While he was at ESPN, Mike Golic got to do many different things such as being the co-host of Mike & Mike, being a color commentator on Monday Night Football and college football games among other different things. However, there was one event this past weekend that Golic’s son got to do that he wished he was able to do.
Golic was a guest on the latest episode of StuPodity and he mentioned that while he got to interview competitive eaters on Mike & Mike, he never got to call the action at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Over the past two years, his son has had the chance to do that:
“One of my big regrets from ESPN is the fact I never got to be in Mike’s shoes and call the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. I’m happy a Golic got to do it,” said Golic Sr.
Of course, the big story from that event was that the video feed went out at the end of the competition as Joey Chestnut was setting the record of 76 hot dogs and buns eaten in 10 minutes. Golic took the listeners behind the scenes to what his son can see from the monitor during the contest and why Golic Jr. didn’t apologize for the technical difficulty at the end of the broadcast:
“In a booth, it depends on the monitors that you have. Mike only had the feed from the truck and his view. He actually had no idea that that happened, which is probably good because what happens is they clean it all up at the end for the re-air. People were saying why didn’t Mike say when they came back, sorry for the technical difficulties. There was a decision made because they didn’t know because of the type of monitor that was in their booth, the producer did not tell Mike that so they could get a clean feed for the re-air. They had no idea that it had gone out. It could not have been worse timing. I felt bad for him.”
Golic and StuGotz did talk about the big sports media story of the week in what has happened at ESPN with Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor. In Golic’s opinion, he thought somebody higher up at ESPN needed to get involved to help diffuse the situation:
“Here’s my problem and it’s been my problem with a lot of things over time whether it’s at ESPN or anywhere else. It’s communication. Communicate more. You let this situation get bad…Somebody higher up at ESPN needs to get involved and say listen, you guys both work for this company, we’re all going to get in one room and we’re going to talk about this. The lack of face-to-face meetings with people to talk about anything, things that need to be talked about, to me is embarrassing.”
“This had been a year old. Somebody in leadership needs to step in and say ok, that person’s texting and you aren’t responding to the texts. No, we are going to the same room. We are going to be in the same room and talk about it. I have said this from Day 1 and I learned this from my parents, especially from my father. You deal with people face-to-face, voice-to-voice during COVID. Even if it is the aftermath and you are trying to clean things up, get face-to-face, somehow, someway. One party wanted to, the other didn’t, and that’s fine, but that’s when leadership needs to take charge.”
Since Golic’s last season in the NFL was in 1993, there are many people that tend to know him more as a broadcaster than when he was playing in the NFL. Golic does get asked which one he would like to be remembered as and it was an easy answer for him:
“My equation is I have never woken up in the middle of the night from a great dream going oh my god, what a great segment that was with Stu. When I wake up from a great football dream, I sacked the quarterback, I caused a fumble, I had an interception. It’s kind of a weird situation.”
“While that’s so cool that I am in a couple of different Hall of Fames and I appreciate it and it’s a great honor, if you asked me would I rather be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, there’s no comparison.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Sports Media Reacts To Tom Brady Retiring
“Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.”
Things seem a little more final this time. Tom Brady says he will not return to the field. The GOAT announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a video posted to social media.
While it is still unclear what happens next, plenty of people in the sports media had opinions to share. Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.
There were other reactions as well. It is well-known that Tom Brady has a ten-year contract worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. That means plenty of people in the sports media have questions about what today’s announcement means for Greg Olsen.
Olsen has won plenty of acclaim as the analyst in the network’s top NFL booth. Brady’s deal includes him taking over that spot, so several personalities and writers used the day to publicly question the logic in that decision.
There was a third reaction too. Twitter was made for two things: reacting to breaking news and making jokes. Tom Brady announcing his retirement gave some members of the sports media the chance to do both.
Mike Francesa Has ‘No Idea’ What He’ll Talk About on First Take
“They’ll tell me today or tomorrow, I guess. Maybe we’ll wing it, I don’t know. You know I have no problem winging it.”
The much anticipated reunion between Mike Francesa and his former co-host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is set to take place Wednesday on First Take, and the former WFAN host admitted he doesn’t know what topics will be bandied about.
“I am going to do an ESPN visit with Dog and Stephen A. tomorrow. Been planned for awhile. Really, we’ve been talking about this last year,” Francesa said on The Mike Francesa Podcast. “I don’t know what we’re gonna chat about yet. I have no idea. They’ll tell me today or tomorrow, I guess. Maybe we’ll wing it, I don’t know. You know I have no problem winging it.”
The topic came up after an email into the podcast asked Francesa if he stayed in contact with many of his former WFAN colleagues. He admitted he doesn’t chat with as many as he would like to as often as he would like, but there are still several he’ll converse with when topics arise.
“(John) Minko, obviously. I hear from certain guys at certain times, but everybody’s busy. You don’t keep in touch as much as you should, let’s put it that way…I hear from certain guys from time to time. (Marc) Malusis, (Sal) Licata, guys like that from time to time. Sid’s (Rosenberg) always texting me something or other. I do hear from some of them, and you try to keep in touch.”
Francesa’s reunion with Mad Dog will air on First Take on ESPN from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Wednesday. Russo is a weekly contributor to the show on Wednesdays, with Stephen A. Smith putting a plan in motion to set February 1st as the reunion date during his recent book tour.
At the time of the revelation, Russo marveled at the idea of Francesa appearing on the show with him, pointing out “No other people. The three of us for two hours. Think about that. You talk about me being a fraud, Mike hated ESPN for 100 years!”
Super Bowl LVII Expected To Set US Betting Records
“PlayUSA projects that legal sportsbooks will take in a record $1.1 billion in bets on Super Bowl LVII.”
Even before sports betting was legal across the country, the Super Bowl would inspire even the most casual bettors to lay a little money down. This year, the game could help sportsbooks take in more money than ever before.
PlayUSA projects that legal sportsbooks will take in a record $1.1 billion in bets on Super Bowl LVII. That would make it the most bet on Super Bowl. It would also be the biggest handle any US sporting event has ever taken in.
The current record is held by last year’s Super Bowl. Bettors put just over $937 million down on the Rams and Bengals at legal books. The American Gaming Association projects that the total bet on the game is somewhere around $7.6 billion.
Nevada is still the king when it comes to legal sports gambling. That state is expected to take in the largest bets on the Eagles and Chiefs. Gamblers are expected to lay down $176.2 million in that state alone.
It is possible that projection is challenged. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the epicenter of Eagles fandom, have legalized sports gambling. Could that affect where the most money is laid down?
Last year, more than 9 million bettors participated in the Super Bowl at legal books. In total, it is estimated that 31 million people made a bet online.
Super Bowl LVII will take place in Arizona on February 12. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently a two-point favorite.