Mike Francesa Attended Easter Mass At A Long Island Church (Photos)







WFAN/YES Network's Mike Francesa appeared at a Manhasset church for Easter Sunday mass.

WFAN/YES Network’s Mike Francesa appeared at a Manhasset church for Easter Sunday mass.

Yes, today is April 1.

However, this year, April Fool’s Day happens to fall right after Easter Sunday.

And there just so happens to be a couple of photos circulating of Mike Francesa attending an Easter Sunday mass at a Manhasset, Long Island church.

One reason to be skeptical is that being largely unavailable to the public is one of Francesa’s specialties. And even when he does make a public appearance, he can’t get any peace and quiet, it seems.

But according to one of Francesa’s fellow parishioners, it doesn’t seem like there was any holy hecklement hurled his way. In fact, he even sang along with some of the psalms, says the testamental tipster.

Rather than scare him away by saying “hello,” he decided to stealthily snap a couple of photos and send them in to Barstool Sports. (It’s important to point out that Barstool has the original photos, because, well, I don’t want to be accused of ripping them off, or anything.)

And if it was a doppelganger that looked a lot like Mike Francesa and not the “Sports Pope” himself? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time he punked us (or he would have you believe, anyway).

Mike Francesa To Deliver Sports Radio Keynote Speech At Talkers Magazine 2013 Convention







WFAN sports god Mike Francesa will be a keynote speaker at the Talkers Magazine seminar this year - but unless you're connected to the radio industry, you'll be getting the handwave treatment.

WFAN sports god Mike Francesa will be a keynote speaker at the Talkers Magazine seminar this year – but unless you’re connected to the radio industry, you’ll be getting the handwave treatment.

It only makes sense that the host that topped Talkers Magazine’s first-ever “heavy hundred” list devoted exclusively to sports, appears at the publication’s popular annual convention.

Talkers has confirmed that Mike Francesa, afternoon drive host on WFAN/New York (whose show is also simulcast on YES Network), is scheduled to give a keynote speech titled, “The Sports Talk Radio Phenomenon,” at their event this summer. Note that I wrote “a keynote speech”; there will likely be a popular personality from the general talk radio genre that will be giving an address at the same event.

But because sports talk radio has become a phenomenon – two new sports radio networks launching last fall, need I say more? – it’s apropos that Talkers reaches out to a sports talk radio phenomenon himself in Mike Francesa.

“The addition of Mike Francesa as the sports talk radio keynote speaker at this year’s conference puts it over the moon,” says Talkers publisher Michael Harrison. “One of the big buzzes of the business is the relentless growth of this exciting branch of the talk radio universe… We are delighted.”

In past years, WFAN talent like morning co-host Boomer Esiason, who just last year received an award presented by Talkers for outstanding community service, as well as Craig Carton and Richard Neer have made appearances at the magazine’s event, which in recent years had been dubbed the “New Media Seminar.”

But it’s true that in its sixteenth year of existence – a year in which the event will simply be called “Talkers New York 2013” – they’ve booked the current most sophisticated sports radio host to date. Why, in just the last few months, he single-handedly canceled the running of the New York City marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while on the other side of the coin, wasn’t all that concerned about the recent winter storm known as Nemo that rolled through the Northeast. (Of course, that wouldn’t be the first time he would be asleep at the wheel.)

If you wish to attend this year’s festivities, which will take place Thursday, June 6 at the Concierge Conference Center, it costs just $199 per registration per person.

And if the cost, which to some is quite reasonable, isn’t appealing, consider this: Talkers is only allowing “members of the working media” to attend the convention, which was originally a two-day weekend affair in New York open to everyone; as of last year, the event has branched out into both coasts, with an annual convention based in Los Angeles in the fall. Harrison himself told me that the event has “grown consistently over the years,” and the implementation of two annual events in the top two radio markets is proof.

Anyone with interest in the sports radio genre that has broadcasting connections should take advantage and make their reservations for this event. Speaking as someone who experienced the 2008 seminar, it’s a lot of fun if you’re into radio – talk radio, especially.

And if you don’t? Maybe you can win your way in by playing some Super Bowl trivia.

Mike Francesa Caller's "Homosexual Catcher" Crank Call Dumped Out By YES Network (But Not Quite)







Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza is the butt of a joke from the latest in a long time of prank callers to Mike Francesa's show. But the joke's on YES Network, which didn't dump out of Francesa's rebuttal to the caller.

Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza is the butt of a joke from the latest in a long line of prank callers to Mike Francesa’s show. But the joke’s on YES Network, which didn’t dump out of Francesa’s rebuttal to the caller.

The presence of prank callers on Mike Francesa’s WFAN/New York radio show is starting to rival that of the Steve Urkel character on the show “Family Matters”: what was rare when he first hosted the show solo in 2008 has suddenly become an everyday occurrence.

On today’s edition, “Nick from Bohemia” sounded like a genuine caller, starting with a valid point about the Mets. But then he focused on former Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who once again addressed rumors that he was gay, as he is set to release a new autobiography.

That provided fodder for “Nick’s” crank call.

“Do you think if it does come out that he is gay, that he’d be, the, ugh, you know, the best homosexual catcher we’ve ever seen?”

Francesa’s answer: “I would think he would be the best homosexual catcher. I would agree with that, yeah.”

It was a modest reaction to a prank call – either that, or he, like the Mets, has no clue what a “creampie” is:

While that entire call was heard on the radio, the censors at YES Network pulled out a bit too early, dumping out of the caller’s entire question, but not Francesa’s response:

Could you imagine the conversation between YES Network president Tracy Dolgin and the network censors over this?

