All told, we think we gave Mike and Mike too hard of a time on the whole spelling bee thing. They weren't so bad; maybe they toned down the schtick for ABC. Anyway, as part of ESPN's plan to have Mike Greenberg (the gay one) and Mike Golic (the fat one) broadcasting every event that Berman and Tirico haven't already snatched up, they're gonna be the backup team on "Monday Night Football" this year. That means they're going to be announcing that 49ers-Buzzsaw game that starts at 10:15 ET opening Monday night. They're gonna team up with Mike Ditka.

Greenberg and Golic, co-hosts of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning simulcast on ESPN2, are rising stars at home base in Bristol, Conn. Their 7-year-old radio show has expanded to 310 affiliates nationwide. The duo became ESPN's top commentators for the Arena Football League in March and will call ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans on July 29. Although he praises Tirico, Kornheiser and Jaworski, Greenberg says he would eventually like a shot at the MNF job defined by Howard Cosell, his broadcast idol growing up in New York.

If they're real men, they'll be up for their 6 a.m. show the next morning. No rest, gentlemen! By the way, somewhere, Joe Theismann silently weeps, likely while wearing eyeblack and primping.

ESPN Tabs Greenberg, Golic For MNF [USA Today]
And Your Monday Night Football JV Team Is ... [Awful Announcing]


(UPDATE: Kissing Suzy Kolber has a nice take on this.)