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Colin Cowherd Says He Is ‘90% There’ In Recovery From Blood Clot

“The Herd’s in good hands with Wright, but as Cowherd regains his health and grades the recovery at 90%, hopefully the FOX Sports Radio star is back behind the mic soon.”

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Colin Cowherd is still off-air as he recovers from a blood clot, but the FOX Sports Radio host shared a promising update Thursday evening, saying he’s “about 90% there,” referring to his health. 

During the video, Cowherd thanked all the well-wishers and shared a couple of gifts he’s received this week, including a signed football from Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Last Saturday night, Cowherd was rushed to the hospital after feeling a sharp pain in the right side of his chest while eating dinner with his wife. Earlier this week, Cowherd said X-rays detected a blood clot in his right lung. Although blood clots are sometimes connected to COVID-19, Cowherd noted he tested negative for the virus twice.

“It was the most pain I’ve ever been in,” Cowherd explained. “It was limiting my breathing. Again, it was scary. Good news, they tested me again for COVID and I didn’t have it. I’m waiting for some blood work. I have no idea why it happened.”

Filling in for Cowherd has been his FOX Sports colleague Nick Wright. During a recent episode of The Herd, Wright took some time to wish his friend well. When he moved to Los Angeles to join FOX Sports five years ago, Cowherd took him under his wing and made Wright a regular on his radio show. As Wright’s profile with FOX Sports has grown immensely, Cowherd still provides mentorship. 

“When I left L.A. and went to New York, that was four years ago, every single Friday since then, he has called to check in on me, to see how I’m doing, see how the show is, to see if I need anything,” Wright said of Cowherd. “They say ‘don’t meet your heroes,’ except and unless they are just awesome. And that’s what Colin’s been to me.”

The Herd’s in good hands with Wright, but as Cowherd regains his health and grades the recovery at 90%, hopefully the FOX Sports Radio star is back behind the mic soon.

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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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