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Meet Phil from Mt. Airy, the rare enlightened sports-radio caller.

By Frank Rubino
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Feb. 27, 2008

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It's an overcast Tuesday, and Phil from Mt. Airy is sounding off on WIP for the second time in as many days.

That's a lot of airtime--too much, actually--even for a caller this entertaining. But given recent events, a frustrated Eagles fan needs somewhere to vent, doesn't he?

It hasn't even been 48 hours since former New York whipping boy Eli Manning led the Giants to a historic Super Bowl upset over previously undefeated New England.

Having commiserated a dozen hours earlier with WIP nighttime host Glen Macnow over Manning's zero-to-hero transformation, Phil throws a loaded question to midday guys Anthony Gargano and Steve Martorano.

"Let me ask you guys this," he says in a voice at once streetwise and sophisticated: "Do the Eagles have a wide receiver who could've made the play Plaxico Burress [who caught Manning's game-winning pass] made?"

Pretty banal stuff from a dude who's called to talk about the raw athleticism Eagles linebacker Chris Gocong displays on films of his college games at Cal-Poly and about the downward trajectory of Phillies farmhand Joe Savery's curveball.

Phil from Mt. Airy is no WIP Joe from Mayfair type. But today he sounds like one, and that's fired up Martorano's sadistic side.

"Do [the Eagles] have a quarterback who gets that ball there?" the talk jock fires back.

Martorano's not finished: "I said this yesterday, Phil, and it's worth repeating: In the big game, against the same team, their quarterback grew up and yours threw up."

Ouch.

Phil can do without being reminded of the Eagles' inglorious 2005 Super Bowl performance when Donovan McNabb allegedly barfed instead of marshaling a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Phil was at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., that day, suffering through the defeat in person. Philadelphia sports fans always suffer. It's a hometown universal Phil knows better than most.

You could ask him.

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1. Lou from Bethlehem said... on Aug 8, 2008 at 08:07AM

“Phil Allen is GOD and makes me proud as hell to be an Eagles fan. God Bless The Allen family.”

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2. Roscoe said... on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:54PM

“Phil Allen and Po from Marlton should have their own show.”

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3. Jimmy the Greek from Coopersburg said... on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:55PM

“With 2 sports talk stations in town now , I listen to Glen and Anthony , Mike
Missanelli, Ray Didddy and Angelo Cataldi and Co. , Also Tony Bruno.
Many times I find Phil on the air. Phil, if there was a way i'd buy you a beer
and talk sports with you .You're better than half the guys on both stations.
A Eagles season ticket holder 47 yrs. i hear a lot of a-holes at the Phillies and Eagles games and on the air and your mix of brains and humor is
refreshing . I sit next to Shaun Young in Section 128 and you are in the top of Philly sports fans,, You both show your passion in different ways.
Anyway a tip of my Eagles,Phillies and Sixers hat to you. Remember, I owe you a beer!”

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4. Job254 said... on Apr 3, 2014 at 04:31AM

“Cowboy Dave should have his own show”

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