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RyFo18
03-12-2013, 09:31 AM
This is a riot, source (http://deadspin.com/pranksters-record-two-nfl-gms-discussing-free-agency-ov-452366184).

Full audio (http://deadspin.a.ec.viddler.com/deadspin_1gxjtxbp4guodynv2ct9f690u1gkdj.mp4?fd9f2a1c14aadf1069f046c167f41e2b360f1178af15bbf77dab5bfb 91077d533f1c8acd985dd58d4a732b6c8dbb6738a0de3c1879ba5bb595b3bede054b44b8ddc37a0ad04d88dfda58)

Pranksters Record Two NFL GMs Discussing Free Agency Over The Phone PRANKS
It's a brilliant prank, and it never should've worked. How did a couple of 20-year-olds listen in on two NFL executives talking shop the day before free agency began? A little luck, great timing, and a 73-year old general manager who doesn't really understand how telephones work.

On Friday afternoon, Buffalo GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik shot the shit for about six minutes. They talked about their impending free agents, their frustration with a new three-day negotiating window, and the major handicap of not having a franchise quarterback. They had no idea that a pair of pranksters had set the whole chat up, or that those pranksters were still on the line, listening in.

Remember the Domino's prank? Call two pizza places, merge them together on a conference call, and let confusion reign. That's basically what happened here, only with more Buddy Nix complaining about how much the Bills are paying Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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.

And he kept calling 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. They put the call on speaker, recorded with a second cell phone, and sat back and listened to the fun.

(The full phone call can be found at the bottom of this post.)

The conversation starts off with some confusion. "Dadgum, son," the septuagenarian Nix laughs, "I've called you back a hundred times!" Dominik assures him that it must have been a wrong number, he would have called him back "in a heartbeat. I wouldn't mess around with that."



The two exchange cell phone numbers (which we've edited out), so that this never happens again.

Then the GMs get down to bitching about a new NFL rule that allows teams to begin negotiating with agents at midnight Friday night, even though players can't officially sign until Tuesday afternoon. Dominik says all the three-day rule does is "give leverage to the agents to ask for more money." Nix agrees and says the thing to do is to "fight to get this done away with."



Both GMs say they can't get any of their players to agree during the window, as their agents are using the three days to see what the market will bear for them. "None of mine are signing," says Dominik. "Not one of them. They don't want to sign."

Nix and Dominik seem to have had previous exploratory discussions on available players, because once they get around to what they've got cooking on the trade front, Nix knows who they are before Dominik names them. Two of them are mentioned in the call--corner E.J. Biggers ("I still haven't decided what to do with the corner yet") and tackle Jamon Meredith ("No one's really called me back on Jamon, to be honest.")



Nix has no interest. "We're pretty set with tackles," he tells Dominik. "We've got six draft picks, and hell, we need to gain something, not give them up." (Nix is also something of a lame duck in Buffalo, with Doug Whaley's future ascension a fait accompli.)

When talk turns to the Bills' moves, Nix says he's not planning on doing much because he's handcuffed by Ryan Fitzpatrick. "We're still struggling here with our quarterback...We're not really struggling--he's going to have to do something, or we'll have to."

More Nix on Fitzpatrick: "We just can't afford to pay that kind of money for a guy who's fighting for probably a backup job."



The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. "If you get one, everything's easy," Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can "take the best on the board. Don't worry about it."

Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, "Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you're a genius for 10 years now."

Below is the full recording of Nix's and Dominik's phone call, starting with Dominik's secretary patching them through. (There's a roughly 10-second gap at the 2:19 mark, when the pranksters received another call and hurriedly canceled it.) This is how your free agency sausage is made--GMs casually touching base, inquiring what's in the works, commiserating over shared frustrations, bitching about agents and players, and promising to keep in touch if anything changes.

Free agency begins at 4 p.m. EDT.

Fish
03-12-2013, 09:36 AM
The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. "If you get one, everything's easy," Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can "take the best on the board. Don't worry about it."

Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, "Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you're a genius for 10 years now."

Surely this is a typo and they were talking about the offensive tackle position.....

UberSparky
03-12-2013, 09:37 AM
That's awesome!

Canofbier
03-12-2013, 09:42 AM
This is genius. Can't wait to listen to it when I get the chance.

Canofbier
03-12-2013, 09:44 AM
Also, I found this part interesting (and hopefully telling?):

The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. "If you get one, everything's easy," Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can "take the best on the board. Don't worry about it."

Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, "Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you're a genius for 10 years now."

BigCatDaddy
03-12-2013, 09:45 AM
At least those 2 guys get it and didn't mention the "right 53".

Chiefs=Good
03-12-2013, 09:49 AM
LMAO

That's fantastic.

Fruit Ninja
03-12-2013, 09:54 AM
Yup that's why all is chiefs fans are bitter. We don't even try to get a qb. This franchise wants to be the exception not the rule in the nfl it's a very very bad thing.

Discuss Thrower
03-12-2013, 10:04 AM
Much love to the young lady (or sir) who's going to be testing the secretarial waters of Free Agency in Buffalo after this screw up.

