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The Fan Morning Show Reacts to Death of Franco Harris

“I got here early this morning and had some police sources get in contact with me, and was absolutely not going to speak a word of it until it was 9 million-percent confirmed.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris has died, and The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh was on the air as the news was confirmed by media reports.

“We were planned out, and we’re going to rip up the whole show,” Colin Dunlap said. “Channel 4 is reporting right now, sources confirm Steelers Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris has died at the age of 72. That’s according to Channel 4. It’s on their website, it’s breaking news on their broadcast right now.”

Dunlap then admitted he was told the news early Wednesday morning, but wasn’t going to talk about it until it had been confirmed.

“That being said, I got here early this morning and had some police sources get in contact with me, and was absolutely not going to speak a word of it until it was 9 million-percent confirmed…the timing is absolutely incredible. The celebration due to happen this weekend. Guys, I’m at a total loss for words.”

“I still haven’t been able to process what’s going on,” Chris Mack said. “I still haven’t been able to process all this — not because of the news, we all deal with death in different ways — but because the timing of all this. Absolutely unbelievable. Three days before he was to be honored with his number retirement in front of Steelers fans and the world. Two days shy of the anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.”

“It’s secondary at this point but I don’t know what you do with the ceremonies this weekend,” Dunlap said. “Art Rooney II is in a position that is totally unenviable right now. There’s seemingly no decision you can make that would feel like the right one.”

Mack later added many in Pittsburgh sports media had clashed with Harris over the years, admitting the two had phone calls where they vehemently disagreed about something the radio host had said, but he was one of the original people to make the Steel City their home after their playing days and was a pillar of the community.

“The timing on all this is so gut-wrenching,” Dorin Dickerson said. “To know he was going to be honored on Saturday and the situation we’re in, it’s absolutely tough. So tough.”

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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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