Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Apparently this was a prank, but a odd one (Calipari and Francesa were in on it in advance)
On Wednesday, Francesa had a rare bout of college hoops talk, which led to some discussion on John Calipari's coaching ability after Cal made an appearance on the show. That prompted "John from Kentucky" to call in soon thereafter, once Francesa made it clear that he didn't admire the Kentucky coach's ability to scheme the game. The ensuing two-minute squabble was vintage chest-puffing from both men, each plenty envied and hated in their own profession.
OK, first off, Calipari's radio-caller voice is something to behold. But after that initial weirdness, the two of them get into it. Which makes for a good listen; these guys go way back, after all. "How sensitive are you? You call me up?" Francesa asks Calipari at the outset. "You know what you're like? You're like a caller who doesn't listen, OK?" Francesa reiterates what he told a caller: that he likes Calipari as a coach in essentially every facet except X-and-O acumen. CALIPARI: "That's basically saying I can't coach. You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal, the Magician."
FRANCESA: "Waitaseckint. Are there better X's and O's guys than you?" CALIPARI: "You think I believe that?" FRANCESA: "Yes." CALIPARI: "I will pass a lie detector test and say, 'No.'" FRANCESA: "No you won't. No you won't." And less than 10 seconds after that, the Sports Pope goes vintage Pope and just cuts off Calipari's call and ends it before the Kentucky icon can even get in another word or say goodbye. Treating him just like he called it: as if Calipari was a typical caller from the Bronx or thereabouts. Harsh. Unnecessary. Hilarious.
Get LochDawg on the case. What we have here is a failure to brand properly:
Stings vs Michigan, show assicurato per il primo test dei mantovani
It's been nine years since I used Fast and Easy Italian to prep for my trip to Rome, Sorrento, and Capri, so my Italian is a little arrugginito, but I like to think it means that spectators are assured that they will first be tested on whether they think Mantovani was a god. Also, there may be childcare, but certainly no mancare available at the arena. The Stings website, where we can learn that their roster includes a guy whose position is Play Maker. Paging Mike Valenti.
Has anyone seen the Washington Generals ? First half ended 63-36.
Have to say I am disappointed in the level of opponent on this trip. I believe we got crushed a time or two when we last went to Europe. I would not mind a game say within 10 pts or heck us losing by 10. Not sure you gain much from crushing teams (or being crushed) - always at the youth level liked to play teams about 1 notch higher than you especially early in the season. I mean team bonding and all but this is a bit ridiculous.