“You let Mike Francesa say the word ‘homosexual’ on our air.”

“Did I do that?”

Mike Francesa Defends Snow Job, Claims "No One Died" During Winter Storm Nemo







Mike Francesa's cluelessness was on full display as Winter Storm Nemo delivered up to 40 feet of snow - far more than the "three inches" he said it would bring. (Photo composite/credit: Matthew Funtime.)

Mike Francesa’s cluelessness was on full display as Winter Storm Nemo delivered up to 40 inches of snow – far more than the “three inches” he said it would bring. (Photo composite/credit: Matthew Funtime.)

Many people strive to give a 100% effort.

Mike Francesa, on the other hand, is perfect, only in his own mind.

There’s been several occasions where the WFAN/New York and YES Network afternoon personality has gotten it wrong. He once said after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII that he picked them to win, despite him actually saying he sided with the Patriots going into the big game. There was the huge exaggeration that Tim Tebow would not appear in the same room as Rosie O’Donnell due to “her lifestyle,” only to find the two within inches of each other on Rosie’s radio show, moments later. And Francesa claims that ESPN has banned their personnel from appearing on his show, and WFAN, in general; then, come Heisman Trophy time, who should come wandering into his Lionel train-laden but the Worldwide Leader’s dean of college football, Kirk Herbstreit.

His track record is so spotty, he should become a meteorologist.

In fact, as Winter Storm Nemo approached the East Coast late last week, Francesa actually seized that opportunity, as he nonchalantly predicted that New York City would only get “a dusting” once the dust, er, snow settled.

He predicted this on his show Thursday, as he went back and forth with a caller on his not taking the storm seriously. Toward the end of this clip, he has to read “the official weather forecast for the New York metropolitan area” in an attempt to cover his ass.

So the “dusting” that Francesa was prognosticating actually turned into forty inches of snow in Connecticut. And in New York, it was enough for airports to cancel thousands of flights, and for the Governor to declare a state of emergency. Oh, and there were close to 10,000 power outages over the weekend in New York, mostly in Francesa’s backyard of Long Island.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that generator of his was collecting dust last week.

So now, here we are on Monday, where Francesa had to spend the first hour or so of his program, not only making the argument that “I never told you how much snow was coming,” but he dismissed the New York Daily News item I linked right above the video as a “fabrication,” contending that “the idea that I made this huge prediction about how there was not going to be a big snowstorm is a total lie.”

And it was around that time that Francesa, flaunting the ice water in his veins, showed how cold-hearted he truly is by informing – or in this case, misinforming – a caller that there were no casualties as a result of Winter Storm Nemo. Listen as he utters at around 0:35: “No one died in the storm.”

No one, Mike? How about fifteen people? Or did you multiply that figure by your meteorology knowledge – which is zero?

This was the complete opposite of the angry, concerned Mike Francesa who urged New York City to cancel its annual marathon, which would have been run days after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the area.

This was a Mike Francesa who could not and would not admit that he was wrong.

When it rains, it pours.

And Mike Francesa sure knows how to pour on the ignorance.

Mike Francesa Needed A Police Escort For His Flight To New Orleans







Mike Francesa was accompanied by a police escort for his flight to New Orleans for broadcasts at the site of Super Bowl XLVII.

Mike Francesa was accompanied by a police escort for his flight to New Orleans for broadcasts from the site of Super Bowl XLVII.

Another Super Bowl is upon us.

Which means another Super Bowl media week is upon us.

Which means that many radio hosts will be broadcasting live from the site of the big game once again.

Including WFAN/New York and YES Network’s Mike Francesa.

You may recall last year in Indianapolis, he stirred the pot a little bit by suggesting (lying) that popular Bible-thumping quarterback Tim Tebow refused to appear on Rosie O’Donnell’s satellite radio show due to her sexual orientation – a suggestion that was negated by a photo of the two in the same room, a photo that happened to be taken by Francesa’s former radio mate, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who also dropped by Francesa’s show that week.

So on the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday – one on which he still did his scheduled “Football Sunday” broadcast, despite there being just the Pro Bowl being played tonight – Francesa had to make a mad dash to LaGuardia Airport for a flight to New Orleans that departed around 2:15 PM or so.

And he apparently brought a companion with him for the trip.

“[Mike] Francesa is on our flight,” tweeted Bleacher Report senior NFL video producer Aaron Nagler. “He gets a police escort. Seriously?”

Ten minutes later, Nagler’s Bleacher Report colleague, Sirius XM executive producer Nick Kostos, confirmed this.

Wonder why that is? So someone can prod him in case he falls asleep on the flight? So none of the other passengers heckles him, or even dare say, “Helloooo” to him?

And is this police escort going to accompany Francesa for the duration of his travails in the Big Easy?

It sure isn’t easy being Mike Francesa.

Below is Francesa’s explanation, but first, here’s more Twitter reaction to the news that he boarded (we’re projecting, based on Twitter times) Delta Air Lines Flight 1705 from New York to New Orleans, with a police escort in tow. (You can already see the “falling asleep” jokes coming.)

And we have a tweet from somebody claiming to be sitting next to Francesa on the flight – and halfway confirming presence of security:

And last but not least, some fan art from Matthew Funtime:

UPDATE, 1.28.13: Yes, Mike Francesa discussed this news in the very first segment of his radio show of the week from Radio Row on Monday. And yes, he spun it as only Mike Francesa can.

And why not – here’s a transcript of the above clip.

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.)

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?