207 days. That's how long I've been waiting. When the piece of cheese sitting at the end of the summer-long maze is redemption, the clock ticks slowly. The pages get ripped off the calendar at a glacial speed. August couldn't get here soon enough. Because here's the thing -- I sucked at giving you ... More >>
Completely and utterly sucking the previous season has its privileges in the National Football League. As a fan of the Houston Texans (if you are one), you may already know this, and if you didn't know this, you will find out repeatedly throughout the preseason and the early part of the regular se ... More >>
As you walk along the banks of Buffalo Bayou near Allen's Landing, the first thing noticeable about Percy Lyons, the subject of this week's feature on Houston's hidden homeless, is not his camp or his cots, but the cats. In fact, the 16 cats that live up in Percy's camp are the only thing that m ... More >>
Come this time of year, almost everyone is filling out brackets. Hardcore fans, casual fans, kids, adults, bosses, secretaries...we all love March Madness! However, this is also a time of year where degenerates get even more degenerate. Spreads, moneylines, prop bets, futures, exotics...everything ... More >>
Pre-techonology, paying tribute use to be so much more difficult to pull off. However, now with an iPhone, a YouTube account, and a cursory knowledge of some editing software, any ol' country bumpkin can tell their college football coach in song that they think he's the next big thing. The mercu ... More >>
Before we get to this week's best bets (or, as they're back to being called after last week's 2-3-1 week, this week's "best bets to fade Sean"), a moment of silence for Blockbuster Video's retail store. DISH Corporation, the owner of the Blockbuster brand, announced that it's shutting down its rema ... More >>
For me, college football is one of those things in life that gets the "pizza pass." You know, the old saying that "even bad pizza is still pretty good." Well, that's college football. Even a bad weekend of college football is still pretty good, because, hell, it's college football! Well, this past ... More >>
I haven't used a Sopranos analogy in a long time, and frankly, since the series has been defunct for more than five years, I have no idea how much longer the Relevancy Police are going to allow me to do so, so if I may: Remember in the first half of Season 6 of The Sopranos, when Tony got shot in t ... More >>
There aren't many things that college football fans can universally agree on, but one immutable truth unequivocally unifies all of us -- everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, hates Arizona State for now head football coach Todd Graham. That's because Graham's act leaves scorched earth and jilted players ... More >>
This week, Arizona State University unveiled artist renderings of an overhauled Sun Devil Stadium. The project, which will eliminate some 16,000 seats and install a canopy-type roof at the circa 1958 venue, was spearheaded by new ASU athletic director Steve Patterson. (If you remember, Patterson was ... More >>
We know we said National Signing Day is an overhyped mess, but don't tell that to the keening and wailing Notre Dame fans who are screaming pogue mahone to the UH Cougars. UH swooped in at the last second and stole the coveted wide receiver from the Irish, to whom he had given a verbal commitment w ... More >>
Scottie Pippin in his not-so-glory days.It's always a little disappointing when you find out that certain urban legends aren't true. It's why I've never visited the mythbusting Web site snopes.com. Why would I want to know the truth when it's just more fun to assume it's accurate? Along thos ... More >>
Simultaneous with the push toward bowl season every year, we have the college football coaching carousel that begins spinning around Thanksgiving and doesn't stop until around the time the bowl games end (or until around spring practice if your quarterback is trading signed memorabilia for tattoos). ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
Mark TaylorMark Taylor, who helmed University of Houston's swimming program for nearly a decade, died Friday evening of an apparent heart attack in Austin, according to the University of Houston Athletics Department. He was 50 years old. "This is a sad and difficult day. We lost a family me ... More >>
The Texans bombed big-timeIn retrospect, we probably should have seen this coming. For all the talk about this being a different Texans team, about the Cowboys coming in as a wounded animal, about Wade Phillips being thrilled about the noon kickoff so he wouldn't miss the early bird special, has ... More >>
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.
From Ground Zero of the immigration crisis along the Mexican border
Photo courtesy UHThe Houston Cougar baseball team got off to a poor start to the season. Coming into the Houston College Classic at the start of the month, the team was 2-5, and they were lucky to have gotten their two wins. Then they pulled off the major upset at Minute Maid Park, sweeping al ... More >>
The commenters have had a lot of fun dismissing the euphoria that we felt at the idea that the storied and awesome Notre Dame football team might actually come to Houston for the first time in 35 years, to play in the Texas Bowl.Some people think a 6-6 ND team is not very good; what they fail to rea ... More >>
Former curator Karl Peterson has been shut out of the zoo, and he wants to know why
In the '70s, Walter Waldhauser arranged four contract murders. Nearly 20 years later, he has a new name and a new line of work -- but he still generates a profit from death.
A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you