Press Box Confidential: Mike and the Mad Dog Backlash; Fat Lady Sings for the Yankees
It's been just a week since “Mike and the Mad Dog” called it a day, and the backlash has already begun. After an initial wave of goodwill — Chris Russo called in and cried during Friday’s final show, which turned into a wake of sorts, with Mike Francesa, humble as always, comparing the split to the breakup of the Beatles, and callers ranging from Russo’s dad to David Paterson phoning in to congratulate them on a job well done — the hyperbole died down, and then some.
On Wednesday, the Daily News printed three letters to the editor about the breakup: one pro-Russo, one pro-Russo and anti-Francesa, and one criticizing both of them. Then, yesterday, the Mike and the Mad Blog (the best, albeit only, daily source of this information) declared that Francesa's solo show was already so boring that they would no longer bother discussing how boring it is. At least, in sifting through all the obituaries, we discovered this gem, from Sports Illustrated: Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth is apparently such a big fan that he can do spot-on impressions of both hosts. We don’t think we’d pay money to hear Russo on satellite, but we’d definitely pay good money to hear that.
Full story can be found at: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/08/headline.html
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