Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Training Camp: Freak Out about Duane Brown #Texans




Since  Houston Media loves to develop convenient amnesia, I decided to chart all of the stuff they thought was HUGE in July during training camp.

First thing first, it's my belief, Sports Radio 610 could not wait for Training Camp to bump or minimize Astros talk.  Sports Radio 610 is the flagship station for the Texans and Sports Talk 790 (direct competitors) are the flagship station for the Astros who are currently busting ass.

The Texans set off for Training Camp in West Virginia; Texans All-Pro Left Tackle Duane Brown  is listed as did not report.  You got it, PANIC TIME!  I listened to Mad Radio for 2 segments and I didn't hear them freak out but then I tuned to Paul Gallant (7p-11p 610) and he is totally freaking out about some comments Rick Smith (Texans GM) made about Duane Brown's hold out.  In addition to, I have seen just about all TV outlets report on Duane Brown's absence.

Here's the kicker, all of Houston knew that Duane was holding out, this is not news at all unless you are trying to get clicks.  News is when Duane appears with the team.

In all honesty, I only heard Paul discussing Duane's hold out on Radio but most of Houston TV and National  News was all over it like it was brand new.




Sunday, July 23, 2017

Josh Innes Morning Show Review

Josh Innes Show

Usually I wouldn’t write about a new show a week in but JoshInnes  is not a newbie to the market.  Josh returned to Houston in the Afternoon Drive Time slot and worked his way to Mornings.   Upon Lance Zierlein’s announcement to take a break from Morning Radio, Sports Talk 790 reorganized their lineup and Josh landed the Morning gig.

Josh Innes Show is going head to head against his former coworkers and friends Seth Payne and Mike Meltser.  If you know Josh and how he delivers his shows, you know you are going to receive
  • Bombastic, wild
  • Flame Throwing
  • Against popular opinion
  • Energy
  • Competitive (he wants to crush you)
  • Impromptu, improvising
  • On air disagreements (callers, guests, sometimes cohosts)
  • Real as far as he can get away with on air·         

However, I have seen growth and a change in his craft.  Josh is more political.  He is not pushing a specific party or ideology on his show but he freely speaks about social issues a lot more than he has in the past.  He is very quick to blast Social Media Justice Warriors and will tell them to get a life.  He tends to approach politics and social issues with a common sense point of view and not popular opinion.

Josh was never the personality to shy away from speaking about the competition by name.  In radio, most personalities avoid speaking about their competition by name because they have some dumb ass belief that if the audience hears about the competition, they will flip the dial.  It’s 2017 and everything and everybody are interconnected.  It’s foolish to believe your audience do not know your competition.  Back to Josh, in the past, Josh identified his competition in a negative manner usually via beef and he still will dig in a few asses.   I wondered how would he master this since he is cool with the competition.  Instead of being mean spirited towards Mike and Seth, Josh reference them in a joking matter.   Gay Meltser is a running joke on the show where a caller or callers frequently call to act like a gay Mike Meltser.  The shit is hilarious.  In addition to mentioning the competition’s name, he uses audio drops of them as well.  

A shocker for me is Josh’s baseball knowledge.  When Josh was here before, the Astros were terrible and there was no incentive to talk about Astros or baseball in Houston.  I was talking to Craig Shelton and he was telling me Josh has always liked baseball and you could tell from the way he talked about the league when he could.  Josh knows baseball and truthfully speaking, I thought he was riding the Astros train because Astros GM Jeff Luhnow came from the Cardinals (Josh’s team) organization.  I was wrong, I genuinely listen to hear his takes on the Astros and the interviews.  Anyone who knows me know I hate interviews but I have found myself satisfied with his Astro’s interviews.

The Josh Innes Show still incorporates callers in the mornings but it’s not as much as the afternoon show.  Silly as it may sound mentioning a Sports Talk Show taking phone calls, but if you were to look at his competition (MAD Radio) and a few more shows on Sports Radio 610, they much rather talk to themselves instead of fans.  Josh uses little to none of Twitter for his show.  He will not bring Twitter dialogue or questions to his show unless it’s a person tweeting negativity towards him or the show.  I hate that shit to be honest.

His zeal for wanting to be the best in the market has driven him to look for the next “big thing”.   You can see with the constant trying to think of a new bit or idea for the show.  He is constantly reaching out to the fans for ideas or trying new shit on air with the assistance of Jim Mudd and Jilly.

Earlier I said I liked his Astros Interviews but I think his show has too many interviews.  Outside of the Astros interviews, I change the dial when I hear he’s about to bring someone on.   As a solo host, I understand callers and guests pseudo serve as your cohost.

