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5 Questions with...670 The Score's Jason Goff

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5 Questions with...670 The Score's Jason Goff

CSN Chicago Senior Director of Communications
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Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the city's most popular personalities on the spot with everyone's favorite local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guest ... one of the rising stars in Chicago sports talk radio who has done a standout job as both a producer/on-air host at 670 The Score over the past 12 years ... his passion and deep knowledge for all things Chicago sports, not to mention, sports and entertainment from a global perspective are simply off-the-charts ... bottom line, this guy just keeps on getting better and better ... enough with the intros, lets get to it ... it's 5 Questions with ... JASON GOFF!

BIO: Jason Goff hails from Evanston, attending Evanston Township High School and later, Southern Illinois University. Jason has been employed by The Score since February 2000 and has tackled many tasks including producing for Dan Jiggetts and Doug Buffone, Dan McNeil and Jiggetts, Jonathan Hood (J Hood) and presently The Boers and Bernstein Show. Jason has been producing The Boers and Bernstein Show for the past four years. Jason has extensively the Bulls among other Chicago teams and is a regular substitute host on the Danny Mac show. Jason has also hosted at the station since 2003, as well as covered events such as the Final Four and Championship Boxing. Jason currently resides in the West Loop.

1) CSNChicago.com: Jason, there's no hiding the fact that your status is rising as you continue to become an even bigger on-air presence at The Score. In fact, in a previous 5 Questions with interview with Matt Spiegel a couple years ago, Spiegs said that you were the most underrated on-air talent at the station, praising your fearlessness and edge and that when he does four hours with you on-air, it feels like it lasts 10 minutes. As solid of a producing job you currently are doing for Boers & Bernstein, when can your fans expect you to move on from that role to a more permanent on-air spot at the station?

Goff: Basically, whenever the people in charge feel it is my time. I've let go of thinking if it was going to happen and more when it will happen. So, once the "if" is removed, you can concentrate on getting better. I would doubt myself and wonder if people really understood or got what I was doing. As soon as I let go of that and just was who I was off the air while in front of a microphone, I was pleased with the results and feedback. I'd rather be great at this job than famous. Hopefully, one day I can be great whether it be here or elsewhere. I feel it's our duty to stay relevant. People spend 15 minutes to four hours of their day with you. The least you can do is watch what they watch and make them smile a few times along the way. If you can do that while staying true to what you believe in, you've got a jump on the competition.

2) CSNChicago.com: Growing up, who were the on-air role models that made you want to get into the radio biz and why?

Goff: I listened to Mac & Boers almost every day as a kid. I loved the way Mac controlled a show with his emotion and precise radio mechanics. Terry had (and has) as good a sports mind as I've ever been around, but doesn't waste time trying to be smarter than the room (even though he might be most times). Also, I listened to The Monsters on half days of school or when I got out early. The chemistry of Mike and Dan was evident and made you feel like you just dropped in on two guys talking sports. North's style was fun, and there was something that I respected as a man about the way Jiggs carried himself. I grew up with five uncles, so when I got a chance to work with Jiggs, he imparted some of the wisdom that I had only gotten from the men in my family, along with various other formats I grew up with and admired: Dan Bernstein, Don Wade & Roma, Kathryn Johns, Jay Marvin, etc.

3) CSNChicago.com: Not to play favorites or anything, but who would you say is the most knowledgeable Score personality when it comes to Xs and Os for ALL sports -- and, a follow-up question -- who makes you laugh harder than anyone else at the station?

Goff: Me. On both accounts. Seriously though, Bernsy is as knowledgeable a guy as I've been around. Sometimes, he over-thinks things and then we have spirited debates. The funniest guys at The Score are usually the producers (and most knowledgeable). I'm not just saying that because I'm one of them either. Hosts do a lot of double-talking when they haven't watched or read something and it's up to a producer to have that item ready for them.

Funniest guys at the station to me are behind-the-scenes guys like Brendan McCaffrey, Herb Lawrence, Nick Shepkowski, Ben Finfer, Jay Zawaski, etc. Hosts steal our information and jokes anyway. I'll try not to do the same if I ever get a show (don't hold me to that though).

4) CSNChicago.com: The White Sox have been tearing it up of late as you well know. In particular, the MVP-style of play from Paul Konerko, the stellar comeback of Adam Dunn, along with some real good pitching across the board, especially from AL Pitcher of the Month Chris Sale, and a more relaxed approach to the game under new manager Robin Ventura, has catapulted this team front and center in the eyes of the Chicago sports media. In your opinion, are there any reasons why this team cant win a very winnable AL Central title?

