Just over five months after revealing his cancer diagnosis, Chicago sports radio host Marc Silverman announced he’s in full and complete remission of the disease.
Tuesday April 21, the original ESPN 1000 talent and co-host of Waddle & Silvy informed listeners that he had Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Receiving the news at the height of COVID-19’s first wave likely created additional challenges, but Silvy noted the prognosis was good, with his form of the disease thought to be the most common and most curable.
Silvy isn’t cured yet, but five months after the diagnosis, treatment results are as strong as they could have hoped.
“My scan’s clean and now I get a free three months without seeing a doctor, knock on wood, hopefully,” Silverman told Phil Rosenthal of The Chicago Tribune. “Then I go back to the doctor in three months, and in six months I get another scan.
The 48-year old radio host began receiving chemotherapy treatment in April, with cycles occurring every 21 days as he continued his work for ESPN 1000 throughout. It takes a community to fight cancer and Silvy touted the listeners who knew those Fridays when he was receiving one of his chemo treatments. The Waddle & Silvy community would use the #SilvyStrong hashtag to check in and show the radio host some love on Twitter.
“I needed to be distracted,” Silverman told Rosenthal. “I needed everything. I needed the listeners more than anything and I needed my teammates.”
“I’d be sitting in the chair and I’d be alone and I’d have my headphones on for five or six hours, and I’d be getting these tweets from people knowing it was a Friday and I was going through all of this,” the popular radio host added.
Silvy was also continuously grateful for all the frontline healthcare workers who risked their lives during a pandemic to save the lives of others, such as his own. And he reiterated that sentiment Friday night when he shared the great news of being in remission.
Silvy made the announcement on a Friday, so listeners haven’t had a chance to call the show and share their joy. But even with the White Sox and Cubs getting knocked out of the MLB playoffs quickly, many Chicago sports fans will be celebrating with Silvy throughout the week.
Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”
Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”
The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.
But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”
What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.
“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”
Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.
“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.