Monday, August 31, 2015

RAHEEL RAMZANALI BACK ON RADIO WITH JOHN GRANATO BY LM




RAHEEL RAMZANALI BACK ON RADIO WITH JOHN GRANATO
Written by: LM


The 10a-2p just got a tad more interesting.  Raheel Ramzanali one of the originals of 1560 Game returned back to the airwaves.  According to Houston Chronicle's David Barron, Raheel will be teamed with one of Houston's best radio personality, John Granato from 10A- Noon.

I'm interested to see how this will play out because Raheel has been away from radio a while and I'm following him via twitter, he's had some life changes and matured.  The last time Raheel was on air in a reoccurring role, he was young.  Raheel is cool when it comes to Hip Hop, Pop Culture and University of Texas Sports (Alumn).  I never really thought of Raheel as a "sports" guy but compared to what's currently on air, I'm sure he can hold his on.

Raheel is no stranger to John Granato; in fact he worked under Granato for a period as a coworker and employee.

Upon learning the news, I reached out to Raheel for a few comments.

LM:  How do you feel about being back on radio?  Will you do anything different than before?  Explain your other duties. You will be competing with the SEC of time slots, are you up for the challenge?

RAHEEL: I am so excited to be back and doing something I truly love. I was a listener for the years I was out of radio so I understand the listening habits and limitations of listeners. I hope to apply some of those lessons I learned to the show. My other duties will include managing the digital side of Gow Communications and helping grow that side of the business.

I am definitely up for the challenge. But like any challenge it is up to the team and I think I have some great teammates in John Granato, Del, and the rest of the ESPN Houston and Gow Communications staff.

Although Raheel is no stranger to radio, I do believe working with a high profile local personality like John Granato will help Raheel.  In addition to, Raheel will also rejoin a former coworker, Del Olaleye.  Del will be producing John and Raheel as he did for John Granato and Lance Zierlein.

WRAP IT UP

I'm happy there is another local option. In Raheel's comments, he mentioned he monitored "listening habits" but more importantly, I know he monitors Social Media habits.  I believe the Social Media outreach could be the X Factor for their show if used right.

Lets keep it 100, Granato, Raheel and Del will bring Gamers back

LM

Friday, August 28, 2015

SETH PAYNE: BILL O'BRIEN IS DISGUSTED WITH RYAN MALLETT - AUDIO



SETH PAYNE: BILL O'BRIEN DISGUSTED WITH RYAN MALLETT
Written By: LM

A day after Ryan Mallett overslept and missed practice, Bill O'Brien addressed the media.  From the tone of the presser, one can gather that Bill didn't want to talk about Mallett. Former Texans/CBS Employee Seth Payne took it a step further.  Seth said O'Brien is disgusted with Mallett.  It don't sound like Seth was crushing Mallett, he was pretty much laying out some realities of the NFL.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

SEC 2015: THE MOST INTRIGUING TEAMS - JOEL JACKSON - 8/27/2015    



SEC 2015 MOST INTRIGUING TEAMS 
Written by: Joel Jackson
Date posted: 8/27/2015


Instead of doing the traditional “Preseason Top 25” or something similar, I’m going to  pick two teams from each of the major conferences that I am interested in.  

The two teams may not necessarily be programs that are “media darlings”, but rather  teams that could take a leap up from last year. There also may be  teams selected that should make coaching changes, or squads that I have always enjoyed watching. 

I’ve been a college football degenerate for most of my life, and I like to go against the grain. 

So thanks for reading and enjoy the ride.    

TENNESSEE VOLS
Last Year Record: 7­-6, 3-5 SEC  
Head Coach: Butch Jones   

Top Returning Players:     
Josh Dobbs, QB   
Jalen Hurd, RB
Marquez North, WR
Derek Barnett, DE  
Jalen Reeves ­Maybin, LB  
Brian Randolph, DB    

Top Newcomers:  
Khalil McKenzie, DT  
Justin Martin, CB  
Drew Richmond, OT    

This Year’s Theme Song: 
Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy”  “But now I’m a man, way past 21/Want you to believe me baby, I had lots of fun.”      

OK, full disclosure, this is a homer pick. But when you look at the roster, combined with the fact  that the Vols won four of their final five games and two very close losses last season, hopes are  high. 

Even though the Vols wandered the desert of National Irrelevance during the Lane  Kiffin/Derek Dooley Era, Coach Butch Jones has torn down the house on Rocky Top and rebuilt, using the motto 
“Brick By Brick”. Tennessee has always sent talent to the NFL, but the days of sending multiple high round picks to the league went down drastically. Those days are  seemingly over. 

QB (and Aerospace Engineer major) Josh Dobbs took over the reins halfway through  the  season last year, and nine fellow starters return on offense. 

Sophomore Jalen Hurd is a load of a running back, and is a decent receiver as well. He will be spelled by early enrollee Alvin  Kamara, giving the Vols a good 1­-2 punch out of the backfield. 

The wide receiving corps is excellent as well. Pig Howard, Marquez North, Von Pearson all  return, and don’t be surprised to see freshman Preston Williams get some time  as well. The offensive line should be filled out with freshman Drew Richmond. 

Tennessee will be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in Mike DeBord, so it  will be interesting if he tinkers with an offense that averaged 371 yards and 29 points per game last year. That is a question mark, but the talent is there.  

On defense, Derek Barnett should be even better thanks to true freshman Khalil 
McKenzie. 

McKenzie is a big, mashing tackle who should help tie up offensive linemen. Barnett 
had 10 sacks last year and should eclipse that total. 

LB Curt Maggitt actually led the team in sacks with 11, with Jalen Reeves ­Maybin patrolling the middle.

The secondary returns three starters as well. The Vols return a lot of starters and guys who saw significant playing time last year. This was one of the youngest teams in  college football last year, and it’s time for the talent to shine. 

The SEC East doesn’t appear to be strong this year, so the division will be up for grabs. 

Tennessee does have a tough game against Oklahoma at home, but also has Arkansas,  Georgia, and South Carolina at home as well. Florida and Missouri are always tough road games, and the toughest game this season will be the annual “Third Saturday In October” matchup against Alabama in Tuscaloosa

But if all the pieces fall into place, Tennessee could win the SEC East and head to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game.     

TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Last Year Record: 8-­5, 3-­5 SEC  
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin    

Top 5 returning Players:    
Kyle Allen, DE
Tra Carson, RB
Speedy Noil, WR  
Josh Reynolds, WR
Myles GarrettDE    

Top Newcomers 
Kyler Murray, QB
Daylon Mack, DT  
Justin Durning, S
John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator  

This Year’s Theme Song: 
Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”  “In my eyes/Indisposed/In disguise/As no one knows/Hides the face/Lies the snake/And the  sun/In my disgrace”    

Quite frankly, last year the Aggies couldn’t stop anyone on defense, especially running the ball. 

That simple, I’m a simple guy. But as I’ve said, the biggest recruit 
they landed in their loaded signing class was long-time defensive coordinator, John Chavis. He’s as experienced and tough  of a football coach that you can find. 

When A&M called “The Chief”, I applauded. Why? Look at  his track record both at Tennessee and at LSU. Instantly, he makes the defense better, and with guys like Claude George and Riley Garner added to the linebacking corps, there should be marked improvement.   

On offense, there are some holes but not many. The Aggie WR group has size, speed, 
and hands. Sophomore Kyle Allen should and probably will put up numbers. 

Tra Carson brings experience to the running backs, which will be needed since this is a young group. 

The offensive line could plug in some fresh bodies as well, but the Sumlin/Spavital 
scheme should  (hopefully) mask any deficiencies in the trenches.    

Going back to the Aggie defense, Myles Garrett is one of the best defensive ­linemen in the SEC, and he's only a sophomore, which is even scarier. Daylon Mack has potential and should help next  to him. 

The Aggie linebackers and secondary have a lot of holes to fill. This was a group last year that couldn't stop the run, ranking 109th in the nation. Outgoing DB Deshazor Everett led the team in tackles, usually not a good stat for a cornerback. Fortunately, a lot of A&M’s highly touted recruiting class was on defense.  They should contribute immediately. 
   
Kyle Field has expanded, which was already a loud place to play. It is now the largest 
stadium  in the SEC (until the next round of stadium expansion takes place), and the home schedule includes Mississippi StateAlabama, and Auburn. The Aggies do have to 
travel to Ole Miss and LSU, but open here in Houston vs. a tough Arizona State team. They also have the  annual Jerry World Classic in Arlington against Arkansas.     

Texas A&M could go a myriad of ways. 

The SEC West is tough, very tough (cannibalization is today’s secret word). On one 
hand, they could win 10 games and go to the SEC Championship.  

On the other hand, they could lose five games again. But they’ll be fun to watch either way. 



Joel Jackson
Twitter: @boomer4568
#HMW #HSO

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DID THE LOCAL MEDIA MISS ON JADEVEON CLOWNEY'S RETURN? BY LM



DID THE LOCAL MEDIA MISS IT ON JADEVEON CLOWNEY'S RETURN
Written By: LM

Just another example of our local media not in sync with the Houston Texans organization.  Every since the Texans placed Jadeveon Clowney on Injured Reserve, all we heard from the local media was Pup List.  It was their belief, Clowney would begin on the Pup List designated for return.  As normal, the organization didn't put a time frame on this therefore the media projected Clowney's return based upon historical references and physicians via their shows.

The Texans are on  HBO's Hard Knocks and in the series, I've picked up on a few things.  In the series, it appears Clowney will return sooner than most thought.  In addition to Hard Knocks, Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney would be ready for the first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  There are some who say, "I'll believe it when I see it" and that's fair but I will say, O'Brien said Clowney would return on August 17, and he did.

In all fairrness, some hosts are mentioning the return but it's damn near sidebar whatever talk.  Naturally, it makes me think of Arian Foster who's rehabbing a groin injury.  Most are still saying Arian will be out 6-8 games although Houston Chronicle's Beat Writer Aaron Wilson is quoting sources saying the end of  September. Again, the Texans has not put on a timetable on Arian publicly but what you hear on the radio would lead point to half the season.

This article is not meant to blast the local radio media but more evidence, they are not piped into what the Texans are doing.  I am not saying the radio was ALL IN with the previous regime but more of their predictions were better than what I'm currently observing.

I'm getting to the point where I can't take local radio's

LM

Monday, August 24, 2015

LARRY IN STAFFORD EXPLOSIVE BILL O'BRIEN RANT - LM




LARRY IN STAFFORD EXPLOSIVE BILL O'BRIEN RANT


After Houston Texans Head Coach named Brian Hoyer as the Texans Quarterback, Larry in Stafford called Matt Thomas Show (790) and let lose on Bill O'Brien.  Larry had some valid points and Matt Thomas allowed him to vent uninterrupted.  Below is Larry In Stafford


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Larry In Stafford Rant