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‘Parkins & Spiegel’ Praise Jeff Passan’s Lethal Retort to David Samson

“He murdered him. He absolutely killed him.”

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Some choose to praise ESPN’s baseball insider Jeff Passan for his sense of humor on Twitter and amusement at Stephen A. Smith outbursts on First Take. But many others admire Passan for his savage wit in response to being confronted or challenged.

Count 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel among those applauding Passan for dispelling any narratives put out by Major League Baseball team owners or executives that the business isn’t profitable. Owners — and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred — have previously tried to convince fans and media that a baseball team just isn’t very good business, an assertion virtually no believes.

“Has anyone debunked those numbers?” asked Matt Spiegel.

“David Samson tried to, but Jeff Passan destroyed him,” Danny Parkins responded.

“He murdered him,” agreed Spiegel. “He absolutely killed him.”

For those who didn’t see the Twitter exchange, former Miami Marlins president David Samson attempted to take issue last week with Passan posting a financial report from Liberty Media, which owns the Atlanta Braves. As a publicly traded corporation, the company is required to share its finances, something that the other 29 MLB teams don’t have to do.

When Passan pointed out that the Braves made $104 million in profit according to the report, Samson said the document wasn’t an accurate representation of an MLB team’s actual profit. The former executive then repeated the assertion that many teams actually lose money.

Passan then challenged Samson to name which MLB clubs are losing money, but he declined to answer. Instead, he responded that Passan is just sticking to a narrative rather than providing any information based on experience.

To that, Passan took out the blade that Parkins and Spiegel praised him for wielding and skewered Samson by saying he only had that experience because his stepfather at the time, Jeffrey Loria, owned the Marlins.

If this was a samurai movie, Samson would’ve fallen to his knees and then hit the floor after such a fatal blow. And Passan might have wiped the blood from his blade before putting it back in its sheath. As Parkins and Spiegel pointed out, it was a decisive, mortally wounding outcome.

Some guys just shouldn’t be messed with on Twitter. Passan has shown that anyone who seeks a confrontation won’t like the result.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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