Before I jump into this, I want to assure you that I know exactly what Angelo Cataldi is doing here. Every dumb take, every contrarian opinion he vomits up on his twitter feed or his Philly Voice column is carefully crafted by an old troll to elicit the biggest response, whether it be positive or negative. I fully doubt he’s had an original or personal thought in his mush filled head for the past decade, as everything he does is designed to bring the most eyes and ears on him as possible.
It’s why he’s the most popular media personality in the city and has been for the last 30 years. He’s a played out old hack with a played out format for a morning show that still CRUSHES the ratings and lays waste to all that comes before it.
Most people will say to ignore him. He’s trolling for attention, they say, and wants a reaction to his nonsense. If he doesn’t get one, he’ll go away.
He’s not a bear, people. Playing dead doesn’t work. He’s not going to just “go away.”
I get it, I really do get it. Say something inflammatory that you know is going to get a reaction from dumb people and dumb blogs like mine to stir up controversy and attention. It works 99% of the time, and it’s what has skyrocketed Cataldi to the top of the Philadelphia sports talk empire.
The Cataldi machine is far too big and has far too much momentum to simply “ignore.” He’s not going to go away because of dwindling ratings. Do you really think an entire generation of galoots from South Philadelphia who grew up listening to him in the 80s and 90s are just going to stop?
Of course they won’t. He’s here to stay, whether we like it or not, so it’s time to steer into the Cataldi skid.
Don’t ignore him. Rub his face in every dumb column, every dumb tweet, let him know how idiotic his opinions are until the day he retires.
Someone find out where Angelo lives and give him the “Say Anything” treatment with the 76ers song on a loop until he retires. We can all take shifts. I’ll take midnight to 7 a.m. Who else is in?
Wipe your ass with every horribly written Philly Voice column and tweet him the remnants.
Let’s just all really lean into this until he finally calls it quits. I think that’s the most mature and prudent course of action, don’t you?
10, 9, 8, 76ers….enjoy it Angelo.
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