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Eddie Olczyk Tells Mułły & Haugh Blackhawks Wanted Him Back

“This was my decision. There was a contract on the table.”

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Eddie Olczyk wants to set the record straight on his exit from the Blackhawk’s television booth.

“This was my decision. There was a contract on the table,” Olcyzk told Mully & Haugh during 670 The Scores’ 30th Anniversary Celebration Wednesday. “I just felt at this particular time, it was best for me to just step away and explore other opportunities. I have my unbelievable gig with TNT doing one game a week. It takes two sides to make a deal..I’m very much at peace with my decision.”

Olcyzk, who has served as the Blackhawks color commentator for 16 seasons, worked with play-by-play announcer Pat Foley to form the 5th best local broadcast crew in the NHL, according to readers of The Athletic in their 2021 survey.

Later in Olcyzk’s appearance, David Haugh tried to reiterate how he felt about the decision the Blackhawks made in not re-signing their former goalie.

“The last 10 minutes were a great example of how the Blackhawks made such a colossal error in judgment here,” he declared. “Because, I respect the way you’ve handled this with the grace you’re displaying is an example for everybody, but you just explained the rebuild. You summarized what they’re doing. And nobody is going to be able to do that as well as you just did that. And having that on a nightly basis is a value to the team…” 

Haugh isn’t the first 670 The Score host to rip the Blackhawks over Olczyk’s exit. On Monday, Matt Spiegel said the franchise should be embarrassed for letting Olczyk go. But again, Eddie Olczyk wanted Haugh and Score listeners to know that isn’t what happened.

“They did want me back,” Olcyzk interrupted. “They offered me a contract. This is my decision…I gave my word to Rocky Wirtz, and to Danny (Wirtz, Blackhawks CEO) I would handle this the right way. My reputation is everything to me. I’m not going to get into…I’m not going to do that. I wanted to be back, but at the end of the day, I just took that step back.”

Olcyzk, who fought back tears at times while discussing the move, is reportedly set to join the Seattle Kraken’s television broadcast team for ROOT Sports. Olcyzk’s younger brother, Rick, is the Assistant General Manager for the Kraken. 

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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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