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.
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.
Mike Sielski, Philly Inquirer, joined Matt Hammond and Matt Murphy as they fill in for the B-Straw & Pauly G Show. He discussed Michael Vick versus Michael Sam as distractions. Sielski says that the NFL is a business of distractions and they will always be there. He thinks Dungy’s claim that Michael Sam wouldn’t help his team win is not true and doesn’t believe that he would be such a huge distraction in the locker room. In fact he doesn’t think Sam will be an impediment to the Rams in any way.
Joel Corry, CBSsports.com, joined Matt Hammond and Matt Murphy filling in for The B-Straw & Pauly G Show. Corry came on to discuss JJ Watt’s contract which should be negotiated before the 2015 football season starts. He thinks Watt has 55 million in guaranteed money coming to him if they pay what he is worth. He spoke a little on Eric Winston and said he doesn’t think him being the President of the Player’s Association will keep him from finding a team but his performance last season might.
University of Houston Head Football Coach Tony Levine joined Nate & Creight in studio as they filled in for The B-Straw & Pauly G Show. He discussed what it is like to be a head coach and the things he has learned in his tenure at UH. Levine discussed what the recruiting process is like and how he is deeply involved in it. He also spoke about the importance of good facilities and how the campus has grown and evolved through his time there so far. He discussed the statements at the SEC media days about cheating going on in college football.
Hub Arkush, chicagofootball.com, joined MaD Radio to talk all things NFL. He feels that it really doesn’t matter where the NFL draft is so it really doesn’t matter if they move where they hold it. Arkush is confused by Andre Johnson’s recent behavior and really cannot see him going elsewhere so it should get resolved. He thinks that the best case scenario when it comes to Fitzpatrick is that he somehow becomes a much better quarterback than he has been so far. He really thought Fitzpatrick was just being brought on as a backup and the quarterback situation is the only problem he has with the way the team is right now. He thinks Bill O’Brien is the right guy to coach the Texans but he isn’t sure if he has enough to work with to turn the team around. Arkush thinks Johnny Manziel has a tough road ahead of him at quarterback but that he will be fun to watch.
Today on MaD Radio, Mike and Seth discussed the possibility of Seth starting to work for the Uber cab service. He explained why he wants to give it a try and his thoughts on the service in general. Seth has already passed the online background check and has wanted to be a cab driver since he was a kid. He also discussed some of the misgivings that he is having about trying it like the fact that he is somewhat of a public figure. Seth thinks it would be fun to pick up athletes and take taxi cab confessionals of drunk people.
T. D. Williams, Medium.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss an article he wrote on Daryl Morey. Williams explained why he has been critical of Morey because he hasn’t taken Houston “to the promised land” yet. He said he isn’t against the use of analytics in basketball, but says they have to be used careful. He said that Morey has created what he calls a “treadmill team” and doesn’t agree with his decision to not bring Chandler Parsons back. Williams said that he hasn’t felt Houston has really contended yet as they should have. He doesn’t think Morey is a terrible GM and he thinks the story has been over reported.
Jim Callis, MLB.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss the Brady Aiken situation. He said that he thinks that the Astros will still sign Aiken. Callis discussed what happens when a player fails their physical and how the team is at an advantage because they only have to pay forty percent of that players assigned value. He said that though Aiken can play right now, the Astros are more concerned about his future play. He also discussed Casey Close’s comments on the situation and hit briefly on Mark Appel.
Fran Blinebury, nba.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss the most recent developments in the NBA. He said that the Rockets are not going to be contenders this year with their current lineup and will just have to try again next year. He said it’s hard to say whether or not the Rockets should have re-signed Parsons but he thinks they probably should have gone for it. Blinebury spoke about the journey the Rockets have been on so far with getting James Harden and Dwight Howard, but this situation with losing out in free agency has been a bit of a setback for the team.