With only 15 wins on the NBA season, the New York Knicks aren’t frequently discussed as the playoffs approach, but Friday night two radio hosts got into a Twitter dispute after following a loss to the Houston Rockets.
With over a minute left in the Rockets blowout victory against the Knicks, the Houston bench emptied into their locker room except for Iman Shumpert. ESPN NY radio host and Knicks pre and postgame contributor on MSG, Alan Hahn took exception with the Rockets leaving early calling it a sign of “disrespect.”
Adam Clanton, who returned to Houston’s SportsTalk 790 last month as co-host of their afternoon show, put blame on the Knicks for not being entertaining enough to warrant the Rockets sitting on the bench until the final buzzer.
A Twitter clash ensued between Hahn and Clanton, including digs from the Rockets beating the Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals. Fans from both teams got involved in the mentions to defend their local sports talk hosts.
“And I’m done with your 15-64 squad…but you still have three more nights to try and fill air time without pissing off Jimmy Dolan. You’re lucky I don’t have Charles Oakley slap the taste out of your mouth,” Clanton said after Hahn teased the Houston host’s profile picture.
“All in fun Rockets fans. We share a love for basketball and that’s all that matters. Good luck in the playoffs,” Hahn tweeted in an attempt to end on good terms with the Rockets fan base.
SportsTalk 790 probably isn’t interested in having a New York radio host on to talk about the Knicks battle for the worst record in the league, but if they could ever get competitive, hopefully we’ll hear Clanton vs. Hahn battle on-air.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”