Mike and Mike in the Morning, broadcast on ESPN radio and ESPN2 on TV, is my mother's favorite morning show. She's as big a sports fan as Jim was. So, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic's book, Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life seemed like a perfect memorial in Jim's memory.
Mike and Mike make their living talking about sports. Their ideas are sometimes provocative, sometimes funny. But, they play off each other perfectly. Golic is the jock; Greenberg the opinionated journalist and fan. Together, they make magic on the radio. The book capitalizes on those long-running jokes and conversations between the two. If you've ever seen or heard the show, you can hear their voices as they "discuss" everything from fans who don't sit down during football games to baseball managers shouldn't wear uniforms.
Greenberg has a few more rules for sports and life and Golic does. Golic is a little more easy-going, and it comes across in the book. Greenberg even has a platform for running for baseball commissioner, and sent Golic a contract to sign before Greenberg would stay overnight one night in Golic's house. It's a funny book, with a great deal of insight into sports. It's filled with photos and funny cartoons of the two men. But, probably my favorite part of the book was the interview with Mike and Mike's wives, asking everything from how they met their husbands to their husbands' addictions.
If you're a sports fan, you've probably heard Mike & Mike in the Morning. Kenny Chesney, who is a big sports fan, sums up the book, and the two men, better than I can. He said, "Both are men who exist for the competition, the love of sports and - honestly - making fun of each other." He went on to say, "Mike and Mike are a couple of buddies who may not agree, but who know how to argue like the best of friends. They're also the kind of people who know all the stats, the players, the history, and the competitive nature of sports. Plus, they have a crazy sense of humor." Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life is a fun book for any sports fan.
Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Random House, ©2010. ISBN 9780345516220 (hardcover), 256p.
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