My Thoughts On Craig Carton And Where WFAN Goes From Here

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I have been thinking about this whole Craig Carton debacle. There are a lot of thoughts running through my mind. I’m not even sure what angle to come at this from. If I’m all over the place, I apologize. I’m still trying to make sense of it. I thought about Sid Rosenberg. Similar situation. Gambling issues, and other problems. Both guys would hardly sleep and work very early. Sid has rebounded, but he didn’t do what Craig did. I really can’t find a great comparison. If you think I’m going to get on him for getting in over his head when it comes to gambling, you’re wrong. You probably also don’t know me very well if that is what was expected.

I happened to feel that Ray Rice is probably a good guy who did something terrible when he was drunk. Not to get all into that case, but his wife decided to stay. He could not get back into the NFL. It’s in the past now. This isn’t the same. I would like to defend Craig, but I really can’t. It doesn’t seem like some misunderstanding. I have not heard any real defense from him or his side. He’ll probably just say that he has an addiction. Ripping people off isn’t okay. I thought about Michael Vick. He didn’t just make a mistake. Killing animals wasn’t some accident. I didn’t think of Vick like Ray Rice. To me it already seemed like Vick was a bad guy. Again, Carton was in a different situation. I can’t call it a great comparison. Sid is probably the best comparison I can come up with. Most of us have probably met at least one person who was basically a BS artist. You could not ever count on them. They would not show up when expected. Collecting money didn’t go well. They seemed to be the unluckiest person alive. Often that person was probably telling lies and covering up something.

Recently I saw a video where Craig spoke about Aaron Hernandez being dead and how basically a bad guy wasn’t around anymore. Trying to compare the two is probably a stretch, but two things come to mind here. First, Craig made a lot of enemies. He was quick to bash others and get on the bad side of writers, Mike Francesa, and numerous people involved in sports. Carton seems like quite a hypocrite for bashing the Wilpons and running his own Ponzi scheme Perhaps Carton’s rage, anger, and bitterness came from his issues. Now those people can have the last laugh or get revenge. Either vocally (including with printed words), or by just sitting back and privately chuckling. The other thing I get from this is there were signs. Craig would try to use a person’s money and win in blackjack. Those who worked with him would win bets and not collect. He often tried to broker some sort of deal. Carton gave out baseball picks despite saying he didn’t wager on baseball in recent years. Now I wonder if this was another lie. The guy would give out random basketball games and teams. Not too many guys who don’t bet would have knowledge and interest in a team like UT Arlington. The recent news also gives people a chance to reflect on his friendship with the controversial Chris Christie.

Last month I attended Craig’s softball game in New Rochelle. We had a brief exchange in the parking lot. I can’t say this has impacted me the way it would if Evan got in trouble. For those who don’t know, we hang out sometimes and sit together at games. Be jealous. Anyway, I never spoke to Carton on the air. I’m not going to pretend we were close. Still, I listened. Sometimes we’ll hear somebody on the radio regularly and feel like we know them. The gambling talk interested me. Even though quite frankly I felt like he was often wrong and did not know what he was talking about. In some ways he seemed more relatable than Francesa. Mike would often boast about his 30 years at WFAN. Staying out of trouble was a big part of this. There is something to be said for being in the public eye and not getting into legal trouble. I figured Carton made much more than the reported 250,000 per year that I saw. You would think his income could help him with financial trouble, but as people have said it seems like that just means you spend or bet more. Lottery winners end up broke. Athletes don’t pay taxes. It seems like the wealthy are often prone to more financial difficulty at some point.

Since Craig was selfish, I should be as well. My main concern is what happens to WFAN from here. I have no idea. It’s like the rest of this situation. I just can’t make sense of it. Shortly after the news came out I started to think about how this would give Mike a perfect opportunity to stay. This could be the unforeseen event that would give him an excuse. Minutes later a friend texted me something similar. Although I really don’t have any answers, it could open the door for someone like John Jastremski or Marc Malusis. Maybe not in the morning or afternoon slot, but doing the 10AM show as hosts would be needed for those prime positions. Gregg Giannotti could also be in the mix somewhere. Stay tuned.

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