ESPN Upfront 2013 Message: Destroy Fox Sports 1 Or Bus(t)







Among other things at their 2013 upfront presentation, ESPN introduced a new bus, as well as a new million-dollar "SportsCenter" studio. Fox Sports 1, launching this summer, likely had a hand in these being created.

Among other things at their 2013 upfront presentation, ESPN introduced a new bus, as well as a new million-dollar “SportsCenter” studio. Fox Sports 1, launching this summer, likely had a hand in these being created.

Before I paint the picture of ESPN’s annual upfront presentation for 2013, let me first give you a quick recap of last year’s edition: the place was packed with advertisers and sports media observers (of course, the show is mostly for the advertisers). The headliners were “stars (including would-be ESPN analyst Ray Lewis), a marching band (the one belonging to The Ohio State University) [and] mascots (Mr. Met and Al E. Gator, among others).” Many of the announcements last year included the unveiling of a new ESPN Radio app, and the expansion of Bill Simmons’ Grantland franchise.

You could say that this year’s ESPN upfront presentation was just a little bit different: oh, sure, the ad buyers and sports media flacks packed the house again, and sports stars were once again present; in fact, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera “closed” the event (watch the righty, currently in his final year in the major leagues, shadow Lewis and become an analyst next year; in fact, bank on it). And yes, there was some more mascot mischief.

But when you’ve got a competitor in Fox Sports 1 launching in a few months – perhaps the first network in the Worldwide Leader’s existence that can call themselves a legitimate competitor – not only do you have to top your previous upfront, oh, no: you also have to top Fox Sports 1’s upfront in March.

Yes, there was your average slew of announcements – new slate of “30 For 30” documentary films; new football (“NFL Insiders”, replacing the incumbent “NFL32”) and soccer (“ESPNFC”) programs; new “ESPN The Magazine” “body issue” featuring San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in all his tattooed glory, much to the chagrin of David Whitley.

But there were two gigantic things that ESPN unveiled at this year’s upfront.

First, starting next year, ESPN’s “SportsCenter” shows will emanate from a brand new, state-of-the-art – make that continent-of-the-art, it’s so huge – 193,000 square foot studio, being billed “Digital Center 2.” Estimated cost to erect the set: $125 million.

Yes, cable subscribers, that is where your hard-earned inflated cable bill dollars is going.

Oh, and you’ll also be footing the bill for fuel that ESPN will be needing to get around in their brand new bus!

The vehicle, dubbed “SportsCenter On The Scene,” will be mobile for many sporting events year-round. Among its features, according to the network, are “satellite technology, bureau kit camera, lighting and equipment to do a live shot.” Yes, but will it prevent the trajectory of rogue water bottles being thrown in its direction?

By the way, ESPN’s “SportsCenter On The Scene” bus is said to be the first vehicle for the Worldwide Leader since Stephen A. Smith’s old late-night talk show on ESPN2, “Quite Frankly.”

And ESPN president John Skipper was quite frank in talking about the soon-to-be-launched Fox Sports 1 and other competitors that are already in battle (CBS and NBC Sports Network, just to name a couple) in the sports cable trenches. “We like competition,” he admitted. “It makes us better.”

Well, if it took Fox being committed to a new national sports cable network for ESPN to make a dramatic upgrade in their “SportsCenter” set and add a pair of wheels, what took them so long?

Yes, who needs the duo from the Canadian version of “SportsCenter” (that would be Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, who will be leaving TSN to anchor Fox Sports 1’s nightly “Fox Sports Live” program) when you can watch who we have in a breathtaking new structure!

There’s ESPN bidding aggressively on sports broadcasting contracts – and it is these contracts, as well as long-term carriage deals with cable companies, that Skipper says is the backbone of ESPN’s success – and then there’s flat-out largesse.

A bus? Really? Were plans for a “SportsCenter In The Sky” helicopter a little out of hand?

In a related item, earlier in the day, Fox Sports fired a salvo and announced that when the current Speed channel morphs into Fox Sports 1 on August 17, its action sports-themed network Fuel will indeed be transformed into Fox Sports 2 on the very same day. A third Fox Sports network (Fox College Sports?) can’t be far behind at this point.

But for now, with its splashy “look at how much money and talent we have” upfront, ESPN wins the day in the end.

