Mike and Mike in the Morning

Mike and Mike in the Morning
Mike and Mike in the Morning
Mike and Mike logo.png
Format Sports talk
Starring Mike Greenberg
Mike Golic
Country of origin United States
Running time 4 hours
Original channel ESPN Radio (1999-present)
ESPN2 (2006-present)
ESPN2HD (2007-present)
ESPNews (2004-2005)
Original run October 12, 1999 – present
Preceded by The Bruno-Golic Morning Show
Followed by Orlando, Florida
External links

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.[1] If ESPN is broadcasting a live sporting event during the show's timeslot, Sportscenter will air on ESPN2, and the show's simulcast will therefore then air on ESPNews. If both ESPN and ESPN2 are showing live sporting events, Sportscenter will air on ESPNews and the show will air on either ESPNU or ESPN Classic. 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.[2]

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. In addition, there is a "best-of" podcast distributed every weekday as well.[3]



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."[4]

Mike Greenberg is portrayed as a stereotypical nerd and with a man-crush on whoever the starting quarterback is for his favorite team (the New York Jets), for whom he is openly partisan.[5] 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."

The former logo of Mike and Mike in the Morning until May 4, 2007.

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 Ric Bucher, Marcellus Wiley and regular contributors Buster Olney, Mark Schlereth, Cris Carter 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 hosted 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.

Greenberg and Golic on other ESPN and ABC ventures

The team of Greenberg and Golic has also worked in other ESPN ventures, including a game show (ESPN Bowling Night), and coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10] 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. Largely as a result of the incident, no video or transcript of the roast was ever released.

The Bruno-Golic Morning Show

Prior to Greenberg's arrival, the show was co-hosted by Golic and Tony Bruno. This pairing, which broadcast from 1995 to 1998, was entitled The Bruno-Golic Morning Show.

TV simulcasting

In 2004, the show began simulcasting its entire four hours on ESPNews. Ratings for the duo were extraordinarily high, especially for being on the "minor league" of the ESPN networks only offered in a few markets on anything other than digital cable or satellite packages. To capitalize on the large viewership potential the simulcast was moved to the more established ESPN2 in 2006. This change pushed the morning show Cold Pizza (now titled ESPN First Take) back till 10 a.m. In 2007, the show began to be broadcast in HD, which required the move to the ESPN digital center. When ESPN2 covers live sporting events during Mike and Mike (The Australian Open, World Baseball Classic, etc.) the show airs live on ESPNews. After the event's coverage is over, the simulcast is moved back to ESPN2, if possible.


Mike and Mike interview Cmdr F. Curtis Jones, commanding officer of USS New York, on November 10, 2009.


  • What Everyone's Talking About: A look at the top sports stories, and occasionally the top news stories


  • Monday Morning Quarterback: Every Monday morning during the NFL season, Greenberg and Golic discuss all of the games of the day before.
  • Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks: On Fridays during the NFL season, Mike and Mike each pick NFL game-winners (originally, the format was two picks of their own and then one head-to-head. The last two seasons, each of the Mikes picked one game of their own, and then the head-to-head matchup.) based on point spreads. These picks have comical undertones with soundbites (sport stars, celebrities, TV/movie quotes often from the TV series Family Guy), put together by producer Curt "Joaquin" Kaplan, in between analysis of the matchups. This feature originated during Tony Bruno's tenure on the show, and Bruno took a variation of it with him to Fox Sports, referring to his can't miss predictions as "Stone Cold Locks".
  • Man Up Question of the Day: A question asked of Golic (and sometimes the listeners) meant to inform male listeners (and Greenberg) of how to be more manly. The segment often is an offshoot of something either Mike has done during the week.


