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Stugotz Still Not Giving Chris Paul Credit

The host has been critical of the point guard in the past.

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Phoenix Suns faithful everywhere were overjoyed to see Chris Paul and their team punch its first ticket to the NBA Finals since 1993. One sports media figure in South Beach wasn’t as thrilled, nor is he ready to give the “Point God” credit.

Jon “Stugotz” Weiner had to face the music on Thursday morning after Paul poured in a playoff-career high 41 points to fend off the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 and clinch the series.

“People wanna hear from you on Chris Paul,” Dan Le Batard said to his co-host on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “You can say do it again in The Finals, do it again in games that haven’t been played, you can also say do it against Kawhi Leonard. What can you possibly say about what you witnessed last night… Last time we talked about him, you were trying to shove me into the position of benching him before that game.”

Stugotz decided to lean on another CP from the Suns to help his dying take.

“Well, I mean Cameron Payne was 2-0 as a starting point guard in this series. Chris Paul was 2-2,” Stugotz said in response. “Perhaps the series is over a couple of games ago if they stick with CP.”

Stugotz has become famous for his personal record book, where he picks and chooses what sports accomplishments count and which ones don’t. Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz decided to take up the fight for Le Batard on this one.

“I’m not wrong yet, Mike,” Stugotz said when the producer told him to say he was wrong. “He has to win an NBA Championship.”

“What? The rib on him was that he never got to the finals,” Ryan Ruiz rebutted.

“No, I said all the great point guards in the history of the NBA, have won at least a single NBA title,” Stugotz responded before Le Batard drove home that his co-host still can’t admit he’s wrong.”

“Dan, he did it against Reggie Jackson.”

Check out full episodes of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.

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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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