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Chris Fallica Was Surprised By Tribute On College GameDay

“I learned indeed that these people are my friends because they were truly happy for me and emotional to see me go.”

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One of the most shocking moves in the broadcasting world this college football season was made by Chris Fallica. “The Bear” announced he was leaving ESPN after 27 years. Next season, he will be part of FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff.

Ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Fallica was a guest on The Steakhouse on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta on Monday. Host Steak Shapiro asked him if he was surprised by the emotional tribute his College GameDay co-horts gave him on his final show.

“Yeah, I was,” Fallica said. “It was pretty much how I felt as well. Anytime you’re with a group of people on a show for 27 years, as I was, it is your family.”

Chris Fallica noted that it was not an easy decision to leave a group you have so much history with. In his time with ESPN, Fallica rose from being a production assistant to essentially becoming Kirk Herbstreit’s right-hand man.

“You’re worried what some of the reaction is gonna be. You truly find out if these people are truly your friends or if they’re like ‘Why are you doing this? You’re part of the show!’ I learned indeed that these people are my friends because they were truly happy for me and emotional to see me go.”

The respect Herbstreit and others on the College GameDay crew have for Fallica was evident in a segment that saw Herbstreit and Lee Corso reunite with long time GameDay host Chris Fowler to say goodbye to “The Bear.”

“I miss those guys and I wish them well tonight, but I am happy with where I am moving forward,” he said.

In addition to college football, Chris Fallica told Shapiro that he will cover horse racing and soccer for FOX as well. That will allow him to do more with his sports betting bona fides than he has been able to on TV in the past.

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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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