What I do for SportsRadio 610: I’m a utility infielder. Good glove, no hit. Some sports flashes, game coverage, Texans training camp, Texans pre-game show and much, much more once I figure out what all these buttons are for in the control room.
Birthday: Feb. 18
Hometown: Casey, IA
College: University of Iowa- 1992
High School: Adair-Casey High School. Go ahead, just try and find it on a map.
How long at SportsRadio 610: July 2013. I am the rookie but at least I have my ID card. You can’t even go the bathroom around here without said card.
The coolest person at 610: Well Robert Henslee has the best hair but Ted Johnson has three Super Bowl rings.
What I love about Houston: The passion and performance of the youth sports in the city and the suburbs. I also love the professional sports stadiums and arenas. Well done.
My favorite four letter word: Iowa. It’s my homeland. Go Hawks.
Favorite people to interview: Biggio, Clemens and of course Lance Berkman.
My experience: 19 years of professional baseball play-by-play experience, seven with the Astros. Mix in a little MLB Network and ESPN (College baseball) this summer to go along with college football and basketball on the Touchdown Radio Network (national games) CSN Houston and Fox Sports Southwest. High school football and basketball games with the Legacy Sports Network. P.A. Announcer for the Texas Bowl.
The teams I followed growing up: Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas City Royals and Green Bay Packers. Now I am a minority owner of the Pack- two whole shares.
Signature phrases: That’s nonsense. That seems to apply to sooo many things today.
Favorite sport experiences:
- Witnessing Craig Biggio’s 3000th hit at Minute Maid Park.
- Being in attendance at Games 6 & 7 of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix with my dad. Game 7 was a dramatic finish to one the best Series of all time.
- Taking my son to the NCAA Championship Game at Reliant Stadium in 2011. Although my ten-year old could have shot the ball better than the two teams did that night.
- Being at the Orange Bowl (2010) when Iowa defeated Georgia Tech and watching the Hawks take out LSU in the Capitol One Bowl in 2005 on one of the best finishes to a bowl game ever. Sorry Saban. Sorry Jamarcus.
- Coaching first base in a Midwest League minor league game for the Beloit Snappers.
- Watching my son’s Lamar National All Star baseball team go to state this summer.
Sports I played growing up: Baseball, basketball and golf.
Family: Wife Betsy, son Will and daughter Kate. Yes, I know, Will and Kate, the royal couple lives in my house.
National Signing Day has become so big it can even upstage the BIG GAME during Super Bowl week at least in Texas.
The Houston Astros are well represented on MLB.com’s newly released Top 100 Prospect list with five players recognized.
With a truly wide open college basketball field in 2016 with parity across the board, maybe a Texas team could make a deep run and put the Madness back in March.
Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney may have lost the College Football Playoff national championship game, but Wednesday night in Houston he was awarded the Paul Bear Bryant Award for the national coach of the year.
If you are worried that finding a quarterback isn’t a top priority of Texans owner Bob McNair, fear not.
Bob McNair expects Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien to continue working together going forward as the Texans prepare for 2016.
After eleven hours of presentations, discussions, debates and negotiations NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finally had an announcement to make Tuesday night in Houston. Professional football is on its way back to Los Angeles.
The NFL owners are meeting today and probably tomorrow in Houston. Should 24 of the 32 assembled owners come to an agreement, the league could announce which team or teams will call Los Angeles home for the 2016 season.
Jeff Bagwell fell just short in his bid to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. But his strong showing bodes well for next year to be THE year.
It has been quite a week for the Houston Cougars and the excitement isn’t strictly limited to Tom Herman and the football program. Kelvin Sampson also has the basketball team on the rise.