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Dan Patrick: I Hope There Is Posthumous US Soccer Honor For Grant Wahl

“I hope there’s some posthumous honor for him that his wife can share in.”

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The death of influential American soccer journalist Grant Wahl is a subject both fans and media members are still talking about. Thursday morning on The Dan Patrick Show, NBC Sports’s Peter King shared a story about going to South Africa to cover the World Cup in 2010 and Wahl taking care to introduce the football scribe to influential coaches and journalists from the soccer world.

“Some people might say, ‘well geez, Grant’s giving you time with people who he cultivated and who he wanted to be able to work with,’” King told Patrick. “I always thought the reason he did that is not only for total unselfishness and class, but because he wanted to see the game grow in the United States. That’s why he’s introducing me to everybody. He wants me to write about it to a non-soccer crowd.”

Dan Patrick agreed that Grant Wahl was a major influence on the lives of sports fans across the country, particularly as the popularity of soccer and the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams grew. He added that there is a section of fans that don’t care for soccer that still own Wahl a debt of gratitude for being the first journalist to write a profile of LeBron James for a national publication when James was still a high schooler in Akron.

“I hope there’s some posthumous honor for him that his wife can share in, that his widow can share in, that’s soccer related.”

Earlier this week, Wahl’s wife Céline Gounder revealed that none of the conspiracy theories surrounding her husband’s death held water. Grant Wahl “died from the rupture of a slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium.” She added that CPR or defribilator paddles could not have saved him.

King added that it was hard not to take note of the emotional reactions of past and present members of the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams when they talked about Wahl over the weekend. He does not think it is something US Soccer will ignore.

“I’m sure that US Soccer’s gonna do something. I’m sure they’re gonna do something. I hope a lot of people do something, because his is a memory that we should cherish.”

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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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