I like Jim Mudd but his laugh track shit can get annoying.   Everything Josh says do not require gut busting laughter.   At times, it feels like I’m watching an 80s sitcom.  Jilly is cool but since she’s not speaking on a regular basis, her entrance feels forced as if they are making space for her to talk.  I think if she spoke more, it wouldn’t feel out of place.


Personally, I think Josh’s show will thrive in this market considering what he’s up against market-wide.  The market is flat right now.  The only shows I am feeling are Josh Innes, John Granato/Raheel Ramzaneli/ Del and The Blitz.  Mostly everyone else is a boring routine crop desperately waiting on football to kickoff to drive interest.  There is only so many times I can listen to people who are not interested in the Astros give me questions like “how do you feel about the Astros” or delivering some obscure Astros stat.

Moving forward will be interesting to see how Josh holds up.   He is doing a show in Houston and New Orleans in addition to Podcast.  From what I have seen, the Podcast tends to bring in the Philadelphia crowd.  I have seen personalities manage a local and national show but I have never heard a personality manage three shows in different markets.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Are Sports Radio 610’s Personalities homers? Not really.




Over the years, it's become sheek locally to call Sports Radio 610 homers.  Sports Radio 610 is the Flagship Station for the Texans therefore, they must be a shield for the Texans?

HISTORY

It’s sort of true but a little history will clear a few misconceptions.  There was a point in Houston, the top sports and only station was sports radio 610.   790 existed but it was not a threat, pretty much like now.  Lance Zierlein and John Granato were the morning show hosts and were a huge deal.  At the time, there was hardly any mention of 610 homerism.  Fast forward, Lance and John leaped to 1560 The Game and formed an intimate relationship with their audience.   Collectively, 1560 branded 610  homers.  The moniker permeated throughout the city through various shows and it was not false.  Funny thing is, a lot of the former 610 personalities were the biggest homers for the Texans.

CURRENT

Today, it’s common to here everyone not affiliated with 610  call them “homers”.  I listen to Sports Talk Radio faithfully and the homer not is not entirely accurate.  I have attempted this article before but it flopped because people are set in their ways or maybe my article was flawed. 

Raheel Ramzanali inspired me to give it another try.  Talk about one of the most unlikely people I would expect to inspire me to write a fluff piece about 610.  Raheel comes from the umbrella of 1560 and still affiliated with GOW Media and he was submersed in "1560 vs 610".  One day someone casually called 610’s talent homers during the football season and Raheel said, "that’s not true, I listen to those guys and they go after the Texans.  You cannot explain that to 6 million people who has been conditioned for 7 years to believe it.  Listening to Raheel made me think of Slim Charles in The Wire,  "if it’s a lie, we fight on that lie."  The perception is there and people will roll with it 



REALITY

Raheel is correct, notable (4 to 5 years’ experience in Houston) 610 talent have no problem blasting the Texans, Rick Smith or O’Brien.   There are a few who refuse to go after O’Brien as harshly as I feel they could and I get that but I have at least 4 or 5 clips of Seth Payne going at O'Brien.  Hell, with all of the euphoria surrounding the Texans, I still believe Seth is not feeling O'Brien.  I have also heard Sean Pendergast eviscerate O’Brien on air.

Some who call 610 homers may be getting volume confused with content.  As the Flagship station, and the Texans being top dog in Houston, 610 do go to the well more than other stations.  They talk about the Texans 24/7.

What I have noticed, new 610 talent enters the market kissing the Texans ass.   Sports Radio 610 has a few new talents to the market relatively speaking.   For Example, there are a few guys on the weekend who are over the top with the Texans praise.   The funny thing, I have seen it happen to most of 610’s new talent initially upon entering the market.


If you really listen to 610, high profile personalities go after the Texans just as much as their competition.   The truth is, most media in this town crush Rick Smith and get on their knees for Bill O'Brien.   If anything, some of your bigger names at 790 are more homer for Rockets than 610 for the Texans.

