TYPICAL SPORTS TALK HOST
We point out all the time, the hypocrisy of guys doing sportsradio around the country. They’ll hammer athletes and say they don’t deserve a second chance when they get in trouble off the field. Yet when one of my peers makes an error, he always gets a second chance (check Mike North, Gregg Williams, Steve Fredericks, Damon Perry, Mike Missanelli etc.).
They’re also the first guys to rip an athlete for not being a “team player” and that an athlete’s ego is too big.
WFAN’s Mike Francesa is a prime example. He can pound on athletes but when someone takes a jab at him…all bets are off.
His partner Chris Russo was on David Letterman earlier this week. Letterman said he listened to the show all the time and took a shot at Francesa.
Watch the mood in the WFAN studio change when the Mike & the Mad Dog staff plays the audio back for Francesa. Hell, even Russo looks scared and begins to apologize.
Is there any doubt Francesa raised holy hell during the next break?
Mike & the Mad Dog Russo Letterman Appearance comments
BAY AREA WRITERS HAD IT RIGHT ABOUT STANFORD A.D.
The Trent Johnson move to LSU was strange, right?
Have you seen the coach Stanford most recently expressed interest in? Larry Brown!!!! That’s right 67-year old, job-bailing Larry Brown.
Jon Wilner from the San Jose Mercury News is all over the story saying..
We’re now in the third week of Stanford’s search to replace Trent Johnson. Given
that it probably will extend into the weekend, it seems pretty clear that there was no Plan B in case Johnson left.
Or maybe athletic director Bob Bowlsby had a Plan B, and that Plan scooted off to Berkeley a week before Johnson departed for Baton Rouge.
The lack of a coach is killing Stanford on the recruiting trail. The Cardinal have lost their top big man recruit, Miles Plumlee.
You remember Elijah Dukes?
Dukes, now with the Washington Nationals, was also popped on a marijuana charge and failed to show for court. For doing so, he got 31 months probation.
The Tampa Trib reports he’s found a way to cut down on his probation…
To get his misdemeanor probation cut short by five months, former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes spent 25 hours during the past week cleaning out cages and mopping at Lowry Park Zoo.
JIM GRAY IS OUT OF WORK? WHO KNEW?
I was sideswiped by this one. I hear Gray all the time on Westwood One and saw him recently on Showtime Boxing, but now he’s destitude?
He was fired by ABC/ESPN and is now looking for work.
A lot of fans hate Gray, I’m not one of them. He’s one of the rare sideline reporters who will tweak and push athletes. Cokin and I still argue over his “great” interview of Pete Rose.
It is pretty sad to see fans dislike him so much that there are only THREE videos of Gray’s work on YouTube!
Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. Daily News wrote about Gray looking pathetic at a recent Laker game…
So there was Hollywood Walk of Famer Jim Gray, trolling the Staples Center hallways Wednesday night, a painful, vain attempt to try to stay in the TV employment loop when the fact of the matter is no one is interested in hiring the psuedo sideline reporter. Notice how he’s disappeared from the NBA playoffs?
DID DALLAS TV GUY GO OVER THE LINE WITH PACMAN JONES RANT!!!