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Port Huron Prowlers Sign Broadcasters As Goalies

“A Twitter follower suggested Skiba could dress for the Prowlers, and call the game from the bench.”

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The Port Huron Prowlers, a minor league hockey team from Michigan, was forced to find two emergency goalies for their game Saturday, Jan. 11. Friday night, both of their regular goalies were injured. With a game the next day, Prowlers coach Joe Pace turned to two broadcasters for help.

33-year old Kelly Curl, who has not been a full-time player in two seasons, made a near 450-mile trip from Winston-Salem, N.C. for the game. Curl currently works as the Carolina Thunderbirds radio analyst.

According to Brandon Folsom of the Port Huron Times Herald, Pace also looked to the Prowlers own radio booth to find Curl’s backup, asking 22-year old Jeremy Skiba to sign a contract for the game.

“You know we have to sign you as our emergency back-up goalie, right?” Pace told Skiba as they got on the bus following the team’s Friday night game. 

“Are you serious? Are you serious? Are YOU serious?!” Skiba reacted. 

According to Folsom, Skiba’s goalie credentials are highlighted by playing street, broom and intramural hockey while attending Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

When the team announced the signing of Skiba, it also came with a cancellation of their radio broadcast because of the broadcaster’s change in responsibilities for Saturday’s game. The Prowlers radio broadcast only consists of one person for road games. A Twitter follower suggested Skiba could dress for the Prowlers, and call the game from the bench. 

Skiba and the Prowlers accepted the challenge and the radio broadcaster was on the bench, wearing headphones and a Prowlers sweater in case his number was called. 

Signing an emergency goalie in is not unprecedented, two years ago 36-year old Chicago accountant Scott Foster made back page news when he was added to the Blackhawks roster. Injury forced Foster to dress for the Blackhawks, even receiving ice time during the NHL game, stopping all seven shots he faced. 

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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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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