The internet was not lacking in hot takes following Andrew Luck’s shocking announcement he was retiring from the Indianapolis Colts.
Doug Gottlieb, a FOX Sports Radio host and FS1 analyst, was widely derided for his opinion that Luck walked away because rehabbing from injuries was “too hard.”
Among those upset with Gottlieb’s comment was FOX’s top NFL analyst, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who unloaded on his colleague in a profanity-laced tweet Sunday evening. Aikman also took a shot at FS1.
The comment from Aikman was surprising, as he’s the network’s No. 1 broadcast analyst (calling two NFL games a week) and rarely detours from his job in the booth, much less with profanity. But Gottlieb isn’t the first FS1 colleague he’s gone after. In 2017, Aikman publicly criticized FS1 for hiring Skip Bayless, after the sports talker (and noted Eagles troll) claimed the former Cowboys quarterback was gay:
Aikman has appeared multiple times on Gottlieb’s radio show, most recently last October. So far, Gottlieb hasn’t responded, and Fox Sports did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, now with the Carolina Panthers, also took a shot at the host, resurfacing a scandal involving stolen credit cards that forced Gottlieb out of Notre Dame.
“Personally, I found Doug’s take inane, but the role he’s in is about attention,” wrote New York Post columnist Andrew Marchand. “He got a lot of it. That’s probably more of a win than a loss for him.”
The Phillies lost yet another series to the lowly Miami Marlins over the weekend, which didn’t help calm Ricky Bottalico’s nerves.
Bottalico, the former Phillies pitcher turned baseball analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia, spent two evenings mystified by the team’s inability to win. On Friday, it was a blown seven-run lead that caused Bottalico to go off on the team and its manager, Gabe Kapler.
“That game was one of the most brutal games I’ve ever seen,” Bottalico said. “You had a seven-run lead and you had to use a position player to pitch. That is pathetic.”
Then, on Sunday, Kapler addressed Cesar Hernandez’s lack of hustle during a 3-2 loss, telling reporters it was “totally unacceptable.” But Kapler didn’t bench Hernandez over the effortless play, which rubbed Bottalico the wrong way.
“There has been no discipline on this team, at least not in a public forum type of way. It’s a little disappointing,” Bottalico said, slapping Michael Barkann gently on the wrist to show his version of Kapler’s dugout discipline.
The Phillies open a three-game series Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park, 1½ games back from the National League’s second wildcard spot. The good news is slugger Bryce Harper is expected to return from paternity leave.
• Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had some fun at Chip Kelly’s expense during 97.5 The Fanatic’s annual Fan Fest celebration at Xfinity Live! on Saturday. Recall it was Kelly who cut Jackson during his first stint with the Eagles.
• NBC turned to a “High Sky” camera as the primary angle during Sunday’s preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans. The camera, which offers a glimpse of the field from 50 feet in the air, drew a lot of opinions from viewers — good and bad.
But it left Houston Texans All-Pro J.J. Watt a little confused, causing the defender to ask on Twitter, “What is this camera angle?”