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Because I played in the NHL, everyone thinks that’s all I know, but once you get past that, they see I have knowledge of all sports.
Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM.
It also goes beyond just basic sports knowledge. I was just standing up for the Islanders. I don’t think I’m at that point yet, but I struggled a lot with post-concussions. Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in … Alan had me in studio one night and we were actually filling in for Rothenberg, oddly enough. BC: Have you ever talked to, or helped players with the transition of going from professional athlete into finding your next career? I was with my wife. You started out with you and Alan, and Chris Canty was brought along slowly, right? He was only on with you guys on Fridays at first? We lost 21 seconds of radio, back to back to back dumps, he thought he had the best comment and little did he know we were dumping the whole thing. But Justin Craig, Tim McCarthy, Ryan Hurley, we have a great team here, our producers Ray Deenihan and Ray Santiago, we had RJ Santillo who works on The Kay Show now, everyone was really helpful, everyone really pays attention to what’s going on, so if you ask them to take a quick listen to see what you can work on, they’re all very helpful. It’s not easy to sit here and watch playoff hockey knowing that if I didn’t get hurt, I could still be playing. I wouldn’t be looking for a job, because I would’ve naturally progressed into being an Islander for life. I love people that love sports and are passionate about sports and I’m just really happy to be on-air. Rick DiPietro had a new nickname ready for his radio rival, Mike Francesa (inset). BC: Especially because you weren’t even viewed as an older player, but even athletes that are viewed as older players, they’re 35, 40 years old. Rick DiPietro was previously married to Cassandra Fontana (2009). BC: Did you ever say anything you did get in trouble for?
RD: We all have strong opinions and we all watch everything, but we’ll still take some calls and answer questions and we’ll get to a topic where one of us hasn’t seen it so that person lays low for a bit, but it’s almost like a competition between the three of us as to who’s consumed the most from the night before. and more from FamousFix.com. You want to try and draw up as much passion from the listener, whether that’s good or bad passion. Was it something you inquired about, or did ESPN and Alan Hahn come to you first? RD: It’s not even necessarily the topic, I think that every good radio show and everyone on that radio show has a specific role. We’ll get calls about Greg Bird and I’ll always argue with fans because it is the worst thing in the world for a professional athlete to be hurt. BC: Do you pay attention to ratings? He’s getting through it…. They were dating for 7 years after getting together in 2002 and were married on 18th Jul 2009. Mike Francesa just absolutely destroyed Rick DiPietro for stepping to him. Thanks for contacting us. RD: Oh yea, absolutely. Rick Dipietro Is A Member Of . This week, a judge struck down Florida Governor Rick Scott’s suspension of David DiPietro & Darrell Wright and in an ironic twist – the Judge was right. I like the interaction with co-hosts, I love when passionate fans call in, I love the disagreements. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights RD: No. Or you just built your own thing? I don’t know if it’s just my personality, but I never think I did a good job. More On: mike francesa. Everything’s on a schedule, so you wake up and know you have something to do and I think the fact that I wake up and have something to do, it’s definitely helped my transition out of the sport – absolutely. “I didn’t say anything about him. RD: Not really, but I’ve certainly been dumped quite a bit. Hockey Player. You’re probably feeling invincible, that this is something that will last forever, but it ended quickly for you, and the way it ends with the fans turning on you while you’re trying to get healthy and get back makes it more difficult. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Radio talks so much football, so if you played football you can always talk about that, all other sports play a lesser role so it’s more naturally assumed a former football player can just learn them as we go. Because you mentioned being in a dark place and there’s no way you could go through everything you did and not deal with any sort of depression, a lot of athletes go through that and finding the second career isn’t easy. I was even doing stuff on Cold Pizza way back. You’re talking about me having my life planned out, a 15-year contract where if things go the right way after dealing with what we dealt with, being bad and having a high draft picks for a lot of years, eventually we’d get to the point during that 15-year deal where the team would be really good and potentially win the Stanley Cup. 39 Year Olds. Win a championship, get into the hall-of-fame and go off into the sunset completely satisfied. RD: Yea, it’s a concern. It wasn’t easy, but it was less about the fans and more about the fact that I don’t feel like I achieved what I set out to achieve. It was tough especially because in my mind, being a young guy, I felt like I could still do it, but to have my body betray me the way it did, it wasn’t easy to deal with. RD: I have. And it’s tough because as we were talking before, you guys are on a bit of an island.
BC: Did you know Dave Rothenberg before he replaced Alan? I’ll always root for the Islanders. BC: Right, you have an understanding that if you have a lesser take and stay back on one topic, you’ll still get your opportunity to be the dominant voice on something else. He’s working with the NHLPA, but I think all unions are trying to really step up and give these players opportunities once they’re done playing. So what I think is funny and what I enjoy talking about, I think the people we’re targeting would also find funny. It went from the perfect plan, to being put on waivers, sent down, commuting from Long Island to Bridgeport every morning at 5am and yea it was tough. RD: Yea, I did some pre and post stuff with the Islanders. Copyright Barrett Sports Media © All rights reserved. Get all the latest stats, news, videos and more on Rick DiPietro Post was not sent - check your email addresses! BC: Do you ever find yourself falling back into what you categorized as a dark place? DiPietro, a former No. Giggle.’’, “But here’s a guy shooting his mouth off at a show that beats him – now, he should understand this: This would be is basically like your typical night in net: 7 1/2 to 1 in a normal book, 8 to 1 you’re getting beat,” Francesa said. It’s a scary thought to just all of a sudden wake up one day and be like “Okay, that career is over. Connect any celebrity with Rick DiPietro to see how closely they are linked... romantically! They just saw it was 15-years, but the whole point of the deal was sitting down with Charles Wang and trying to get around the salary cap. Now what?”. I happened to text Alan about a hockey stat while I was listening to his show and he told me, ‘since I know you, you can’t keep your mouth shut and all you like to do is talk, you should try this radio thing, I think you’d like it.’. My favorite sport growing up was baseball. To stick to the clock, which we try to do, and then take calls and incorporate everything with everyone having an opinion, it’s not easy. It takes time, but I think we’re still getting better at it. One day it’s going to be gone and you have to be selfish and really focus on taking advantage of your talents and getting the most out of them. BC: I get that it’s difficult from a credibility standpoint to convince the listeners you have well-rounded sports knowledge, but you can’t talk a lot of Islander hockey on the radio, you don’t talk much hockey in general, so that crutch isn’t there. RD: [Laughs] It’s like my Islanders career. BC: How far back will you go? BC: It brought a lot of attention to the show, so is that type of back and forth something you enjoy and think is good for radio? RD: I wasn’t surprised. That’s when we first met then and we always had a pretty good relationship after that. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. That, for us is the next step. So with the help of Alan, I just kinda fell into radio.
What Is This Election Doing To Sports Gambling? Contribute. RD: I obviously can’t control the time-slots or anything, so the only thing for us is to continue getting better and hopefully us getting better translates into better ratings.
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