About That USA Today Piece On Doug Gottlieb

Thursday, February 28, 2008


So USA Today did an piece on ESPN's Doug Gottlieb that kind of blew my mind. He and Bob Wischusen let the paper follow him around for a week or so and here are some of the highlights....

- There are days when he's on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. In between are appearances — via cellphone — on other radio shows, calls he makes while checking into a hotel, eating lunch, waiting in line for coffee or driving home.

-"Anybody ever had a bulldog?" he asks while a mascot performs during a timeout in another game. "Most gaseous dog ever, right?"

-His recall so acute that ESPN College GameDay host Scott Reiss and ESPN "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi refer to him as "Rain Man."

-"I am the way I am because I would watch guys (while growing up) and think, 'Why don't they just say what they are really thinking?'"

- "Sometimes I badly strive not to come across as the know-it-all," he says. "And yet I'm in a job in which you are supposed to be a know-it-all. How do you relate what is happening without coming off as the pain-in-the-(rear) know-it-all."
I don't know how and when the USA Today became ESPN The Newspaper, but these pieces illustrate how perfectly the ESPN PR machine operates. How do they get the largest paper in the Country to do a 1,600 word feature story on an analyst!? And not even a top-tier analyst (even though he should be). It's just amazing what that paper does for ESPN.

Other than that it's a pretty good read if you're an announcing nerd like me.

ESPN personality Doug Gottlieb: Wired for candor (USA Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:44 PM

16 Comments:

How do they get the largest paper in the Country to do a 1,600 word feature story on an analyst!?

Um, money, or favors.

Yeah, that USA Today paper sure has integrity, they're always on that integrity kick.

hollywood wags said...
Feb 28, 2008, 2:02:00 PM  

My first reaction isn't "ESPN paid for that article." My reaction is "Who is Doug Gottlieb's agent?"

J.J. said...
Feb 28, 2008, 2:04:00 PM  

"when he ran up charges on a credit card that wasn't his."

Nice way of putting it, huh?

How about:

when he stole someone else's credit card and made fraudulent purchases on it. Despite this crime, he works for ESPN, a working environment where criminal behavior is the norm.
"At least he hasn't taken a picture of his junk and text-messaged it to me," said one high-ranking female ESPN employee.

Anonymous said...
Feb 28, 2008, 2:16:00 PM  

That's a good point. Nobody else would have wrote it like that.

Feb 28, 2008, 2:17:00 PM  

I was sitting two seats to the right of this photo. Fwiw. (Not much, I imagine.)

Bstone said...
Feb 28, 2008, 2:56:00 PM  

Gottlieb has made no secret of the fact that he fucked up at Notre Dame, and has always been very contrite about it. And I like the fact that he speaks his mind. I'd rather listen to him than Vitale any time.

Bruce said...
Feb 28, 2008, 3:03:00 PM  

Gottlieb is so smug. He also hates on Cuse big time. It's probably because Boeheim never recruited him. He's a cheat.

Anonymous said...
Feb 28, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

I enjoy Gottlieb way more than most of their announcers. I think Len Elmore is pretty underrated too.

How old was Gottlieb when he fd up? It is unfair to hold things against him from a long time ago.

Speaking of USA today, that one dude basically writes a ESPN PR piece in his meida columns.

Mac G said...
Feb 28, 2008, 3:25:00 PM  

Mac G- he was a freshman at ND.

Bruce said...
Feb 28, 2008, 3:38:00 PM  

Gottlieb and Tom Brennan are fantastic together. Two people that truly love the sport that they cover.

GMoney said...
Feb 28, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

You mean he went to Notre Dame and got a job at ESPN? Incredible!

Anonymous said...
Feb 28, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

too bad DG doesnt know anything about basketball. except that he sucked at playing it.

Nathan said...
Feb 28, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

Just the opposite... he thinks he was great.

Anonymous said...
Feb 28, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

Well, there is an element of greatness if you lead the nation in a major statistical category. Don't get me wrong, he won't go down in history or anything. But it's not as if we're listening to, say, Cherokee Parks doing color commentary.

Really, I think he's great. I didn't like him as a player, and that made it easy to just dismiss him once he got a job as an ESPN pundit/talking head/analyst/radio host. Once I actually started listening to him, it became clear that he is not only entertaining, he actually knows what he's talking about. He has a way of expressing his opinion without sounding like he's doing it just to be an inflammatory character (Skip Bayless comes to mind).

Austin said...
Feb 28, 2008, 6:46:00 PM  

I've always wondered about how many appearances some of the analysts do in one day among the TV networks and all the radio affiliates who want/need an expert to update the masses on what's going on in the sport. I empathize with them, even with the TV money, to come across as informative and energetic after a few AM meatheads toss Q's their way.

Hank said...
Feb 28, 2008, 8:15:00 PM  

when did Wonder Years come back on the air?

/Winnie Cooper

Anonymous said...
Feb 28, 2008, 8:28:00 PM  

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