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Joe Cowart: Kirk Herbstreit Doesn’t Watch Enough NFL Football To Be Amazon Analyst

“I don’t want a guy that doesn’t excel in the NFL game to get that much money to tell me what I am looking for in an NFL game. I don’t!”

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With Troy Aikman off the board, Amazon is reportedly locked in on ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit for Thursday Night Football. Herbstreit is best known for his work on ESPN’s college football coverage, but he is undeniably the biggest name available and has called a few NFL games in the past.

Still, that isn’t enough for some critics, including Joe Cowart of 1010XL in Jacksonville. On Monday’s edition of XL Primetime, the station’s midday show, he expressed his disbelief at the idea of Herbie calling NFL games with regularity.

“A lot of people have laughed at the idea of Kirk Herbstreit even doing NFL football,” he said.

Joe Cowart said that he can’t see the NFL wanting someone who isn’t “an NFL guy” on one of its primetime broadcasts. When colleagues told Cowart that all that matters is that Herbstreit is a football guy, he pushed back, suggesting that these are just rumors and may never become reality.

“This is probably an agent power play,” Cowart said. “There’s nothing wrong with that either. It drives me a little crazy when you sit there and think…I don’t want a guy that doesn’t excel in the NFL game to get that much money to tell me what I am looking for in an NFL game. I don’t!”

Cowart says that Kirk Herbstreit is undeniably popular. That is what makes him valuable to Amazon. He also said he isn’t sure that is enough for Herbstreit to “deserve” the gig. He compared it to someone taking Dick Vitale from ESPN to have him work on NBA games.

The biggest swing Joe Cowart took came when one of his co-hosts said that Herbstreit watches the NFL and knows what is going on in the league. Cowart said that he isn’t sure that is true. He assumes that Herbstreit spends Sundays and Mondays watching what he missed on Saturdays.

While all of his colleagues disagreed with Cowart and pointed out that ESPN has turned NFL games over to Kirk Herbstreit each of the last two seasons, Cowart remained steadfast. He said it is easy to prepare for a single game.

“I don’t think he watches the NFL game except for that week. He hones up and does it that week,” Cowart declared.

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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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