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Why Angelo Cataldi and the Old School Way of Thinking is Outdated

The old school way of thinking regarding sports, analytics, and the both the enjoyment of the beauty of the game and the intelligence gleaned from studying the game needs to go away.

So many times in the media, you hear writers, commentators, and professionals make the statement that this guy doesn’t know anything about the game because he isn’t a football guy or a basketball guy. It really becomes reminiscent of high school with jocks making fun of nerds for liking to use statistics and analytics. But why do so many established sports commentators refuse to admit that math and analytics should play a role in team building and team philosophy?

For me, no one personifies the old mentality of sports quite to the same degree as Angelo Cataldi, of WIP. Now, treat this as my spoiler alert, this article will be written in a tone that will come across like I am slamming Mr. Cataldi, but that is not my intention. I simply disagree with the majority of what he says and the way he views sports. While I respect him as a professional, I do not respect the way in which he goes about presenting his views. Therefore, I am using him as a face of a much larger problem with sports’ reporters in today’s society.

Furthermore, it should be noted that I am a Sixers fan, and I agree with what Sam Hinkie did as our General Manager. That is why I felt compelled to write a response to this article from one Angelo Cataldi.

Mr. Cataldi states in this article that the Philadelphia 76ers are finally relevant again, thanks solely to the transcendent talent that Ben Simmons has put on display throughout his time in Summer League. Additionally, now Dario Saric is a 76er (technically he always was, but he will be playing in the USA this year), which also lends to the excitement.

While I disagree with this sentiment, as I believe that this team has been exciting for the past three years as they have gone through one of the most historical rebuilds the NBA has ever seen, I can understand where my passion as a fan distorts my point of view.

My issues with what Mr. Cataldi said starts with his take on the Sixers being overly cautious with Ben Simmons and sitting him for three games during summer league.

The ridiculous decision to bench a healthy Simmons for three games in the nine-game NBA Summer League schedule is the latest example of an epidemic of coddling players in all four sports.”

To be clear, Angelo Cataldi thinks that the Sixers have been mired in irrelevancy for the past three years as Sam Hinkie continued to ‘kick the can down the road’ as he drafted injured or unavailable players like Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric while also trading away the Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams. However, when the Sixers are taking care of their young talent and attempting to mitigate the risk of injury or loss, they are being ridiculous and are coddling their player.

While the talent level of the players is not even remotely close, the Lakers played one of their bench bigs who contributed solid hustle minutes for them last year throughout Summer League, and Larry Nance Jr. was having a really nice summer league showing. Then, he sprained his hand.

So, no matter what the competition level is, it is still imperative to remember that basketball is a physical game and injuries can happen at any time. When a team knows what they have in a star young player, there is no reason to continue to play them.

Mr. Cataldi took things further though, questioning the medical science that was used to map out Ben Simmons’ playing schedule.

“Why did the Sixers shut him down? No reason, really. Coach Brown said it was just part of a schedule the team had developed right after drafting the 19-year-old forward. Did they employ any newfangled medical science that said playing nine games in two weeks was too much? No, not at all.”

Ah yes, one of the more common refrains we hear from the old guard of sports fan, newfangled medical science. This is one of the things that annoys me more than anything else, when a sports’ commentator doesn’t understand something, it suddenly is bologna nerd talk that is pointless to consider.

Sports science is absolutely revolutionizing athletics, and it should be prioritized for every franchise in every sport. If you need evidence of the impact that it can have on the sports’ landscape, you don’t have to even look outside of our city. In 2015, under Chip Kelly, who was renown for his utmost faith and belief in sports science, the Eagles were the second healthiest team in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the Giants had to pay out the second most injured reserve money in 2015. This was under Tom Coughlin, who is infamous for his disbelief in modern medicine.

However, I doubt that this singular piece of data is enough to convince someone as stubborn in their beliefs as one Angelo Cataldi, so let’s delve a little deeper into some of Mr. Cataldi’s beliefs regarding science and medicine in sports.

“Only old-timers like me remember the four-man rotation in baseball, a system that led to no more injuries than the five-day scheme used today. Relievers pitched more than an inning, day after day, without the burden of pitch counts. They all survived.”

While it is true that injuries in baseball are up, there is logic behind this fact that is overlooked by the old-timers who simply believe that their generation was tougher than this generation.