The question is, will they win the fight with the elephant in the room that will be Fox Sports 1?

Heartless: Doug Gottlieb Mocks Wichita State Player's Heart Ailment







Doug Gottlieb took the opportunity to use a player's heart condition as fodder for a clever throwaway line leading into a commercial break during Wichita State/Gonzaga on TNT.

Doug Gottlieb took the opportunity to use a player’s heart condition as fodder for a clever throwaway line leading into a commercial break during Wichita State/Gonzaga on TNT.

In CBS rookie Doug Gottlieb’s first season as a color analyst for the opening rounds of NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament, let’s just say that he’s an acquired taste.

But at one point during Saturday night’s matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, you could say he had a flair for the tasteless.

Late in the game, Wichita State forward Carl Hall made a jumper to give his team its first lead in around ten minutes. A foul was called seconds later, which later led to an official TV timeout.

As a replay of Hall’s shot played leading into the break, Gottlieb had a thought on the Shockers senior that was, well, shocking, to say the least:

“Carl Hall’s got a heart problem, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have heart.”

For the uninitiated, Hall, in his late teenage years, was told he could not play basketball due to a heart condition known as “neurocardiogenic syncope.” (No word if he was passing the time with violin lessons.)

Yet, he defied the odds, and here he is, helping the Shockers shock the Bulldogs for a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.

The irony is, the person who first reported about Gottlieb’s heartless line, The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster, also suffers a heart ailment that, like Hall, restricted him from physical activity for some time during his childhood.

“Perhaps what Gottlieb said was innocuous,” Koster writes. “But to me, and millions of others, it’s no laughing matter.”

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control has a tally of 26.5 million Americans stricken with some sort of heart disease. And the CDC also reports that heart disease is currently the leading cause of death.

Meanwhile, the next person who laughs themselves to death upon hearing the comedic stylings of Doug Gottlieb will be the first.

Doug Gottlieb: no heart.

Net Worth: Boomer And Carton Shine Working Brooklyn Nets Radio Broadcast On WFAN







Boomer Esiason might have been following his beloved New York Rangers, but he and his WFAN colleague Craig Carton gave it their all during their radio broadcast of the Brooklyn Nets/Washington Wizards game.

Boomer Esiason might have been following his beloved New York Rangers, but he and his WFAN colleague Craig Carton gave it their all during their radio broadcast of the Brooklyn Nets/Washington Wizards game.

Boomer Esiason has worked alongside notable announcers during his decade and counting working the radio broadcasts of “Monday Night Football”: Howard David, Marv Albert, and currently, Kevin Harlan.

On Friday night, Boomer would add another name to that list: Craig Carton.

That’s right: The top-rated (and should-be-syndicated, IMHO) morning duo on New York’s WFAN were working the radio broadcast of the Brooklyn Nets/Washington Wizards game. It was clearly an experiment that the station agreed to do with the Nets, who produce their own radiocasts and purchase airtime for clearance on WFAN. Before Friday night, Carton has had no play-by-play experience on his resume that we know of (late in the game, Esiason noted that Carton called a game “once every five years”). (Update: I’m told the two also worked a Nets/Celtics radio broadcast for WFAN last year. So this apparently was not their first rodeo – well, it was in Brooklyn; last year was the Nets’ last in New Jersey.)

But the Nets certainly knew what they were getting.

Who knows if that was also the case for their foe for the evening, the Wizards, who own one of the worst records in the league. In fact, they’re third in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division, if you can believe it, and that’s by virtue of two other teams, the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats, owning even worse records than the Wizards (in fact, with the Miami Heat winning their seventeenth straight game on Friday night, they’ve already clinched the first berth for this year’s playoffs – and there’s still another month or so of regular season games to be played).

But with the Wizards trailing by upwards of twenty points in the very first quarter, as Nets point guard Deron Williams converted on seven three-pointers en route to a record nine treys in a half, and falling one shy of the single-game record of twelve, it predictably provided fodder for Carton’s work at Barclays Center. After Wizards point guard A.J. Price got his first points of the game, pulling his team to within 19 points of the Nets, it was an opportune time for a “TV timeout” with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the quarter. Or, as Carton saw it, “All you have to do is score a basket, and [Nets head coach] P.J. Carlesimo says, ‘I’ve seen enough’.”

