Tepper Talks High School Football in Frisco
Tepper Talks High School Football in Frisco
It’s High School football time in Texas! On this episode of Hustle & Pro, we get insight from Greg Tepper. Greg covers football for Fox Sports Southwest and is the Managing Editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
So, as you can imagine, he has some opinions and notes to share with us — especially about football right here in Frisco. Coaches, new schools, matchups, and more – he gives us the scoop on what to watch for this season.
From Hank Blalock, the Queens Park Rangers, and Kliff Kingsbury, we chat about Greg’s personal favorites and stories.
- [1:30] Quick hits with Greg Tepper
- [6:33] You’ll think I hate your favorite team
- [8:43] Frisco High School Football
- [13:48] Surprises this season, so far
- [15:33] Lone Star v Highland Park & Big Matchups
- [20:24] Kliff Kingsbury Side note (Stalling for Greg’s Lone Star Prediction)
- [22:20] Greg’s Personal Sports Story
Resources within this episode:
- Greg Tepper on Facebook | Twitter
- Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Website| Twitter
- Fox Sports Southwest Website | Twitter
- Frisco ISD Sports Website
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This is Hustle and Pro with Kelly Walker. Join Kelly as we talk sports with players, coaches, organizers, and entrepreneurs from pee-wee league to pro. Now here’s your host, Kelly Walker.
Kelly Walker: It’s football time in Texas. And we have Greg Tepper here to tell us all about it. Welcome to hustle & pro, Greg.
Greg Tepper: Thanks for having me. I appreciate you letting me into your palatial studio. This is a lot nicer than I’m used to.
Kelly: Well, I’m excited to have you here. So I think you have what many people would say is their dream job getting to work in sports and specifically in football. So you are the managing editor of Dave Campbell’s, Texas football, which is called by many, the Bible of Texas football. You work for Fox, Fox sports southwest, where you host the Fox football Friday and the high school scoreboard live. Right? And you host a daily live show on Texas football.com.
Greg: Yeah, all my bad days at work involve football. That’s a pretty good gig. That’s pretty good Gig, right?
Kelly: So, I usually do these quick hits and one of them is about your favorite sports. So is football your favorite sport to watch?
Greg: Yes. But at the same time, like when you work in football, you like, it becomes work. Do you know what I mean? That, that when I watch football, I now watch it with a really analytical, I am always looking at things. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit in, like enjoy a football game. Uh, so it is, uh, because I, I, I loved the game and I love kind of breaking it down in depth. If you’re talking about what I do just to turn my brain off into a fun, uh, I like food. I like baseball and I like soccer. Uh, those are two things that I, that I hop into. But, uh, but football, look, I love football. I don’t want to, I don’t want to make any bones about it, but, uh, yeah, there are definitely perks. You know, you go to a party or something like that and people find out what you do and they say, oh, well what do you think of this? And in football, and I’m like, I’m at a party. You, we’re talking about now, we’re talking about work, we’re talking about work. Um, but it’s, you know, it’s still, it’s a dream job. So I do love football.
Kelly: So all that being said, who is your favorite athlete?
Greg: Oh, wow. So I have, I have an odd answer to that. My favorite athlete of all time is, a former Rangers third baseman named Hank Blalock. He, his, his probably claim to fame was in 2003 at the game-winning home run in the All star game. He was not the MVP of that all star game, but that’s not bothering me 16 years later, but it’s, um, uh, that is a guy that whenever I was really becoming sports conscious and really appreciating what, what football, what, what sports, uh, it could have an impact on people. He was somebody who came here all came along and played the right style at the right time in my life and so much so that I have a son. I have a nine month old son and there was a rumor that I will not substantiate on this podcast that we named him Hank because of Hank Blalock. That is, that is a vicious rumor very far from I’ve, I just don’t get it. But he was, he’s probably my guy. And what’s weird is I think when you people, people think who’s your favorite athlete? They’re, oh, like Michael Jordan or somebody like that. Yeah. You know, like one of the all time greats. Hey, well it’s never going to be mistaken for one of the all time greats. But he also, I hold a candle.
