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NBC Criticized For Coverage of Mikaela Shiffrin After Fall in Women’s Slalom

“Makes me second-guess like the last 15 years,. Like everything I thought about my own skiing and slalom and racing mentality.”

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Jim McKay’s famous phrase from the introduction to ABC’s Wide World of Sports, “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat,” never applies more strongly than during the Olympic Games.

Young (and not-so-young) athletes train for years to compete at the international level, with their fate often coming down to the minutes of an event. Winning a medal brings fame and glory to Olympic athletes. But falling short of expectations can lead to humiliation and pain.

Unfortunately, one of the major stories early in the 2022 Winter Olympics has been skier Mikaela Shiffrin and her falls in two separate events that resulted in DNF (“Did Not Finish”) outcomes.

NBC cameras focused on Shiffrin sitting in the snow after she fell, lingering on her as the women’s slalom race continued. By doing so, the telecast not only stayed on Shiffrin in an emotional moment but created the impression that the race had stopped.

NBC was criticized not only for keeping its cameras on Shiffrin as she tried to process what happened, but for its interview with the clearly emotional skier trying to collect her thoughts after the event.

“Makes me second-guess like the last 15 years,” said Shiffrin, choking up and fighting back tears. “Like everything I thought about my own skiing and slalom and racing mentality. Just processing a lot for sure.”

You can watch the entire interview here. (We can’t embed it because of International Olympic Committee restrictions.)

The falls were particularly heartbreaking for Shiffrin. Not just because she didn’t fulfill expectations in Beijing, but because her father died a year ago. The 2022 Winter Games were the first in which she participated without her father.

Many viewers drew comparisons to NBC’s coverage of gymnast Simone Biles during the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, during which she withdrew from several events to address her mental health. Many felt NBC and other media put too much pressure on Biles, creating major expectations to win multiple gold medals.

Did the network do the same with Shiffrin? It’s a question that might be worth considering for the remainder of the Beijing Games and future Olympics.

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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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