John P. Lopez

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What I do for 610: Co-host of In The Loop 10a-2p Weekdays. Conversationalist; writer; designated non-homer talker; required-reading blogger; observer of all things sports and otherwise; sharer of Forrest Gump-like experiences  I never deserved; author of two books (Taking Flak available at all major bookstores and online!) and connoisseur of barbecue, wine, fishing, tailgating, chilling by the pool and assorted other necessary activities.

Birthday: March 27.

Nickname: J-Lo; Chupacabra; Stallion

Hometown: San Antonio

College: Texas A&M. Thanks. And Gig ‘em.

High school: Edison High School

How long at SportsRadio 610: Three years

How long in radio business: Tinkerer for nearly 20. Seriously, six.

What I love about Houston: It’s eclectic, untamed, hard-working. Its food, proximity to the coast, energy in more ways than one.

Favorite four-letter word: I love them all equally.

Favorite people to interview: Legends. The all-time greats.

Experience: I covered some legends and all-time greats before they became legends and all-time greats.

Teams followed: All the locals, the Aggies, Liverpool FC, Kyle Busch, Atascocita and Humble High Schools, the Edison Golden Bears and anything USA.

Signature phrases:

  • Don’t borrow worry.
  • Trust your eyes.
  • Time is undefeated.
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Favorite sports experiences: Seriously, I’ve been one of the luckiest sports fans/writers/broadcasters ever. I’ve traveled the world following the bouncing ball and been fortunate to have seen some of the most epic sports events and people in the last quarter-century. I’ve been to seven Olympic Games, five World Cups and too many Final Fours, NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA championships, Ryder Cups, Major Championships and unbelievable sports moments to count.

Sports played: Football, basketball, track and boxing in high school, in San Antonio. Baseball growing up. Golf forever.

Family: Three kids, lots of fun, lots of bills.

More: I love what I do for a living. Not many people fulfill their childhood dreams.

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July 2 Dynamo game to benefit my guys at Patriots and Heroes. Be there. Here’s why:

By John P. Lopez For at least three generations, my family has been deeply involved in the military — often deployed as combat soldiers. My grandfather died from Mustard Gas poisoning suffered in battle during […]

SportsRadio 610–06/22/2016

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Patriots & Heroes: When a small town does big things for America’s soldiers

By John P. Lopez SARGENT, Tx. — They arrive survivors, most lucky to be alive. They served in various branches of the Armed Forces and left pieces of themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq. They had […]

SportsRadio 610–06/12/2016

19 Jul 1996:  Muhammad Ali holds the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper  /Allsport

Muhammad Ali And Me: When Journalistic Integrity Should Have Been Junked

But no one — no one — ignited my love for sports more than Muhammad Ali. He was my idol. I loved him. I wanted to be him. I simply would not have fallen in love with the games I played and then covered if not for The Greatest.

06/06/2016

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An Open Letter to people who write athletes open letters

John Lopez has less than nice things to say to the people who like to write Open letters.

SportsRadio 610–01/20/2016

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A Note To Coach Tom Herman On Kyle Allen Story

In my time covering sports in Houston, you are the 10th Houston Cougars head football coach that I’ve covered. You also are the best, in my opinion. I’m a huge fan of yours. My son is a proud Houston Cougar and I regularly go to games — as a fan.

01/05/2016

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SOURCE: Kyle Allen Mulling Decision — UH, ‘Probably The Leader’; SFA A Longshot

The Houston Cougars are, “probably the leader,” to land former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen, who has returned to his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. to decide where he will transfer, a source told Sports Radio 610.

12/17/2015

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Kyler Murray Transfer Not A Done Deal But This Is Sumlin’s Moment Of Critical Mass

The Kevin Sumlin/Kyler Murray story is extremely fluid. But here are a few key notes as I’ve heard them through various sources this afternoon and evening.

12/16/2015

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Former A&M QB Kyle Allen in Houston Sunday to meet with Tom Herman

Kyle Allen, who started parts of two seasons for Texas A&M, was in Houston Sunday to explore transfer opportunities with Cougars coach Tom Herman, Sports Radio 610 has confirmed. Allen, a former five-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz., met with Herman and at least one other member of the Houston Cougars staff at an undisclosed location in town. After sitting out the 2016 season, which will be Greg Ward Jr.’s final season, Allen will have two seasons of eligibility.

12/13/2015

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College football’s playoff: There’s a right answer. And, for now, it’s not what Baylor and TCU want to hear

By John P. Lopez The good news is Baylor and TCU can take care of the problem. But rest assured, the Bears and Horned Frogs have a big problem when it comes to stating a […]

SportsRadio 610–11/02/2015

The Aggies' have trust issues.

Of All The Aggie Problems Kevin Sumlin Must Fix, None Loom Larger Than Regaining His Team’s Trust

By John P. Lopez The Aggies are lost. They are a team with no clear direction or purpose. This team might as well have driven to the airport in 70-different Uber cars for the flight […]

SportsRadio 610–10/25/2015

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