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Evan Roberts Wonders Who Source Was on ESPN’s Tom Brady Retirement Report

Maybe the source was very close. Maybe someone who had a vested interest in the quarterback finally retiring.

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The news of Tom Brady’s retirement has largely been overtaken by the Brian Flores lawsuit against the NFL. But from last Saturday into Tuesday, Brady managed to create tremendous drama (and great content for sports TV and radio) by denying the initial report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of his retirement decision.

Schefter and Darlington stuck by their story and they were unlikely to back off, especially with their reputations at stake and reporting for such a major outlet. Brady’s father and agent, then the quarterback himself, denied that a decision had been made. But perhaps the main reason Schefter and Darlington didn’t buckle was that their source was rock-solid.

On WFAN, Evan Roberts wondered who that source might be and how close that person was to Brady. Maybe very close. Maybe it was someone who had a vested interest in the quarterback finally retiring.

“Over the last 72 hours, it seemed as if they were so confident,” Roberts speculated. “They never backed down. I don’t know where they got that story from on Saturday, but they knew. It was almost like there was this quiet confidence. Maybe the source was Gisele. Maybe that’s why they were so confident.”

That’s not an outlandish theory, right? There are other people in Brady’s circle that could’ve leaked the news to Schefter and Darlington. But it’s no secret that Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, has wanted her husband to retire for a few years now.

And with a variety of factors — age, health, the Buccaneers having to retool their roster — surely influencing the decision, Gisele knew the time was right. But just to make sure, maybe she leaked the news to make sure Brady wouldn’t waver.

We may never know, though let’s hope — as Roberts and on-air partner Craig Carton said — that a book reveals the truth someday.

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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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