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 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.
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

In response to the terror attack in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, many in the sports world reacted to the tragic events on social media.

Manchester United held a moment of silence during their practice on Tuesday in honor of the victims and released a statement on the tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena.”

The team has also stepped up security and players’ cars were searched on their way into practice.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

MMQB— No violins, please. But I thought it might be a cool note—seeing that I did not travel last week—to record a travel day in the life of the Boston Globe’s Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham, in the middle of a road trip:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
11:35 p.m. Central Time: Boston-St. Louis game ends in extra innings at Busch Stadium: Red Sox 5, Cards 4.

THURSDAY, May 18
12:56 a.m. CT: Abraham files final story for BostonGlobe.com, leaves Busch Stadium press box, walks to hotel.

1 a.m. CT: At hotel, Abraham packs.

1:45 a.m. CT: Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.

3:30 a.m. CT: Wakeup call. He also set a phone alarm.

4 a.m. CT: Leaves for St. Louis airport. Rides in a cab that smells like unwashed clothes. Quite a coincidence, seeing that there was a pile of unwashed clothes in the back seat.

4:47 a.m. CT: Writes a Facebook post about his evening/morning. “So why is this fun? In the end, I’m going somewhere to get paid to watch baseball and write about it. Those are just about the two things I like best, so there’s no sense to complain about it.”

5:10 a.m. CT: Boards Delta flight 844, St. Louis to Salt Lake City. Abraham takes his coach window seat and sleeps most of the way to Salt Lake.

7:55 a.m. Mountain Time: After landing in Salt Lake City, Abraham finds the Delta club and finishes his early story for BostonGlobe.com. He has cranberry juice and a blueberry muffin.

9:46 a.m. MT: Delta flight 2001, Salt Lake to Oakland, departs. Abraham sleeps most of the way to Oakland. Abraham gets on the car rental shuttle and picks up a National car.

11:45 a.m. Pacific Time: Abraham, after a stop for a large Red Bull at a convenience store, is able to check in early at the Marriott Courtyard near the Oakland Coliseum. He puts on workout gear and hits the workout room at the hotel. He does 45 minutes on the treadmill (speed 4.5, incline 2).

1:45 p.m. PT: Abraham leaves the hotel, stops and picks up a turkey sandwich at Subway, and arrives in the Oakland press box around 2:30.

5 p.m. PT: Abraham, in a gaggle, interviews manager John Farrell at the stadium.

6:35 p.m. PT: Abraham does the NESN pregame show, televised back to New England, in a booth at the stadium.

7:07 p.m. PT: Game number 40 for the Red Sox is underway. Sonny Gray throws ball one to Mookie Betts.

11:30 p.m. PT: Oakland 8, Boston 3. Twenty-two hours after the final pitch in St. Louis, Abraham leaves the press box in a city two time zones away.

I honestly love daily logs like this of people’s lives but a lot of times they are interesting and there are things in there that are unique and humanizing, maybe even funny. And you learn something about the person.

What we learned about Pete Abe: likes blueberry muffins and treadmill on incline, takes a long time to pack.

Spice it up a little, Pete. You are not packing for 45 minutes straight. “Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.” So does the reader. Snoozefest. Then he gets a wakeup call AND sets his phone alarm? Pete actually gave Peter King this detail.

I want a weekly one of these on Pete Abe. Even in the offseason. Especially in the offseason. I want to know what he does when he’s not working and setting alarms and writing Facebook posts about loving his job. Not that I really care what he does, but the more mockable Pete Abe material the better.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Hour 4: Ken Rosenthal thinks Farrell might be fired...
Hour 3: The terrorist is identified and Kirk discusses the brewing tension with Ken and Curtis.
Hour 2: The guys discussed the future of Isaiah Thomas.