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Scott Zolak: Tony Massarotti Exposed The Other Guys on NESN

“He had good commentary – very well-informed. They didn’t like opinions on the broadcast.”

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Boston Red Sox legend Kevin Youkilis will be the team’s primary color commentator for the 2023 season, joining play-by-play man Dave O’Brien in the booth.

Last season the network had a rotating lineup of color analysts including Youkilis and 98.5 The Sports Hub host Tony Massarotti.

Tuesday on Zolak & Bertrand on The Sports Hub, host Scott Zolak thought making Youkilis the main guy was the safe play considering he is a former Red Sox player.

“This is what they like. They like the former ex-player in there than the guy that’s gonna push them a little bit like Maz,” Zolak said. “If you know what Tony is, and let’s face it everybody at NESN, everybody over there at the Red Sox, everybody in baseball knows what Tony is. Tony’s very popular at what he does.”

“You think it was bad when Maz was on? No,” he added. “The problem is I think Maz exposed those other guys.”

Co-host Marc Bertrand said he wasn’t trying to take anything away from the rotating cast, including Will Middlebrooks. He thought what they had going was good enough.

“Everybody else was fine,” Beetle said. “I thought Middlebrooks, the rare opportunity that he had to do it, was excellent. I think he’s good on the desk. I think he’s got a real future in it. He’s good.”

“I think the Red Sox booth is going to be stale,” he added. “Just like their team.”

Zolak thought about former analysts like the late Jerry Remy and hall of famer Dennis Eckersley. He felt like Massarotti checked all the boxes and lived up to the standard his predecessors set.

“Remy had pizazz. Eck had it all,” Zolak said. “You’re never gonna replace Eck, but at least Maz was somewhere in between. Maz didn’t play the game, not a former player. They like former players – I get it. A lot of sports are like that. You like the former player broadcasting on it. Maz was sort of that tweener. He had good commentary – very well-informed. They didn’t like opinions on the broadcast.”

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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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