Felger and Mazz

Roy Halladay’s death in a plane crash Tuesday prompted plenty of thoughtful tributes, a few less-than-perfectly-conceived ones, and then the terrible and offensive segment radio host Michael Felger (seen at left above) came up with on his show with Tony Massarotti on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday. Instead of mourning Halladay or respecting those who were, Felger decided to spend over 10 minutes blaming Halladay for his own death thanks to his decision to fly a plane, calling him a “moron” and a “jackass” who was “cavalier about life,” making plane crash noises and saying “I’ve got no sympathy for you,” and “he got what he deserved,” complaining about people calling this a tragedy, referencing this TMZ video, and mocking Dale Earnhardt’s 2001 death for good measure with an “I root for the wall.”

Update: Felger has since been taken off NBC Sports Boston, which simulcasts his radio show, for a weekend:

There has been no discipline for Felger yet from The Sports Hub. The original post follows:

Here’s the whole segment (part of the Hour 2 file, which can be found here):

Some lowlights (all quotes from Felger, who did most of the ranting, unless specified otherwise):

“It angers me. Someone, who, I don’t know, is so cavalier about life and just doesn’t appreciate the tenuousness of life and is willing to screw around with life and death? Especially when you have children, or a family?”

“You’ve got to get your rocks off by whatever it is you do that cheats death.”

“That guy’s like the bad guy to me. You’ve got a family! And you’re going to screw around in a little toy plane?”

“When this guy went down in the plane yesterday, I said, ‘I don’t know the details, but hopefully this isn’t JFK Jr., somebody who doesn’t know what he’s doing, screwing around with a plane and killing himself for all intents and purposes.’ And it just sort of angers me. You care that little about your life? About the life of your family? Your little joyride is that important to you that you’re going to risk just dying?”

“You’re a multimillionaire with a loving family, and to you, you have to go get that thing where you can divebomb from 100 feet to five above the water with your single-engine plane with your hand out the window. ‘Wheee! Wheee! Yeah, man, look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick! Pew pew pew! Yeah, man, look at this, this is so cool.’ And you die! Splat!”

“He’s not a militarily-trained pilot, he’s not a professionally-trained pilot, he’s a Joe Q. Citizen who buys a plane that folds up and you can put in your garage and that’s amphibious, ‘Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead. With two kids. Moron.”

“I find it offensive that you’re that cavalier about life. That it’s more important that you’re going to get your rocks off.”

“As a 40-year-old grown-ass man, you’re still doing that, to the point where you’ve got to get in planes and race cars and all that crap? I’m sorry, dude, you’re on your own. I’ve got no sympathy for you.”

Jim Murray: “What bugs me about a story like this is when they use the word ‘tragedy.’ A tragedy is what happened at that church in Texas this past weekend, or an orphanage burning down. This? You know what the risks are! …If you’re a thrill-seeker and you die this way, you know the risks. It’s an unfortunate circumstance, not a tragedy.”

Back to Felger: “I don’t want to blame the plane for the fact that the guy (a test pilot who was killed) wanted to dive-bomb through mountains! You idiot! ‘Yeah, let’s dive-bomb through mountains! Cause it’s cool, and I’m going to put my hand out the window! And I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat! That ain’t the plane’s fault. This thing that Halladay was doing, diving from 100 feet to five…idiot. Oh god.”

“We’ve all done things we look back and regret. Like taking the little planes to Nantucket that have professional pilots. But they’re single-engine little Cessnas and sometimes the pilot’s like a 19-year old gal. ‘Gah! What am I doing!'”

Felger wraps it up with a really bad shot at Earnhardt’s 2001 death: “Who was it, Dale Earnhardt, the race car driver who died? I root for the wall!”

Massarotti also tweeted about this:

The video in question is below and while it does frame the accident in a new light, most would agree it doesn’t excuse the callous commentary on Halladay’s death

Update: This post initially attributed the tragedy quote to Massarotti; reader @therealspb says it’s from Murray. So that makes this more Felger’s rant and not something from both hosts. We apologize for the incorrect attribution.

Felger apologized to open Thursday’s show. Via Funhouse:

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  • jimmyk520000

    Some wiseguys need to make a visit and show these clowns how a rubber hose works on their heads.

    • A Dave I Know

      Someone oughta pay them a visit at the station and introduce ’em to his two friends: thoughts (left fist) and prayers (right fist).

  • Ted Mark

    Disgusting. These guys are disgusting people.

  • JohnEMack

    Of course if Halladay pitched a single inning for the Red Sox these guys would be inconsolable. Just another reason why Boston is the trashiest sports city in America.

    • BostonFan

      Clearly you’ve never listened to their show. They are hated in Boston.

      • JohnEMack

        If they are hated in Boston then it makes sense that they have a radio show in Boston because Bostonians are only happy if they are upset at something.