Kelly: I love getting the obscure well rather than what’s everybody’s a thinking already. So that’s great. That’s a great answer.
Greg: Well, if you’re into the obscure, you have come to the right place. Right?
Kelly: What about, okay, I’m anxious for this one now. So what about your favorite team of all time?
Greg: So, I’m a Rangers fan. The 2000 and, probably, you know, 2010 rangers, that one, the one the pennant are certainly up there. I would also say I went to the University of Missouri, to study journalism and while I was there, the 2017 Mizzou football team was really, really special. They roasted number one at one point. Uh, that was a lot of fun to watch. Um, and, and, and yeah, those would probably be the ones that, that I, that would, that would jump out to me. I also root for a very bad English soccer team. Uh, queens park rangers go like random QPR. They are in London, but they’re, they have since been relegated to the championship, so they’re in the championship. So there they just make me sad all the time, which is kind of a common theme with my sports fandom is everyone just makes me sad eventually. That’s those fun ones to root for though. Cause if you hang in there long enough, you just never know.
Kelly: And when they do bump up or you do something big, it’s going to be really big for you.
Greg: And that was the thing is that they, they actually, during my fandom I took, I started rooting for them in like 2010 and they quickly got relegated for them premier league and then they came back up like the next year and that was a super fun year to walk, to run for them. It’s all been nothing but sadness since then. Just a lot of, a lot of, lot of pain and suffering and sadness and um, you know, 9:00 AM wake up calls to watch and lose three to one on a bad internet stream. This is the life I’ve chosen.
Kelly: So where were you when the Rangers almost won the world series?
Greg: I was at a friend’s house. We had gone over there and my wife and my wife then fiance who is from St Louis, I should say. And we may, we, we talked about how we’ve now been married for seven years and if we can make it through that moment, uh, cause she’s a big Cardinals fan as you can imagine. Uh, then we can make it through anything. And so I was over at a friend’s house. We had ordered Napoli’s pizza because of Mike Napoli. And, I was, uh, entirely certain that this was going to be the best moment of my life. And then, and then, and then, and then it wasn’t.
Kelly: You went to someone’s house? We can’t do that for that big of a game. We have to be like zoned in and our own TV wherever can in control of all of the elements.
Greg: All I need. The only thing I need when I’m watching a sporting event that I’m engaged in is I need about seven feet to pace. I’m a pacer. I will go back and forth. My wife is probably listening to this and laughing at back cause she’s seen me walk behind our couch 100,000 times during, during sporting events. But that’s what I need. I need space to pace.
Kelly: Okay. I have a question about your, your Twitter bio. Tell me why you say to people you’ll think I hate your favorite team.
Greg: Because they will and it just saves me a lot of time. Um, you can follow me on Twitter @Tepper, like pepper with the t and I when you cover everything that I cover in the state of Texas. So at Dave Campbell’s Texas football, we cover every high school football team in the state. There’s 1400 of them. Um, there are 40, we cover every college team in the state. There are 47 of them, not just the 12 FBS teams and certainly not just the Aggies and the Longhorns, but you’re talking about Texas state, UTEP down to southwestern assemblies of God, down to um, all of the schools that I guarantee you I’m, if I were to tell your listeners it’ll be the first time they were ever hearing their name. You’re going to leave people out.
Kelly: And inevitably my job predictions are part of what you do and I just got tired of hearing, oh well Tepper picked against Mejia because he’s out for blood, which is just not true. And so it’s just a lot easier to get out in front of it. I don’t actually, the funny thing is I don’t actually care who wins and loses. I like, I don’t, the only thing I’m interested in is compelling storylines. Um, and the great thing about covering high school football especially is that there’s never a shortage of compelling storylines. There’s always teams talking about, there’s always great stories out there. And, and we being at Dave Campbell’s, Texas football and at Fox we have the ability to tell all of them and then everything in the state of Texas and within our jurisdiction. So whether you’re talking about the largest school in the state, which is Allen, which has an enrollment of 6,000, 664 or the smallest school in the state of place football, which is Welsh Dawson, they have an enrollment of 13. Where’s that a west think. So they’re in panhandle, right? Cause they have an enrollment of 13. Um, they play six man football while they, they don’t, now I don’t think they have enough boys in the school. But my point is that when you cover all of them, you get to tell all of their stories, which is great. But inevitably you’re going to leave somebody out and so it’s just a lot easier if I just tell them, oh, you’re probably going to think I hit your favorite team. I promise you. I don’t.