Monday, May 1, 2017

TEXANS 2017 DRAFT RECAP

TEXANS 2017 DRAFT RECAP
By: Jermaine Every



            The NFL has completed the 2017 draft. Now comes the endless barrage of “draft grades.” Seriously, what is the basis of a draft grade? If these guys have never played a down in the league, how can we possibly give a grade? Is the grade based on team needs be fulfilled via the draft? Those team needs are media, and to a certain extent, fan-driven because we don’t know what the team itself actually feels is a need. It’s all subjective. With that being said, I’ll give you my version of the Texans draft:

1st Round #12 Overall: QB Deshaun Watson- The trade up to acquire Watson was very un-Texan. By that I mean it was uncharacteristic of what we’ve seen from this regime (GM Rick Smith specifically). Sure they’ve moved up before, but not 13 spots in 1st round to take a QB which the team hasn’t done in 1st round since David Carr. Couple this with the 2nd rounder given up to get rid of the stench of Brock Osweiller, this team has paid quite the price for their supposed franchise QB. I’m actually impressed; not only for the team’s aggressive move up, but taking a chance on a QB who may not be ready to play right away and going with Tom Savage as this season’s starter…for now.

2nd Round #57 Overall: ILB Zach Cunningham- Another solid selection. Brian Cushing is past his prime. Benardrick McKinney has some upside, but has proven to be questionable in pass coverage. Max Bullough filled in okay at times, but is more of a 2 down guy. Enter Cunningham. He has the sideline to sideline speed the Texans have sorely lacked. Couple that with his arm length (34.5 inches), he can provide the cover LB this team has missed.

3rd Round #89 Overall: RB D’Onta Foreman- For a team that wants to run the ball, protect a young QB (no matter who that may be), and control the tempo to set the table for a good defense, this was another good pick. Lamar Miller is a nice, shifty RB. But to pair him with a bulldozer like Foreman was a great idea. This should provide them with a balanced rushing attack, as well as have a guy for short yardage situations. Plus, Foreman has some game-breaking ability himself.

4th Round #130 Overal: OT Julie’n Davenport- The Texans need OL help and it’s fairly obvious to those who even somewhat follow the team. Davenport may develop into a solid player along the OL, but I can’t envision a scenario in which he plays and contributes effectively this year. Although I’d love to be proven wrong.

4th Round #142 Overall: DT Carlos Watkins- Considering the fact that JJ Watt may be able to come back from back surgery, and that Vince Wilfork may be retired,
Watkins seems to fit as a replacement for Wilfork. He also serves as a DL depth, something of which has proven to be very valuable to most, if not all, successful NFL franchises.

5th Round #169 Overall: DB Treston Decoud- DB depth is another necessity.  Ron Wolf of Green Bay believes in drafting a QB and DB in every draft. The Texans are set on Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, and Kevin Johnson being their top 3 guys. There was some talk of Jackson possibly playing at Safety, but that’s purely media and fan speculation. If Decoud can find a way to crack the lineup, Jackson at Safety is one way, finding a way to supplant one of the incumbents will prove to be a tough mountain to climb.

7th Round #243 Overall C Kyle Fuller- OL was an issue last year, and could continue to be this year. It appears as if the Texans are counting on Nick Martin or Greg Mancz to fight it out for starting Center, Xavier Su’a Filo to greatly improve his play, Duane Brown to return to pre-injury form, and either Fuller or previously drafted Davenport to flesh out the rest of their OL. Fuller comes from a spread attack, however, they ran a lot of zone run plays. Let’s see how this 7th rounder works since Derek Newton panned out okay considering he was drafted in the 7th as well.


            No one really thought the Texans were going to have as good a draft as they did. Looks like they picked up a few guys who actually give fans, and onlookers, a reason to have hope for the future; but again, only time will tell how good this draft class will turn out. So far on the surface, things are looking bright.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Houston Draft "Experts" Fail The Test

Houston Draft "Experts" Fail The Test



I do not care for mock drafts.  Mock drafts are TV and Radio media hustles.  It’s a media tool used to make their audience believe they are “in the know”.  They are not insiders.

Yearly, I watch Mock Drafts from the “experts” and they are hitting below 25%.  How can I call that expert in any field of work on Earth? Here’s the trick, they bombard fans with multiple versions of their mock drafts so they can say “in this version of my Mock I had......”. 

Below, I collected 4 national and 2 local personalities latest First Round Mock Drafts.  I presented it by percentage and total number of picks they got got correct.





As you can see, it’s silly to refer to any of these guys as experts.  Not to mention, I looked at the easiest round of the draft to predict and at most 23%, EXPERT?

Locally, I don’t even want to see how Lance Zierlein and Jayson Braddock had the Texans drafting. Both, know their craft but I think they need to think about how they approach future drafts.

What really gets me about the "experts", when their mock drafts do not align with the actual draft, they blast the teams.

Mock Drafts had their place before social media, when people were not connected.  Mock drafts are useless and its shelf-life is coming to an end.  More and more people are blasting mock drafts.  Mock drafts are List Radio.