        • Lindas1st

          They love Boston, they just act like they know better than the coaches and management when the teams dont do well. It’s all so obvious and transparent. Just a bunch of untalented hacks w/big mouths.

    • Mike

      Boston is the trashiest city in America. Sports or no.

      • JohnEMack


      • Adam Stark

        Trash looks a lot better with all these championship trophies and rings we got. Too bad your city is full of big, fat losers.

        • Joe Bates

          This ain’t about a game. This about decency and showing care for other people asshole…

          • Adam Stark

            Me and my city was insulted. Two a holes said those things, not Boston, not ME. I can’t defend that? Why don’t you give Mike crap for his comment???

      • Dan Reidy

        Felger is a Packer fan from Wisconsin.

  • Shawn Diiorio

    Well, if they wanted to destroy their broadcasting careers they just did that in spades.

  • Scorpio

    What a bunch of total losers.

  • SRT

    Boston, enough said

  • Steve9099

    Don’t know who this loser is, and I’m glad I don’t. Mocking an honorable
    man’s death is despicable, especially when you have ZERO credibility
    yourself. Everyone in the world acts recklessly. Unfortunately,
    sometimes a 10 second decision can end your life. Regardless, you don’t
    bash the guy when so many people are grieving. Ironically, he is
    demonstrating the same lack of restraint that he is mocking. LOSER!

    • StoJa

      What makes him honorable? Because a threw a baseball well? I hate when people heap accolades upon athletes or movie stars just because they like their work. You don’t know a fuckign THING about Roy Halladay outside of what he did on a pitching mound.

      • Kevin Herman

        Yes I do actually dope. He was involved with various charities on a personal level and everyone around him that knew him players and media loved him. I wonder why is that? Go take a long walk off a short pier. It always bugs zeros that there are better people then themselves walking around. I have no problems acknowledging Roy Halladay was a far better person then i’ll ever be based on what I know about him and its plenty in this day and age of social media.

        • StoJa

          You’re telling me to kill myself? You’re literally worse than Felger. I just asked a question and you start name calling and advocating I kill myself. Classy. But hey, you’re better than me, I guess.

          • Michael

            You didn’t “just ask a question.” You assumed the reason for Steve’s attitude towards Halladay was ignorance, and then denigrated him for it. Now you’re whining about StoJa coming in with actual experience of Halladay’s efforts and calling you names?

            Hey, don’t start none, won’t be none, snowflake. Want me to get you your blankie and bottle?

            Seriously, playing the victim here when YOU were the one to start it is so utterly pathetic.

      • Steve9099

        Check yourself fool. You meant to say that you don’t know a thing about Roy Halladay. Go back into your cave

        • StoJa

          Internet hardo. Odds are Halladay was a good person. I never anything to the contrary but YOU didn’t fucking know him, so stop with this bullshit.

  • allyson

    How embarrassing for Boston. Someone needs to be fired.

  • Kevin Fogarty

    Headshakingly stupid , digusting, uncaring, and mean. The fact that there were two men doing this and neither saw how wrong this was is unfathomable. Immediate dismissal is the only possible outcome here. Hopefully the MLB Network cuts ties with Maserotti as well.

  • PAI

    Before the anti-Boston rants start, remember Felger is from Wisconsin. We don’t own him. I feel so bad for his wife, who is a news anchor on Fox 25.

  • mcsegeek1

    Boston. Meh.

  • That wasn’t Mazz talking about the church tragedy that was the update guy Jim Murray.

  • Adam Stark

    I listened to it live and it was definitely over the line, esp Felger.

  • pavlov1

    Folgers could not shine Dale Earnhardt’s shoes!

    • StoJa

      The coffee company…??

  • BobLee Says

    The term “Shock Jocks” wasn’t coined today. These two galoots didn’t create the genre… they’re just part of it.

  • Torcha

    They’re the new Dopie and Aintfunny. Figures they’re based in Boston.

    • StoJa

      Your puns need some serious work.

  • Boston sports radio station. Is anyone really surprised?

  • thewatcher2

    I’m waiting for Kristene Leahy to defend her Boston people on the Herd.

  • Mike Butz

    Apologies aren’t good enough here. All three of them should be fired. Absolutely pathetic.

    • Joe

      3 people should be fired because you’re too sensitive to handle their opinions? Stop your sniffling and get a grip.

      • Mike Butz

        So Joe you condone making a joke about someone dying in a plane crash. You’re the one who needs to get a grip and a life while your at it. If that was a Boston athlete you wouldn’t be saying this.

  • 程肯

    I hope Felger and Massarotti get all the karma they deserve.

