Bart Scott’s Early Struggles At WFAN Continue….Even With His Football Knowledge

We know by now that Bart Scott is having a tough time on WFAN. Actually, we knew it would happen before he started hosting. However, it has been worse than anybody predicted. Recently I read that Bart thought Derek Jeter was the Marlins GM and asked Brian Cashman about it. Scott also spoke about how he has been reading up on baseball and found out about the rule where a team can bring up someone after the season starts to save service time. The thing that really blows me away is how Scott keeps firing off incorrect stories when it comes to football. Especially stories involving teams Scott played for.

The Jets lost a week 17 game against Miami that included Santonio Holmes basically quitting on his teammates. Since the Titans won, this game became basically meaningless. Scott said they could have made the playoff if they didn’t have to deal with this nonsense and beat Miami. He obviously didn’t remember that they needed help. I wonder if he knew it back then.

Another story involved one of his teams playing the Patriots in a postseason game. Although I missed the start of this story, I’m guessing he was talking about 2010. Scott said they had an advantage after beating New England earlier that season. There was no time when his team went undefeated against New England and played them in a postseason rematch, so I assume he was talking about their victory in January of 2011. The Jets split against New England that season. Tough to see how they would have an advantage mentally after losing 45-3 against New England six weeks earlier. Their win was back in September, and at home. That 45-3 loss happened on the road. It was convincing, and where the playoff game would be. That was the most recent meeting.

Another time he spoke about when Baltimore lost at home to Indianapolis 15-6. His Ravens were seeded second. Scott said they had home field advantage through the playoffs. San Diego was 14-2. The Chargers were seeded first. Bart claimed that Baltimore had the best record. Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

There’s more. Scott said Jon Gruden’s Bucs never made the playoffs again after winning a Super Bowl. Not true. Tampa Bay made it twice under Gruden after their Super Bowl victory. Bart threw in a story about Bill Belichick’s note when he left the Jets after being named head coach. Scott said that Bill referred to himself as “BB”, but that must have been an exclusive. Nobody else reported this. I think this story made them start a hashtag about BB going to the NYG. Another of my favorites was when Scott said the Giants should trade their pick to the Jets. They are in different conferences. No rivalry. Why would they care about setting up a dynasty for their local rival? This was not an incorrect fact. It just showed his lack of knowledge about New York, and football here. Just like the Mets would not send great players to the Yankees.

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Mike Francesa has got to be loving this. His value keeps going up. It reminds me of when I stopped being an umpire. Kids were coming up to me and asking for a return. By sitting out, I started looking better. Maybe Scott thinks he can follow in Mike’s footsteps by confidently spewing out misinformation. He can’t. Nobody has Mike’s charm.

WFAN Finalizes New Show Schedule Heading Into 2018

We now have a finalized roster for WFAN. The entire schedule is complete. We know about the big changes. Francesa was replaced by Chris, Maggie, and Bart. Gregg Giannotti will officially take over for Craig Carton in about one week. Newsday recently had a nice article about Gregg. I’m happy for him. A caller asked about why Joe and Evan did not move to the afternoon slot. Their response was interesting. They were asked about preferences by management. Apparently they wanted to stay together. Benigno never seemed interested in the shift. He complains when filling in for Mike. Joe wants to golf. He does not love getting up early, but he has probably started getting used to it after leaving overnights in 2004.

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Joe spoke about how they have some more afternoon shifts coming up during the week before Carlin and company take the reins. Benigno said something about not having to do this going forward. Maybe his new contract includes a stipulation that he no longer needs to fill in. Perhaps only Evan would substitute for the trio. Since Benigno doesn’t even want a few shifts until 6:30, you can see why Joe wasn’t looking for a permanent spot ending during the evening. Benigno and Roberts have done middays together since 2007. I’m sure they were already due for a raise, and now they will be working an extra hour.

The secondary moves I was waiting for have finally taken place. Marc Malusis called into Mike during Francesa’s final Thursday show. Mike hinted that Marc had something on the horizon. Malusis will be hosting with former WWE and ECW star Taz on CBS Sports Radio’s morning show. That spot was previously held down by Giannotti and Brian Jones. Marc had been doing some overnights on WFAN for many years. Tony Paige handles some overnights. He works Tuesday-Thursday, plus Saturday morning. Paige then returns for a Saturday evening shift. I’m pretty sure I know why WFAN has a different overnight host on Mondays and Fridays, but I’ll keep that to myself. Young talent John Jastremski will take over Marc’s Monday and Friday overnight shifts. He already does Sunday mornings and some filling in. Jastremski also hosts shows on CBS Sports Radio.

