Mike'd Up: The Mike Francesa Show

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The man's arrogance knows no bounds. I love how he basically said the yankees own the wildcard as if it is theirs with a first right of refusal if they can't catch the sox for the division. "This isn't about the playoffs, everyone knows the yankees will be in the playoffs, this is about having a team good enough to win the whole thing." He is truly the poster boy for the arrogant, spoiled, entitled yankee fan.
 

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If you have access to YES and you can turn on Francesa right now you must do so. He's sitting in a dark room wearing an orange shirt and sunglasses and being shot at an angle. Really a bizarre and hilarious visual.

He's doing the show from Citi Field. Given all the places you could set up to do a radio show at a big league ballpark, how they settled on this visual I have no idea.
 

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It's been almost two years since M & MD split up. Initially, Mike promised on-air to find a new partner and there were many names rumored to join him. One was Max Kellerman, who had recently been dismissed by 1050 ESPN, but there was nothing to that. (For those who don't know, I-Max joined the 710 ESPN LA lineup sometime in the past 6-8 months...)

In the first few months of Francesa's solo show, he was noticeably warmer to his callers, and I'm guessing that the station Operations Manager, Mark Chernoff, had spoken to him. (I'm also guessing that the FAN had done some market research among core listeners asking them their opinions on him.)

At some point in the last year, the FF has definitely reverted to his bullying ways, berating callers. I'll admit, for me, it's somewhat of a guilty pleasure listening to him talk down from his throne to his listeners. But I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who also enjoys it when a caller makes, to Mike, what is a "preposterous" statement. Mike goes on to criticize it and then the caller's statement turns out to have validity and Mike...magically...claims the statement as his own.

His ratings continue to beat up Kay's. I wonder if other SoSHers are listening to Mike'd Up more or less than they used to when it was M & MD. (BTW, I finally got Sirius in the spring and listen to the Doggy from time to time when I'm in my car.)
 

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It's been almost two years since M & MD split up. Initially, Mike promised on-air to find a new partner and there were many names rumored to join him. One was Max Kellerman, who had recently been dismissed by 1050 ESPN, but there was nothing to that. (For those who don't know, I-Max joined the 710 ESPN LA lineup sometime in the past 6-8 months...)

In the first few months of Francesa's solo show, he was noticeably warmer to his callers, and I'm guessing that the station Operations Manager, Mark Chernoff, had spoken to him. (I'm also guessing that the FAN had done some market research among core listeners asking them their opinions on him.)

At some point in the last year, the FF has definitely reverted to his bullying ways, berating callers. I'll admit, for me, it's somewhat of a guilty pleasure listening to him talk down from his throne to his listeners. But I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who also enjoys it when a caller makes, to Mike, what is a "preposterous" statement. Mike goes on to criticize it and then the caller's statement turns out to have validity and Mike...magically...claims the statement as his own.

His ratings continue to beat up Kay's. I wonder if other SoSHers are listening to Mike'd Up more or less than they used to when it was M & MD. (BTW, I finally got Sirius in the spring and listen to the Doggy from time to time when I'm in my car.)

I used to listen to him and the Mad Dog daily, now I rarely listen to Mike except for his Sunday morning NFL show. He's too focused on the MFYs for my tastes. He really doesn't know or seems to be interested in pro basketball or hockey, and outside of the MFYs (note, not baseball, but specifically the MFYs) and football, the only other subject he shows any interest in is horse racing, which I could care less about.

So I usually listen to podcasts (Simmons, Carolla, Posnanski, Maron) instead of him.
 

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It's been almost two years since M & MD split up. Initially, Mike promised on-air to find a new partner and there were many names rumored to join him. One was Max Kellerman, who had recently been dismissed by 1050 ESPN, but there was nothing to that. (For those who don't know, I-Max joined the 710 ESPN LA lineup sometime in the past 6-8 months...)

In the first few months of Francesa's solo show, he was noticeably warmer to his callers, and I'm guessing that the station Operations Manager, Mark Chernoff, had spoken to him. (I'm also guessing that the FAN had done some market research among core listeners asking them their opinions on him.)

At some point in the last year, the FF has definitely reverted to his bullying ways, berating callers. I'll admit, for me, it's somewhat of a guilty pleasure listening to him talk down from his throne to his listeners. But I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who also enjoys it when a caller makes, to Mike, what is a "preposterous" statement. Mike goes on to criticize it and then the caller's statement turns out to have validity and Mike...magically...claims the statement as his own.

