Posted by Adam Jacobi
One of the smartest things anybody in radio has ever done is putting a microphone in front of Michael Irvin and keeping it there. Seriously, it goes 1. War of the Worlds, 2. Irvin gets his own show, 3. inventing FM. Irvin's passion for the sport of football--and specifically his Miami Hurricanes--is unmatched, and lord knows the man likes to talk.
So with the Hurricanes just two days away from one of their biggest games in years, at second-ranked Ohio State, Irvin delivered a goosebump-worthy pep talk on his radio show in Miami at 560 WQAM. It's not embeddable, unfortunately, but it's worth a click if you've got five minutes.
Our favorite detail about this, as you can probably surmise, is the Phil Collins in the background. It's an Orange Bowl tradition--ostensibly due to the Miami Vice connection--so it's not like Irvin has a bizarre Phil Collins jones or anything (seriously, that would be weird). But he paces the speech beautifully with the song, hits the drum solo perfectly, and lets the song do the rest after that. Listen to it and tell us you don't want to run through a wall for Michael Irvin. It's amazing.