The WFAN reporter was featured in The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said™ Page-A-Day Calendar for a supposedly insensitive joke he made referring to Pearl Harbor.
When asked if the American League East pennant race was over, Murti reportedly replied, "Over? It's not over. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
What the calendar's editors missed, however, was that Murti's response was a direct quote from the classic college film, "Animal House," starring John Belushi:
Murti understandably took issue with his place in the calendar, and its editors -- the brother-and-sister team of Ross and Kathryn Petras, who call themselves "America’s foremost experts in celebrity stupidity" on their Workman Publishing author page -- failed to recognize a reference to a well-known scene in an oft-quoted movie.
I made a "365 Stupidest Things Said" calendar because nobody there saw Animal House??? twitter.com/YankeesWFAN/st…
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) December 7, 2012
Fortunately for Murti, his fellow sportswriters jumped in to defend him on Twitter, while lampooning the comical dearth of pop-culture knowledge of the calendar's makers.
@yankeeswfan to quote the prison guard from Shawshank Redemption: "Oh my holy God." ...the makers of that calendar should just shut it down
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) December 7, 2012
@yankeeswfan the makers of said calendar should "Go to the penalty box and feel shame". They probably didn't see "Slap Shot" either, Sweeny.
— Mike O'Hara (@mikeyoh21) December 7, 2012
@yankeeswfan That's unbelievable. We now have a new answer for "Stupidest calendar of all-time."
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 7, 2012
It's been a rough end to the year for Murti. First, radio host Mike Francesa fell asleep while interviewing him back in September, and now this.