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Brandon Tierney: Media Asked Me If Giants Fans Will Accept Tiki Barber

“Barber and Tierney discussed the negative reactions Barber once received from fans for some comments on then Head Coach, Tom Coughlin, and Quarterback, Eli Manning.”

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Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney were back on air, just in a new home, Monday as their show debuted on WFAN in New York City.  This is the first time Tiki Barber, former New York Giants running back, will be broadcasting for an exclusively New York audience.  Barber and Tierney discussed the negative reactions Barber once received from fans for some comments on then head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning.

Brandon Tierney mentioned that in the run up to the show’s launch on WFAN, some people still wanted to talk about the way Barber ended his playing days with the Giants and what that may mean for their listeners.

“I think history has almost blurred what you said about him,” Tierney told Barber in reference to his comments about Eli Manning in 2006. “What you said was not malicious! At all!”

While some of the comments may have been less controversial in hindsight, Tiki decided to clear up a few of the topics. 

“I had my issues with Tom.  Everybody knows them, I wasn’t the only one, so I don’t care what you think my relationship is with him. Eli and I have a good relationship and we always have, we never didn’t.”

Barber reiterated the fact that when the Giants, Coughlin and Manning included, won the Super Bowl shortly after he retired, he was happy for them.  All of them.

He did not shy away from his opinion on Coughlin but complemented his coaching ability.  “We had our issues.  He’s a great coach.  I will never ever ever discount how good of a coach he is.  He just didn’t treat people the right way.”

Tiki Barber was a little shocked that this is still an issue for some people. He said that he doesn’t lose sleep over the fact that he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring. He did say that his biggest mistake was thinking that the Giants weren’t close to winning a title, but at the same time, he was ready to put football behind him.

An interesting note for all of us at BSM is that this topic may have come up on the first edition of Tiki and Tierney on WFAN because of our own Demetri Ravanos.

Earlier this week, he asked Tierney if he had “any concerns about interacting with a vocal Giants fan base that has a love/hate relationship with Tiki”. While Tierney did not call out Ravanos or BSM by name, it seems possible that this was the catalyst to revisit Tiki’s exit from the Giants on air.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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