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Don La Greca Unleashes Epic Rant On Michael Kay Show Caller

“Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca.”

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It can’t be coincidence. The same day BSM’s Tyler McComas gave Don La Greca a 99 in the rant category for his sports radio Madden rankings, the ESPN New York afternoon co-host showed off his talents.

It had been at least 235 days since the New York sports radio airwaves were graced with a La Greca outburst, but hours after he saw his 99, Don proved himself worthy of the ranking. Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca. 

“They’re not sick indefinitely,” Anthony said, adding that no one is forced to play football. “It’s not like you get it and all of a sudden you’re dead.”

La Greca noted Anthony sounds like the people who believe we ‘don’t need to wear a mask because COVID-19 is just the flu.’

But in terms of the viability of having an NFL season, “It’s not about the fact that these guys could die or end up in a hospital,” La Greca said. “It’s about the fact that they’re not allowed to play because they test positive. Are you with me so far? Because I know you’re a little slow,” La Greca said as his agitation for Anthony on Long Island grew. 

“Stop with your propaganda BS about ‘it’s just the flu, it’s not a big deal.’ The fact is, if you test positive at your job, Anthony, they would ask you not to return to work. And if enough people do not return to work then you can’t DO THE JOB! AM I TALKING TO A MORON?!” 

The gloves were off. Flip the page on the 235, La Greca was officially ranting. 

“I CAN’T TAKE YOU PEOPLE ANYMORE! You’re all idiots. Stop with the political BS,” La Greca yelled. “The people that tweet, the people that write, the people that talk from a million miles away, we can’t hear you, we just know you’re an idiot for not wearing the mask…but when you speak, you sound like Anthony, and when Anthony spoke he sounded like a certified moron.

“You’re a moron for not taking this seriously. You’re a moron for thinking that it’s just the flu, you’re a moron for thinking it’s just gonna go away and maybe if you people took it seriously I’d be able to eat in a restaurant, I’d be able to go to the shore, I’d be able to work from my office. Businesses wouldn’t be closing, people wouldn’t be losing jobs. Kids would be allowed in daycare, we wouldn’t have a problem with schools. Do you get it through your thick skull?! WEAR THE DAMN MASK!”

Never would I have guessed La Greca’s streak without a rant could surpass 200 days with everything going on in the world around us. We might not be able to thank Anthony on Long Island for taking COVID-19 seriously, but we can absolutely thank his ignorance for triggering a classic La Greca rant. And there was no better day to do it than the day he was given the elusive 99.

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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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