Friends and foes of Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa won’t have to wait long. He will walk (on water, no doubt) back on to his WFAN Balcony either Tuesday or Wednesday to launch his second reign of pomp and pomposity.
Waiting to greet him — probably on bended knee — will be FAN boss Mark Chernoff, who desperately wanted Francesa to return to the Papal Power Chair and, when given the opportunity, dropped dime on CMB (Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray, Bart Scott), giving them absolutely no chance to succeed.
So he banished them to playing sharezees with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts.
Only Francesa — who gets a new five-year deal (but has told management he will stay past that) — knows whether he will bless Chernoff or any other of his WFAN supplicants. They will smile in his face, when in reality they hold him in utter contempt. Only Francesa knows what he will say when he speaks into the microphone for the first time since his bogus retirement.
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Make no mistake. This will be easy for Francesa. History shows he has no problems lying. He is also delusional. For him, the only opinion that counts is the one from the guy who is staring back at him through the mirror. Does this mean Francesa has no conscience? We are not willing to go that far.
So he knows he back-stabbed Carlin, his former producer. He knows he is now responsible for driving Carlin, Gray and Scott’s radio career into a ditch. No sweat off Francesa’s back. He’s already satisfied his mammoth ego. Like our president, Francesa (who does have better hair than Trump) is a narcissist for the ages. When someone thinks he is always right, why sweat the little things — like destroying someone else’s career(s)?
Francesa will sit behind the microphone with a poker face and spin. He will say he has returned to help WFAN and all the people who work there. He will concoct some cock and bull story about how this experience will make CMB even stronger and probably then say he deserves to be taken to task for his fraudulent retirement tour.
This will be Francesa setting up his ultimate con job.
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He will say this: “I knew I would be ridiculed but I came back for you, the loyal callers. I returned for Mongo Nation. And I returned because of my love for this radio station. I realized this is my home.”
Half the audience will be left in tears, the other half vomiting.
Then after a few weeks of coming off as a team player, he will start another feud. His 30 years at FAN guarantees this will happen. He can’t help himself. You can go back to his entanglements with his partner Chris (Mad Dog) Russo through his beefs with Mike Lupica, Scotty Ferrall and Craig Carton.
Who’s next? Norman Julius Esiason? Greg Giannotti? NJE put the smack down on the pontiff Wednesday, saying: “They (CMB) have gotten screwed by a guy who said he was never going to be on this radio station again. Who decided to come back because of some conspiracy to keep him off the air? I have no idea what the hell that means.”
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Neither does Francesa, because he made it up — created a fantasy.
If Esiason, or anyone else at the station, ignites a feud with Francesa, things will get ugly fast. Unlike past years, there is no executive who is capable of managing it. You think Chernoff, or any other Entercom suit, is going to persuade Esiason to defer to Francesa? After Chernoff shafted CMB, who the hell would listen to him?
And the last time I looked NJE’s ratings were better than Francesa’s “final” ratings book.
Don’t look for Francesa to bring that up during his opening monologue next week. No need. Now, after management caved, Mike Francesa, once again, runs WFAN.
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Get used to it.
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