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Bill Simmons Takes Aim At ESPN

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Earlier this year, ESPN decided to cut their ties to Bill Simmons by not renewing his contract. He responded by taking some time off and then announcing that he would be taking his talents to HBO. And while it’s still a little unclear what he’s going to be doing for the cable network, Simmons has launched The Bill Simmons Podcast to get back into the podcast game.

Very early this morning, Simmons released not one but two episodes of his new podcast. The first features him jumping right back into the deep end by running through NFL Week 4 lines with Cousin Sal, while the second features him talking about Deflategate, Donald Trump, and more with John “JackO” O’Connell. Not surprisingly, both feature Simmons taking several jabs at ESPN and some of his former colleagues.

In the first episode of the podcast, Simmons begins by addressing his new situation with HBO, while taking a thinly-veiled shot at ESPN as a whole.

“HBO is going to be my new employer,” he says. “I’m very excited to work with them. They’ve been great. A place that cares about creative freedom and freedom of speech. I’m very excited about that.”

He also says he’s “excited to poke fun at some of the ESPN on-air talent” while simultaneously poking fun at Chris Berman.

In the second episode of the podcast, Simmons calls ESPN out for not covering Deflategate properly.

“Granted, I’m a little biased here,” he says. “The way everyone else covered Roger Goodell in this whole story versus the way ESPN covered it, it was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe nobody called out ESPN about it.”

Simmons also continues to “poke fun” by asking JackO if there are any ESPN personalities that he’s been waiting to roast. JackO mentions Mike Greenbergand Mike Golic from ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning before Simmons—who had a very public spat with Golic last year—chimes in with an impression of Greenberg as well as some snarky commentary on the recent interview Greenberg and Golic did with Roger Goodell.

Simmons doesn’t go in on anyone too hard, but it’s pretty clear that he’s not going to shy away from criticizing ESPN personalities on his podcast moving forward.

“I do not work for them anymore,” he says, “and I like poking fun at media people from time to time. We’re going to be able to do that.”

Credit to Complex who originally published this article. Visit their website and you’ll be able to hear both of Bill’s podcasts

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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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