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Mike Missanelli: I See The Death Of ‘Proper Journalism’ On Social Media

“According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons is not reporting to 76ers training camp and wants a trade out of Philadelphia.”

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Mike Missanelli thinks there is a lot of misinformation going around about the Ben Simmons situation, and he’s not happy about it. A host on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Missanelli went after the out-of-town reporters chiming in on the situation during his radio show this week.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons is not reporting to 76ers’ training camp and wants a trade out of Philadelphia.

“There’s a difference between proper journalism, which I see the death of with this social media crap, and all these people out on social media reporting nonsense,” Missanelli said. “Trying to curry favor with high-powered agencies, in the hopes that they’ll get some information about LeBron James.”

Missanelli specifically called out Harrison Feigen, a Lakers beat writer for SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll. He also went after Jason Dumas, the sports director at KRON4 News in San Francisco. 

“Ben is well aware of how the majority Sixers fans feel about him,” Dumas tweeted on Tuesday. “There are several organized groups planning to go boo him in Camden the day camp opens. He wants no parts of that.”

Missanelli replied to the report with, “Oh…bull feathers” and had this to say about Dumas on his radio show.

“Did you go to bed thinking that you could put some stupid-ass narrative on social media and have the nation believe it?” Mike Missanelli asked. “We live in this city! We have never heard one inkling of that!”

The host dismissed Dumas as “whoever he is,” and the KRON4 sports director took notice.

@MikeMiss25 i’m in Philly right now” Dumas tweeted. “What’s up Mike — PS – I interned at your station two summer stop acting like you don’t know who I am. You capping for your viewers right now. Cut it out.”

The Ben Simmons saga rages on as the city of Philadelphia reckons with the rocky situation.

Watch the full clip from the show above.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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