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Don La Greca Unleashes Epic Rant On Michael Kay Show Caller

“Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca.”

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It can’t be coincidence. The same day BSM’s Tyler McComas gave Don La Greca a 99 in the rant category for his sports radio Madden rankings, the ESPN New York afternoon co-host showed off his talents.

It had been at least 235 days since the New York sports radio airwaves were graced with a La Greca outburst, but hours after he saw his 99, Don proved himself worthy of the ranking. Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca. 

“They’re not sick indefinitely,” Anthony said, adding that no one is forced to play football. “It’s not like you get it and all of a sudden you’re dead.”

La Greca noted Anthony sounds like the people who believe we ‘don’t need to wear a mask because COVID-19 is just the flu.’

But in terms of the viability of having an NFL season, “It’s not about the fact that these guys could die or end up in a hospital,” La Greca said. “It’s about the fact that they’re not allowed to play because they test positive. Are you with me so far? Because I know you’re a little slow,” La Greca said as his agitation for Anthony on Long Island grew. 

“Stop with your propaganda BS about ‘it’s just the flu, it’s not a big deal.’ The fact is, if you test positive at your job, Anthony, they would ask you not to return to work. And if enough people do not return to work then you can’t DO THE JOB! AM I TALKING TO A MORON?!” 

The gloves were off. Flip the page on the 235, La Greca was officially ranting. 

“I CAN’T TAKE YOU PEOPLE ANYMORE! You’re all idiots. Stop with the political BS,” La Greca yelled. “The people that tweet, the people that write, the people that talk from a million miles away, we can’t hear you, we just know you’re an idiot for not wearing the mask…but when you speak, you sound like Anthony, and when Anthony spoke he sounded like a certified moron.

“You’re a moron for not taking this seriously. You’re a moron for thinking that it’s just the flu, you’re a moron for thinking it’s just gonna go away and maybe if you people took it seriously I’d be able to eat in a restaurant, I’d be able to go to the shore, I’d be able to work from my office. Businesses wouldn’t be closing, people wouldn’t be losing jobs. Kids would be allowed in daycare, we wouldn’t have a problem with schools. Do you get it through your thick skull?! WEAR THE DAMN MASK!”

Never would I have guessed La Greca’s streak without a rant could surpass 200 days with everything going on in the world around us. We might not be able to thank Anthony on Long Island for taking COVID-19 seriously, but we can absolutely thank his ignorance for triggering a classic La Greca rant. And there was no better day to do it than the day he was given the elusive 99.

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Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP

“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”

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Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.

One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.

“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”

More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”

Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”

An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.

“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.

“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.

Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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