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Bob Costas Wishes He Could Vote Curt Schilling Into Hall Of Fame

“He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.”

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Curt Schilling is a name that elicits a strong reaction from both the media and fans alike. His version of political conservativism has been wrapped in racism and other prejudices so often in the past that it is clearly effecting the way some look back on his career.

Bob Costas says that the Hall of Fame voting shows that is undeniable. He recently joined Rick Ballou on 1010XL in Jacksonville and said “I think at this point it’s the only explanation” for why Schilling is not yet a Hall of Famer.

For Costas, the answer lies within the votes. He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“Almost anybody that gets to that 70% mark ultimately gets to that 75%, and he has some history of tweets and statements that alienated a lot of people, and rather than just cooling it in the past year, he almost doubled down,” Costas told Ballou. “I think without that, it’s reasonable to conclude that while it wasn’t unanimous that he had hall of fame credentials, the vast majority of voters feel that way, certainly enough to put him over 75%.”

In the past, Schilling has posted racist memes about Muslims, shared a number of homophobic and transphobic memes on social media, and most recently, expressed support for the insurrectionists that raided the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Costas rejects the idea that this is simply about punishing a conservative point of view. He pointed out that Mariano Rivera has always been a public supporter of Donald Trump, and not only did he get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, he got 100% of the vote. Costas says that it isn’t about Schilling supporting the Republican Party. The objection is that he is so proudly part of what he calls the “nutcase wing of the party.”

What may surprise some is that even after being so critical of Schilling, Costas notes that he would still vote for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Costas was quick to point out that the problem is that only writers get a vote. Broadcasters are excluded.

“If I had a vote, I would have voted for Curt Schiling from day 1, and if I had a vote now, I would still vote for him.”

Costas concluded the discussion by saying that he and Schilling have always had a cordial relationship and have never been anything but friendly towards one another. He says that has made Schilling’s struggle to get over 75% of the Hall of Fame vote especially frustrating.

“I just wish he would stop hurting his own case this way. We’re all entitled to our own political views, but there are some that are just out of bounds. They’re way over the line. They could be over the line on the left. They could be over the line on the right. And he has crossed that line it is fair to say.”

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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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