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espn radio - worse by the day
Posted by pianow at 7/5/2006 11:09:00 AM
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This started as a Doug Gottlieb rant, but really the problem is ESPN Radio, a mediocre product that's getting worse and worse by the day.

Okay, first, Doug Gottlieb, Announcer, ESPN. He’s a hoop junkie through and through, and as much as I don’t care for Gottlieb’s style on the mic, I’ll have to admit he does know that sport reasonably well. Look out below when he tries to fake his way through other sports, though, it’s embarrassing. Case in point: Last week Gottlieb was discussing the merits of Mark Loretta as an All-Star, and one of the things he mentioned was that Loretta “only had 32 ribs.” Now it’s bad enough that Gottlieb couldn’t say “RBIs” or “runs batted in” – he actually said “ribs” – but it gets a lot worse. Gottlieb went on to say that Loretta’s low RBI total was a result of no one being on base for him, given that Coca Crisp has been hurt most of the year. Obviously, Gottlieb had no idea that Kevin Youkilis has spent most of the season batting leadoff for the Red Sox, and quite well at that (.413 on-base percentage, 56 runs).

Loretta and David Ortiz, for what it's worth, have essentially the same amount of at-bats with runners on (Ortiz is four ahead of Loretta). Ortiz has all those "ribs" because he gets extra base hits, while Loretta is basically a singles guy. In fact, Loretta has ONE extra base hit all year with runners in scoring position. It's all out there with a mouse click, Gottlieb. Do your friggin' homework.

Of course if you didn’t know better, you’d think he was making a definitive statement. That’s Gottlieb for you – he never stops being arrogant and in-your-face with what he says. If attitude makes the argument, he should win a roomful of trophies.

But if you want accuracy, if you want a prepared argument, if you want substance over style, look somewhere else. ESPN radio pisses me off a little more and more each day, botching simple things, mispronouncing names (they were calling Brad Hawpe “Hoppy” in April), sophomoric humor. Listen for yourself, see if you can get past 30 minutes. Even the commercials are a joke – how many get-rich-quick schemes can you get in bed with, ESPN?


That's because you are listening to the wrong show. Listen to the Herd at 10am eastern time. Thats radio!
Posted by Ecky117 at 7/5/2006 1:26:00 PM
Wow, you write about ESPN Radio like Gottlieb talks about baseball. Ever heard of the D squad? You know, like when you tried out for your local soccer team and they put you on the D team because you had asthma and only one leg? Everyone else was on vacation (hint, hint). When Gottlieb is normally on the radio from 7pm to 1am, he is chaperoned by a bevy of other hosts and I, and most other workers, are recuperating from a long day of work and not listening. Mike and Mike, the Herd, Dan Patrick (with KO), and the Sportsbash all deliver from 6am to 7pm straight. And if you're worried about baseball, who else has Peter Gammons, Buster Olney, and Rob Neyer?

And writing about the commercials as if they are chosen by ESPN just ices the cake that you have no idea what you are writing about. Commercials are not the decision of ESPN, but a decision of the individual stations that broadcast the signal from Bristol. If you listen in an area with a populace that is dumb enough to f
Posted by adamtbrown at 7/6/2006 8:01:00 AM
That was a dissapointing rant. There are people to knock, especially Colin Cowherd (he has a good delivery, but does not really 'know' sports, which leads to many terrible analogies and general statements), and Eric Kuselias (a former lawyer, who at times is good, but generally has that annoying lawyer 'I am in the right due to the tone of my voice' cadence. Gottlieb is pretty good for what he does; I guess you're not familiar with baseball parlence, but "ribs" and "ribbies" are common slang used for for RBIs. More to the point, ESPN shows, even the ones I don't really like, are consistantly better than their syndicated competition, Sporting News Radio and Fox Sports Radio. No point in doing a rant on those, becuase no one listens.
Posted by rottermania at 7/6/2006 11:53:00 AM

The fact that Gottlieb used "ribs" wasn't intended to be the main part of my argument, though I did find it annoying. The fact that he was totally wrong about the Loretta RBI count and the reason why, and had no idea that Youkilis has been doing an excellent job leading off, that's what is upsetting. Especially when you consider that it was in a teased, extended segment - it's not like someone pulled out Loretta's season out of the blue and he had to formulate an opinion on the spot about it. He was clearly unprepared, and if you listen to a lot of Gottlieb on non-hoop topics, you'll see a lot of examples on this. It's an outrage they let Chuck Wilson go, who was head and shoulders better than anyone currently working on Game Night.

Posted by spianow at 7/6/2006 9:16:00 PM
Mike and Mad Dog on WFAN 660AM/YES is the best sports radio.
Posted by Rugby12901 at 7/6/2006 9:19:00 PM

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