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Mike Francesa Refused To Appear In Craig Carton Doc

“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.”

Brandon Contes

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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.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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