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Monday, March 2, 2009
What We Have Learned Today
We have learned that after Mike ripped David Wright on Friday and called him immature on the air, he privately met with the Mets third basemen off the air for 45 minutes after the show. We have learned that both men cleared the air. We have learned that Mike is not good at issuing pseudo apologies. We have learned that Mike is speaking rather tepidly about the conversation between he and Wright, suggesting that maybe deep down Francesa might not be 100% pleased. We have learned that Mike thinks the WBC is a gimmick. We have learned he believes baseball is trying to make it into the Ryder Cup. We have learned Mike is not buying into it. We have learned Mike will however watch Puerto Rico because he wants to see Bernie swing the bat a few times. We have learned that Posada’s health is a big factor for the Yanks this spring training. We have learned that it snows more in Astoria then anywhere else in the NY area and that the streets in Queens are never plowed. We have learned that despite having dinner with Omar in Florida and talking to Jeff Wilpon, neither man filled Mikey in on the fact that Johan might be Jo-Gone. We have learned that when a caller takes Mike to task on something he said (like say comparing the WBC being a gimmick to the AL’s institution of the DH also being a gimmick), that the big man will have no part of it. We have learned he will quickly flash a handwave, taking the caller’s voice away and then denounce such person a “moron.” Actually, we didn’t really learn that today. We always knew that one. We have learned that Mike is the Commissioner of PSL's. We have learned that Mr. T will be on in the 3 o'clock hour. What we have not learned yet, as of 2:00PM is why Mike’d Up went to Port St. Lucie last week if they couldn’t get a single player to sit face-to-face with Francesa?
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)