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.
By John P. Lopez My son chugged a pitcher of beer in about 40-seconds. My daughter did it in a bit over a minute-and-a-half. Neither hurled. Neither looked unaccustomed or afraid of the daunting task. […]
At this point, the Texans no longer have a leg to stand on. Someone else will slip. Someone else will fall. Someone else — heaven forbid the $100 million crunch-and-munch king, J.J. Watt — will […]
The great Robin Williams affected every corner of life. Few actors and comedians, however, found so much joy — and material — in sports.
Call to action: A 10-y-old girl w/ Muscular Dystrophy, about to have surgery, needs a service dog. Lil help? @SportsRadio610
By John P. Lopez Her name is Mackenzie. Some call her, “Crazy Mac.” She is a precious little 10-year-old girl who’s been dealt a challenging hand. Crazy Mac has Muscular Dystrophy and is about to […]
By John P. Lopez His passive aggression was as thinly veiled as his attempts at concealing the discomfort in his back. Arian Foster returned to the Texans practice field Wednesday, briefly, and could have walked […]
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.
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. […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]