When it comes to sports radio in D.C., the programming can often run fast and loose. One day, you might find yourself listen to an extended discussion about parking at local music venues, and on another, talk of a famous television show. You never know. So, when local lawyer and noted loudmouth Robin Ficker called in to 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies this morning, you had to know things were going to get weird.
Ficker spent years as the loudest man behind the bench at Bullets games, heckling the opposing team on a legendary level. He was once described by Deadspin as “an attorney by trade … he’s a habitual novelty candidate for political offices, a compulsive promoter of ballot initiatives of various Libertarian-y bents.” We’re not going to get into the ins and outs of Ficker’s association with the man accused of killing a family in Northwest D.C., but the conversation covered topics such as murder, DNA evidence, pizza, cash, the now-defunct Love nightclub, former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, British Guyana and most importantly to us, the Capital Centre.
After one segment in which Ficker espoused the human qualities of Daron Dylon Wint, he hung around for a second one to take calls. Before the phones lit up though, the hosts asked him about his days in the arena.
JP Flaim: When did you walk away from being kind of the chief heckler there, at Wizards games? … We grew up watching you heck Charles Barkley and the likes at the Cap Center, when did you kind of retire from heckling guys.
Ficker: Plus they always kept it clean at the games. But I read up on them and I was right there, and I knew that they were easily distractable. And rather than keeping their mind on beating the Bullets, they would look at me and look away …
Eric Bickel: We understand, but why’d you stop?
Jason Bishop: When’d you stop going to games.
Ficker: I stopped going to games in 1998. I went to every game for 12 years. Then, when they moved downtown, they were supposed to give us similar seats and I had longevity over anyone in the section behind the bench. But they would not give me the same seats, so I said thanks but no thanks, and just turned my attention elsewhere to my kids athletics and now very much the Maryland wrestling in the Big Ten.
JP: Very cool.
Later in the segment, Ficker dissed a caller asking about DNA on a pizza, by claiming he’s hesitant to even answer because the man’s name was Dallas. When pressed on whether or not going on a sports talk radio show to discuss a murder case was a prudent move, Ficker said he’d be willing to talk sports at anytime. It was a truly epic appearance, even for a guy with Ficker’s penchant for self-aggrandizement.
And now we all know that Maryland has a wrestling team.