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Colin Cowherd: Cleveland Is Too Small For A Hot Take

“According to Cowherd, if he’s going to fabricate an opinion with the goal of sparking reaction, he’ll pick a market larger than Cleveland.”

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Colin Cowherd has never been a fan of Baker Mayfield, questioning the quarterback’s talent on the field, calling him a bad teammate, criticizing his celebrations and even the way he wears hats. 

On numerous occasions, Mayfield would engage and fight back against Cowherd, which likely enticed the FOX Sports Radio host to keep searching for new criticisms. His latest take that drew the ire of many football fans, is that he would choose Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo over the Browns quarterback. But during his Wednesday show, Cowherd said the anti-Mayfield sentiment isn’t a performance, and his proof is that he plays in Cleveland.

According to Cowherd, if he’s going to fabricate an opinion with the goal of sparking reaction, he’ll pick a market larger than Cleveland. 

“There’s no money in it for me to get Cleveland riled up,” Cowherd said. “You’re not a big enough city. You don’t matter enough. Like it would be one thing if I was riling up New York, or Chicago, or Dallas, or L.A., or Atlanta, or Philadelphia. Cleveland’s like, is Cleveland as big as Columbus, Ohio? I don’t even think it is, is it?”

This isn’t the first time Cowherd pulled back the curtain on his radio show. Just a couple of months ago he explained on-air that some of his predictions are made with the intent of getting the audience to “freak out.” Last summer, Cowherd predicted the Baltimore Ravens would go 16-0. When listeners called him out on being wrong about the 11-5 Ravens, Cowherd defended the prediction.

“I could’ve predicted 14-2, but I thought it was more fun to go 16-0 because you guys would all freak out,” Cowherd explained.

According to Nielsen rankings, Baltimore is the 28th largest media market in the United States, smaller than Cleveland, but still big enough for Cowherd to fabricate a prediction. Cleveland ranks 19th in market size according to Nielsen. The other markets Cowherd listed, New York, Chicago, Dallas, L.A., Atlanta and Philadelphia are all in the top-10. 

Cowherd is bold and brash which will at times lead to odd opinions and false predictions, but it’s more important to say something interesting with conviction than it is to be right. His audience expects to hear unique opinions worthy of a debate, and he always delivers.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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