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FOX Sports Radio’s Deese & Moriarty – An Example in Misinformation

Last May, MuscleSport Mag (more specifically, myself) had the pleasure of being invited on FOX Sports Radio’s Brian Webber and Derek Deese show after I wrote an article pointing out some misinformation on their part during one of their broadcasts on a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon. I’m not going to rehash the entire debate, but feel free to take a look back at the article if you would like:

Well, another lovely Saturday afternoon took place on April 24 of this year when I once again was tuned into FSR. Since then, however, Webber had been replaced by Dan Moriarty, whose past experiences include bit parts on a bunch of popular 1990’s television programs such as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Who’s the Boss,” and “Full House.”


The topic the two radio partners were discussing on this day was the New York Jets and HBO’s decision to cover them on this season’s “Hard Knocks” series, which brings the behind-the-scenes looks to the television viewer over five weekly episodes of an NFL team’s training camp.

Moriarty was bringing up some of the more colorful members on the Jets roster as the reason why the team was chosen, mentioning wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. The problem with this is that HBO and the Jets made the agreement on March 25 and Holmes was acquired from the Steelers on April 12.


Deese, a 13-year NFL veteran who earned a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers, must not have picked up on his partner’s error and continued by saying something to the effect that if HBO wanted to expose players with off-the-field issues, then why didn’t they just use the Cincinnati Bengals? He even followed that up by saying, ‘They’ve never used the Bengals.”

HBO profiled the Bengals during last summer’s “Hard Knocks.”

Not trying to sound like I’m nit-picking, but this is unacceptable for two professionals to have such little knowledge of a subject they are discussing on national radio. Even giving Moriarty a little slack, Deese’s unawareness that Cincinnati was just on the show borders on the comical when you factor in that he is also a former player.


It appears to the educated listener that although some time has passed and one half of the original team has been replaced, this show continues to be put out less than accurate – if not completely wrong – information. Maybe I was on to something last year when I first wrote that article.

Come to think of it, I would welcome another live debate on Fox Sports Radio. They have my number if they’re interested, but somehow I feel that pointing out inconsistencies on their part is not something that they want reiterated.


Although I am surmising that this was written a little tongue in cheek (still inaccurate nonetheless), here’s a post from Moriarty’s Facebook page on April 13:

“It makes sense that the Jets now have Cromartie, Edwards and Holmes. It was a casting move by HBO for the Jets’ Hard Knocks series! Having cops around always helps ratings. # hbo # ny jets # nfl”

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