Kelly: All right. Okay. Let’s get into some of those stories and some local high school football specifically set the scene for us on what’s going on right now in and around Frisco. I know you cover the whole state, but Frisco, Dallas area in the high school football, right?
Greg: Yeah, certainly, you know, in, in the Frisco area. I think the conversation’s going to start with, with, with Lone Star. Lone Star is a program that we’ve had our eye on for a long time ever since. Of course they went to that State Championship Game 2015 came up short to a Cedar Park. That was a great team with Jason Shelling Company, um, leading the way that is, uh, I would say the toast of, of Frisco right now and it’s easy to see why they have, they have an outstanding wide receiver by the name of Marvin Mims. He’s committed to Stanford, a quarterback and Garrett rangle who is really stepping up into, in a big role, going into the season, they actually have two quarterbacks and, and when we watched them in seven on seven play, which is just kind of summer league, they had both quarterbacks out there. They both looked really good. We thought, oh, quarterback controversy, the good thing is get wrangles released to a, the other one will not a good thing. The other quarterbacks, got injured so it kind of forced the hand of get wrangle, but he’s really stepped up. Exactly. They have one of the best coaching staffs in the state, led by Jeff Rayburn and they are, you know, they’re the toast of Frisco. But I’d also lump into team like, ready, I’m ready for a, what is it with Frisco opening new schools and, and, and suddenly being up being, you know, taking over, taking over.
Kelly: Right. Cause that’s not supposed to happen. It’s actually bad for a while when you’re new.
Greg: That’s exactly right. And especially in Texas high school football. But that tends to be the case. But you know what, what they’ve been able to build really quickly under,, under Chad Cole has been an identity. This isn’t a team that plays really physical. They’ve got one of the most exciting and I think old-school football players in the state, by name of Will Harbor, will harbor is an Allstate linebacker running back kicker. Punter does everything. Might as well stir the Gatorade at this point. He is a lot of fun to watch. And then the other one that I would kind of point out in, in, in first go and his is uh, I guess in Wichita falls they call it old high, but first go high. They have a new coach in, in, in Jeff Harvard who got the, who got the promotion in the off season when Vance Gibson left after a long tenure there at there at Frisco. He goes and takes a job on the staff of East Texas Baptist University and they are reinventing themselves. This is an offense that has always been, based on the wing t, which is a very old school, grinded out, running game type of offense. Jeff Harbert wants to open things up. He wants to do some, some fun things. We’ve got some, some playmakers out there like Blake may, they’re running back. They’re a team to keep an eye on the raccoons are, it’s been, it’s been a minute since we’ve been talking about them in any sort of meaningful way, but I would certainly keep an eye on them as far as a team.
Kelly: This is the first season that we’re in now with the new coaches?
Greg: Yes, yes. Jeff Harvard’s in his first early to tell. But you expect, yeah. You know, this is the team that I think we have the Dave Campbell’s office has kind of looked at them and said, okay, just keep it on. And they were pretty good last year, seven, five last year. They’ve got a lot coming back from last year’s team. I believe. I’m including nine starters on what was a really good defense back from last year. This is a, a Frisco team that I think has a lot of high upside, a team that you can dream on. Probably not a team that’s going to go win a state championship. But I think could, could, could give everyone, they play a lot, a lot of trouble.
Kelly: I hear our neighbors in The Colony have a team.
