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Chris Gordy: Bill Simmons Hates Houston Fans

“You need to actually expand your basketball viewership and look outside of just the Boston Celtics.”

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With the NBA regular season in the books, in addition to the focus shifting to the postseason, the debates over player awards intensifies.

Many in basketball media believe Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green should be the NBA Rookie of the Year. But don’t count The Ringer’s Bill Simmons among them.

Simmons caught some heat from plenty in the media after saying “F–k Jalen Green” when talking about Rookie of the Year voting. He said he was voting for New Orleans Pelicans forward Herb Jones.

Over on SportsTalk 790 in Houston, the cast of In The Trenches offered their reaction to Simmons’s comments.

Co-host Chris Gordy said Simmons was trying to take a shot at the Rockets and their fans.

“It shows Bill Simmons is petty,” Gordy said. He talked about how Simmons was never a fan of James Harden and how he caught heat from Houston fans. “He sees all that. So now he just has a hatred for Houston fans. I feel like he takes digs out of spite for Houston.”

Producer Brian “Big Sarge” Barefield was confused as to what NBA basketball Simmons was watching and suggested broadening his basketball horizons.

“You need to actually expand your basketball viewership and look outside of just the Boston Celtics,” he said. “It’s funny because I don’t even know how he still has a vote.”

Meanwhile co-host ND Kalu tried to make sense of it, thinking Simmons was voting for the person rather than the player’s performances.

“I think he likes the Herbert Jones story more so than the player over Jalen Green,” Kalu said. “Guys who get drafted where he was drafted, they typically go to the G League and bounce around before they get their footing…I think he likes that story more.”

Simmons has since responded to the criticism he received, suggesting everything he said was in a joking manner. Still, given Simmons’s repeated feud with the Rockets and their fans, his words weren’t well received.

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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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