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Emmanuel Acho, Doug Gottlieb Get In Twitter Fight Over Sam Acho’s Top 5 QB List

“You got a real slick mouth for being a back up on the court and on television, you got to pick a struggle.”

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Doug Gottlieb can’t seem to avoid Fox vs. Fox clashes this week. Days after telling listeners that Rob Parker blocked him on Twitter, Gottlieb got into a nasty Twitter exchange with Emmanuel Acho on Thursday.

The spat began with Emmanuel’s brother, Sam, appearing on ESPN’s First Take to give his ranking of the current top five quarterbacks in the NFL. Acho’s list caused a stir on social media for not including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on his list. You can watch the segment below.

Among those who ripped Acho’s list was Gottlieb:

That didn’t go over well with Emmanuel, who not only responded to Gottlieb but also made it personal, insulting the Fox Sports Radio host’s basketball career and standing in the Fox hierarchy.

Naturally, Gottlieb did not let Acho’s tweet go unnoticed.

The back-and-forth continued with Acho also ripping his brother’s list, but defending him against Gottlieb’s criticism nonetheless. Oh, and trashing Gottlieb’s career again!

Gottlieb responded with an insult, probably thinking that was the last word.

Oh, but Acho ended up getting the last word here.

As often applies in sports media rumbles and Twitter spats, whose side you take or who you view as winning the slapfight is probably determined by who you like (or dislike less). Gottlieb began with a sharp elbow, but maybe took it a step over by questioning Sam Acho’s credentials. Did that warrant Emmanuel Acho responding with personal insults about Gottlieb’s basketball and broadcasting careers?

Could this result in Acho and Gottlieb being sent to the Fox Sports principal’s office? Probably not, since any publicity is good publicity. (And even if you disagreed with Sam Acho’s top five NFL QBs, it sure generated a lot of social media chatter. ESPN must love that.)

By the way, will Emmanuel go after Sam’s First Take sparring partner, Harry Douglas, next? Douglas said Acho was smoking “plant” — and some strong stuff, at that — with his list, as you can see above. The former NFL receiver did have a good career, playing nine years in the league and notching one 1,000-yard season. That’s more accomplished than either Acho brother’s NFL career, though Sam also played nine seasons.

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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, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his shell from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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. Since being with that group, he has worked with Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, 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.

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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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