By Joseph Santoliquito
Philadelphia, PA (CBS)—Joe Conklin looked pleased, after another night of frivolity, some drinking, some more drinking, and a lot laughs at the inaugural Philly Sports Roast Thursday night at the Crystal Tea Room.
Former Eagle Terrell Owens was roasted by the likes of Conklin and his many personas, Al Morganti, Jon Runyan, Ed Rendell, WIP personalities Rob Ellis and Hollis Thomas, Stu Bykofsky and a seated cardboard cutout of Donovan McNabb at the end of the dais that stole the show.
While T.O. sat on his throne donning sun glasses, he tweeted and sent text messages, paying some attention to the flying quips, sometimes looking down and seeming not to be there at all. But Conklin made sure to make the point that T.O. was very cooperative, cordial and open.
Afterward, however, T.O. refused to speak with any media and did a complete reverse, standoffish and anxious to leave behind a pair of bodyguards.
“Actually, let’s thank 94 WIP, they hopped on this baby and we kicked it out,” Conklin said. “I thought it was a very successful night. They knew it was a winner and everyone had a lot of fun. I think what was most surprising was how funny Stu Bykofsky was. That was my biggest surprise. I was also surprised that more things did not fail. It was a bit of a train wreck, but it stayed pretty much on the tracks. It did not derail totally.”
The proceeds from the event went to Mary Kate’s Legacy Foundation, an organization that helps families with special needs children, as well as All Hands Working Foundation, an organization that helps with firefighter health and wellness.
The only constructive criticism was that there wasn’t more Conklin.
“We’re hoping to do this annually,” Conklin said. “We were pretty pleased. We’ll take everything into consideration. It was a good time and I think everybody was happy. I told T.O. this is your roast, pay attention, I know you’re not going to pay child support. All I got out of T.O. was one line, ‘I love Donovan.’”
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.