Behind-the-Scenes of Table Manners With Coach Mike Lonergan

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On Tuesday, May 20, GW men's basketball Head Coach Mike Lonergan joined his boys from Bowie, The Junkies, at The Prime Rib in Maryland Live! Casino for a taping of Table Manners, a half-hour television show on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Coach Lonergan's taping concluded the third season of Table Manners, with an air date expected this fall.

Until then, head over to the jump to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of Coach Lonergan's Table Manners segment with the Junkies.


He will be among eight guests and shows in this third season along with Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, former Washington Bullets All-Star Bobby Dandridge, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and Washington Redskins executive and Super Bowl XXII Most Valuable Player Doug Williams.

Coach Lonergan arrived around 2 p.m. just as The Junkies and Carlson finished the crew's first taping of the day.  The next 30-45 minutes were spent preparing the set, hosts (Cakes - John Auville, EB - Eric Bickel, Lurch - Jason Bishop, and JP - John-Paul Flaim), and Coach for the new shoot, including resetting of the dinner table and camera and audio equipment from Carlson's shoot in the Prime Rib dining area, ordering meals for the next shoot, and makeup and wardrobe in the "Green Room" on the restaurant patio littered with clothes racks, snacks, cables and screens.

There were also general discussions about the show topics, as well as families, friends and jobs between Coach Lonergan and his old acquaintances who all grew up in Bowie and the DMV.

Before starting Coach's taping, the hosts took a moment to enjoy their final shoot of the third season, donning 'I Survived 3 Seasons of Table Manners' T-shirts along with producer Lisa Edwards and a dozen other crew members to commemorate the occasion.  The show recently moved from its previous venue of the Palm in Tysons Corner and all were anxious to get picked up for a fourth season for another set of tapings at the Prime Rib.

After the moment was enjoyed, Lisa got the crew and hosts into place and started rolling tape.  What happened next was a one-hour, one-take, three-course, made-for-television dinner conversation amongst old friends.  No cuts, a few coughs (literally, Lurch couldn't handle a little extra pepper on his chicken) and a bunch of laughs between "Bowie's finest."

The group touched upon a number of topics during the hour-long taping: growing up in Bowie, going to school in and around the district, the genesis of Coach Lonergan's desire to become a coach, Coach's career as a "defensive minded, pass first point guard" at Archbishop Carroll, Catholic and the rec leagues of D.C., his rise through the coaching ranks and how recruiting has changed over levels and time, and raising families and coaching their own children.

Similar to his numerous appearances on the Junkies radio show on 106.7 The Fan over the past three years, Coach Lonergan's segment was fast-paced and equal parts fun, serious and reminiscing between five guys who grew up from the blocks of Bowie to the top of their games, be it basketball or radio, in the nation's capital.  Be sure to tune in to Table Manners on CSN this fall!


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