The Official Unofficial Mike and the Mad Dog Blog.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED TODAY
We learned that Mike is not a fan of Robinson Cano. We learned that Robinson Cano will win a batting title some year. We learned that Joe Nathan is wonderful. We learned that the Yankees offense is not. We learned that Melky Cabrera is single-handedly the cause of the Yankees 3rd place position. We learned that both Mike and Jerry Manuel both feel the Mets are in good shape. We learned that it might be asking a lot of Ryan Church to do anything this season. We learned that Mike loves to ask Jerry questions that Manuel can easily agree with. We learned that new Islanders coach Scott Gordon has nothing to look forward to regarding the New York Islanders. We learned that Hank Steinbrenner quit on the season. We learned you never quit on a season. We learned that Hank offered the Yanks a golden parachute. We learned that it’s an insult to use the words Joba and Beckett in the same sentence. We learned that Mike has two books at his bedside, the Saratoga Springs Daily Racing Form and the Baseball Encyclopedia opened to Josh Beckett's postseason stats. We learned there’s no reason the Bombers can’t catch a Red Sox team that blew a 10 run lead, made a stupid trade in unloading Manny and made a desperate move for Paul Byrd. We have learned that Mike needs to take daily shots at Theo Epstein. We learned that the YES Network pretends Hank Steinbrenner doesn’t exist. We learned Mike tried to get him on today, to no avail. We learned Mike would trade Cano or Hughes for Granderson. What we did not learn, as of 6:30PM today, is why Yankee fans should have any hope that their team can overcome 6 games in the loss column.
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)