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Bob Rathbun: I Don’t Even Remember Passing Out

“I told the folks at Bally that I consider myself to be the most fit broadcaster that they have, because they now have the papers to prove it.”

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Atlanta Hawks broadcaster Bob Rathbun returned to his post for Bally Sports on Monday night, a couple of weeks removed from suffering a medical emergency live on the air.

Rathbun appeared on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta on Tuesday, and he provided an update.

“I feel fine, and that’s the great benefit of this whole experience,” Rathbun told Sandra Golden and Rob Tribble, who was filling in hosting The Steakhouse. “I think it was just one of those events that happened. And the great folks at Emory checked me out from head to toe.”

Rathbun added that doctors ran a number of tests to see if he was suffering from a condition or having an issue, and he has been given a clean bill of health.

“I told the folks at Bally that I consider myself to be the most fit broadcaster that they have, because they now have the papers to prove it,” he said. “They ran every test known to man, and I passed them all, everything’s fine, and it was great to get back to work last night.”

The moment itself on December 5 proved to be a scary one, as Rathbun fainting caused a mad scramble both at State Farm Arena and for the Bally crew behind the scenes. Bob said he had little memory of actually fainting.

“I don’t remember passing out, but I came too pretty quickly and (color commentator Dominique Wilkins) is standing over me and says ‘You passed out!’ And I said, I did?” Rathbun said. “So I really don’t even remember being faint at all. I was sick that day as many of you know. I wasn’t feeling well. But that’s the last thing that I thought was gonna happen. But I remember everything after that for sure.”

Rathbun did think about how fortunate he was that it happened while he was working. He felt like had he been behind the wheel or doing something else, he might have been in bigger trouble.

“If it’s gotta happen, there’s no better place than in front of the Hawks bench with the training staff and the team doctor standing there in two seconds and the EMT team right around the corner,” he said. “Not many people are that fortunate.”

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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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