Angelo Cataldi has been a fixture on Philadelphia sports talk radio for years. But that nearly came to an end on Tuesday - because of a cheesesteak.
While filming a commercial to hype up Friday's Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center, Cataldi took a monstrous bite of a cheesesteak and it got stuck in his throat. Without anything to drink, Cataldi was choking to death until Spike Eskin, the son of Howard Eskin, another long-time Philly radio stalwart, saved Cataldi's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
In typical sports talk fashion, the near-death experience soon turned became humorous, as Eskin and co-host Keith Jones began to make cracks about Cataldi nearly choking to death
The burning question on my mind - where did they get the cheesesteak? If Cataldi choked on it, it must have been pretty dry - and that's not a steak I want anything to do with.
It is a true story, and they made fun of him right after it with Conklin. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Howard_Eskin_Mixed_feelings_Spike_saved_Cataldi.html
It was a radio bit they did with impressionist/comedian Joe Conklin. I don't know how serious the actual "choking" was, but they were making a joke about it today!