I always found him vaguely incoherent. I couldn't listen to that show.
Ah, an intelligent person.
Russo was and is an absolute buffoon who knows little or nothing of sports aside from tennis. This is the same guy who severely knocked Jeter when he first came up. Lousy SS! Not a good hitter! Never took into consideration that Jeter was playing in the minor leagues and doing well with terrible pitchers and ball fields that were poorly maintained.
Same guy who said Tino Martinez was a "tewwible" defensive first baseman after watching him in the 95 playoffs. I watched those same playoffs and saw a really good first baseman. His rant was occasioned by the Yanks obtaining Tino after 95 to replace Mattingly. I listened to him since the inception of the show and he is lost without a person who has at least a minimal understanding of baseball or football. And that last sentence pretty much sums up my opinion of Mike.
Kind of hard to call Mike a pompous windbag when we have the ultimate pompous windbag in John Sterling, but Mike is a close second. Follow his football picks during the College or NFL systems and you'll see what I mean. He comes across as really knowing what he is talking about and then the results come in and you find a person who can barely pick games at a .500 pace. Don't make any bets on his picks.
ESPN radio has a much better lineup with Max Kellerman in the morning from 10 to 12:30 and then the rest of the lineup until Mike Kay's show comes on is much better informed than anyone FAN can put on.
The only time "Mike and the Mad Dog" was interesting was in the beginning when they fought constantly. And then there was the time Russo stupidly attacked Bob Costas and got his *** kicked.
My opinions are based on listening to them from 1989 to the last show. Ended up turning them off most of the time and going to ESPN NYC radio.
Since I live in the NYC Metro area and get all kinds of radio stations, I recently canceled XM in both cars. Know what the most popular stations on XM were? This is straight from XM. Here they are: 5,6,7,8, and finally, 9.
Waste of money. And now they have that nitwit Russo.