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Mike Francesa expands on talk of re-teaming with Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo

WFAN host Mike Francesa is seen onstage during

WFAN host Mike Francesa is seen onstage during FrancesaCon at Irving Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Credit: Steven Sunshine

WFAN's Mike Francesa expanded Tuesday upon a brief comment to Newsday on Monday in which he indicated he would be open to the possibility of a reunion with Chris (Mad Dog) Russo.

Addressing the issue in the first hour of his show Tuesday, he called that scenario a longshot but did not rule it out.

Earlier in the day Monday, Russo, a SiriusXM Satellite Radio host, had told Michael Kay during a taping of YES' "CenterStage" show that he would be open to rejoining his partner of 19 years.

Here is what Francesa said Tuesday:

"Dog did an interview, and they brought me up in the interview, which happens. Obviously we spent 20 years together. And they were talking about, I guess, would you ever get back together? And Dog said, hey, you know, if something comes down along the line, who knows?

"So I got a call afterward from Neil Best of Newsday yesterday afternoon saying here's what Dog said, what's your answer? And I said, well, what's the question? The question is would you ever do a show with Dog again down the line, sometime in the future if you both were free? And I said, I don't know. Why wouldn't I listen? I'd be crazy not to listen.

"Now, that kind of led to people running with their imaginations. I mean, the odds on this are not very strong, and plus, he has a couple of jobs, and I'm still under contract for a couple of more years at the present time. So, I mean, I don't know when and if this would ever present itself, but who knows? One thing you learn in the business is you never say never.

"Dog and I haven't seen much of each other. Once in a while we will bump into each other at a ballpark or something. Once in a while we might chat for some reason, but we haven't seen a whole lot of each other, obviously, over the last seven, eight years. But there never was any animosity between us. People don't expect that.

"There was more animosity at times when we were together than there was when we were apart. And that was just normal stuff that went on. But we didn't part enemies. I tried to tell people that from the beginning. We never did.

"When you talk about teams, we were together for 20 years. We weren't together for like a year or two. We were together for 20 years. And it was a very successful 20 years. But you never know. Who knows? As long as Dog doesn't mind auditioning. Just kidding. But who knows? You never know. You never know. Hey, crazier things have happened.

"So, who knows? Maybe someday we'll call him up and we'll chat about it on the air, who knows, if we have a day when nothing's going on we'll sit together and we'll chat on the air."

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