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Doug Gottlieb Blocked By Rob Parker on Twitter for Matthew Stafford Teasing

“If you have NEVER tweeted at me when I was right, tweeting at me when I’m wrong doesn’t register.”

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If you work in sports media, especially if you’re on the opinion and commentary side of the industry, you open yourself up to some harsh criticism. Sometimes, that feedback crosses the line into insults. So it’s understandable that columnists, reporters, and sports radio hosts block those who attack them on Twitter.

But how often does someone in the media block a colleague for criticism or good-natured mocking?

On Monday, Doug Gottlieb revealed that fellow Fox Sports Radio host Rob Parker blocked him on Twitter. Did Gottlieb direct a personal insult at Parker? Did he take some negative feedback too far?

No, Gottlieb was pushing back on Parker’s years-long narrative of Matthew Stafford being an overrated quarterback who compiled many throwing yards while trying to rally bad Detroit Lions teams from behind. “Pad Statford” was the nickname Parker gave him. Funny! And true.

But Gottlieb didn’t go at Parker with Stafford’s career stats or attempt to make an argument that he would’ve received more acclaim throughout his career if he hadn’t played for the Lions. All Gottlieb did was give a little elbow.

“Someone check on Rob Parker,” Gottlieb tweeted. That’s it. A playful poke at Parker’s anti-Stafford hot take. He didn’t say Parker was outright wrong. (Though he did so on the air, as you can hear in the clip above.) He didn’t insult him. Nope. This was just good-natured teasing.

However, that — along with taking issue with Parker’s contention that Tom Brady has been lucky throughout his career — was apparently all Parker could stand and he couldn’t stand anymore. He blocked Gottlieb.

Gottlieb was surprised, but tried to see it from Parker’s point of view. Maybe Parker believes that colleagues at the same company shouldn’t criticize one another. So Gottlieb texted him to ask why he’d been blocked. Parker’s response, which he later directed at everyone, was that if you can’t compliment him when he’s right, don’t criticize him when he’s wrong.

It seems remarkably oversensitive. But Parker has taken a lot of fire in his years as a columnist in Cincinnati, Detroit, and New York, and later as a sports radio host and TV personality. This is how he’s chosen to deal with the feedback he receives. Standing your ground and not backing down from an opinion is how approaches his job.

Parker isn’t easing off his Stafford take now that he’s won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams. In his view, the Rams would’ve won with any top 15 quarterback in the league running that offense. Stafford isn’t special.

Gottlieb put it to the rest of his crew, asking if it was strange that Parker blocked him for something rather harmless. Everyone tried to give Parker the benefit of the doubt, even trying to rationalize that this was being playful. Yet all agreed that this seemed rather extreme.

So for those offering vinegar to Rob Parker, make sure it also comes with some sugar. Otherwise, he’ll block you. He even does it with his co-workers!

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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