Mike and the Mad Dog are Reuniting for ONE TIME!!!!! at Radio City Music Hall
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, he of the famous "ONE TIME!!!!" rant directed toward his beloved San Francisco Giants winning a long sought-after World Series, got his wish, three times as a matter of fact, when the Giants took home the 2010 Fall Classic.
Now, in 2015, many New York sports fans are seeing their own "ONE TIME!!!!!" wish come true.
Russo announced, along with his former radio partner Mike Francesa, that the former kings of New York sports talk radio will reunite for a one-time only show, which will be broadcast in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall on March 30. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Garden of Dreams foundation, a charity run by the Madison Square Garden company that helps sick children. Their show, known as "Mike and the Mad Dog" ran on New York sports radio station WFAN from 1989-2008. It was later simulcast on the YES Network from 2002 until the end of its run.
The duo made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, when their individual radio shows joined forces to make the announcement. Since their split, Francesa has remained in the afternoon slot at WFAN, under the label of "Mike's On". Russo, in addition to work with MLB Network, is in charge of his own channel on SiriusXM Radio, Mad Dog Radio, where he holds down a 3 hour spot in the afternoon, entitled "Mad Dog Unleashed".
Though the duo had a huge number of supporters in the Big Apple, their run on The FAN was marred with in-house fighting and civil war. Though many believed their souring relationship was the cause of the show's end, Russo insisted that he chose to depart WFAN due to the amazing opportunity at SiriusXM. Since their "divorce", they have done segments with each other, notably at Yankee Stadium during the 2009 ALDS and at Media Day prior to Super Bowl XLVI.
Though the two have repeatedly stated that their reunion is a one shot, they have also stated they'll be doing appearances together to promote the event. One such appearance will come during "FrancesaCon", a gathering of Francesa's fans in New York City, which is annually held the week before the Super Bowl.
To get pumped for their appearance, hit the nostalgia button with the Mike and the Mad Dog theme song below....
Geoff Magliocchetti had the pleasure of meeting Mike and the Mad Dog at a Nets-Wizards game in 2002. Ask him about it on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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