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Mike Francesa on Michael Kay: 'Classless, loser move'

Diet Cokes in an ice chest at a

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Michael Kay opened his first simulcast on the YES Network Monday with a not-so-veiled shot at WFAN's Mike Francesa, who occupied that time slot for 12 years.

Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke - Francesa's longtime beverage of choice - into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference...

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No, Mike Francesa does not plan to attend FrancesaCon; but he's flattered!

Sports radio talk show host and TV commentator

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The Newsday Sports Super Bowl team caught up with Mike Francesa Friday just before he went on the air at M&M's World, where crowds were so thick around the WFAN set that there was human gridlock.

Here he is on a several important topics, including his thoughts on FrancesaCon, the fan-organized event Saturday that will celebrate their hero at various bars around Manhattan.

On the...

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WFAN boss discusses 'M&Ms' deal

Osi Umenyiora stands in front of a Giants

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Although I did not quote him in my newspaper story about WFAN's move to "M&Ms World" this week, I did ask WFAN boss Mark Chernoff about the unusual deal.

He said originally the idea was to join with Snickers, which is made by the same company, and brand the week the "Snickers Bowl," but eventually the two companies settled on M&Ms, and having WFAN originate from the candy's tourist...

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Mike Francesa explores his Super Bowl goodie bag

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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Good thing Mike Francesa's YES Network simulcast will last until Super Bowl Sunday before he departs for other, as yet undetermined, TV lands, because Tuesday provided a classic bit of theater.

The occasion was Mike opening the goodie bag that will be given to fans who attend the big game in person, complete with hat, earmuffs, gloves, towel and handwarmer. Francesa explored it all with a...

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Alex Rodriguez news hits on sleepy Saturday morning

Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after

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One of the oldest tricks in the public relations book is to wait until late Friday afternoon to release news that you want buried.

But Major League Baseball and/or the arbitrator deciding the Alex Rodriguez case took that a somewhat comical step further by announcing a ruling on A-Rod's appeal of his 211-game suspension on a Saturday morning.

And not just any Saturday morning, but the...

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Radio days in New York sports

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, left, appears on

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It has been 92½ years since live sports first broke into the radio business, when KDKA in Pittsburgh carried a bout between lightweights Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee, neither of whom tweeted about the no-decision afterward.

Nearly a century later, let us pause before recycling another calendar to marvel at the medium’s staying power in an era of communication marvels, because nothing made...

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Sid Rosenberg returns to WFAN next week

Sid Rosenberg's new autobiography, "You're Wrong and You're

Sid Rosenberg will host shows on WFAN starting Monday for the first time since July of 2011.

Rosenberg, now a morning host at WMEN in South Florida, will host or co-host nine shows over a 10-day period culminating on New Year's Day.

The one-time midday co-host at WFAN has a long history of drug and gambling problems, which contributed to his original departure from full-time work at...

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Mike Francesa rants against Twitter

Here is Mike Francesa in May of 2012, calling for Twitter use by journalists and athletes to be made illegal.

In light of all that has happened since, most recently J.R. Smith's latest Twitter misadventure, maybe he was right!

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Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton top Talkers' sports talk rankings

WFAN afternoon radio host Mike Francesa at the

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Keith Olbermann has been doing verbal battle via Twitter and ESPN with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, putting the FAN’s morning and afternoon shows on the same side of an argument for once.

One, big happy family? Um, no. But it’s been good, clean fun watching media egos mix it up for our amusement, with Olbermann playing his familiar role as button-pusher.

Among...

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Mike Francesa vs. Keith Olbermann

WFAN afternoon radio host Mike Francesa at the

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The Keith Olbermann vs. WFAN show host media battle continued later this week. First, there was Olberman v. Boomer & Carton.

Now, Mike Francesa is all up in the mix. Watch the back-and-forth in the two clips embedded below.

 

 

(Newsday's app users can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=aOlwzu7WX30 [Francesa] and youtube.com/watch?v=_gKDgRohxaY [Olbermann])...

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