Sorter
03-12-2013, 10:09 AM
Much love to the young lady (or sir) who's going to be testing the secretarial waters of Free Agency in Buffalo after this screw up.

Buddy Nix would never have a male secretary.

Never.

KC Tattoo
03-12-2013, 10:21 AM
So Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to compete against Tyler Thiggy for back up & they draft Geno Smith to be starter. Go Bills.

CoMoChief
03-12-2013, 10:24 AM
Luck/RG3 >>>>>> anything this draft has to offer.

The Chiefs picked the wrong year to suck ass...they should have sucked for Luck last season (2011) but didn't.

KC Tattoo
03-12-2013, 10:40 AM
Luck/RG3 >>>>>> anything this draft has to offer.

The Chiefs picked the wrong year to suck ass...they should have sucked for Luck last season (2011) but didn't.

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Shox
03-12-2013, 10:54 AM
Let's hope Fitz is really pissed and there is an ugly breakup.

Ring Ring. Buddy, Dorsey here. I can solve your QB problem with our 1st pick. Geno would look good in a Bills uni.

notorious
03-12-2013, 11:17 AM
That's awesome.


Fitzpatrick was basically drawn and quartered by his GM. LMAO

Chiefnj2
03-12-2013, 11:34 AM
Let's hope Fitz is really pissed and there is an ugly breakup.

Ring Ring. Buddy, Dorsey here. I can solve your QB problem with our 1st pick. Geno would look good in a Bills uni.

He won't have to move to get him.

Mizzou_8541
03-12-2013, 11:36 AM
Surely this is a typo and they were talking about the offensive tackle position.....

LMAO

Molitoth
03-12-2013, 11:43 AM
What a giant fuckup. Now we know why Polio was such a paranoid asshole.

Pitt Gorilla
03-12-2013, 11:43 AM
Surely this is a typo and they were talking about the offensive tackle position.....LMAO

BossChief
03-12-2013, 11:49 AM
I'd love to get EJ Biggers if they don't bring him back.

kcchiefsus
03-12-2013, 11:52 AM
Luck/RG3 >>>>>> anything this draft has to offer.

The Chiefs picked the wrong year to suck ass...they should have sucked for Luck last season (2011) but didn't.

The same would have said about those two compared to Russell Wilson last year, and then he ended up doing just as good if not better than them. Point is, you just don't know.

saphojunkie
03-12-2013, 11:54 AM
He won't have to move to get him.

Oh yes he will. Everyone knows KC wants to trade down, so the simple fear that someone else will do it is going to drive the market for our first overall pick.

unnecessary drama
03-12-2013, 11:55 AM
in the history of the game

finding a Russell Wilson is about a 1 in 200 probability

having the #1 pick at QB turn into a franchise guy is like a 1 in 3.5

Al Bundy
03-12-2013, 11:55 AM
At least those 2 guys get it and didn't mention the "right 53".

Yep and yet some dipshit Bucs fans want Dominik fired.

Chief_For_Life58
03-12-2013, 12:06 PM
thats gold

Chief_For_Life58
03-12-2013, 12:06 PM
I was waiting for buddy to drop the n word

Cephalic Trauma
03-12-2013, 12:22 PM
Let's hope Fitz is really pissed and there is an ugly breakup.

Ring Ring. Buddy, Dorsey here. I can solve your QB problem with our 1st pick. Geno would look good in a Bills uni.

So this is how I would post if I had one too many chromosomes.

Al Bundy
03-12-2013, 12:24 PM
So this is how I would post if I had one too many chromosomes.

LMAO

Chief Roundup
03-12-2013, 12:45 PM
Nix also mentions that this is a real bad time to be needing a QB as well.

Stanley Nickels
03-12-2013, 12:49 PM
Buddy Nix would never have a male secretary.

Never.

According to the Bills' website, you're right. But not as right as you might think, considering his "southern good-ol-boy horndog" accent...

https://www.facebook.com/sandy.schneider.524

Sorter
03-12-2013, 12:53 PM
According to the Bills' website, you're right. But not as right as you might think, considering his "southern good-ol-boy horndog" accent...

https://www.facebook.com/sandy.schneider.524

I'll be honest, I thought for sure all of Nix's secretaries would be in their mid 20s and attractive.

Stanley Nickels
03-12-2013, 12:54 PM
I'll be honest, I thought for sure all of Nix's secretaries would be in their mid 20s and attractive.

Hell, two minutes of that conversation led me to believe that he'd insist their cheerleading staff do "receptionist work" in the offseason.

tk13
03-12-2013, 12:56 PM
Maybe Pioli was right. If he ever gets another front office job he truly is going to have all the phone wires tapped and every call traced.

Sorter
03-12-2013, 01:04 PM
Hell, two minutes of that conversation led me to believe that he'd insist their cheerleading staff do "receptionist work" in the offseason.

I mean, if I were a GM, I'd do it. Get 2 birds stoned at once.

Sorter
03-12-2013, 01:04 PM
Plus it would look really good on those cheerleader's resumes.

L.A. Chieffan
03-12-2013, 01:39 PM
Luck and RG3 are good but they're pretty overrated. I think Alex Smith will put up better numbers than both of them.