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Roethlisberger Calls Out Rapoport on 93.7 The Fan
“‘You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to, said Roethlisberger.”
The Ben Roethlisberger Show, which airs as a weekly 20-minute segment during Cook and Joe in the midday on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, is very different from most quarterback radio spots and Ben proved that again on Tuesday.
After NFL Insider Ian Rapoport stated Roethlisberger suffered cracked ribs two weeks ago during the Raider game and played through the injury against New England, Big Ben boldly denied the report on his radio show.
“You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not even gonna give him credence on this show, if that’s OK with you.”
A new trend in the NFL sees Insiders break news Sunday morning, shortly before the 1pm kickoff. Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora and others offer inside information that will generate a buzz, but Roethlisberger vehemently went after Rapoport’s most recent news drop.
Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariotta and Matthew Stafford are a few NFL quarterbacks with weekly radio segments. The names draw attention, but usually quarterbacks will avoid saying anything before putting themselves at risk of making headlines. Roethlisberger, though, is always willing to speak open and honestly.
While on 93.7 The Fan, Big Ben contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, said Martavis Bryant had to toughen up, criticized Antonio Brown for being on Facebook Live in the locker-room and revealed he was suffering from an injury days before a playoff game.
Many of the headlines Roethlisberger has made would have led teams to cancel the segment, but Big Ben has been on 93.7 The Fan for six seasons and continues to keep his show interesting.
UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm): Ian Rapoport was a guest with Dunlap & Mack on 93.7 the Fan this morning and was asked about Roethlisberger’s comments. Rapoport had nothing but nice things to say about the QB, but also didn’t back off his report.
Rapoport said that he was “very confident” in both his information and his sources and is standing by his report. When he was asked why he and Ben Roethlisberger have an “icy” relationship, Rapoport said that “personally, there is no relationship” and then added that he respects that the QB being willing to say exactly what he thinks instead of pretend he has no problem with someone that he strongly disagrees with.
When he was asked if he thought Roethlisberger’s problems go back to when Rapoport reported he might have been traded four years ago the reporter said that was possible.
“Probably. I haven’t talked to him about it, but this happens not just with Ben, but with other people, players, coaches, GMs, whoever, even agents. You know, sometimes you report on things some people don’t like. Some say ‘Hey, I understand you were told this by multiple sources and you had to report it.’ Others will hold it against you forever.”
Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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