  • Donimoe

    Yes Halladay was stunting…does that excuse the disgusting trash talk these two imbeciles spew out…someone deserves to die? Maybe someone deserves a scare…maybe deserves to lose their license, or their plane…but their life…you worthless piece of total shit….will never listen to 98,5 again in my life, and will make it a passion to get anyone I know to stop as well…

  • Drekkan

    I’m wondering what about the video shows the accident in a new light? Take out the biasing TMZ clickbait title to that video. Can you really, from this distance and at that resolution, tell if his plane was “hot dogging” or if it was in distress? It looks like someone whose plane is having some difficulty repeatedly try and get lift and fail (possibly from a stall out at the top of each of the oscillations). When the plane dives, the it picks up enough thrust to once again generate some lift, just not as much.

    Like a rollercoaster gradually spinning down.

  • JohnMichaelM

    Wow, as awful as the commentary those two guys had, I can almost forget their crudeness as I listened to the guy on the video narrating his “day”. Does he know anything other than F-bombs and the assortment of crudity that he spewed for the entire length of the video. And he surely didn’t think he’d make money by selling that profanity laced video to a legitimate news network, did he? I was embarrassed for all of them.

  • Jeremy W

    got to go no place for that

  • glen booth

    you guys need to be fired mean and cruel meet the children and tell his kids that dad was moron and deserved what happened you need to be off the air and im calling the rado station to demand this a person died you are a asshole

  • Joe Bates

    I don’t care about how Roy died or what he did in the plane they could’ve at least had the DECENCY to show respect to him and the people who are mourning him. Those two morons deserve to be punished for this.

  • T Jensen

    Do people actually listen to this trash?

    • William

      Yes, they do. Look at the comments here. These are the same type of people that listen.

  • Smarky Smark & The Funky Bunch

    Is there anyone involved in sports from Boston who isn’t an Ass? Maybe Katie Nolan, but the rest of them are awful.

    • CreightonRabs

      Sorry, but Katie Nolan is just as obnoxious as the rest of the Boston sports radio hosts.

      • Christopher Bates

        Note to everyone: Creighton Rabs hates all women because, as you can see from his profile picture, he has never gotten laid. Disregard whatever nonsense he spews.

  • jim

    Why hate Boston as a whole over a few douchey type comments from radio personalities not from Boston? Those that do that should check themselves…So tired of this bullshit where idiots spawn more idiots. Individuals need to be held accountable, not the masses…it’s this lack of intelligence that keeps the world in dark times. Racism, stereotyping and the like should have been abolished 100 years ago. But here we are still fighting each other over stupidity and ignorance…

  • MrBull

    Simply put – idiots!

  • Jill Ann

    Should be fired. He could have just as easily gotten hit by a bus crossing the street to go to church!!! You cannot hide from life, love, and fun. He was not doing anything illegal, immoral, or offensive to God. I suppose those people in Texas was fully aware that going to church was putting their lives in danger?! You are sick to be the type of human beings to make a buck off of the tragedy of death. Sick… just sick!

    • StoJa

      Keep your fucking religion out of this.

  • Victor Rivera

    I agree with them as far as taking life in such little value, but it was his choice to fly, and this guy on the radio could have expressed his words a little different… Pray for his family

  • Timothy Vogds

    Like most radio blowhards, these guys are despicable to the point where they need a severe beating.

  • Nobody dove in to investigate whether alive, dying, or dead. Gutless pussies.

  • John Danknich

    Well, these dudes are done. Good riddance.

  • C_Roy48

    Classless talk by those two idiots…. I’d be ok if Felger was never on the air again. After watching the video…. Why didn’t anyone jump in the water to see if Halladay was still alive or injured? They just watch and kept repeating Oh my god. Halladay could have been unconscious but still alive.

  • Matt@nj

    This Felger character should watch what he says. Sometimes fate can come and bite you in the ass

  • QED – quod erat demonstrandum

    I guess that makes Thurman Munson of the same ilk as Halladay. He wasn’t doing drugs. He wasn’t speeding. He died experiencing life to the fullest.

    And these or that guy(s) will be out of work for a good spell now.

  • Alex Basile

    Felger you are a poor excuse for a human being. You’re nothing but a punk. Classless and heartless!

  • The Tonner

    This host is a real scumbag. We’re talking piece of human filth.

  • Earl Scott

    I hope this person gets what he deserves and the radio station fires him. Would look good on him.

  • mp

    felger crossed the line a bit, but he ain’t wrong.

  • Chris

    I like Felger because he loves hockey, likes to watch the Premier League and doesn’t care about golf or Boston College. If anything, this isn’t going to make listen to WEEI.

  • Jeffs0413

    Felger was spot on. Halladay was taking a substantial risk flying the type of aircraft that at best is experimental. Learning to become a private pilot takes 50 hours. Learning to be a safe private pilot takes a lifetime.

  • Mike Pereira

    It wasn’t your “poor JUDGMENT”. It WAS WHO YOU ARE!
    That is YOU period. YOU are an A$SHOLE

  • MarkJeffries

    Looks like they’re just asking their new bosses at Beasley to fire them.

  • Mike Butz

    BREAKING NEWS: Felger has been suspended. Too bad he wasn’t fired.