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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Welcome to the Future
Today and the rest of this week, we are getting a glimpse of a Mike and the Mad Dog Free world. If you tuned in and heard the catchy "They're talking sports going at it as hard as they can, it's Mike and the Mad Dog on the FAN.." and then you were greeted by the voices of Carlin and Kim Jones, you knew you were in a for a long day. By the way, is there nothing worse than that day when you are all geared up for Mike and Chris - perhaps something happened the night before - and you want to hear their take on it, or maybe they predicted something that did not come true, and you wanted to tune in to see them not admit they were wrong - but then you put your radio on, and it's a vacation day for Mike and Chris. Such a buzzkill. But I digress. Back to my main point. Today on the FAN is what it could very well look like in a post Mike and the Mad Dog world. And I for one, cannot stand it. I can't take Carlin's non-take take on things. I can't take Kim Jones telling a caller not to get on her case in the first hour of the show. I can't take Carlin cracking jokes at his weight. I can't take them talking sports for 2 straight segments because you know there are zero calls on hold. I can't take their voices. I can't take their opinions. I can't take their clearly choreographed show. I can't take 3 1/2 more hours of this. And there is NO WAY I can take 20 more years of this. And before you say "Now hold on a minute there First Time, Long Time - there are plenty of better host options than Carlin and Kim Jones that would fill the slot.." I don't want anyone else. I don't want humble. I don't want respectful. I don't want well-prepared. I want arrogance. I want condescending. I want ill-informed. I want my Mike and the Mad Dog. I want it back today. I don't want to wait until next week. And I don't want to wait till never again.
Be careful: Mike and Chris' way of telling sports fans not to fall in love with a player or team ("Be Careful about falling in love with Pagan")
Let's be fair here: Russo's counter-argument to callers that attack someone ("Let's be fair here. If you are going to knock Rick Peterson, you gotta give him credit for John Maine")
This whole notion: When Francesa or Russo declares something to be fact when in actuality, they are making it up themselves ("This whole notion that Mike D'Antoni is going to make the Knicks a playoff team is a joke")
Pipe Down: Russo's way of telling a player to shut up ("Pipe down there Figueroa")
Tough Spot: This is usually a negative. 'Tough spot. Aaron Heilman. Can't trust him.' They rarely say, "I really like Chauncey Billups in a tough spot." Even though Mike and Dog don't trust a lot of athletes in a tough spot, you can earn your way out of this label. For example, they couldn't trust Eli Manning in a tough spot until the Super Bowl. Now he can basically retire and still be a legend. He proved he can perform in a tough spot. This phrase is used by both Mike and Dog.
Tricky Spot: This really means an awkward position. For example, Ian Eagle running into Marv Albert at the Garden. Or I'm sure that the Giants last game of the 2007 was a tricky spot. "Coughlin wants to get ready for the postseason but you have to try to end the Patriots' undefeated season. Tricky spot, Mike." And for clarification. This phrase is used primarily by Russo.
Timmy: Russo's son. ("I mean, let's be fair here Mike, Timmy can throw harder than Igawa")
Say Something Funny Mike (When Russo can't control himself and breaks out into laughter and tries to egg Francesa on to keep it going. Picture Russo hysterically laughing followed by "Say Something Funny Mike")
First time, long time (this term is announced by a fan calling to the show, who has been a long time listener of the show, but is making his first ever call in - hence, first time (caller), long time (listener)
I can't go too crazy - This is a Mad Dog special. Dog uses this phrase to throw cold water on enthusiastic callers("I can't go too crazy about the D-Rays in May. Talk to me in September.") or admit that he doesn't have strong feelings about a subject("I can't go too crazy about the Olympic torch protesters.").
A-Game - This is Mike's new terminology that he applies to a Yankees win in which the starter goes 7 innings, Joba pitches a perfect 8th and Mariano closes it out. "The Yanks need an A Game tonight."
Bad Job: This is Mad Dog's way of criticizing something. It can be applied to players, coaches, general managers, fans - even networks, as in "That's a bad job out of NBC on the Derby Broadcast."
I'm not a big believer in: This is mainly a Mike comment. It means he doesn't have much confidence in something. And just like other comments, this is mainly used in negative, eg. 'I'm not a big believer in starting someone on 3 days rest.'
The whole bit - Russo's phrase when he is alone and wants to keep the conversation moving along. Without Mike there to add any details, Russo will use 'the whole bit' to sum up a person or issue. 'Selig will make it into the Hall of Fame. Steroids, the whole bit.'
Mike and the Mad Dog Photos
One of the more uncomfortable shots you will ever see of them
Mike and the Mad Dog Photos
On Location (yes, the show does sometimes travel forcing the duo to sit awkwardly next to each other)
Russo going off on Pacman Jones, one of the classic rants in show history (see Video section for link)
Mike and the Dog Photos
Posed (notice Francesa has to be slightly more upfront and center)
Mike and the Dog Photos
At work (the traditional YES split screen - Dog on the left, Francesa on the right)