Ernie Johnson, Sonny Dykes, Ian Rappaport discussed on The Rich Eisen Show

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I am now reduced to a 12 year old girl screaming to The Beatles. Henry Winkler. Earlier on the show. NFL network insider, Ian rappaport, TCU head coach, Sonny dykes, still to come. TNT's inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson. Plus, actor and comedian Adam ray. And now. It's rich I said. I went number three the rich Johnson show is on the air. We just said, goodbye to Sonny dykes. It was a great chat with the TCU head coach Ian rappaport an hour number one if you missed any of that. Don't worry if you're watching us on the Roku channel and why aren't you? It's free. We re air right away as soon as this is a show is over at the end of the hour. Boom, right away. And we're so excited to have Adam ray in studio, the actor and comedian is back in studio an hour number three in about 20 minutes time. And we are also excited to kick off our number three of this program with one of my favorite humans. And also is helpful and great that he's stupendous at his job. Tonight's TNT double header of NBA action is going to showcase the nets in sixers Lakers and sons Lakers with the pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and the man who hosts must see TV every single time he takes that chair on the NBA on TNT, the great Ernie Johnson here on the rich eisen show. How are you, sir? Rich, I am outstanding. I hope you are too. I am too, man. I just always love connecting with you and talking with you. And I want to go, I want to hit way back machine first, Ernie. Your first sports. Let's do it. Your first sports memory thanks to care of your dad. What do you got for me on that one? Ernie Johnson. First sports memory. What do you got? Well, you know, I was only a young shaver when he was playing baseball for the Milwaukee braves. So I'm not going to say, oh, yeah, I remember him pitching to so and so. But I remember, you know, just going to the ballpark with him when he became an announcer. And those were those were rich times for me because he's on the field, doing his pregame interviews. I'm leaning against the batting cage and watching Hank Aaron take BP. You know, it's like those were those were really those were great memories and then just being able to sit in the booth and watch him do his job. And so I just learned an immense amount about his preparation and his respect he showed for folks and how fortunate he always felt to be doing something he loved. And those are the things that stick with you for a lifetime. What was it like getting to know Henry Aaron? Ernie? Well, it was awesome. I mean, I mean, if you picture it rich, you know, here's a guy taking swings in the cage and then coming back outside the cage and saying, so, I was literally teamed up. And it was that way with him. That we would still Negro with a lot of those braves legends who were on those teams when I was growing up. And so it was and what was what was nice is to be able to stay connected to those guys. I know when my dad retired and I was putting a video together that was going to run on sports south, the regional cable, the night that he retired and one of the first guys I reached out to for his memories of my dad was Hank Aaron who met me down in Atlanta Fulton county stadium. We sat there and talked about he was saying, you know, I like to hear a lot of announcers call home runs that there's nobody I like here and more than your dad calling calling one of my home runs and thankfully my dad he was able to call 506 107 hundred. As he worked graves radio back in the days and he only had two innings of play by play in those days. He got to call the third and the 7th inning and by golly wouldn't Henry hit 5, 6 and 700 all in one of those innings. Unbelievable. And then, you know, before he passed, I interviewed Craig sager and asked him about being at home plate when Aaron crossed it. After passing the babe and just seeing him there and his trench coat and his microphone and how he kind of talked his way on the field I think he said something along those lines the story about that. The talk is way into anywhere. Rich, he really could. And that's the way he did his job. He always loved being where the big story was going to be. Even if it wasn't part of his job. You know, what are you going to have that game that night? And he always just wanted to be where the story was. And you know, he was Craig was a classic. If you just get all tied up in what he was wearing in that kind of thing, you missed the whole you missed the point because he was a great reporter, asked wonderful questions, ask the questions that nobody else in the room wanted to ask. He didn't, you didn't care. And so, no, he was, he was a classic and that piece of video with that same Craig seger hairstyle, which he had his entire life and he's got his little RadioShack tape recorder out there to capture anything he can. You just can't see that happening. It wouldn't happen anymore. You know, you can't, you know, it'd be like him standing at home plate when Aaron judge hit his 62nd. You know, it's like, you know, it's like him standing in the end zone when somebody scores a touchdown.

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