John P. Lopez
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.
- 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.
John Lopez has less than nice things to say to the people who like to write Open letters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 legitimate case to be included among the Top Four in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings, which will be […]
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 to Oxford, rather than a team bus. That’s how many different directions they’re headed. And while these Aggies may be […]
The Texas Ten: Baptists are so good at football this year, they’re even high-fiving in liquor stores
By John P. Lopez It’s hip to be Baptist in Texas college football this year. With a combined record thus far of 18-0, Baylor, Hardin-Simmons and Mary-Hardin Baylor (all members of the Southern Baptist Convention) have had the kind of success that makes Baptists want to get up and dance. I mean, if it were allowed. […]
By John P. Lopez There are 39 football-playing colleges and universities in Texas by my count. Some define “playing” more liberally than others, of course. So we must rank them. Because Texas. Baylor Bears. About 98-percent of what the Bears have done this year has been magical. They’ve been great at everything. Except, of course, […]
By John P. Lopez It’s early. It’s so early in the Heisman process that we don’t even yet know all the candidates’ names, much less how many inflatable swans they’ve floated on at frat parties. Still, before I offer my Week Two list of Heisman leaders, allow me to make a bold prediction, despite just […]