Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Michael Greenberg of the Mike & Mike show took his turn on the Dan Levy podcast, On The DL, today and along with referring to himself as the "Kelly Ripa of Sports Talk Radio" he chatted about dumbing things down Golic, the show itself, his MNF gig and more. Here are a few excerpts....
On Golic: “I think I have to dumb it down because of Golic. It is impossible to have a conversation on a high, intellectual level with a man whose idea of fine literature begins with Doctor and ends with Seuss. I remember one time I referenced ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and Golic honestly did not know who had written it or what it was. That was the day I realized, ‘you know, I’m not going to be able to do some things here.’"Now I will agree with the statement that the second go around was better than the first, but it's not hard to improve "god awful" with "trainwreck". While I don't necessarily dislike Greenberg, or the show for that matter, I still can't get over him being just a platform for ESPN to sell products and give no opinions at all. There's a reason that the show is referred to as the "USA Today" of Sports Talk Radio, and that's because neither he nor Golic ever say anything interesting or shocking. You can't be controversial when you have advertisers to think of!
On The Show: “We have never had a real serious disagreement. I think that our off the air relationship is the reason for that. I honestly think our partnership should be a model for all business partnerships everywhere and that is that our relationship is purely professional. And by that I mean that we get along well, we don’t have any problems, but we really don’t socialize outside of work."
On Monday Night Football: "Considering I had never done it before, I thought it came off okay the first time, but particularly in the preparation I figured out I had wasted a lot of time. I wasn't nearly as efficient as I should have been in my preparation. Because I didn't know. I spent a lot of time doing things doing things that did me absolute no good. So I think I was able to prepare a lot better the second, and thus I think it came off a lot better."
If you want to listen, then good for you, but that kind of programming just isn't up my alley. Good interview though, and you should definitely check out the whole thing if you have time.
Mike Greenberg Talks About His Career and Germs (On The DL)