Boomer Esiason once got a second hand high during "Monday Night Football"

Esiason: Matt Millen and I once called an "MNF" game completely high on weed

1/10/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Boomer Esiason once got a second hand high during "Monday Night Football"New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr.  was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana today. That is not what this story is about. This story is about a delightful anecdote shared by former New York Jets quarterback and current WFAN radio personality Boomer Esiason while discussing Winslow's arrest on the Boomer & Carton show this morning. According to Esiason, he and co-announcer Matt Millen once called a Monday Night Football game in a press box that some jokester blew puff after puff of marijuana smoke into. Inundated with volumes of second hand smoke, Millen and Esiason unintentionally got baked silly for an entire half of a game broadcast.

The conversation, which you can hear on-demand below, contains such graphic drug terms as "bongwater", "roach clip" and "kush". I strongly assure all of my FanIQ bosses that I have no idea what any of these terms could possibly mean.

Kids, sit down and let Uncle Boomer tell you the story of the time Boomer Esiason and Matt Millen got high on secondhand marijuana smoke during a Monday Night Football game. You can hear audio of the conversation by clicking on the "Boomer's MNF Experience" widget on the above-linked CBS Local page (Boomer begins the story at the 10:05 mark). But some of you are at work and cannot blare audio about drug humor, so I've transcribed the most choice nuggets of the anecdote below. 

Blog Photo - Boomer Esiason once got a second hand high during "Monday Night Football"After a lengthy airing of sports talk radio grievances against Kellen Winslow, co-host Craig Carton (the bald one at right) needles Esiason over Boomer's own accidental past with marijuana. "You and Matt Millen spent three hours getting stoned together during a Monday Night Football game, and you just want to pretend like I'd forget about that," Carton jokes.

Except it's all true.

"Now here’s the deal," Boomer begins, slightly uncomfortable but knowing he's now cornered into telling the story. "What you’re saying, for some listeners or some viewers now that are listening to us for the first time, what you’re saying is accurate. I did get high. I did. I didn’t realize I was getting high when I got high, but I got high — and I have to tell you that it was one of the best broadcasts I’ve ever had."

(laughter all around)

"Matt Millen and I are working for Westwood One [Radio Network, your radio home for Monday Night Football] the first year that I started there." he continues. "I think it was in 2000, I believe. Or 2001. And Matt was still a part of the broadcast, and we were with Howard David. Great play-by-play man."

"And we have a game in New England, before Gillette Stadium is built. It's still the old Sullivan Field -- Sullivan Stadium. The radio booth is like a lean-to in the middle of the stands. And it’s a late November game. It’s the Chiefs at the Patriots, both teams have major losing records, it’s raining outside, it’s cold, there might be about 40,000 people in the stadium, it is awful. And there’s this grim reaper outside of our booth, and he’s got a hoodie on and he’s got a big ol’ puffy jacket on, and he’s smoking weed. And he’s blowing it into the lean-to."

"I mean, we’re 3 minutes into the game and Matt Millen’s already looking for something to eat," Esiason laughed.

As if that's unusual?

"Howard David is trying to keep us focused on the game," Boomer says. "and Matt Millen and I are talking about everything but the game."

"We have the second-hand smoke going on. Now, we obviously know what’s happening, but we don’t necessarily know that we’re reacting to what’s happening," he concludes. "I was laughing my ass off for the entire first half."

It should be noted that Boomer Esiason still does the color commentary for Westwood One Radio's Monday Night Football broadcasts, and he does a consistently professional and commendable job. I have appreciated Boomer's commentary countless Monday nights when stuck on the road.

But the next time I hear him call a game, I'll be laughing my ass off for the entire first half.

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1/10/14   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

That's really not that surprising. Millen was pretty high at just about every NFL draft he oversaw for the Lions. He was high on Charles Rogers. He was high on Mike Williams. And he was absolutely out of his mind on Joey Harrington.