Steve Somers will continue to host evenings. He has been at the station since 1987. We’ll pretend that he was never fired. It’s good to be friends with Jerry Seinfeld. This week features some shows hosted by John Sterling. Ed Coleman and Chris Moore will host on Tuesday. Malusis and Kim Jones fill in for Boomer. Richard Neer gets occasional shows. Lori Rubinson has a shift. She hosts on Sunday nights or early Monday mornings. Robin Lundberg has been getting occasional shifts. Even producer Chris McMonigle will host a couple overnights as people take time off. Hopefully a little something for everyone. This morning I even listened to the public affairs program hosted by Bob Salter. If you like hearing about phone calls from scammers pretending to be the IRS, that show was for you.

A Predictably Rocky Start For Mike Francesa’s Replacements at WFAN

Things have not exactly gone smoothly for the new afternoon trio on WFAN. The schedule has been very strange. Their debut was promoted as January 2. Chris Carlin hosted on Monday. He worked all week. WFAN’s weekly schedule was announced late, and just had Chris listed. It seemed to be a secret, or maybe the schedule was tweaked. We never really seemed to know what was happening. Bart ended up working with Carlin on Monday. There had been talk of Carlin’s partners joining him later on in the week. Maggie worked with Chris on Tuesday. All three worked Wednesday-Friday. So much for their January 2 debut.

Right off the bat, everything about their show seemed chaotic. It has been called The Afternoon Drive. Now CMB seems to be sticking. Before that it was Carlin, Maggie, and Bart. That itself is a little odd because you have two first names and a last. I think there was at least one more name combination for a show title at some point. Nothing about this has been simple.

So far Bart has been an absolute disaster. In a previous article I wrote about his WFAN appearance years ago. He was picking scores by saying the lower score first. I think 14 to 24 was his pick. Does that sound like a sports analyst? He tried to talk basketball. Scott mentioned Enes Kanter. Well, kind of. Bart called him Chris Kanter.

A caller tested Bart’s baseball knowledge by asking what happens on a pop fly with the bases loaded. Obviously it’s the infield fly rule. Scott’s answer was not close. He then explained that it was the first thing his father taught him. Not sure if Bart meant the rule or baseball in general. Either way, that’s a fail. Bart had to be taught about spreads. He didn’t grasp it very quickly. Scott picked the Browns. Cleveland is an underdog. Scott thought they needed to win by more than 6.5 points. Instead of being humble, Scott just yells and babbles arrogantly. He also shouts out “Dilly Dilly”. I don’t really see how this is relevant when discussing a sports topic.

There were actually more cringeworthy baseball moments. Scott said Mets ownership should give Sandy Alderson a salary cap. That didn’t sound quite right. He started to add something about how Alderson could improve the football team. Bart corrected himself after realizing they do not play football. Scott then topped it off by talking about how the big bullpen arms were going to be up for new contracts. Maggie mumbled that it was the starting rotation. One painful moment after another. All indications are that he does little to no preparation.

Carlin has been fine. I was surprised by his shock that the James play last weekend was not a touchdown. Chris has seen plenty of football. He should know that you need to keep possession after hitting the ground. Even if you cross over the goal line, a player must survive the ground as was said during the reversal announcement. Like Jody Mac, Chris has worked at different places and struggled with WFAN’s phone number. That’s understandable. Old habits die hard. DOmjUigW4AE-AnH.jpg Maggie has been good. I am reaching when looking for ways to play devil’s advocate by knocking her and Chris. Maggie has stressed that she grew up upstate and is a Mets fan, but not everybody listens to entire shows. Hosts will occasionally repeat themselves. I feel like by saying these minor complaints are all I can come up with for Chris and Maggie I’m actually saying something nice. Yes, the show will get better. It has to. Still, people like Chris Russo who said Scott can’t talk baseball have been proven right. He was given a job that he’s not qualified for, and I have not found him very entertaining either. Oh, one more thing. On Monday Bart spoke about the man he is replacing. According to Scott, it’s Mike Franchesa. Good luck in 2018.

