Better Late Than Never Super Bowl Wrap

Yes, I know that the Super Bowl is ancient history, but I have been crazy busy, plus I ran head on into the flu for about six days. But, before my thoughts of the Super Bowl are cut to make some more brain cap space I will put them down here.

Prior to the Super Bowl, I spent two great weeks basking in the glory of successfully predicting the two Super Bowl teams back in August. Then the Friday before SB, I predicted the Falcons to win. At that point it just felt like their year. For most of the game I looked like a genius. Then one astounding, amazing comeback later and I was wrong.

So, based on the returns from SBLI I can now make the following predictions:
Greatest NFL Coach of All Time: Bill Belichick
Greatest QB of All Time: Tom Brady
Greatest NFL Franchise of all time: trending Pats, but still too close to call

It is obvious that Freeman’s blown block, and Matthew’s hold cost the Falcons the game. The other thing those two plays did was make Julio Jones’ fantastic sideline catch irrelevant and soon to be forgotten.

The Pats always seem to have a player or players that you weren’t expecting to be key contributors, step up and be a key element in their victories in big games. This time it had to be Malcolm Mitchell, James White and Danny Amendola. Mitchell was the teams’ fifth leading receiver for the season, yet he made key receptions that extended drives throughout the comeback. James White ran for 166 yards total for the season, but he was the man carrying [and catching] the ball when the game was on the line. I have always been a Danny Amendola fan going back to his college days. This season, he hardly ever saw the field during the Pats games I watched [23 catches for the season]. Yet, he was the go to guy with the game on the line. Will be interesting what their roles will be with the team in 2017.

The Falcons are denying their Defensive Coordinator-Richard Smith, and D-Line Coach-Bryan Cox were fired right after the game as scapegoats for the loss. Saying that this was in the works for some time. There is no way you fire your DC and D-Line Coach right after a SB win. I thought the defense and in particular the defensive line played beyond what anyone would have expected in the first half to the game. They brought strong, consistent pressure on Brady, causing the Pats to be unable to sustain any offense. Evidently, Smith and Cox must have gotten stupid at half time, and lost the ability to coach. It was much more the case of lack of quality depth on the Falcons defense, primarily on the d-line that cost the Falcons. The d-line was rushing the QB on 60 plays, and the linebackers were either rushing or dropping, sometimes deep, into pass coverage. I think the defense wore down, I think everyone knew that at some point Brady and his receivers would get a rhythm going and the
Falcons would have to hold on [not you Jake Matthews], and hope they had scored enough to win.

More to come soon. Want to do some beer reviews as soon as my allergies clear up. You have to taste beer with your eyes, nose and tongue. Right now the nose is not ready.

Let The Blogging Begin

Hello, it is I, Larry Roberts, Larry The Beer Man if you like, adding my thoughts to the KSIX SportsRadioCC Blog. Why you may ask – well there are two main reasons. First, it is right there on the front page of our station web site, inviting people to click open the blog only to find there has been no blogging going on for some time now. I don’t want our listeners to think we have nothing to say. After all we are in the business of talking. Secondly, there really isn’t a place for me on air anymore to talk sports, which is why I got into this business to begin with. So here I go – he’s off and blogging.

Since today [February 1, 2017] is NCAA Football national signing day, it has brought to mind the pathetic state of college football in Texas these days. In case you missed it, or just lost interest this past football season [2016] was a disaster for colleges in Texas. I am talking FBS football, we all appreciate Mary Hardin-Baylor winning the NCAA Division III Championship. Need proof of how bad things have become? For the first time in 50 years no Texas college team finished in the Top 25 of the final rankings. University of Houston was the pride of Texas with a final rank of 36. Six colleges from Texas were selected to play in bowl games, finishing with one win and five loses. Thank you Baylor for saving us from a shut out. Think things maybe getting better soon? Don’t count on it. With today being national signing day, a quick look at the top ten college prospects in Texas shows all ten are heading out of state to play college football. I will be studying the signing lists the next few days, and probably post something on who went where.

Since I am off and running on college football, here are just a few thoughts about the 2016 season. Let’s start with some advice to Kevin Sumlin head coach at Texas A & M. He may want to study the rise and fall of Mack Brown this off season. He appears to be heading down much the same path. Brown and staff consistently recruited top notch talent, with great success for a number of years. In the later year’s Coach Brown’s teams consistently under performed, and disappointed. Texas hired high dollar assistant coaches to try to turn things around and return to previous glory. But, the mediocrity continued. Finally an 8-5 season in 2013 did Coach Brown in. Coach  Sumlin is coming off his third 8-5 season in a row in 2016. He has great recruiting classes one after another, and the administration has brought in high priced assistant coaches [see John Chavis and Noel Mazzone], to help. I doubt the Aggie fan base has anymore patience than the Longhorn fans.

