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Ben Maller Blasts FOX MLB Hosts Over Momentum Comments

“Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.”

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Around 6 AM on Wednesday morning, Fox Sports host Ben Maller blasted his Fox colleagues for their assertion that the Los Angeles Dodgers had momentum after their Game 2 NLCS loss to the Atlanta Braves. He specifically went after David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, and Frank Thomas.

“I don’t normally watch postgame shows but this time I did,” Maller said. “I watched Big Papi, A-Rod and Frank Thomas all giggling like school girls because they said the Dodgers have momentum after scoring some runs in garbage time. NO! The Dodgers don’t have momentum. The Dodgers don’t have anything but an “L” because they didn’t score more runs than the other team. They don’t get a gold star or an extra-large juice box. This is not Little League.”

Approximately 12 hours later, the Dodger offense made Maller eat his words and vindicated the FS1 panel by scoring a playoff record 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-3 Los Angeles victory.

Before the Dodger bats destroyed his arguments, Maller also said that the idea of momentum is largely an invention of the media.

“I’ll admit momentum makes good sportscaster jargon,” Maller said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually exist. It doesn’t exist for the Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves. Momentum is just an abstract idea that you can mold however you want, to fit to tell the story you are looking to tell. It is an after the fact explanation.”

Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.

“The Dodgers have won one game,” Maller said. “They avoided being put on life support for a few hours. That’s all. They are still not out of the woods yet, but at least now they don’t have to worry about getting mauled by a Grizzly Bear (getting swept). They are still lost and their compass is broken though.”

Maller adds the reason the Braves lost Game Three was the poor performance of Braves’ starter Kyle Wright, who lasted only 2/3 of an inning.

“I know a lot of you, after what I said yesterday, were like, ‘hey Maller, it was the Dodgers’ momentum’. No it wasn’t. The reason the Braves lost the game was because Kyle Wright sucked. He pooped the bed and needs his diaper changed. It had nothing to do with momentum. The Braves scored a couple runs in the ninth inning last night. Does that mean they have momentum going into Game Four? No.”

Maller then criticized A-Rod once again.

“I think I was one of only four people to watch the postgame show,” Maller said. “With bravado and swagger. A-Rod says that the winner of Game 4 will win the NLCS. I disagree. The Braves still have the advantage even if it’s tied after four games. They have two ace pitchers in the hole. The Dodgers are likely to run at least one guy out there the rest of the way that will blow up.”

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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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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