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The Sports Junkies Plan to Debut New Show “Table Manners” on Comcast SportsNet

The four radio hosts will mix bro logic with the etiquette of conversation and dining.

John Auville, Jason Bishop, and J.P. Flaim with Darrel Young of the Redskins at a charity dinner at the Palm in February. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Just as old-school Emily Post was eclipsed by modern Miss Manners when the era of
midcentury etiquette transitioned to the trends of the ’80s and ’90s, could it be
that 21st century dos and don’ts will be defined by “bro” logic? It will be if Comcast
SportsNet has anything to say about it. We’ve been told that next month the local
cable sports channel plans to launch
Table Manners, an eight-episode series that features the stars of WJFK-FM’s
The Sports Junkies
John Auville,
Eric Bickel,
Jason Bishop, and
J.P. Flaim, also known as “Cakes,” “EB,” “Lurch,” and “JP.”

They’ll keep their day jobs, hosting their popular morning rush hour sports/news/pop
culture talk show, but for
Table Manners they will convene at the Palm at Tysons Corner, where waiters will serve them food
and drink while they “have a conversation with a different athlete, coach, [or] celebrity,”
according to our source.

The Junkies, a crew of friends who grew up together in Bowie, Maryland, began the
radio show in the ’90s after college. The tone is decidedly bro-world. The pretense
of sports savvy but no culture is the hook for
Table Manners. In one of the promotional spots now airing on Comcast, the Junkies are dressed in
black tie and white tie. Flaim sports a top hat, Auville a monocle; Bishop wears white
gloves. In another spot, Bickel says, “I don’t know how to handle a wine glass. I
don’t know how to cut my steak properly. I think we have good manners, we’re just
not that smart.”

Tim Seymour, general manager of the Palm at Tysons, says he does not know who will be teaching
the radio hosts the finer points of dining etiquette—perhaps the notoriously opinionated
Palm waiters?—but he says those details will be sorted out at a production meeting
tomorrow morning. Shooting begins on Monday. “We have had a relationship with the
Junkies for years,” he says. “We go on the air with them. We periodically bring them
steak and lobster. When they got the idea to put this together, the only restaurant
they really wanted to do it at was here.