When the first quarter was completed, Carton took radio listeners to break by alerting them, “this is not a typo,” and after announcing the score after a dozen minutes of play was Nets 38, Wizards 14, he joked, “You can go home now.”

And while the Wizards would ultimately lose to the Nets, 95-78, they almost served up a little humble pie to Carton, who likened the Wizards to “a D-League team” that the Nets had “better beat… by forty points”: Washington outscored Brooklyn 25-15 in the third quarter, much to the chagrin of Carton, who midway through the third quarter feared the Wizards would actually go on a run and turn this into a competitive game.

With the Wizards trailing the Nets by just sixteen points as the final quarter started, Carton admitted: “I can’t believe they made it a game… but they made it a game.”

There are some that thought Carton, in particular, was a bit too harsh on the 19-41 Wizards, with ten of those wins coming over their last nineteen contests. “I thought Craig Carton was beyond unprofessional in calling the Nets game,” tweeted noted WFAN listener Leslie after the game. “It was disgusting to even hear what he had to say about the Wizards… He was a jerk.”

Some could easily share that opinion. But really, what else do you expect from a team that ranks dead last in the league in scoring? And with all due respect to Washington, what New Yorker didn’t enjoy this one-liner from Carton as WFAN returned from a Wizards timeout, after the team was trailing 22-2, which included a six-pack of three-pointers by Williams: “If your subway was late getting to the building, you missed everything!”

Esiason also showed some of that color analyst luster that he exhibits on “Monday Night Football.” As the third quarter winded down, a quarter in which Williams went just 1-6 with a turnover, he acknowledged: “I think Williams is getting a little tired.”

That one shot Williams did convert during that quarter, naturally, was a trey – and it was at that point that Carton finally decided to work the familiar “Hello! La la la” phrase from his radio show into the call.

Williams would make his final three with 1:39 to go. But he would get the opportunity to take another outside shot. Carton: “They’re trying to get him the record. Frankly, that’s a bit offensive.”

And of course, the duo would display that same chemistry that they normally do for four hours every morning. “Deron Williams is feeling it right now,” Esiason said after the player made his seventh trey in the first eight minutes of the game. Countered Carton: “I’ve never had a night like this.”

The low points, in my opinion, were when each of them went off the beaten path during live reads – Boomer, after assessing the Applebee’s slogan “See you tomorrow” vowing, “Well, I won’t be there”; Carton struggling through the pronunciation of the name of a Brooklyn hospital, Maimonides. While even I will admit that, at first look, “Maimonides” could be a bit of a pronunciation challenge, keep in mind that sports, and radio, is a business, and keeping the sponsors happy is vital. I would have practiced how to pronounce “Maimonides” on the side during a timeout, but that’s just me. Also, Carton pronounced the first name of Deron Williams as “Darren” way too often throughout the game (and when Williams claimed the three-pointers-in-a-half record as his own, the Barclays Center crowd chanted, “De-ron,” which led Carton to debate out loud whether or not they were chanting “De-ron” or “Darren”).

While I won’t stop short of saying Esiason and Carton put the lotion in the basket (to borrow an idiom the latter of the duo used a few times during the broadcast), I must say they were certainly a stimulating listen. As someone who has not seen or heard a Nets game from start to finish since the 1990’s, this was more of an event for me than a casual sports event. And regardless of the opinion that the two are Knicks fans – and there was even a running bet that Boomer would be watching the Rangers game during his Nets assignment – I don’t think Nets fans would mind them returning to the radio booth again – perhaps against a more formidable opponent than the Wizards.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, the regular Nets radio announcing duo of Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw were both in the building: Carrino was working the play-by-play on YES Network alongside Greg Anthony (YES’ usual Nets announcer Ryan Ruocco, who moonlights as a radio host on ESPN New York/98.7 FM alongside Stephen A. Smith, was at Barclays Center as well, tweeting updates throughout the game). After the game, Carrino and Capstraw reverted to the radio booth for the Nets postgame show on WFAN, and hearing Boomer and Carton assume their roles, according to Capstraw, was “a whole lot of fun,” adding that Carton in general was “really talented and entertaining.”

After the game, both Carton and Esiason thanked the Nets organization on-air. And Boomer thought his WFAN morning mate “did one hell of a job” calling the contest. “It just kind of came out naturally, and you did a good job.”

