Bobby Hebert ignores press box etiquette

It’s universally accepted in pro sports that, in the press box, there shall be no cheering.

On Sunday night, our pal Mike Tunison of KSK and SportingNews.com and probably some other places (he used to pinch hit here from time to time) was doing his damnedest to comply with that edict in Baltimore, once his Steelers took the lead in the fourth quarter.  (He opted to express his euphoria instead on his Twitter feed.)

On Monday night, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert apparently had forgotten to take his laptop to the Superdome.

Here’s the video evidence of Hebert openly celebrating after Drew Brees found an uncovered Devery Henderson for a 75-yard touchdown.  (Thanks, ClubhouseCancer.com.)

Even Colts president Bill Polian, who’s notorious for displaying the full palate of emotions in the press box, would have to agree that Hebert not only crossed the line, but jumped over it while whooping and hollering and pumping his fists.

UPDATE:  I should have known that this wasn’t an isolated incident.  Here’s Hebert in early October, possibly giving Bud Adams a few ideas.  If you know of more, send them along.

49 responses to “Bobby Hebert ignores press box etiquette

  1. So Myran Cope was an “impartial” announcer for the Steelers?
    Other cities have only impartial announcers for their local stations?
    Get real! Hebert was not only a player for the Saints, he grew up and still resides in LA.
    Personally, I like the fact that he is “for” the home team – after all, why shouldn’t he be?

  2. Just look at him. Maybe he’s not, but he sure looks hammered. And what’s with that thing on his head? Is that some sort of dead animal wrapped around his head?

  3. OMFG, coaches swearing on the sidelines, people celebrating in the press box, an owner giving the finger to the other team….. its the end of the world if you’re a prude and offended by silly little things that shouldn’t bother anyone and simply be a source of amusement.

  4. Doesn’t Herbert do the Saints radio games for the local station? It looks like the guy jumping around isn’t working or doing anything but rooting for the Saints and yelling “Who Dat.”

  5. Who? … Seriously, who?
    Isn’t that the guy who quarterbacked the Saints in 1987, when they lost 44-10 in the playoffs to the Vikings?

  6. WHAT?! A local guy rooting for a local team?! FIRE HIM NOW!
    You’re an idiot. I listen to 700 WLW all the time here in Cincy and they hoot and holler like morons when the Bengals score… not to mention sound like they’re at a funeral after the Bengals lose…
    So pumping your fist is different than that?

  7. I don’t know what most local radio guys look like while doing their broadcasts but I have heard many and the color commentators are ALL homers. It not only isn’t wrong, it’s expected. The play-by-play guy is relatively straight, though leaning homer, and the color guy is 100% for the home team.
    This isn’t news. It isn’t surprising.
    Also, radio guys are used to being unseen, so are naturally going to be less conscious of their physical reactions to the game they’re covering.

  8. Way to go Bobby!!!!!!
    Hebert was not only the Saints QB in their first winning season, he is also a radio personality on WWL Radio covering the Saints. He does a daily sports show, pre-game show, half time commentary and post game show. He does not call the games live, but does give commentary. He is a “media guy”, but first and foremost he is a former player and a passionate fan.
    He replaced (although that is not really possible, RIP) Buddy Delliberto in the position he now holds. Buddy used to joke that if the Saints ever made it to the Super Bowl he would wear a dress and parade around. If the Saints make it to the big game, Bobby has said he would carry on with the promise of his dead predecessor and don the dress. God help us if he wears it in the press box in Miami……
    See you in Washington Bobby. Actually, Landover, MD.
    GO SAINTS!!!!!!

  9. And Bob Herbert’s great. He’s the Daily News.
    Yes. Yes. You know what’s interesting. The quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons is Bobby Hebert. No “r” which I find fascinating. You know it’s Herbert h-e-r-b-e-r-t, Hebert h-e-b-e-r-t. “Hebert” it’s a fun name to pronounce. Try and say it Hebert. Take a shot.

  10. UPDATE: I should have known that this wasn’t an isolated incident. Here’s Hebert in early October, possibly giving Bud Adams a few ideas. If you know of more, send them along.
    **************
    Why? Is this going to be a continuing series?? Must REALLY be a slow news day if you’re hunting for more of Bobby’s antics to fill the pages here. This is more of a non-story than the Favre saga.

