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.”
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.