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Craig Carton Invites Andrew Marchand On WFAN To Explain Criticism of James Dolan Interview

“Just acknowledge you have an agenda against me. Acknowledge that.”

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Craig Carton

WFAN host Craig Carton did an interview with New York Knicks and New York Rangers owner James Dolan last Friday, and New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand took issue with the seriousness of the conversation that transpired on Carton & Roberts.

Marchand followed the interview live and tweeted his reaction to his 86,000 followers.

It didn’t take long for Carton to catch wind of Marchand’s reactions. Carton called Marchand a clown and that his claims that they didn’t ask about banning fans from Madison Square Garden using facial recognition technology was “a bold-faced lie.”

“You are a clown! How bout you go listen to the interview before you make a suggestion or an accusation that we didn’t do something that we did,” Carton said.

Within minutes Marchand was on the phone with the show.

“My biggest issue with what you wrote, and I only bring it up because I recognize that you have a big reach as well on social media – is to say that we did not confront James Dolan about the notion that people have been dismissed from the building for being critical of his ownership,” Carton said. “Or that ultimately that this facial recognition technology could one day be weaponized by The Garden to banish people that are critical of him. How could you write that when we spent 15-20 minutes talking about that specific topic?”

“If we asked the question and the guy answers it, and we ask the question four more times and he answers it four more times, we’ve asked and we’ve confronted, quizzed, we’ve demanded answers,” Carton later added. “You’re suggesting that we didn’t even ask the damn question. You know what you did.”

Marchand pushed back, saying Dolan’s appearance was “a giggling interview.”

“You didn’t confront him on these things,” Marchand said. “How about a question such as why did these fans have the impression that they’re banned because they just said something on social media? That they’re being harassed.”

“How would he know why the fans think something?” Carton responded. “I’d have to ask the fan that, right? Right.”

Carton added he’s always felt like Marchand had something against him and the success of his show.

“Just acknowledge you have an agenda against me. Acknowledge that,” Carton said.

Marchand disagreed with that notion.

“There’s no agenda. I mean it’s ridiculous to say, and sometimes articles are good, sometimes they’re not good,” Marchand said. “I try to be fair and reflect the people that I’m covering.”

Carton later circled back to his original point about the fact that he did ask Dolan pressing questions.

“You can ask someone a question four, five, six times you don’t have to be a jackass in the manner in which you ask the question,” Carton said. “And that doesn’t mean that you’re not pressing him on it. I thought we pressed him on it, he has an answer. We asked him again, he has an answer.”

“I’m not gonna make everybody happy all the time anyway,” he added. “We’re not gonna try to either. But I just don’t think it’s right when you mischaracterize what was asked and what wasn’t asked.”

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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy

“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”





Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.

“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.

“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”

He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.

“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”

He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.

Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.

The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.

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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number

“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”





Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.

While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.

“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”

Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.

The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.

Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.

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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”




Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.

Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.

“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.

They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.

He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.

Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.

In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.

“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.

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