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Tyrone Johnson: ESPN Put Their Talent In An Unfair Position

“Cut to something with a scroll that says we will be back as soon as we have an actual update.”

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Live television can be incredibly unpredictable sometimes, and that unpredictability was on full display Monday night when ESPN had to transition its coverage of the Bills/Bengals game to coverage of Damar Hamlin’s medical emergency on the field.

Many have praised ESPN for how the talent and reporters handled the situation for that four or five hour window from the time Hamlin collapsed. On 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, host Tyrone Johnson shared in giving the MNF and SportsCenter crew their flowers, but Johnson said to carry coverage for that long without a ton of new information coming in was a really tough ask of everyone involved.

“We saw what happened, everyone reacted then they had to continue to talk about it without any new information,” Johnson said Tuesday. “They did a very good job doing it, but they kept on having to do it without an update.”

Johnson just wished that once everyone was in a situation where they had to wait to figure out the latest, ESPN should’ve tossed it to alternate programming.

“Cut to something with a scroll that says we will be back as soon as we have an actual update,” he said. “I’m saying up until the Scott Van Pelt SportsCenter – whatever the normal programming would be – to fill the time here’s a 30 for 30, Last Dance, whatever it is with a scroll, and then we’ll have SportsCenter at whatever time unless we get information. And then we’ll come right back and tell everyone the information.”

Ricky Botallico thought about having to be involved in the first production since the death of famed Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas and remembered how raw people’s feelings were on the air.

“What happens is real emotion comes out. I mean when Harry Kalas passed away I had to be on the first show,” he said. “It was not easy, definitely not fun.”

Johnson said at least at that time the show had information on Kalas’ death that they could report. In the instance of ESPN and Damar Hamlin, Johnson felt like it wasn’t right to force its hosts and analysts to fill several hours with reaction and no news.

“To have no information and just make them go on and on, it wasn’t that they did a bad job,” he said. “I thought they were asking them to do something unfair.”

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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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