Mike Francesa looks back and ahead after WFAN split
My Sunday column and sidebar offer highlights of a 90-minute interview with Mike Francesa in which the big guy recalled the events leading to the breakup of "Mike and Mad Dog," his current relationship with former partner Chris Russo and the future of the afternoon drive slot in the post-Russo era.
Even 1,000 words only skimmed the surface of our conversation, so check the blog Monday for much more, including how Francesa feels about people who make fun of his weight, his admission he and Russo were behind the curve on new media technology and his thoughts on taking over the office once occupied by Don Imus.
I would have liked to include Russo's side of the story, especially about Francesa's revelation that the Imus succession saga might have played a role in the breakup.
Alas, Russo declined to comment through a spokesman.
My impression was he didn't want to revisit the past (fair enough) and even if he had the laryngitis that knocked him off the air on Thursday and Friday would have made it impossible for him to do so (fair enough).
Friday, he spoke to the Daily News anyway.