A caller wanted to know if SIRIUS and XM were going to merge, but Howard responded no one from either company had confirmed or denied the latest stories about the subject.
Howard then noted a story that appeared over the weekend in the New York Times suggested it made sense for the two services joining because they "share the same costs," but again assured the caller he didn't have any information about the rumors. When the caller proceeded to ask Howard if he could stay on hold although he had his own SIRIUS system, Artie told him his behavior scared him, and Howard hung up on him for the same reason.
Another caller asked Howard why Bigfoot, Crazy Alice and Elegant Elliott Offen tied in this year's football pool with seven wins apiece, despite the fact that Big Foot had the fewest losses because he had two pushes. Howard then explained the rules of the game only counted wins – not the best winning percentage.