Celebrating The True Romance Of Mike Golic

You might have been cynical about the "Mike and Mike Marriage Madness" last Friday — which was "tastefully Gator," in the words of the groom — but that's because you're cold-hearted and don't believe in the "special company [ESPN] has created and nurtured every day." Soulless bastards.

So says ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer, in an internal memo he sent out after the silliness transpired Friday. Here's a section:

The events of this morning were a heartfelt reminder of what a special company we have created and nurture every day. Jason West and Catherine Bennett - two lifelong Florida Gator and ESPN fans - were married in Studio E in a ceremony just as poignant as one performed in any traditional setting. Those of us in attendance were honored to be there, just as they honored all of us with their presence. Their passion for sports was the spark that began their relationship, and their passion and appreciation for all things ESPN was both touching and humbling, and a unique demonstration of the impact we have on people's daily lives.

And the terrifying thing is that he's right: If anything was a "unique demonstration of the impact we have on people's daily lives," it was that. Hey, did anybody else notice the smell of sulfur?

The full memo is after the jump ....

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memo to all of us here in ESPN/ABC Sports land re Marriage madness:

The events of this morning were a heartfelt reminder of what a special company we have created and nurture every day. Jason West and Catherine Bennett - two lifelong Florida Gator and ESPN fans - were married in Studio E in a ceremony just as poignant as one performed in any traditional setting. Those of us in attendance were honored to be there, just as they honored all of us with their presence. Their passion for sports was the spark that began their relationship, and their passion and appreciation for all things ESPN was both touching and humbling, and a unique demonstration of the impact we have on people's daily lives.

I know you all join with me to wish Jason, Catherine and Jason, Jr. every happiness - beginning with their honeymoon at this weekend's Indy 500 - and in welcoming them to our ESPN family.

Please also join me in thanking the many of our colleagues who will be working diligently over this extremely busy holiday weekend to serve the fans who, like the West's, count on us each day to bring them closer to the sports they love.

To everyone, please enjoy a happy - and above all, safe - holiday weekend, and thank you for all you do to make our company the best it can be.


George Bodenheimer