Marc Zumoff joins The Farzy Show with Marc Farzetta | Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Marc is back and bringing you everything in Philly sports! Farzy catches up with play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff, who is retiring after forty years as the beloved voice of the Sixers’.
The Phillies were unable to make it two in a row against the Miami Marlins losing 11-6. Bryce Harper was able to squeeze in two home runs, though no one was on base for either of them. Unfortunately, the bullpen failed once again and Aaron Nola let five runs go by.
Yesterday, the NCAA finally ruled that athletes to be paid. Farzy has always been vehemently against college athletes being paid, but always said that they should be able to make money off their name. “There is an 8-year-old boy making two million a year for unboxing toys, he is making money off of his name image, and likeness so why can’t a college athlete do that. This only makes sense. It is the right thing to do,” Farzy explains.
On the Rothman Orthopedics Guest Line, Farzy welcomes in mentor and patron saint of The Farzy Show, Marc Zumoff, who is calling it quits after a stellar career spanning four decades. When Farzy asks Zumoff how he feels about all of this, the sportscaster simply responds “blown away.” Farzy marvels at how humble Zumoff has stayed with the accolades and awards he has received over the years. Zumoff says, “we all have our own egos. They can ruin a lot of things, whether it is a professional relationship a personal relationship. I have worked assiduously to keep mine under control.”
Zoo recalls his best memories in the commentating booth including the first NBA lockdown in 1998 when the Sixers beat the Orlando Magic in a memorable Game 3. Farzy asks him to take us along the journey that saw an awed eight-year-old going to watch the Sixers play with his dad to being the voice of the team. “When you realize your dream. It is one of the careers that are surreal. I could easily die doing this job but there are other aspects of life that I want to be able to do,” Zoo says, before thanking his wife “she is my hero for holding down the fort while I was playing sportscaster hero for so many years.”
“The fact that I can step away and people can still think that I am at the top of my game and ask me to stay is quite flattering.” It doesn’t get better than the great A.I. thanking Zumoff for being the voice of his talent, “I see my career and his as inextricably linked. Allen was one of the most unique talents our game will ever see and he gave me such great material,” Zoo says. Erving, Malone, and Embiid all stand out as unique players who Zumoff had the privilege to commentate. Zumoff plans to learn Spanish and to throw a dart on the map and go there. When asked for advice for the next Marc Zumoff, he says “be patient because people are not as accepting as you would like them to be.” When Farzy asks if we are going to be ok, Zoo responds “It depends on how you look at it. You never have success or failure because of one play or one player. It’s always a number of different things, that is how you succeed and how you fail.” He believes the Sixers will be very special in the coming years.
During our social media check-in, brought to you by Steak and Main, Farzy reacts to comments from fans about his interview with Zumoff. Marc also talks about the flailing bullpen and Joe Girardi’s flaws. Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for tonight’s Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks in what has been a cursed NBA playoffs with a slew of the injuries.
In the Morning Rush Segment, brought to you by Sky Motor Cars, Farzy talks about the Phillies looking to bounce back with Zach Eflin being on the mound against the Miami Marlins in the last of their three-game series. Marc talks about how having five major sports teams in Philadelphia detracts from college sports except for Villanova basketball, saying the NCAA ruling will go over this city’s head. Farzy expects players to stay on as college athletes longer and will keep college sports more competitive.
In the Big Bets Segment, brought to you by DraftKings, Farzy likes the Hawks to take a 3-2 series lead.