What I do for 610: I co-host MaD Radio with Mike Meltzer from 6am to 10am weekdays.
Birthday: February 12
Hometown: Victor, NY
College: Cornell University
How long at SportsRadio 610: I’ve been here since July, 2012
Coolest person at SR610: Based on her trendy glasses, Laura Reynolds. Based on Super Bowl rings, Ted Johnson.
What I love about Houston: I love that it has so many professional sports. I love that it kicked the recession’s ass. I love that it has ethnic diversity.
Favorite four-letter word: The C word. It is the nuclear weapon of four letter words.
Experience: I was a defensive linemen in the NFL for 10 years. I was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997 , then went to the Texans in 2002, where I played for 5 years.
Teams followed: I grew up a Bills fan. I still have many cheesy Bills posters in my room at my Mom’s house. There exist pictures of me wearing red, white, and blue Zubaz.
Favorite sports experiences: Beating the Cowboys in the first Texans game ever. Going 14-2 and making it to the AFC Championship game with the Jaguars in 1999. Playing college football at a non-scholarship school, where guys played simply because they loved it.
Sports played: I played football from fifth grade through my tenth year in the NFL. I wrestled until my junior year in high school, when I quit because I would have had to wrestle heavyweight at 6’2” and 185 lbs. My wrestling coach thought it was idiotic that I was planning to focus on lifting weights and getting bigger for football. He said something along the lines of, “What do think you’re going to do, play in the NFL?”
Family: My wife competes with the Houston Roller Derby. She’s a furious little badass. My brother, Dan, was an All American wrestler at Clarion University. After college he went on to play for the US in the Rugby World Cup and now is the head rugby coach at Life Univesity.
This call was ostensibly much worse. This was different than calling a draw on third and long.
Random thought I need to get out of the way: Brandon Weeden throws a damn impressive football. Y’all laughed when Jerry Jones said it a couple years back, but the old man was right. Is there more to playing quarterback than throwing a pretty ball? Oh God, yes. But just let me enjoy watching Brandon Weeden passes for what they are—works of art rivaling Da Vinci’s early work, and let’s not worry about where they land.
Here are my observations from the combined Texans/Patriots practice on Tuesday, in no particular order. Scrimmage time, baby! The best thing about scrimmages, and this is a universal law, is that players from both teams will privately claim victory. It’s the participation ribbon of practice formats. The crowd: By number and enthusiasm, I would characterize […]
Jared Allen got away with it, but he was really good and he was wearing #69 as an adolescent joke. A joke which WILL NEVER STOP BEING FUNNY.
Given the scaled back practice schedule, NFL training camps have become more of a grind for the fans than the players themselves. Sure, we don’t subject ourselves to physical injury, but we pay full damned price for pre-season games that are about as meaningful as a Kardashian wedding. Those games can get pretty dull by the second half, so Mad Radio decided to pick an individual to root for when the starters are sneaking hot dogs on the sideline. We’re looking for a lovable underdog who is trying to beat the odds, so draft picks need not apply. Only undrafted rookie free agents are eligible to become the official Mad Radio Undrafted Free Agent (MADUFDA!)
The Texans looked pretty good Saturday night. Sure, it was only a pre-season game — an utterly meaningless endeavor to the outside world. It probably doesn’t predict much about the future, but it matters intensely to those of us in the thick of it. It’s exactly like high school. So in the spirit of high school, here are the Preseason Week 2 Superlatives.
When the Texans drafted Christian Covington last year, my first thought was that he didn’t quite fit the mold of a 3-4 defensive lineman. At the time, he was 6’2”, 289 lbs. That’s a sturdy human being, but it’s not quite heavy enough to be a 3-4 nose tackle, and not quite tall enough to be a 3-4 defensive end. He looked a whole lot like a 4-3 defensive tackle.
Vacations are to be enjoyed, and a little bit of gluttony is probably a good thing, but there’s also something to be said for not loathing yourself as you slump over at your desk the Monday you get back. One common theme you’re going to notice with a lot of these tips is that a tiny bit of preparation makes it a lot easier to make the right choices.
Mike and Seth Talk about the Houston Rockets’ disappointing season, which of course includes the defensive effort from James Harden. Mike wants video of the effort put forth by the Portland Trailblazers against Golden State played on a loop inside Toyota Center until next season starts.
Mike and Seth tried to put together a Houston group to buy the UFC after they talked about the Darren Rovell report that indicated it might be for sell.