"For three weeks last year," says Andelman, "we urged the Pats not to trade away their chance at Jim Plunkett. We said they should draft him and keep him because he was the kind of player a team could build around. Just before the draft we had Billy Sullivan [Patriot president] on the show and people called in and begged him to get Plunkett." Plunkett became a Patriot and eventually the NFL Rookie of the Year, and by season's end the team was no longer a pushover.
Sports Huddle has been alive for over three years now, long enough to make slews of enemies and attract masses of followers. Andelman, McCarthy and Witkin have outraged some people and hurt others unjustifiably. At times they have been tasteless and rude, and their practical jokes, like most such would-be humor, have often been merely insipid when they were not outright mean. But in their marvelous irreverence for the fat cats of sport, their willingness to strip off facades and—well, why not say it?—their championing of The Fan in His Plight, they are refreshing, an antidote to the malaise that sets in when a medium has done for too long without their sort of independent criticism. They are obviously filling a need and having fun while doing it.