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Brien Straw

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What I do for 610: Mornings with In The Loop With Nick & Lopez, weekend host and web contributor, inventor of the Straw Poll

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

College: Ole Miss

High school:Rolling Meadows (Gary Cole of Office Space paled around with my older brother in high school)

How long at SportsRadio 610: July, 2010

How long in radio business: seven years

Coolest person at SR610: John Lopez

What I love about Houston: Best place in America to raise a family

Favorite four-letter word: !*%#, no $&!%, no !*%#

Favorite people to interview: Enjoy interviewing media from other cities (more honest than players and coaches).

Favorite interviews: Ted Turner, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Dan LeBatard, Gary Danielson

Experience: Four years hosting regionally-syndicated program dedicated to Southern sports, specifically college football. Improvisational training at Second City Theater in Chicago.

Teams followed: Ole Miss Rebels, Chicago Bears, Bulls, Black Hawks, White Sox, and of course Texans & Rockets!

Favorite sports experiences:

  • [attended] USC-Texas & Texas-Alabama BCS Title games
  • 1992 NBA Finals Game 2 (Bulls-Lakers)
  • 1995 Braves World Series clinching victory
  • 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Ole Miss 1994 victory over Alabama

Sports played:

  • Football (through Sr. year of high school)
  • Baseball (through freshman year of high school 1B, P, OF)
  • Wrestling (through Sophomore year of high school), Gymnastics (Freshman, Sophomore years of high school)
  • Basketball (junior high)

Family: Wife Kathryn and two daughters

More: Growing up in Chicago talk radio was huge. Let’s face it, the teams were rarely competitive so the conversation about sports, life, politics, etc. provided a compelling escape.  From an early age I wanted to be involved in radio, I just needed the forum of sports radio to be invented. To me, the CBS “Eye” is the most iconic symbol/logo in media, and to have the privilege to work for CBS in the nation’s sixth largest market – and perhaps best place to raise my family is truly a dream come true.  I’m well aware how fortunate I am.

The Most Inspirational Moment From Super Bowl XLVIII

No matter how many “big” moments happened in Sunday’s game, no image of my wonderful visit to New York can compare to Saturday’s emotional visit to the 9/11 site.

SportsRadio 610–02/05/2014

Photo by: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Super Bowl Will Come Down To One Match-Up

If Seattle is capable of turning one of Peyton Manning’s assets into a liability [at least as a match-up], that may be enough to tip the balance in the Seahawks favor.

SportsRadio 610–01/30/2014


Meet The Texans Next Franchise QB: Blake Bortles

The reasons for Bortles ascension up this years draft board is two-fold: he may have the best physical tools among this years class, and he plays well in big games.

SportsRadio 610–01/05/2014

Inside College Football: Saban To Texas

CBS Sports’ college football expert Spencer Tillman discusses the likelihood that Nick Saban leaves Alabama for Texas with Brien Straw & Nate Griffin.

SportsRadio 610–12/10/2013

Photo by: CHRISTIAN PETERSON/Getty Images

Texans Head Coaches: Breaking Down The Candidates

Is it just me or are there others that think David Shaw is NOT the next Harbaugh (Jim or John).

SportsRadio 610–12/09/2013

Inside College Football: Rice HC David Baifliff

Not since 1957 have the Owls been able to claim an outright conference title, but with a victory over Marshall at Rice Stadium tomorrow, that will change.

SportsRadio 610–12/06/2013

Photo By: RONALD MARTINEZ/Getty Images

The Future of A&M Football

If the first two years of the Kevin Sumlin era are any indication, there could be a trip to Atlanta – for the SEC Title, perhaps a trip to Dallas or Miami for one of the College Football Playoff semi-final games that same [2005] season.

SportsRadio 610–12/02/2013

Ohio State v Michigan State

Urban Meyer Needs To Shut Up

The Ohio State Buckeyes are eligible to play in the BCS Title game, they’re just not good enough.

SportsRadio 610–11/21/2013


Inside College Football Podcast: Phil Savage / Hate For Urban Meyer

Senior Bowl Exec. Dir. Phil Savage has some bad news for those that think Johnny Manziel’s college success won’t translate to the NFL.


Oakland Raiders v Houston Texans

Texans: An Organization In Need Of A Living Will

For an owner that places such a high value on friendships and making honorable decisions, his emotions apparently prevent him from coming to the proper conclusion. Clean house.