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Landry Locker Can’t Believe WFAN’s Reaction to Deshaun Watson
“Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.”
The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday afternoon, and while there were several notable trades around the league, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was not among the players dealt. The Miami Dolphins were rumored to have interest in acquiring the 26-year-old former first-round draft pick, who has not played this season amid 22 women suing him for sexual misconduct. Watson is a 3x Pro Bowler and during his time at Clemson, led the Tigers to a national championship in 2016.
On Wednesday morning, In The Loop on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texas reacted to the thoughts of other sports radio hosts on Watson remaining a member of the Houston Texans, honing in on a particularly-animated scene on Carton and Roberts in New York.
“They’re arguing about Deshaun Watson in other cities now, and it is causing friction in the most chaotic media scenes there are,” said Landry Locker, co-host of the morning drive program. “If you think things are uneasy around here, this is what’s going on elsewhere at possible Deshaun Watson destinations after the trade deadline came and went.”
To recap the situation, Craig Carton and Evan Roberts began a debate on their show yesterday as to which quarterback would be a better long-term fit for the New York Football Giants: Watson, or “Mr. Unlimited” Russell Wilson. Carton believed Watson would be the best option for the Giants, who enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record on the season and have not made the playoffs since the 2016 season. Conversely, Roberts believed the 32-year-old Wilson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and won the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, would be the better fit for the team. To break the tie, the show asked its Associate Producer, Chris McMonigle, to give his opinion, and, needless to say, his answer caused an uproar in the Big Apple.
“Russell Wilson,” said McMonigle.
“You’re disgusting,” said Carton. “Go home for the rest of the day — honestly. I’d like you to get up, go home and rethink your position on this show sir… Pack up your stuff! Pack it up.”
WFAN’s social media team filmed McMonigle as he left the station’s downtown studios, capturing his on-street reaction for all to see via social media.
“He gave me the boot,” said an indignant McMonigle. “[I] can’t even have an opinion around here — This guy’s a tyrant. And I’m tired of it. [The] joke’s on him — you think I want to stay there? I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll still think Russell Wilson is the better quarterback.”
Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.
“They followed him out of the studio — this is what’s happening in New York,” said Landry. “And you’re telling me that you wanted to trade Deshaun Watson yesterday to the effing Miami Dolphins without New York even [being] in the mix? This is a guy who is a sexual survivor; [Craig Carton] was molested as a kid.. You can see the documentary on HBO. He wants Deshaun Watson in New York. He kicked a guy off the show.”
As for the situation on the gridiron, In The Loop co-host John P. Lopez wishes that Watson’s talent could be displayed again for fans of the National Football League to enjoy on a weekly basis.
“It’s an absolute waste of a supreme talent in the prime of his career,” said Lopez. “It’s sad that we are missing out on this for an entire year. You know you’d love to have seen Deshaun Watson on a football field.”
Derek Futterman is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. In addition, he interns in video production with the New York Islanders and formerly worked as production manager for the team’s radio broadcasts. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks, wrote for the Long Island Herald and served as lead sports producer at NY2C. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
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Doug Gottlieb: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job
“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.