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Angelo Cataldi, 94WIP Morning Team Rip ‘Horrible’ Tony Romo

Also critical of Romo was the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, whose been unimpressed with his work in his past two games.

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Has some of the shine come off CBS’s top NFL analyst Tony Romo? He’s been drawing criticism for his work during the past two weeks, during two of the postseason’s most exciting matchups in the Bills-Chiefs divisional playoff and Bengals-Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

Amid ripping former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid for familiar mistakes in decision-making and strategy during Kansas City’s shocking 27-24 loss, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti on the 94WIP morning show didn’t think much of Romo’s work either.

What especially drew jeers from the morning team was the Chiefs’ failure to get any points — either a touchdown or field goal — just before halftime.

Despite no timeouts, Kansas City could have at least gotten a field goal. In a game lost by three points, that decision stands out. But Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also made a poor decision in throwing to Tyreek Hill in the flat, rather than looking in the end zone with no time remaining.

Romo then didn’t provide much analysis as to why that was a poor decision by Mahomes or where else he could’ve looked on the play.

“Horrible analysis by Tony Romo,” said Cataldi before playing an audio clip in which Romo fumbled through pronouncing Tracy Wolfson’s name.

“Al. Romo, you’re off that train, right?” Cataldi asked Morganti. “He’s awful! Horrible!”

Also critical of Romo was the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand, whose been unimpressed with his work in his past two games. In his Monday “Sports Clicker” newsletter for Post Sports+ (subscribe here), he says Romo and play-by-play partner Jim Nantz are sliding backwards.

“Romo has to talk in complete sentences and stick more to one thought, though I don’t know what his motivation to work hard on these things would be besides pride,” wrote Marchand, saying that Nantz has to help him for the duo to improve and rediscover their rhythm.

One of the reasons Romo has been so popular with fans and critics is that his excitement matches the big moments of a game. He sounds like a fan as much as an analyst.

But that excitability appears to be making him incoherent, unable to properly articulate his thoughts when viewers are seeking analysis and clarity on certain plays, particular decisions. Many seem to agree that Romo needs to get back to what’s made him successful, rather than just yelling.

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ESPN Chicago Announces 2024 Football Fest with Adam Schefter and Field Yates

“Football Fest is the unofficial kickoff of the NFL season, and I am excited about this year’s fest, from the stars we’ll have in the room to the show we have planned.”

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ESPN Chicago announced the return of Football Fest, an event they started in 2022. The 2024 edition will take place at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana on Sunday, August 25. ESPN NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Field Yates are back as guests and will share insights and engage with fans throughout the event.

“Football Fest is the unofficial kickoff of the NFL season, and I am excited about this year’s fest, from the stars we’ll have in the room to the show we have planned,” said Danny Zederman, director of content for ESPN Chicago in a release. “We listened to fan feedback, and we’ve added new ways for fans to interact with their favorite ESPN Chicago and Bears Radio Network personalities, as well as a live onstage version of our fan-favorite, unfiltered podcast Crosstalk Unhinged with Carm, Jurko, Waddle, and Silvy.”

ESPN Chicago and Bears Radio Network personalities will be available for meet & greets with fans taking photos and signing autographs. The Good Karma Brands owned station says the event “will consist of live programming from local and national experts on the upcoming football season, fantasy football, as well as games, vendors, and more.”

$10 tickets for the event are on sale through Ticketmaster.com.

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ESPN 103.7/104.1 Unveils New Lineup; Dawson Eiserloh Gets Solo Midday Show

“Can’t wait for this new challenge that’ll begin live from SEC Media Days next month.”

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ESPN 103.7 in Lafayette, Louisiana and 104.1 in Lake Charles have announced a new, all live and local weekday lineup. Local programming will now be heard from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Starting on Monday, July 15 former LSU basketball player Jordy Hultberg will move The Jordy Hultberg Show to morning drive and go from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He will be followed by Footenotes with Kevin Foote from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The lunchtime show will still feature RP3 and Meche, hosted by Raymond Partsch III and James Meche and it will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. That show had also previously featured Dawson Eiserloh, however, he will now move to the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. slot to host his own show which will be called The Lohdown with D-Loh.

Eiserloh posted on his X account, “Really excited to announce I’ll be getting a solo show weekdays from 1-3 pm on ESPN Southwest Louisiana. Can’t wait for this new challenge that’ll begin live from SEC Media Days next month.”

After Further Review with Matt Moscona will follow in afternoon drive and airs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The station also carries play-by-play for LSU athletics and the Houston Astros.

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Howie Rose to Host on WFAN Monday to Commemorate 50 Years in Broadcasting

Rose will be in the studio with Evan Roberts and Tiki Barber for their afternoon drive program on Monday from 5 to 6 p.m.

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New York Mets radio play-by-play announcer Howie Rose, who served as an original radio host at WFAN when the sports radio station launched in 1987, will make his return to the station airwaves on Monday. Rose will be in the studio with Evan Roberts and Tiki Barber for their afternoon drive program on Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will host solo for the ensuing hour-and-a-half, welcoming special guests such as broadcaster Marv Albert and former Mets all-star third baseman David Wright.

Rose has called Mets games since 1995, originally starting his time with the organization in the television booth. When Bob Murphy retired from broadcasting games on the radio in 2003, Rose started to work with Gary Cohen on the broadcasts on WFAN. Cohen moved to television upon the launch of the SportsNet New York regional sports network in 2006, while Rose remained on the radio broadcasts. Over the years, he has worked with a variety of partners, including Tom McCarthy, Wayne Hagin, Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo and Keith Raad. The Mets are currently broadcast on Audacy-owned WCBS Newsradio 880, which has been the flagship station for the team starting with the 2019 season.

Over the last several years, Rose has cut back on his workload with the Mets, calling approximately 101 games this season. He began to limit his travel during the 2022 season after being diagnosed and treated for bladder cancer. Rose entered the season planning to call all home games, the two Subway Series road games at Yankee Stadium, select National League East road games and a road trip in St. Petersburg, Fla. and St. Louis, Mo. If the team makes the postseason, Rose would call all games, according to Neil Best of Newsday.

Outside of his work with the Mets, Rose formerly called hockey games for the New York Islanders on MSG Networks. Before that time, he was a radio play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers and famously called the Game 7 clinching goal by Stéphane Matteau in double overtime to send the team to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

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