The complete title of this book is “Mike And Mike’s Rules For Sports And Life”. It was written by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, with Andrew Chaikivsky, and was published in 2010.
The back cover contains the following testimonial, attributed to Publishers Weekly: “Resembles ‘Seinfeld’, with its lightly humorous yet serious renditions of everyday minutiae.” I’d agree with that assessment.
The inside front jacket cover lists a number of “rules for sports and life”, and the last one is the one I agree with most: “No more designated hitter!”
I opened the book and said to myself: “I haven’t seen typeface like this since Dennis Rodman was writing books”.
The following information comes from the “About The Authors” page at the back of the book:
- “Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are co-hosts of ‘Mike and Mike in the Morning’ on ESPN Radio and ESPN2”.
- “A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Mike Greenberg is also an anchor on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ and was host of the ABC-TV game show ‘Duel’. His first book, the ‘New York Times’ bestseller ‘Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot’, was nominated for a Quill Award as one of the best sports books of 2006. He is married with two children.
- “Captain of the 1984 Notre Dame football team, Mike Golic played defensive tackle for nine seasons in the NFL. While playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, he began his television career with a weekly feature, ‘Golic’s Got It’, on ‘The Randall Cunningham Show’, for which he was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. He joined ESPN in 1995 and continues to serve as an analyst for the network’s NFL programming. Married with three children, Golic lives with his family in Connecticut.”
- “Andrew Chaikivsky is a contributing editor to ‘Esquire’ magazine. He lives in New York with his wife, Liz.”
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “The rest of us, just like Mike and Mike, lay down the law, pound the table, and hurl statistics like harmless hand grenades. Like the Mikes, we are often in error but never in doubt.”
- “Mark Twain said that the first thing you should do every morning is swallow a live frog, so you will know that the worst part of your day is over.”
- “When you live on the road, you can count on this: every day, you’re somewhere else, but it almost always looks the same.”
- “…well, that’s all you can ask first thing in the morning after a long night somewhere else…”
- “As long as there’s mornings, I hope Mike and Mike will be on the air. It’s a reason to get going when all you wanna do is turn over and sleep off the night before.”
- “Go with the one who loves you last.”
- “Rule 2.39 – Athletes with multimillion dollar contracts who complain about getting disrespected don’t deserve your respect.”
- “Character is what you do when no one is watching.”
- “No matter how much of a loser anyone tells you that you are, if you offer to buy people things, they will like you.”
- “You laugh. You cry. It’s all part of life. And if you turn off your emotions completely, you’ve got no reason to live.”
- “I like fall the best. I’m a big fall guy…..When it’s warm and then all of a sudden it starts getting cool, and you have to put on a long-sleeve shirt, or maybe a sweater, I just love that.”
- “If you can walk, you can play.”
- “Can I buy you a beer?”
- “I gotta dog. Named him Mike.”
- “Six words are four too many.”
- “Everybody looks like somebody else.”
- “Rule 5.23: If you’re in charge of people you normally aren’t in charge of, don’t act like you’re in charge of them.”
There’s a photo on p.181 of these guys throwing out the 1st pitch at Wrigley (on June 26, 2008) and they didn’t even wear Cubs jerseys? Gotta question their judgment.
On the other hand, Mike and Mike both married girls from the Chicago area. Smart move on each of their parts.
On page 207 Greeny reviews 2 books I never heard of, by two authors I never heard of.
Although I had heard of the “Mike and Mike” show on ESPN radio before I picked up this book, I had never become a regular listener to the show. After reading the book, I asked myself “Why?”. They seem like nice enough guys, fun and entertaining and all. So why have I not become a regular listener?
I did some research and figured out why. Their show is broadcast early in the morning. I make it a point of honor to be sound asleep at that time of day.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is fun and entertaining. If I’m ever awake in the wee hours of the morning, I’ll tune in to their ESPN show.