Greg: Well good team – Reedy can tell you all about that. That was, you know, that was a game that really opened our eyes. We were going, we had actually Dave Campbell, Texas football with Fox. We sent a reporter out to that game and kind of we were thinking, okay, this is, you know, good test for reading, but this is a state ranked reedy team. We think they’re going to take care of business. Well, The Colony had other ideas. The colony really put it on reedy and what Rudy Reign Gail has done, speaking of kind of authentic transitions is really impressive. This is a guy who has been, I used to work for the Dallas Morning News and when you work for newspaper and our younger readers, a newspaper is when you take a tree and you cut it down and you turn it into paper and then you write yesterday’s news on and then they bring it to your house.
Kelly: I worked for the newspaper for 10 years.
Greg: And as somebody who works for a magazine, which is the same idea except it’s, it’s um, it’s bound like a book. In any case, whenever I would cover the colony, I always loved it because the colony were in the kind of offense where they ran the ball and the games were really short. So I could get my story and a deadline be fine. Now they have gone a little bit more wide open. Their quarterback, Mikey Harrington had a terrific game and they have a receiver by the name of miles price who just today, although I don’t want to timestamp it because then people will know when we’re recording it, but just today committed to Texas tech and he is a guy who your red Raiders, yes, wreck them. And they are, they have changed their offense to be a lot more wide open, a lot more explosive and it’s paying dividends. They are a team that is very quickly rising and in suddenly we’re paying a lot more attention to their coach. Rudy wrangles done an excellent job with the cougars. It’s, they’re, they’re a team that, that’s certainly on our radar.
Kelly: Any surprises so far?
Greg: Yeah, you know, in the, especially in the, in the DFW Metroplex, the teams that surprised me the most would be a little bit more in the small school ranks. But you know, there, there are a number of teams that are off to, to fast starts in the greater and the kind of the greater DFW area. One of them I would say is Arlington Martin. Arlington Martin is a program that, in week one went down to Lake Travis. Lake Travis is where Baker Mayfield went. Lake Travis is where, if you want to date yourself, Garret Gilbert went. They are, they are a preeminent, they’re a team. You always see playing in the semifinals in the state of Michigan, they went to Lake Travis and put it on them. And Week one, 35, 14 and that was the end. Then they followed that up with a, with a really big win in week two over Hebrew. They’re a team that that certainly is keeping my eye, keeping an eye, you know, the colony certainly qualifies as well. But overall, you know, when you take a look at DFW, but the great thing is you have this wide swath to draw from there. There’s every, every single kind of team out there, a teams that are defense oriented teams that score 70 points a game and teams that um, you know, like to slow it down. Teams like to go fast. Teams with first-year coaches, teams with coaches that are, that are literally the third leading coach. Third winningest coach in state history like Randy Allen and Highland park. You’ve got everything you want. The other team that I would keep an eye on is prosper. Prosper’s another program that I think a lot of the attention on them has been drawn towards the stadium. They have a new stadium, right? Children’s health stadium I believe is the name of it. A lot of the oxygen in the room has been sucked up by that, but they’ve actually got a really good team too. I think people are gonna start to pay attention. Those would be the teams that would classify in the DFW area.
Kelly: Now I know around here I’m hearing Lonestar Highland park is a big rivalry or big game. Everybody’s looking forward to that, what big games or small games are you looking forward to?
