Which made Canseco’s second benefactor — Mike Wallace — all the more important. John Hamlin, a producer at 60 Minutes , had gotten a tip about Canseco’s book from a friend at another network. (The friend couldn’t act on it because his employer was a Major League Baseball rights holder.) Hamlin began calling baseball people and confirming the details. Almost no one would talk on the record, but they suggested that Canseco’s account was true. One of the few allegations Hamlin couldn’t verify was Canseco’s insistence that Roger Clemens was juicing.
From the inception of the show until 2006, bad calls were run with a loud horn-like buzzer. This buzzer was replaced in 2006 by Rome's imitation of the buzzer, dubbed "the manual buzzer." A female-voiced version, uttered during an otherwise strong call from Megan in Sacramento, has become unexpectedly popular with Rome as a "lame" manual buzzer, and the two are often interchanged with each other. Rome sometimes beats Alvin to the punch on a bad call by dropping a "live manual buzzer" before Alvin can use the recorded version. In 2010, the manual buzzer was modified by adding a track of LaDainian Tomlinson rapping "I don't like that call, not a very good call!" from his rap "Electric Glide". When there is a guest host while Rome is "in the basement", the original buzzer is used.
How witness credibility plays into the NFL’s disciplinary process is unclear. In a letter to Elliott informing him that he had been suspended for six games, the league said that advisors to league commissioner Roger Goodell had found “substantial and persuasive evidence” that Elliott had been violent toward Thompson. (The NFL’s personal-conduct policy says that a player who has not been charged with a crime can still be disciplined if there is “credible evidence” that he violated the policy.) An NFL spokesperson, asked what the “substantial and persuasive” standard means and how it compares to a preponderance-of-evidence one, was unable to clarify the issue for Deadspin.