Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 7/29/2014

Arian Foster has always been accommodating with me. I've  never once personally had an issue in dealing with Foster. So to others in the Houston media, I say, perhaps Arian Foster is just a guy who does not value a relationship with the Houston media.

So why does the media spin Foster's surly moods as to indicate the guy doesn't like playing in Houston?

The Houston sports talk media consistently spins story lines to support their viewpoints.

The Houston sports talk media will equate Texans first-year head coach Bill O'Brien's surly demeanor to a dislike for the media,  but with Arian Foster, it's  "he doesn't love the game" or, "he doesn't want to be in Houston. "

Why is that?

I've observed Arian Foster with my own eyes on numerous occasions interact with fans favorably in an accommodating manner. If the media (or fans) expect Texans players to all be in full time #99 mode, that's just NOT a realistic expectation.

I believe it's simple. Arian Foster doesn't give a sh%t about the Houston's cornball (#SwellGuy) sports media and what they think of him. I DO NOT believe the propaganda campaign the local media is attempting to sell on fans that Arian doesn't appreciate the fans or the city. 

It's highly likely and reasonable to consider that Arian Foster feels like he has been BURNED by the media here.

I don't get how the same people who define Foster as standoffish, all claim somehow to have so much insight on what Arian is thinking internally?

Why does the money a player make become a part of the process in determining what his demeanor should be with fans and media?

Did hip hop and R&B fans who paid as much as $80 for parking to see Beyonce & Jay Z's  "ON THE RUN" tour concerts, attend with an expectation of hugging it out with the Carters on a selfie? No????

The reality is that all a ticket to a sporting event guarantees fans is a seat to watch the event. It's not a right of passage to receive autographs, hugs, kisses, selfies, etc.

When you buy a ticket to a baseball game,  it doesn't guarantee you a foul ball or HR ball to take home.

Fans should learn to enjoy what they paid for on the ticket they purchased.


Monday, July 28, 2014


Written By: LM

I understood both guys argument on domestic abuse.  ND Kalu believes you should check your daughter if she's in the wrong and Greg Koch do not care, if his daughter is knocked out, he's looking for the guy. 

One of the more HEATED debates I've ever heard on In The Trenches.  In the end, cooler heads prevailed and the guys even joked about it, the following segment.

Below is the Audio

Check this out on Chirbit

Sidenote:  Steven A Smith have roots in Philadelphia.  I wonder if he and ND (Eagles) are cool.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Written By: LM

As we approach the beginning of the NFL Football season, expect some changes in local radio media.  If history is correct, Sports Radio 610 should enjoy a ratings boost.

Honestly, all of Houston Sports outlets including HMW will receive a boost.  Everyone benefits from the Texans even more when the Texans are good.  The difference is, while most will enjoy the boost silently, Sports Radio 610 will go out of their way to explain,  their increase is due to their talent.

Over the last 4 or 5 months, Sports Talk 790's Proper Gentlemen of Sports and In the Trenches have beaten Sports Radio 610.  In all fairness, Sports Talk 790 "beat their chest" as well but it's nothing like Sports Radio 610.

It has been one brutal football Off-season for 610 in terms of ratings.  The station was reduced to homoerotic promotions to get traction.

All in all, expect a change from Sports Radio 610.  If 790 continues to beat Sports Radio 610 during Football season, changes need to be made. If Sports Radio 610 regain the torch, will we hear more of this, Nick Wright bragging about ratings


