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670 The Score Introduces The 12 Days of Cubsmas

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If there’s one thing that can put a smile on a Chicago Cubs fan’s face this holiday season, it’s reliving the team’s historic 2016 campaign which ended with the franchise winning their first championship in 108 years. And to put everyone in a great mood this holiday season, 670 The Score is reliving the Cubs magical run with a special “12 Days of Cubsmas”.

The radio station will air the 12 best Cubs games of the season starting December 14th and continuing through Christmas day. PD Mitch Rosen says the credit for the idea goes to producer Chris Tannehill, who along with Brendan McCaffrey, Mark Grote, and Russ Mitera narrated the intro’s and produced each broadcast.

Below is the station’s full broadcast schedule for the 12 Days of Cubsmas:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 12/14 – Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitter Game

The Cubs pound Cincinnati 16-0 as Jake Arrieta pitches his second no-hitter in less than a calendar year (originally aired 4/21/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul vs. UIC (Approximately 9:30PM)

  • Day 2 – Thursday 12/15 – Javier Baez’s Walk Off HR

In a thirteen inning thriller, the Cubs won their 7th in a row on a Javier Baez Walk off home run on Mother’s Day to sweep the Nationals (originally aired 5/8/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following LA @ SEA (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 3 – Friday 12/16 – Jon Lester’s Walk off Bunt

In front of a national television audience, the Cubs rally back from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Seattle 7-6 in 12 innings on a Jon Lester walk off bunt (originally aired 7/31/2016).

AIR TIME: 10PM

  • Day 4 – Saturday 12/17 – Cubs Clinch The NL Central

The Cubs clinched the 2016 NL Central in very anti-climactic fashion. Following a late night Cardinals loss, the Cubs showed up to Wrigley Field having already won the division. The Cubs rallied to tie the game in the 9th inning, and would later give Cubs fans the chance to celebrate with a 10th inning walk off homer from Miguel Montero (originally aired 9/16/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul vs. Chicago State (Approximately 3:30PM)

  • Day 5 – Sunday 12/18 – NLDS Game 4

The Cubs overcome a 5-2 9th inning deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants and advance to the NLCS (originally aired 10/11/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following PIT @ CIN (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 6 – Monday 12/19 – NLCS Game 1

In what would become a theme, Miguel Montero comes through in the clutch with a pinch hit Grand Slam to give the Cubs a 1-0 series lead in the 2016 NLCS (originally aired 10/15/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following Monday Night Football (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 7 – Tuesday 12/20 – NLCS Game 4

After the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS, Cubs fans began to panic as Chicago’s bats fell silent. Game 4 saw them break out of their slump in a big way en route to a 10-2 victory (originally aired 10/19/2016).

AIR TIME: 10PM

  • Day 8 – Wednesday 12/21 – NLCS Clincher

Kyle Hendricks dazzled and the bats came alive against Clayton Kershaw as the Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945 (originally aired 10/22/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following Illini vs. Missouri (Approximately 8:30PM)

  • Day 9 – Thursday 12/22 – World Series Game 2

In just his second game back from injury, Kyle Schwarber collected 2 RBI as Jake Arrieta baffled the Indians to tie the World Series at one game apiece (originally aired 10/26/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following NYG @ PHI (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 10 – Friday 12/23 – World Series Game 5

Down 3-1 in the World Series, the Cubs turned to the recipe that got them to this point; Pitching and timely hitting. Jon Lester tossed 6 solid innings, and Aroldis Chapman came in to lock down the game with a 2 ⅓ inning save to force a game 6 (originally aired 10/30/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul Basketball

  • Day 11 – Saturday 12/24 – World Series Game 6

In another win or go home scenario, the Cubs bats broke through. Addison Russell provided a memorable grand slam that would force one of the most memorable sports moments in our lifetimes, Game 7 of the World Series (originally aired 11/1/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following CIN @ HOU (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 12 – Sunday 12/25 – World Series Game 7

After giving up the lead, and sitting through a rain delay, the Cubs rallied in the 10th inning to win the World Series for the first time since 1908 (originally aired 11/2/2016).

AIR TIME: 11AM

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Ike Reese: ‘It’s Up To Us To Let Ray Didinger Stay Retired’

“I would imagine he’ll still watch a game still jotting down notes. There’s no way he’s gonna watch a game without doing his Ray Diddy thing.”

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Ray Didinger is feeling a lot of love from his WIP colleagues after announcing his retirement on Sunday. He will still be on the station through the end of the month, but on Monday, nearly the entire full-time air staff of the radio station was paying tribute to him.

Jon Marks and Ike Reese took time out of their afternoon drive show on Monday to replay Didinger’s announcement. Marks said that it was “as thoughtful as everything that he does.” He doesn’t doubt that Didinger is at peace with the decision.

