Hard Hits Flashback: We’re Famous

When “Peyton Manning” called into our show on Hard Hits Network, as good hosts we played along and look what it got us. A prank for the ages on Howard Stern.

Back in the winter of this year following the Broncos winning the Super Bowl by dominating the Panthers to send NFL legend Peyton Manning riding off into the sunset, I Derek “Flex” Felix hosted a show on Hard Hits Network discussing the big game with co-host John “JPG” Giagnorio.

It was during that episode that a relentless caller kept calling in as 
“Peyton Manning.” Naturally, I being the amused host played along with Giagnorio by interviewing Peyton. And what an interview it was. The stuff of college pranks gone bad. Little did we know it actually was some personality from the Howard Stern Show.

I only found out thanks to New Jersey buddy Tim Daddio, who linked up the TMZ story from hell. Peyton Pranks Idiot Sports Hosts. Or whatever they called it. All this time later, the idea that we actually were played by the actual Howard Stern for a mock interview with classic off color remarks that can’t be repeated in this blog is still hard to fathom.

So, what was our response? An entertaining one nonetheless. Who would’ve ever predicted that they would come to a “third rate” podcast on BlogTalkRadio for RATINGS?!?!?!?!?! Here it is in entirety with shits and giggles. 😉

Hard Hits: Derek and John’s classic response to the Peyton Manning Prank on Howard Stern


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Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.

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