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Lenny Dykstra And Angelo Cataldi Go At It On Air

“Dykstra and Cataldi went back and forth for a couple minutes, before the former centerfielder known as “Nails” was cut off by the radio show.”

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After former Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler signed with the Phillies, 94WIP’s morning show attempted to find the best pro-athlete to play in both New York and Philadelphia. 

Iconic WIP morning host, Angelo Cataldi disqualified Lenny Dykstra, who won an MVP with the Phillies and helped the Mets become World Series champions. The disqualification prompted a phone call from Dykstra. 

Dykstra began the conversation by taking a shot at WIP contributor Ray Didinger, who was in studio for his weekly hour on the morning show. Cataldi referred to Didinger as a legendary football analyst and Dykstra disagreed, insinuating boring analysis.

“I’m embarrassed about the way you’ve performed your life since you left baseball. I’m embarrassed for you and for what you represented in this city,” Cataldi told Dykstra, calling him a conman and citing his time spent in prison. 

Dykstra and Cataldi went back and forth for a couple minutes, before the former centerfielder known as “Nails” was cut off by the radio show.

Dykstra might think Didinger is boring, but the football analyst added a surprise claim, making the segment even more entertaining. After the phone call was dropped, Didinger said Dykstra owed him $7,000. Naturally, Dykstra quickly called back. 

“Who are you, Ray?” Dysktra said to Didinger. “You used to hang out by my locker and beg me for stories, I remember that. But Ray, I think you cover football. I don’t think you know much about baseball either.”

Didinger went on to explain the money he’s owed from Dykstra. “You asked me to write two football stories…and I was promised $7,000 and I’ve never seen the money?”

Dykstra didn’t seem ready to pay the alleged debt, asking Didinger if he had a signed document.

Cataldi reiterated that Dykstra’s post-baseball life is a sad story. He was a fan favorite and an easy player to root for, but in retirement, Dykstra’s life has been highlighted by time in prison and allegations of sexual harassment. 

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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