His ratings continue to beat up Kay's. I wonder if other SoSHers are listening to Mike'd Up more or less than they used to when it was M & MD. (BTW, I finally got Sirius in the spring and listen to the Doggy from time to time when I'm in my car.)
I will still tune in if there's something major happening in Yankeeland, like a trade or a big loss or some other drama, like with Posada earlier in the year. But other than that, no. It's not his arrogance and bullying that bothers me, he's always been like that, but he's just so boring by himself. He's still a good interviewer, and I don't listen often enough to really know, but it seems like he doesn't get the same quantity and quality of guests that he did before with Chris.

If his ratings are still good, then no surprise he doesn't want a partner. I thought, when Mike was pretending that he was going to add someone and doing those on air tryouts, that Kim Jones was decent.
 

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It's been almost two years since M & MD split up. Initially, Mike promised on-air to find a new partner and there were many names rumored to join him. One was Max Kellerman, who had recently been dismissed by 1050 ESPN, but there was nothing to that. (For those who don't know, I-Max joined the 710 ESPN LA lineup sometime in the past 6-8 months...)

In the first few months of Francesa's solo show, he was noticeably warmer to his callers, and I'm guessing that the station Operations Manager, Mark Chernoff, had spoken to him. (I'm also guessing that the FAN had done some market research among core listeners asking them their opinions on him.)

At some point in the last year, the FF has definitely reverted to his bullying ways, berating callers. I'll admit, for me, it's somewhat of a guilty pleasure listening to him talk down from his throne to his listeners. But I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who also enjoys it when a caller makes, to Mike, what is a "preposterous" statement. Mike goes on to criticize it and then the caller's statement turns out to have validity and Mike...magically...claims the statement as his own.

His ratings continue to beat up Kay's. I wonder if other SoSHers are listening to Mike'd Up more or less than they used to when it was M & MD. (BTW, I finally got Sirius in the spring and listen to the Doggy from time to time when I'm in my car.)
I used to listen to them all the time, now hardly ever. I never liked Mike but have to admit that unlike Steve Summers, Richard Near, etc he sure knows a lot of stuff that I can't get anywhere else. But the reason I don't listen anymore is that the show simply isn't any fun anymore. Dog had real moments of greatness. mike never does. Dog the day after the Sox beat the Yankees in 2004 said everything that any Red Sox fan would ever want to say about that game. Even Mike was good on that day. it was just great radio. Never happens any' more.
And I really can't conclude much from this, I guess, but I had satellite radio on a rental car last week and heard Dog for the first time and was bored by the show. I realize it was just one day, but it was awful. Maybe Mike and Dog just needed each other. Kind of like Howard Stern and Robin. I never had any use for Robin, but Howard was never as good
when she wasn't there.
 

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Mike is back today.

On the Jets: "The Jets are the Lords of Flatbush but the Giants are the Lord of the Rings because the Jets ain't got none. They have won August the past 3 years, but they don't keep score in August."

On the Yankees: "It's just sad that Burnett isn't having any fun. For $82.5 million, he really is known for having fun and making pies but he's not having any fun. He complains they aren't scoring runs for him so the Yankees score a million runs and he can't do anything. But, the goal is to have fun. How about you get somebody out?
 

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A rare summer afternoon on the air for Mike today and I think we may just get a nice little Yankees rant to open the show. Fingers crossed.
 

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I think you have to expect that Mike is going to tee off on Burnett after last night. It should be a fun listen.
 

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He didn't get all worked up as he still believes they are in the playoffs. And Mo is fine. Some guy said they should tell Burnett no more pies until he pitches better. He said if they did that what else what he do?
 
so how was it?
I have to give Mike credit. He says he's tired of people saying "big deal, the HR to right off Mo and Burnett were just a couple of cheapies. Because you can't say that as a Yankee fan. Half their homeruns are hit in the same spot. You can't disregard HRs that go in the first few rows of right field unless you do the same with all the ones that Teixeira, Granderson, and Swisher hit there."
 

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FF blowing a gasket over Pryor having to serve 5 game penalty in the NFL! Paraphrase "Total joke, any 1st year law school student could beat the NFL on this one...what about pete carrol why wasn't he suspended"
 

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Francesa's right. And why wasn't Pete Carroll suspended? It's a fair question.
I think the special circumstances warrant special considerations. Pryor had the opportunity to enter the draft in April but chose not to, even knowing the 5-game suspension was coming. Had he simply declared himself for the draft then, I doubt he's serving the five games. But because he decided after the regular draft to leave school, and he needed to petition to be eligible for the supplemental draft (meaning he didn't fit the normal criteria for it), a compromise situation was in order.

The NFL just as easily could have told him to wait until April, and he'd have had to sit out the whole year. And I think they would have been justified. It wasn't extenuating circumstances that kept him from entering April's draft, it was his own choice. They didn't have to do him any favors.