In fact, the science has proven that today’s pitchers throw harder than any previous generation and they pitch more than any previous generation. The latter point is tough for some older heads to understand, but as sports science in training has gotten better, younger athletes are focusing on one position in one sport at an earlier age and they are being trained better than ever before.

However, don’t take my word for it.

“People ask me all the time, “Is pitching natural?” I would say that excessive pitching, throwing 100 full-effort pitches every fifth day, is not natural.” Dr. Glenn Fleisig says, “Up until the 1990s, kids played multiple sports, and then kids started specializing…What happened is that our trend for more youth and high school injuries correlated with kids shifting to “I’m a baseball player. I’m gonna play 10 months a year. I’m on my Little League team, but I’m also on this travel team.” There was no such thing before…These Matt Harveys, Jose Fernandezes — this is the first generation that’s the year-round one-sport generation. So today’s young pro pitcher shows up with more damage in his ligaments and tendons because he didn’t play multiple sports. He just pitched, and he’s been getting little, microscopic, undetected injuries.”

That is baseball though, let’s discuss the real man’s sport, football, where Mr. Cataldi thinks that it is impossible to legislate safety into the most violent game there is.

“But this is football, right? There is no actual way to legislate contact out of a contact sport.”

Now this would be a completely true and understandable point, if it wasn’t 100% false. You absolutely can implement rule changes in the NFL to make the game safer. I only say this because it has already happened!

After the NFL changed the kickoff rules a few years ago, they saw a 40% decrease in concussions off of kick off plays and a 13% decrease in concussions on all types of plays. This literally took me five seconds of research to find this information out, so for Mr. Cataldi to write this is either laziness or his own blatant disregard for facts and information.

To be clear on that last point, I am not saying that the work to make football safer is done or even close to it, I am simply just saying that there is proven statistics that show rule changes can directly impact the damage that the contact in football causes.

But, don’t you go and tell Angelo Cataldi that he is wrong about his stance on Ben Simmons sitting out a few games during the more than meaningless NBA summer league.

“Anybody who thinks otherwise [that the Sixers were smart to stick to the medically approved playing schedule] is governed not by logic, but by fear.”

This quote, as a whole, is asinine in my opinion, as it shows a complete lack of belief in the medical opinions of the team’s doctors. However, I guess I can understand the excitement Mr. Cataldi is showing towards seeing Ben Simmons, so I will let that slide for the most part.

There is something to take solace in here, though. It is interesting for Mr. Cataldi to say that we should not be governed by fear, but instead use logic to guide our decision making process.

It seems eerily familiar though, like I’ve heard someone else say that before…but who

“So many of my friends will tell me, ‘Don’t do that. Don’t try that. It’s going to end poorly. They’ll run you out,'” Hinkie would later say. “And that’s the reason to do it, because fear has been the motivating factor for way too many people for way too long.”

NO! IT CAN’T BE!!!

Not the, and let me quote Angelo Cataldi here, biggest fraud I have ever encountered during my 40 years in sports media…charlatan, a snake-oil salesman… Pied Piper of the young and the naïve.”

It turns out, that Angelo Cataldi would praise the philosophy that Sam Hinkie used in running the team, if Angelo Cataldi would just think about his position from time to time instead of spouting the first opinion that pops into his head without being hindered by the need for research or support.

For instance, Mr. Cataldi’s line of thinking* was very much in arms against the trade of Michael Carter-Williams, stating that it was just Sam Hinkie kicking the can down the road trading our best player and reigning Rookie of the Year.

(*I don’t have definitive support that this was Angelo Cataldi’s position for this case, as it was a position that I believe he made on the radio and I am recalling from memory, so instead of stating as fact, I will instead say that this was a common complaint from like-minded individuals during the aftermath of the trade.)

However, someone governed by fear would not trade the reigning Rookie of the Year in his second season. Instead, a fearful GM would simply say that the player is still young (MCW was actually old in NBA terms as a 22 year old rookie) and developing.

Instead of fear, Hinkie operated using logic and traded MCW at the height of his value and got one of the most coveted assets on the market in the protected Lakers pick. If you would like to argue about the value of that Lakers’ pick since it has yet to convey, go wild, but it does not change the value of the pick at the time of the trade. Further, I personally would much rather have the pick convey this upcoming draft when the class is loaded with talent over this past year when it was a two player draft class. 

