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Former Longhorn named in 2020 Sports Media Awards
(Emmanuel Acho/Twitter)

Former University of Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho was named "Biggest Media Acquisition of the Year" this week by The Big Lead, a national sports blog. The award came after Acho was recruited by Fox Sports as co-host for the show "Speak for Yourself."


As a 6-foot-1, 238-pound outside linebacker, Acho played for UT for four years before graduating with a degree in sports management. Now 30, he also spent three seasons in the National Football League, playing for Cleveland in 2012 and Philadelphia in 2013-2014. In 2016, he began working as a sports analyst for the Longhorn Network.

Emmanuel Acho's fame has grown with the publication of "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man," based on a series of YouTube videos in which he addressed racial issues in America. His book sold 18,000 copies on the first day it became available.

The Big Lead likened Acho not to the next Cris Collinsworth, but the next Oprah, saying Acho was out to make his own path in the world.

"His career will not follow an existing trajectory. It will stake his own path," The Big Lead wrote. "Whether that morphs into a Michael Strahan-like Swiss army knife role or the accumulation of, like, six different jobs, no one knows. It's not too early, though, to know it was a savvy move (by Fox) to bring him under the tent."

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway