Mike Francesa

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa probably wears flip flops in the city in the middle of winter.

The former radio host absolutely tore into Jason Kelce last week for his legendary speech on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Francesa even went so far as to say Jeff Lurie should cut Kelce for it.

Now, Francesa did a total 180 on it. 

Just to refresh, here's what he said last week:

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

And here's what he had to say today as a guest on Angelo Cataldi's morning show on 94 WIP:

Bottom line is, I went back last night and watched the thing in its entirety, and I have to say, it was not as bad as I thought it was when I watched it and got to see it. I wish he hadn’t used any profanity because it would have been a classic, it was really well done, he did a great job. I thought it was one that would last and could be used a long time. I know it’s popular in Philly even with the profanity but to me those are such special moments that I wish they would raise their level. I’d like to see them do it so they can be used time and time again. Take the profanity out of it.

No. 1, I overreacted. I wouldn’t cut him. I take that back, I apologize to Kelce for that. No. 2, it was not as bad as I thought. I just wish he had raised his vocabulary a little. That was a great speech. He did a great job. 

"Should have stayed home, the jerk!" to "That was a great speech. He did a great job." Okay.

I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Mike Francesa incensed over Kelce speech, calls for Eagles to cut him

Mike Francesa incensed over Kelce speech, calls for Eagles to cut him

Jason Kelce launched into one of the greatest championship celebration speeches ever a week ago today and Philadelphians loved every minute of it.

You know who didn't love it? Some guy from New York.

Longtime radio personality Mike Francesa, mostly known outside of New York for repeatedly falling asleep on the air, did not like Kelce's speech one bit and even called for Jeff Lurie to get rid of him because of it.

Francesa was talking with Sal Licata on something called the WOR Sports Zone earlier this week when he ripped into the Mummered One.

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

The thing is, Kelce wasn't acting like a moron at all. Yes, he dropped an F-bomb or two towards the end of his speech for effect, but what he had to say was actually thoughtful, well-structured, heartfelt, and wonderfully delivered. One could even call his underdog message inspirational.

And as to why Francesa has to be in a car in the middle of a Thursday afternoon is unclear. Perhaps he hasn't figured out how seatbelt clips work.

“I was in the car when I heard it and people were replaying it like it was the greatest thing in the world. How dumb are you to replay that? I wouldn’t give that one second airtime. That’s embarrassing. That’s not the place or the time to do that. You got kids who take off from school, you got people who this is a life experience for them to be at a parade for a Super Bowl for a city, and you go up there and go into a 15-minute, profanity-laced tirade? It’s ridiculous. If I were the owner of the team, I’d cut him.”

Kelce's speech was not 15 minutes. It was 5 minutes and 30 seconds. And there wasn't any profanity until midway through the 4th minute.

Anyway, Mike Francesa doesn't like Jason Kelce. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Jason Kelce doesn't care.

Cause he's from Philly.