DaLuz: 5 reasons why OMF won spring ratings book

July 14, 2017 - 10:13 am

The WEEI midday show co-hosted by Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria has come a long way from its origin in September of 2015. It was announced on Thursday that ‘OMF’ was the No. 1 sports midday show in Boston for the spring ratings book – the first time in its history for a ratings period – securing victories in key demographics of men 25-64, men 35-64 and men 18-plus.

How did they do it? Here are some of their highlight-reel moments from the spring, courtesy of WEEI's Kyle DaLuz:

Angry Lou

Lou is the resident baseball insider on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria, having hit .271 over nine seasons in the big leagues, including parts of six with his hometown Red Sox. Merloni is extremely passionate about the Sox, and that passion and intensity shows, especially when the team isn’t performing to his expectations.

After the Sox lost to the Orioles 5-2 on May 1 in the midst of the Boston-Orioles fiasco, Merloni had quite the rant the following day:

“The defense, what are they, last in the American League? Physical errors are bound to happen but we’re talking about mental errors. We’re talking about throwing the ball to the wrong bases, throwing the ball in the crapper, double errors left and right, double play balls. Then you’ve got Hembree throwing to Pedroia who’s not covering – throw to the damn bag. Throw to second, that’s where the ball goes. You’re not Tom Brady, don’t throw on the run. Then you’ve got Marco Hernandez. He’s making errors left and right. I like the player but he can’t play third base, but hey if you’re Dave Dombrowski don’t worry about it. I’m sure Pablo Sandoval, who weighs 7,000 pounds is going to be just fine and walk in in shape and he’s going to play at a very high level. By the way, what’s Travis Shaw got, six home runs? He’s got as many home runs as Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts combined.

“Hanley, keep your freaking head up! How are you not watching the runner in front of you? And then when you’ve made a mockery of the game we have to go and listen to Sweet Caroline. Who the hell wants to listen to Sweet Caroline?”

You can listen to the full rant here.

Fauria the Thief

Fauria, much like Kirk & Callahan Casting Couch staple Mike Mutnansky, works out at the New Balance gym across from 20 Guest St. Ordway alerted the crew that someone had been stealing towels from the gym, and he suspected it was the former Patriots tight end. Christian immediately went on the defensive:

“It’s a lie. It’s not true. I didn’t steal any towels. I may have walked out with one over my shoulder by mistake, but that’s a different story. Am I hiding it? That’s exactly what happened.”

Producer Paul Chartier had sources telling him that Fauria was stuffing towels into his bag, and Merloni and Ordway kept pressing him.

“I don’t even have bags. This is an ambush. I’m being accused of something I did not do. If it did happen, it was an honest mistake. I can’t believe both of you guys tried to set me up. Can we get any proof?”

No More Kaepernick

Right before free agency started, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he was going to put all of his on-field antics behind him and focus on his NFL career, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction for potential teams if he were to sign in the offseason. He then tweeted out a picture comparing a police badge with a runaway slave patrol badge, inferring that current day police officers are compliant in a system he considers racist. Fauria had had enough:

“The thing with Colin Kaepernick is, he realizes he is done. No one is giving him a shot. This tweet is him realizing that he is screwed, he is done. Yes, there’s a bunch of knuckleheads out there, but don’t broad stroke all of the police officers out there. Enough. I hope this guy never plays again – CFL, Europe, anywhere.

“Are we not supposed to have an opinion on a guy because he’s black and if we disagree, that makes us racist? He shouldn’t have a job because he’s a fraud. Everything he stands for is drive-by.”

Sadie Holmes: Talk More Sports

Porn star Sadie Holmes tweeted at Ordway on Wednesday afternoon asking why OMF wasn’t talking more sports on a sports radio station. She decided to come on the show Thursday to discuss her career and why she was upset that the guys weren’t talking more sports:

“She talks more than me and Sam Kennedy combined. We might be No. 1 in porn stars, can we check that demo?” – Big O

[Editor's note: Ordway and porn in the same sentence is not the most appetizing thought in the world.>

Lou vs. Fauria

The two former athletes generally agree on everything, leaving Big O a man alone on many a subject. But finally, Merloni and Fauria went back and forth on Al Horford’s role on the Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals, which you can hear here.

The show has grown leaps and bounds since it started almost two years ago. Ordway’s veteran presence, being a host for close to three decades, and the budding personalities of Merloni and Fauria, have helped the show form its own identity, and the improvement has shown and is obvious to anyone who has listened to EEI over the past two years.

On Thursday, the ratings merely confirmed it.

Kyle DaLuz is a part-time producer at WEEI.

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