If you’re a New Jersey/New York sports fan and you listen to the radio in the morning drive time, then “Boomer and Carton on the WFAN” (which is the number one morning show in the country) is on your dial. Former NFL star quarterback Boomer Esiason, who played in a Super Bowl for the Bengals and was QB for the Jets, has teamed up with Craig Carton since 2007.
Carton, a huge Jets fan and a big sports fan in general, conveys a true sense of the regular sports fans love of his team to the radio. Teaming with Esiason, who also does national radio football broadcasts and can be seen on CBS every Sunday morning during football season, they have made sports talk fun and still informative.
The Giants, who were 0-6 and quickly facing irrelevance on Monday Night Football, needed a boost. Carton who knows how to gather attention came up with the idea of a pig roast tailgate in the Met Life Parking lot before the Giants/Vikings game. The idea was to “slap the pig” to rid the curse that had seemed to engulf the Giants in 2013.
In photo above: Craig Carton poses with Jad and Talia Dombrowski at the “Slap the Pig Roast.” photo by J. Dombrowski
A huge crowd gathered at 7:30 pm to witness the pig roast and the “ridding of the curse”. Boomer Esiason and Carl Banks who were broadcasting the game teamed up with Carton to “slap the pig” and rid the curse. Carton butchered the pig after it was cooked by Thomas Joseph catering, and handed out the two ears to waiting fans.
The final piece of the pig that had to be eaten to rid the curse was given to a nine year old boy from North Arlington, Jad Dombrowski. Jad quickly took the tail from Carton and ate it.
The Giants beat the Vikings and made it two wins in a row by defeating Philly which brought their record to 2-6. Who’s to say that this ceremony has not helped to turn around the Giants fortunes in 2013.
By J. Dombrowski