Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has taken this little spat and just ran with it over the past few days. At first, Troy Aikman decided to take the high road, but after mulling it over another day he has decided to add a little fuel to the fire. Troy was on during his weekly spot with the Dunham & Miller Show on The Ticket in Dallas, when the topic of Esiason came up. Here’s what went down as relayed by Horn….
It took a couple of brow-beating, hard-nosed reporter types to get Troy Aikman stirred up over what is now referred to as “The Esiason Affair.”
As much as I tried the other day, I couldn’t instigate anything. But on his weekly stop with The Ticket’s Dunham & Miller show Thursday, Aikman said he would have been upset if criticism of his work during the Cowboys-Cardinals game came from someone he respected. I can’t quote Aikman verbatim because I was driving carpool when he said it and Plano police take a dim view of those who write and drive.
Aikman actually has taken Esiason’s shot pretty calmly considering Aikman has thrown everything he has into this broadcasting thing. If anything, I would wager he bends over backwards not to favor the Cowboys when they are on Fox. There’s really no harsher criticism of a broadcaster than saying he is not honest.
So much for that high road. I would love to get you the exact quote and/or audio but The Ticket’s audio and podcasts are all jacked up at the moment, but I’ll get it to you as soon as I can. Also, be on the lookout for an apology of sorts from Boomer Esiason come this Sunday. I haven’t heard anything per se, but Boomer has yet to mention the feud on his show over at WFAN, and I’d be surprised if this thing went any further. Both networks will probably put a kibosh on the whole thing.
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