Mike Golic denies reports of ‘icy’ relationship with Mike Greenberg
Mike Golic denies a report suggesting behind-the-scenes drama with Mike Greenberg has caused the radio duo’s relationship to turn “icy,” saying instead that “Greeny and I are fine.”
A lengthy and in-depth profile by Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on the soon-to-be defunct “Mike & Mike” show, the standard-bearer of nationally syndicated sports talk for over 17 years, addresses the duo’s “deteriorating” relationship. Staffers speak of a “poisonous atmosphere” and how the longtime partners “virtually ignore each other off air” but remain “marvelous actors on set.”
Golic insists that’s not the case.
“Greeny and I have talked. Greeny and I are fine,” Golic told the South Bend Tribune. “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.”
As it currently stands, ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show will end its remarkable run at the end of 2017. Greenberg is getting his own morning show on ESPN at the start of 2018 and Golic is slated to partner with Trey Wingo and his son while remaining on the radio.
While the plan is for “Mike & Mike” to run until December, there have been whispers, regardless of the duo’s purportedly icy relationship — or perhaps because of it — that it may not last that long.
“It could be as early as September. It could be as late as December,” Golic said. “A lot of it probably has to do with (commercial) sales, what’s already sold for me and Greeny, I would imagine.”
Golic also explained why there hasn’t been much talk on-air about the ending of the show.
“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,’ he said. “So why get nostalgic in May when we may be doing the show another six months?”