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Angelo Cataldi Goes In on Andy Reid, Journalism Goes “Woah There”

Sep 24, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT


“Four decades ago, I was trained at journalism school to value one thing above all others,” writes WIP host Angelo Cataldi in his recent invective against Andy Reid. “The truth.” Well, clearly it wasn’t detail, even-handedness, or general narrative coherence, since none of those qualities are even remotely on display in “Andy Reid, Master of Deception,” Cataldi’s sensationalistic and mostly non-sensical rant about the Eagles’ former coach after his triumphant return visit with the Chiefs last Thursday.

“My job at WIP radio requires a daily analysis of what the coach says,” relates Cataldi. “So I have heard every deception, absorbed every moment of disrespect, in Reid’s long tenure.”

Woah, really? So what do those deceptions and moments of disrespect include? Well, Cataldi will never forgive “the grotesque way he abandoned his greatest player here, Brian Dawkins, or the inhumane departure of his finest kicker, David Akers.”

Wow, that sounds dramatic. Doesn’t sound very specific, though, could you give us a little more inside info on how Reid “perpetuate[d] a fraud” with these players and others?

Nope, you’re just gonna have to take those accusations as gospel, because the details are nowhere to be found in this article. The only specific “deception”s detailed by Cataldi in the bizarrely brief article are the ones carried out by Reid on the field in Thursday’s Chiefs-Eagles game, where Reid “targeted safety Nate Allen — a second-round bust in Reid’s putrid 2010 draft — for the first down that secured the victory.”

While it was of course very clever for Reid to draft a crappy safety in the second round of the ’10 draft with the clear knowledge that someday soon he would be coaching for the opposing team and might need to take advantage of a subpar secondary defender to secure a crucial first down, it hardly backs up any of the claims made by Cataldi in the article. And that’s it! From there, he’s moved on to how Allen, Patrick Chung and Riley “If You’re Gonna Be Real Racist, You Better Also Be Real Good” Cooper need to be cut, and how he wishes the Eagles could just move on from “awkward, strange” Donovan McNabb. No insights, no revelations, certainly no moments that would make you say “Wow, forget the five NFC championship games, that Andy Reid was one back-dealing, two-faced, fraud-perpetuatin’ sonofagun!”

If you’re gonna write a petty, personal, vindictive character-assassination piece, at least make sure your gun has a few bullets in it before you start shooting. Otherwise, your piece only exists to inspire further cheap shots like this in response, and ones where it’s a whole lot easier to make a convincing case.

(s/o to Derek Bodner on Twitter for the first complaint we saw about the story)

  1. Dan - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    God, he’s like ten times stupider in print than he is on the radio. And he’s really stupid on the radio.

  2. chris - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    What a hooked nose jack ass

  3. jpd19125 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    he is the absolute worst and i wish he would go away.

  4. 2sentz - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Hooooly shit that Metro column is almost unreadable. Good job calling him on it, Andrew.

    I’m confused. So Cataldi thinks that 3 early-season Chiefs wins equates to 6 championship games and an alleged “triumph” for Reid? Does he actually think Reid thinks that? And that Reid somehow expected or orchestrated that gatorade bath? And that there’s a coach somewhere in the NFL who WOULDN’T target Nate Allen on a critical 3rd down play? And that we’re all mindless drones for ever appreciating what Reid brought to this city? And that Cataldi’s the only one who can see through Reid’s calculated 14-year smokescreen due to his sharp journalistic acumen?

    That column is flat-out offensive to anyone who has ever cheered the Eagles. Even if/when he apologizes and clumsily backtracks, I’m not sure I’ll ever view Cataldi the same way again.

  5. Mike - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    There are plenty of things to criticize Reid about. Unfortunately, Howard Stern-lite isn’t capable of being thoughtful or articulate enough to expound on any of those things. Do people still listen to that show?

  6. hitnrun - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    C’mon, Andrew. Cataldi shouldn’t be getting links unless he pays for them.

  7. David Breslin - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    He is the biggest joke on the radio – I don’t know how people listen to him. As a fanbase we deserve better.

  8. Fagtaldi - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    That guys an obnoxious fraud. He defines and fuels the type of idiotic, reactionary fan that gives this city a bad name.

  9. willh888 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Often the biggest frauds have convinced themselves they’re the guardians of truth, spouting some nonsense about telling it like it is.. when in reality, they really just tell it like they ‘see’ it. And of course the way they see entirely irrational and for some horrible odd reason feel the need to share it with the rest of us. Then they create a small, creepy, loud following that pretend to speak for every one else. Angelo Cataldi is one of the worst clownish characters this town has ever seen, and it’s no wonder almost every one hates him. In the time he’s faded away in the last 20 years, the only thing he’ll be remembered for is booing Donovan McNabb with 12 friends at draft day. Some legacy eh!

    • 2sentz - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Great point Will. 26 years – roughly 6,700 chunks of 4hr M-F air time, including back when sports radio was relevant – and there’s nothing I can recall as “valuable” ever coming from him.

      As far as “clownish”, Wikipedia offer this:
      “In the parking lot of Veterans Stadium, Cataldi once tried to catch a baseball that was dropped from a helicopter, but the baseball hit him in the head and he had to be rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.”

      Nice high-water mark.

      • willh888 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        That story is priceless. Thank you for that

      • Hiccup - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Brain damage.

  10. CK - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    My stomach every time I hear his voice. He is part of the reason Philadelphia Fans have the reputation that we have….the loudest voice gets the most print!

  11. Vernon Dozier - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    The last time I listened to Cataldi (about 18 years ago), he started off his show with one of his patented “rants” about a current print article concerning Mike Schmidt. Apparently, Schmidt had said some things about Philly that Cataldi took offense to. As I continued on my commute to work, a caller questioned Cataldi’s spin on the article and brought up specific paragraphs and quotes. At that point, Cataldi admitted that he didn’t have time to actually read the article and he was just relying on second hand information. That was the last time I listened to Cataldi.

  12. nahroots - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Can’t wait till this clown retires/dies/fucks off already.

    It’ll be nice to actually listen to sports radio on the way to work.

  13. Scott - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    His Metro column was once called “The Voice of the Philly Sports Fan.” How arrogant and out of touch do you have to be to call yourself that? He NEVER spoke for me and he never spoke for 99% of the Philly sports fans. He’s just a laughing stock and a disgrace. Philly’s version of Skip Bayless.

  14. jakethesnake - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Cataldi is a joke, a lying fool, and painful to listen to. His way of being honest is to have fatso hollis thomas defend Vick after every bad game like a dope.

    the reason I am lukewarm on Chip Kelly is because Cataldi is kissing his butt constantly.

  15. Hiccup - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Wow, not one Cataldi defender.
    Not me.

  16. NJPete - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I moved to the Bay Area (Northern CA) from South Jersey years ago but stay loyal to Philly Sports (via media outlets such as DirecTV and The700Level). I don’t miss the morning show on WIP at all… It is as if nothing has changed after not hearing it for ten years. I do miss Steve Fredericks though… “How do friend?”

  17. thoman8r - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    This guy makes Eskin look like Edward R. Murrow. Wasn’t he also in charge of the crew that booed Werth when he got injured? A complete embarrassment to the city and the fan base.


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