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Tony Kornheiser & Michael Wilbon Appear Together On Greeny

“Pardon The Interruption has been on the ESPN family of networks since 2001 and Kornheiser and Wilbon have been a staple for sports fans to watch every weekday to hear them debate.”

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It’s been over a week since Mike Greenberg debuted his new radio show, Greeny, on ESPN Radio and ESPNews. During that time, Greenberg has had many notable guests on the program and that included Monday’s show when he had the hosts of PTI, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on the show together, which does not happen often. 

In addition to talking about some of the notable sports topics of the day such as Luka Doncic’s game-winning basket on Sunday and remembering Kobe Bryant, Greenberg asked them a question about their own show. 

Pardon The Interruption has been on the ESPN family of networks since 2001 and Kornheiser and Wilbon have been a staple for sports fans to watch every weekday to hear them debate. Greenberg asked Kornheiser how he has reconciled becoming a celebrity and how the former newspaper writer for Newsday, the New York Times, and The Washington Post puts it into perspective.

“All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper sportswriter. From the earliest moments that I had ambition, that was what it was,” Kornheiser answered. “I did it at Newsday, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, three of the best newspapers in the country. That would have been enough. This thing that happened, this television thing that happened to Mike and to me was out of the blue and unexpected and there apparently are second acts in America because I have had one. I look at it with great amusement and I look at it with great appreciation.”

Kornheiser also mentioned how the landscape of sports media has changed, particularly how the newspaper writers look at the people who do TV and radio.

“When you were a newspaper sportswriter and radio guys came into the locker room after games, you were very dismissive of them. TV guys came in, you hated them. They were all these pretty boys. I was among those people who, as sportswriters, just hated them and now I am one of them.”

As for Wilbon, he also mentioned that being a host of a popular sports show was not something he aspired to be and he doesn’t like to be mentioned as a pioneer of the industry, but he enjoys it because of having the chance to view history up close.

“People think we are pioneers and I go stop. I saw people doing this when I was 10 years old and so I never aspired to it. I am grateful for it. Days like yesterday make me particularly grateful for it when you sit and watch something that you have had front row seats to and we have had a front row seat to the history of it…I am not ready to give up mine yet.”

At the end of the interview, Greenberg gave some praise to the hosts of PTI and also some advice to those trying to make it into the industry by following the example of these two men.

“If you wonder what those guys are like, they are exactly like that,” Greenberg said. “They are exactly the way that they are on television and that’s why they are so successful. You can’t put that stuff on. You can be phony for a short period of time. The phonies have very short careers. The people that are genuinely themselves are the ones who become PTI, as significant as figures of what they do that has ever been.”

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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