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Yesterday, I interviewed Giants DE Justin Tuck following an event for Subway, for whom he works as a famous fan. It was a good interview, informative, and you’ll see the fruits of that with an article posted on NFL.com in a little bit.
But what left my laughing was the hilarity that ensued when the interview was wrapping up. For those who don’t know, Tuck can be funny in an in-your-face, challenging way. He’s a needler. He roasts.
And just when I was about to hang up, he got started. In the end, he pretty much called me out, leaving me as a mess on the floor, with him standing over me like the Ultimate Warrior. In the end, we were both laughing. How could you not be? Check it out:
Me: Thanks for the time, I appreciate it. I’ll see you…
Tuck: “Wait, hold up. I heard you did a Subway shoot with RG3 and you talked with him all day.”
Me: Uh… Yeah. It was a good time. I mean, I’m not a Redskins guy, but he was tough not to get along with.
Tuck: (Just getting warmed up) “I can feel that. But the Redskins?? I just can’t believe… and then I hear you covered the Patriots last year?”
Me: (Caught way off-guard) Yeah. Well…
Tuck: “You’re stuttering, Ian.”
Me: No, I mean. Yes, I did. That doesn’t mean… You guys beat them when it counts, so you should like the Patriots. Right?
Tuck: (starting to laugh at his own comedy) “I’m just saying, if I knew all that about your background, I’d never have done this interview.”
Me: (Trying to take back control) No, it’s cool. I should tell you I grew up in New York, by the way.
Tuck: (Nope, he’s clearly owning this) “You grew up in New York? See, now I’m starting to learn all sorts of stuff about you. Usually, people say, ‘I grew up in New York and was a Giants fan.’ But you didn’t say that. No one would say they grew up in New York and that’s it unless they were a Jets fan. You were a Jets fan. Right?”
Me: Um. Well. See. I didn’t say…
Tuck: (Proud of his own sleuthness) “See, this Notre Dame education ain’t no joke. Man, I learned a lot about you. I’ll be watching you, Ian. And if you don’t mention Subway after all this, I’m gonna come find you.”
Me: (Defeated) “I’ll mention it. As for the other stuff… I have no comment one way or the other.”
Tuck: “Goodbye, Ian.”
Me: Wow. Goodbye, Justin.