LISTEN: Boston Sports Radio Host Mocks Roy Halladay’s Death


Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay talks to the media prior to the game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on August 8, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

We live in a world of takes and there are hot takes, there are cold takes. Unfortunately there are also God awful, cringe-worthy takes, which is what we got on Wednesday from a Boston sports radio host. While talking about the death of Roy Halladay, a former Major League pitcher, Michael Felger, who co-hosts Felger and Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, went in a direction that few, if any, have gone since the pitcher died in a plane crash on Tuesday.

“It angers me,” Felger said. “Someone, who, I don’t know, is so cavalier about life and just doesn’t appreciate the tenuousness of life and is willing to screw around with life and death? Especially when you have children, or a family?”

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screenshotMichael Felger (L) mocked Roy Halladay’s death Wednesday

Felger went on for ten disgusting minutes about how Halladay was selfish and foolish for even getting in the plane in the first place and the crash was his fault; he deserved to die. Felger would go on to call Halladay both an “idiot” and a “jackass” in his rant.

Halladay, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 2013, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday in his recently purchased ICON A5. He had obtained his pilot’s license shortly after retiring, having been inspired by his father who was a pilot himself. He is survived by his wife Brandy and the couple’s two sons: Ryan and Braden.

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GettyRoy Halladay was one of the top pitchers during his career with Philadelphia and Toronto.

The fact that Halladay did have a family was one of the many issues Felger had with Halladay pursuing his passion for flying, saying that “it just sorta angers me. You care that little about your life? Or the life of your family? Your little joyride is that important to you?” Yet according to a statement released in early October when Halladay bought the ICON A5, his wife was supportive of his hobby.

Felger’s take on Halladay went beyond taking issue with the man having a family and pursuing a somewhat dangerous hobby. He mocked the former Hall of Famer of numerous occasions.

“‘[In a voice mocking Halladay] Weeeee! Weeeee! Yeah man look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick. Yeah man, look at this it’s so cool!’ And you die. Splat. And it’s over. So you’re that guy? You have to do that?”

“He’s not a militarily-trained pilot, he’s not a professionally-trained pilot, he’s a Joe Q. Citizen who buys a plane that folds up and you can put in your garage and that’s amphibious, ‘Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead. With two kids. Moron.”

And then, as if to somehow justify his controversial stance, Felger added that he felt the same way in 2001 when NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt died, saying that he was rooting for the wall.

As of Wednesday evening, The Sports Hub had yet to make a comment on Felger’s rant, according to Chad Finn of The Boston Globe.

Felger is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has lived in Boston since 1988, having graduated from Boston University in 1992. He worked for The Boston Herald and ESPN prior to joining The Sports Hub. He is also an anchor for Comcast Sportsnet in Boston.

Felger & Mazz runs weekdays from 2pm to 6pm.





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It is shame that a fool who really hasn’t accomplished anything significant with his life or career thinks he can slam and mock men and women who have done exceptionally well. In the end they will be remembered and he won’t. Maybe that is what bugs him.


The Greek morpheme, idios (from the Greek, ἴδιος… for one’s own, personal, private!) is an expression that has been much sorely abused and misused, over centuries of “pejorative ascriptions” by countless thoughtless individuals! The Greek “idios”, refers… PURELY!… to “one’s individuality”, or “one’s membership in the family of individuals”! And… to subsume this expression within the “pejorative ascriptions” that bend… yea, break!… the simple “linguistic morphemic narrative” for this word for “personal” and “individual”, is to impose an “informal colloquialism”– but indeed, slang!– that was never originally a part of the “FORMAL ASCRIPTION” of/ for this term!
For example, the Greek suffixal morphemic element “-sis”, pertains to the “state”/ “condition”/ “process” of something! And, when added to the term idios, we get the term, IDIOSIS… i.e., the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of “one’s own person” or “one’s own individuality”! And, when adding the adjectival suffixal morphemic element of idio-sis (i.e., forming “IDIO-TIC”!… for “the state/ condition/ process of one’s own person or one’s own individuality”!), or merely adding -ic to idio-(t) (and again, forming “IDIOT-IC”!… from ic-os, and ik-os!… for “pertaining to one’s own person or one’s own individuality”!), we’re confronted with a “contemporary pejorative ascription”, THAT HAS N-O-T-H-I-N-G T-O D-O WITH THE PROPER INTERPRETATION OF “IDIO-TIC”/ “IDIOT-IC!”! [The use -ic, a softened, and clipped version of “ik”, from ik-os, and the use -os, from ic-os and ik-os, referring to that which is “characteristic of”, or “abounding in”!]
According to the Bauer-Danker Lexicon, the noun ίδιωτής, meant (in ancient Greek), “civilian (ref Josephus Bell 2 178)”/ “private citizen (ref sb 3924 9 25)”! What we’ve recieved instead, however, is an imposed PEJORATIVE COLLOQUIAL/ SLANG ASCRIPTION for this word, that trashes a meaning that was never a part of the CLASSICAL FORMAL NEOLOGISM! And, compounding this etymologic confusion, are the problems associated with an attempt to add the Greek suffixal morphemic element, “etes (for ‘AGENT’, and ‘AGENCY’!)”, and its variants (i.e., -et, -ete, -tes, -te and -t!) to idio-(s)! And so… when we remove/ replace the suffixal morphemic character (s) from idios, and attempt to add the suffixal morphemic element -t, we are again confronted by this “PEJORATIVE ASCRIPTION”!… rather, than a NORMAL CLASSICAL ASCRIPTION that reads: “an agent of one’s own person, or individuality”, or, the “agency of one’s own person, or individuality”! And, again, although one can simply add the suffixal morphemic element -ic to idiot, doing so will result in the foolish imposition of a PEJORATIVE COLLOQUIAL/ SLANG that will render this otherwise useful term, useless!
This ABUSE of idios, has resulted in an unnecessary hurdle to linguists, and neologists, in their reasonable attempt to introduce other formal prefixal, infixal, and suffixal morphemic elements based upon this “CLASSIC FORMAL ROOT”!… and, has meant the loss of other possible Classic Formal Ascriptions! And which could have– would have!– fostered our historic and contemporary wisdom/ understanding/ knowledge of the notion of THE PERSON/ THE INDIVIDUAL! An utterly regrettable loss! And, all due– unfortunately– to the “preoccupation” with M-I-N-D-L-E-S-S P-E-J-O-R-A-T-I-V-E A-S-C-R-I-P-T-I-O-N-S, by I-L-L-I-T-E-R-A-T-E B-U-L-L-I-E-S! That is to say!… thus far!
Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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