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Mike Golic Still Open To Mike & Mike Reunion

“I’m not in the reflective part of my tenure yet. That will come in time. I’m 57, and I feel like I’m 40, so I feel like I’ve got a lot of time left.”

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An ESPN Radio legend was a guest on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday night. Zach Gelb welcomed Mike Golic Sr to his night time show and asked a question that even he acknowledged Golic may be tired of – is he open to a reunion with Mike Greenberg?

“I always answer it the same way. When my show ended with Trey and my son, I said I would go back and do a show again with Greeny, if people wanted that I would be open to doing that again,” Golic said. “But again, I can only control me saying that, that I would be willing to do it. I can’t control if it’s not going to happen, who says it’s not going to happen.”

Golic’s wife Christine responded to a fan on Twitter that asked if Golic would consider being a part of Mike Greenberg’s new show on ESPN Radio when Golic & Wingo came to an end over the summer. She responded “It was offered. No takers.” She later clarified that her husband offered, but there was no interest from ESPN.

“I’ve already let it be known that I would be open to it, but it’s not a one-sided thing,” Golic said. “I don’t even mean just Greeny. There’s people above us all at the network that have to decide things like that.”

Gelb asked if Golic was disappointed that he and Greenberg have not been on air together since the end of Mike & Mike. The iconic morning show kicked off the ESPN Radio broadcast day for sixteen years. Golic said that he wouldn’t mind having a conversation with Greeny again.

“It’s one of those things you wouldn’t mind doing, but the way it ended, it just didn’t lend itself to that. I had to move on. When it ended, I had to move on to the next hill with Trey and my son.”

Golic shared plenty of fond memories of his time on ESPN Radio with Gelb. Many of them centered on food. He regaled the CBS Sports Radio audience with tales of donuts being delivered to him at live broadcasts, trying to eat a pound and a half of bacon in an hour, and spending an entire show in New Orleans eating beignets.

One thing he made clear was that while it is fun to look back on some of those moments, by no means does he consider his broadcasting career “over.”

“I’m still in it. I’m not going to retire. I’m still going to keep doing it,” Golic said. “So, just like the good with the bad, I’m not in the reflective part of my tenure yet. That will come in time. I’m 57, and I feel like I’m 40, so I feel like I’ve got a lot of time left.”

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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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