Ratings have always been important to Mike and Chris. So Friday I called into Chris Russo's show. Mike Francesa's show wasn't quite doing it for me. I don't have YES, so a visual tour of Citi Field with my ears fell short. On Mad Dog Unleashed, Doggie decided to mix it up. Over the past week, he had molded Jay Cutler into a 'baby'. Any caller who defended Cutler got 'Do you want a crybaby on your team?' Chris kept on saying that he didn't want Cutler on his team. That was the inspiration for me calling in, because we all know that while Chris loves his baseball Giants and Roger Federer, he doesn't have a football team. And then he called Orlando Pace a 'good not great offensive lineman'. I'm no connoisseur of Left Tackles but I thought Pace to be at least somewhere in between those two adjectives. So I had the crybaby scenario, Orlando Pace's honor and FTLT had suggested that we get a plug in for the blog. Fair enough.
This post is actually not about retelling the story of my call. You can read about that somewhat accurately in the comments of the previous post(speaking of defending honor. Brian did an admirable job for the gman). This is more about how far the mighty have fallen. And that is evident through this call.
I got through on Russo's line within 4 rings. After that, I was on the air in 20 minutes. I don't think that will happen on the Fan. More importantly, is what happened after my Mike and the Mad Blog plug on the air. Granted, I botched the delivery slightly, but it was enough for anyone curious to find this blog.
We use this site called StatCounter which monitors the numbers of people that visit the site. After FTLT got his plug on with Russo on the FAN last summer, the traffic on our site spiked dramatically. We did our biggest numbers ever. How did the numbers fare after my plug on Sirius XM? A collective yawn. Fridays are usually slow and we did better than usual, but there was no spike, no dramatic increase in traffic.
Point of the story, we have heard about various claims of 'we're not in competition' and I think there is some truth to it. Purely on anecdotal(the phone call) and some statistical(Statcounter) evidence, Russo's satellite show is not in the same league as Francesa's. Obviously it's early on for Chris. But he does have the advantage of being national, to Francesa's partially national(YES is on DirecTV and the Fan streaming website). Anyway, the point of the story is that although Francesa is a ticking timebomb and his show sucks, not all is peaches and cream with the Angry Puppy. How do people see it out there? Just like Francesa is a Calhoun apologist, I'm sure the Russo faction will come to Chrissy's defense.
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