Goff: The Tigers haven't hit their stride yet for whatever reason and this is the White Sox team that everyone was excited about going into last year. I see no reason why they can't win the AL Central. I am worried about Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. Their health is paramount to winning a division. John Danks and Gavin Floyd haven't been reliable as of late due to injury and poor performance. Baseball is a beautifully frustrating game that way. Seasons are just long enough for anything to happen. Whatever it is, I know there will be 29,000 Sox fans at The Cell cheering them on the entire way.

5) CSNChicago.com: As a native Chicagoan like so many of us, there's no doubt you'd agree that we live in THE best summer city in the country. Tell us something that you plan on doing in the city this summer that you've never done before (keep it clean Jason, this is a G-rated interview column!).

Goff: This may be boring, but I'm going to read as much as I can this summer. Tired of reading sports stuff. Want to start reading leisurely. I may purchase a bike and ride the lake shore and become more proficient at grilling. It's hard to get out because there's always something to watch on the weekends. I'll try to enjoy myself as much as I possibly can. Never know when things may change.

BONUS QUESTION! CSNChicago.com: Anything you'd like to promote Jason? Tell us ... CSNChicago.com readers want to hear about it.

Goff: I'm involved with the great people over at onestepcamp.org, plus the Jackie Robinson West Little League can always use a plug. I'm also trying to get sports equipment for a community center back in my old neighborhood: Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center in Evanston. Anyone's help and support out there would be truly appreciated.

Goff LINKS:

670 The Score official website

Jason Goff on Facebook

Jason Goff on Twitter

Observations from Bulls' blowout loss to Warriors: Curry, Bell, records and a road-weary Markkanen

Observations from Bulls' blowout loss to Warriors: Curry, Bell, records and a road-weary Markkanen

Don’t tug on Curry’s cape: There’s an old saying in the NBA: “Send a limo for (insert player here) to the game tonight. I want to make sure he arrives safely.”

Translation: I’m gonna light him up tonight.

That’s what two-time MVP Stephen Curry did to Kris Dunn in the second quarter Friday, when a slim lead turned into a huge, expected deficit for the Bulls. Curry scored 26 of his game-high 33 points in the quarter, complete with heat checks and celebratory struts that have become commonplace with Curry’s performances.

Whether it was backdoor layups or 30-footers, Curry made Oracle Arena his playground—and Dunn his victim in what could best be described as an old-school baptism Dunn isn’t sure to forget.

Dunn likely set off Curry’s ire with Curry drawing two quick fouls in the first quarter and some aggressive physical defense that is traditionally the book on Curry, if there is such a book.

But when Curry returned in the second quarter, he took advantage of the ultimate green light as All-Star teammates Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were out. He performed his theatrics with relative ease, hitting four of 11 triples and shooting 10 of 18 overall in just 27 minutes of work.

It wasn’t just Curry, as Klay Thompson was even more efficient, scoring 29 on 12 of 17 shootng and hitting five of his nine triples. Nick Young was seven of 12 in 19 minutes for 17 points as the Warriors shot 58 percent and committed just 11 turnovers.

Curry, who can give them away at times, only had two turnovers and it helped lead to an easy win.

“You try to make it a little more difficult,” Dunn said. “He’s a phenomenal shooter, everybody knows that. Once he gets on a roll like that it’s hard but you’ve just got to make it difficult for him.”

Had it been necessary, Curry could’ve gone for a 60-point performance, having 31 at the half. Dunn, enduring a night he won’t sure forget, scored six points with four assists on two of 11 shooting in 25 minutes.

“The turnovers, the lack of awareness,” Hoiberg said. “It is hopefully something he’ll grow from and learn from and find a way to fight through when he’s not playing well. Absolutely. You learn form the good things, learn from the bad things. There’s plenty of bad we can learn from tonight.”

The great ones go through baptisms, especially the point guards considering they’re on an island in this talent-rich stretch of the NBA. Dunn has a chance to be special on defense as he progresses through the years, but if Friday was any lesson, being able to give it back is probably the best remedy—because just taking his medicine can’t feel good.

The Bell rung

Whether it was a bored championship team finding an easy way to motivate itself or wanting to troll the Bulls for sport, the Warriors found an easy storyline to exploit in the insertion of rookie Jordan Bell.

It’s easy to remember the Bulls drafted Bell in the second round for the Warriors in exchange for $3.5 million to go into the Bulls coffers the night they decided to go with a full-scale rebuild.

Bell was rewarded with a start after inconsistent playing time in the absence of Green and made his presence felt from the moment his name was called in the introductions, with a “money sign” as a way to remind the team that drafted him of what it was missing.

"I just wanted to see how cash considerations was playing over there,” he said after the game.

He then proceeded to give the Bulls nightmares all over the floor with his athleticism and shot-blocking, swatting away six shots—including a chasedown block of Denzel Valentine everyone in Oracle Arena could see coming from the moment Valentine started his ground-bound trot downcourt.

