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Lou Merloni: ‘No One On WEEI Is Ripping Cole Strange’

“Fauria asked if he should believe Pats head coach Bill Belichick when he said that Strange would’ve come off the board before their next selection.”

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The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft had plenty of fireworks, as teams made trades to secure the most optimal position to grab their top targets. In New England, there was plenty of head-scratching after the first round. The Patriots traded down from 21 to get the 29th pick in the first round, then selected offensive lineman Cole Strange out of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The vast majority of Boston media were taken by surprise at the choice. On WEEI, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria broke down some of the more notable reactions.

“You won’t find anybody who was like, ‘Oh this was exactly what I thought they were gonna do,'” Fauria said.

Sound from NBC Sports Boston and even draft night programming on WEEI was played, and Merloni wanted to clear up the fact that nobody is trying to take shots at Strange. The reaction is more centered on the timing of the selection, coupled with the fact that the Patriots had traded their best offensive lineman in Shaq Mason prior to the draft then drafted an o-lineman.

“I’m not ripping the kid. I’m ripping the decision of when to take the kid, where to take the kid. He could be a great guard,” Merloni said. “But you created this hole, you moved down, you had your eye on this guy. He was the third guard in the draft.”

Fauria asked if he should believe Pats head coach Bill Belichick when he said that Strange would’ve come off the board before their next selection. Merloni explained that he should, and Fauria explained that Strange checked all the necessary boxes for the Pats to make the call at 29th overall.

“If you’re going to bitch about when they took him, then you can say, ‘Okay fine, so they actually believed that they couldn’t afford to trade out of that position again because that was the number one guy on their board,'” Fauria said.

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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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