One More Week of Cherishing Mike Francesa

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Five more days. That is all Francesa has left. People can write weekly reviews of shows they watch, so I can write another article about Mike. It’s not like I’ll be able to do it for much longer. Besides, it’s basically all I think of and care about these days. Okay, that’s a stretch. It isn’t far from the truth though. These final shows are pretty much my priority. Plans and appointments are made around them.

Obviously many people have been thanking Mike for his 30 years. One person brought up the 1993 Giants-Braves pennant race. That time was one of my absolute favorites. I remember things from that summer, but this caller brought up a memory of Mike and Chris calling into Ian Eagle after San Francisco won a game against Atlanta. Russo screamed the name of a Giant who had won the game by homering and breaking a tie. John Patterson. Honestly, I had to look up the name. It became a footnote as Atlanta won out eventually. Mike had no memory of this. The caller didn’t have every detail, but I did know what he was talking about. Ira in Rochester is the guy who called in. Years ago he called Benigno one afternoon and spoke about how Joey from Yonkers was his favorite caller from the overnight. He also said that someone else who listened and talked to him agreed. They both liked Joey the best. Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to tell that story.

Anyway, despite our memories not quite being crystal clear, we did recall something fun from that crazy summer nearly 25 years ago. I feel like 1992 was when I became a regular listener, but 1993 got me hooked and provided some special moments. Speaking of memories, it was an amazing week. Twitter supplied incredible material. Funhouse did his usual stellar work. OrdioMongo went into the vault and pulled out some classics. Christmas came early for us fans.

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Despite Mike becoming a shell of himself in recent years, he really used to know his stuff. People would say that he might have flaws like being arrogant, but Mike was extremely intelligent. Russo seemed more like a sidekick who was just there for entertainment. Chris tweaked Yankee fans with the payroll argument. Last month Francesa talked about how Chris has some memory. He went out of his way to defend Russo, and praised him for things like hockey knowledge. Mike admits that it isn’t his area of expertise.

Fans have thanked Mike for his class. This is one thing that drew me to the show. He often liked to prioritize behavior. Even today Francesa criticizes athletes. Odell Beckham comes to mind. However, he just talked about sports. Broke it down. Reviewed games. Came at you straight. Guys like Jim Rome were too busy acting like morons. Search his name and Jim Everett. When other hosts were talking about Tiger Woods in 2009, Mike was professional. He didn’t discuss Tiger’s marriage, cheating, or what might have happened in great detail. It wasn’t a sports issue, other than the golf part. Francesa wasn’t about sleazy radio.

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Also, he has been able to get on great guests for 30 years. Except when people are mad at him. There is a long list. Thanks again, Mike. Good luck with your future endeavors. Sorry that things didn’t work out with the revolutionary app.

Mike Francesa Eviscerates New York Giants Brass After Eli Manning Benching

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Days like today remind you why Mike Francesa has been number one and a must listen at WFAN for thirty years. Days like today also remind us why we’re going to miss the legendary broadcaster dearly when he departs, as we savor the remaining 14 shows. Francesa has never been afraid to get on someone who he believes deserves it, and he’s not holding back to close out his time at the FAN.

Once the Eli Manning news broke Tuesday afternoon that he would be heading to the bench, Mike continued to eviscerate the Giants as an organization just firing haymakers at everyone from Coach Mcadoo, to Jerry Reese, Steve Tisch and the entire Mara family. Nobody was safe from the harsh criticism, which has been described as the “hardest he’s ever went after a coach,” according to Mike’s producer, Brian Monzo. He called the Head Coach “worthless” and said Reese would be “unemployed” without Eli.

For someone that many believe may have lost a step at his advanced age, the 64-year-old was on the money today and has been for much of this week. The Big Fella has been locked in, destroying whoever he wants in his path, turning the WFAN studios into a war zone. I’m happy we got a polarizing moment like this to experience while he’s still on the radio, rather than this “gutless move” happening in a few weeks when Francesa is nowhere to be found on the NYC airwaves.

Where as many of our sports heroes become a shell of themselves at the end of the road, Mike turned back the clock to come to the aide of the two-time Super Bowl MVP and remind everyone he’s still got a lot left in the tank. He’s not retiring anytime soon. The Father of three even got under the skin of Giants All-Pro DT Damon Harrison.

