If you’re a New York sports fan you know Mike Francesa. His name is as familiar as those of the star players who take the field and compete.
Francesa is, of course, a big-name sports radio host. For many years he teamed with the “Mad Dog” Chris Russo. Now he goes on solo as Russo moved on to satellite radio.
Francesa does not resemble the athletes that he talks about. Many discredit him because of this. They wonder how he can know about the game when he never played.
There are many other faults that people find with Francesa. A lot of times he resembles a know-it-all who believes he is above all other people.
Francesa will act as if he is better and more knowledgeable than his callers. The attitude that he gives them is far from flattering. This doesn’t stop them from calling in repeatedly.
Does Francesa have an inside scoop that others just don’t have? It’s easy to gain a lot of knowledge about sports just by watching games over and over. You start to see tendencies and other patterns so Francesa has that going for him.
In fact, it was obvious that Francesa knew much more than Russo when they worked together. However, Russo added personality to the show.
When Russo was by himself (with Francesa taking a day off or being on vacation) the show was much more entertaining than when Francesa was by himself.
Russo would bring up tougher topics and relate to the audience much better than Francesa. Also, his emotions would change. Francesa is much more monotone.
Francesa can by hypocritical as well. For example, he goes after the bad behavior of certain athletes. However, he had no problem having Steve Phillips on as a weekly guest.
There are many negatives associated with Francesa but one thing can’t be argued and that is his success. Because of that he is envied by many. Of course, because he is at a high level he doesn’t care about lower people criticizing him. It comes with the territory.
The amount of money that Francesa receives is phenomenal. Add to that the many people that respect his opinion and you have a media icon. He can always point to these factors which are made obvious by his ratings and name association. His supporters far outweigh his critics. The critics might not be the worse thing either since they are also tuning in to his show.