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Radio Ink Names Mike Francesa Sports Radio’s Top Host



In the December issue of Radio Ink Magazine, the editors at Radio Ink have named their top thirty five shows in sports radio for 2016. Taking top honors was New York sports radio icon Mike Francesa. The WFAN talk show host has announced that 2017 will be his final year behind the mic after patrolling the New York city sports radio airwaves for the past thirty years.

Rounding out the top 5 were Boomer and Carton, Toucher and Rich, Felger and Massarotti, and Valenti and Foster. All five shows are under the CBS Radio umbrella. CBS had 7 shows finish in the top 10, 10 inside the top 20, and a total of 11 which led all broadcast companies. The next closest was Cumulus who had 7 shows make the list.

Here is the entire order of the top 35.

1. Mike Francesa – WFAN
2. Boomer & Carton – WFAN
3. Toucher & Rich – 98.5 The Sports Hub
4. Angelo Cataldi – WIP
5. (Tied) Valenti & Foster – 97.1 The Ticket and Felger & Massarotti – 98.5 The Sports Hub
6. The Musers – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
7. Waddle & Silvy – ESPN 1000
8. Mully & Hanley – 670 The Score
9. Murph & Mac – KNBR
10. The Sports Junkies – 106.7 The Fan
11. Gary & Larry – KNBR
12. Mike Missanelli – 97.5 The Fanatic
13. Tolbert & Lund – KNBR
14. Michael Kay – 98.7 ESPN NY
15. Boers & Bernstein – 670 The Score
16. Mitch Levy – KJR
17. Kirk & Callahan – WEEI
18. The Hardline – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
19. Dukes & Bell – 92.9 The Game
20. Zolak & Bertrand – 98.5 The Sports Hub
21. Dan Sileo – Mighty 1090
22. Brock & Salk – 710 ESPN
23. Joe & Evan – WFAN
24. Chuck & Chernoff – 680 The Fan
25. Dave “Softy” Mahler – KJR
26. Bernie Miklasz – 101 ESPN
27. Adam & Joe – 99.9 The Fan
28. Sharp & Benning – 1620 The Zone
29. Schopp & The Bulldog – WGR
30. Scott & BR – Mighty 1090
31. John Canzano – 750 The Game
32. Matt Moscona – 104.5 ESPN
33. Heath Cline – 107.5 The Game
34. Nick Bahe – 1620 The Zone
35. Darin Pritchett – WSBT

The magazine also included a few stories on the Dan Le Batard show, Barrett Sports Media, and a special programmer’s panel featuring Lee Hammer of KNBR, Jeff Catlin of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, Mike Thomas of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Joe Zarbano of WEEI, Adam Delevitt of ESPN 1000 and Terry Foxx of 92.9 The Game.

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Michael Irvin Tells Parkins & Spiegel How He Learned What Guacamole Was

“Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid.”



NFL Network analyst and First Take fighter Michael Irvin was the guest of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on Tuesday. 670 The Score’s afternoon hosts asked The Playmaker what his favorite fruit was. It led to a story from Irvin about a recruiting trip that ended in a Mexican restaurant.

Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid. His mother used to clean houses and one of her clients would often send her home with a few avocados. That is how he was first exposed to them.

Fast forward to Michael Irvin’s high school years when he was being recruited to play college football. He was taken to a Mexican restaurant where he saw guacamole.

Irvin told Parkins & Spiegel that he told the waiter “whatever you do, do not put that green, it looks like bird doo doo, on my plate. I can’t even take it. I can’t even stand looking at it.”

Later in the meal, he saw the same waiter walk by with avocado and he asked if he could have some. The waiter said that Michael Irvin had said earlier that he didn’t want it.

“I didn’t say that,” Irvin said. “I said I don’t want that bird doo doo.”

He says that is when one of the people he was dining with spoke up and said “Michael, the bird doo doo is avocado.”

“We asked you for you’re favorite fruit and you had a fruit story. That is why you are one of one,” Danny Parkins responded. “You are Michael Irvin and you are the best man.”

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”



Courtesy: WFAN

Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”



Courtesy: ESPN Cleveland

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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