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Mike Francesa Creates More Questions About His Future

“The drama about Francesa’s future came at the right time, generating extra attention as the winter ratings finish line nears.”

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For the second time, Mike Francesa addressed his future at WFAN and for the second time he left questions to be answered.  On Monday, Francesa spoke to SNY’sJonas Schwartz to expand on reports he claimed were “outrageous misinformation and outright lies.”

“First thing’s first: I have to decide whether it’s just gonna be the app or be the FAN,” Francesa told SNY. “We have to work this out because there are some issues where I think we are hitting a conflict. The app’s gotten big enough more quickly than we thought, and I think there’s a point where it does impact the radio show. So we have to decide how to work both of them.”

While Francesa’s WFAN future remains in question, the one thing that’s becoming clear is changes are likely.  Since returning to WFAN almost a year ago, Francesa has maintained the app is a priority.  Telling SNY on Monday he has to decide whether it’s the app or the FAN, opens the door for ending the Mike’s On platform.  

The second major change is the possibility of a co-host, which Francesa clarified to SNY would be an additional voice, but not an equal counterpart.  “Not a 50-50 relationship – but Mike and the Mad Dog wasn’t a 50-50 anyway. Just ask him. He complained all the time that it wasn’t,” Francesa joked. “I’m not trying to recreate Mike and the Mad Dog, nor do I think anybody ever will. It would be more of a sidekick deal, but someone who could host a show when I’m not here.”

The drama about Francesa’s future came at the right time, generating extra attention as the winter ratings finish line nears.  In addition to possibly changing the scope of his show, Mike is gearing up for a jumpstart to the spring ratings book, announcing WWE megastar Roman Reigns in studio and a full-show with A-Rod as his co-host are on the horizon.  Francesa jokingly made sure to clarify the three-time baseball MVP will not be the permanent second voice he’s searching for.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”

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Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.

Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.

“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”

Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments

“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.

Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”

The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.

“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”

“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.

“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”

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Frank Frangie Prepared 20 Minutes of “Blowout Material” For Ohio State/Maryland Broadcast

“We almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

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1010XL afternoon host Frank Frangie had the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State/Maryland game for Touchdown Radio Productions over the weekend, and discussed his preparation for the game on his show Monday.

Frangie serves as the radio voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise had its bye week last Sunday, and was available to work for Touchdown Radio.

“I had the Ohio State/Maryland game, and I was so worried about a blowout and K.C. Jones — the former center from Miami who did the game with me and was on a couple of those Broncos Super Bowl teams — we had about 20 minutes of blowout material prepared,” Frangie said. “So much so that we almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

Luckily for Frangie, and listeners/viewers of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio State secure a late touchdown to extend a lead to 43-30.

“It was a hell of a game,” Frangie concluded.

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