Why do they call him the General ?

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  1. nunusguy

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    I dunno....but that's quite a handle the 610 guys have bestowed upon
    "Hollywood" McClain. I'm think maybe staff sargent, would be reluctant to
    go so far as to call him major, might compromise and call him captain. But General ?
    Anyway, after these guys BSed too long about baseball and dope, they fianlly talking a little Texans football.
    McClain says Ryans may start very soon, even at MLB. Says Babin is playing real well in this mini camp. Both things very good to hear.
     
  2. TexanSam

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    Psssst...I got a secret for you. 790 is better than 610!

    Anyway, I don't understand the "General" tag.
     
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    Yea, but 790 doesn't have "The General" !
     
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    They do have Charlie Palillo though. I swear, he's like the Einstein of sports. He's a huge know-it-all. There isn't any inside the locker room stuff though if that's what you like.
     
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    How hard is it not to play well in a mini camp?
     
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    Apparently TJ was a roaring success at doing just that, because according to
    most reports he came into camp fat and lazy. Then he got injured.
    I dunno....but doesn't bode very well for last years #1 pick.
    As for my remark about Babin, just passing along McClain's remarks. I suspect
    its his short hand for saying Jason has impressed so far. And that's good news
    to me !
     
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    I was being sarcastic. I'm not a Babin fan. I think he's a wasted draft pick if there ever was one. Hoping he's successful but fearing he's not. Put me down for that.
     
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    IMO, it's really premature to write the book on Babin's NFL carrer at this point.
    Consider he went to a nowhere, backwater college (in football terms), and then was thrust into the NFL his first year as a starter at a position he didn't play in college.
    Then last year was spent mostly as a player who was injured for the biggest part of the year, even though he played with this condition for most of his time on the field, except for the end of the season when he excelled at times.
    So I'm pleasntly surprised and certainly pleased to hear some good news about his apparent progress this year, his third in the NFL and his first in the league at his old college position.
     


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    Can't help the way I feel. I think he's a waste. They paid too much for him. I hope he does well because the team needs him but I think when it's all played out he'll just pretty much be average.

    Hope I have to eat those words. Won't be the first time I've had supper on something I said.
     
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    He is the General because he is Generally useless and wrong.
     
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    I don't know why. If I were guessing, it would probably be a Patton reference given his voice.

    I like him though I oft disagree with him. He is really nice with fans and I find him entertaining on the radio. Wish I dint have to hear so much Cowboys/Titans talk but those fans are part of our market so he has to give them something.
     
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    I think McClain probably glossed himself with the nic.
     
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    I've read McClain since he was an Oilers beat writer...and have no clue why he calls himself 'the general'. One day I saw the Chronicle start referring to him as 'the general'. I thought that this is a really strange way to self promote oneself.
     
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    I was thinking Napoleon Bonaparte given his height.
     
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    Say what you want to say about him here Fanblog Link: "John McClain: Texans Charlatan?"

    The comments would be read by the Chronicle Powers That Be. So if you have constructive criticism, please please please comment. I only ask that they be fair comments and nothing that you would have a problem with a kid reading. Takes a few seconds to do, and shows that you care about your Texans football coverage in the local paper.

    I'm trying to hightlight variety of the stuff we talk about on the MB. Seems to me that media coverage comes up a lot.
     
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    I thought y'all were talking about me when I read the title of this thread...:whew

    I've been tempted to call in and ask him a few times, but I didn't figure it'd make good radio fodder, plus I absolutely hate sitting on hold. I had the same nic for a long time before I ever heard McClain called it. One thing that I'm doing this year, though, is changing mine...I'm getting tired of being asked if I'm related to him, if I'm really him, or any of the other variations...

    I met him a couple of years ago at a Blue Crew tailgate...very nice guy. I agree he probably talks more about the Titans than he needs to, but usually he's entertaining to listen to. At least when he's on the radio you know you'll get SOME football talk somewhere in the mix, and even a little football talk is better than the endless debate about steroids, or the mind-numbingly boring NBA talk, or worse yet - when Pallillo starts talking about tennis. Sheesh...
     
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    "The General" (aka as "Hollywood" McClain), is on 610 right now and he says
    Babin is starting - OK, have heard that. But the real suprise to me was that
    the guy starting at tackle along with Weaver was Seth Payne, who has apparently beat out Robaire Smith. Very interesting.
     
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    Well, let's see what happens in training camp. I don't think anything is ever settled based on spring practice, but they have to slot these guys somehow.
     
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    I hear ya, but just being listed on the DC ahead of the other guy gives you an
    advantage because he's got to do something better than you to replace you.
    And Seth Payne is an ole school 3-4 nose tackle guy, while Smith got his deal
    here in FA on the basis of how well he played as a 4-3 DT in Nashville.
    But I'm also glad that their initial impressions of Babin are obviously positive.
    Nothing guaranteed, especially in June. But you like to see your first round picks do good with the new head coach.
     
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    Sometime these kind of things are used to light fires under butts also. That could easly be the case with Robair and TJ ,by tring to hit their egos a bit. In Babins case, I suspect he is just better all around than Peek, but I expect Peek to be in on the passing downs along with Babin.
     

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