Damon Amendolara had a bone to pick with ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan on CBS Sports Radio’s The D.A. Show on Wednesday morning.
Passan appeared on Tuesday’s The Jim Rome Show and in the first two minutes of his appearance, Passan reminded Rome’s listeners why he was a bronze medalist in smack talk in Rome’s “Smack-Off” segment. He took a shot at his friend D.A. in the process, a shot Amendolara couldn’t let fall by the wayside.
“That was uncalled for,” Amendolara said. “That was not in any way premeditated by an action by me. I thought we were on good terms. Why did you go on the largest sports radio show in America, one on my network, and call me a horse face? Why would you do something like that, Jeff?!”
D.A. came up with a couple theories as to why Passan targeted him. One theory goes back to their college days at Syracuse, when Amendolara and the student radio station he ran beat Passan and his school newspaper colleagues in a media contest.
“Perhaps that back in those days you still resent me for it,” D.A. said. “Or perhaps it’s because you have that damned Nintendo in your backdrop that you do all these ESPN spots with. And Jeff Darlington does it anyway. So you’re not even unique in that, and you’re bitter because of it.”
Passan went on to say that he had the Nintendo first, but he really didn’t go on to defend his shot. So D.A. decided to read his friend some mean tweets to level the playing field.
“Jeff Passan looks like John Mulaney’s less-successful older brother who works at a small accounting firm in suburban Illinois and paints custom chess pieces as a side hustle,” Amendolara read. “Jeff Passan looks like the son of the villain from Lazy Town… Jeff Passan looks like an animatronic young Ronald Reagan.”
There was another tweet implying that Passan himself had a horse face before D.A. put a bow on the argument.
“So it looks like if I’m a horse face, you’re a horse face too, brother!” Amendolara said.
Passan couldn’t help but laugh.
“Cousin Damon, it’s good to be back with you,” he joked.
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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.”