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Maller Dragged Into Shatner’s Feud With YouTuber

“To think that for four years I have been in the mind of William Shatner, that is amazing to me, I am blown away.”

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William Shatner blocking “Doomcock” on Twitter was never supposed to be a sports radio news story, but late night Fox Sports Radio host, Ben Maller was able to change that.  

Doomcock is a self-proclaimed supervillain who posts Sci-Fi movie and TV reviews on his YouTube channel.  A William Shatner fan, Doomcock was blocked on Twitter by the actor known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk.  

When Doomcock’s followers tried to convince Shatner to unblock the supervillain, he agreed to do so if a donation of $1,000 was made to Shatner’s charity.  Doomcock’s fans completed the task, getting him unblocked by the Star Trek icon, which led Shatner to bring Fox Sports Radio’s Ben Maller into the conversation.

“I tried it last year with a blocked radio show big mouth but his fans wouldn’t even donate $1.00,” Shatner tweeted after a follower said it seems like he’s creating a new way of fundraising.  That “radio show big mouth” happens to be Maller.  Four years ago, the national radio host was blocked by Shatner for stereotyping the Montreal native and asking his opinion on the Stanley Cup Finals.  

After Maller’s fans, known as the “Maller Militia,” responded to Shatner’s tweet negatively, he publicly named who he was referring to in the “blocked radio show big mouth” tweet.

The back and forth between Captain Kirk and the Maller Militia, led to Shatner blocking a multitude of Maller’s fan base, while inadvertently following others on accident.

Still blocked by Shatner and unaware of what transpired, Maller woke up to a slew of tweets from his followers informing him Shatner was ranting on Twitter about the Fox Sports Radio host and his listeners.

Years after he was blocked by Shatner, Maller was surprised to see the Star Trek star remembered his name enough to revisit the story.  “Did you ever think, Eddie, that four years later we would still be having this battle?” Maller asked update anchor, Eddie Garcia during their show.  

“I am flattered, this is amazing to me!” Maller continued.  “To think that for four years I have been in the mind of William Shatner, that is amazing to me, I am blown away.”

Shatner stated his interactions in recent years with the Maller Militia prevent him from wanting to go on any iHeart affiliated radio stations.  In March, Shatner was interviewed by Drew McCarthy of Big Drew and Jim on ESPN 96.1 and WDFN 1130 in Detroit, both of which are iHeart owned radio stations.

Ben Maller remains Twitter-blocked by William Shatner.  Maller hosts nationally on Fox Sports Radio, weekdays from 2 – 6am ET.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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