On Tuesday, Doug Gottlieb played a clip on his FOX Sports Radio show of Russell Westbrook explaining why he has started going back at fans that call him names. In the clip, Westbrook talked about his son’s teacher telling him how much his son enjoyed writing their last name. Westbrook said it was the first time he really understood that the name meant something and it made him less likely to blowoff personal shots from fans.
Gottlieb said that name calling from the media is nothing new. He pointed out Jim Rome famously calling Jim Everett Chris and referring to tennis star Arancha Sanchez Vicario as “A raunchy chick from the barrio”. Gottlieb also noted that as Rome has gotten older, he has given up the nicknames.
The same cannot be said for FS1’s Skip Bayless. Doug Gottlieb singled him out as a major factor in influencing fans to mistreat players.
“Let’s just say it,” Gottlieb said. “I understand he works for FOX Sports. I understand he makes a ton of money. I think it’s disgraceful what Skip Bayless has done. He made feminine references to Chris Bosh, which is reprehensible and so is this. You can’t normalize this behavior.”
Bayless’s behavior is a lot like former President Donald Trump according to Gottlieb. He said that both have plenty of fans, but those fans cannot justify the way each guy talks about and treats people he does not like.
“What are you doing? You’re 70-years-old. You’ve been covering sports your entire life. You don’t call people names.”
Skip Bayless has taken to calling Russell Westbrook “Westbrick”. Gottlieb said that criticism is fair. This is one of the worst seasons he can remember a former MVP having and Westbrook is absolutely struggling with shooting and turnovers.
According to Gottlieb, it is another example of Bayless, who he says has “made a career out of being a LeBron hater” for the last 12 years, going for low-hanging fruit. It is something that he says players notice and talk about with other members of the media.
“If you ask people in the NBA, they will say like ‘Why would you call people names? You’re 70-years-old.’”
Doug Gottlieb noted that he realized both men were on the FOX payroll. He doesn’t expect his comments to lead to any drama though. He said that anyone looking to run to Bayless for comments are wasting their time. There won’t be a confrontation between the two.
“Don’t worry. I won’t be on that show. He doesn’t let people that want to comeback at things like that on his show.”
Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”