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Mike Francesa admits future with Chris Russo is murky
Click below for the complete transcript of Mike Francesa's on-air remarks at about 1:25 p.m. Friday, the first time he has offered his take on my story last Sunday that the "Mike and the Mad Dog" show could be through by Labor Day and Chris Russo's comments Monday.
At times Francesa sounded like he was giving the first draft of the show's obituary. Wow.
Like he said . . . should be an interesting summer.Mike Francesa on WFAN/YES Friday:
Dog got it in his lap on Monday. I made sure I was near a TV at 1 oclock when he came on. I thought he handled it well. Everything he said as far as the relationship was true. You know, weve been together 19 years. Thats a long time. And in a very visible position for 19 years, so weve kind of carried on this relationship in a very public way, so that when theres been fights theyve been made public and when theres been battles theyve been made public.
Now there havent been many in recent years. The last bad one before this was probably about eight years ago. I think it was in 2000 we had a bad one. And Id say in the last 19 years weve probably had four or five bad ones. This one was pretty bad.
He gave you the timetable. I would say we did have a meeting in May where we decided we had maybe carried it onto the air and we were not being very professional so we apologized. He apologized, I apologized, because I thought I had handled myself terribly. I apologized for that. I thought I carried it onto the air and was very unprofessional, which is something I dont want to ever try to be.
When you do this this long, you are going to have problems. I think weve patched it up on the air. Have we patched it up off the air? Not really, to any real extent. Ill give you an example: We havent spoken this week. So that should give you an indication. With everything thats going on, we havent spoken this week. So I think thats a pretty good indication of where we are right now.
Um, about everything else and all the conjecture, I havent spoken to anybody else about that. I havent spoken to anybody about the story. Ive had plenty of requests about it this week. I would just say this: In 20 years of being here I came to the station in 87, Ive been with Dog since 89 I have never, not once, discussed my contractual relationship with FAN publicly. Not on the air, not in the newspapers. Ive never negotiated publicly, Ive never negotiated on the air, Ive never negotiated in the newspaper.
Ive had a great relationship with the station. Ive never had any contract battle in 20 years. Ive had four or five contracts. Theyve all been handled very, very well. Ive never had a bad day with them in 20 years. So Ive never discussed that and I never will. So I have no interest in discussing my contractual situation and where it is or will I ever do that publicly.
As far as the Mike and the Mad Dog program and where everybody thinks it may be going, all I will say is this: You know, weve done 19 years together, which is a very long time. Weve had a lot of different things happen in our lives. Weve had seven kids in recent years. You go through a lot of changes, a lot of things happen, a lot of things are said.
You dont know everything thats going to happen day to day. Lifes not that predictable. Nothing is that predictable that you know there are any certainties of whats going to happen day to day. I would say this: I think our relationship would never be a sole reason that we would ever part. I dont think it would ever reach that level. I think we could always work well together. I think weve worked well together.
I think even our most severe critic would say that we have produced something pretty special over the last 19 years, pretty special and pretty successful and pretty special. Its something that Im proud of and I hope hes proud of.
Where it goes from here, Im not sure. I think, to be fair with the audience, I think we have reached a crossroad. I think were at a crossroad. I think this will play out over the summer and well see what happens. Im not going to sit here and say something couldnt change. Maybe it does, maybe it doesnt. I dont know that yet. If it does I will be very proud of everything we accomplished here. And if it doesnt well be back and do hopefully 19 or 20 more years together. I dont know, you know?
I dont know how long is long enough, you know? You wait and see how it happens. Would I guarantee anything? No. Would I make any declarations today? No. Eventually all things have to pass. If were at that time, Im not sure. Well see what happens. Itll be an interesting summer. Next, Met baseball.