Meet Phil from Mt. Airy, the rare enlightened sports-radio caller.
Perhaps most significantly, he warns his kids about fool's gold.
"I tell them you can take shortcuts, and every now and then they'll pay off," he says. "But for the most part the only thing that'll get you where you want to be and keep you there is hard work." (F.R.)
As many regular WIP listeners know, Phil from Mt. Airy isn't shy. And he's not apologetic.
"Oh, please," he implores while chilling in his living room alongside his trusty radio. "I don't care what anybody thinks about me. Unless they pay bills and raise kids here, I really don't."
A classic Phil from Mt. Airy line.
And here are some others:
>> On Howard Eskin: "He's the Eagles' pipeline to the community. His show's like Eagles Digest. I can't believe he even believes all that stuff he says about them. I honestly think he does it for effect."
>> On morning show host Angelo Cataldi: "Hilarious. I love the morning show. I'm a big fan. But I'm not sitting on hold an hour for anybody. The best thing about Angelo is [co-host] Rhea [Hughes]."
>> On Phillies coach Charlie Manuel: "The more I see of [Eagles coach] Andy Reid and [Flyers coach] John Stevens, the more I'm thinking, hey, maybe Charlie isn't so bad after all."
>> On Phillies left-fielder Pat Burrell: "For a guy who showed as much promise as he did coming out of the University of Miami, he might be the best example of a lack of development I've ever seen."
>> On Flyers and Sixers chairman Ed Snider: "I think he'd cut his left arm off to win a cup."
>> On Eagles president Joe Banner: "He's an accountant. What's his football background? Why should what he says mean anything to me?"
>> On Allen Iverson: "Every day he's gone makes me miss A.I. the player more. But I think he missed out on an opportunity to lead kids. He worked really hard at being an asshole when he was here."
>> On the NBA: "Their players are uncoachable for the most part, unteachable. They don't pass the ball. Guys come down, get to the top of the key ... fire! You go to a game and you're pounded with sound and lights and advertising and dancing. I guess they have to camouflage how bad their product is." (F.R.)
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