And for someone who exclusively works NFL radio broadcasts, Esiason did a commendable job analyzing this basketball game.

Even Al “Dukes” Hughes, who produces the WFAN morning program, was involved in this broadcast, providing “fun facts” about the year-old Barclays Center during the game. “This is pretty good,” he said. “I might start watching basketball games.”

If Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason made this a semi-regular thing, it might just make people start listening to basketball games.

Here’s a small sample of the game – including Dukes’ appreciation for the state-of-the-art urinals at Barclays Center.

Also, click here to listen to a composite of Carton calling all eleven Deron Williams three-pointers.

Video: Keith Irizarry And Kevin Devaney, Jr. Call Khalil Edney's Buzzer Beater







The announcers behind the wild Khalil Edney buzzer-beater, as televised by MSG Varsity, were Keith Irizarry and Kevin Devaney, Jr.

The announcers behind the wild Khalil Edney buzzer-beater, as televised by MSG Varsity, were Keith Irizarry and Kevin Devaney, Jr.

Down 59-49, the New Rochelle Huguenots made an improbable comeback, capped by an across-the-court buzzer-beater from forward Khalil Edney, to stun the Mount Vernon Knights.

But what really brought the final play to life was the call by Keith Irizarry and Kevin Devaney, Jr., on a game televised by MSG Varsity, a regional cable network offered exclusively by Cablevision. With just a tenth of a second remaining in regulation, even Irizarry, the play-by-play announcer who worked the game, was convinced that “Mount Vernon’s gonna hold on and win it”, before Edney proceeded with the alley-oop.

That seemed to make a believer out of the crew. “That was the most amazing shot I’ve ever seen,” emoted Devaney.

The full transcript is at the bottom of the post – including an exchange in which both announcers sounded like they were at an impasse as to whether or not Edney’s shot counted.

Watch the video, and listen as Irizarry and Devaney bring out their inner Gus Johnson and Jack Buck (“I don’t believe what we just saw”).

Here’s the official video with additional angles of the shot, courtesy of MSG Varsity.

The buzzer-beater is already the buzz of the sports world. And it’s bound to make stars out of Irizarry and Devaney.

Keep this in mind: As of 5 PM ET on Sunday, their Twitter follower counts, respectively, are 531 and 4,194. As ESPN and other outlets play this clip, you watch as those numbers multiply.

And then watch as either or both of them leave MSG Varsity for CBS or Fox.

Meanwhile, even after a moment of triumph, as broadcast on their own air, MSG Varsity’s parent company can’t help but incite a little behind-the-scenes sparring. Apparently, Cablevision got wind of an ESPN producer tweeting a link to an unofficial video of the shot uploaded to YouTube, and here’s what they tweeted to the producer:

I mentioned that MSG Varsity is available exclusively to Cablevision subscribers. In fact, they’re so anal about who gets access to their content, that you can’t even access many portions of MSG Varsity’s own website without getting a prompt that you need to be a subscriber in order to view the content.

For example, when I try to access the New Rochelle high School page on, this is the message I’m treated to:

And let’s not forget that Cablevision is also the parent company of Newsday. Ever since they erected their paywall, it’s been hard getting a regular fix of Neil Best.

And I thought TSN policing their content to people outside of Canada was bad.

Oh, by the way, MSG Varsity: thanks for (briefly) retweeting this very post – I guess they undid the retweet as soon as they found out I was reporting on the negative aspects of this, as well…

And now for a transcript of this call…

KEITH IRIZARRY: New Rochelle, the 9-1 run in less than four minutes, or the last four minutes… It is Edney to throw it in… Edney tosses it; it’s knocked around; and Mount Vernon’s gonna hold on and win… or, hold on, what’s that? Oh, goodness! Are they gonna count that? No, it doesn’t count! They’re wiping it off! Down by the —

KEVIN DEVANEY, JR.: Oh, my goodness!

IRIZARRY: I think he got that off!

DEVANEY: I don’t think he got it off as well! Khalil [unintelligible] but they’re saying it does not count! The referees are gonna talk it over. That was the most amazing shot I’ve ever seen, wasn’t it?

IRIZARRY: I think they have to count that.

DEVANEY: Do we turn the monitors away to let them watch? It’s very, very close.

IRIZARRY: We have the replay, he got it off; like I said, he got it off. It is mayhem here at the County Center.

