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Akiem Hicks Hangs Up On Waddle & Silvy

“Not long after Hicks made an early exit from the interview, the discussion bled to social media, with the Bears DE saying he was “baited” by the radio hosts.”

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After being a Double-Doink away from winning a playoff game last season, it’s been a disappointing sophomore campaign in the Matt Nagy era for the Chicago Bears. 

During an appearance on ESPN 1000’s afternoon show Waddle and Silvy, Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks defended the team, saying they didn’t get to this position of owning a 5-6 record on purpose. Radio host Tom Waddle, a former NFL player himself, responded with what was intended to be a harmless joke, “You mean you didn’t put your arm in-between two Raiders and it popped out of joint on purpose?” Waddle asked.

As soon as Waddle realized Hicks was not taking the comment well, the radio host apologized and said he was joking. But the damage was done, Hicks was not going to chuckle about an elbow injury that landed him on IR.

“Is that a joke?” Hicks asked with an annoyed tone. “You think that’s a joke? You don’t joke about somebody’s injury. I’m perfectly respectful, but I’ll tell you what, you will not joke about an injury. You have a blessed day, this is the last time I’m on this radio station.”

Not long after Hicks made an early exit from the interview, the discussion bled to social media, with the Bears DE saying he was “baited” by the radio hosts. 

Mark Silverman quickly defended his ESPN 1000 co-host by responding to Hicks, “We don’t “bait” ANY of our guests. Not how we work. The relationships we’ve built with Chicago athletes over the 13yrs we’ve been on the air is second to none. It was a simple misunderstanding.”

Hicks didn’t seem to accept Silvy’s explanation, “Your actions speak for themselves,” he responded. “13 years on air and with other athletes has no bearing when it comes to right and wrong. And you making light of a serious injury is not what athletes come on the show for.”

But Silvy’s biggest struggle was wondering how a conversation that began with something as innocent as pie, could turn sharp enough to cause their current rift.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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