Greg: You know, for me what stands out whenever you take a look at games and the Highland Park Lone Star game, by the time people listen to this may have already gone off, but Lonestar is looking to go to Highland park and be the first Texas team to beat the Scotts at home since 1998. Think about that. 1998, um, I was 104 years old in 1998. In DFW you always have a handful of games that are, that are going to catch your eye every single week. What I’m looking forward to, especially down the line is when we get into district play, because district plays is, is you know, that’s what gets you into the playoffs. That’s what, that’s what those are the games that matter. All these non district games are fun, but they don’t, you know, I hate to say they don’t matter, but they don’t, they don’t get you in the playoffs. They don’t get you closer to a state championship game. For me, they’re good data points. But I would look at a game like Allen and prosper coming down, coming down the line. That’s, that’s a game that, that certainly catches my eye. I’m closer to the Frisco area. when Lonestar in the colony play, it’s going to be interesting because, you know, one of the things is that the, we are in, we’re in year two of what we call a realignment cycle. The UIL changes their districts every two years. We are in year two. So these teams have already played last year. They’re used to playing each other in district. And especially when you have programs like that are geographically very close to one another. They tend to be in the same district. They get to know each other a lot. People know what they’re getting when they’re playing for Lone Star that you know, you’re gonna get explosive weapons on the outside. You can get really strong play in the front seven, the defense line in linebackers, and you’re gonna get great coaching with the calling, changing their offense. That makes it a different wrinkle. And to me, when you take a look at district five, five, eight, division one, that’s the game coming down the pike, that I am very, very interested in everything in district seven, five, eight. Division One is interesting because that is the district that spans literally from Sherman all the way to Texarkana. It is a huge district that was drawn up by, by the UIL in their infinite wisdom. And I hope our from my friends in UIL are now listening to this. But it was, you know, they kind of had to do it, But look, one of the, one of the surprises in the DFW metroplex I would say, has been, and especially here in this area has been, Lebanon trail, you know, another new program in the DFW metroplex that’s off two at this moment and undefeated start and, and has a chance, I think to, to really make some noise. And, and they are now entering district play there in 19 districts. So they have to play eight district games. So they’re already in the district play. Is it fool’s gold? You know, when they play a team like Frisco, when they play a team like Denison, when they play a team, I like really like Lovejoy. There’s some heavy hitters in their district, can they hold up to it? But, uh, what they have done so far I think has, has really impressed a lot of people. I believe the coach of their Sadd Jackson who moved in from, from Manor get him in here about these new schools, other buildings so fast, these teams. And that’s kind of the thing. And then, you know, I know that from the, from the statewide perspective, I think people think of Frisco and all the schools run together. I think you hear Frisco and then everybody kind of glazes over before you get to the second part of it. But they are all so diverse and so different and, and growing in different ways. And what I love about covering teams in Frisco is I think the depth of coaching here is really impressive. You go a guy like Sadd Jackson who had great, success at Manor before moving, that’s not to help open Lebanon trail. I got like Derick Roberson, who was the coach, I believe at Skyline, a perennial power in the DFW metroplex moving over to take over a new fisd memorial team. The coaches are really solid in Frisco. And what I think is interesting is that first guys, he has made that investment in the quality coaches and it’s paying off. It is. Yeah, it’s, it’s paying off. And I think that the depth in Frisco ISD, look, you’re always gonna have programs that are struggling, especially, you know, not every program that’s, that’s in its infancy in its nascency. It sucks memorial struggling right now, but at the same time, you can count on there being the resources there for them to compete going forward.
Kelly: Do you care to make a prediction since by the time this airs that might have already played Lonestar Highland park?
Greg: Oh my gosh, you’re gonna make me do. Well, here’s the problem is that if I make this prediction, then immediately I’m either going to be genius or, or, or an idiot or wrong or an idiot, which, you know.
Kelly: I’m giving you the out. It’s why I want to make it. You can pass, man.
Greg: I’ll tell you. It’s, it’s like being married. Um, they have a lot nonsense. They have not lost a home game to a Texas team since 1998.
Kelly: 1998. I was sitting in class with one Kliff Kingsbury.
Greg: Really? Oh. Kliffy oh. He’s in fact a small note. We’ll get to my, I’m not just stalling for my prediction. Um, Kliff Kingsbury has been on our cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas football more than any other person. He was on the cover in 2016, with Pat Mahomes who both of whom turned out pretty good. And then he was on the cover a couple of times when he was a player. He is a guy we’re infinitely familiar with and, okay. I’ll tell you a very quick story. We did the cover sheet with Kliff Kingsbury in Lubbock in 2016 with Pat Mahomes. They were extremely gracious with their time. And we go out there and fly out there to Lubbock. We set everything up and coach Kingsbury comes in and so does Pat Mahomes. Like, okay, well I’ve gotta go put on my pads. Great. Okay, well, hey coach, while you’re here, you’re ready. Could we just take some, um, take some photos of you? And he’s like, yeah, sure, no problem. Stuff like that. And he kind of walks over to the, to the backdrop we have set up and he goes, um, oh, do you want the sunglasses on or off? And I go, of course we want them on coaches. We talked about football, he holds it. And if you’re familiar with the documentary film, Zulu Lander, he strikes blue steel and just goes home. And I swear to you, we used that photo first photo we took of him. Like you want to talk about a guy who knew what he was doing in photo shoots? As for Lonestar Highland park, I’m going with Highland park. You don’t pick against the streak. And although I will say this, this is maybe one of their biggest tests they’ve had at home in that 2020 and a half year streak.