It was likely something he’d been envisioning since Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Bell he would be starting two days ago.

“At first I was thinking of things to troll the other team but as I got closer to the game, I was like let me focus on the game,” Bell said. “Then when I saw we won the game, I started trolling a little bit.”

Before the trolling, there was the teasing in the form of production. The eye-popping alley-oop from Zaza Pachulia and even the wild play of fouling Justin Holiday on a corner jumper that almost looked violent.

He was clearly pumped for the opportunity to play against a team that didn’t give him a second thought and his veteran teammates took every opportunity to press his buttons.

“I remember Klay said something, like they don’t want you JB,” he said. “Everybody kept reminding me of it today.”

And it will be a topic of conversation for the immediate future, especially as the Bulls are in the search for young, athletic talent they can build around.

One for the books

The 49-point drubbing was third-worst in franchise history and the Bulls are now the owners of the NBA’s worst record at 3-14, along with having the worst point differential at -12.9 points per game.

The second and third quarters were embarrassing, as the Warriors outscored the Bulls 81-34 in easy fashion. Usually in those occurrences, Hoiberg will make an opening statement to the media about the effort lacking before taking questions.

Friday was no different.

“From Day 1, going back into September, the biggest thing we talked about as a team was fighting through the tough times, handling adversity. Well…we went out and had a great start. Actually had a lead after the first quarter. They go on a run and we’ve seen this before, we put our heads down, we don’t’ fight through it, we start separating and lose trust in each other. That can’t continue to happen. We gotta find a way to battle through the tough times. Quit putting our heads down, find a way to toughen up and stay in the game.”

Hoiberg was asked what kind of effect this can have on a team if these type of beatdowns continue and he didn’t mince words—a shift of sorts from his usual straight-faced demeanor.

“Tonight, they got it going, we didn’t handle it well,” he said. “We stopped getting back. They were getting whatever they wanted. You’ve got to find a way to fight through that. If we don’t learn that soon, we’re going to keep getting our asses kicked.”

Robin Lopez said it’s a collective issue and one that needs to be fixed. Perhaps in a clear moment of self-awareness, Dunn said he can see when the Bulls stop competing.

“You can definitely see it. I think it’s the youth,” Dunn said. “We’re not used to that. In the NBA, people can put up points very quickly. It comes with the territory.”

He’s still a rookie, folks

Lauri Markkanen showed some signs of the west-coast swing getting to him in the fatigue department, struggling in his third straight game Friday.

The Bulls have made it a priority to get Markkanen better shots and cleaner opportunities but they were in short order as he was four of 16 from the field in 27 minutes.

There wasn’t much quality to go around anyways as the Bulls shot 35 percent and fell behind by as many as 49. After scoring 26 with 13 rebounds against Phoenix last Sunday, he’s averaged 10 points on nine of 42 shooting (21 percent).

“Today they didn’t fall in the second half—actually, in the first half either,” Markkanen said. “I’ve just got to work more. I’ve had a couple nights now where I don’t make shots. But I did have good looks, though, they just didn’t fall tonight.”

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

(Reminder: Use #AskEdzo on social media and your questions may be answered by Eddie Olczyk, who will be in studio along with Adam Burish, Brian Campbell and Pat Boyle).

1. Another fast start coming?

The Blackhawks had one of their best starts of the season Wednesday in Tampa Bay, and the numbers favor Chicago to dictate the pace of play early again.

The Panthers are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the fewest goals scored in the first period (13), and have taken a lead into the second period only four times (3-1-0) in 21 games. They are 2-7-1 in the 10 games they've trailed after the opening frame.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, are tied for fourth when it comes to first-period goals (22) — albeit, five of them came on Opening Night against Pittsburgh — but they are just 4-2-2 in eight games when leading after one period. In fact, they took a 2-0 lead into the second in their most recent game against the Lightning and lost in overtime 3-2.

So while a fast start could certainly be in the cards, the finish must also be there.

2. Take advantage on special teams.

The Panthers are one of two teams ranked among the bottom six in both power play percentage (26th at 16.0) and penalty kill percentage (30th at 73.2).

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are coming in hot in both areas. They're 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) on the man advantage in their last four games, and own the fourth-best penalty kill unit (84.8 percent).

This is the area to exploit for the Blackhawks going into the matchup, and it could decide the game.

3. Feed Lance Bouma!

In his seventh season, Bouma has faced every NHL team at least five times in his career, with the exception of Vegas (pointless in one game this season).

Bouma is not known for his offensive prowess (72 points in 325 career games), but it's a different story when he plays Florida.

In six career games against the Panthers, Bouma has one goal, six assists and a career-high plus-8 rating. That one goal also happens to be one of his six career game winners.

Florida is the only team Bouma is averaging at least a point-per-game against for his career, so you know what that means: Feed No. 17!