This will likely all be moot when no team actually bothers to pick him up anyway.
 

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Francesca droning on about 9/11, I guess trying to stoke up some righteous indignation over the Mets not being allowed to wear first responder hats during the game. He's just gone on and on about his experiences watching the 9/11 ceremonies on TV. Riveting stuff.

Sorry, but I don't want to hear about 9/11 stuff from him. Why do sports guys feel the need to talk about Important Things? I don't care what they think about Important Things. I want to hear about the games. That's why I listen to sports radio. If I want to hear about Important Things, I'll tune into the news, or some place where they discuss Important Things regularly. It's like sports guys get bored by the games. Where can you go if you just want to hear about sports?
 

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Francesca droning on about 9/11, I guess trying to stoke up some righteous indignation over the Mets not being allowed to wear first responder hats during the game. He's just gone on and on about his experiences watching the 9/11 ceremonies on TV. Riveting stuff.

Sorry, but I don't want to hear about 9/11 stuff from him. Why do sports guys feel the need to talk about Important Things? I don't care what they think about Important Things. I want to hear about the games. That's why I listen to sports radio. If I want to hear about Important Things, I'll tune into the news, or some place where they discuss Important Things regularly. It's like sports guys get bored by the games. Where can you go if you just want to hear about sports?
Mike Francesca? Over-valuing his own opinions? His own worth?

Get outta town!

I hear yea, I hate it when sports announcers think that, because they have a microphone in front of their face, they deserve to be heard on anything they want to talk about. But, come on: you had to expect some of this from him of all people.
 

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I guess, but it just seems endless. It's the first week of the football regular season. There are some fun games to talk about. Why aren't we hearing about them? Instead, it's a parade of sanctimony and a bunch of guys from Queens complaining about MLB ("It's all economics, man!").

However, Torre is an idiot. Every team needs to do exactly the same thing, so the Mets couldn't wear different caps? Why, exactly? Who cares if there's a slippery slope -- maybe that makes things more interesting.
 

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I guess, but it just seems endless. It's the first week of the football regular season. There are some fun games to talk about. Why aren't we hearing about them? Instead, it's a parade of sanctimony and a bunch of guys from Queens complaining about MLB ("It's all economics, man!").

However, Torre is an idiot. Every team needs to do exactly the same thing, so the Mets couldn't wear different caps? Why, exactly? Who cares if there's a slippery slope -- maybe that makes things more interesting.
The Mets wore first responded hats in 2007 against the Braves, so I don't know whose ass Torre pulled his excuse from:

The teams observed a pregame moment of silence to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Mets also wore hats from eight New York City departments that sustained losses that day, and a firefighter sang the national anthem.

Hernandez, sporting an FDNY hat, struggled in his first start since he gave up five runs and six hits over three innings at Philadelphia on Aug. 30. He traveled back to New York after that shaky outing and got a cortisone shot in his sore right foot.
Mets-Braves

I hope people are mentioning that - this isn't even a new idea from the Mets.
 

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The Mets wore first responded hats in 2007 against the Braves, so I don't know whose ass Torre pulled his excuse from:



Mets-Braves

I hope people are mentioning that - this isn't even a new idea from the Mets.
I wonder if all of MLB had hats with the American flag on them in 2007. Torre seems to be saying that since all the other teams had the special caps, the Mets had to wear the special caps sanctioned by MLB (and being sold on their website) instead of the first responder caps (that MLB wouldn't make any money off of). It was a ridiculous edict from MLB made worse by them confiscating the caps from the team after the pre-game ceremonies.
 

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Mike said earlier that MLB made the same ruling in 2001 and the Yankees complied while the Mets didn't. Couldn't the Mets have simply refused to go along with MLB? What could they have really done? Fines mean nothing to these guys and that would've been a bigger PR disaster for MLB.
 

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The Mets wore first responded hats in 2007 against the Braves, so I don't know whose ass Torre pulled his excuse from:



Mets-Braves

I hope people are mentioning that - this isn't even a new idea from the Mets.
I don't mean to derail your overall point which I agree with but it was 2001 obviously and not 2007. Sorry for the nitpicky correction. The poster right below you made the exact same mistake so I thought I would correct it.
 

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It obviously wasn't 2001 because the link is from 2007 and I was watching the game.

So correct yourself, thanks.
The confusion is coming from the fact that the Mets also wore first responder caps in the first game back against the Braves in 2001.

The umpires, along with the Mets, wore caps representing the city's police, fire and emergency personnel during the game. B.J. Surhoff and other Braves from the local area wore them in warmups.
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