Doug Gottlieb had quite the interesting weekend, which he detailed during The Doug Gottlieb Show Monday.
“Somebody threw a punch at me this weekend,” Gottlieb shared. “My AAU team, I probably should have taken this weekend off. I have a daughter riding out to Temecula, which is like an hour and a half from where I live. I had another daughter going to a homecoming dance. But my little guy is really kind of improving in game and getting it and I just wanted to give him a chance to play some ball.
“Because kids don’t get the chance to just go play ball at the park anymore, plus he’s a little too little to go play with adults. So we play, and we’re playing up a little bit age-wise, but I’ve got kids who are injured, kids who are sick, kids who are out.”
Gottlieb then said he had been trying to teach his son — who he described as “little” — to play better defense and to be more aggressive. The player his son was guarding was ” a foot taller than him”, and posted his son up to hit a turn around jumper.
“So in an effort to encourage ‘Hey, just cause a guy scored doesn’t mean you didn’t do what I asked you to do’, I said ‘Don’t worry about it’,” Gottlieb said. “I might have said ‘Don’t effing worry about it’ — cause that’s just how I speak — ‘Don’t worry about it. He’s never going to score in the post, that’s not what he does, ok? You’re fine. That’s how I want you to play’, talking to him as he comes up the court.”
The Fox Sports Radio host then said the parent of the player who scored on his son approached him after the game.
“A dad walks over with the other team’s point guard, who’s his age but a foot taller than him and he said ‘Hey man, you talking ish’ and the guy goes and takes a swing at me. I duck my head and his fist kind of grazes the top of my head. I tried to do the whole launch, pile drive into him, like shoulder into the waist, and then there’s people grabbing me and I’m like ‘Dude, what?’.
“So here’s the question: You’re in my position. The guy is over in the corner of the gym, he left, never to return. Do you call the cops? Here’s the conflict of it. If you just let it go, you’re allowing that behavior. Right? I don’t want to be a whiner to the cops, but it’s assault.”
After some discussion, Gottlieb’s producers agreed they wouldn’t call the cops to spare the scene getting out of hand for the children involved. He then discussed how he views the potential for physical altercations as a media member, noting a fight he had while playing basketball when he worked at CBS.
“I’d play pickup ball at a 24-hour (gym), and a guy started a fight with me,” Gottlieb said. “I told the guy — we were kind of in a pile, the guy took a swing at me and I just grabbed the guy’s area and squeezed — and he was like ‘What are you doing?’. And I was like ‘Here’s the deal, bro. If I punch you, I can break my hand. I kinda like my hand. You can sue me, and I’ve actually saved some money. And three, it’s a really bad look’.
“So yeah, I’m gonna fight a little dirty, but I’m not caught on camera throwing punches on TikTok, back then Vine. In our position, you can’t really get in a real fight and actually punch someone. It’s a terrible look.”
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”