WFAN's Mike Francesa ripped into the sports talk radio station's morning show Wednesday, saying the "Boomer and Gio" show "stinks" and declaring co-host Gregg Giannotti "short on ability." Watch video
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Mike Francesa ripped into the sports talk radio station’s morning show Wednesday, saying the “Boomer and Gio” show “stinks” and declaring co-host Gregg Giannotti “short on ability.”
The salvos come after Giannotti and co-host Boomer Esiason have long poked fun at Francesa and criticized him at times on their show. Giannotti frequently does impersonations of Francesa on the air.
Francesa also suggested an already-known discussion between Giannotti and midday co-host Chris Carlin – one that both men acknowledged on air was somewhat contentious at the start after Carlin objected to a line in Giannotti’s comedic song about WFAN’s ongoing standoff with Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan – had in fact been a physical altercation. Francesa said the incident involved “those two morons rolling around in the street out in front of the station.”
(Full disclosure: Francesa recently said this reporter was “so dense he doesn’t have an idea what he’s talking about” and “completely lost.”)
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Carlin, who is the Rutgers football play-by-play man, said there was no fight after the team broke practice in Piscataway.
“Of course there was no fist fight,” Carlin told NJ Advance Media.
Francesa got on the subject of fisticuffs due to a hypothetical discussion on the morning show about Carlin’s co-host, former Jets star Bart Scott, being in a fight with former professional wrestler Tazz, who hosts a national CBS morning sports show.
“Who would care?” Francesa asked rhetorically. “I thought it was more interesting when Giannotti and Carlin were beating each other out in the street and I heard about that.”
Francesa indicated he was forced to listen to the show Wednesday morning for about an hour while stuck in a trying drive to LaGuardia to pick up his wife, hence his inspiration to offer rare commentary on the show.
“Stop with the impersonations of me. Enough already. Get some new material, please,” Francesa said. “No wonder your show stinks. Geez. Play that tape tomorrow morning.”
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