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Boomer Esiason: ‘Charles Barkley Isn’t Being Fair To Kevin Durant’

“The guy that should be under the criticism prism is Kyrie Irvin and then of course Ben Simmons.”

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Kevin Durant has never been one to shrink in the face of criticism. He will go at fans on social media, who have no real influence, if they talk badly about him. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when Charles Barkley started blaming Kevin Durant for the Celtics being able to sweep the Brooklyn Nets that Durant fired back.

Barkley said that Durant is “a bus rider” on great teams and not capable of being a voice of leadership. Durant fired back on social media posting photos of all of the stars that Charles Barkley teamed with in pursuit of a championship.

Wednesday morning, Boomer & Gio weighed in. Both members of the WFAN morning duo defended Durant’s prowess and standing as one of the NBA’s elite players. Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti followed it up in different ways though.

“If there’s any time to just be quiet on social media, it’s after you just had your ass handed to you in this series by the Boston Celtics,” Gionnatti said, insinuating that Durant isn’t doing himself any favors on social media.

Esiason turned the tables on Charles Barkley. He asked why the star of TNT’s Inside the NBA is so critical of Durant and not other Brooklyn Nets.

“I think Charles has got his eyes on the wrong guy,” Boomer Esiason said. “The guy that should be under the criticism prism is Kyrie Irvin and then of course Ben Simmons.”

Kevin Durant missed games during the season with an injury. Esiason notes that Irvin has a history of missing games for completely preventable reasons. That should be something Barkley and other critics are going after with just as much vigor as they are going after Durant right now.

“You know, Kyrie didn’t want to take his vaccine. Kyrie didn’t want to play last year. He disappeared on the team the year before that when Kevin wasn’t playing because he was hurt,” Boomer Esiason said. “You know, it is one thing to be critical of a player, and I don’t think it’s fair that Chuck would do that to Kevin Durant, because I’m a Kevin Durant fan. He wants to play. I believe he gives you maximum effort and they didn’t have an answer because the other guy on the floor looked like he didn’t even want to be there.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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