College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Mike Francesa’
Friday’s Morning Mashup: CBS Sports’ website crashes on first day of NCAA tournament, viewers attack; Mike Francesa explains NCAA matchup mix-up 03.17.17 at 9:24 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Friday’s Morning Mashup: CBS Sports’ website crashes on first day of NCAA tournament, viewers attack; Mike Francesa explains NCAA matchup mix-up

Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Houston at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Kansas City vs. Milwaukee, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: US vs. Puerto Rico, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Minnesota at Miami, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Florida at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State vs. Michigan, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: New Mexico State vs. Baylor, 12:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Arkansas, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iona vs. Oregon, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Jacksonville State vs. Louisville, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: USC vs. SMU, 3:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Texas Southern vs. North Carolina, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: URI vs. Creighton, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: UC Davis vs. Kansas, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Wichita State vs. Dayton, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Troy vs. Duke, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Cincinnati, 7:27 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Miami, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Northern Kentucky vs. Kentucky, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Marquette vs. South Carolina, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Kent State vs. UCLA, 9:57p.m. (tru TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a case of terrible timing, CBS Sports’ website crashed on Thursday morning, leaving many college basketball fans in the lurch on the first day of the tournament.

When thousands of fans logged on to the website to submit last-minute brackets, they found the website had gone down around 11 a.m. It remained down for about two hours, which angered fans because the first game tipped off at 12:15.

And fans let CBS Sports know about it on Twitter.

“During the hour before the first tip, service was down due to overwhelming demand,” CBS Sports Digital said in a statement. “We certainly regret the outage but are pleased to say that service has since been restored.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Mike Francesa,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa previews NCAA matchup that doesn’t exist; Adrian Gonzalez rips World Baseball Classic 03.16.17 at 9:52 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa previews NCAA matchup that doesn’t exist; Adrian Gonzalez rips World Baseball Classic

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 6:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Minnesota vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs vs. LA Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Boston at Edmonton, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Princeton vs. Notre Dame, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: UNCW vs. Virginia, 12:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Winthrop vs. Butler, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: South Dakota State vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Bucknell vs. West Virginia, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: East Tennessee State vs. Florida, 3:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Maryland, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Mount St. Mary’s vs. Villanova, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: VCU vs. Saint Mary’s, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Vermont vs. Purdue, 7:27 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: FGCU vs. Florida State, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: North Dakota vs. Arizona, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Nevada vs. Iowa State, 9:57 p.m. (tru TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While discussing the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, Mike Francesa pulled a classic Mike Francesa Move and previewed a college basketball matchup that does not exist.

Francesa battled his way through guessing what will happen in the Florida State vs. Maryland game, which is not happening at all.

After an extended period of dead air, Francesa said he thinks this game could go either way. “I could see them winning this game, or losing this game, one way or the other,” he explained.

Florida State is playing Florida Gulf Coast and Maryland is facing Xavier on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian gonzalez, Mike Francesa,
Bill O’Reilly agrees with Mike Francesa about women not being able to coach men’s teams 03.10.17 at 11:41 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Bill O’Reilly agrees with Mike Francesa about women not being able to coach men’s teams
Bill O'Reilly, pictured here with President Donald Trump, has Mike Francesa's back. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Bill O’Reilly, pictured here with President Donald Trump, has Mike Francesa’s back. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

On his radio show last week, WFAN host Mike Francesa said it would be “impossible” for a woman to coach a men’s sports team. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly agrees.

In a segment Thursday with HBO “Real Sports” contributor Bernard Goldberg, O’Reilly defended Francesa’s logic –– though he slightly misconstrued the Sports Pope’s words.

“I don’t disagree that women can coach a men’s basketball team. Twelve players … it could happen. He was talking about baseball and football and I agree with Francesa, it would be almost impossible on a number of different levels for that to happen,” he said.

Francesa wasn’t just talking about baseball and football, however. He made a blanket statement about women coaching all men’s sports teams.

“Do you know how difficult it would be on a female to have to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be?,” he asked. “It wouldn’t be tough, it would be impossible. You’re gonna tell me that you would think a woman would walk into an NFL team and coach as a head coach 15 assistants and 50-60 men?”

A caller pressed Francesa on whether he thinks former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, who won eight champions with the Lady Volunteers, could’ve coached men. He said no.

“NBA? No,” he said. “She would have said, ‘I don’t belong there.’ But she could not coach an NBA team, nor would she even wanna try.”

This week, Francesa expounded on his take, saying he thinks it would be a publicity stunt if a men’s team hired a female coach. That’s an asinine statement to make, considering there’s nothing worse for a franchise’s publicity than a losing season. Seemingly no club would sacrifice on-field or on-court success for the sake of a short-term PR boost.

That’s not to say Francesa’s argument doesn’t have a kernel of truth to it. It probably would be difficult for an accomplished female coach to be in charge of a men’s team –– just because of its unprecedented nature. There isn’t a single woman coaching men at the collegiate level, and in the NBA, there are only two female assistants: WNBA great Becky Hammon with the Spurs and two-time Olympian Nancy Lieberman with the Kings. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Women have risen to the highest levels in other male-dominated fields. Why not sports?

Naturally, after briefly addressing Francesa’s claims, O’Reilly and Goldberg turned their attention to a familiar target: the liberal PC police.

“(They) will punish you if you’re not PC enough and that’s what’s happening here,” Goldberg said.

Francesa, who reportedly makes $5 million per year, is almost certainly not being punished. In fact, his ratings have probably increased as a result of this episode.

Read More: Bill O'Reilly, Mike Francesa,