One week after publicly ridiculing Las Vegas oddsmakers for installing the New Orleans Saints as three-point favorites over the New York Giants, Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN's Mike & Mike , phoned in sick late Monday night claiming that he was suffering from a case of the sniffles. The Saints defeated the Giants Sunday in a 48-27 rout causing Greenberg to grudgingly admit, "I was wrong on that one."
Co-host Mike Golic said early Tuesday morning that following Monday's program, and just before the start of ESPN's evening sportscenter, "Greenie started whining like a three-year-old about feeling like he was catching a cold."
Golic added, "Knowing Greenie's history of dealing with minor illnesses and his lack of mental toughness, we probably won't be seeing him around here for a month."
Greenberg had not returned phone calls as of early Tuesday morning, and has issued no public statement regarding his case of the sniffles.
The ESPN morning show host and sports anchor is a notorious whiner and complainer who has been known to bellyache when he has a bad hair day.
One ESPN insider said off the record, "While you and I and most of the country would 'suck it up' and go to work with a stuffy nose, generally Greenberg doesn't handle these minor maldies well. It may be days or even weeks before we see him again in the studio."
Anyone wishing to send Greenberg a get well card should address to C/O Mike Greenberg, ESPN, Bristol, CT.