R.J. Choppy

R.J. Choppy, like Don Zimmer, has never earned a paycheck outside of the world of sports.

R.J. spent the first 9 years of his professional career at ESPN Radio in Dallas, starting as an overnight board operator, producer, and Sportscenter anchor.  R.J. eventually talked his way onto the air as Studio Host, Pre and Postgame host for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and the host of ESPN Radio “Gamenite.” Choppy also serves as the voice of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He has never won a broadcasting award, nor is he a bestselling author on http://www.amazon.com.

Born in Albany, NY in 1979, R.J. moved to Belle Mead, NJ when he was 6, and lived there until attending college at The University of Tennessee. He was lucky enough to catch the senior campaign of the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Peyton Manning, and witnessed Tennessee’s National Championship in 1998. R.J. earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from Tennessee in 2002.

R.J. was a 2 handicap golfer, played baseball in the NABA, and loved to spend lunch time playing pickup games on the basketball court, but marriage ruined all that. He and his wife, Jana, have a son, and live in the Mid-Cities.

New School with Shan and RJ takes an outside the box approach with strong opinions on local sports issues.  New School will be very interactive on air and on all social networks.  Shan and R.J. incorporate the audience while challenging conventional sports wisdom with a unique, honest, no apologies approach.

New School with Shan and R.J. can be heard weekdays, 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on 105.3 The Fan.

Follow RJ Choppy on Twitter @RJChoppy

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The Degenerate Picks Your Football Picks

A perfect 6 team teaser last week means we’re going back to it this week. I’ll give regular ATS picks as well, but the Teasers have been hitting this year.


1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)

Another Football Week = More Degenerate Picks

Back to basics this week. No explanation needed for these selections. Its simple…Better coach/Quarterback Combo is the one I picked.


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Another Round Of Football Picks From The ‘Degenerate’

It’s time to get the ball rolling. I’ll do it a little differently this week. I’ll throw a Confidence Meter in. 1 being lowest, 10 being highest. Bet accordingly.


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Choppy’s ‘Degenerate’ College & Pro Football Picks

A rough first week for the Degenerate, but I’ve added 2 games to try and make up for it. One thing the degenerate does…takes care of the people!!



Choppy’s ‘Degenerate’ College Football Picks – Week 1

All chalk this week, and even going against the home dog which I hate doing, but I feel really good about these lines.



Choppy’s California Hillside Adventure

RJ decided to get away from camp today, and at the recommendation of Mac Engel, he climbed to the top of this sand hill.



RJ Uses Miller Lite To Work His Calves

You don’t get diamond calves by doing nothing. RJ Choppy is using what’s at his disposal to reap the benefits of his labor.



Hot Tub Confessional: Zero Movement

RJ Choppy is irregular. There’s no movement. He goes into elaborate detail about his diet in the latest Coleman ‘Hot Tub Confessional’.


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Nate Newton Gives Huge Endorsement Of O-Line

Had a great chat with my former coworker Nate Newton out at Cowboys Camp today. Here’s some of the great stuff he told me.


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Comparing Cowboys Offensive Line To 1990s Version

Had a great chat with my former coworker Nate Newton out at Cowboys Camp Thursday. Here’s some of the great stuff he told me.



Inside RJ’s Lucky Backpack

What’s inside RJ’s lucky backpack? it’s quite disturbing…and weird…and without explanation.


Dustin Johnson of the United States watches his missed birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Don’t Call Dustin Johnson A Choker

Don’t call Dustin Johnson a choker. Call him what he is. A bad putter.