You may recall over the summer, WFAN’s afternoon schmoozer Mike Francesa had gone public about an apparent ban that ESPN has against the station.
“They are steadfast about it,” Francesa was quoted as saying, regarding all ESPN talent not being allowed to appear on any WFAN programming – even “close friends” of Francesa, such as Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen, both of whom are ESPN/ABC NBA analysts. “They are forbidden from being on my show. That’s how far ESPN has taken it.”
Either someone at the Worldwide Leader was off their meds on Friday, or the Mayans might just be right about the impending apocalypse, because the first guest on Francesa’s program on the eve of the 2012 Heisman Trophy awards was none other than Kirk Herbstreit.
As in ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.
Who was promoting the telecast of the 78th presentation of the Heisman Trophy this Saturday night on ESPN.
The Heisman Trophy presentation that Francesa apparently forgot to case his vote for.
But indeed, it happened: Francesa and Herbstreit talked Manti and Manziel for a good half-hour – and there’s audio evidence of it, as well as the photo you see on the top of the page.
Anyway, as you can expect, people on Twitter who are no doubt aware of ESPN’s edict against WFAN – and Francesa, in general – were shocked that ESPN’s top college football guy was on the top-rated sports radio program in New York.
Since there’s still a full day before the Heisman Trophy ceremony, I wonder if Kirk Herbstreit is going to find the time to appear on any of WFAN’s sister sports stations across the country – like 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, which recently hired one Scott Torgerson.
Not as awkward as hearing an ESPN employee on WFAN’s airwaves, but awkward, nonetheless.