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Steve Stone Celebrates 40th Anniversary As MLB Broadcaster

“Because I was the eleventh pitcher on an eleven-man staff at times, I was the number one pitcher on an eleven-man staff at times, I saw each and every aspect of the game.”

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Steve Stone joined Mully and Haugh Tuesday morning on 670 The Score in Chicago to reflect back on his broadcasting career. June 7 marked forty years in the booth for the former pitcher.

“As people usually say when they get to any point later in their life, as a seasoned citizen they say it really went by quickly,” Stone said. “It usually does. You can look back and look at the ground you covered, but realistically, it was in the blink of an eye.”

On June 2, 1982, Stone retired after eleven Major League seasons. Five days later, his broadcasting career began on ABC’s Monday Night Baseball working with Al Michaels and Bob Ueker. He joined the Cubs’ television booth the following season, where he stayed until 2004. Since 2005, he has been part of the Chicago White Sox broadcast crew.

That means Steve Stone has worked with a number of different broadcasters. He told Mully and Haugh that he had to learn to adjust to each new partner. They were all coming in looking to perform their best and it was up to him to keep up.

“Each and every one of these guys who is calling Major League Baseball on a play-by-play basis, they have a lot of pride in what they do and they try to bring it each and every day. Knowing that and understanding that, I have to give them some room just like they have to give me some room.”

Mike Mulligan asked Stone what made him so good as a broadcaster. Steve Stone said he had the kind of playing career that made it possible to offer many different types of insight.

“When you talk about guys that put on a headset that were really great in the game, or were a really great player in the game, I’m not sure they can relate to the tougher aspects of the game,” Stone answered. “Because I was the eleventh pitcher on an eleven-man staff at times, I was the number one pitcher on an eleven-man staff at times, I saw each and every aspect of the game. I realize what it was like to not have a job and try to win one in spring training or to go into the bullpen and try to work your way back into the rotation as well as one of those guys you depend on every fifth game to give you that stopper role-type feeling.”

Hawk Harrelson retired as the play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox in 2019. Since then, Steve Stone has been partnered with Jason Benetti calling games on NBC Sports Chicago.

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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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