50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: JB Long

Each week, I ask someone I know via the Internet and/or (imagine this) personally a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

JB LongThis is a reunion of sorts this week, as I’m joined by JB Long, a play-by-play voice for the Pac-12 Network whom I met at Notre Dame’s student radio station WVFI when he was a freshman and I was a senior. At the time, I was sports director, and I told our advisor that JB would eventually hold that position soon after meeting him; that’s how good he was. Needless to say, he’s made that prediction look almost Nostradam-ic.

In between walking the hallowed halls of WVFI and taking up residence on the Left Coast, JB contributed to MLB Network, Big Ten Network, and various ESPN platforms. Being a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame, he witnessed parts of four head coaching eras (Davie, O’Leary, Willingham, and Weis), which would explain why he today describes himself as a “verified knucklehead.”

I asked JB:

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen and/or heard in or around the press box?

In September 2007, future NFL tight end Brandon Pettigrew rumbled 54 yards for Oklahoma State’s game-winning score over Michael Crabtree, Mike Leach, and Texas Tech.

It was a signature victory for a Pokes program that badly needed one, and as my KOTV photojournalist and I set up for the post-game presser, we expected Mike Gundy to be in good spirits. Instead, the head coach stormed in, unleashed his infamous “I’m a man; I’m 40!” tirade, and secured his spot in every “Top 10 Sports Rants” list for eternity.

What the public wasn’t aware of then, with Gundy still an unknown coaching commodity in a relative remote college football outpost, is that he was (and remains) one of the most media-friendly and personable coaches I’ve encountered. I’m glad the success of his program in the seasons since—success due at least in some small part to that rant—has prevented the night from improperly defining him. And as importantly, I understand Gundy has also made peace with the local columnist who was the target of the tirade, as well as the subject of it, benched QB, Bobby Reid.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this rant, JB and I wanted to take the opportunity to share it with you here. And if you are familiar with it, you know it’s worth another watch.

Thanks to JB for stopping by this week. If you get the Pac-12 Network, check him out behind the mike; if not, you can still find him on Twitter at @JB_Long.

Make sure to come back next week, when my guest will be Chuck Sambuchino, a fellow humor writer and the man behind the “Guide to Literary Agents” blog.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know.

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