We close out the show with another edition of Keefer Madness.

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HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, the guys discuss a Deadspin article titled "The Celtics Have A Moral Obligation To Get The Fuck Out." Glenn thinks the induction of Raymond Clayborn into the Patriots HOF might be evidence that it's rigged.
HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, the guys discuss a Deadspin article titled "The Celtics Have A Moral Obligation To Get The Fuck Out." Glenn thinks the induction of Raymond Clayborn into the Patriots HOF might be evidence that it's rigged.
HOUR 3 - The guys open up the 12 o'clock hour talking about the proposed rules changes regarding touchdown celebrations. They also get into the future of Julian Edelman, the reported rift between ESPN's "Mike and Mike," and Peyton Manning's apology to an NFL referee.
HOUR 3 - The guys open up the 12 o'clock hour talking about the proposed rules changes regarding touchdown celebrations. They also get into the future of Julian Edelman, the reported rift between ESPN's "Mike and Mike," and Peyton Manning's apology to an NFL referee.

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[0:19:53] ... all the time but Julian element wants to live the life of Tom Brady wants to be tough break right model wife the whole war she wants all of that stuff. So yesterday it's his birthday. In the treating him like they're treating Tom Brady there's only one difference Tom Brady is 39 going on forty. And the talking about his career ending yesterday is elements birthday. People celebrating it by people throwing doubt is a talking point that is just the last year for Julian Edelman at 31. Ball in this offense. I think it is I would Dodd told you that he's getting talked about in the same respect that they Tom Brady at age 39. It's there it's it's the wealth Welker fact it's exactly requests you know look at same position really same mentality Dartmouth is also the times had all these concussions right. Are you think you comedy these Julian Edelman has had an in even you know Wes Welker all the ones he said the ones you know about the west I mean. Julie Dolan will go the same way. That Wes Welker did he'll have to play for another team policy just sought in if you want to play veteran minimum you have Brandon cooks young Malcolm Mitchell you know Chris Hoke and. All just and that's the difference to me are excellent M and dole who's restructure three years straight. Takes what he can get largest whatever I'm fine here is secure and Adam and it's he loves in Iraq may loves Tom Brady. Obviously but obviously credible his brand to be here but it may be but I'd say that his contract with the last three years that thing he signed. You really think he's gonna just take league made on the combat debut at radio music you know if I can just one year. Don't go west did and and do what he did it and make seven million or six million is making what three of the last two or three years that part of this deal. I think that and I think you'll get paid the more time any occasionally showed. But did you think Wes Welker we get paid. You think and in and they already let Julia element of that before he signed his concert go out test the market the end didn't he think any dealers are generally not nobody but what we found out with with Wes Welker. Is that other teams do not value the slot receiver the way New England they don't I don't know element already tried ...
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HOUR 2 - The guys open up hour two finishing off their Celtics thoughts and taking calls from fans. As the hour goes on, they transition into to some Sox talk, and discuss a Ken Rosenthal report regarding John Farrell's job security. Towards the end of the hour, Glenn picks a side in the "Lou vs. Fauria" debate about Al Horford.

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HOUR 2 - The guys open up hour two finishing off their Celtics thoughts and taking calls from fans. As the hour goes on, they transition into to some Sox talk, and discuss a Ken Rosenthal report regarding John Farrell's job security. Towards the end of the hour, Glenn picks a side in the "Lou vs. Fauria" debate about Al Horford.
HOUR 1 - The guys open the show talking about tonight's Celtics game, the bombing in Manchester and David Leavitt's idiotic tweets. Then, in the 2nd segment, things get really good as a legitimate disagreement surfaces between Lou and Christian regarding Al Horford. Glenn tries his best to step on it, and lampoon some great radio, but Fauria and Lou shout him down, and the discussion continues into the final segment.

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HOUR 1 - The guys open the show talking about tonight's Celtics game, the bombing in Manchester and David Leavitt's idiotic tweets. Then, in the 2nd segment, things get really good as a legitimate disagreement surfaces between Lou and Christian regarding Al Horford. Glenn tries his best to step on it, and lampoon some great radio, but Fauria and Lou shout him down, and the discussion continues into the final segment.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic didn't address their reported feud on Tuesday's show.  (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic didn’t address their reported feud on Tuesday’s show. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

On Monday, Sports Illustrated published a lengthy report about the apparent rift between Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. In it, media writer Richard Deitsch cites several sources who talk about the “poisonous atmosphere” on “Mike and Mike,” which may not remain on the air until its scheduled end in December.

But when Greenberg and Golic turned on the microphones Tuesday, neither host mentioned the story. Instead, they discussed Manu Ginobili playing his final game and the NFL changing its overtime rules. It was the embodiment of everything wrong with national sports talk radio, which is painfully vanilla and inoffensive.

There was palpable tension in the air when Greenberg and Golic announced their long-rumored breakup last week. Golic didn’t even look his longtime partner in the eye while he talked cryptically about the end of the show. “The last year and a half have been somewhat interesting, if not eyebrow-raising, as well,” he said. “For me, it’s not my story to tell. I’m going to continue doing this exact same show. It’s for others to tell who made this decision if they want to tell it and how they want to tell it.”

According to Deitsch, Golic is upset that Greenberg didn’t confer with him before accepting an offer to host a new morning variety show on ESPN, which will launch in 2018. Golic will stay on ESPN Radio, partnering with Trey Wingo and his son, Mike Golic Jr., who will join the program every day from 6:00-7:00 a.m.

“From Golic’s perspective, he thinks Mike [Greenberg] should have come to him and told him he wanted to do his own thing,” said an anonymous ESPN employee. “But Greeney is very non-confrontational, truly a nice a guy, and he would say that it wasn’t incumbent on him to tell Golic everything about what he wanted to do professionally. I guess I can see both sides.”

The news of Mike & Mike’s breakup is the biggest story in sports media, with nearly every major sports covering it heavily over the last several months. But Greenberg and Golic have denied reality through it all, opting to focus on innocuous sports banter. It’s a formula that many talk show hosts repeat. They would rather insult their listeners instead of take part in an uncomfortable segment.

In 2017, people have more access to more information than ever before. The majority of “Mike & Mike” listeners are probably aware of the rift between the two hosts, considering the story has been picked up by publications across the country. Here at WEEI.com, “Mike & Mike” posts draw a lot of traffic, even though the show’s ratings pale in comparison to the morning offerings on Boston’s two local sports talk behemoths. It’s a testament to the seemingly insatiable interest in sports media rumors and gossip.

There are probably a number of reasons why Greenberg and Golic have opted to play it safe. First and foremost, “Mike & Mike” is more of a promotional tool for ESPN and its sponsors than a radio show, meaning the content is secondary. But Greenberg and Golic are far from the only hosts who ignore real drama. At the risk of sounding like a toady, that’s one of the primary reasons for Kirk & Callahan’s ratings resurgence over the last few years. Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane break down the fourth wall, giving listeners a relatively unvarnished look at the show’s inner-workings. It’s the same formula Glenn Ordway used when “The Big Show” rose to prominence in the 1990s.

This isn’t to say “Mike & Mike,” or any sports radio show, should cease talking about the games in favor of addressing personal feuds. But once in a while, the moment demands it.

Greenberg and Golic discussing the SI piece would’ve made for much more compelling radio than stale segments on Ginobili’s Hall of Fame chances. Anybody who says otherwise is lying, or afraid of a little discomfort.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer