NFL Hall of Famer and former 49er’s and Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle passed away on Sunday. Tittle was born and raised in Marshall. Tittle idolized his neighbor Sammy Baugh and practiced relentlessly to become a quarterback. He starred for Marshall High leading them to an undefeated season his senior year. He chose LSU over Texas for his college where he set career records that were not broken until the 1970’s. As a junior in 1946, Tittle led his team to the Cotton Bowl. The notorious game against Arkansas was played in freezing conditions on an icy field and became known as the Ice Bowl after ending in a 0-0 tie.
Tittle began his pro career for the Baltimore Colts in the All-American Football Conference in 1948. When that club folded, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers where he was named All-Pro and played in four Pro Bowl games.
In 1961, the 34-year old Tittle was traded to the New York Giants whom he led to three consecutive NFL Championship games. The Giants lost all three, but by then Tittle was a folk hero to Giants fans.
In 17 seasons, YAT completed 2,427 out of 4,395 passes for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns and another 39 rushing TDs. The only blemish on his statistical record are his 248 career interceptions.
Photo of Y.A. Tittle the first professional football player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. November 22, 1954
KGOW – AM 1560 announced that Radio Sports God Charlie Pallilo will be returning to the airwaves just in time for football season. Pallilo’s new show will debut on Monday August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. While that is not a coveted time spot, it will be good to have the knowledgeable and largely congenial host back. Sweet justice would have had him facing off with fathead Josh Innes in morning drive time, but Red guesses Charlie doesn’t want to get up that early.
CP had been on Houston radio more or less continually since 1989 until his abrupt firing in October when he was replaced by the bumbling know-nothing Innes – a move which initially sank KBME AM 790’s ratings. The station has been boosted of late by the success of the Astros.
Gow Media reports that Pallilo will contribute to its CultureMap website and its SportsMap site scheduled to launch this year and will at some point contribute in some fashion to the company’s SB Nation Radio Network.
KGOW has been off Red’s radio listening radar since it ditched The Steve Czaban Show. That show had some issues, but was worth listening to if only for the occasional appearance of Evil Jack. Red simply cannot stomach smarmy radio fascist Dan Patrick.
But Red digresses. Congratulation are in order to Charlie for finding another radio home in Houston and to fans who will once again be treated to the finest sports talk radio show host this city has ever know.
The afternoon drive-time spot is the most coveted in the sports talk radio world. When KBME booted local legend Charlie Pallilo from that sweet spot last October and replaced him with Josh Innes – many (including Red) predicted failure. This week Innes may have taken the first step towards the door when KBME moved him to the 6 a.m. slot. of KBME’s (790 AM) sports talk lineup officially came Monday.
Corporate parent iHeartMedia Houston announced lineup changes, the most notable being current afternoon drive-time host Josh Innes moving to a 6 a.m. slot in a major lineup readjustment in the wake of Lance Zierlien voluntary departure.
AM 790 will now start its day with Innes (Red thankfully has no clue what airs before 6 a.m.), followed by “In the Trenches” with former NFL players Greg Koch and N.D.Kalu from 10 a.m. to noon (easily and hour and a half too long by Red’s standards), then Matt Thomas from noon to 3 p.m (tolerable for a lunch commute). Innes’ and Pallilo’s former slot from 3 to 6 p.m. will be filled be hosted by veterans Adam Clanton and Sean Jones joined by football writer Jayson Braddock (marginally better than the moronic competition at AM 610 – Yes Rich Lord – Red is talking about you ).
Red has been on the “Bash Josh Innes” bandwagon from the get-go. But even he has to acknowledge when the sports talk listeners have gravitated up the dial to his pathetic excuse for a radio show. The latest ratings show a marked up-tick across the board for the Houston Astros flagship station KBME AM-790. When Josh Innes moves to third-place, larger forces are at work. Also notable is the jump for “In the Trenches” with N.D. Kalu and Greg Koch from last place to a number 4 spot. One can only speculate, but the best guess is that the flaming hot Astros have reinvigorated the ratings for the station. Poor Charlie Pallilo must still be wondering what he did wrong – other than actually know something about sports.
