John P. Lopez

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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.

Signature phrases:

  • 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.

LOPEZ: An Uncomfortable Day In The NFL; Did It Work

When numerous players at every NFL venue protested during the playing of the National Anthem on Sunday, did it make you angry? Or did it make you uncomfortable? The answer is important.


LOPEZ: 15 Reasons Why Rick Smith Is Behind All Texans Issues

Here are 15 things that are wrong with the Texans right now and most of them point right to Rick Smith (in no specific order):


John Lopez’ Four Stages of a fishing shirt

There really is no reason for a God-fearing American-made man to own anything but a fishing shirt. I’m a Columbia man myself, but whatever your preference, it will do. You can fish in a fishing shirt, of course. But don’t be silly. You can do everything from get married, to meet foreign dignitaries, to work […]


Locals Share Best & Worst Of Houston For Super Bowl LI Visitors

Here are the unwashed answers the Chamber of Commerce may or may not want you to know. Results are in order of most-often mentioned to least:


TCU’s Desmon White, UH Frosh D’Eriq King Crash Dante Hall Award Watch List

Oregon’s Charles Nelson, Pitt’s Quadree Henderson, N.C.’s T.J. Logan lead way By John P. Lopez Through one month of the 2016 college football season, the twists and turns already have been many. Twists and turns also is a good way to describe the established stars and upstart newcomers juking their way onto the latest Dante […]


ITL – John McClain 09-22-16

John, Dante & Cody talk John McClain of the Houston Chronicle about the Patriots vs. Texans game.


ITL – Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports on College Lines

John & Cody talk to Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports about all the lines on the big college football games this weekend.


Alfred Blue: Missing Or Making The Cut

This is how jobs are lost. If you’re not lucky or not good – and Alfred Blue might be a little of both – this usually is how it happens.


Patriots & Heroes: When a small town does big things for America’s soldiers

By John P. Lopez SARGENT, Tx. — They arrive survivors, most lucky to be alive. They served in various branches of the Armed Forces and left pieces of themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq. They had limbs blown to shreds. They had 60-, 70-, sometimes 80-percent of their bodies burned. They suffered severe head injuries, spinal […]


Muhammad Ali And Me: When Journalistic Integrity Should Have Been Junked

But no one — no one — ignited my love for sports more than Muhammad Ali. He was my idol. I loved him. I wanted to be him. I simply would not have fallen in love with the games I played and then covered if not for The Greatest.



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