Kelly: So when you get that right, I’ll give you credit for it on Twitter. If you get it wrong, I’ll ignore it.
Greg: Wow. That’s, that is, it’s usually the exact opposite of that. That’s very nice for you, Kelly. Thank you.
Kelly: So tell me, I want to switch gears here. I want to know more on the personal side of, you’ve worked in sports a long time. I get that and you told us about your football and baseball and soccer interests, but what’s your sports background like growing up? What were you doing and where
Greg: I was an exceptionally bad athlete. That’s not true. I was a very mediocre athlete. I grew up in a kind of bounced around, but I did the majority of my growing up in Coppell. I’m a local yokal and, decided when I was, when I was in sports, I was always interested in sports. ESPN was always on at my house and I was always paying attention to the ranger game or paying attention to, to football, whatever was on TV. I was a sports nut. My Dad is a sports nut as well. Uh, my mom too. I played sports was not very good at it. I tell people that I, that I, that I played high school football. Played is a generous term. They gave me a jersey. I had a jersey. And so I kind of figured out that I was not going to be good enough to play, but I want to work in sports. And I ended up finding my way to journalism through a, a really inspiring teacher that I had a couple, uh, I started looking around at journalism schools, ended up at Missouri, which has a, a journalism school. And so I went there to, to Missouri and, and came back with a degree. And at that point, a girlfriend that turned into a fiance that turned into a wife. It turned into the mother of my son. And yeah, it, it’s, I’ve been blessed. It’s, it’s, it’s a great, it is a, there’s a lot of people who want to work in sports because sports is fun. And I agree. It is fun. And, and even my, even my really stressful days, I have to think, hey, listen, you’re living the dream. You’re doing something that a lot of people wish they could because there’s a lot of people who just sit at a desk and, you know, push paper, you know, 40 hours a week and then go home and clock out. I don’t want to go watch football. Right. And we’ll go watch football. I have weird hours. I, Friday nights, I will wake up, Friday nights, my nights end at about 1 when high school scoreboard live comes off the air. But it’s worth it. And I have a wonderful family who puts up with it and, and who I tell I have to widow my wife basically on Friday nights because I just run away and play with my football friends. But it’s a joy. It really is.
Kelly: So you probably have other flexible, you know, you’re not nine to five like everyone else all the time. Right. So it probably balances out a little.
Greg: No, certainly. And, and I don’t have to wear a suit to work, although most people when they see me on Fox, I’m wearing a suit. Um, I don’t have to, I don’t have to do that. I have a lot of flexibility there. There are busy times, like when we’re putting together the magazine and during football season, and then there’s kind of more off seasons. But it is a, it’s a true joy and it’s something that I think a lot of people dream of it not being, I’m happy to live that dream.
Kelly: I don’t think people realize when they dream of it, they don’t realize how you have to take in the game when you’re covering it and working it versus what you, I mean, if you’re not like from the little things from how people as a fan pregame and drink and eat and all of these things, what you can wear, how you can share, you know, all the whole experience is completely flipped when you’re covering.
