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Falcons’ Matt Ryan cites Oprah during ‘audible’ on Sunday

AP photo of Matt Ryan during the Falcons-Vikings game. In this place, he fumbled but recovered the ball.

AP photo of Matt Ryan during the Falcons-Vikings game. In this place, he fumbled but recovered the ball.

How about this for a strange Oprah reference?

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was caught yelping “”Four-Oprah!” to his offense during the team’s 24-14 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

He said this during an “audible.” In football terms, an “audible” alerts a quarterback’s teammates that he’s changing a play at the line of scrimmage when he notices something different in the other team’s defensive coverage.

James Duthie, a broadcaster for Canada’s The Sports Network, overheard Ryan’s “Oprah” call.

“I thought I was hearing things, but the guys on the broadcast [Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman] mentioned it briefly in passing,” Duthie told the New York Post. “And a couple of plays later I heard it again. It was bizarro.

“I actually like the fact that they have a little creativity. They can really say anything they want at the line [during an audible] and it’s usually mumbo-jumbo, letters or ’slant this, post this, corner that.’”

The Falcons declined to comment.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

73 comments Add your comment

And this is...

November 29th, 2011
6:13 pm

…worthy of an “entertainment report” because why?

And, the guy did not “overhear” anything – the audio from the game picked up all the audibles (Mercedes, Chevy, etc ), which were heard by every viewer in addition to the announcers and this dolt you are quoting, so why not comment on all the free advertising rather than this non-story…

David Smith

November 29th, 2011
6:52 pm

It’s nice to get some worldwide pub. I couldn’t care what Matt yells out at the line of scrimmage as long as we get the win at the end of the game.

Rater

November 29th, 2011
7:04 pm

KimZ……Congrats! You are first. The first racist comment. It only took 43 minutes. Kudos.

kreedham

November 29th, 2011
7:05 pm

Not to mention Ovie’s injured and out for the year!

prettyprincess

November 29th, 2011
7:09 pm

KimZ..such a stupid comment..

Name (required)

November 29th, 2011
7:09 pm

Rater….are you implying that Oprah and Ovie aren’t black? Kim Z’s post may have been stupid, but it certainly wasn’t racist.

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Barbara Sussman

November 29th, 2011
7:19 pm

Kim Z’s comment was not only stupid and racist, but a disgrace to everyone. She should just keep her thoughts and comments to herself.

Rodney Ho

November 29th, 2011
7:23 pm

I deleted Kim Z’s comment and the blog commenter is now on probation whose comments will now be moderated by me before they post.

Enemas for Easter

November 29th, 2011
7:46 pm

Rodney, do you even know what football is?

I agree with the first poster. This does not warrant a blog post in the Radio/TV section. If you have nothing to write about, then don’t. Every time you do write about something you have little to no knowledge about, you just expose yourself as the idiot you are.

Rodney Ho

November 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

@Enemas For Easter. This story was actually in the New York Post first, then Fox Sports. I just thought it was interesting, even if yes, my knowledge of football, is relatively minimal.

Harm

November 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

Tell em’ Rodney!

Fred

November 29th, 2011
8:06 pm

LOL Just damn Rodney. I hope you call a mulligan on this one.

But at least once again you made me laugh.

DK

November 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Yet another reason I do watch Football..

DK

November 29th, 2011
9:03 pm

Yet another reason I DO NOT watch Football..

grahzny bratchny

November 29th, 2011
9:52 pm

Does “Oprah” mean big play? Calling Turner’s thighs? She’s not Roddy ‘White’? We’re not passing to Stedman, but Steadyman Gonzalez? I’m throwing to Phil DonaHugh Douglas? Sorry

Sally S

November 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

Rodney, you’re fabulous.

Paul From Milton

November 29th, 2011
11:20 pm

I heard it and it made me laugh. Ryan called Benz 661 a lot also.

Paul From Milton

November 29th, 2011
11:21 pm

By the way, you got a lot of angry and bitter people following you, Rodney.

jay

November 29th, 2011
11:47 pm

Anyone else find it strange that the crowd was so quiet and disinterested that you could actually hear the audibles on the field?

Gandalf the Wise

November 30th, 2011
2:49 am

“OPRAH” Means the big fat person is coming up the middle…usual indicated a bootleg right

Floating IP

November 30th, 2011
5:19 am

All of Matt Ryans audibles, are PHONY. They call the play, walk up to the line of scrimmage, then Ryan starts screaming Oprah, Mercedes, Chevy, whatever, then they run the original play called. Its all a phony diversion, trust me.

dennis r

November 30th, 2011
5:21 am

jay. if you knew football you would know that the crowd should be quiet when the home team has the ball so they can hear the audibles and snap count

Me Too

November 30th, 2011
6:16 am

Matt also used “Advanced Auto”. These audible spots should be sold as advertisements for the companies. The money could be given to charity by the Falcons.

