Craig Carton Describes the First Time He Ever Spoke with Mike Francesa | Bob's Blitz

Craig Carton Describes the First Time He Ever Spoke with Mike Francesa

Craig Carton describes the first time he ever spoke with Mike Francesa, via Loudmouth.

I didn't like Mike. Mike didn't like me. Years earlier when I was hosting the WNEW Sports Guys morning show, I made a point of attacking whatever he made a mistake on the air or lied about something he had said.

He recently told his audience that he picked the Giants to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl and beat them big. Two days later, a listener produced an audiotape of him predicting the exact opposite before the game. I attacked and attacked and attacked he got wind of it and wanted to stop. How dare a fellow CBS Radio broadcaster attack him? He thought he had the clout to make me disappear.

[Mark Chernoff calls Craig's boss Jeremy Coleman at WNEW. Craig told him if Mike had an issue with me then he should call me like a man. He was told Mike was going to call.]

The entire morning show staff came into the office. They expected to show what Mike called, and that's just what they got. The phone rang. I let it ring again and again before picking it up.

"Hello?"
"Is this Craig?"
"Yes, it is. Who is this?”
"It's Mike.”
"Mike, who?”
I figured I fuck with him right out of the gate.
He raised his voice. "Mike Francesa. What did you say about me on your show today?”
“Nothing.”

We went back and forth cursing at each other like sailors until it was clear neither one of us was going to give any ground. I hung up on him. He never called back.

Loudmouth, page 245.

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