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Ben Maller Blasts FOX MLB Hosts Over Momentum Comments
“Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.”
Around 6 AM on Wednesday morning, Fox Sports host Ben Maller blasted his Fox colleagues for their assertion that the Los Angeles Dodgers had momentum after their Game 2 NLCS loss to the Atlanta Braves. He specifically went after David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, and Frank Thomas.
“I don’t normally watch postgame shows but this time I did,” Maller said. “I watched Big Papi, A-Rod and Frank Thomas all giggling like school girls because they said the Dodgers have momentum after scoring some runs in garbage time. NO! The Dodgers don’t have momentum. The Dodgers don’t have anything but an “L” because they didn’t score more runs than the other team. They don’t get a gold star or an extra-large juice box. This is not Little League.”
Approximately 12 hours later, the Dodger offense made Maller eat his words and vindicated the FS1 panel by scoring a playoff record 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-3 Los Angeles victory.
Before the Dodger bats destroyed his arguments, Maller also said that the idea of momentum is largely an invention of the media.
“I’ll admit momentum makes good sportscaster jargon,” Maller said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually exist. It doesn’t exist for the Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves. Momentum is just an abstract idea that you can mold however you want, to fit to tell the story you are looking to tell. It is an after the fact explanation.”
Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.
“The Dodgers have won one game,” Maller said. “They avoided being put on life support for a few hours. That’s all. They are still not out of the woods yet, but at least now they don’t have to worry about getting mauled by a Grizzly Bear (getting swept). They are still lost and their compass is broken though.”
Maller adds the reason the Braves lost Game Three was the poor performance of Braves’ starter Kyle Wright, who lasted only 2/3 of an inning.
“I know a lot of you, after what I said yesterday, were like, ‘hey Maller, it was the Dodgers’ momentum’. No it wasn’t. The reason the Braves lost the game was because Kyle Wright sucked. He pooped the bed and needs his diaper changed. It had nothing to do with momentum. The Braves scored a couple runs in the ninth inning last night. Does that mean they have momentum going into Game Four? No.”
Maller then criticized A-Rod once again.
“I think I was one of only four people to watch the postgame show,” Maller said. “With bravado and swagger. A-Rod says that the winner of Game 4 will win the NLCS. I disagree. The Braves still have the advantage even if it’s tied after four games. They have two ace pitchers in the hole. The Dodgers are likely to run at least one guy out there the rest of the way that will blow up.”
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Doug Gottlieb: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.