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Bob Costas: ‘I Compare Myself to My Best Version’

“If someone tells me that citing that Game 1 on October 11 was 74 years to the day since Cleveland last won the World Series that that shouldn’t be mentioned that night, I can’t agree with that even one percent. That’s just foolish.”

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Bob Costas was back in the broadcast booth for TBS this postseason as the play-by-play announcer for the entire Guardians-Yankees ALDS matchup. It brought some fans back to the days of Costas being the lead voice of playoff baseball games for NBC, but it also received some criticism. However, Costas was critical of himself, especially in one particular game.

Costas was a guest on The Michael Kay Show on Thursday with Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary with 20 notable guests in 20 days. During the segment, Costas said he probably started the series leaning a little too much on the prep work he had done.

“I loved being around it and it was a good series. It went five games. I’m very self-critical even when I was in whatever was the prime of my career. If there was something even slightly off, it bothered me. I thought that in the first game, I was so well-prepared I probably leaned too heavily on that preparation in the first game. It was a little bit out of proportion. It wasn’t that anything that was said didn’t belong there, but I could have spread it out a little bit more. But, then games 2-5, I think it was fine.”

Even though fans might have complained about too much history being a part of the broadcast, Costas says that is relevant to a national broadcast even if the fans of the teams playing might know those historic facts already.

“Those who say that a history lesson is not relevant if you are 25 years old, when I was 25 years old, I wanted to hear about the history of baseball.

“If someone tells me that citing that Game 1 on October 11 was 74 years to the day since Cleveland last won the World Series that that shouldn’t be mentioned that night, I can’t agree with that even one percent. That’s just foolish. If someone says I watch the Yankees or Guardians all year long so I know some of that already, it’s a national broadcast. Someone in Tacoma or Sacramento doesn’t know all of that and you have to frame that. I don’t think that philosophically that’s ever the wrong thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.

“I think I’ve been able to weave those sorts of things pretty skillfully throughout my career and I think I only did maybe a B- job on it on the first game of the series, but after that, everything was fine.”

 Costas mentioned that he would never compare himself to any broadcaster, but he does measure his success against himself:

“You want to be as good as you are capable of being. I’ve never compared myself to another person in my entire life. But, I do compare myself to my best version of myself. Maybe you can’t get there all the time, but you’d like to get reasonably close to that every time.”

Kay did ask Costas about how does a national broadcaster combat criticism that he is only rooting for one team and not the other: 

“You reject it out of hand. You should always be open to reasonable perspectives or critiques, but there are some things that are just idiotic. Every national broadcaster will tell you exactly the same thing….There were people in Cleveland watching the same telecast, hearing exactly the same words spoken, who thought that I or Ron Darling was unfair to the Guardians, clearly rooting for the Yankees. Yankees fans, clearly he was disappointed when Judge hit a home run or he was so thrilled when the Guardians won Game 3 in the bottom of the ninth….As you know, you are supposed to reflect the atmosphere in the ballpark.

“People think oh gee, Bob Costas did Mickey Mantle’s eulogy and he grew up in New York and he rhapsodizes about his childhood memories about baseball. But, like you, I am also a professional. I know what my job is. I try to be objective and appreciative of both teams and reflect what’s going on in the series. That is a particular critique, it’s not even a critique, it’s an idiocy. It’s a standing joke among all network broadcasters.” 

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Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys

“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

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97.9 ESPN Hartford host Rob Dibble helped collect more than 5,000 frozen turkeys and over 8m000 pounds of non-perishable foood items last week.

The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.

“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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