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Francesa, Russo reunite in Indy

Mike Francesa, left, and Chris Russo in the

Mike Francesa, left, and Chris Russo in the radio booth doing their Mike and the Mad Dog show. (Oct. 11, 2006) Credit: Newsday/Paul J. Bereswill

Well, they might as well cancel the rest of Super Bowl week, because nothing can top what occurred on Radio Row from around 1:40 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

That is when Mike Francesa and Chris Russo had an impromptu reunion on WFAN, producing the kind of radio gold they spun for 19 years together from 1989 to 2008.

I was minding my own business headed from Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium to NBC's news conference at the Media Center when I learned from Twitter - which is where I learn everything these days - that the boys were back together.

It was their first such on-air reunion since Chris went on Mike's show and vice versa during the 2009 ALCS.

Apparently my name came up early in the discussion but I didn't hear that part. I ran over to catch the last five minutes and then ask Francesa how it came about. He said Russo was standing near his set so he invited him on.

(If you are interested in this subject I strongly recommend you listen to the actual audio embedded in this post.)

"I said, 'You're going to be in the shot, so you might as well sit down,''' Francesa said as he prepared for an interview with Nets coach Avery Johnson while Russo returned to his Sirius XM set about 20 feet away to begin his show at 2.

"It was fun," Francesa said. "It's crazy." Then he referred to the inevitable talk of a permanent reunion and said, "It happens every time we sit next to each other. It's always done. It never ends."

Francesa recently told Newsday he is leaning toward leaving WFAN when his contract runs out in early 2014. Russo's contract with Sirius XM runs through late 2013.

(As he did in 2009, Francesa followed Russo's WFAN appearance with a visit to Russo's Sirius XM show after his WFAN shift was over.)

During their time together on Radio Row Francesa and Russo attracted a small crowd of onlookers, some of whom applauded when they were done, following one last hug.


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