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The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette Announces Retirement On The Fan Morning Show

“I don’t want to work anymore. I don’t want to have to think anymore about what I’m gonna write.”

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Ed Bouchette, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers writer and Senior Writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh, confirmed he was retiring effective Tuesday.

Bouchette was asked during his weekly hit with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack, hosts of The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 the Fan, if he was maybe thinking about calling it a career soon.

“There’s no maybe about it, Colin, tomorrow’s my last day,” Bouchette said. The news caught Dunlap and Mack by surprise.

“I don’t want to work anymore. I don’t want to have to think anymore about what I’m gonna write,” he said. “It hangs over you, Colin you know that. It just hangs over you constantly about what are you going to write.”

Looking back on his career, which spans five decades, Ed Bouchette felt like he reached the pinnacle in the profession.

“I can go out saying that I worked for a company for The New York Times, right? So I started at the bottom and worked up to the top, although I’m not demeaning anyone else,” he said. “The Post-Gazette to me was at the top, and The Athletic was a great move by me.”

Bouchette was asked if there was one story he wrote that was most memorable. He said there were so many to choose from. He did remember working on a piece about former Steeler Carlton Haselrig. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article earned him a statewide award, and he said taking his daughter to Penn State to receive the award was a highlight.

Ed Bouchette also recalled getting on the bad side of the NFL, publishing the 75th anniversary team before the league officially announced it. He wrote a piece in the commemorative book on the evolution of football equipment. And since he was a contributor, he received an early copy of the book.

Bouchette saw that the official team had been published in the book, and the league had not gone public with that information at the time. The NFL had planned a big event in New York City at Radio City Music Hall for a later date where the team would be announced.

After going to Steelers ownership with the revelation, the story was printed in the Post-Gazette.

“It ticked the NFL off so much, Joe Brown and the PR guy called Dan Rooney and was livid! And Dan says, ‘Eh, you know he’s doing his job,'” Bouchette said. “And they canceled the thing at Radio City Music Hall and everything. That was fun.”

Bouchette said he will always think fondly of the Rooney family.

“I love those people. They’re good, good people. And so was Art,” he said.

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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 million 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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