Doug Gottlieb, the motormouth former Oklahoma State guard who hosts his own talk show on ESPN Radio, “The Pulse with Doug Gottlieb,” 6-9 weeknights on Jox 930, recently was profiled in USA Today in an excellent cover story by Reid Cherner.
A few of the gems from the piece, which can be found at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2008-02-26-Gottlieb_N.htm/:
– No one would be surprised if the 32-year-old talked in his sleep because he doesn’t stop while he’s awake.
– If ESPN paid him by the word, it would be in Chapter 11. But he doesn’t need a microphone to yak, just another person.
– He is smart and funny, his work ethic is unparalleled and his recall so acute that ESPN College GameDay host Scott Reiss and ESPN “bracketologist” Joe Lunardi refer to him as “Rain Man.” “It’s like he knows the schedule of all 340 teams off the top of his head,” Reiss says. “You never have to worry about asking him a question that he can’t answer. He always has the answer. He knows he has the answer.”
– “Sometimes I badly strive not to come across as the know-it-all,” Gottlieb 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.”