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Angelo Cataldi Doubles Down On Stockton Criticism

“Although possibly sparked by Cataldi’s critique, Stockton’s call on Sunday was met with negative social media reaction from the audience.”

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Last week, Philadelphia sports radio host Angelo Cataldi declared Dick Stockton of FOX, the worst play-by-play announcer in the history of television during his morning show on 94 WIP.

The 76-year old Stockton, a Philadelphia native, has enjoyed a renowned broadcasting career spanning five decades, but in Cataldi’s opinion,” He’s awful, awful, awful! I can’t listen to one play he calls!”

As he was getting set to call the Eagles and Bears game this past Sunday, Stockton spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the criticism.

“When someone is just mean like that, I think it’s more a reflection of who they are than what I did,” Stockton said of Cataldi’s comments. “I remember critics over a decade ago saying I should quit or be retired. It goes with the territory.”

Cataldi doubled down on his opinion after reading Stockton’s rebuttal, challenging fans to listen to Sunday’s Eagles/Bears broadcast on FOX and judge the call themselves. “Listen to the Dick Stockton broadcast today on Fox and let me know who was right,” Cataldi wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. “If he is not ruining the game for you — if he is even just competent — let me know. I have been listening to him for 40 years. There is zero chance you will enjoy his work. Zero.”

Although possibly sparked by Cataldi’s critique, Stockton’s call on Sunday was met with negative social media reaction from the audience.

Stockton wasn’t the only FOX NFL play-by-play announcer to receive criticism Sunday. Chris Kinard, program director for Washington DC’s 106.7 The Fan questioned the work of Chris Myers during his call of Sunday’s Redskins/Bills contest. 

https://twitter.com/ChrisKinard/status/1191057694842609664

Although Kinard didn’t share a specific issue he had with Myers’ work on the call, it likely had to do with the announcer believing it was the first time quarterback Dwayne Haskins was on the field. Sunday was Haskins first start, but it was the third time this season the rookie quarterback saw action.

Like Cataldi with Stockton, Kinard also wasn’t alone in his criticism of Myers.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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