Red has to admit that the popularity of some shows continues to perplex him. Red would rather be staked to an anthill while dying of thirst in the desert than have to listen to Rich Lord, Sean Pendergast and Ted Johnson for more than one segment. But apparently, Red is out of touch with the sports-talk public at large. Here are the latest positions with the caveat that very little separates the top and bottom rated shows. There is a 1.3 share point difference between first and last place and only 0.4 points separating the middle eight shows.
1. Rich Lord/Sean Pendergast/Ted Johnson 2-6 p.m. KILT
2. Texans Radio 6-7 p.m. KILT
3. Josh Innes 2-6 p.m. KBME
4. Greg Koch/N.D. Kalu 9-11 a.m. KBME
5t. Mike Meltser/Seth Payne 6-10 a.m. KILT
5t. Sean Salisbury/John Granato 11 a.m.-1 p.m. KFNC
5t. Sean Jones/Adam Clanton 11 a.m.-2 p.m. KBME
8t. John Lopez/Cody Stoots 10 a.m.-2 pm KILT
8t. Lance Zierlein/Matt Thomas 6-9 a.m. KBME
8t. Fred Faour/A.J. Hoffman 4-7 p.m. KFNC
10. Joel Blank/Barry Lamanack 1-4 p.m. KFNC
11. Paul Gallant 7-11 p.m. KILT
12. John Granato/Raheel Ramzanali 9-11 a.m. KFNC
The latest Houston Sports Talk Radio ratings are in and the verdict seems pretty clear. Josh Innes has failed to win an audience and AM-790 made a huge mistake in dismissing Houston Sports Talk Legend Charlie Pallilo. Here are the latest ratings with Red’s commentary.
1. Rich Lord/Sean Pendergast/Ted Johnson (2-6 p.m., KILT) (Cannot figure out why these guys are at the top – their show is complete fluff. Hmm – maybe that’s why?
2. Sean Salisbury/John Granato (11 a.m.-1 p.m., KFNC) (FM 97.1 is the oncoming powerhouse. This station must have upped their power – at one time you could hardly find them. Red will be listening more in the coming months.)
3t. John Granato/Raheel Ramzanali (9-11 a.m., KFNC) (Granato carries any show that he is on)
3t. Joel Blank/Barry Lamanack (1-4 p.m., KFNC) (Never heard them)
5. Paul Gallant (7-11 p.m., KILT) (Red has better things to do than listen to Paul Gallant in the evenings)
6t. Fred Faour/A.J. Hoffman (4-7 p.m., KFNC) (Who are these guys?)
6t. Mike Meltser/Seth Payne (6-10 a.m., KILT) (Red actually likes this show)
8. John Lopez/Cody Stoots (10 a.m.-2 pm, KILT) (Morons)
9. Sean Jones/Adam Clanton (11 a.m.-2 p.m., KBME) (Will listen under pain of torture)
10t. Lance Zierlein/Matt Thomas (6-9 a.m., KBME) (Will someone offer Lance Zierlein a real job?)
10t. Josh Innes (2-6 p.m., KBME) (Total embarrassment)
12. Greg Koch/N.D. Kalu (9-11 a.m., KBME) (Nice guys but not long for this market)
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that University of Louisville graduate transfer quarterback Kyle Bolin might be considering the University of Texas as a possible landing spot. Bolin started 5 games in 2015 before giving way to 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the final game of the regular season. After Jackson threw for 4 touchdowns against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, Bolin became a pine-rider for the 2016 season. As a graduate transfer, Bolin would be immediately eligible to play for the Horns. After a lackluster season featuring respectable play from highly touted freshman QB Shane Buechele (21 TDs, 11 INTs, 2958 yards and 60.4% completion rate), new head coach Tom Herman could be looking for something more. Would he find it in Bolin? He was a second-stringer – albeit to the Heisman Trophy winner, but he was still not a starter in his senior year. Look for Bolin to more likely land at Northern Illinois where he probably walks into the starter’s job.