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Angelo Cataldi: I Prep More Than Ever Because It’s Hard To Be Great At 71

“I’ve done this a long time, but I still have a sense of trepidation. I still think about it and go ‘maybe tomorrow is the day I fall flat on my face.’”

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Angelo Cataldi has a little less than six months left before he walks away from WIP. The Philadelphia sports radio legend was a guest on The Press Box this week, The Ringer’s podcast focused on the media.

Host Bryan Curtis asked Cataldi how he is doing with the end in sight and what he thinks he will feel on his last day on air.

“A sense of closure,” Cataldi answered. “I’m hoping to receive that in the next six months. A sense of relief. And to some extent, a sense of accomplishment. I’ve done this a long time, but I still have a sense of trepidation. I still think about it and go ‘maybe tomorrow is the day I fall flat on my face.’”

That last part is why he says he knows it is time to say goodbye. Angelo explained that it’s harder to be great at 71. He preps more than he ever did before to ensure he doesn’t forget an important name or thought in the moment.

He also spendt part of the podcast looking back on his highlights and struggles. Curtis asked Cataldi how he would characterize his relationship with fellow Philadelphia sports talk icon Howard Eskin.

Cataldi said that Howard deserves all of the respect he gets, but they have a classic love/hate relationship.

“‘Love’ in that I really respect what he has done for sports talk, especially in Philadelphia. I respect his work ethic and respect his love for sports. I don’t respect that he’s never been a great team player. He’s never looked out for you. More now than before, but, he’s a big talent, a big talent. 

“All of us that are doing talk radio in Philadelphia took something from Howard’s approach to it. He was very provocative and interesting. I think we’re in a pretty good place right now, but the next time I say something he doesn’t like, we will not be in a good place, and he will come after me, I will retaliate, and then we will have two old men fighting like little children.”

Cataldi also talked about the demise of the famous WIP Wing Bowl. In its 26-year run, the event went from being contested in a hotel ballroom for a cheap hibachi to competitors entering a sold-out Spectrum Center to compete for $75,000 worth of prizes.

It was an event Angelo Cataldi described as full-on debauchery.

“It was the closest thing as you would get to a public orgy. It was bad. By the end, it had gotten completely out of control and it was time to end it, especially given #MeToo and all that’s going on now. We got out at the right time. It would not be acceptable, what was going on in those buildings. But it was a hell of a radio promotion for a long time.”

One interesting moment in the podcast came when Curtis asks Cataldi about his accent. The Providence, RI native said that he wishes he was better at hiding it, but it is about as good now as it is going to be.

He has been on the air in Philadelphia for 33 years, but because of his voice, he knows there are some listeners that will always think of him as an outsider.

“People knew I wasn’t one of them, so when they wanted to hate me, it was easier to hate me.”

Outsider or not, Cataldi is feeling the love from the audience right now. He says the most rewarding thing that has happened since announcing his impending retirement is that strangers are more likely to stop him on the street to tell him how much they have enjoyed his show.

“They reinforce in you that what you did had some value,” he said. “If you’re doing that and they’re paying you well, what more are you gonna ask for? It was a good deal.”

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Seth Payne: Ross Tucker is Stealing My Takes Without Attribution

“He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”

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Seth Payne cannot say he wasn’t warned. When Ross Tucker joined Payne and Pendergast on Sports Radio 610 in Houston earlier this week, the seven-year NFL veteran told Payne that his take was so good that he would be stealing it.

“You know what, Seth, that is a great point that I am going to use the rest of the week in all my media stuff,” Tucker said when Payne suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles “earned” an injury to the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks by taking advantage of poor blocking schemes that included using tight ends to block NFL sack leader Hasson Reddick.

A listener named Burch tweeted evidence to Seth Payne of Ross Tucker following through on his promise.

“If the rest of you out there can be more like Burch and let us know when people are stealing our good takes, they can have our bad takes,” Payne’s morning show partner Sean Pendergast said on Tuesday morning.

The duo then played the audio, which they said appeared to come from an unidentified CBS show. In it, Tucker says that the Eagles “earned those injuries” and used tight ends being assigned to block Reddick as his justification for the take.

“I think it’s pretty obvious what kind of a boss Ross Tucker is, like what kind of a manager,” Payne said. “He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”

Ross Tucker is no shortage of platforms to spread the take around. He is on multiple Audacy sports talk stations during the football season. He also makes regular appearances with Dan Patrick and SiriusXM as well as hosting his own podcast.

“This is what you get from these Princeton types,” Payne said of being ripped off. “This is how they get where they are in the world.”

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Mully & Haugh: Mike Florio Had Perfect Response About NFL Games Being Fixed

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There were questionable calls — both made and not — that played into the eventual outcome of the AFC Championship Game. Cynics have pointed to the officiating in the game’s final quarter as proof that NFL games are fixed. On 670 The Score, Mully & Haugh praised Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio for his response to those accusations.

“I always assume it’s incompetence and not corruption,” Florio said when asked about whether or not the league purposely got the matchup it desired. “The NFL does not rig its games. I will say that loudly, and I will say that clearly. Sometimes I will add ‘because I don’t think the NFL would be sufficiently competent to rig its games if it wanted to. That’s why I think they don’t even try.”

Florio then added that being lied to all the time doesn’t mean you’re being lied to all the time, adding that the NFL does need to be proactive against games being fixed, rigged, or altered after the expansion of legalized gambling.

Later in the program, Mulligan and Haugh returned to the discussion about whether or not a conspiracy was at play when Mulligan levied his praise for the Pro Football Talk founder.

“I thought Mike Florio handled that very well,” Mike Mulligan said. “They’re too incompetent to have a conspiracy. It’s true!”

When asked about whether the NFL would actually want to alter the outcome to pit the Chiefs against the Eagles, Haugh said it’s just not realistic.

“That’s a leap you can’t make. It’s not logical. It’s logical to think the referees stink and their incompetent,” David Haugh said. “They have proof of that. To me, it’s a bridge too far to say they wanted a certain team to win because it makes a better matchup or its better for the league. That, to me, makes no sense and is based on no fact at all.”

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Evan Roberts: Tony Romo Is Trying To Make Every Game Historically Significant

“He’s in the end zone and immediately Tony Romo instead of talking about the throw, the play, goes into a soliloquy about Michael Jordan.”

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CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo drew some criticism on social media on Sunday during coverage of the AFC championship game.

Romo caught heat for the second straight week trying to make comparisons of the quarterbacks in the NFL games he’s covering to the likes of Michael Jordan.

On Carton & Roberts on WFAN on Monday, host Craig Carton said he thought it was interesting how the perception of Romo has shifted a little bit recently.

“People are really down on him now,” Carton said. “Like he was all hot to trot, and now people think he’s not.”

Roberts said trying to compare Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow to Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler was quite a stretch.

“He’s in the end zone and immediately Tony Romo instead of talking about the throw, the play, goes into a soliloquy about Michael Jordan,” Roberts said. “I didn’t think the timing of that made any sense. It’s like what are we doing?”

That was precisely the reaction many had to Romo’s third quarter comments. Evan went on to say even with the comparison not really making sense, it was just the completely wrong point in the broadcast to bring something like that up.

“In the middle of a game – that doesn’t end the game – it’s a touchdown to put them up seven mid-third quarter – should not be moment where Tony Romo is pontificating about where this ranks in sports history. It was out of place,” Roberts said.

“Can we find an NFL reference? Is that possible?” Carton responded.

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