page 22 The Signal September 20, 2017 Cheap Seats
Carton scandal ushers in end of an era
Carton resigns from WFAN amidst ponzi scheme accusations. By Michael Battista Staff Writer The month of September has been unforgiving to WFAN Radio host Craig Carton. After celebrating the 10th anniversary of his immensely popular morning sports talk show “Boomer and Carton,” with co-host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, he was arrested for an alleged involvement in a million dollar ponzi-scheme. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Carton resigned from the station. “Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build,” Carton said in a statement on Twitter. “With that in mind, I have
submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.” He’s been accused of stealing millions of dollars by selling fake concert tickets in order to pay his own gambling debts. Although the crime is terrible, it still stings to see someone who was such a large part of my life fall from grace in such a hard fashion. On the air, Carton was loud. He was brash and sometimes downright mean to people, but to me he was always entertaining. During the 10 years he was on the air, I would wake up in the
morning before school to hear him and Esiason. The cycle was simple. Wake up and hear Carton bash a team, usually the New York Mets ever since he started “Mets Fans for Yankees” — an effort to convert Met fans away from the inevitable suffering of late season Mets baseball. Then it was eat breakfast and get dressed while hearing the duo take callers live on air. Finally, get in the car for the 40-minute trip into Jersey City for highschool, flipping back and forth between E Street Radio and WFAN. For years I’ve always said the radio hosts on WFAN were one of the reasons why I got into sports. Every host offered a different perspective. Late nights with WFAN radio host Steve Somers
were a slow and relaxing discussion with a emphatic and wellspoken host. Middays with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts are two loud mouths to keep you going during the hump of the day. Boomer and Carton had the classic funny man routine. It was amazing listening with my dad and hearing his different reactions to different people on WFAN, especially Carton. “He’s a loudmouth” or “He doesn’t let people finish” were common gripes, but I always stood by hosts like Carton by saying “But, Dad he’s funny!” I learned so much about broadcasting from the duo. I learned how to be knowledgeable and respectful from Esiason, but I learned how to be loud and make my presence known from Carton.
I credit my personality changes over my life to a lot of things, but the Boomer and Carton show was no small part. Anyone can be a writer or personality in the sports world because everyone can have an opinion. But to be successful you have to stand out and make people notice you. Whether they are annoyed or entertained, they know who you are and what you do. With the “Boomer Show” now kicked off and looking for a permanent co-host, I can now safely end that chapter of my life. I never really thought of Carton as a “good person” and he should never be any one person’s role model in life. But here’s hoping someone else can make an impact as big as he did.
Soccer / Lady Lions extend hot streak
Photos courtesy of Sports Information Desk
Left: Levering fights for possession. Right: Bertolino dribbles the ball. continued from page 24 “I told them at halftime to catch (their) breath,” Russo said. “The way we played the game was so frenetic and it was 900 miles an hour… We wore them down by keeping possession and going wide.” Even with the increased offense, the Johns Hopkins squad kept the College back, putting pressure on any possible breakaway chances and forcing both teams into overtime. The Lions didn’t allow overtime to go on long, as sophomore defender Ally DeRiggi chipped a shot passed the defense to set up a breakaway goal by Levering, giving her team the 1-0 victory. Russo said that his team, even after
beating such a high ranked opponent, has to look ahead to the next game. “We’ve already dismissed it,” Russo said. “We have to go to Patterson on Saturday and get three points in the conference. There can’t be any bit of a hangover from what has taken place tonight to what is going to happen on Saturday. First conference game, tough place to play and they’re always well coached so we need to go there and get three points.” The Lions trip into Patterson was met with little resistance from the Pioneers in their first New Jersey Athletic Conference game of the season. The team outshot William Patterson by a total of 16 to 0, with the Lions backline keeping the Pioneers at bay through
the full 90 minutes. The College shot six times in the first 16 minutes of play, with the last one coming in the 16th minute and reaching the back of the net. Bertolino received a pass from Levering on the right wing and bashed the ball next to the left post, earning her first goal this season. Less than two minutes later, senior midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen took a long shot from 20 yards out, hit the underside of the crossbar and increased the Lions lead, 2-0. The Lions first half rout was put on halt for about ten minutes and the Pioneers defense blocked and saved multiple shots, but confusion in the box gave the Lions another chance at the net. Sophomore midfielder Despina Lianidis found
herself with the ball at the top of the box, she slickly passed the ball to an open Richman on the left wing who sunk her third goal this season. In the 84th minute, one young Lion had her moment. Freshman midfielder/ forward Caroline Rubin saw the Pioneers goalie bobble the ball inside her own box. Acting quickly, she possessed the ball and shot into the open net to give her team the final score of the match, 4-0. The Lions returned to the field Sept. 19, when they traveled to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham. On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Lions are at the College’s Soccer Complex for a conference match against New Jersey City University starting at 1 p.m.
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