You members of Generation Broke know a little something about moonlighting. It's a sign of the times that so many of us have little side hustles: waiting tables, delivering papers, giving sensual massages...But you know the economy has gotten bad when people in professional sports start getting second jobs. Just look at the Houston Wranglers, the newest addition to the World Team Tennis league. Owner Jim McIngvale hawks furniture during the daylight hours. Team coach John Lucas really coaches basketball, not tennis. And the stars of the team -- Steffi Graf, Tommy Haas and Mardy Fish -- are either retired or playing for the Wranglers between real (read: lucrative) tour dates. But they're doing their part to make tennis a little more amusing for the masses. WTT features a coed team format (for that hint of sexual tension). And Lucas promises to scream and holler and jump up and down so that you, the avid fan, can chuckle (matches against the top-ranked Sacramento Capitals and Hartford FoxForce promise to be side-splitters). League rules even allow for instant replay, so fans can see those athletic specimens swing their rackets in rippling, glistening slow motion. John McEnroe would be proud. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Westside Tennis Club, 1200 Wilcrest. For information, call 713-783-1620 or visit www.houstonwranglers.net. $15 to $50. -- Mosi Secret
As American As...
You just don't get more American than apple pie and baseball, apparently. So if sitting through Fourth of July fireworks with thousands of patriotic citizens isn't your thing, hit Minute Maid Park, where you can hang with thousands of baseball fans. Our Astros will take on the San Diego Padres today, and you'll be treated to $1 hot dogs, as well as mini American flags for the first 20,000 folks through the door. Of course, our boys are locked in a fierce battle for last place, but that's irrelevant, as all talk will be centered around whether the team will trade hometown hero Roger "The Rocket" Clemens by the July 31 deadline. Buy your peanuts and Cracker Jack at 1:05 p.m. Monday, July 4. 501 Crawford. For tickets and information, call 713-259-8000 or visit www.astros.com. Tickets start at $1 for kids and $5 for adults. -- Steven Devadanam