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Michael Eaves Explains His Approach To Interviewing Tiger Woods

“I didn’t leave that interview thinking, damn I should’ve asked him this, or I wish I could’ve gotten one more thing out of him.”

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ESPN’s Michael Eaves had the job of interviewing many of the top golfers playing in The Masters this past weekend. Of course that meant he got to talk to Tiger Woods immediately after his rounds.

Eaves was asked by Dan Patrick on Friday how he prepared for the interview after Tiger’s opening round at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday. Eaves said it wasn’t all that hard to get ready.

“I knew what I was going to ask him the first question, and then based on his first answer, I was hoping my second question would still apply,” Eaves said. He added he knew what that first question was two hours before. “But because we’ve known so much about him and the story, it was pretty obvious what we wanted to get out of him.”

Eaves went on to talk about the Tiger storyline coming into The Masters and why Tiger’s return was so meaningful.

The interview, albeit brief, left Eaves with no regrets.

“I didn’t leave that interview thinking, damn I should’ve asked him this, or I wish I could’ve gotten one more thing out of him,” he said.

Some on social media wondered if Michael Eaves had offended Tiger Woods with his final question. The golf legend seemed to quickly shut down a question about what he needed to do to be ready for his second round. Eaves says that wasn’t the case at all, reminding Patrick and his audience that he wasn’t the only one waiting to talk to Tiger.

“He already knew what his requirements were so he was like, alright Eaves, you got three, let me move on to (Cara Banks of Golf Channel/Sky Sport),” he said. “So I wasn’t like totally shocked he kind of shut it down with that last one.”

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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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