A Day in the Life of … well … me
7:26 – Rise and Shine
7:27 – Into el bano to do the shaving ritual – first the face – then the head
7:35 – Brush the choppers and swish around some mouthwash
7:37 – Get dressed – Flash Gordon t-shirt (the cheesy 80’s movie) Yankees pullover – jeans
7:47 – Glass of OJ in the kitchen
7:57 – In the car leaving house – pouring rain – top stays up for obvious reasons
8:12 – Stop at Dunkin Donuts to purchase Box O’ Joe and a dozen donuts for Mike Francesa and his crew – they have a remote at the Hard Rock Yankee Stadium. The line was out the door, but “Wrapped Around Your Finger” was playing by the Police (favorite group of all time). I was fine.
8:20 – Arrive at work and immediately begin preparing the YES Network Sports Sprint, which airs right before Francesa at 1p.m.
8:36 – Take a break from the Sprint so I can re-trace my steps for the morning and I write down everything I did to this point so it is fresh for the blog.
8:37 – Received the ratings e-mail – checked to see how BP did last night – I’m pleased.
8:38 – Back to Sprint preparations which consist of printing out the stories that I will cover in my update today: the Yankees, the Blue Jays and the Padres
8:40 – Wrote my Sprint lead – based on the home run happy Yankee Stadium
8:46 – As I continue the Sprint preps, thunderstorms are rolling in off the Long Island Sound and the thunder is shaking the building – nothing like a good strong thunderstorm!
9:01 – Finished with the office portion of writing the Sprint – I write my highlights to the scripts I get from our feed service – Sports News Satellite
9:02 – Cup of coffee number one – and breakfast – two Special K cereal bars
9:03 – Head upstairs to edit the highlights for the Sprint
9:29 – Done editing the highlights
9:33 – Apparently it’s a four-minute walk from the third floor – down the stairs and back to my office on the first floor
9:40 – I didn’t get a Yankees script in my e-mail – so I had to cut those highlights and then write them down in my office after editing. Now the Sprint is completed – just have to wait for the Francesa crew to get here to tape – probably around 11:00.
9:42 – Starting to get Flash Forward rundown ready – I am taping it with John Flaherty as we do every week for YESNetwork.com – Flash will call in around 11:15.
9:42 – Second cup of coffee – 9:42 was a busy minute.
9:45 – Researching graphics for Flash Forward – Wang at Fenway in his career – 3-3, 5.11 ERA..
9:55 – Researching Mets vs. Yankees since interleague started – Yankees are 39-27 vs. Mets.
10:15 – Research and graphics are done – printing out Flash Forward rundowns.
10:18 – Take a break to input the first part of my day into the blog for your enjoyment.
10:38 – Done with the blog writing – now it’s time to suit up and head upstairs to tape – be back later.
10:46 – Got dressed for the Sprint and Flash Forward in what I like to call my mullet outfit – business up top – party on the bottom
10:50 – Went upstairs to tape the Sprint and Flash
11:11 – Started taping the Sprint and finished at 11:15
11:17 – Still waiting for Flash to call – he accidentally deleted my text with the number – I left my cell in my office – Neal Baker – Producer of the Francesa show went to my office to get my phone – I texted the number to Flash again
11:18 – Flash called in and we started – to find out what we talked about you’ll have to wait and see when it shows up on YESnetwork.com later
11:26 – Flash Forward ends – I wrote an intro for the Francesa Show – they are live at the Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium
11:30 – Handed off my microphone and IFB to Joe Parrino in the audio room
11:31 – Grabbed the tape with me and Flash on it and headed downstairs
11:35 – Back in my office typing up the blog – going to hand off the tape to get fed – then change into the gym clothes – then its off to NYSC for a little shoulder work out
11:58 – Dropped tape off to get fed – and gave Kevin Sullivan our internet guru the rundown for Flash Forward
11:59 – Glasses off – contacts in
12:02 – Left for the gym
12:10 – Arrived at gym – got situated and hopped on the elliptical
12:40 – 30 minutes on the elliptical – 2.66 miles and made some room for lunch with the calories burned
12:41 – Shoulder work out begins – 12 sets – four exercises – light weight – lots of reps
1:09 – Left the gym
1:20 – Back at work – picked up my free lunch – THANKS YES! When the Francesa show is on a remote we get catered lunch – work perk – holla – anyway I chose Chicken Remo from Remo’s in downtown Stamford – it’s a melange of arugula (its a ve-ge-ta-ble – My Blue Heaven reference) tomatoes and their house dressing over some breaded chicken – make me chicken any way and I am eating it
1:30 – Eating lunch and listening to Mike Francesa in the background in my office – lunch is good
1:51 – Reminder – game is on MY9 tonight – but we are doing BP/Pre/Post on YES
2:05 – Mike Francesa is interviewing John Flaherty – Flash very busy today – don’t forget Flash Forward will be up later on YESnetwork.com – so I am chilling in my office watching this interview – getting ready for BP going over the scripts and graphics – When Goldy (Steve Goldberg) produces he likes to write the show – so he does – when anyone else produces BP (there are three other producers – I write the show – I prefer to write – but Steve likes it too and we have the same style).
2:30 – Flash interview with Francesa ended – they go to break – and this is how I know I am getting older – Lee Majors is on a commercial promoting a “bionic” hearing aid – oh Six Million Dollar Man – where is Oscar Goldman and the technology when you need them
2:43 – In a bit of a holding pattern in my office – going over my scripts again – David Cone is in the house!
3:05 – Finished going over scripts – called home to check in on my girls – they are good
3:15 – Goldy tells me we are taping a weather segment with Jim Kosek from accuweather.com at 5:00
3:30 – Goldy stopped in again – and told me that we will probably – most likely have BP in the show now – we were not optomistic for the cages to come out in Boston with the weather – but as it stands – the cage is out in Boston as you can kind of clearly see from me taking a picture of Fenway from our live truck up in Boston
3:46 – Sitting in the office – its quiet – all I can hear is Pre-game producer and Old Bridge, NJ native Bill Boland calling for Steve Goldberg – I’m from South River, NJ which is right next to Old Bridge – Boles as we call him and I are from similar backgrounds – he went to Trenton State College – I went to Rowan – good guy
3:53 – Updated my Twitter page – Like the little back and forth I have going with Chris Carlin of SNY – doing Ron Burgundy lines back and forth – you can’t beat that
4:00 – Lineups are in:
4:08 – Time to man up and put my makeup on – first the foundation – and then some powder to make me look like I have a little bit of color – damn my Irish blood
4:09 – Before Makeup
4:27 – After Makeup
4:38 – Okay fun seekers – its off to the studio where I will take some more pictures for you and report back after BP is over and I wrap up my day – until then!
5:15 – Taped weather segment with Jim Kosek of Accuweather.com he was great!
5:30 – Taped Coney’s segment and he was awesome as always!
5:45-6:00 – Talked to the crew about sports talk radio and how I need a show
6:37 – Show is over! About to take my makeup off and call it a night! Try to get a good night sleep and do it all over again tomorrow! Wouldn’t trade this for anything!
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my day as it unfolded – Here are a couple pictures of the BP set – have a great night everyone! Go Yanks!