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What I do for 610: I’m the producer for B-Straw & Pauly G. I help to book guests, screen calls, and find interesting stories every day.
Birthday: October 21
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Nickname: People often think my name is pronounced like Laura so I get that a lot, otherwise Lara is pretty short already to have a nickname
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
College: Texas State University in San Marcos, TX
High school: Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX
How long at SportsRadio 610: Since 2011
How long in radio business: Since 2009
Coolest person at SR610: Job Tennant
What I love about Houston: The great variety of things to see and do
Favorite four-letter word: SPAR
Experience: I started at the bottom and am still fighting my way up
Teams followed: Texans, Rockets, Dynamo
Signature phrase: Probably something sarcastic.
Favorite sports experiences: Meeting athletes at Fan Fest, going to Astros games with friends, being my dad’s only sporty child so he was my coach a lot.
Sports played: I played soccer and volleyball all through the early years and dabbled a bit in gymnastics and ice-skating. I did some track and field too.
Family: My parents told me I could do anything I wanted. I think they may regret that now that I’ve decided what I want to do is radio. I have a very awesome and supportive family though.
More: I have a great passion for radio and really enjoy having a job that challenges me and keeps me interested every day. Plus it’s a lot of fun to be one of the only girls at a Sports station. There’s never a dull moment.
Marc Malusis, WFAN New York, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to give some insight into the Giants for this week’s match with the Texans. He discussed a lot of the issues that the Giants are having and the fact that they are very much a work in progress. He says Eli Manning has been hesitant and shown a lack of confidence in his own footwork. He believes if the Giants make the same mistakes as their last game, the Texans will beat them.
Color analyst Spencer Tillman joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss a wide range of football topics. They started out talking about Kenny Hill and A&M’s performance last Thursday. Tillman discussed which teams with a poor week one performance have the most to be worried about this season. He talked about the importance of having a good quarterback for any college football team. Tillman also spoke about the different way he has seen O’Brien approaching his head coaching position so far. He says that the Texans offense just may take a while to get things together but he doesn’t foresee any problem for the defense. Tillman believes Texans will win this first game and will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Denver the day before the Texans and Broncos preseason game. They spoke to Mike Rice, 850 AM, to get a local perspective on the match up tomorrow. Rice thinks the Broncos veterans will see their most game action in this game in the preseason. He thinks the joint practices were really good for both teams. Rice says the Broncos defense is starting to mesh with the new pieces they’ve added. He says the defense definitely is something that needs continued work for the team this season.
Former Texan Nick Ferguson joined The B-Straw & Pauly G show to talk football. Ferguson discussed his experiences playing Peyton Manning and warned that Manning is always watching what’s going on around him. He said that Ryan Fitzpatrick can make some good plays but he needs to do more than that to be a really good quarterback in the league. He said that having Watt and Clowney helps the Texans a lot, but they need more than that to win games. He thinks that DJ Swearinger needs to cut down on his smack talk and show more on the field. Ferguson thinks O’Brien will “right the ship” though it may not mean they’ll get to the Super Bowl in the next year or two.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip went to Denver for the third day of Texans and Broncos practice. They spoke to James Palmer, CSN Houston, who is in Denver about what happened at practice. Palmer thinks that the reason guys like Chris Myers are sitting out is because he already knows they are on the team and so he is focusing on playing more guys who are on the bubble and still have to make their mark. He thinks Arian Foster is looking really good despite not saying much to the media. He gave updates of how several of the veteran players have been doing in practice this week.
Tonight The B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Denver for Day 2 of the Texans practices with the Broncos. James Palmer, CSN Houston, had the scoop from Denver. He said he didn’t see exactly what happened to Clowney and the Texans are not telling anyone exactly what took him off the field today. Palmer talked about JJ Watt beating everyone at practice and being all smiles about it. He said that Fitzpatrick was looking pretty good at practice and was really accurate with the football today. Palmer was not impressed with what Louis Nix has been able to do so far and thinks Powe might steal his spot.
The B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip will be spending most of the week in Denver touching on Texans practices there. Today the guys checked in with James Palmer of CSN Houston for his observations. He talked about all the guys coming back from injuries and looking good on the field today especially Arian Foster. Palmer said the team has felt very frustrated with Louis Nix’s injury issues. He discussed how tight lipped the Broncos have been about tweeting from practice. Palmer thinks Peyton Manning was using bit of coach speak when he said that the Broncos sucked at practice today because he was still doing well and hitting his target a lot of the time. He thinks that Cushing could play Saturday because he was a lot more active in practice than he has been before now.
Gregg Doyel, CBSsports.com, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss current NFL happenings. He said Johnny Manziel clearly has impulse control issues in life and in his playing. Doyel talked about the QB issues the Browns are having in that none of their QBs are looking good so far. He says the issue with quarterbacks is that it’s a system of risk and reward and that there is no way to know for sure what will work and what won’t. He says a coach should like RG3 be himself rather than turning him into Johnny Manziel and vice versa. Doyel doesn’t like talking about how many followers he has on twitter. Then he discussed JJ Watt voicing his desire for a new contract. He said Watt’s approach was very humble and smart in the way he said he wanted to get paid. Doyel said it was a very polite approach to asking for money.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show travled to Boston to talk to Chris Villani, WEEI and Boston Herald, about the Patriots. He isn’t sure that Garoppolo going into the game before Ryan Mallet means that he’s moved ahead of Mallet because Mallet has been working on a knee issue. He discussed a lot of the recent player moves and changes in the depth chart for the Patriots. He said having guys like Gronkowski healthy really makes all the difference for the team and how they will do in the season. Villani thinks the Patriots have added well to their offense and he likes the defense but still thinks their division is Denver’s to lose.
Sam Monson, publisher of Pro Football Focus, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss the Texans first two preseason games. They started out discussing the way they decide ratings for players on his website.