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Jim Nantz Interviewed Tiger Woods In February And Had No Idea A Masters Return Was Possible

“I got no indication that what’s about to unfold here was in the offing.”

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Back in February, Jim Nantz and Sir Nick Faldo interviewed Tiger Woods at the GENESIS Invitational and Woods gave no indication when he would come back to the PGA Tour during what ended up being a 45-50 minute conversation with him in the booth.

Well, Tiger is back playing at The Masters Thursday morning for a 10:34 AM ET tee time. It’s safe to say Nantz was one of the many people surprised by that news.

Nantz was on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and said that he went to see Woods a few weeks after the tournament in Riviera and said he got no indication that playing in the Masters was going to happen For Tiger.

“I was down in Jupiter, Florida, this was after the GENESIS. I got no indication that what’s about to unfold here was in the offing. I did not get the sense that he was going to play here.” 

Jim Nantz was in Jupiter to talk to Tiger Woods for a special that will air on CBS at 1 PM ET Sunday as Woods looks back at his first Masters win 25 years ago. The special will air right before the live final-round coverage and Nantz said this special will have viewers see a side of Tiger they have never seen before.

“I think it’s fair to say, I’ve known him since he was 16, you are going to see a side of Tiger you’ve never seen before in that hour. He has an era of nostalgia. He’s very open-hearted about that week. He was just outstanding and gracious. I loved that time with him.”

While Nantz had no indication a comeback to the PGA Tour for Woods was as close as it now is, he saw that the 15-time major winner still had the hunger to be great just by what happened the day he showed up to interview Tiger for the special.

“The day I saw him, we delayed when we were going to meet until 11 o’clock because he had a workout. When I saw him for the first time that day, I said man, how are you doing? He said he had been up since 6 and that he had gone after it hard for 4 hours and he cleaned up and got dressed for the interview. Point is, this guy’s just different. The hunger to be great. There’s just no one out there like him.”

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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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