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.
While the NFL crowns its’ champion Sunday, baseball season is just around the corner and Astros manager A.J. Hinch was at Super Bowl’s Radio Row Tuesday, excited about beginning another campaign.
Texans owner Robert McNair has pledged $5 million dollars towards the construction of the South Carolina Gamecocks planned $50 million football operations facility.
Jeff Bagwell’s long wait to be enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame is over, after earning enough votes on his seventh time on the ballot. The Astros great will be inducted on July 30th in Cooperstown.
The best reality television remains and always has been sports, especially and gratefully with the recent run of incredible championships we have been able to witness in 2016 and now 2017.
Houston Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek offered the University of Texas a creative way to get out of Tom Herman’s buyout and get the Coogs and Horns competing again.
Major League Baseball doesn’t give out rings or throw parades for off-season successes. If they did, the Astros could size their collective fingers and draw up a map through downtown Houston for an early November procession. They’ve won the off-season.
A slow start and a flawed season will keep the Astros from repeating a trip to the post-season barring a miracle.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel and shortstop Carlos Correa are both hoping for speedy returns from shoulder inflammation as the team battles for a post-season berth.
Boomer Esiason has a simple message for Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler. “Pressure is a privilege,” Esiason, Phil Simms and Bill Cowher offer their opinions on Osweiler and the 2016 Houston Texans.
Now is the time for the Astros to go for it! The club may never again be operating from a position of strength as they are in 2016 to make a deal.