Why Are You Still Listening To Mike & Mike?
For nearly twenty years sports talk listeners have spent their mornings traveling to work with ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike”. For almost twenty years I have not understood why. Sports Talk is admittedly a vast wasteland for the most part, but “Mike & Mike” are the leading example why. From their manufactured takes to manufactured disagreements on subjects to Golic’s annoying “Hellloooooooo Greeeeeeeenieeeeeeeee” on commercials, the show is akin to listening to nails on a chalkboard. At least, I think so.
The two are supposed to be sports’ “Odd Couple” with Mike Greenberg being the uptight Felix Unger & former NFL star Mike Golic being the slobbish Oscar Madison.
Listeners tune in consistently and in large numbers. “Mike & Mike” is usually the highest rated sports talk show in the morning in most cities it airs. It also usually finishes highly against other mainstream radio shows. Why? Why do you all listen to this? I would rather shove pencils into my eardrums than listen to this manufactured drivel.
There are so many better options in morning for sports talk fans. The problem is accessing them. “The Steve Czaban Show” on Yahoo Sports Radio is the best sports show in the morning, and quite frankly, maybe the best sports show overall. Czaban is a long time veteran of yakking with stints in Milwaukee and currently Washington D.C. Czaban and his crew will not annoy you with manufactured takes and arguments. It is more like listening to you and your buddies talk sports and take shots at those who deserve it. The catch is, of course, finding Yahoo Sports Radio. More likely than not, you will have to listen online.
“Fox Sports Daybreak” with Andy Furman & Mike North on Fox Sports Radio is also much more listenable than “Mike & Mike”. Furman and North are both long-time sportstalkers with Furman hailing from Cincinnati’s 700 WLW & North a vet of Chicago sports radio. As with Czaban and crew, Furman & North will not manufacture friction. You can tell the friction between the two is real. The only drawback is you can tell the two are not in the same studio and sometimes the back & forth between the two can be awkward.
Of course, you could just listen to some music but what does it matter? Most of you will still listen to “Mike & Mike” trot out their tired takes and interviews with guests who are sponsored by some website. Sigh.