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Matt Spiegel: Letting Eddie Olczyk Leave Is ‘Short-Sighted, Stupid, Embarrassing for Blackhawks’

“It is astonishing that that organization that desperately needs positivity is letting the most positive thing they have associated with them walk out the door.”



There was no mistaking how Parkins & Spiegel feel about Eddie Olczyk leaving the Chicago Blackhawks for anyone that tuned into 670 The Score on Monday afternoon. The Chicago duo opened their show by ripping the local NHL franchise.

“Eddie Olczyk didn’t leave for a better job. He left for the Seattle Kraken,” Danny Parkins said with a mix of confusion and contempt. “The highest profile analyst in Chicago, who calls the Stanley Cup Finals, left for the Kraken? That is an insane headline!”

The Hall of Fame forward and Chicago native played five of his 18 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks. While he began his broadcasting career in Pittsburgh, he had been on the television call of Blackhawks games for the last 16 seasons.

His work for the Blackhawks may be how Chicagoans know him best, but Parkins pointed out that Olczyk’s appeal in the Windy City isn’t limited to hockey fans. He has become something of a local institution.

“He’s a huge deal in town beyond hockey. He goes on every show in town to talk hockey. He goes on every show to talk Kentucky Derby and horses. This is a nationally relevant broadcaster at the top of his day that is beloved.”

Eddie Olczyk has been doing national broadcasts, first for NBC and now for Turner Sports, since 2006. Speculation in the Chicago media has centered on that national schedule, with many openly theorizing that the Blackhawks did not want to pay Olczyk for a full season if he was going to miss more than a quarter of the team’s games.

While it may make financial sense, Matt Spiegel said that the Blackhawks are mired in negative headlines. They cannot afford to think that way with someone like Olczyk.

“It is astonishing that that organization that desperately needs positivity is letting the most positive thing they have associated with them walk out the door.”

He added that if it is indeed a money issue, it shows a level of arrogance in the organization, thinking there wouldn’t be someone willing to show Olczyk that they understand his value is more than just the number of games he is in the broadcast booth.

“They think ‘Eddie loves it here. Eddie’s a Blackhawk for life. This is a great backdrop for what Eddie wants to do. His son is employed here and everything else like that, so he’s not going to be leaving us’. And now he leaves you perhaps in part because you have the audacity to offer him less than a full season’s salary because he happens to have a national gig? 

“His goodwill and his presence and his association with the brand is worth every bit of the full season salary you aren’t willing to give because he only works 60 games. Incredibly short-sighted and stupid and embarrassing for the Blackhawks today.”

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Hebert: Bally Sports is Taking Advantage of Customers

“Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

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T-Bob Hebert

Bally Sports is getting set to roll out its premium streaming service Bally Sports+ on September 26.

All 19 of the Bally regional sports networks will be able to stream games on the service.

Those interested can pay either $19.99 a month or $189.99 per year for the service. But one Baton Rouge host thinks the asking price to watch New Orleans Pelicans games this season on the service is too steep.

“I‘m going to put this as succinctly as I can. F Bally Sports,” T-Bob Hebert said on Off The Bench on 104.5 ESPN Wednesday. “The worst part is I love (Pelicans broadcasters) Joel Meyers and Antonio Daniels. I think they’re one of the best combinations in the entirety of the NBA. And it’s not even that you’re asking me to pay. I’m down to pay.”

“But $20 a month?!? That is rapacious,” Hebert added. “You are taking advantage because you know that you have the only avenue with which to view this Pelicans team.”

Currently Bally Sports New Orleans is only available in the market on DirecTV. Apparently none of the other cable providers carry the network, so Bally seems to have fans by the jugular. That doesn’t sit well with Hebert.

“‘Just bundle it with DirecTV,'” Hebert said mockingly. “I don’t want to!! I just want to watch the games!”

Hebert added that given the added excitement level surrounding this Pelicans team, it’s really doing the fans a disservice to charge $20 a month to watch.

“They’re making it oppressively hard and expensive on the actual people who care and want to watch,” he said. “Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

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Brady Quinn Calls Paul Finebaum A “SEC Thumper”

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said.

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Brady Quinn, Paul Finebaum

College football season kicks off in the next couple of weeks, and earlier this week the Associated Press released its preseason national top 25 rankings.

Alabama claimed the top spot, with Ohio State, defending national champion Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

But Paul Finebaum apparently took issue with Notre Dame being ranked where they were, and said partly why the Fighting Irish shouldn’t be in the top five is because of their Week 1 matchup.

“They should not even be in the top ten. It’s an absolute joke, and it happens every year with the AP poll, which is about as worthless as NFL preseason football,” Finebaum said in a recent appearance on ESPN. “It’s ridiculous. Notre Dame is going to get run in the first game of the season. I mean they’re going to get destroyed at The Big House…They’ll be fortunate to go 9-3. It’s laughable they’re in the top five or six.”

On FOX Sports Radio, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn felt the need to set Finebaum straight. He did firstly by correcting the SEC Network host, who said Notre Dame would be playing Michigan to open the season. Notre Dame is playing at Ohio State in Week 1.

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe on Wednesday. “So I’m surprised he even knows where Ohio State is to be honest with you, or Notre Dame. Apparently he doesn’t.”

Hey Paul, how many teams are going to walk in to Ohio State and Columbus this year and beat them?” Quinn asked. “Probably no one.”

Quinn finished by taking a little jab at the fact that the Notre Dame/Ohio State game would be in primetime for ESPN, which runs the SEC Network.

“He’s bashing his employer’s matchup between these two and trying to downplay it,” he said. “So well done, Paul, lot of logic there.”

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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.



Zolak and Bertrand

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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