If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. That’s the adage Mike Francesa abided by when he was asked to participate in Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth, the recent Craig Carton documentary on HBO.
“No chance,” was the text Francesa sent to the doc’s filmmakers, according to Carton.
Carton has previously detailed the origin of the disdain between him and Francesa, which stems from a meeting shortly after he teamed up with Boomer Esiason in 2007. Program director Mark Chernoff arranged a get together to ease any tension between the morning and afternoon shows. The way Carton tells it, Francesa showed up late and never removed his sunglasses, claiming “it’ll never work” of WFAN’s morning duo. Carton and Francesa would continue to have a turbulent relationship throughout the next decade, which was often portrayed on-air.
Returning to WFAN for the first time in more than three years Thursday evening, Carton began by noting the irony of doing so from the ‘The Mike Francesa Studio,’ named after his former foe. Carton also shared that the directors of his HBO documentary, Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern reached out to Francesa to gauge his interest in being interviewed for the film, but he predictably declined.
Francesa has, so far, been quiet on Carton’s return to the airwaves. He wished well for Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on his way out. Now on to a new show pairing, which will be the replacement of his replacement, Francesa isn’t obligated to send another salute.
The nicest thing Francesa ever did for Carton, was a previous time he followed the ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ motto. When Carton was arrested in Sept. 2017, Francesa could have said ‘I told you so,’ he could’ve used the incident as a way of payback for WFAN’s former morning host.
But Francesa took the high road and chose not to say anything negative about Carton after his arrest, conviction and sentence, only offering empathy for Craig’s family.
Now more than three years later, Carton will sit in the chair previously occupied by Francesa, assuming he gets the “power chair” over new co-host Evan Roberts. Expect Carton to continue his past ribbing of Francesa, but that chair is still a difficult one to fill. Despite falling behind The Michael Kay Show for his final book in afternoon drive with WFAN last year, Francesa’s run of success in sports radio remains unmatched.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.