Thursday, July 24, 2014


Written by: Angelo Lawford
Date posted: 7/24/2014
I think it's safe to say that we learned a lot from this past World Cup. It's incredible how time flies by. I can't believe that it's over now. It was an incredible ride though. One that I doubt I will ever forget and whose end is hard to come to grips with. 
But for all truly great things, when they come to an end, there is a legacy left behind. And that is what I hold on to. Not just the YouTube.com homages of the goals and glory that are now left behind, but the understanding that soccer, maybe more than any other sport, is truly an expression of her people, wherever she is played and by whomever she's played. 
So what did we learn? The world has caught up to Brazil. I am not certain if within my lifetime, Brazil will be the out-and-out favorite to win a World Cup again. I think the expectation going into this World Cup was generous on behalf of Brazil. I think the fact that Brazil was the host nation, skewed the opinions of pundits and fans alike. 
Brazil has a roster with individual talent, but they had no cohesion as a team and there were many signs heading into the tournament that this particular generation of Brazilian players was most likely in over-their-heads. And that's okay honestly. The expectation for them was unfair and it is no wonder, that by the end of the tournament, the pressure crushed them. The pressure was surely superior to the talent.
With that said, I do believe that they accomplished more than the assembled roster dictated going into the tournament. And for that, they should always keep their heads held high.
As for the champions, Germany proved not just to the world, but to themselves, that patience is a virtue. Germany hasn't missed a semi-final of a major tournament since 2006. What's overlooked by many from 2006 to now, is that despite always fielding a more than competitive side, in the heart of this eight- to-ten year cycle of players, is the reality that there was a complete rebuild of their structure as a football federation in conjunction with their stylistic approach on the field. To be able to maintain that kind of continuity and sustained belief in a system that by strategy, was continually evolving, is quite remarkable, and it is only fitting that they endured to be champions.
On a side note, a core piece to the German puzzle is one Jurgen Klinsmann, who is currently the USMNT (United States Men's National Team) head coach, and was the overseer of the German youth movement, which began when he became the German National Team coach in 2004. It's his ideas that saw a shift in how the German National Team played and developed players from a grass-roots level. 
The coach of the World Cup winning German side, Joachim Low, was Klinsmann's top assistant and was awarded the job of becoming Germany's head coach, once Klinsmann resigned, in order to seize on an opportunity to coach soccer club giant, Bayern Munich, which occurred shortly after Germany's semi-final performance in the 2004 World Cup, which was hosted by Germany that saw the Germans lose to eventual World Cup champions, Italy, in the semi-finals.
That's the expectation for the USMNT now that Klinsmann is in charge. I think you saw that strategy take place this past World Cup cycle for the USMNT. There was an injection of youth and new ideas. So in the scheme of things, a round-of-sixteen exit for the USMNT, was a pretty fair outcome, if not an out-and-out overachievement, especially considering finding themselves in the dreaded "Group of Death," in the group stage.
In regards to the USMNT, you saw the beginning of a new era whose goal wasn't necessarily to win this past World Cup, more than it was as a preparation for World Cups to come.
If Klinsmann can replicate for the USMNT and for soccer in this country, what he did for soccer in Germany, the USMNT can take the game in America, where it has never gone before.
Another valuable lesson that we learned as a nation, is that the 2014 United States of America, can absolutely consider itself a soccer country. She might not look like a duck, talk like a duck, or walk like a duck all the time, but rest assured, she is a duck.
The social media and television phenomenon that was the World Cup in this country, spoke volumes as to how much soccer, has woven itself into the fabric of not just the domestic sports landscape, but our general landscape over all, at least for soccer's biggest moments. It was actually an amazing thing to see.
This actually leads me to what was maybe the most important lesson learned. And that is simply, as a nation, we are still in need of a strategy that can take the goodwill earned by an event the magnitude of a World Cup, and accelerate the sports' progression further into the bloodstream of mainstream society, so that we don't have to wait for proof that we are a soccer country, in four-year cycles or intervals. 
Though it has been proven that the United States has sneakily morphed into a soccer accepting country, there is still a ways to go, before it truly becomes a part of the vernacular. Though soccer adds to her army high profile soccer event by high profile soccer event, the sport still hasn't generated a consistent enough dialog, especially within the confines of the sports media complex.
So even though just one week removed from what many consider to be the best World Cup finals tournament ever, especially in regards to the group- stage chapter of the tournament, there is a silence post-World Cup stateside, that makes me question if the event even happened. Was it all a dream? If it was just a dream, it was a good one.
I hope whomever the powers that be that can maybe incite change and has an ability to create a tangible mechanism that can further advance the scope of the game on behalf of a public that seemingly desires the game, learned what I did. Though I hate to think it has to be the case, because four years is a fairly long time, the real hope for me is that there will come a strategy that builds upon the goodwill that is sure to come, come World Cup 2018.
There is no better time to strike, than while the iron is hot.
Angelo Lawford

Tuesday, July 22, 2014




Written By: LM

Currently, I've been actively listening to Sports Talk 790 In The Trenches and Sports Radio 610 Mad Radio.  Currently I'm digging both shows.

MAD Radio, I get intellectual well though out takes.  Guilty, Mike Meltser has grown on me.  There was a time, I thought he was too robotic but once you get pass that, Mike will give you the debate you want. Seth Payne uses his intellect as humor. 

In The Trenches is one of the most local interactive shows.  I will not front, there was I time I thought the volume of callers was a direct reflection of not preparing a show but then I thought, Talk Radio is about the fans too.  Greg Koch and ND Kalu gets it, they realize Sports Talk includes the fans and they go out of their way to be inclusive.  Just today, I heard Lance leave an annoying caller on hold for almost two hours.  Lance was clearly making an example out of him. The annoying caller bled over to In The Trenches and they allowed him to speak.

That's what talk radio is, good, bad boring calls/takes should all be heard.  I am guilty of saying ban certain callers with dumb ass takes but at the end of the day, its more fun to crack jokes on their takes.

Rather you like it  or not, In The Trenches promote their fans.  They are not reading anonymous texts and they actually take phone calls and dialogue.  In the Trenches also allow topics to marinate before moving on.  They actually can see a topic with traction and they stick with it. 

MAD Radio change topics every damn segment.  Good luck if you are a caller to MAD Radio.  If you are lucky enough for them to hug a topic for two segments, you may get in on a topic but do not expect dialogue.  If you call, they will allow you to make your take then get you off the vine and respond to your take when you are off the phone.  Seth and Mike seem more comfy amongst themselves like most of Houston Sports Talk Shows these days.

In The Trenches are more intimate with their audience than MAD Radio.  Both shows are solid but In The Trenches is "down home" "down to earth" and loose with their audience.

All in all, In The Trenches value their audience's input.