Getting back to Angelo Cataldi’s article, he mentions that Hinkie supporters are more like cultists, which I can concede as a somewhat valid point as the Hinkie supporters (myself included) vigorously defend his positions. I support what Hinkie did, as I could understand the bigger picture and see the logic in every move Hinkie made. However…

“In fact, for the past three years, the only real public conversation was provided by the Hinkie cultists, who became enthralled with his tanking process and his unprecedented skill at losing basketball games (47-199). Since Hinkie was forced out, that blip of interest has grown into a phenomenon.”

I struggle to respond to this point, as Mr. Cataldi shows a level of enjoyment in his lack of perception and unwillingness to do any research at all. But, alas, I was the one who wanted to respond to this article, so can’t blame anyone but myself.

First, Hinkie supporters were not excited about Sam Hinkie’s ability to lose games, as we have had several GM’s over the years prior to Sam Hinkie’s hire who were either complacent in being an average team or were adept at losing games without a larger plan in place for future success.

Instead, we were excited to see a clear plan taking shape towards rebuilding this team to win championships, not simply just make the playoffs. The moves made were strategic and moved us closer to our goal. While the Sixers have lost many games over the past three years, we are in an absurdly better place now than we were when Hinkie took over.

To help better see this point, it is crucial to look at what Sam Hinkie started with on the Sixers roster and see what he turned that into in his short stay with the team. Here is what Hinkie inherited:

Sixers before

So, as you can see, we had the eleventh overall pick in 2013, but we did not have the rights to our 2014 pick (protections dependent) due to the ineptitude of Doug Collins trading it for Arnett Moultrie. We also lost a future first rounder to Orlando thanks to the Andrew Bynum trade (which I still stand behind as a good trade to make that just didn’t work out for us).

Apart from our lack of draft picks, our top players were Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner. Holiday was a promising young player, but has never developed into even a top 15 NBA point guard, whether that be because of injuries or his ceiling. Thaddeus Young is a tremendous role player who does a lot of things incredibly well but will never be a focal point of a good offense. Meanwhile, Evan Turner was a complete bust of a pick in Philadelphia only to have a bit of a resurgence in Boston as a solid bench role player.

Compare that roster to the set of assets Sam Hinkie put together during his time as GM:
Sixers After

I honestly don’t even want to go into breaking down all of the talent on the roster at this point, but I will say that Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and Robert Covington are a better class of talent than anyone on the initial roster.

While it is not certain how these players will develop, their potential far outweighs the potential of any players or assets held by the Sixers prior to Hinkie’s rebuild. While it is a fair point to say that Hinkie only took the best player available in the draft and his tanking allowed them to get higher picks than ever before, Hinkie positioned this team to restock their system with adept trades for picks, players, and talent.

He drafted Elfrid Payton knowing the Magic wanted him and would overpay to get him by giving up two first rounders for him. Hinkie built the Sixers overseas player pool from the ground up, getting such talent as Dario Saric, Vasilije Micic, and Furkan Aldemir. He found excellent role players in the second round of the draft like Jerami Grant, Richaun Holmes, and Robert Covington (technically Hinkie didn’t draft him but he did acquire him). Needless to say, there was much more work than simply picking the best player available at the top of the draft.

However, sometimes picking the best player at the top of a draft class is not quite as simple as it sounds. Take the 2015 draft, in which the Sixers had the third overall pick and were contemplating selecting two players, Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis.

Sam Hinkie wanted to select the European prospect who was able to rebound, protect the rim, run the floor, and shoot from the outside but Sixers’ ownership wanted to select the American-born center Okafor as he was a more well-known player that they could market to the fanbase.

As Mr. Cataldi pointed out, the Sixers have a logjam in the front court.

“New Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted his discomfort last week with having so many big men on the roster. And who built this dysfunctional set of players? Ex-GM Sam Hinkie, of course. Yet his clueless followers remain devoted to a man who cannot find another job in the NBA, who had no idea how to build an actual team, and whose only obvious skill was losing games. Insane.”

The Sixers’ ownership group were acting out of fear instead of logic, fearing the response on draft night as opposed to seeing the potential fit of the roster and the talent of the individual players. Seems like Angelo would disagree with the ownership group, and not the GM in this scenario.