DEVANEY: We’re gonna have a, a large crowd around us, and these referees are gonna decide the game in this huddle, right now… It counts!

IRIZARRY: They’re counting it! New Rochelle! Khalil Edney! Absolutely pandemonium! I have never seen a shot like that before!

DEVANEY: I have no words! I have no words! I don’t believe what we just saw! I didn’t think anything would ever touch Newburgh’s half-court shot to beat Mount Vernon, and then I saw Khalil Edney make a half-court shot at the Westchester County Center, to win a Section I Class AA title.

IRIZARRY: Mount Vernon is shocked!

DEVANEY: [Mount Vernon head coach Bob] Cimmino can’t believe it. He’s flabbergasted. I cannot believe —

IRIZARRY: Here’s the replay.

DEVANEY: Watch the clock–

IRIZARRY: Lobbed up, Edney picks it up here; Edney — it’s loose at 0.1, it’s good! It was loose at 0.1! Khalil Edney! Another look from a different angle! Again, it’s loose! Wow!

DEVANEY: I don’t believe it!

IRIZARRY: It’s loose at 0.1!

DEVANEY: Out of his hand!

IRIZARRY: We’ve got a crowd around us watching the replays… Ha! Game of the year! Finish of the year, at least.

DEVANEY: Game of the lifetime!

Video: Ian Eagle Pays Homage To Jerry Seinfeld As Brooklyn Nets Win In Overtime

YES Network announcer Ian Eagle gave a veiled shout-out to Nets fan Jerry Seinfeld after Brooklyn defeated the Detroit Pistons in overtime at Barclays Center.

During Friday night’s Brooklyn Nets home game against the Detroit Pistons, cameras showed comedian Jerry Seinfeld in the crowd.

So after Nets guard Joe Johnson hit a game-winning three-pointer to seal the victory for the team, 108-105, YES Network cameras once again showed Seinfeld, along with his wife, Jessica, in jubilation. And make no mistake, it was not a shot about nothing.

Can you catch the reference that Seinfeld fan Ian Eagle makes at 31 seconds into this video?

If the NHL lockout is ever resolved, I’d like to see YES Network pay another tribute to Seinfeld if he attends a New Jersey Devils game.

(Oh, that’s right, he’s a Kings fan, now.)

MSG Flushes Video Of Prince Amukamara's Scatological "Pregame Ritual"

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara provided a colorful answer to a question that MSG Network’s Jill Martin asked at halftime of a Knicks broadcast. But why did they yank video of the interview from their website?

The folks at MSG have proven to be a royal pain.

The MSG Network carries Knicks games. And many famous people have been known to take in Knicks games. And when famous people are spotted at a Knicks game, MSG might send their ace entertainment reporter Jill Martin after you as part of her “A New York Minute With Jill Martin” series.

Martin has talked up everybody from Magic Johnson to Kate Upton. She’s even chatted with members of the New York Giants, like wide receiver Victor Cruz, at Knicks games. (She’s even talked to fellow Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks on the night the Giants won their most recent Super Bowl.)

This past Friday night, Martin spoke to another New York Giants player, cornerback Prince Amukamara, for a good minute. She prefaced her questions with a disclaimer that she got the questions from MSG viewers via Twitter. And sometimes when you invoke social media for feedback, it might be asking for trouble – but obviously, they’ll screen the best questions to cram into sixty seconds.

The ones they selected, all football-related, appear to be harmless. Such as the first question: “Who is the toughest wide receiver to defend?” His answer was DeSean Jackson of the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Martin then asked Amukamara to explain his pregame ritual, and teased it with, “I heard it was an interesting one.”

Remember, the question was fielded from Twitter – and the answer is straight from Amukamara, and not from Twitter.

“Well, I used to have a ritual where I would go number two before every game, but that stopped working for me, so I discontinued that.”

“Whatever you’re doing now seems to be working,” Martin replied to Amukamara, who’s already doubled his pass deflection total and tripled his all-purpose tackle total from an injury-shortened rookie season in 2011.

Before you know it, thanks to Amukamara’s priceless answer, the interview would start to go viral. It was uploaded to Larry Brown Sports embedded it. Arizona Sports (Amukamara is a native of Glendale, AZ) also embedded it. It might have been the most watched segment in “A New York Minute With Jill Martin” history.

