If nothing else, Michael Kay’s hammer job on Mike (Sports activities Pope) Francesa succeeded in utterly stealing the excitement from WFAN’s new “The Afternoon Drive” present and its debut week.
That’s the one upside for Kay, and ESPN-98.7 brass, following his wigging on a caller who stated the station’s afternoon trio of Massive Head, Don La Greca, and Peter Rosenberg wouldn’t have their talkie gigs if not for Francesa, who he characterised as the person who invented sports activities discuss radio.
The caller’s remark was moronic. As Kay appropriately identified, there’s a lengthy line of Gasbags who did the talkie factor lengthy earlier than Food regimen Coke was invented and years and years earlier than the pontiff arrived at WFAN.
Kay, Rosenberg, and DLG bought the 98.7 gigs primarily based solely on the boss-man’s notion of the expertise every brings to the microphone. Kay ought to have restricted his commentary to giving the caller a historical past lesson and shifting on to different enterprise.
As an alternative, he prolonged his soliloquy. Then after boss scribes began writing about it, Kay determined it was a swell thought to run to Twitter to defend his rant and assault one of many messengers. This was not shocking. Kay is delicate and thin-skinned. He’s softer than a roll of Charmin.
Whereas he makes a dwelling dishing it out on “The Michael Kay Present,” he can’t take it.
By no means may. And doubtless by no means will.
The extra defensive he will get, the extra irrational he sounds. Right here’s a man who’s the long-time TV voice of the Yankees and the host of an afternoon-drive present within the nation’s greatest market, who usually appears like a whining, spoiled child who desires to take his basketball house after a playground argument.
Nonetheless, Kay’s sensitivity and defensiveness shouldn’t be precisely breaking information. But there’s a growing story that’s. As we have now stated prior to now, when it comes to scores, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Kay. With Francesa out at FAN — changed by Maggie Grey, Bart Scott, and Chris Carlin — the door is large open for Kay to grow to be the sports activities discuss scores king of afternoon drive. Lastly, after 15 years of smelling Francesa’s exhaust fumes, Kay and his crew have an opportunity to breathe clear air and whiff the candy odor of success.
Judging by their first week of yakking, the WFAN trio goes to take some time (that’s being sort) to jell. Will this drive a few of their listeners to Kay’s present? This is a chance for Kay, who usually stated his present was “higher” than Francesa’s, to glom listeners from FAN’s loyal universe. But, if Kay can’t, and is overwhelmed within the scores division by Grey, Scott and Carlin, it won’t simply be a failure for Kay, however a depressing failure.
Not even a Kay rant will be capable of change that truth.
The world of in a single day sports activities discuss will get a a lot wanted shot of juice beginning Tuesday morning when Dino (Mastermind) Costa launches his new present (Tuesday-Friday, Midnight to three a.m.) on AM 970 The Reply.
The query is which Dino, who has burned a bridge or three throughout his profession, will we get? Since The Mastermind left SXM’s “Mad Canine Radio” 4 years in the past he’s skilled his share of controversy (that’s placing it mildly) in markets corresponding to Portland and St. Louis. Now, Costa, who frequently tormented Chris (Mad Canine) Russo, apparently, is projecting a mellower, wiser persona.
“Clearly there’s a variety of nice sports activities radio in New York,” Costa stated. “I really feel privileged to be part of the New York sports activities radio scene and I hope I can do my half to supply an alternative choice for sports activities followers in search of one thing slightly bit totally different.”
What, a humble Dino too? It’s bought to be an act, proper?
Is it shocking ESPN’s primetime semifinal hookup between Alabama and Clemson averaged a 12.5 ranking whereas the sooner Rose Bowl Oklahoma-Georgia tilt delivered a 14.Eight ranking?
Hey, why begin a primetime recreation at 9 p.m. when the vast majority of east coast viewers must go to work the following day? It was foolish scheduling.
The good transfer is to separate the 2 nationwide semifinal video games and air them on separate nights at an inexpensive begin time. Faculty soccer telecasts eat up three.5 to four hours of TV time attributable to timing points, replays, and so forth. No person of their proper thoughts can sit on the sofa for 7-Eight hours on New 12 months’s Day except they’re extraordinarily hung over from the evening earlier than.
