Is the Mike situation toxic? Not so, if you believe Mike.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported last week that the off-the-air relationship between ESPN radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg had “turned icy over the last year.” One unnamed ESPN employee described the atmosphere as “poisonous.” From Deitsch’s reporting, it seemed that Mike & Mike would end well before the Mikes’ contracts expired in December.
At a banquet last week, however, Golic (Big Mike) was asked about the SI report, and clarified that he and Greenberg (Little Mike) were “fine.” From NDInsider:
“Greeny and I have talked. Greeny and I are fine,” he said. “In all honesty, I had more of a problem and was a little disappointed that people that work on my show would anonymously throw stuff out there. I’m not a big fan of the anonymous thing.
“If you can’t put your name to it, I don’t know why you’d say it. But Greeny and I are fine. We absolutely are.
“The reason why it’s tough to talk about the end of the show on air is because we don’t know when the end of the show’s going to be. So why get nostalgic in May when we may be doing the show another six months?
“There’ll be time, once they tell us, ‘This is the plan for the end of the show,’ and then we can start planning some of those things to end the show. We’ll probably do more giveaways for fans, because if we didn’t have the listeners and viewers, there’s no way this show goes 18 years.”
The Mikes appear to be keeping the ship steady—for now.