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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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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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