The NFL might air two postseason video games on a Saturday or Sunday however they correctly separate the beginning instances to permit followers to present their eyes a break.
JOEY B-COLON WARS
Usually when Joe Benigno engages in a Jets distress (or fireplace Todd Bowles) session on WFAN, he’s preaching to the choir. That was not the case when he went up towards former Jet lineman Willie Colon on the current version of SNY’s “Jet Stream” Podcast.
With Jonas Schwartz serving because the referee, er host, the 2 went at it and didn’t give an inch. Luckily Joey B was on the cellphone. For when Colon, who clearly was miffed, instructed FAN’s noon yakker to seek out one other staff to root for, Benigno misplaced it, saying Colon had no thought what it’s wish to be a Jets fan. Luckily, Schwartz tilted the dialog in a distinct path.
Apparently, the one-on-one lingered with Benigno, who introduced it up on his personal present, and together with Evan Roberts, took a couple of well-placed photographs at Colon. Maybe the three of them ought to verbally battle it out on an upcoming Benigno/Roberts soiree.
CBS Sports activities’ web site and different retailers reported on what they known as a Bart Scott “rant” final Thursday. If that’s the very best “rant” Scott’s bought, “The Afternoon Drive” has an issue. Maybe Scott ought to examine considered one of Dave Rothenberg’s conniptions to learn the way to do it… The Giants ought to take a web page from Brian Cashman’s e-book and ensure their new coach can deal with the media. Then, if the staff will get in a jam, possibly the Giants could have a reputable voice to deflect the warmth and never must rely totally on Dave Gettleman or Johnny (Come These days) Mara… The MSG spin machine did a pleasant job convincing some media members that the Knicks have been headed in the appropriate path this season, a lot so the identical pontificators can’t convey themselves to say the staff is headed down the tubes… Glad to see they’re additionally nonetheless sticking by Kristaps (Sleepy) Porzingis… ESPN’s “First Take” bought off to a quick begin in 2018, recording a .62 ranking on Jan. 2, the best ranking within the historical past of the present. In 2017 “FT,” with Molly Querim, Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Will (Tremendous Sub) Cain, had its most seen yr ever (the present launched in 2005 as “Chilly Pizza”) averaging 449,000 viewers, up 25% from 2016. … Right here’s a stat the NFL scheduling Gnomes don’t need to learn: Playoff groups Buffalo, Jacksonville, and the Los Angeles Rams mixed for zero appearances this season on the league’s two most seen platforms: Sunday Night time Soccer and Monday Night time Soccer… Properly embedded NFL moles say NFL Community fits have been testing studio places all through Manhattan. Are they in search of expanded area to convey reveals to NYC? Or in search of a brand new studio for “Good Morning Soccer?”
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DUDE OF THE WEEK: ANDY DALTON
You’re a lock for this honor when your spectacular on-field efficiency is surpassed by a contribution to assist others off the taking part in subject. The Bengals QB delivered essentially the most significant TD go of the season when his fourth-and-12 bomb to Tyler Boyd knocked Baltimore out of the playoffs and ushered within the laborious luck Payments. Then, Dalton urged grateful Payments followers to ditch the stale Buffalo wing concepts and as an alternative earmark donations to his youngsters’s charity. The response has been outstanding.
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: NFL MOCK DRAFTS
Significantly, do these workout routines in guessing actually transfer the needle? You’re an NFL/faculty soccer knowledgeable. what a staff’s wants are and who the perfect match is from the school ranks. Nice. Clue us in a couple of week or two earlier than the draft. We can be grateful. However these mock drafts being posted earlier than the deadline for underclassmen to announce they’re foregoing a yr or two of eligibility and coming into the draft are simply preposterous.
What Kristaps Porzingis stated: “I’m drained, I’m drained, I’m so drained proper now.”
What Kristaps Porzingis meant to say: “I actually miss Carmelo Anthony.”