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Chris Russo Says 1994 Rangers/Knicks Postseason Was Mike and the Mad Dog’s Springboard

“…plus you got the Ford Bronco with O.J. and Game 5 that Friday night. So I think those two sequences when the Rangers won and the Yankees won, really in a lot of ways, and I’m not talking about the station that’s totally different, but in a lot of ways springboard Mike and me. Those two things.”

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Today is the 35th anniversary of WFAN in New York. One of the station’s earliest big guns was on the air to talk about some of that history. Chris Russo joined Jerry Recco and Sal Licata who were filling in on Boomer and Gio. There he talked about what launched Mike and the Mad Dog to super stardom.

Recco started that conversation by saying that the moment he thought Mike and The Mad Dog went to the moon was the 1996 Yankees World Series run.

“100%. Mike did a great job with that pink Cadillac…the Orioles were chasing them (Yankees) the whole summer so that’s where the pink Cadillac came in. We thought they’d beat Texas. They thought they’d beat the Orioles…I did not think they’d beat the Braves. They came back and beat ’em four in a row and that’s when the pink Cadillac was at its best.”

Russo said that as large as that run was for he and Mike’s exposure, he says that run was still #2 in his eyes. What was #1 then?

“Number one is ’94. The ’94 run when the Knicks and the Rangers both went to the Finals, Russo said.

“Knicks went to a Game 7, the Rangers won it. We did 25 shows at Madison Square Garden in that stretch between the two teams. We did four or five shows in Vancouver. We did two or three shows in Houston. We did a couple of shows in Indiana. We did a couple of shows in the Meadowlands when they played the (New Jersey) Devils.”

Russo continued, “…plus you got the Ford Bronco with O.J. and Game 5 that Friday night. So I think those two sequences when the Rangers won and the Yankees won, really in a lot of ways, and I’m not talking about the station that’s totally different, but in a lot of ways springboard Mike and me. Those two things.”

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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