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Bob Costas Wishes He Could Vote Curt Schilling Into Hall Of Fame

“He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.”

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Curt Schilling is a name that elicits a strong reaction from both the media and fans alike. His version of political conservativism has been wrapped in racism and other prejudices so often in the past that it is clearly effecting the way some look back on his career.

Bob Costas says that the Hall of Fame voting shows that is undeniable. He recently joined Rick Ballou on 1010XL in Jacksonville and said “I think at this point it’s the only explanation” for why Schilling is not yet a Hall of Famer.

For Costas, the answer lies within the votes. He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“Almost anybody that gets to that 70% mark ultimately gets to that 75%, and he has some history of tweets and statements that alienated a lot of people, and rather than just cooling it in the past year, he almost doubled down,” Costas told Ballou. “I think without that, it’s reasonable to conclude that while it wasn’t unanimous that he had hall of fame credentials, the vast majority of voters feel that way, certainly enough to put him over 75%.”

In the past, Schilling has posted racist memes about Muslims, shared a number of homophobic and transphobic memes on social media, and most recently, expressed support for the insurrectionists that raided the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Costas rejects the idea that this is simply about punishing a conservative point of view. He pointed out that Mariano Rivera has always been a public supporter of Donald Trump, and not only did he get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, he got 100% of the vote. Costas says that it isn’t about Schilling supporting the Republican Party. The objection is that he is so proudly part of what he calls the “nutcase wing of the party.”

What may surprise some is that even after being so critical of Schilling, Costas notes that he would still vote for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Costas was quick to point out that the problem is that only writers get a vote. Broadcasters are excluded.

“If I had a vote, I would have voted for Curt Schiling from day 1, and if I had a vote now, I would still vote for him.”

Costas concluded the discussion by saying that he and Schilling have always had a cordial relationship and have never been anything but friendly towards one another. He says that has made Schilling’s struggle to get over 75% of the Hall of Fame vote especially frustrating.

“I just wish he would stop hurting his own case this way. We’re all entitled to our own political views, but there are some that are just out of bounds. They’re way over the line. They could be over the line on the left. They could be over the line on the right. And he has crossed that line it is fair to say.”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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