Greg: Yeah. I haven’t had a beer at a college football game in years and it’s, you know, that’s, that’s, but that’s a, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make because, I get into the Games for free. But you’re right is that the, the difference of covering a game versus attending a game is in two different planets. And, I don’t have time to cheer. I don’t have time to find a rooting interest. I’m working, I’m, I’m trying to figure out what I’m seeing and I’m thinking about what the story I’m going to write is about, or what my thoughts about the game are going to be. And, and, and you have to view it through a more analytical eye than a more emotional I, but I’m also, I also recognize that my work allows other people to, it brings them joy and it brings them something, um, that they can enjoy it in a more emotional level while still maybe having some, some of the information that I can, that I can bring them. So, uh, it is an odd kind of thing that in a lot of ways you do have to turn in your fan card whenever you become a, a capital j journalist as they say. But it’s in the end it’s worth it because I know that I know that what I’m doing matters to people and what I’m doing people care about. And I literally would not do my job if people didn’t care. Like, I would stop doing it. It’s not worth it to me. The paycheck is nice, but that’s not what I’m in it for. I’m in it because people like people like and people are passionate about it and that’s, especially on the high school side, that’s what’s so fun is people are passionate about it. And my job could not exist in Maryland. My job could not exist in North Dakota.
Kelly: You’re saying it’s a Texas, it’s a Texas.
Greg: Yeah, it’s a tight, it’s just, it’s decidedly Texas. It’s a uniquely Texan. We do it different here. Right. Different, bigger, I would say better in my opinion.
Kelly: I saw you recently on free for all with Doocey. Is that as much fun as it looks?
Greg: Yes, yes. Doocey is a great guy. Mike Doocey is a great guy and um, we don’t hold the fact that he’s an Iowa Grad against him, but, no, he’s a really good guy and Sam’s wonderful in her new time there at Fox four. My degree is in newspaper journalism. I have a newspaper journalism degree from 2008. What an idiot. I am. Um, but I, but I, I did not get into it to be in television and be on broadcast and be the quote unquote face of a franchise. I was kind of thrust into it, but, um, I was, and so now, uh, you know, it’s fun that people want my opinion on sports that’s fun to me and it’s, it’s, you know, I try to be thoughtful about it. And so, yeah, it’s, it’s fun and especially when you get people like that, like Doocey and Sam, right? They are a lot more low key, a lot more, you know, a lot more relaxed. There are sometimes where you go on a, on a radio interview or a TV interview and it was very straight laced. Tell me about Oklahoma. Do you think they can win the big 12, in which case, you know, I’m happy to answer those questions, but at the same time I made a, I made a pledge to myself when I started doing the TV thing and I started doing the more broadcasting that I would, I would always do it for an audience of one. And that is me and I tried to make myself laugh and have fun myself. And so the moment I stopped doing that as a moment I’ll probably just quit. I’m not going to quit though.
Kelly: Okay. I was going to say keep it up. It’s fun. Especially, I mean I know you’re not like, are you a regular on there where you just a guest on there a couple times?
Greg: I’ve been on, he’s got my number. They yeah, they like to have guests come back.
Kelly: I go to bed watching them most nights or at least you know, close to it. So, um, they entertain me. So keep doing what you’re doing. It’s really fun. Do you want to give a quick plug on where people can find you?
Greg: You can of course. See my firstname.lastname@example.org. And then you can watch Fox sports southwest it at this point, if you turn on Fox sports southwest, I’m probably just going to show up on your screen at some point. The worst is during like ranger games cause I’m on one of their commercials and I will get tweets in text messages from my friends who are like, God, get off my screen. Tough or oh, uh, but then the other part is on Friday nights because Friday night is of course when everybody stays at home and watches television, right. Entirely sober. And so, especially during the late show, a high school scoreboard live, which is 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM that is when my phone blows up with photos of televisions at various adult beverage depots across this lovely state. Say, look, are you idiot?. And at that point though, right, those are hours, four and five of my Friday nights. And so one of those beverages would be really nice. Yeah.
Kelly: Thanks. I know you’re busy. This is your busy season, right? Few weeks end to high school football. So I appreciate you driving over here and sitting down giving us a few minutes.
Greg: It was wonderful. This was not nearly as painful as you told me it was going to be, and I also appreciate you not talking about the thing that we agreed that we wouldn’t talk about on the air. Thank you very much. That’s an extremely personal thing.