Not many things will get me out of bed the Sunday after Santa Con, but seeing Mike one last time at WFAN sure will. See you soon Mikey F. Two NYC legends going out together, Eli Manning and Mike Francesa. The end of an era.

P.S. Enjoy this clip of Francesa rightly demolish Dean Blandino for his awful performance interpreting calls wrongly for FOX time and time again.

 

Mike Francesa Update: Will Leave As Orginally Planned on December 15

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NO MOAH F A N.

I never wanted someone to change their mind more than Mike Francesa. Last week, I said that Mike had to and will stay at WFAN in light of the Craig Carton Ponzi scheme scandal. Mike said he would never turn his back on the station and I felt that it made sense for him to stay some the new Morning Show with Boomer can get some time to develop.

Take everything I said and tear it up. Today, Mike officially announced he’s sticking to his original plan of leaving the station at the end of the year, with his last show coming on Dec. 15.

There you have it. The Francesa Farewell Tour continues on. I truly thought Mike was going to stay at least one more year, but it looks like his mind is set on leaving. In other words, his next gig is lined up. Whether that’s Sirius or subscription based podcasting, only time will tell.

That being said, Mike has been giving us GOLD these past two days. First, Mike went after Penn State’s James Franklin for choosing to ice the kicker while up 56-0. “A HAWSE’S ASS!”

Today, Mike is calling for Ben McAdoo’s head, and in particular, his haircut.

The Pope continues to do things his way. NUMBAH ONE.

Mike Francesa Has To And (I Think) Will Stay At WFAN

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New York Post – So you’re saying there’s a chance?

In the wake of WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton’s arrest and subsequent suspension last week, Mike Francesa, who is set to leave the station after 30 years when his contract expires Dec. 15, has told station management he is at least willing to discuss postponing that move.

“The only thing I said is that … I would not turn my back on the company if I thought it was in trouble,” Francesa told The Post in a phone conversation Tuesday. “That’s something that had to play out in the weeks and months ahead. And I don’t really know if it is [in trouble], so I don’t know if that’s going to mean anything. “Has this changed things? It has created some conversations. I don’t know that it has changed anything. I would say my gut feeling is no, but I would say that it has at least created conversations that weren’t there before.”

NO MORE FAN…Until they ask me to help save the station and in that case, IM BAK.

What a wild, wild couple of days for WFAN. This all started when Craig Carton was arrested for a ticket fraud / ponzi scheme last week. That was a absolute BOMBSHELL. I’ll save my opinion on Carton because there’s nothing really to say anymore. He messed up and now has to pay and deal with all the consequences of his actions. I just feel so bad for his family and Boomer.

So fast forward to this story the other day . Mike said “I would not turn my back on the company if I thought it was in trouble.” Michael, the company is in trouble. YOUR station is in trouble. I love Boomer but unless they get a huge name to pair with him in the morning, his ratings are going to take a dip. It is truly a shame too because Boomer & Carton were just ranked first in the winter ratings for men in NY for their time slot. With Carton resigning just last night (NO surprise there), it is now officially Boomer’s Morning Show.

Logistically speaking, your two most important time slots for a radio station are your morning drive and your afternoon drive. Boomer & Carton and Mike Francesa were always at the top of the ratings especially Mike, who going back to his days with Mad Dog, has dominated the for over two decades. NUMBAH ONE. Now, time for common sense. You cannot go through two major changes at the same time for the morning show and the afternoon show. It just can’t happen. You’re sacrificing so much by doing that – advertising dollars, ratings, etc. Going through one transition is hard enough, but two at the same time? That just can’t happen and you know what, I think Mike knows that.

This is exactly why I think Mike Francesa is going to stay at least one more year at WFAN. He has to give WFAN time for Boomer’s morning show to grow / improve / adjust. I also think the bigger elephant in the room to address is Mike’s replacement. In my opinion. there is no clear candidate as of now. No one truly stood out from the rest. I know they’ll cut Mike’s time in half and I’m almost positive Joe & Evan will take one of those slots, but the second one? Your guess is as good as mine. Carton’s troubles are not a blessing in disguise because of the ramifications for his family, but it bought the station more time to figure out an official replacement for Mike.

Oh, did I mention why Mike will come back besides saving the station?

The checkbook is now open at WFAN. I know it’s probably not entirely about money with Mike, but more money helps for sure. So if I’m Mike, on December 15, I’m giving a Wolf of Wall Street Speech. IM NOT LEAVING!!!THE SHOW GOES ON!! THIS IS MY HOME!

