Ever wonder what happens on the MMD show when they go to commercial breaks? Watching on YES, you get a slight glimpse into this potentially fascinating world. Mike and Chris can be fully engaged in a segment, throw to Minko for the 20/20 and then the two men immediately rise, cease talking to each other and go their separate ways. In many aspects, I imagine it to be quite similar to the scene between rounds at a championship fight. Each boxer goes into his own corner, to be tended to by his posse. For Mike, that means entering the news room, heading over to the Diet Soda vending machine. Surrounded by Francesa would be John Minko, Eddie Scezzari and Jerry Recco. For Dog, he likely races into the newsroom and is bouncing around with energy as he hovers over a 12 inch TV displaying tape delayed coverage of the French Open. His corner of Sal Licata, Eddie Erickson and Bob Huessler likely has to get him under control a bit and make sure he doesn’t expend too much energy before getting back in the ring. Here’s a glimpse into what goes on in each corner and the advice being offered to both prize fighters:
Minko: “Mike, you’re letting Dog bait you with his cackle. Protect yourself from the laugh. You’re very vulnerable. You’re having a hard time keeping up with him right now. He’s all over the place. You’re in a bit of a tricky spot."
Eddie: Scezzari: "Speak over him. Remember this, your words are much stronger. Dog is throwing them out left and right, but one powerful phrase from you and it’s over."
Recco: "Stick with your strenghts: arrogance, arrogance, arrogance. Dog won’t know what hit him. Bring your A-Game."
Licata: "Doggie, Mike is trying to sucker you right now. He’s just sitting there, barely moving, looking like he’s not even trying. It’s so tempting to go after him, but he’s just waiting for you to charge and miss miserably."
Erickson: "Don’t ever forget last June when you buried the Yankees. That was just the jab Mike was looking for and remember how that turned out."
Huessler: "Remember Seton Hall ‘89. You laughed at that one and that’s when Mike nailed you. You gotta settle down a bit. Be careful out there."
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