Speaking of UT, glad to see Charlie Strong land the job at USF. I know he will do an excellent job there in area where he has always been a strong recruiter. A few things I see that lead to the end of the Charlie Strong era at Texas. First, he inherited a divided and lazy team. Coach Strong was working on this when his time ran out. Secondly, Strong was constantly shuffling his assistant coaches, primarily looking for a way to spark his team to play better. Unfortunately the coach he most needed to move out was Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford, who held his job until the last few games when Coach Strong took over coaching the defense. The final problem that plagued Coach Strong was the inability to develop a quarterback. He inherited Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard, both highly touted recruits. Texas fans and I think coaches loved Swoopes because he reminded them of Vince Young. This is true at least physically, but on the field, not so much. Strong was unable to recruit a viable quarterback in his first two recruiting classes. Finally signing an excellent prospect in his final class – Shane Buechele. To no one’s surprise Buechele won the starting job this past year. He played well, shows signs of promise for the future, and unfortunately made the inevitable freshman mistakes that were to be expected. If Strong would of had a quarterback the likes of Buechele  to develop in first recruiting class, he would probably still be the Longhorns coach. Ironically, this year the Longhorns signed one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation – Sam Ehlinger out of Austin Westlake. Tom Herman can’t take credit for this signing, as Ehlinger was committed to Texas before he was born.

Every college is looking for the brilliant young coach for their football program. How about the brilliant older coach? Look what Bob Davie at New Mexico, and Rocky Long at San Diego State have done with their late career head coaching opportunities. Let’s see what Lovie Smith can do at the University of Illinois. Along the same lines the new head coach at Texas Lutheran in Seguin, is Carl Gustafson. He has served as an assistant coach at TLU in the past, and is a long time high school coach in San Antonio and New Braunfels. If the last name sounds familiar it should. His father was Marvin Gustafson, a high school coaching legend in San Antonio. His uncle is the legendary former baseball coach at the University of Texas – Cliff Gustafson.

Let me know what you think. I promise there will be more to come – probably.

In the Dugout with Dennis & Andy

Dennis Quinn and I have been talking sports on the air waves of Corpus Christi together for twenty years.  We named our show Dennis & Andy’s Q & A Session because we not only wanted to bring the public great interviews but we are storytellers by nature and we enjoy educating our listeners about the history of the game.  Therefore, when you listen to us you’re in the Session.  We have also been blessed to have met so many of our heroes from the past, so we find it important to honor them when they leave us.  You will recognize the opening music of our shows as the “William Tell Overture” or the theme music from the Lone Ranger, one of our favorite television shows growing up.  And we always close with the music from the Jackie Gleason Show as one of us will say, “How Sweet It Is!”

I would like to thank ESPN 1440 KEYS and SportsRadioCC 1230 KSIX as we split our time between these two stations this past year.  I would also like to thank Henry Hernandez, Marty Robinson, and Dotson Lewis who sat in for either Dennis or me, as we traveled to acquire interviews.  We have had a blast while taking our listeners up front and center with some of the finest athletes and greatest coaches and broadcasters in the world of sports.  This year alone we have had 44 one-on-one interviews in the span of 52 weeks.  The list is long and varied but ties closely to our first love, baseball.  Having the Corpus Christi Hooks in town and a long-standing relationship with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers has made our jobs easier.

The year 2015 started off fast with a Hall-of-Fame announcer who joined us at least four times a year on air, the Houston Astros’ lead announcer for many years, Milo Hamilton.  He truly loved Corpus and being on our show.  Sad to say we lostMiloin September.  He will be missed.  Juan Castillo, offensive coach with the Baltimore Ravens and Jeff Lantz, the fellow in charge of Communications for Minor League Baseball, rounded out the month of January.  February would bring our yearly interview with former Buffalo Bills linebacker, Shane Nelson, about the Super Bowl.  The Astros’ Caravan would provide us interviews with former pitcher, Larry Dierker, and superstar, George Springer.  We also paid tribute to Ernie Banks and aired an older interview from 2004.  The South Texas Winter Banquet provided us time with legend Nolan Ryan, Astros’ General Manager Reid Ryan, retired local sportscaster, Dan McReynolds, and Orioles’ Minor League pitcher, Mark Blackmar, son of professional golfer Phil Blackmar.  We also finished up the month of March with interviews with former NFL official, Mike Pereira, of FOX Sports and Los Angeles Dodgers’ star outfielders, Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson.

With three trips toHoustonduring the year, my partner Dennis Quinn led the league in Astros information.  They say April showers bring May flowers and along with the rain came interviews with Astros shortstop, Carlos Correa and Zvee Geffen, a representative of the TOPPS Sports Card Company.  Craig Biggio, the first member of the Astros to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, also joined us.  In May, we spoke with local long-distance runner, Gabe Lucido, who also ran in this year’s Boston Marathon.  Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer joined us again as the Astros looked to be “for real” this year.  The month of June got even better as Orioles’ third baseman Manny Machado, and centerfielder, Adam Jones, joined Dennis and me on tape.  We also spoke to Nolan Ryan again, as the Hooks and TOPPS Baseball Card Company signed a national contest winner to a contract to become a “Hook-For-the-Day.”  Both Jose Altuve and George Springer made their second appearance on the show.

