies managerial duties as soon as the season ends. Thank goodness for the stability of the Philly Sports Jabronis, who will celebrate their 1-month anniversary by trying to determine how much longer we can last in Philadelphia beyond the aforementioned guys and by paying homage to the “other” great duos in Philly sports history. We’ll also divulge our favorite summer vacation spots, and we may even spin another yarn or two about anything else we damn well please. Philly’s Finest Sambonis One of the stars from the upcoming fourth season of the popular Food Network program “The Great Food Truck Race,” Joe Toner (photo, center) of the team Philly’s Finest Sambonis will join the Jabronis to talk about his team’s newfound fame, on-the-road experience and what exactly it is that makes the Philly samboni a cheese steak to be reckoned with. Fresh off the heels of his team’s appearance on ABC's “Good Morning America,” Toner will share with listeners the story of how a couple of guys from Northeast Philly landed such a gig, give a sneak peak of what we can expect from the show, which airs each Sunday beginning Aug. 18, and maybe even eat a sandwich live on air. And, yeah, we’ll be sure to grill him during our interview. Bring a hearty appetite to this week’s show with us!
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The Philly Sports Jabronis provide Philly sports fans with what they can’t live without: Lively conversation and attitude-filled debate. We’re just like any Philly fan. We’re opinionated, we’re unapologetic and we like to think we’re intelligent enough to know what we’re talking about. As longtime reporters and journalists, we have inside access to all Philly’s teams. Heck, we’ve even tried out for some of them. Our hearts beat with the passionate pulse of the Philadelphia sports fan, because that’s who we are. We’ve lived Philly sports every day since God graced the green earth with our presence. We are Philly sports, and you will be too.
Joe Darrah and Mike Greger
Joe Darrah was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. He learned his first lesson of Philadelphia sports fandom in the late 80s as he proudly paraded around his parents’ living room in Wissinoming Park, clad in his Chicago Bears Walter Payton jersey. Under the icy stare of his grandfather, Joe had suddenly become the enemy. He quickly learned that it’s not the wisest of choices to wear anything other than eagles green on a football Sunday.
Today, Joe still greatly admires Payton, but also admires the city he grew up in and the passion its fans have for its sports teams. We claim a personal stake with each win and loss. We follow our teams and demand that they understand our expectations. And we express our emotions feverishly on sports-talk radio.
Joe has brought the same intensity he’s lived with as a fan to his professional career as a sportswriter. He’s covered the sports scene through the high school, college and professional ranks, and has committed himself to maintaining the pride of being a Philadelphian who’s never afraid to express his opinions—and, yes, he’s got lots of them.
Mike Greger grew up in the Philadelphia area bleeding Eagles green, watching Randall Cunningham break his opponent's ankles and praying for a Super Bowl. When that didn't happen, he ditched his rally towel, because there's no cheering in the press box, and embarked on a career in sports journalism and started covering the Eagles and Phillies for Metro Philadelphia, as well as serving as NFC West Editor for Football.com. Mike also contributes as an active member to the Pen and Pencil Club and Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
Mike is a hybrid, a sports junkie at the core, with an insane addiction to pop culture and the hip hop music scene, majoring in poetic justice. Basically, he sees himself as the living, breathing version of Roc Nation Sports.
Mike is a little bit Chad Johnson, mixed with Tupac Shakur and blended over rocks with Larry Bird. He never takes himself too seriously, but when he’s trying to prove his point, he brings serious heat. He never antagonizes, but don’t antagonize him! There are important points and opinions he wants to get out, and WILL get out, but he never forgets that sports is a beautiful distraction for people.