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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa has never listened to podcasts, wants to host one 05.18.17 at 9:36 am ET
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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:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Boston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a profile for The Ringer published on Tuesday, Mike Francesa said he has never listened to a podcast but believes he knows how to improve the art form once he retires in December.

“Problem is, they’re handing out podcasts like they’re Pez, OK?” Francesa said. “Right now, my producers have a podcast. No offense, but they have a podcast. If you showed up here as an intern, they’d give you a podcast. … They give everybody a podcast. How can that work? Can you give everybody a show? If you can’t give everybody a show, how can you give everybody a podcast?!”

Francesa said the format is flawed and he knows how to improve it even though he has never listened to a podcast in his life.

“It’s a folly. They’re doing it so wrong,” Francesa said. But when asked how he will make podcasts better he said, “I’m not telling you yet because I know how to fix it.”

He also said podcasting is “possibly” his next career move.

In this piece, the WFAN host of 30 years also revealed what his final show will entail.

“There will be no guests, no updates … No anything,” Francesa said. “I’m not even sure yet there’s going to be commercials. We’re still working on that. It’s just going to be me and the callers, that’s it.”

As an aside, in the open of his show on Wednesday Francesa hinted he is just about ready to retire. He rushed into the studio just in time for the start and then fumbled over his own name. He went on to explain he lost track of time and how much he wanted to be outside rather than hosting his show that day because the weather was so nice.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz tells Mike Francesa he never used steroids; Wizards fan knocks out Celtics fan during Game 7 05.16.17 at 8:13 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
NY Yankees at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA: NBA Draft Lottery, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at Golden State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz made an appearance on WFAN on Monday afternoon to talk with Mike Francesa about his new autobiography, Papi: My Story, which he wrote with WEEI’s Michael Holley. When the conversation turned to Ortiz’s career, Francesa asked Ortiz if he ever used steroids.

“Never. That wasn’t my purpose. I was a guy that I worked extremely hard to get better,” Ortiz said.  “I keep on saying to people that I got more drug testing than anybody ever has in baseball, and I never failed one.”

It was reported in 2004 Ortiz and 109 other players failed PED tests six years earlier. The tests were supposed to be anonymous.

“It was just a rumor on the street,” Ortiz said. “Nobody ever came to me and told me, ‘This is what you tested positive for.’ … And you saw what the commissioner say: ‘This was inconclusive.’ I mean, it was their word against mine basically.”

Francesa then asked him about Manny Ramirez and Ramirez’s 2009 suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.

“Manny’s last name is Ramirez. My one is Ortiz,” Ortiz said. “So if Manny go out there and kill somebody, should I be guilty?”

Francesa also asked Ortiz about his favorite Yankee Stadium memory, called him Pedro by mistake and asked what Ortiz thinks about his steroid uncertainty keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.

“That’s something that I can’t control. What I can control is what I was able to do in the field,” Ortiz said. “Being in the Hall of Fame one day, it’ll be an honor for me and my family and all my fans, you know what I’m saying. But that’s something that I can’t really control. I can’t vote for myself. I did what I was supposed to do. And honestly, I tell you, I never used the steroids.”

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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
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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.”

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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