In July, Dennis traveled toHoustonfor the second time, and I had a chance to have Basketball Coach Ronnie Arrow and former All-Star pitcher and now Hooks’ President, Ken Schrom, join us.  I also met and interviewed localSolomonColesHigh Schoolplayers, Billy Sayles and Dee Hardeman, who played for the first team fromCorpus Christi,Texas, to win a state championship in baseball.  Texas A&M Islanders baseball Head Coach, Scott Malone and former Astros’ pitcher, J. R. Richards, joined us on air.  In August, Dennis brought back interviews with Red Sox stars, Dustin Pedroia and David “Big Papi” Ortiz, along with follow-up interviews with Jose Altuve, George Springer, Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Correa.  We couldn’t keep George Springer away.  He loved being on the show.  Keuchel was elected starting pitcher for the American League, for the July All-Star Game.  In September, we spoke with Mike Trout, Jose Altuve for the third time, and VP of Communication and Education for theBaseballHall-of-FameMuseum, Brad Horn.  It was quite a month.

Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Carlos Correa of the Astros, joined us in October.  Correa would win the award.  It was his fourth time on Dennis & Andy’s Q & A Session.  Both Craig Biggio and Reid Ryan joined us again to speak about the passing of our dear friend, Milo Hamilton.

November would find us slowing down as the World Series ended with the Kansas City Royals on top, while football and basketball became front and center on the sports radar.  We managed to snag a great interview with hometown kid, Cliff Pennington, who had participated in the MLB playoffs with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Cliff became to first-ever position player to pitch in relief during a post-season game.  We finished strong in December with our NASCAR expert, Bob Doty.  At the end of each year we are always amazed at how many great folks that have joined us on the radio and we wonder how it can get any better.  The good news is, it always does.   You can always find our show dates and times in the radio section of the Caller Times sports page.  We are usually on Thursday nights from 6-7 PM, but occasionally moved to Tuesdays, same time.  The number to call if we hit a nerve is 361-884-1230.  If you missed our shows and would like to listen, please visit www.purvisbooks.com and press podcasts in the menu section.  There are nearly 150 hours of radio interviews that we have done since 2004.  Just choose an interview by name or date. Thanks for listening.

 

Andy Purvis

There were three days until Christmas: By Andy Purvis

There were three days until Christmas, at Sportsradio,

The best sports show in Corpus was all set to go.

The microphones were all live and the sound was turned up,

The Lone Ranger music was about to erupt.

 

Sliding Bill Doerner was ready, all snug in his chair.

He waits until 6 to put us on air.

With his finger he points and that’s when I say.

Welcome to Dennis & Andy’s Q & A.

 

I introduce my partner, whose name’s Dennis Quinn

He gives me a nickname as our show starts to begin.

I’m usually pretty good at getting it right,

He tries his hardest to stump me with all of his might.

 

Dennis has a broad face and a round little belly

That shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly

I’m chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laugh when I see him in spite of myself.

 

Sports is our passion, we don’t make this stuff up.

We ask trivia questions and the answers are tough.

884 1230 is the number to call,

Pick up the phone and join in, we are having a ball.

 

 

 

We line up interviews for all of our fans,

George Springer, Dan McReynolds, Gabe Lucido with a tan.

We talk Minor League pitching with Orioles Mark Blackmar,

And learn from Bob Doty about racing and NASCAR.

 

We’ve interviewed many this year including Carlos Correa.

We also talked football with FOX NFL official Mike Periera.

Mike Trout, Adam Jones, andMiloHamilton,

Are just some of the stars with whom we’ve had fun?

 

Red Sox stars Dustin Pedoria and Big Papi Ortiz

When joining the “Session” they all say their piece.

J.R. Richards,DallasKeuchel, Larry Dierker and Ken Schrom

Share funny stories while droping some bombs.

 

Reid Ryan of the Astros and Brad Horn from theHOF

Say nice things about us and call us by name.

We laugh and have fun and sing once in awhile,

While covering the “old school” stuff with a smile.

 

Shane Nelson, Juan Castillo, they gave us their time.

Jose Altuve, Joc Pederson and Cliff Pennington were kind.

With Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio,

The hour flies by, we don’t know where it goes.

 

We say Merry Christmas to each of our fans.

We thank the Caller Times for giving us a hand.

We enjoy all our listeners and ask them to call.

Give us your “take,” you could be right after all.

 

As we sign off, with our Pal Jackie Gleason,

We want you to understand, that you are our reason,

We come on each week and talk about the sports biz.

And we always end our show with “How Sweet it is.”

 

So thank youCorpus   Christifor listening to our show

You’ve helped us celebrate 20 years in a row.

We pray that all in your family remain happy and bright

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

 

 

Andy Purvis