Yardbarker – As Deadspin reported earlier Tuesday before the start of the NFL free agency period, Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik were the victims of a prank call that resulted in more interestinfg info than the prankers initially hoped for:
On Thursday afternoon, the pranksters called Buffalo’s publicly listed front office phone number. They claimed to be Bucs GM Mark Dominik and asked to be transferred to Buddy Nix. To their surprise, they were. Panicking, they hung up as soon as he answered.
Then Buddy Nix called them back.
Into Thursday evening, resuming again on Friday morning, Nix’s personal number kept lighting up their cell phone. They ignored it, until they came up with a plan. They would call Mark Dominik, claim to be Buddy Nix, and send the two on a phantom game of phone tag.
So they rang up the Buccaneers, but while on with Dominik’s secretary, Buddy Nix called again. It was perfect. They answered Nix’s call, then fell silent while they were patched through to Dominik.
Here’s the audio:
Wow. Wow. Wow. This is possibly the greatest prank I’ve heard about. Today I caught a little bit of Felger and Mazz and this was quickly discussed at the end. I was left speechless as to how great this idea was. I don’t know whether these guys just got lucky with how stupid both of these GM’s are or whether all GM’s are like this. All you mature people can sit back and criticize this for being super immature, irresponsible and harmful to business owners, while at the same time I can tell you it shows how some managers view their workers as products rather than people, how everything is about the bottom dollar, and that if you want your team to trade a certain player or trade for a certain player just call the respect teams and set them up for an unsuspected conference call. I’ll no longer view players as being selfish for going after the money after hearing these two spew their honesty about how they view their players. If I’m a professional player in any sport, from now on I’m going straight for making the most money I can. No more hometown discounts, or contract restructures. If it doesn’t benefit me, I don’t want to hear about it.
PS, This must have been how Anquan Boldin got himself traded to San Fran for a 6th round draft pick.
(h/t Deadspin for audio)