  11. I just became a bigger fan of Bobby Hebert. That was great.
    Native son and former team QB. Of course he’s gonna root for them. Doesn’t look like he’s calling any kind of game. So who cares?
    Our Dolphins radio color guys (also former Phins players) scream like banshees when we score. And the fans LOVE it.
    The only people who don’t like this kind of thing are…..other media types.

  12. Bobby does pre-game and post-game stuff for the Saints’ radio network, not play-by-play or color during the game.
    Hence, he’s available to get hammered and dance around during the game.

  13. I would guess there is some “etiquette” about not sneaking whiskey into the press box as well, but that never stopped the Cajun Cannon.

  14. Lord Florio, you certainly are the pot calling the kettle black! You show your bias here toward certain teams on a daily basis.
    That is pretty much the same damn thing and you know it!
    Just for a change, just to see if you can do it, to go for one whole week without showing any bias, without trying to stir up controversy, to actually report NFL news! Think you and your minions could do it?

  15. Mike, you are a liberal, yet you seem to have this really strong puritanical streak going that is mighty weird.
    WTF? NO FUN OF ANY KIND or something? Just want to tell people how to act because of some deep-seated neurosis?

  16. Just another example of Class in N.O.
    Just a bunch of dumb cajuns that do not know how to behave.
    Go back to your crappy house and crappy job and STFU!
    Oh and give back the money that you stole to fix the SuperShitHoleDome.

  17. No one cares Florio! I love the reaction this is getting. Good for Bobby, after what he and all Saints fans and players have had to go through, for gods sake, enjoy this!

  18. Of course they removed the video before I was able to view it…and I really wanted to see a fat, slobbering Cajun cheering on his ‘Aints.

  19. leatherneck says:
    December 2, 2009 9:35 AM
    Who? … Seriously, who?
    Isn’t that the guy who quarterbacked the Saints in 1987, when they lost 44-10 in the playoffs to the Vikings?
    _______
    And YOU have won WHAT again?
    You LOSERS make me laugh…especially the Pats fans here.
    FYI, Hebert actually has a championship to his credit, the one he won as the QB of the Michigan Panthers in the USFL. Not an NFL title, but likely better than anything your sorry ass will ever do.
    Heck, I’m a Niners fan and I still can’t hate on Bobby, even though my team faced him several times over the years in the old NFC West.

  20. Florio, your mancrush on all things purple are apparently not hiden well. Have you ever listened to MN radio broadcasters? Besides smelling of lutefisk and shitty beer, they cream their jeans when Favre so much as farts. In radio, the homer rules don’t apply…TV, yes…unless they are also watching Favre, then they also lick his ass.
    To the dumbass that talks about “dumb Cajuns” Saints fans are more loyal than what I assume are the fans of your overrated team, the Vikings. The Superdome is a far superior facility to the Metrodome, it sells out regularly, especially when they host a playoff game, unlike that dump in Minneapolis.
    To the Vikings fan who referenced a playoff game from 12 years ago, well, at least you’ll always have that game to hang your hat on…dumbass.

  21. Good! It’s football…not an opera. I’m sick of “fans” that tell you to sit down, and ushers kicking you out for swearing. It’s not a kids’ environment. Vegas tried that and it failed miserably! An NFL stadium is an adult playground and nothing more.

  22. This story is hilarious – I was at work Monday night in the midwest, with no TV, and so I went about perusing on-line radio stations to find the game.
    I found one that featured some periodic commentary by Hebert, and not only is he an unforgiving Saints homer, but when did he begin sounding like the late-great Wolfman Jack?

  23. There is a difference in a radio crew celebrating from their box then a press member celebrating in the press box. Know the difference. This has been know as long as American sports has taken place. He should be banned from away press boxes. No class.

  24. I think we’re missing the point a bit. In conveying in your medium, if you want to be a cheerleader or not, that’s up to you. If you are a ‘homer’ on radio, TV, or print, knock yourself out.
    What you can’t do is overtly cheer in the pressbox and it’s always been that way. That’s always meant not appaulding or cheering like Herbert did in the YouTube clip noted later in the post (fumble/TD cheer).
    Journalists are supposed to be impartial. Whether you actually are in what you write or broadcast, that’s up for debate. But applauding or cheering like Herbert did? Way over the line.

