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John P. Lopez

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What I do for 610: Co-host of In The Loop With Nick & Lopez with Nick Wright. 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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Greatest performance in a losing effort: Tim Howard among best ever

The list has been an easy one — inarguable, in my opinion, for years.

Three athletes always have stood at the top when it comes to transcendent feats and performances in what ultimately was a losing effort: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mike Scott.

Each deserved a better result, instead ultimately having to settle for a tip of the cap and a place among the greatest near-misses in sports history.

SportsRadio 610–07/02/2014

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Want a piece of George Strait’s, “Cowboy rides away” concert? One of a kind autographed guitar for a patriotic cause:

Listeners will have a rare opportunity to raise money for American veterans severely wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, when we auction a concert-used guitar autographed by George Strait, Reba McIntyre, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. [...]

SportsRadio 610–06/23/2014

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The Extra Pass: Where the 2014 Spurs rank among NBA’s greatest unselfish teams

Run the offense. Defend. Check your ego. And, always — ALWAYS — make the extra pass.

These 2014 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs most certainly will rank among the greatest teams in NBA history. Exactly where you put them in the pantheon depends on personal preference, likes and the value of individual greatness: Shaq and Kobe dominance in the early 2000s? Hakeem’s Dream Shake of the mid-’90s? The great Celtic dynasty of the ’60s or the Showtime Lakers of the ’80s?

SportsRadio 610–06/16/2014

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What The Rule of 26-27-60 Tells Us Four-Years Later — And What It Says About Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater, etc.

By John P. Lopez Four-years ago Sports Illustrated asked me to write a piece about the NFL’s Wonderlic test — does it really work or say anything about whether a prospect can succeed in the [...]

SportsRadio 610–04/14/2014

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If You Want Clowney No. 1, You Lose The Right To Complain. Ever.

  By John P. Lopez The tail, finally and interminably, is wagging the dog. The Texans’ front-office has won its game of ruse. From the days of fans and media clamoring — begging — for [...]

SportsRadio 610–04/09/2014

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John Lopez About Town – Snowball Fight

John Lopez is spending his free time in New York exploring the great city, finding delicious food and starting fights with children.   This time John Lopez About Town found John and his GoPro in Central [...]

SportsRadio 610–01/28/2014

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How Johnny Football Saved America … And Could Do The Same For Texans

Football in America once was not the micro-managed, hyper-prepared, every “T”-crossed and “I”-dotted exhibition of paranoia and perfectionism that we know today. The game once was not just about measurable skills and methodical propriety. Johnny [...]

SportsRadio 610–01/06/2014

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ATT Uverse dragging on CSN Houston deal because they’re Cowboys’ fans?

By John P. Lopez At first blush, it seems ludicrous to think something as basic and petty as team- or city-allegiance could affect a multi-million dollar deal involving sports fans in Houston. There simply CANNOT [...]

SportsRadio 610–09/03/2013

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Source: NCAA Finds Out Manziel And Others On Autograph “Client List”

While investigating Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, NCAA investigators were made aware of a “client list” involving numerous college football stars and the same memorabilia brokers involved with Manziel, Sports Radio 610 has learned.

SportsRadio 610–08/28/2013

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