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Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life Hardcover – Unabridged, April 6, 2010

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The Mikes are the very popular hosts of ESPN Radio’s early morning sports talk show. Part of what makes the show work is the hosts’ contrary personalities. Golic is an articulate, no-nonsense former NFL defensive lineman. Greenberg is a sports-savvy, self-described metrosexual whose mind is filled with inherently worthless minutiae that becomes valuable because, well, he makes his living as a sports yakker. The book recounts some of their best on air-discussions—in transcript form—and conveys the ubiquitous silliness that drives the show. There are details of their off-air lives and contrived misadventures, such as the time Greeny offered use of Golic’s car to the show’s listeners. Formatted as a faux self-help book, the extensively illustrated volume includes sections on why athletes will one day rule the world and why college football is the most philosophical of sports. The show’s millions of fans will surely enjoy this print version, and other sports fans who happen upon the book will be prompted to spin their radio dials and have a listen. Funny and entertaining. --Wes Lukowsky

About the Author

Mike Greenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot and was host of the ABC TV game show Duel. He lives outside New York City with his wife and two children.
 
Mike Golic is a graduate of Notre Dame and a nine-year NFL veteran, having played defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins. He is married with three children.
 
Did we mention they host Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio?
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ESPN; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345516222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345516220
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a devoted Mike and Mike listener, and given the huge amount of self promotion daily on their show, I was eagerly looking forward to this book. In short, "meh". Nothing new, rehash of some of their old comedy bits, and as previously posted here, a format that was hard on the eyes and often difficult to follow. I know that Golic frequently talks about writing this book with his crayons - and given the format - there seems to be some truth to his assertion. As for content, the only redeeming chapter, is the one written by the wives. Save your money and wait until it appears on the bargain rack at your local bookstore.
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I am really sorry that I purchased this book and spend time reading it. My time and money would have been better spent elsewhere. I had enjoyed Mike Greenberg's "Why my Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot." I expected similar entertainment with this new book. I expected Greenberg to pull awesome insight from Mike Golic, just as he does each morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning. But that is not what I found.

The writing style and layout are appropriate for a 4th grade library. Many elementary school sports fans would love the color pictures, color words (green for Greenberg, olive for Golic), and the simple concepts. Remove the references to Hooters wings and erectile dysfunction medication, and this book will be ready for young readers. It is set up perfecty for practice reading out loud. I can see it now, two boys could read aloud together to their teacher. It would be a lot easier to read that a lot of other 4th grade books.

After submitting this review, I expect to be banned from listening to Mike and Mike for three days. That's okay, it is baseball season. I an willing to miss a few days of baseball talk to help others avoid my mistake.
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I was expecting sport's stories, inside stories that weren't newspaper headlines.
Turned out to be a boring set of arguments between Mike and Mike... with no beginning or end.
I tried...
Could not finish the book it was that bad.
I gave it to an elderly friend who reads it to fall asleep.

Fred
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Let me start by saying that I am a fan of the Mike and Mike show on ESPN Radio but I am not a fan of this book in any way. Knowing the two Mike's, I did not pick of this book expecting to get any deep points on life but I did expect to get at least some new material for my money. I did not see any. This looked as if someone at ESPN had just taken different bits from the show and put them in book form. While I did find that the book made me recall several fun exchanges from the show, not enough to make it worth my time to read. I am disappointed that the boys put this book out just to make a few bucks off of their fans. One final comment on the style of the book, the lay out of the book made it diffcult to review at time, this a book you review instead of read. The print and color style at time almost made me sick. If you do not have anything new to say, then try to cover that up with new packaging.
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Guys I LOVE you both and I LOVE your early morning radio show which I often get up at 2 o'clock in the early morning to listen to here in Alaska. BUT I can NOT give you a top rating on your book because it simply DOES NOT FLOW SMOOTHLY for me. OH YES you do NOT want to hear how Colin Cowherd's book flows for me. Smiles.
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As an avid Mike and Mike listener, I was eagerly looking forward to this book. In short, "lousy". Nothing new, rehash of some of their old comedy bits, and as previously posted here, a format that was hard on the eyes and often difficult to follow.
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This book is just excerpts from their talk show in the morning its not what I had expected a little disappointed but will still read it none the less. I do like their show but not a fan of this particular book because the title made me think something totally different than what it actually turned out to be.
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I understand the reviewers who were disappointed in the book. It is a 'Mike and Mike' coffee table book. There are vignettes of their show, small blurbs that hit the high spots. All of it would be very recognizable to regular listeners. This book doesn't cover new ground but the format is fun.
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