Mike Francesa Chris Russo
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Former radio partner Chris Russo calls Mike Francesa a “horse’s fanny” for his attempted comeback play to officially return to the airwaves on WFAN.

Listen, there’s no way around it. Mike Francesa absolutely looks horrible right now.

After just months away from his regular afternoon-drive gig on WFAN—the place he became a sports radio legend for nearly 30 years—the Sports Pope has made it known he’s ready for a return, via Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

“I’m not answering questions about any specific stations,” Francesa told The Post during a five-minute conversation.


Though those were the words he officially placed on the record, it’s clear he misses the spotlight and is after a WFAN return, notes Marchand.

He could have stayed at WFAN in a reduced time-slot, but declined, leading to a long retirement dance leading up to his last show in December.

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, his long-time “Mike and the Mad Dog” radio partner who’s firmly planted at Sirius/XM with his own channel, chimed in on Tuesday with accurate words even Francesa wouldn’t dare wave away as fictitious.

Russo claims Mike’s current comeback actions resemble the Sports Pope as a “horse’s fanny.”

The trio of Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott—the team that replaced Francesa at WFAN—lost a slim ratings battle to ESPN Radio NY’s “The Michael Kay Show” for the winter ratings block. It marks the first time in history the ESPN drive-time show outdueled WFAN’s version. Francesa never once lost.

This Francesa comeback talk is as predictable as the Pope returning to WFAN in his old spot. As Russo mentions, eventually, it’s going to happen. Perhaps a 3 p.m. ET to 6 or 7 role with the current trio going just three hours from noon to 3.

Ladies and gentlemen, horse’s ass or not, Mike Francesa seems to be WFAN-bound again, eventually.

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