  • "Sheet of Integrity" NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Wager: See below.
  • Mike and Mike's "Two-a-Days": A 16 day preview of the upcoming National Football League season. The Mikes take a look at two of the league's 32 teams per day during which they ask the main questions which the teams might have to answer this season. This culminates with a prediction of their record for the season. Once all 32 teams have been profiled, which is timed to be a day or so before the Thursday Night Kickoff Game the Mikes then predict the Super Bowl champion.
  • Mike and Mike's Offseason "Two-a-Days": In 2011, after the Super Bowl, The Mikes did a similar exercise, in draft order (if a team traded their first pick, they were still profiled in the position determined by their order of finish), having Russel Baxter ("The Dean", "The Guru of the ESPN Research Department") ask three specific questions about two teams a day, what their biggest need was in the draft or free agency, and whether their stock is rising or falling. (Endless abuse was heaped on Greenberg when his Jets were profiled, including that they lost the AFC Championship game again.)
  • V Foundation: Every year, usually on the slowest sports day of the summer (the day after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game—this was not done in 2010, the auction being held on another date, which the show did open) Mike and Mike kick off the on-air portion of ESPN Radio's annual auction to raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, named for former N.C. State basketball coach and ESPN analyst Jim Valvano. They take the whole show to auction off items, such as a day with Mike and Mike, meeting them and having breakfast after the show. One item in the 2008 auction is that Mike and Mike will do their radio show from the winner's residence. One of the traditions the Mikes do on this day is that they will dedicate one segment of their program to re-air Valvano's stirring speech at the first ESPY Awards, where the motto of the V Foundation was coined: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."


  • Grill Golic: Listeners call in to ask questions directed at Mike Golic. The questions usually revolve around football. This is the only time (generally) that listeners' calls are heard on the air. If Golic has off, the feature is occasionally used for the guest hosts, an example being "Grill Gottlieb" if Doug Gottlieb is guest hosting.
  • Just Shut Up: Tuesdays on the show were once deemed "Just Shut Up Tuesday," a reference to the McDonald's Just Shut Up Award, an honor bestowed on the sports-related figure of the past week voted by listeners as the person who most needs to just shut up. Past winners (and examples of the types of actions that could induce a nomination) include Bode Miller bragging about partying in Torino, Terrell Owens fighting with his teammates, and Latrell Sprewell turning down a multi-million-dollar contract extension and asking for more money, claiming "I've got a family to feed." The feature was discontinued in late 2007, though will still occur for special occasions.
  • Mike Golic's News of the Weird: A look at one of the more outrageous, strange or disturbing stories found in recent news, typically outside the sports world. (And usually very disturbing to sensitive constitutions like Greenberg's, which Golic revels in.)

Off Mikes

In 2005, ESPN and Animax Entertainment began producing two to three minute cartoons of Greenberg and Golic, called Off Mikes. The cartoons are built around conversations and arguments of the two from the show. Off Mikes can be found on ESPN.com. The cartoons have won an Emmy award.[11]

Sheet of Integrity

"Sheet of Integrity" is a phrase coined by Mike Greenberg[12] describing a single bracket entry created for wagering on the NCAA basketball tournament. Greenberg holds the belief that if a person wishes to enter multiple pools, they should do so using the same picks for each entry. Golic has no problem with choosing different winners for each entry he submits, because, as he says, "I want to win the pool and win the caaash!" The two have good-naturedly debated this difference of opinion each year since 2000. In 2007, Lowe's sponsored the Brackets of Integrity Sweepstakes, an online tournament pool which allowed listeners of Mike and Mike in the Morning to play against Greenberg and Golic using bracket sheets of their own. Amusingly, the rules allowed each participant to create up to five different "Sheets of Integrity." The hosts' differences were summed up in 2005 in two separate parodies of Billy Joel's song "Honesty" (renamed "Integrity"), as sung by each host in support of their wagering philosophies.

In 2009, Werner's (a ladder company which supplies the official ladders that the NCAA champion team climbs to cut down the nets after the tournament) sponsored the online sweepstakes. The sponsorship was continued in 2010.

Bracket Wager

During the week prior to the 2004 tournament, the two decided to take their differences one step further, which resulted in a one-on-one office pool referred to as the Sheet of Integrity Challenge. Mike Greenberg ultimately won that first wager, which concluded with Mike Golic getting his eyebrows waxed on-air.[13]

Mike Golic turned the tables in 2005, for which Mike Greenberg had to dress up as a leprechaun (the mascot of Mike Golic's alma mater, the University of Notre Dame) for the entirety of the show.[14]

Golic won again in 2006, for which Mike Greenberg once again had to dress in the leprechaun outfit, but this time at a remote held near campus of Notre Dame.[15]

