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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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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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