Alyson Footer

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    April 16, 2013

    Keep Calm and Carry On Twittering: Social Media Returns to Form After Tragedy

    Less than 24 hours after the worst bombing on American soil since 9/11, one of my friends posted on Facebook a picture of Darth Vader riding a unicycle wearing a kilt and playing bagpipes. I scroll through my Twitter feed and see the familiar jokes, memes, posts about food and talk of the Rockets an ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Airsanity: Lin and the Rockets Struggle with More Than Airballs

    I once interviewed MLB writer and former Astro social media maven Alyson Footer for a story about sports radio and she gave me a fantastic quote about the media in general. "The news cycle used to be 24 hours and now it's 24 seconds," she told me. The impact that has on sports coverage means that on ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Astros' Colt .45 Throwback Jerseys Will Not Include the Pistol

    The Astros are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and it will include wearing Colt .45 throwback jerseys for Friday home games. The shirts will look just like those worn during the club's first season, except for one thing: They won't include the distinctive pistol that was part of the l ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    The Year In Astros Baseball: Thank God That's Over

    ​So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    The Astros Suck. Is It Their Music?

    Marco TorresHunter Pence, Buzz listener?​Wandy Rodriguez is Rocks Off's new favorite Astro. ​Not because the Domincan southpaw has actually posted decent numbers for Houston's hometown cellar-dwellers this year (3-3 W-L, 3.41 ERA, 53 strikeouts), but because Rodriguez has one of the few ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Milo Hamilton And The War On Lance Berkman

    He's a Cardinal now, get used to it.​So it appears that in the time between being traded to the New York Yankees and signing with the St. Louis Cardinals that Lance Berkman has gone from being one of the good guys to Public Enemy Number One. At least if you can give credence to anything that ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011


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    October 12, 2010

    Astros' New Scoreboard: Just How Huge Will It Be?

    Photo via Alyson Footer​ That tiny, tiny thing surrounded by a sea of pale blue is the old Astros scoreboard, the one deemed perfectly acceptable by most people at the ballpark.The pale blue? That's the size of the new scoreboard.

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    May 25, 2010

    Game Time: Jose Lima, One More Inning Of "Lima Time"

    Photo via DeadspinJose Lima, an eye for talent​When I hit "Save" yesterday morning on my post paying tribute to the late Jose Lima, I figured that would be the end. It was, coincidentally, about the same time we were finishing up what evolved into a tribute, a Jose Lima Memorial show on 1560 The ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Game Time: Twitter -- My Houston Sports "Follow Friday"

    Follow freedom!!​I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit crushed. I read Craig Hlavaty's fantastic overview of the Twitter universe (or as named in the article, "The Twitterverse"; somewhere Dwight Shrute and his "funtivities" -- short for fun activities -- approve), and in it he manage ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Hey Astros, Here's a Thought: Bench Carlos Lee

    ​The Astros Twitter feed was rather shocked that Carlos Lee couldn't bend over and make a play on a ground ball in left field last night. It's as if the Astros writers thought there was either a legitimate outfielder in left field, or that Carlos Lee actually gave a damn about anything that ha ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Milo Hamilton, Not Quite R.-ing I. P.

    ​Those of you who are still bothering with following the Astros, and who are still bothering to follow the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz's reporting on the Astros, were probably shocked the other day to read Ortiz's announcement that Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton was suffering from c ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Sportwswriter Brian McTaggart Leaves The Chron -- Voluntarily

    The sinking ship that is the Houston Chronicle's sports department is now closer to being fully submerged. Brian McTaggart has confirmed today that he is leaving Chron sports as of June 1 and will be moving over to to report on the Houston Astros full-time.I'm sure this isn't a move that Chr ... More >>