Reese joked that it was good to hear PD Rod Lakin was not responsible for this. He also said that he was happy to hear that this was not a health-related retirement. According to the former Eagles linebacker though, that means it would be really easy for Didinger to want to abandon his plans if given the chance.

“We obviously know how much Ray Didinger means to us. And this WIP family, just like the Comcast Sports family I’m sure, is important to him,” Ike Reese said. “I’d imagine he would have a tough time saying no. That is why you leave it up to us to don’t bother him. Don’t put him in that position. Let him enjoy retirement.”

He knows that it will be hard for Didinger to not stay ready for a media appearance diuring the football season.

“I would imagine he’ll still watch a game still jotting down notes. There’s no way he’s gonna watch a game without doing his Ray Diddy thing.”

Both Marks and Reese said they hope that they would not hear from Didinger until at least the 2023 Eagles season and that Ray and his wife use that time to fully enjoy their new freedom.

Jon Marks reminded everyone that Ray Didinger is still an author with products to sell. If they really miss him, they can always go to a book signing.

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Mat Smith and Nate Jackson: ESPN Anger Over Nikola Jokic MVP ‘Is Garbage’

“He’s not as sexy as these other guys. But he does deserve the MVP, and shame on these guys to make it about them and their choices and their votes.”

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Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has won the NBA MVP award for the second consecutive season. Jokic secured the award ahead of Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid.

ESPN NBA analysts Brian Windhorst and Tim Legler got the attention of Mat Smith and Nate Jackson on 104.3 The Fan in Denver Monday. Both Legler and Windhorst felt like Embiid was the MVP and sounded downright offended that he was not named the winner.

Legler said Embiid carried the Sixers and had a firm grip on the award from early February through the end of the regular season.

But Smith, who was filling in for Chad Brown on Monday, argued that the same things could be said for Jokic, adding that Jokic did more with less star power on the Nuggets roster. He didn’t understand how Embiid was Legler’s clear choice over Jokic.

“There’s so many different reasons why that specifically is garbage from Legler,” Smith said.

Jackson said Jokic is the Rodney Dangerfield of NBA players and made the point that it’s a continuation of a trend. For what ever reason, the national media overlooks the 27-year-old Serbian superstar.

“They don’t pay attention to it, they’re quick to write off this guy because they don’t appreciate his style of play,” he said. “He’s not as sexy as these other guys. But he does deserve the MVP, and shame on these guys to make it about them and their choices and their votes.”

Windhorst explained he went with Embiid based on what advanced statistics were saying. Smith said Windhorst basically laid out why Jokic was most deserving of MVP.

“He just gave every reason why Jokic should win and said, ‘Well I voted for Embiid, and I’m not taking it back,'” Smith said. He added that it was puzzling why so many voters were against Jokic. “These guys don’t like Joker. He’s not likable nationally, and why that is I’m not sure.”

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Christian Fauria: Trevor Story Isn’t Ducking Boston Media

“It’s like, whoa, whoa let’s talk about some of the other guys first.”

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Things have not been so great to start the 2022 season for Boston Red Sox infielder Trevor Story.

The former Colorado Rockies slugger was booed by fans at Fenway Park last week after striking out four times in a shutout loss to the L.A. Angels. He’s currently batting .194, has not hit a home run yet and has only driven in 10 runs.

Story did not take questions from the media following the game and instead opted to put in some work in the batting cage. Some covering the team felt like the team’s recent big free agent signing was ducking interviews.

Over on WEEI, Lou Merloni said he felt like there’s been a huge rush to judgement over Story given such a small sample size. Story needs more time to really figure out if he’s a good fit.

“We did not judge Carl Crawford. That first month wasn’t pretty at all, but I would say it took a while before we said that this kid can’t play here,” Merloni said. “I think if you sit back and watch (Story), you’re gonna be just fine because the kid can play some defense and he will swing it eventually.”

Co-host Christian Fauria felt like Story wasn’t ducking anyone. He asked a source who covered Story extensively while in Colorado and was told that typically Trevor will start off slow as he begins to get acclimated to the new situation. His source also stated that Story never had an issue with media in the past and always did interviews.

Fauria explained Story hasn’t been given a fair shake with the season still really only starting. Plus, it’s not like he’s the only guy in the locker room not carrying their weight at the moment.

“The fact that he’s struggling while everybody else is struggling is kind of making him the focal point of the problem,” Fauria said. “So it’s an easy mark-up when I think about it. It’s like, whoa, whoa let’s talk about some of the other guys first.”

Co-host Meghan Ottolini chimed in on the side of Story trying to avoid media questions. But Merloni said if that’s the case, someone with the team’s PR staff will get it sorted. He called it a learning experience for Story.

“I think he just learned a lesson yesterday. Not here,” he said. “And I think someone will talk to him. We’ll see if he keeps doing it, which I doubt.”

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