P.S. Who would’ve ever thought that Mike would outlast Carton at WFAN? I’ll say it again. Wild stuff, folks.

My Thoughts On Craig Carton And Where WFAN Goes From Here

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I have been thinking about this whole Craig Carton debacle. There are a lot of thoughts running through my mind. I’m not even sure what angle to come at this from. If I’m all over the place, I apologize. I’m still trying to make sense of it. I thought about Sid Rosenberg. Similar situation. Gambling issues, and other problems. Both guys would hardly sleep and work very early. Sid has rebounded, but he didn’t do what Craig did. I really can’t find a great comparison. If you think I’m going to get on him for getting in over his head when it comes to gambling, you’re wrong. You probably also don’t know me very well if that is what was expected.

I happened to feel that Ray Rice is probably a good guy who did something terrible when he was drunk. Not to get all into that case, but his wife decided to stay. He could not get back into the NFL. It’s in the past now. This isn’t the same. I would like to defend Craig, but I really can’t. It doesn’t seem like some misunderstanding. I have not heard any real defense from him or his side. He’ll probably just say that he has an addiction. Ripping people off isn’t okay. I thought about Michael Vick. He didn’t just make a mistake. Killing animals wasn’t some accident. I didn’t think of Vick like Ray Rice. To me it already seemed like Vick was a bad guy. Again, Carton was in a different situation. I can’t call it a great comparison. Sid is probably the best comparison I can come up with. Most of us have probably met at least one person who was basically a BS artist. You could not ever count on them. They would not show up when expected. Collecting money didn’t go well. They seemed to be the unluckiest person alive. Often that person was probably telling lies and covering up something.

Recently I saw a video where Craig spoke about Aaron Hernandez being dead and how basically a bad guy wasn’t around anymore. Trying to compare the two is probably a stretch, but two things come to mind here. First, Craig made a lot of enemies. He was quick to bash others and get on the bad side of writers, Mike Francesa, and numerous people involved in sports. Carton seems like quite a hypocrite for bashing the Wilpons and running his own Ponzi scheme Perhaps Carton’s rage, anger, and bitterness came from his issues. Now those people can have the last laugh or get revenge. Either vocally (including with printed words), or by just sitting back and privately chuckling. The other thing I get from this is there were signs. Craig would try to use a person’s money and win in blackjack. Those who worked with him would win bets and not collect. He often tried to broker some sort of deal. Carton gave out baseball picks despite saying he didn’t wager on baseball in recent years. Now I wonder if this was another lie. The guy would give out random basketball games and teams. Not too many guys who don’t bet would have knowledge and interest in a team like UT Arlington. The recent news also gives people a chance to reflect on his friendship with the controversial Chris Christie.

Last month I attended Craig’s softball game in New Rochelle. We had a brief exchange in the parking lot. I can’t say this has impacted me the way it would if Evan got in trouble. For those who don’t know, we hang out sometimes and sit together at games. Be jealous. Anyway, I never spoke to Carton on the air. I’m not going to pretend we were close. Still, I listened. Sometimes we’ll hear somebody on the radio regularly and feel like we know them. The gambling talk interested me. Even though quite frankly I felt like he was often wrong and did not know what he was talking about. In some ways he seemed more relatable than Francesa. Mike would often boast about his 30 years at WFAN. Staying out of trouble was a big part of this. There is something to be said for being in the public eye and not getting into legal trouble. I figured Carton made much more than the reported 250,000 per year that I saw. You would think his income could help him with financial trouble, but as people have said it seems like that just means you spend or bet more. Lottery winners end up broke. Athletes don’t pay taxes. It seems like the wealthy are often prone to more financial difficulty at some point.

Since Craig was selfish, I should be as well. My main concern is what happens to WFAN from here. I have no idea. It’s like the rest of this situation. I just can’t make sense of it. Shortly after the news came out I started to think about how this would give Mike a perfect opportunity to stay. This could be the unforeseen event that would give him an excuse. Minutes later a friend texted me something similar. Although I really don’t have any answers, it could open the door for someone like John Jastremski or Marc Malusis. Maybe not in the morning or afternoon slot, but doing the 10AM show as hosts would be needed for those prime positions. Gregg Giannotti could also be in the mix somewhere. Stay tuned.