LAST THURSDAY ESPN announced that Mike Greenberg would exit the Mike & Mike radio show to do more TV, leaving Mike Golic without a partner. Speculation about who might replace Greenberg started immediately, but the show would lose its appeal—and brand equity—without another Mike at the mike. Here's a rundown of the options.
The play-by-play veteran has the qualities to be awesome: contacts, history and a seemingly photographic memory. Would he do it? Do you believe in miracles?
The retired HOF coach has the time, now that he's off NFL Countdown, and he's certainly got strong points of view. Would he insist on the show being called Iron Mike & Mike?
The NHL fog horn—a "love him" or "hate him" figure—can ladle and pitchfork his high-decibel shtick onto other sports, but Golic might never be heard from.
He has experience on TV (Fox) and radio (Cumulus), and he's not afraid of a big stage, but the staunch gun advocate may wander during debates about the shotgun versus the pistol.
The likable actor-comedian could schwing right into the cohost role and even do segments as SNL producer Lorne Michaels, aka Dr. Evil. Downside: He's Canadian.
The Duke coach just had his second back surgery. Maybe it's time to put down the clipboard and dish opinions. Bonus: Cameron Crazies will camp out to watch him in action.
Also rans: TIRICO Too ensconced at NBC. | PIAZZA Too rich. | TYSON Too high-pitched. | PENCE Too busy.
THEY SAID IT
"HE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ABLE TO WORK AT FOOT LOCKER."
Chiefs tight end, arguing that the ref who nullified K.C.'s game-tying two-point conversion with a holding call should be banned from wearing a striped shirt.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
German soccer star Thomas Müller avoided the press by pretending his passport was a cellphone.