From 1989 to 2008, WFAN hosts Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo owned sports radio. But as with any long-running partnership, things can go sour. “You’re married too long and then the other things the guy does drives you crazy,” says Mad Dog in this exclusive trailer for ESPN’s new 30 for 30 documentary.
Russo and Francesa were like oil and water, and yet their combination created a template for sports radio that others have tried to copy, but have none have replicated. As director Daniel H. Forer explores in the ESPN doc, the success led to conflict between the two hosts. “Did we get big heads?” Francesa asks. “When the world is your oyster, I think you get a little puffed up.”
Though the duo ultimately parted ways in 2008, fans still hold out hope that one day, Mike and the Mad Dog will return to the airwaves together.
30 for 30: Mike and the Mad Dog premieres Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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