In CBS rookie Doug Gottlieb’s first season as a color analyst for the opening rounds of NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament, let’s just say that he’s an acquired taste.
But at one point during Saturday night’s matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, you could say he had a flair for the tasteless.
Late in the game, Wichita State forward Carl Hall made a jumper to give his team its first lead in around ten minutes. A foul was called seconds later, which later led to an official TV timeout.
As a replay of Hall’s shot played leading into the break, Gottlieb had a thought on the Shockers senior that was, well, shocking, to say the least:
“Carl Hall’s got a heart problem, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have heart.”
For the uninitiated, Hall, in his late teenage years, was told he could not play basketball due to a heart condition known as “neurocardiogenic syncope.” (No word if he was passing the time with violin lessons.)
Yet, he defied the odds, and here he is, helping the Shockers shock the Bulldogs for a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.
The irony is, the person who first reported about Gottlieb’s heartless line, The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster, also suffers a heart ailment that, like Hall, restricted him from physical activity for some time during his childhood.
“Perhaps what Gottlieb said was innocuous,” Koster writes. “But to me, and millions of others, it’s no laughing matter.”
Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control has a tally of 26.5 million Americans stricken with some sort of heart disease. And the CDC also reports that heart disease is currently the leading cause of death.
Meanwhile, the next person who laughs themselves to death upon hearing the comedic stylings of Doug Gottlieb will be the first.
Doug Gottlieb: no heart.