Stenographer urges Francesa to hire a slow talker
Friday's newspaper column revisits our old pal Patty Parker, who until recently had the toughest job in sports media: Keeping up with Chris Russo to provide closed captioning for YES' simulcast of "Mike and the Mad Dog."
Parker literally shed tears when the old show broke up, but admitted her life is easier without Russo around.
Parker hopes Mike Francesa's new partner speaks more slowly. She also is adamantly opposed to the notion of him adding two new sidekicks.
"Oh, please, no!'' she said. "They'll all be talking on top of each other. I dont think Mike needs three. Right now hes doing fine. I have to say Im not bored. I do hope that Tony, Dogs father, does continue to call into the show."
Parker said two years ago she hoped to meet Francesa and Russo. She said she spoke to then on the phone but she never got around to an in-person visit. (She lives in southern New Jersey.)
(Thanks to reader "Jim" for giving me the idea during a live chat last week to check in with Patty.)
Speaking of closed captioning, remember SNY, you have until Opening Day 2009 to add it, or I will remind you every single day about it in the blog.