As many of you wrote in your comments, the Mike Francesa reaction to Raissman and all those who speak ill of him in the world caused a rash of "we love you Mike calls." What didn't happen was a little self reflection by Mike, a little bit of wondering, could my show be really boring without any guests and me repeating the same things over and over again? Could the fact that I have been back several weeks and still do not have even a new jingle for the show display a lack of focus or urgency to get an improved show on the FAN? Could my arrogance have caused people to want to write negatively about me? Nope.
But it needs to. Mike needs to know that the show that he has put on the air these last few weeks is substandard. Hey, Mike, i don't ever listen to the Sunday NFL show, but the one time I did, it was good. You wanna know why? You actually have guests and it's not just you talking the whole time. (i don't fully get his ridiculous claim about Saturday and Sunday radio ratings, but what can ya do. Do people say it's Saturday we can listen to the radio but on Sunday everyone is America has their radios turned off except for the few people that live in the town where Footlose happened and they just wanna dance and listen to sports radio and thus it's a way tougher rating? Who the F knows.)
Mike needs to know and we need to tell him. So this is a call to action. Tomorrow, pick up your phone, pretend that you are making a work call, while you are on hold have a fake conversation or two, but when you get through let Mike know that the reason he is being criticized is because he deserves it. If Mike came out of the gate with solo shows that were great listens, would we criticize him? OF COURSE. But somewhere we would give him credit. Maybe not me, but someone would. But Mike didn't do that. There was the Bar A travesty, there have been show upon show of unlistenable radio and then there was today.
It's not about what Raissman wrote, it's about what we think. If the voices of those who want to kiss his ass are being heard, just because they falsely believe it will mean a longer call, then the voices of discontent need to be heard to.
I am calling on you NEXTBESTTHING, and you KBILLY, and you FIRSTTIMELONGTIME, all of you who support this blog. You know the numbers, your fingers dialing them without thinking. Dial in tomorrow. Feel free to plug this blog. Express your feelings. Feel free to plug this blog again.
Mike and the Mad Blog: Change You Can Believe In. (like how you believe that the Jets were going to beat the Pats and that a 9th inning Mets lead is secure)
Neil Best transcribed Mike's rant. It can be found here:
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