  25. I would love to catch Eric the Clown on the street one day and see how much smack he would talk without Internet courage. Then again I’d probably get arrested for hitting a 15 year old retarded kid.

  26. # SmackMyVickUp says: December 2, 2009 9:48 AM
    Played his career on mediocre Saints teams, must have a lot of emotion built up.
    Actually, SmackMyVickUp, when Hebert started for the Saints he was 21-0 against AFC teams and the Saints had the 3rd best record in the league over a 5 yr period (#1 was SF (same division), and #2 was Buffalo).
    Not too bad if you ask me. And nothing close to “mediocre”!

  27. As teke184 points out, Hebert is strictly a pre- and post-game guy, so it’s his job to be homer. That said, he’ll slap ’em around when they’re not playing well.
    The Saints game announcers – Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan – are actually pretty tough on the team. I remember a Gajan comment from a few years back: “There’s a word for the Saints secondary, and that word is ‘sucks’.”

  28. Some people got this right. You are not supposed to cheer or celebrate in the press area. It is as simple as that.

  29. This is a non-story. Sour grapes?
    Bobby’s the local “color guy” and a huge Saints Homer. He cheers for big plays because he’s a passionate Saints fan. What good is a “color guy” if he doesn’t get excited?
    Somehow, your high horse looks to be a dwarf pony.

  30. Who cares what a guy that most of us are unfamiliar with does in a press box?
    The guy is a lifelong Saint and is happy his team is doing well. What is wrong with that?

  31. TheVulture says:
    December 2, 2009 12:10 PM
    I would love to catch Eric the Clown on the street one day and see how much smack he would talk without Internet courage. Then again I’d probably get arrested for hitting a 15 year old retarded kid.
    _______’
    LMFAO!!!!
    But then again, all Pats fans fit that description.

  32. Hebert doesn’t do any commentary during the game.
    He has a radio program after the games in which he
    is just as fired up when the Saints perform.
    And if they “suck”, he is equally opinionated.
    It’s called individuality, and be careful with your
    p.c.ness because he might just put his foot
    on your throat.

  33. Lost in all these comments is what a knob Mike Tunison is. Proof that any idiot with a blog can somehow get a press pass.

  34. TheVulture says:
    December 2, 2009 12:10 PM
    I would love to catch Eric the Clown on the street one day and see how much smack he would talk without Internet courage. Then again I’d probably get arrested for hitting a 15 year old retarded kid.
    ———————————–
    ooooooooo
    internet bully..
    you win i am so scared.

  35. As long as he wasn’t throwing beads to get girls to take off their shirts, who cares? And if he did, do you have any video of that, Florio?

  36. EricTheClown says:
    December 2, 2009 2:28 PM
    TheVulture says:
    December 2, 2009 12:10 PM
    I would love to catch Eric the Clown on the street one day and see how much smack he would talk without Internet courage. Then again I’d probably get arrested for hitting a 15 year old retarded kid.
    ———————————–
    ooooooooo
    internet bully..
    you win i am so scared.
    ______
    Scared….just like the rest of the pussy Pats fans, no doubt. Eric…the “Clown” name fits you to a T. I’m guessing that any of those “Cajuns” that you refer to would love to meet you as well and re-educate you on what they are all about. This Niners fan certainly knows better than to disparage those guys…maybe you should follow suit as well. Otherwise, maybe one of those “Cajuns” might just rearrange your brain. LMAO!!!!!!

  37. Firstly Bobby is the man and you people dont have a single idea of what he’s about. He doesn’t broadcast the games, he does the post game show and hes not a sportswriter. He’s from LA, played college here and played for the Saints. The self-proclaimed founder of the “Who-Dat Nation” he is nothing more than the avid Saints fan alive. And as for the tard who said he looks like he’s drunk, thats normal behavior for us from south LA. If you knew how dumb you people actually are right now, you’d just shut up and get off pft.

  38. OK OK OK OK: There’s no reason my above comment should’ve been blocked this morning around 6:30 this morning. It’s very irksome that the ability to express myself is being stifled by some irrational ninny on some sort of power trip because he or she has been rubbed, as the Japanese would say, the “wong” way. This shabby treatment is really sending me there. Gotsta take it out on an Iggles fan………………………………. and soon…………………….

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