ESPN radio Seattle recently moved 3 producers around, one of them being Tom Wassell from Brock and Danny to one of the other programs. Moving people is usually something you see when there are personality conflicts, and the other two producers involved seemed as vanilla as possible so I figured Wassell was most likely the reason for the change, probably against his own wishes.
It was hard not to notice that Danny was a little extra giddy during Wassle's last week and made references to the change numerous times. During the last two days, Wassell barely spoke and when he did, he generally seemed to be in a bad mood. I've never really felt that Wassell was as cantankerous as Brock and Danny pretended him to be ("old man Wassell," etc), but on those last couple days you could tell he was pissed. When Danny made a joke about Wassle being too much for a show he wasn't going to, Bob and Groz, Wassell fired back by joking "I've worked with bigger egos."
Now, I personally like Wassell quite a bit. I like smart people, Wassell is razor sharp and anathema to lame-brained bullshit, making him almost the perfect opposite of Danny O'Neil. Brock is a smart guy too, I never really got the sense he had any issue with Wassell. But Brock plays nice, and even when pissed off Brock watches his words.
Well anyway, it's been just two days since the change and Wassell was already posting on twitter "playful" barbs at his producer replacement, a guy who almost never talks and doesn't have much personality. This wasn't smart by Wassell, stuff like that doesn't translate over the internet and it does make Wassell look like a dick, whether it was his intention or not.
Well anyway, Danny actually reads these tweets over the air, then after the second one adds "yeah Tom, you'll be missed like a canker sore." In a totally straight voice, no laughs or hahas. Though it did get a bit of a small "awwwwkward!" type laugh from Brock.
My guess is that Danny got pissed at Wassell for his "fact checker" schtick. It's actually a very valuable thing he can do as a producer to keep the program factual, but the way he did it was just a little bit too pointed, with various sound effects. It's too bad, because I personally really enjoyed listening to Wassell as a producer, I'll probably check out his next gig.
Anyway, didn't see a topic for this and thought it was probably the most interesting thing to come out of 710 ESPN in a while.