But then at some point on Saturday, management at MSG decided to really crap the bed.

For unexplained reasons, they removed the video from their website. All that exists now is a YouTube video that was shot by holding a cell phone up to the television.

Remember, this is the same MSG Network that decided that it would be a good idea to start a print ad campaign promoting the Knicks games they would be airing in November – including the one from which that very interview with Amukamara emanated – with one ad encouraging potential viewers to pass on picking up “sixes and sevens” at the local watering hole, and watch Jason Kidd “dish out dimes.”

And it’s not like nobody knew what Amukamara would say when pressed to elaborate on his “pregame ritual.” Martin herself acknowledged it would be juicy when she said she “heard it was an interesting one.”

There’s one of two things that could have possibly happened here: the Giants organization might have gotten wind of Amukamara’s now-defunct “pregame ritual” and, concerned about bad publicity, asked MSG to remove the video from their website; you may recall just this past August that Amukamara was the subject of a video in which he was thrown into a tub of ice water by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul – a video whose content Giants head coach Tom Coughlin deemed “inappropriate.”

Or, just as in the case of their brilliant “sixes and sevens” ad campaign, the geniuses at MSG realized they greenlighted something they shouldn’t have after the fact – an otherwise harmless question, but knowing the answer would be scatological in nature beforehand – and dumped it.

It’s Friday night. You can watch the Knicks play a shitty Wizards team, or, if you’re a celebrity, you can go on the air and top it.

Mike Francesa Rips Bully At Yankee Game (Audio)

WFAN’s Mike Francesa complained about how he went to a Yankee game days after his infamous sleep-inducing interview, and endured a heckler harassing him “for nine innings… He rode me the whole game.”

The high point of 2012 for Mike Francesa was being named the number one personality on the first-ever “sports talk heavy hundred” list compiled by Talkers Magazine, which presents its popular “heavy hundred” list of regular radio talk show hosts each year.

And without question, the lowest point of the year for the WFAN/New York late midday/afternoon drive host was when YES Network cameras caught him sleeping during a segment.

Despite the clip going viral, and now fielding crank calls on his radio show jibing him about it on a regular basis as a result, Francesa still has his head held high and continues living his life off the air in the public eye.

On his radio show on Thursday, he confessed of an incident stemming from his big sleep, that lasted as long as a Yankee game.

In fact, it took place during a Yankee game.

Francesa recalled going to a game at Yankee Stadium, just days after his schmooze-and-snooze interview with Sweeny Murti, which would place him on the weekend of September 14-16, when the Yankees hosted the Tampa Bay Rays. (We’re guessing it was the Friday night game, when the Yankees lost; Francesa can be home team kryptonite.)

“There was a guy three rows behind me,” Francesa said. “He killed me for the whole game… He gave it to me for nine innings… He gave it to me… He rode me the whole game.”

Given the unique confrontational style that we’ve come to know from Francesa, one would expect him to react to the fan at the Yankee game – which could possibly turn into a bigger story about him than the one a few days before.

But Francesa took his lumps like a man, not once turning around to look at his heckler, or send his friend/driver Julio over to straighten him out.

“It comes with the territory,” he said. “It’s part of the deal, if you’re a public person.”

He also made it a point to be as conspicuous as possible during that week in September, just so he can put the fallout over him falling asleep behind him.

“I purposely didn’t go hide that week,” Francesa revealed to listeners. “I went out, because I said, ‘You know, I gotta get this over with.’

“That was an easy one,” he said of his decision to go to a Yankee game, and the vulnerability it presents after having fallen asleep during a tet-a-tet with Murti, WFAN’s resident Yankees reporter. “I knew it was gonna happen.”

Francesa added that it would be a different situation if the fan got testy with the host, or if members of Francesa’s family accompanied him to the game. “I don’t think my kids should be subjected to that,” he said.

And considering how he fell asleep on the air again in recent weeks, there’s not as much of a buzz as there was with the original. Now, had he exploded on the taunting Yankee fan, people might be looking at that second on-air snooze a little differently.

Hear the entire three-minute diatribe here:

And once Mike Francesa confessed about the time he was heckled at Yankee Stadium, the first thought that came to a lot of people’s minds was: How come no video of the fan heckling Mike Francesa exists?

But if Francesa says it, then it must be true… or is it?