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Mike Francesa Takes Unnecessary Shot at the Mets

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

What about a reunion with Russo, now the afternoon host on Sirius XM Satellite Radio? “I would say there’s a better chance that the Mets win the pennant,” Francesa said. - Mike Francesa to Newsday Neil Best regarding the end of his contract in 2014 There are tons of nuggets in Best’s column about Francesa’s potential […]

Bullpen Bridge, Texas vs. Detroit, Keep the Blue Uniforms, ESPN Audience Loves Yanks-Red Sox, Larry David Playing Social Assassin at Fenway Park Park, Two Unlikeable Teams Brawl

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Back on Opening Day I wrote this: Ultimately the game was won by their strong bullpen. Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano, and Mariano Rivera combined for three perfect innings. If the Yankees are playing six inning ballgames this year the win projection of 92-95 might have to be upped to the 100+ range. That only happens if Chamberlain achieves the […]

SNY on Kiner, Gangland, Reyes Video, Ubaldo an Injury Risk

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Next Thursday SNY will be airing a special on Ralph Kiner at 7pm. Newsday’s Neil Best reports that among those interviewed are Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez, Tim McCarver and Kiner himself. Rumor has it that you will hear about his date with Elizabeth Taylor. Although I criticize the network for their lack of programming, when they do produce […]

Morning Digest: First Ever Sports Talk Call Edition

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Yesterday, Neil Best of Newsday educated us on the first every sports talk call, which was taken by the legendary Bill Mazer. The first-time caller, first-time listener would be a man in his 60s now, presumably still a fan with a phone. Perhaps he even weighed in this week on Jose Reyes‘ contract or Derek […]

Mike Francesa Compares Himself to Derek Jeter

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Mike Francesa, aka The Sports Pope, can be the only person that says in one breath he’s not comparing himself to Derek Jeter, but then promptly compares himself to Derek Jeter. Neil Best of Newsday caught up with Francesa, as well as WFAN Operations Manager, V/P Programming CBS Radio New York, and V/P Sports Programming […]

WFAN Should Fear ESPN New York

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

No matter how successful a business is there always has to be a plan to stay #1. Unless there is congressional legislation to keep WFAN atop the ratings leader boards, there should be some uneasiness over at the offices of CBS. Knowing that ESPN New York is about to launch is less than two weeks […]

It’s Obvious Francesa Doesn’t Read the News

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Neil Best provides a transcript regarding Mike Francesa’s uncalled for attack on the Newsday reporter. Here is one Francesa quote that stands out: “Right now I think Newsday is the only one that actually does charge. I’m not sure. There might be a couple of others. I think the Times does, too. Don’t you have […]

The “Higher Road” Less Travelled

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The Tiger Woods story again put out the issues with mainstream media. This time it was the NY Post quoting TMZ in their article about Woods car crash. My question is why did TMZ get the scoop about the real reason behind the accident and the mainstream NY Post didn’t? This “tweet” by Neil Best […]

Newsday Ups the Ante

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

This morning the New York Newsday announced that their online newspaper will be the first to charge for content. According to the newsday.com “Those who are not customers of Optimum Online or the newspaper - both owned by Cablevision will have to pay a $5 weekly fee. However, nonpaying customers will have access to some […]

The 69′ Mets Invented Champagne Celebrations

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Neil Best followed up on his “anti champagne celebration” blog post with this interesting tidbit: As far as I can tell, the notion of spraying champagne to celebrate a sports victory began with Dan Gurney after the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. Whether or not that is accurate. I do know that by 1969 […]