Instead, the group of fans who remained true to the Sixers through their rebuild were able to see a bigger picture on draft night. So call us Hinkie cultists if it makes you feel better about your own errors in judgment, but we saw how Porzingis would be able to play well with our bigs of Embiid, Noel, and Saric. In the NBA, having several options is a good thing, so getting a trio of bigs who are athletic enough to guard quicker fours or bigger fives is not just a benefit but a must.

Hinkie saw this, the Hinkie-cultists saw this, but the talking heads who were enthralled with only the players they got to see play in college and put up high scoring numbers loved Okafor because he can score. These people tend to forget there is more to the game than just scoring points. Further to the point, the log jam of bigs would be eased with a big man who can stretch the floor and play next to Noel, Embiid, Saric, and Simmons. This was the move Hinkie wanted to make, because he understood how to build a winning franchise. 

I can say all of this, but it doesn’t really matter because I am not an expert. I can just be laughed off as a Hinkie-cultist or an amateur, both of which I cannot argue against. Therefore, I wanted to see what Hinkie’s colleagues think of his work, or in other words, what the experts of the industry think of what he did with the Sixers.

As for why there seemed to be a large group of people within basketball that were actively against Sam Hinkie,

“We’re in a competitive business,” says one Western Conference exec. “I think a lot of people feared what Sam was doing: ‘What if it works? It will become the new model.'”

And for how other GM’s viewed Hinkie’s work:

Says one Western Conference GM: “I really believe what Hinkie did was break something down masterfully. People say you can just tank and get picks. Sam did so much more. His deals brought multiple picks back every time. I never saw someone do more deals with more moving parts in such a short amount of time.”

And touching on why there seemed to be anger in the media towards Sam Hinkie:

“I’ll flat out call it jealousy,” Brenner [ESPN The Magazine writer and author of the article on Sam Hinkie] admitted when asked about the feelings from other GM’s that he spoke to for this peace.  “A couple of general managers actually used that word. Some of the criticism of him was motivated by exactly that.”

And what players thought of the Sixers organization:

This is a high-quality, top-notch organization. They had every advantage conceivable for the players. I was surprised. [Elton Brand]

Simply put:

So while that perception on the outside might be fair, perception is rarely reality and on the inside the Sixers were run with a precise plan, one that other envied and hoped to duplicate, but Hinkie beat them to it and now it may never happen again.

Taking this line of thinking a step further, consider the fact that the Sacramento Kings, the same team Sam Hinkie fleeced in a trade to acquire draft pick swap rights, a 2019 first round pick, lottery pick Nick Stauskas, along with players such as Jason Thompson and Carl Landry, haven’t had a winning record since 2005 and have had six head coaches in five years. However, there is not a league-wide outcry for the league to step in and correct the front office problems and a public mocking of the management of the team.

Therefore, it is fair to say that the perceptions captured in the above quotes from other GM’s around the league and experts in the field are mostly accurate. Sam Hinkie’s colleagues saw Hinkie’s plan as the masterpiece it was, and the only negative perceptions towards the process were from the fear that it was working and a state of jealousy of the freedom to perform what was needed.

I want to be fair though to Mr. Cataldi. I have stated several times throughout this article that it would appear that he does not do research and simply states the first thought in his head as a fact. I then claimed that he demeans anyone who disagrees with his point as an idiot. Therefore, I want to provide examples of this in action to ensure I am not taking a cheap shot or making up lies. So, let’s look at Angelo Cataldi’s track record then.

First, let’s take a look at what Mr. Cataldi most recently said about Matt Klentak, the GM of the Phillies:

“The invisible nine-month tenure of Matt Klentak as Phillies GM is about to end, whether he likes it or not. With the trade deadline only two weeks away, the 36-year-old novice is going to have to do more than preach patience as the outcry grows for him to improve the roster of a team enduring its fourth straight losing season…Klentak has been a model of minimalism. Release Ryan Howard? No, thank you. Add a top free agent? There are no good fits. Address the behavioral issues of Odubel Herrera and Nick Williams? Their managers can handle that.”

Seems pretty down on the GM, I wonder what he thought of the GM merely a few months ago, say May of 2016, when the Phillies were winning a bit more than they have been recently.

