Mike and Mike: Good memories

Friday, November 17, 2017

I am far from a creature of habit, but I have owned three cars and lived in four houses throughout my lifetime. Starting sometime in my early teenage years, if I was awake or in a car before 9 a.m., one of those cars or houses would be tuned in to watch Mike and Mike in the Morning. When I was still in school, I would eat my breakfast while listening to their segment between 7 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. Depending on the time of year, the guest list would range anywhere from NFL sideline reporter Ed Werder to MLB manager Joe Torre.

At the 7:20 a.m. commercial break, I would finish getting ready for school and usually be in the car in time to tune into 1300 AM and hear the next segment where they would usually break down what their previous guest had talked about. This process went on until I moved off to college, but I continued turning the channel to ESPN2 to get my morning sports news from Mike and Mike. That process continues to this day, but it will end on Friday, as the duo has decided to part ways and go in different directions after 18 years together.

Sports is supposed to bring us together, but it can so easily tear us apart. Mike and Mike have done a great job of threading the needle between talking about the issues on the field, while also talking about the important social issues off it. For this, they should be commended. They made sports talk radio what it is today.

I have spent countless hours listening to Mike and Mike. I have heard interviews with the likes of Michael Jordan, Terry Bradshaw and even Jerry Seinfeld. Magic Johnson even pied Mike Golic in the face because Johnson's Michigan State Spartan's beat Golic's Notre Dame Fighting Irish in football one year. Seeing the two of them talk sports with such joy is one of many reasons I wanted to get into the sports industry. They are a reason I had my own sports talk show while I was in college. All things must come to an end, but it's too bad this is one of them. To Mike and Mike, I say thank you for the memories and giving me a reason to get up in the mornings.

Ty Loftis is sports editor for the Carroll County News. His email address is CCNSports@cox-internet.com

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