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Boomer Esiason: Carton & Roberts Amplified Aaron Rodgers Story

“The story picked up traction online, but Esiason said he wasn’t going to give people the pleasure of a response.”

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WFAN host Boomer Esiason found himself in the news late last week for a story that seemed very hard to believe as it made the rounds.

Outlets cited Esiason in reports saying that should the Green Bay Packers advance to Super Bowl LVI this year, quarterback Aaron Rodgers would sit out the game in protest of the NFL’s COVID-19 testing policies. Video shared across social media showed Esiason saying he received a text message sharing the news.

On Monday, Esiason was a guest on The Greg Hill Show on WEEI in Boston talking about the final weekend of the regular season and the various coaching changes taking place. The subject of the false report came up, and Boomer said the story was completely manufactured.

“Somebody took bits and pieces of our show, edited it together, and put it out there,” he said. “And so-called legitimate news organizations jumped all over it, the Packers reacted to it, I think Aaron Rodgers reacted to it, and they reacted to a fake story.”

The story picked up traction online, but Esiason said he wasn’t going to give people the pleasure of a response.

“I was not going to go into the sewer pit of social media, and defend myself for anything, because I did nothing wrong,” he said. “The company (Audacy) handled it, I think everything got straightened out, but there will be some people out there that will still believe that that’s real news, when in fact it was fake news.”

Esiason also said it didn’t help that his WFAN colleagues Craig Carton and Evan Roberts aided in the story blowing up later in the day.

“We also have an afternoon show here that just amplified the whole thing,” he said. “And between that and boob talk that they had Ava Louise on, going down that road with Antonio Brown, next thing you know we’re all caught up into that wormy, greasy, slimy, kind of world. You know what I mean?”

Goes back to the whole notion of, if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

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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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