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Former Assistant Calls Paul Finebaum To Defend Bill Snyder

“Finebaum previously stated that the College Football Hall of Fame member isn’t necessarily a top-40 coach of the last 50 years.”

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Kansas State fans have not been happy with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum lately, and former K-State assistant football coach Jon Fabris called into The Paul Finebaum Show to set him straight. 

ESPN’s Bill Connelly recently put out a list of the 100 best college football coaches of the last 50 years. Bill Snyder, who spent 27 years coaching the Kansas State Wildcats, was at number 8 on the list. That put him ahead of the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Bob Stoops, Mack Brown, Joe Paterno and other National Championship winning coaches despite never securing the hardware for his team. Paul Finebaum vehemently disagreed with a top ten spot and stated that Snyder may not even be a top-40 coach of the last 50 years.

Snyder lifted the K-State program from the ashes during two separate tenures from 1989-2005 and 2009-2018. The only head coaching job Snyder ever accepted at the college level was in Manhattan, Kansas.

“I’m not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but Kansas State lost 500 games quicker than any other school in the history of college football,” Fabris began on Thursday, when he called into defend his former boss’s honor. “So most people would consider that the losingest program in the history of the game, at least before he got there.”

They were anything but losers during Snyder’s duel tenures. He won the AP Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and finished with 215 wins, more than five times the total victories amassed by any other K-State head coach. Snyder’s teams won the Big 12 in 2003 and 2012.

“The 43 years before Coach Snyder got to Kansas State,” Fabris continued. “They only had four winning seasons in 43 years. So again, I don’t think anyone can really conceive, unless you’ve been there, exactly how tough a job it was and still is.”

Snyder’s 333 games are almost four times as many as the next longest-tenured Wildcat coach. Ron Prince sandwiched his 17-20 record in between Snyder’s two runs as head coach. Now, Chris Klieman is trying to fill those big shoes, sporting a 12-11 record in two seasons.

“I had the highest regard for him,” Fabris told Finebaum in closing. “He was as consistent an individual as I ever worked for or ever worked with, and his word was his bond, and you knew what to expect every day. There were no surprises.”

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ESPN 97.5 Host Vanessa Richardson Named New Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter

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

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The Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season and it’s a familiar name in Houston sports talk radio.

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced 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.”

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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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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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