I know I’m going to get killed for this post, but I’m going to write it anyway, so here goes nothing…
My colleague Kevin Kinkead wrote an article about 94.1 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi’s reaction to the Gabe Kapler firing today, calling it “cringe worthy” and took some pot shots at the morning talker for his frequent self-plaudit that he represents the voice of the Philadelphia sports fan.
This, of course, becomes a generational argument.
Cataldi, who has been on the air longer than a lot of Philadelphia sports fans have been alive, is in his late sixties.
The preponderance of loud sports voices today are at least half his age, if not more.
So, as the ever-growing trope goes, Cataldi must only represent the voice of fans in their 60s and doesn’t accurately reflect the voice of the younger fans in town.
That’s because there’s also a stereotype for the younger fan. That somehow, everyone under the age of 35 are Millennial lemmings who all think the same way and that inherently, every one of those fans thinks differently than us old heads.
Meanwhile we think the younger fans are idiots, while they think we’re clueless curmudgeons.
It’s kind of a vicious cycle.
But I’m not writing this to fuel a generation war. This isn’t the point of my post. And besides, that generation war already exists.
Instead, my point is to tell you that yes, Angelo Cataldi is right.