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
8:04 am

@Paul From Milton. It comes with the territory!

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
8:07 am

KimZ’sPackage is defending himself that his since deleted comments calling Oprah fat and black were not racist. You can argue it either way. But it was what one would call gratuitous race baiting, a way to get people to react so he could then lay claim that the world is too P.C. It’s a common pattern on these blogs, unfortunately. If he wants to do that, he should do it somewhere else.

Justin

November 30th, 2011
8:13 am

@ Rodney Ho

Thanks you for policing the blog. I like to check out the entertainment stories daily, but I’m usually deterred to post anything due to so many racist comments. Again Thank You!

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
8:15 am

@Justin. Under the current anything goes anonymity policies on this blog, you have to police after the fact and moderate or block IP addresses the best you can. We have to unfortunately do so regularly. Trolls are always out there, esp. the ones who race bait.

Rich Black

November 30th, 2011
8:27 am

tc

November 30th, 2011
8:29 am

Rodney, I would say that you “race baited” with this blog. You chose to write about Oprah instead of the many other audibles called out. Can you explain other than to say that it was written about in other places.

E Pluribus Scrotum

November 30th, 2011
8:42 am

More white people drive Mercedes.

Baiter!

The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan

November 30th, 2011
8:46 am

Really? Race baiting? How about you wrote a crappy blog….Again….and are using the guise of race baiting to conceal the fact you wrote a crappy and uniformed blog.

Leave the sports to the sports writers and stick to your wimpy TV, radio and American Idol blog. I assure you that will eliminate any of this so called race baiting which is just really people pointing out your lack of football knowledge.

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
8:54 am

@The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan I know I’m no sports expert but that blog entry was only there because it had an Oprah reference, that’s all. And the story originated from The New York Post, not me.

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
8:56 am

@tc I know zip about audibles. I just saw the item from the New York Post, thought it was interesting given the Oprah reference and posted it. Nothing more, nothing less. Oprah is in the wheelhouse of the readership of this blog. It made for an odd juxtaposition, which is why the Post wrote about it, too. And for them, there wasn’t even a local angle.

The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan

November 30th, 2011
9:08 am

So what you are saying is, you sourced another publication for this, which is why it is so crappy?

Try again……Better yet, try to understand what you share before you share it. It will save you from exposing your inept journalism.

Free advice.

JOURNALISM?

November 30th, 2011
9:13 am

…who calls this stuff JOURNALISM…….

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2011
9:14 am

@The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan Thank you. I’ll take that under advisement.

Hugh Jass

November 30th, 2011
9:36 am

Wow Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan. You are truly the “master” when it comes to baiting.

My beer is colder

November 30th, 2011
9:49 am

DC

November 30th, 2011
9:54 am

bahahahhaa please keep the comments coming..this is hilarious..you have people who know zilch about football speaking up…

But hey…it cant be any worse than hearing housewives talk about so and so on the x factor or american idol. Everyone is a singing expert…

T.I.

November 30th, 2011
10:35 am

Rodney I gues others are not so blind to your “Fishing” and that a poster used your”Bait” against you. Nothing Racists was said. The Audible could have been as KimZ said. T.I. is right you people are wrapped to damn PC tight. You are a lil asian man what do you know about football anyway?

Iceman

November 30th, 2011
10:40 am

Watching the game Sunday, I thought I heard someone onscreen yelling “MERCEDES! OPRAH!”

I didn’t what the heck was going on. lol

KimZ'sPackage

November 30th, 2011
10:59 am

Rodney you really wouldn’t have to “Police” your blog if you didn’t write about Crappy humans like the RHOA and the Kardashisluts. When you write about polarizing people you will get the lovers and the haters. That is what is GREAT about our country. We welcome different opinions and the right to voice them.

Earl

November 30th, 2011
11:25 am

@Rodney, nice hat

sad part is you could hear because of empty seats

November 30th, 2011
12:43 pm

Too many empty seats caused everbody to hear all that….

Spider-Man

November 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

And this was news worthy becaaaause?…..

sad part is you could hear because of empty seats

November 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

should quiet up when home team is at line of scrimmage, but not like that, where you can hear it so clearly on tv. Get to the games people

DC

November 30th, 2011
12:54 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^not a football fan or this person would know that the home team fans should be quiet on offense…

sad part is you could hear because of empty seats

November 30th, 2011
12:55 pm

They’re all sold out, so any season ticket holder want to give me your tickets cause you don’t want to go, please let me know. I’ll be happy to support the team and not piss away your seats.

Got 2?

November 30th, 2011
12:58 pm

Since it’s all sold out, anybody that wants to give me their tix to game, cause they don’t want to go, I’m here.