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If you weren’t listening to 950 KJR AM around lunch hour this afternoon, you missed out on a rare opportunity to witness a member of the Seahawks exude passion this week.
It all began when regulars Nate Burleson and Deion Branch brought fellow wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh into the studio with them for their weekly show. Following their usual format, Branch and Burleson sat down for a cross-talk segment with midday host Dave ‘Softy’ Mahler before their show officially began.
A few minutes into their chat, frequent KJR contributor Hugh Millen joined the program via telephone and essentially littered the room with kerosene before lighting a match. (It should also be noted that Hugh Millen is close friends with Seahawks head coach Jim Mora, though that was not alluded to during the conversation.)
Calling into question the precision of the Seahawks players on a certain play in Sunday’s ballgame, Millen noticeably irked the trio of wideouts, namely Houshmandzadeh. What started as a simple critique of one isolated moment turned into a battle of wits between current and former pros, before nearly spiraling out of control completely.
Upset with Millen’s analysis, Houshmandzadeh basically told the former NFL quarterback that he was wrong, and had badly misspoken.
In an effort to protect his reputation and defend his comments, Millen attempted to clarify his point (albeit with tension in his voice) to the receivers, but was interrupted on a number of tries by an angry Houshmandzadeh.
Honorably defending their embattled comrade, Branch and Burleson joined the foray by dropping in the occasional interjection, while maintaining a certain level of civility throughout the unraveling circumstance. Perhaps the highlight of the entire exchange occurred when Branch calmly interrupted Millen by calling him ‘Matt,’ as in former Detroit Lions GM and current television analyst Matt Millen, a misnomer that Millen neglected to acknowledge.
As the discussion grew more heated, the content of the statements issued by both parties became less about the game and more about who knew what over whom. Before it was over, Houshmandzadeh quipped that Millen knew ‘nothing about football,’ and even went so far as to bring up the University of Washington product’s career passing line of 35 interceptions to just 22 touchdowns (at least he does his research).
Though there were no winners in this impromptu debate, Houshmandzadeh, surprisingly, seemed to have the upper hand once the segment was cut off by Mahler. Now if he could just catch a few passes.