The best example of the contrast between the old and the new is the way they have handled promising young players. A case in point is ex-closer Ken Giles, who spent two months too long in the minors until the team had secured an extra year of eligibility for him…Last Friday, the new guys proved how different they are. Three weeks from gaining an extra season before free agency, young slugger Tommy Joseph was summoned to supplant Darin Ruf as the right-handed bat in the first-base platoon. The bosses know the current team is not playoff-bound, but they made the move anyway.

As a radio personality, it is beneficial for a professional to appeal to the masses. Therefore, when the team is winning, praising the team is beneficial as the fans want to embrace the team. However, when the team is suffering losses, it is more beneficial for a radio personality to disparage the team and call out anything and everything they are doing, since it appeals more to the fans who want solutions to the team’s struggles.

While this is something that can benefit a radio personality, although I personally disagree with this style of hosting, it is unacceptable as a journalist or blogger.  The difference is that there is a level of understanding between the readers and writer that the writer will support what they put down on paper (or on their site) with facts and research.

Let’s find a couple more examples though, to ensure I am not trying to pull something sneaky. Let’s look into the discrepancy between how Angelo Cataldi views Sam Hinkie compared to anyone else:

“Now it’s time for this undeniably intelligent young GM [Matt Klentak] to use all of his analytics data to turn some of the current players into future contributors. It is definitely not the time for him to find more excuses to shirk his responsibility.”

Compared to Pete Mackanin, Phillies Manager:

“Despite his conservative nature, Mackanin is not averse to taking calculated strategic risks.”

Comparing how Mr. Cataldi was willing to praise Matt Klentak for drafting players and allowing them to develop into good players, through the use of analytics nonetheless and how Mackanin was a genius for taking calculated strategic risks with his moves to how Angelo Cataldi talks about Sam Hinkie:

The truth is, he [Hinkie] was a bad drafter and an abysmal team-builder. New GM Bryan Colangelo found out how bad when he tried to trade Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel…The best example [of Hinkie being a con man] is his infatuation with acquiring second-round picks. In all, he collected 10 during his three-year tenure. So far, none has made a significant contribution.

Apart from the fact that we have seen incredible production from second round selections, like K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Richaun Holmes, and even undrafted free agents like T.J. McConnell, Angelo Cataldi seems to lack the same level of patience that he had with the Phillies’ young talent, lack the willingness to view advanced analytical data that shows these players played pretty well for our team, and disagrees with the strategic risks taken by Hinkie to acquire talent.

One reason for this lack of patience could be that the Sixers have been bad for longer than the Phillies have, so the patience has run out. However, Hinkie was the GM for only three years. Over that same time period, the Phillies have averaged a winning percentage of 0.432. Therefore, I don’t see that as a valid excuse.

Therefore, the only conclusion I can come to is that Angelo Cataldi holds Sixers’ prospects and players to a different standard than he does our other sports. This is further evidenced when Angelo Cataldi actually compares them, albeit indirectly compares them.

The cultists love to talk about Hinkie’s process, but they ignore what he gave up and what he got in return. Under his reign, Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and his own first-rounder, Michael Carter-Williams, for an array of nonentities like Arsalan Kazemi and Furkan Aldemir and a handful of draft picks.

Just because I can’t let that go, he tosses in the phrase ‘handful of draft picks’, but doesn’t admit that Hinkie cleaned up the errors of Doug Collins. He acquired additional first round draft picks and young franchise caliber players like Nerlens Noel for players who are barely role players on playoff teams (see Spencer Hawes, MCW, and Jrue Holiday), and built the Sixers’ international prospect pool from scratch. Similar to how the Spurs consistently replenish their pool of talent by bringing over talented foreign prospects, the Sixers now have a viable international pool of talent to tap into down the line.

Ok, now compare that to how Mr. Cataldi ranks the top draft picks between the major sports teams this year:

The Eagles are the winners because they took someone with significant experience, a track record that extends beyond high school (Moniak) or one year of college (Simmons)…Yes, Wentz never faced the best competition while competing in FCS (1-AA), but he did play all four years of his college eligibility (42 games) and performed especially well in the playoffs. At 23, he is hardly a finished product, but at least he didn’t just get back from his prom. He is a man.

