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.
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.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Jacksonville. There they talked to Mark Long, Associated Press, about the Jaguars and Blake Bortles. He said that the Jaguars are trying not to put too much pressure on Bortles so he can learn and step up when he’s ready to do so. Long talked about how the secondary is doing so far in the preseason and how they are working on the pass rush. He also talked about how they are addressing issues with penalties. He says the Jaguars look like they have made good strides towards improving.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Dallas and Buffalo. First they drove up to Dallas to talk to Mike Fisher, 105.3 The Fan about the Orlando Scandrick four game suspension for drug use. He also discussed some of the other player issues with the Cowboys recently. Fisher discussed the fact that the Cowboys announced that Tony Romo was ready for camp when he wasn’t caused a stir with fans. Then they flew over to Buffalo to talk to Dave Buchannan, WGR, about the Tony Stewart accident. He says it is impossible to know what Tony Stewart saw due to limited visibility in his vehicle so we may never know but he doesn’t think he intended to hit Kevin Ward Jr with his race car. Buchannan thinks that the accident could have been a split second decision gone wrong.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Louisville and Cleveland. First they flew to Louisville to talk to Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel about the PGA Championship. He discussed Rory McIlroy as a player and a person. He thinks it is a good sign for golf that even without Tiger Woods involved, it was still a very interesting competition. Then they traveled over to Cleveland to talk to Daryl Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan, about Johnny Manziel’s debut game. He discussed how the coach and the fans are reacting to the way Manziel played on his first outing. Ruiter said the competition between Brian Hoyer and Manziel seems to be pretty friendly as all the players want the best quarterback on the field playing for them.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to preview the first Texans preseason game. They spoke to Craig Morgan, Fox Sports Arizona, about some of the players to watch in the game tomorrow. He said nobody seems to know when Tyrann Mathieu will get back on the field but he is definitely anxious to get back playing. He said that Arizona passed on Johnny Manziel because they didn’t feel that he was a fit there. Morgan says the Cardinals will not be playing their starters more than fifteen minutes and he could play them less than that. He said the Cardinals aren’t game planning or watching Texans film because they aren’t very concerned with this preseason match.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Baltimore to talk to Jeremy Conn, 105.7 The Fan. Conn said that everyone is “intrigued” with Gary Kubiak so far and that the offense is looking good so far there. He thinks the Ravens have made a lot of improvements to the offensive that should help revamp the line. He says that Cincinnati is a team to look out for and that it would surprise him if the Browns do that much. He says the Ravens fans either love or hate Joe Flacco, there is no middle ground on him. Conn also touched on that a lot of people are optimistic about Kevin Durant possibly coming to the area but he isn’t buying it.
Alyson Footer, MLB.com, joined The Triple Threat to discuss the latest happenings with the Astros. She thought this uproar over Mark Appel throwing a bullpen was a bit over blown by the media. She said twitter got ahead of the story and helped to blow things out of proportion. Footer says the “jury is still out” when it comes to how the league views Bo Porter’s managerial style with the Astros because it’s too early to know. She said the general attitude towards the Astros on the national level is very skeptical about what they are doing, but are waiting to see what will happen. She said the Astros have kind of been on a bit of a downward spiral since the 2007 draft where they didn’t draft a single useful player for the team.
Gregg Rosenthal joined Matt Hammond and Matt Murphy filling in on The B-Straw & Pauly G Show. He said that the Texans are doing their best to keep details under wrap with the Andre Johnson situation. Rosenthal thinks Johnson is probably upset about several things that we don’t really know about at this point. He thinks due to his high salary, Johnson will not be a Texan after this season. He also weighed in on the Ray Rice suspension and the looming punishment for Jim Irsay.
LZ Granderson, ESPN magazine, joined Matt Hammond and Matt Murphy filling in for The B-Straw & Pauly G Show. Granderson came on to discuss the most recent developments with the Houston Rockets. He claims the Rockets are worse off than they were a year ago because he feels Ariza is a step down from Parsons. He discussed James Harden’s recent comments about his teammates being role players. Granderson also weighed in on Ray Rice’s suspension saying that domestic violence has always been treated more lightly than other offenses.