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Wednesday’s Mashup: Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo calls Francesa ‘horse’s fanny’ for WFAN return, says Chris Carlin sent crass text message

Lucy Burdge
April 25, 2018 - 5:47 am

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-- Mike Francesa is set to make his return to WFAN after only five months of retirement, it was revealed Tuesday.

Many media members reacted to the move, including Francesa’s former longtime radio partner, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Russo said Francesa looks like a “horse’s fanny” for returning after going through a long goodbye tour last year.

“When you retire, you retire,” Russo said, saying he learned that from Francesa. “... You can’t do a long goodbye because if you do a long goodbye it gets a little tedious, number one, and number two is you do that and then all of a sudden you change your mind in five or six months you’re going to look like a horse’s ass.”

Russo also said if you retire, make sure you have something to do. It seemed Francesa was having trouble finding work after his Dec. 15 departure.

Russo also said Chris Carlin sent Francesa and him a crass text message, saying, “Blank my you know what.”

“You’re 45 years of age, let it roll off your back,” Russo said of Carlin. “That’s completely out of line. I don’t care. It didn’t bother me … Mike didn’t feel that way.”

WFAN said on Tuesday the station is having “ongoing discussions” with Francesa about a return.

“We are very proud of our current lineup at WFAN and that any potential future engagement with Mike will not result in any talent departures,” WFAN said in a statement.

“It’s time to return to WFAN,” Francesa said Tuesday and referred cryptically to a “campaign” to keep him from returning to the station.

-- Meek Mill was released from prison on Tuesday (with help from Robert Kraft) and his first stop was the 76ers game against the Heat that night.




Mill even rang the Liberty Bell ahead of the game.

Mill spent five months in prison after being sentenced for breaking the terms of his probation.

He was due to serve two to four years but a court granted him bail due to "credibility" concerns of a witness.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Just out there having fun. It's all good.” -- Terry Rozier, on his confrontation with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe during Tuesday night’s Game 5