Selection Sunday signals the arrival of ESPN Radio’s annual “Mike and Mike Sheets of Integrity Challenge Presented by Werner Ladder” and the very public “pay-off” for the losing prognosticator. This year’s Mike & Mike in the Morning NCAA Tournament bracket wager may prove to be the most revealing yet for the man whose bracket gets busted.
Later this Spring, after the “Big Dance” is completed, either co–host Mike Greenberg or Mike Golic will take a big dance of his own with a professional female dancer from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The Mike & Mike “Sheets of Integrity” bracket wager pay-off will take place before a live audience at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters. The runner-up will be outfitted in a DWTS-themed costume and allowed one day of practice with his pro partner. Music will be provided by a group of ESPN employee-musicians and judging of the participating Mike’s dance will be conducted by ESPN personalities or past DWTS participants.
“This contest has been our signature, annual event for a long time,” Greenberg said. “But this year the stakes have risen to a whole new level.”
“We all know that I’m the more athletic Mike. But am I the better dancer?” Golic said. “I just pray that I win the bracket this year so America can see Greeny tripping over his shoes on the dance floor.”
Beginning next week, fans will be able to fill out their own “Sheets of Integrity” brackets at the Mike & Mike home page on ESPN.com and follow along as their sheets become covered in red ink just like Mike & Mike’s. This is the 9th year of the “Sheets of Integrity” and each host has won four times. Past wager runners-up have, among other inconveniences, had to milk a cow on-set (Greenberg) and have a body waxing (Golic).
Mike & Mike’s “Sheets of Integrity” bracket wager results
Year Winner Loser & Pay-Off
2004 Greeny Golic has eye brows waxed
2005 Golic Greenberg dresses like a leprechaun live on-air
2006 Golic Greenberg dresses like a leprechaun live on-air at Notre Dame
2007 Golic Greenberg milks Sox the cow
2008 Greeny Golic competitively eats
2009 Greeny Golic gets waxed
2010 Greeny Golic wears USC jersey at Notre Dame
2011 Golic Greenberg dresses as Justin Bieber for entire show
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