Q&A with Mike Greenberg

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So tell me this story about your 40th birthday. Your wife was planning a surprise and all she told you is to bring your golf clubs.
Well, I told her wherever we go there better be golf involved. I think she figured that on her own. She didn't tell me where we were going or what we were doing. In addition to be a germaphobe, I'm also a bit of a control person and I felt out of control. As a consequence we weren't speaking for the first two hours of the trip. But in the end, golf was involved, and I was happy with that.

The reason why you wanted to know where you were going is it would affect the way you would pack your bag?
Well, I didn't know if we were getting on a plane or not. So if we are not getting on an airplane, I don't need the schlep the travel bag and it would affect where I pack my shoes. But she wouldn't even tell me if we were getting on a plane. I said, 'Stace, you have to tell me if we are getting on a plane because that will determine how I pack my golf clubs,' and that's how I finally found out we were getting on a plane.

So where did you go and where did you play?
We went to Montreal, and I played two golf courses up there. I played real well. I think I shot an 87 on one of them, and I have never been so happy with myself in my life.

You go to the Caribbean every year for Christmas? What's the draw there?
I like any number of things about it. Last year we went to a resort on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas, which has a Greg Norman-designed golf course, and what I like to do there is see how many balls I can lose. When you're in the Caribbean, and it's the same in Hawaii, all the courses are right on the water, and there's a ton of wind. And so it's windy, there's water, that's the only time I will go and buy the cheapest balls they have because I know I'm leaving sleeves on the course on a per round basis. That's the only time I will actually buy the used balls in the big bucket that have been fished out of the water. I take a dozen of those because I know I'm not leaving with any of them in my bag.

You were born in New York and went to school and worked in Chicago. Which city has better pizza?
People ask me that all the time. You really can't compare them. That's like saying, "Do you prefer hot dogs or hamburgers?" The traditional stuffed Chicago pizza, and the traditional thin-crust New York pizza have nothing in common. They're both called pizza, but outside of that they couldn't be less similar. I love both, but I don't use them for the same purpose. If it's going to be dinner, than I love nothing more than a good stuffed Chicago-style pizza with spinach and pepperoni and a good bottle of red wine--it's a spectacular dinner. But there's also nothing I love more, than if you're a little hungry, walking into Ray's Pizza at 6th Avenue and 11th Street and getting two slices and eating them while you walk down the street. They should not be compared to each other. It's like saying, do you like a driver better or a putter better? They're not the same thing.

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