Doug Gottlieb had quite the interesting weekend, which he detailed during The Doug Gottlieb Show Monday.
“Somebody threw a punch at me this weekend,” Gottlieb shared. “My AAU team, I probably should have taken this weekend off. I have a daughter riding out to Temecula, which is like an hour and a half from where I live. I had another daughter going to a homecoming dance. But my little guy is really kind of improving in game and getting it and I just wanted to give him a chance to play some ball.
“Because kids don’t get the chance to just go play ball at the park anymore, plus he’s a little too little to go play with adults. So we play, and we’re playing up a little bit age-wise, but I’ve got kids who are injured, kids who are sick, kids who are out.”
Gottlieb then said he had been trying to teach his son — who he described as “little” — to play better defense and to be more aggressive. The player his son was guarding was ” a foot taller than him”, and posted his son up to hit a turn around jumper.
“So in an effort to encourage ‘Hey, just cause a guy scored doesn’t mean you didn’t do what I asked you to do’, I said ‘Don’t worry about it’,” Gottlieb said. “I might have said ‘Don’t effing worry about it’ — cause that’s just how I speak — ‘Don’t worry about it. He’s never going to score in the post, that’s not what he does, ok? You’re fine. That’s how I want you to play’, talking to him as he comes up the court.”
The Fox Sports Radio host then said the parent of the player who scored on his son approached him after the game.
“A dad walks over with the other team’s point guard, who’s his age but a foot taller than him and he said ‘Hey man, you talking ish’ and the guy goes and takes a swing at me. I duck my head and his fist kind of grazes the top of my head. I tried to do the whole launch, pile drive into him, like shoulder into the waist, and then there’s people grabbing me and I’m like ‘Dude, what?’.
“So here’s the question: You’re in my position. The guy is over in the corner of the gym, he left, never to return. Do you call the cops? Here’s the conflict of it. If you just let it go, you’re allowing that behavior. Right? I don’t want to be a whiner to the cops, but it’s assault.”
After some discussion, Gottlieb’s producers agreed they wouldn’t call the cops to spare the scene getting out of hand for the children involved. He then discussed how he views the potential for physical altercations as a media member, noting a fight he had while playing basketball when he worked at CBS.
“I’d play pickup ball at a 24-hour (gym), and a guy started a fight with me,” Gottlieb said. “I told the guy — we were kind of in a pile, the guy took a swing at me and I just grabbed the guy’s area and squeezed — and he was like ‘What are you doing?’. And I was like ‘Here’s the deal, bro. If I punch you, I can break my hand. I kinda like my hand. You can sue me, and I’ve actually saved some money. And three, it’s a really bad look’.
“So yeah, I’m gonna fight a little dirty, but I’m not caught on camera throwing punches on TikTok, back then Vine. In our position, you can’t really get in a real fight and actually punch someone. It’s a terrible look.”
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.