“We will be making radio history,” Dan Sileo tweeted on Monday morning.
Many daily radio shows did their usual Monday morning quarterbacking of a blackout-prolonged, Beyonce-halftimed Super Bowl that was won by the Baltimore Ravens, and the final game of the career of linebacker Ray Lewis.
Sileo, on the other hand, opted for something that may earn him a Pulitzer Prize, if not a Marconi award.
You may recall that allegations of Lewis using deer antler spray were circulating not too long after the Ravens punched their ticket to the big game.
It was a game that Sileo, days removed from a suspension for tweaking Erin Andrews on Twitter, helped promote as he broadcasted live from the site of Super Bowl XLVII.
“I had an epiphany in New Orleans,” Sileo told his listeners on WQAM/Miami on Monday. “As I was coming home on Friday, there was an intervention… Who did I see but Mitch Ross himself, Ray’s dealer.”
Sileo claims that Ross gave him the same PED’s that Ross says Lewis (allegedly) received from him.
And who knew that a Ravens Super Bowl victory would lead Sileo to do some investigative journalism, live on his show.
“I was inspired by Ray’s performance last night.”
Inspired, that is, to be a deer antler spray lab rat.
“This is the most journalistic thing I will ever do,” Sileo proclaimed. “Most men can just report on stories; I am going to give you personal hands-on knowledge on whether or not deer antler velvet works.
“This is, without a doubt, radio history being made,” he continued. “We are doing an NFL-banned substance on the radio, right now, for you. The journalistic integrity that we have here on the program, that we never have, is here on display for you right now. And nor do I want it, but today, I felt compelled to tell you out there, that if the deer antler made Ray Lewis a champion, hopefully it makes me a champion broadcaster.”
And so, Sileo proceeded to take some sprays of deer antler. “Mitch told me ten sprays under the tongue.”
The problem is, by the end of his show, he would take a grand total of thirty-three sprays.
And I lost track of how many chips he used in addition to the spray.
“The chips, the most important thing, that Ray swears takes pain away, and helps his arm so that he can be a Super Bowl champion,” Sileo said. “Since my knee… that I’ve had four surgeries on… is hurting badly, I am going to do my right knee with the actual Mitch Ross chips.”
In the second hour of the show, Sileo gave his audience an update: “I’m feeling emotional like Ray was last night.” Also, “There is a tingling sensation in my heart now.
“I’m gonna power through this,” he said, as he seeked another “Ray Lewis chip” to place on his wrist. Also, because “my aunt is really concerned about my health right now,” he decided to turn his cell phone off. “My aunt’s blowing it up… My jounalistic integrity is on the line.”
It was around that time that Sileo also made a revelation.
“I’ve shot myself with pregnant women’s urine before. It brings the melons back, if you know what I’m saying; it turns raisins into coconuts… I’ve got a whole lot of pregnant women’s urine in my refrigerator right now.”
When Sileo started this experiment, he warned listeners that he “might pass out.”
Sure enough, at the very end of his show, he took two final sprays, struggled through a live read, and then lost consciousness – or at least it sounded like he did. Sileo’s sidekicks had to end the show for him. (The photo you see above was taken and tweeted by a WQAM staffer.)
So is the deer antler stuff that potent? Or is it just too much for one radio host?
You be the judge.
(Full audio of the entire February 4, 2013 Dan Sileo show is available here.)