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John Dennis and Ryen Russillo may have the nastiest media feud in sports

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Aside from Darren Rovell vs everyone from Jaime Edmondson to Jimmy Traina to Evan Longoria, the biggest feud to emerge from Super Bowl week in Indianapolis saw John Dennis of WEEI in Boston squaring off with Ryen Russillo of the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio once again.  The battle between Dennis and Russillo goes all the way back to 2005 when Russillo worked in Boston and allegedly made a play on Dennis’ daughter.  That led to this infamous, profanity laced voicemail that found its way onto the interwebs and led to Russillo being on the short end of some sort of loser leaves town match.

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Well, the two met up in Indianapolis at the Super Bowl and almost threw down according to The Big Lead and Deadspin.  Deadspin had a first person account that makes it seem like Russillo confronted Dennis in an alley outside one of the hotels and words were exchanged before both men walked away.  The best part about this feud though is that both men took to Twitter in the aftermath, still willing to continue the fight for all of us not stalking the Indianapolis back alleys to see…

ryenarussillo Always know, that when you looked in my eyes, you wanted nothing to do with me,you are a liar, and a fake tough guy @JohnDennisWEEI

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ryenarussillo @JohnDennisWEEI That’s one version, why didn’t you follow through on your promise? You threatened me, had me fired and then backed down

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ryenarussillo @JohnDennisWEEI You call me again, or we can get in a ring for charity. You in?

Russillo’s tweets are saved for posterity by Boston Sports Media Watch because he deleted the Dennis tweets from his timeline.  Wonder if the higher ups in Bristol had anything to do with that decision… usually ESPN doesn’t like their on-air personalities challenging other media members to boxing matches or referencing embarrassing past stories.  Dennis’ tweets remain up for the world to see the bad blood between these two.  It’s not too often that you see a prominent, big market regional radio host call out a prominent national radio host by attaching the hashtags #alcoholic and #callAA.  I’d say the use of creative hashtags and not deleting the tweets definitely gives this round to Dennis.  Sadly, I wouldn’t expect this feud to be carried any further for the time being, especially on Russillo and ESPN’s end.  

I for one can’t wait Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans though, not so much for the game, but for the drunken media fights that will emerge out of the Big Easy.  Now that’s something worth looking forward to.

Matt Yoder

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