Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Written By: LM

Arian Foster's (training camp) comments to the media caused a lot of reaction around Twitter. Sports Radio 610 Host and Former NFL Player Ted Johnson critiqued Arian on "leadership".   It's Ted belief, that Arian Foster shouldn't have did what he did.

Ted's critique caused one fan to go at him on Twitter.

Fresh off the heels of Steven A Smith's  "provoking" comments, it's fair to say the fan "provoked" Ted to reply with the following.  Lets remember, no one can "provoke" you to do anything. 

MrYeaSports (fan) clearly baited Ted and Ted replied.  Honestly, if a guy said to me what the fan said to Ted in person, I would have physically confronted him (I'm not swell like you guys) if it's true or not but this is not about fans.


In this current climate of no one should be able to provoke you in addition to how Arian Foster should be a Professional and display leadership, I found Ted's Tweet odd.

Exactly why did Ted want MrYeaSports to come up to the station? Sing, show him the studio, introduce to the Triple Threat?

Real Talk, I was not surprise at Ted's tweet because when I use to text Sports Radio 610, Ted once pulled the same thing with me.  Ted told me his height and weight and come see him as IF.  He has this misconception with all of the Fan Boys at 610 gawking over his size that fans are intimidated by the "tough talk".

Not only has Ted flexed with fans, he's also flexed with other media members.  The audio below is Ted Johnson and Fred Davis night show.  At the time,  Sports Talk 790 and Sports Radio 610 were jabbing at each other via takes, bits, promos and Ted had the following response to other radio shows

We are talking about a guy that talked down on his Former Teammate/Friend's wife.  Am I really suppose to be intimidated by this guy?


We are telling players how they should behave and Media Members are foolishly inviting fights?  I know plenty of media members and they tell me how they have taking shit from fans and they've learned to ignore but not TEDDY THREE RINGS.  

Basically its OK for Ted to sit up for five hours and preach restraint to others unless you are messing with him?

Ted, please don't kick everyone's ass BRO, everyone fears you.


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 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