Last Monday when Bill Simmons made his 5½-hour visit to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the WFAN show turned out to be a huge genuflect-fest at the feet of the Sports Pope. And interestingly, it wasn’t Simmons who was bowing at the feet of Francesa, but it was Francesa telling the former Boston Sports Guy of his importance not just to New York sports, but the nation.
During the show, Francesa brought up the following names:
Donald Trump (who according to Francesa was obsessed with his weight)
Brent Musburger (“I was once part of what was called ‘The Musburger Mafia'”)
Former CBS CEO Lawrence Tisch
Gene Orza (“Fehr and Orza, I knew very well”)
David Chase (creator of The Sopranos)
James Gandolfini (“I got to knew him pretty well”)
Pete Axthelm (“I knew Pete very well”)
Jim Bell (Executive Producer of NBC Olympics)
Jimmy The Greek (“He was a tough guy”)
Former Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt
And that was just a small sample.
And there were the events he personally attended like the 1985 Georgetown-Villanova NCAA Basketball Championship, 1976 Red Sox-Yankees infamous fight game between Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson, the 2004 American League Championship Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, you get the idea.
In the over 18 minute clip provided by our friend, RN’s Funhouse, the names Francesa drops to Simmons reads like a Who’s Who of Sports.
It’s as if Francesa wanted to let Simmons know who was The Man in sports media. It would not have been a surprise if he decided to ask Simmons to kiss his ring.