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Seth Payne: ‘Greg Gumbel May Have To Have A Tough Conversation With Himself’

“You start making little errors like that here and there and you can just tell that you aren’t what you once were.”

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It is safe to say that outside of Western Pennsylvania and the Carolinas, there weren’t a lot of people paying attention to the Steelers’ win over the Panthers on Sunday. The television call of the game has become a story that has people in media circles talking though after Greg Gumbel misidentified Mitch Trubisky multiple times on a single drive.

Gumbel, who was on the call alongside Adam Archuleta for CBS, referred to the Steelers’ quarterback by Sam Darnold’s name. Darnold was in the game, but he was playing for the Panthers.

Thursday morning, the mistakes were a topic of discussion on Payne & Pendergast on Houston’s Sports Radio 610. Host Sean Pendergast noted that Greg Gumbel has had a storied career, but he is getting older now and wondered if that played a role in the mistakes. He also wondered why CBS allowed it to keep happening.

“At some point, don’t you kind of elbow him and say ‘It’s Trubisky’?” he asked his partner Seth Payne.

Payne said he wouldn’t expect Archuleta or a CBS producer to correct Gumbel in the middle of a play. He added that overall, he didn’t think it was such a big deal, but it is worth asking some tough questions.

“He’s not known for that,” Payne said. “He might have to have a conversation with himself.”

Greg Gumbel is 76-years-old. He began calling NFL games for CBS in 1988. He has called the on-field action for Super Bowls and for the Olympics and hosted studio coverage of countless events. His face is well-known to American sports fans.

Payne said that fact could play into how Gumbel feels when he watches the tape back. He knows how these moments have affected other broadcasters closer to the end of their career than the beginning.

“I’m not doing this to protect anybody, but as a show of respect to some veteran broadcasters who do play-by-play who retired. They said they could sense they weren’t as sharp as they used to be and they didn’t want to go down that road where you start making little errors like that here and there and you can just tell that you aren’t what you once were.”

He reiterated that he did not think it was a particularly big deal that Greg Gumbel misidentified Mitch Trubisky, particularly because Sam Darnold was a part of the game. Little mistakes do happen. He added that he hoped that rather than it being a wake up call that it is time to retire, Gumbel would view it the way aging athletes do an realize that his self care routine my have to change in order for him to be as sharp as the audience is used to seeing him.

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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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