Forget the fact that the Eagles gave up a combination of two first round picks, a second round pick, third round pick, and fourth round pick, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso to acquire Carson Wentz, who didn’t even play at the highest level of college football. No, Angelo Cataldi is right, the Hinkie cultists are the ones who gloss over what was given up to acquire the talent on the roster.

Why is it more shocking, or perhaps a better word to use would be damning, to Mr. Cataldi to give up players like Jrue Holiday or Thaddeus Young from a team that was stuck in mediocrity compared to the Eagles trading away future draft picks and severely handcuffing their options as they rebuild a roster for an inexperienced rookie who probably won’t play this year at all?

So, would it be fair to consider that perhaps Mr. Cataldi does not understand how to evaluate NBA talent? Well, let’s take a look and see.  First, we would need to see how Angelo Cataldi evaluated particular players on the roster, say Michael Carter-Williams:

Are Michael-Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel actually building blocks for a Sixer championship? If your answer is yes, congratulations. You win a lifetime supply of Hinkie Kool-Aid.

Ok, so Angelo Cataldi does not view MCW as a building block for this team. Therefore, he should be indifferent to trading this player, as he himself has said that MCW is not a vital player for this franchise.

If Mr. Cataldi then came out and disparaged Sam Hinkie for trading this at best average basketball player for something of value, it would be clear that Mr. Cataldi is more concerned with insulting the GM of the Sixers as opposed to actually analyzing the merits of the GM’s actions.

Last week, in his latest venture into a murky future, GM Sam Hinkie traded the NBA rookie of the year because he wanted more options. In Hinkie’s twisted world, the correct term is “optionality” – the process of turning the known into the unknown, a tangible reality into a vague new promise…Sam Hinkie never saw Carter-Williams as a 23-year-old point guard still learning his craft.

Plus, all rebuilding plans need a timetable. Hinkie used more than 300 words to say nothing when asked for a date when the team will be a contender again.

First, to discuss the timetable comment, Hinkie had always stated from the beginning that he had a five year plan in place.  Similar to how Dario Saric stated that he would sign with the Sixers over this summer from the first day he was drafted, yet no one believed him, Hinkie had stated his intentions from the beginning.  

Second, while the above quote is not a whole-hearted pronouncement of support for MCW, it does show how Angelo Cataldi viewed the trade.  In this instance, he describes the MCW as a known commodity who was still learning his craft, however, previously described anyone who thought MCW was worth building around as a Hinkie cultist.

The one thing that I don’t understand still is how someone of Angelo Cataldi’s status, a well-respected and supported Philadelphia sports’ media member, can get away with this.  Well, he explains how he justifies this:

How can I be so sure of this? Well, after 40 years in the media, I have an advanced degree in sports logic.

This type of justification of ignorance infuriates me.  To be fair, this quote was to support a point Mr. Cataldi was making on Sam Bradford, but the larger implication is that Mr. Cataldi uses his gut-feeling or his resume as support for his positions as opposed to facts and statistics.

There are dozens, trust me, more examples that I could have chosen from, but seeing as I am now over five thousand words, I figured I would wrap this up with just these examples.

I would like to reiterate, I respect Angelo Cataldi as a professional, and I am not trying to disparage his name or his career.  Instead, I am trying to use him as an example of the type of thinking that happens in today’s world, where there is a fear of change, a mockery of using math or statistics, or a downright bashing of anyone who didn’t play the sport growing up but want to feel like a part of the team.

I disagree with a lot of what Angelo Cataldi speaks out about, and based on listening to him on the radio and reading what he writes, we are as close to polar opposites as it can get. I love all four of our main teams, but basketball is my favorite sport, which puts me in the minority in this city and with Mr. Cataldi’s Morning Show, who prioritize the three other sports over basketball based on my listening experience.

However, I only wish that Mr. Cataldi would exercise more caution with how he presents his views, through the use of more research, support, and restraint from a public mocking of anyone with different opinions than his own.

As a respected head in the Philadelphia media, people within the city and those from the national perspective look to how Angelo and others of his ilk react to our teams and form their opinions. Therefore, Mr. Cataldi has a much greater burden than others in this field. As long as he continues to think like this and shout his opinions without considering the facts and data, he will continue to damage the reputation of Philadelphia as a sports’ city. 

With as many people looking to Angelo Cataldi for his opinions and thoughts, it is imperative that he admit that the old school way of thinking about sports is outdated.

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