The 2007 bracket wager originally had Mike Golic getting tasered if he lost and Mike Greenberg having to milk a cow if he lost.[16] Prior to the semi-finals, however, "the Suits" at ESPN (meaning upper management) determined that the tasering could not occur. (Apparently there was more risk of injury than ESPN was willing to take.) As it turned out, Golic's half of the wager was never fully determined: in the end, he won the bet anyway (thanks to Ohio State beating Georgetown in the Final Four semifinal),[17] and Greenberg not only milked a cow in-studio on the June 21 broadcast, but also wore a "bedazzled" Mike Vrabel jersey for the entire September 3 broadcast, which was auctioned off in support of Vrabel's charity, The Second and Seven Foundation. Greenberg received advice about milking a cow from ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, who grew up on a dairy farm. (The original bet had Greenberg wearing said Vrabel jersey AT the season-opening Patriots-Jets game at the Meadowlands. However, his Monday Night Football assignment in San Francisco prevented him from attending the game.)

The 2008 wager (this time, the stakes were decided by voting by the fans of the show from lists of five that each Mike consented to) was that if Greenberg lost, he would have to dye his hair a different color each day for a week. If Golic lost, he would challenge professional eaters in a live eating contest on the air. With Memphis's victory over Texas in the Elite Eight, Greenberg clinched the 2008 title. A promotional voice-over (all voice-over promotions on the show are created by producers Joaquin and Liam) nicknamed the May 1, 2008 event the "Feast on the First" in the tradition of the "Thrilla in Manila". Golic finished in fourth after consuming 15 boneless wings in 3 minutes, finishing behind the three professional eaters: Eater X (31 wings), Crazy Legs Conti (23 wings), and Pretty Boy (22 wings). (The fact Golic threw at least one wing at Greenberg, who was wearing a hazmat suit for the occasion, probably didn't help Golic's score.)

The 2009 wager once again led to fans voting online, this time between three punishments all which would apply to either loser (instead of each having their punishment). The fans choose whether the loser would have to: walk on hot coals, grow a beard for a month, or have his forearms and leg waxed live on air. On the March 18th broadcast it was revealed that the waxing option had received the most votes with 48%, while the beard and hot coal options received 40% and 12% respectively. A twist was added when they asked the mother of producer Liam Chapman to make her picks as well, who is known on the show for her ridiculous and hilarious predictions. At the behest of a listener's suggestion, the Mikes agreed that if both of them lost to her, they would both have their forearms and legs waxed. Mike Greenberg won the 2009 wager with the elimination of Golic's national champion, Pittsburgh. Golic contested the outcome, saying that since Greenberg ended up tying Liam's mother, he should have to face the punishment as well because he technically did not beat her. But since the terms were that she had to be the victor, it was to no avail, and Golic conceded the issue in a phone call to the show on his day off on March 30, 2009. About a month later, Golic got his legs and forearms waxed on the show.

The 2010 wager was won by Mike Greenberg when Baylor University (Golic's last final four team left) lost in the Elite 8 to Duke (whom Greenberg had selected to win that particular region). Golic had to wear a USC jersey all day on the Notre Dame campus, and he did so on April 24 . According to Greenberg, the terms of the deal required Golic to wear the USC jersey all day, except when Golic was within Notre Dame Stadium watching the Blue-Gold spring football game, as to not create a distraction. Once he stepped outside Notre Dame Stadium, the jersey had to again be visible, throughout the remainder of the day. Adding to the embarrassment was that Golic's visit included a book signing event for the duo's book, "Mike & Mike's Rules for Sports and Life," at the campus library.

The 2011 wager was won by Mike Golic when the University of Kansas defeated Richmond in the Sweet 16 Friday night, one of if not the earliest decision-points in the entire "Sheet of Integrity" series. Greenberg actually had more correct picks in the first two rounds, but suffered such significant bracket damage in the first weekend that, once his national championship choice (Duke) was defeated on the Thursday night of the Sweet 16, only a complete collapse of Golic's bracket could save him. Once Kansas defeated Richmond, Golic was able to lock out and defeat Greenberg. The wager originally had the loser dressing up as a woman for a full day including the televised show. However, it was later modified. Had Golic lost, it was decided he would've dressed as Lady Gaga. Greenberg's loss meant that he had to dress as Justin Bieber for an entire day, which he did on May 4, 2011.[18]

After eight years, Greenberg's "integrity" and Golic's "pursuit of the 'caaaaash'" are deadlocked, 4-4.


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