Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg, hosts of Mike & Mike In the Morning, signing copies of Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports & Life
* 4/6/10 1:00 PM at Borders Books – Broadway. New York, NY.
* 4/7/10 12:30 PM at Borders Books – South Broad. Philadelphia, PA.
* 4/12/10 Noon at Borders Books – State Street. Chicago, IL.
* 4/14/10 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Post Road East. Westport, CT.
* 4/16/10 at Legacy Books – Dallas Parkway. Plano, TX.
* 4/20/10 5:00 PM at Book Revue – New York Avenue. Huntington, NY.
* 4/21/10 1:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Boylston Street. Boston, MA.
* 4/27/10 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Worcester Road. Framingham, MA.
Mike and Mike in the Morning is an American sports-talk radio show hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio and simulcast on television, normally on ESPN2. If ESPN2 is broadcasting a live sporting event during the show’s timeslot, the show’s simulcast will then air on ESPNews. The show primarily focuses on the day’s biggest sports topics and the humorous banter between the Mikes. On February 24, 2010, the duo celebrated 10 years of doing the show together.
On May 7, 2007, the show moved from its longtime radio studio home to the television studio used for Sunday NFL Countdown and Baseball Tonight, and began broadcasting in high-definition.
A daily “best-of” show airs daily on ESPN2. Additionally, a weekly radio recap aired Saturday mornings at 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and then moved to 5 a.m. ET before being discontinued in October 2009. The radio version of “best of” returned in February 2010 in the 5am timeslot.
The show centers on an Odd Couple relationship between its hosts, and how it relates to their views on sports. The show’s motto for all commercials on radio and television is: “What makes them different makes them great.”
Mike Greenberg is portrayed as a stereotypical nerd and with a man-crush on former New York Jets and current Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington (any mention of Pennington’s name is usually punctuated by the “And Iiii..” (from the final chorus of Whitney Houston’s version of Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You”.) In 2008, Golic forced Greeny to “break up” with Pennington due to his being replaced as starter by Brett Favre. Meanwhile, former Notre Dame and NFL lineman Mike Golic is set up in the role of the tough and boisterous “man’s man,” a former pro athlete who likes nothing more than to eat and “tell it like it is.” Although similarly to Greenberg’s man-crush on Chad Pennington, recently Golic is portrayed to have a similar affection for Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn (Quinn and Golic both are Notre Dame alumni and Ohio natives). Any mention of Quinn on the show is usually followed by a small sampling from Enrique Iglesias’ song “Hero”.
Regular guest hosts and contributors
Even if Greenberg and Golic are absent from the show, the show still uses the Mike and Mike in the Morning title. On those days, guest hosts fill in, and the show follows the same format. Current regular guest hosts include Erik Kuselias and regular contributors Buster Olney, Mark Schlereth and Trey Wingo. Other regular contributors include Peter Gammons, Chris Mortensen, Tim Kurkjian, Dick Vitale, Tim Legler, and Jayson Stark. The show’s producers, Liam Chapman and Curt “Joaquin” Kaplan, often contribute musical parodies, and host the Saturday morning “Best-of” show.
The ESPN Radio SportsCenter update anchors for the show are Bob Picozzi and Christine Lisi. When the TV simulcast began broadcasting in HD, the radio SportsCenter updates were no longer simulcast on ESPN2, replaced by TV-specific SportsCenter updates, usually anchored by Sage Steele, Jonathan Coachman, Darren Lyn, George Smith or Michael Kim. They are now mainly done by Michael Kim and Reischea Canidate.
Greeny and Golic on other ESPN and ABC ventures
The team of Greeny and Golic has also worked in other ESPN ventures, including a game show (ESPN Bowling Night), and coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. From 2000-2001, they were occasional panelists for the ESPN game show 2 Minute Drill. In 2007, they were the lead broadcast team for ESPN’s coverage of the Arena Football League. It was announced in June 2007 that Greenberg and Golic would also call a National Football League game together for ESPN, broadcasting the second game of ESPN’s Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader along with former NFL coach and player Mike Ditka. In June 2008, ESPN announced that the “Three Mikes” will return to broadcast the second game of the opening 2008 Monday Night Football doubleheader. Greenberg regularly hosts the Monday evening edition of SportsCenter, and Golic also appears on or hosts SportsCenter, particularly during the NFL season.
Starting on December 17, 2007, Greenberg also hosted the game show Duel. The show lasted for 16 episodes. The first six episodes were part of a first season high-stakes tournament, while the remaining ten episodes focused on a weekly series with a top prize of $500,000.
The duo was roasted on January 11, 2008, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the House of Blues, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the V Foundation. Guests included Jeffrey Ross, Frank Caliendo (pre-recorded video only), Mike Ditka, Chad Johnson, Clinton Portis, Ed Reed, Charlie Weis, Eddie Griffin, Joe Klecko, Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth, Dana Jacobson, and Wink Martindale. Musical group Lifehouse performed live. The Roast made national news when it was reported that an apparently intoxicated Jacobson cursed the University of Notre Dame and Jesus Christ. ESPN released a statement apologizing for any offense given to the Notre Dame football program. Jacobson was suspended from ESPN for one week. Upon returning from her suspension, she apologized on air for her behavior and comments. No video or transcript of the roast was ever released.