Dec 7, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish center Garrick Sherman (11) warms up before the second half against the Delaware Blue Hens at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 80-75. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Tale of the Tape: Dick Vitale vs Doug Gottlieb in the Battle for Garrick Sherman

Recently, like yesterday, Doug Gottlieb took to the mean streets of Twitter to do what he does. You know, take pot-shots at student-athletes for the sake of his own entertainment. This time, however, he attacked a player who was not defenseless. Notre Dame Fighting Irish big-guy, Garrick Sherman, who responded with far better jokes than the one Gottlieb hurled toward his general direction.

What might not be remembered, though, is the love sent toward Sherman last season. The Dick Vitale variety. When Dickie V did everything in his powers to ensure Sherman not only be remembered in hoop’s lore, but likely get lucky with the ladies at the same time.

All of this talk for a player who will otherwise be likely forgotten in the realm of hoop’s history has us thinking at Busting Brackets. Who would win in a fight in the Battle for all things Garrick Sherman related?

Well, let’s take a look at the tale of the tape:


Dick Vitale Doug Gottlieb Age: 74 Enthuastic Announcer Thing no one remembers about him: Coached in college and NBA Loved for: Loving college hoops Hated for: Loving college hoops loudly Best attribute: Happy Worst attribute: Too damn happy Fighting Style: Loud-fu

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Dick Vitale                                                          –                                 Doug Gottlieb

Age: 74                                                                  –                                 Age:  37

Enthusiastic Announcer                           –                        Snarky McSnarkster

Lost Fact to History: Coached in college and NBA      –      Credit Card Thief

Loved for: Loving college hoops                        –                                 Insight

Hated for: Loving college hoops loudly           –                         Troll-ish Behavior

Best attribute: Happy                                 –                                            Honesty

Worst attribute: Too damn happy                          –                             Stubborn

Fighting Style: Loud-fu                                                  –                   Snark jiu-jitsu


Well, Gottlieb is certainly the younger fella in this battle. Still, Vitale has a passion that is unrivaled at the collegiate level. It is really hard to say, however, if Vitale’s over-enthusiastic love for college hoops can withstand Dangerous Doug’s constant barrage of snark, bad attempts at humor and an overall disdain for all things human-soul related.

What to keep an eye out for

Mystery partners. I mean, this is a battle between two broadcasters (for Garrick Sherman, nevertheless). Which means that one or the other — but likely both — will try to enlist the help of a play-by-play guy. Now, if that is the case Vitale has a huge edge in this department. He has been around the block for such a long time that he has surely made more friends than Gottlieb.


Are you kidding me?

Predicted Winner

Garrick Sherman. For the love of everything holy with basketball, has a player of Sherman’s caliber received so much love, hate and/or media coverage before this young, awesomely-bearded man before?


Sherman still rocks his beard, chases ladies (successfully I might add) and stays playing at a pretty high-level of college basketball. Vitale continues to be an advocate for basketball, while — at the same time — bringing and driving away viewers with his tone. Gottlieb continues to take shots at unpaid laborers, while being a proponent for not paying student-athletes, all in the name of something because troll.


Tags: Dick Vitale Doug Gottlieb Garrick Sherman Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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