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    July 28, 2014

    2014 Fantasy Crime League: Final Standings, Season Awards

    After much debate and conjecture, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighed all the evidence, circumstantial and (presumably) visual, and handed down the punishment: Ray Rice would be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season for his part in a violent incident with his then-fiancée/now-wif ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Browns WR Josh Gordon Needs Help Badly

    Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are less surprising than others. Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are sadder than others, too. Then there are Fantasy Crime League updates involving Browns wide receiver and native Houstonian Josh Gordon, which are sadly not very surprising (a ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Tease: Dallas PD Mistakenly Tweets Aqib Talib Arrested (Turns Out To Be Talib's Brother)

    We are counting down now to the end of the 2014 Fantasy Crime season, as we are inside of one month now until actual NFL training camp officially begins. Conspicuous by their absence thus far in the crime season has been the Denver Broncos, who have historically been one of the more criminally activ ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Another Ravens Running Back In Trouble With The Law

    The Baltimore Ravens have made frequent trips to the police blotter pay window during this 2014 offseason. This we all know. Now, if you're a member of the Ravens' coaching and public relations staff, the team's crime spree has been a nightmare, with frequent distractions and with press conferences ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Post-NFL Draft Super Bowl Odds Are Far Too Kind to the Houston Texans

    For NFL Draft enthusiasts and for those of us who make our living discussing the NFL, it feels a little strange to be dissecting the draft fallout in mid-May. This year, as has been mentioned here a handful of times, the draft was pushed back by two weeks, which left a lot more time for the league ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League: Greg Hardy Domestic Assault Gets Panthers On The Board

    Despite the fact that it guarantees them a one year salary that is the average of the top five salaries at their position, generally speaking, NFL players do not like to get hit with the "franchise tag" when they reach free agency. More often than not, the franchise tag is a place holder for the tw ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Andre Johnson Situation: An Overview

    "I'm under contract, so I have to play my contract out. I can't do anything about that." -- Andre Johnson, 11/17/2013 Truth be told, we should have seen this coming. Back in November of last year, in the waning minutes of another soul crushing 2013 defeat, this one at the hands of the immortal Mat ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    NFL GM's Ranked In Order of Tenure (Sorry, Texan Fans)

    On the surface, the word "loyal" feels positive, and that's because at its core, loyalty is a noble trait that comes from a good place in one's heart. However, in business (and really in any walk of life, but especially business), loyalty has to be based on merit. It can't be blind, nor can it be b ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    NFL Playoffs: This Weekend's Best (Or Worst) Bets

    With the hiring of a new coach here in town and the NFL playoffs beginning this weekend at the forefront of everybody's mind, flying under the radar is this little bit of news -- the great Mario Williams Engagement Ring Tussle has finally been resolved! If you recall, earlier this year, Mario Willi ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The Oilers, Buddy Ryan, Las Cruces, and Me

    I was at a Holiday Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico the night Buddy Ryan threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride. Sitting on the bed, eating fast food, watching the Oilers and Jets on Sunday Night Football. And I knew things would never be the same. I'd been in Europe for most of that football season, working ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    12 Things In Houston '93 You'd NEVER See Today

    If I learned anything from the NFL Network's A Football Life: Houston '93 documentary about the 1993 Houston Oilers, it's that sometimes you need to look to the past to realize that our perspective of the present may be a tad warped. All season long here in Houston, the narrative (which has gradual ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: God Bless The NFL, Week 1

    I am always happy when the NFL season arrives, but especially happy this weekend, because it gives me a diversion from college football for my best bets of the weekend. I'm not sure if you noticed (Yes, I know ALL of you noticed), but I came out of the shoot in Week 1 of my football Best Bets 1-5. ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Chip Kelly Heading To The NFL: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (w/ PDF Link To Will Lyles' Hilarious Recruiting Reports)

    "It's a special place with special people. They accepted me six years ago when I was at New Hampshire. Not many people knew about me. Gave me an opportunity to come here. It really means a lot." -- Former Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly about three weeks ago A lot, but apparently not everythi ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Things We Learned from the Vince Young Outside The Lines Feature

    Since falling out of favor with the Tennessee Titans in 2010, Vince Young's slide to the bottom of the quarterback food chain has been precipitous and eventful. The highlights include: - Backing up Michael Vick in Philadelphia in 2011 and pronouncing the Eagles a "Dream Team," a hex on that franchi ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Texans 24, Titans 10: Defense Returns To Form In Playoff-Clinching Win

    After back-to-back games of exhilarating drama, the Texans seem back to their usual selves. That's just fine for soon-to-be Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Led by Watt and a defense that suffocated Tennessee and second-year QB Jake Locker, the Texans cruised to 11-1 and clinched the second ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    How Should You Spend Your Houston Texans Bye Week?

    Folks, we have reached the first bye week of the Houston Texans 2012 season. Our band of heroes will not be seeing action. Not on Thursday, Sunday or even Monday. No, they will be taking a well-deserved few days away from their usual schedules to relax and store up energy for the next few weeks of g ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Houston Sports Stories That Need Their Own ESPN #30For30 Episodes

    Red-Blooded American Man's newest obsession -- behind Kate Upton -- has to be ESPN's 30 For 30 series. The sports documentary series takes on notable and not-so-notable events in sports history and gives them the 360-degree treatment. Since 30 For 30 debuted in late 2009, the directors have tackle ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Good Old NFL Schadenfreude Over Mario Williams

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Buffalo Bills Fans Tweet Their Hatred For Mario Williams

    Hard to believe now, but there was a time not too long ago when Texan fans openly debated the appropriate amount for the Texans to allocate this past offseason to re-sign defensive end/outside linebacker/chronic underachiever Mario Williams. Sure, the Texans defense was just fine without Mario for t ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Vince Young's Money: Where It All Went

    In addition to carving out a flash-in-the-pan NFL career, former Longhorn QB Vince Young has apparently burned through cash like a heavyweight boxer on a binge. He's involved in nasty court cases that point to empty pockets despite having gotten $26 million in guaranteed payments via contracts. Ev ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    NFL Week 1: Schaub Gets Rich(er), Buffalo Gets Poor(er) -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Check out our slideshow of the Houston Texans' season opener against the Dolphins. Could Sunday have been any better? 80-degree day. Sun shining. Birds singing. NFL football back in our lives. Oh and someone left a whole book of Burger King coupons in the lobby of my building. SCORE! So yeah there ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    The Betting Lines on the First 15 Texans Games Are Here!

    Think you have a pretty good idea on how your favorite NFL team will do this upcoming season? More importantly, does your "pretty good idea" differ drastically from the super-early predictions the experts have forecasted for your squad? If so, the gambling gods have given themselves you another way ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    2012 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I made an analogy on my radio show this morning on 1560 The Game that the NFL Draft tonight is like Christmas Day for many NFL fans. Air of anticipation, excitement of the unknown, food, it's all there. (My co-host, John Granato, compared it to Hanukkah because it's played out over several days, but ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    What Would You Do to Keep Mario Williams? Check #houstonwhatugot

    Already dazed by several unexpected farewells, two Houston Texans have started a Twitter campaign to get Mario Williams to stay here. Texans Shaun Cody and Connor Barwin are urging fans to use the hashtag #houstonwhatugot to convince Super Mario to stay. Some highlights:

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    January 16, 2012

    Ravens 20, Texans 13: Historic Season Ends From Self-Inflicted Wounds

    Looking ahead to the fall, finally​In the big picture, the Texans were playing with house money. With little playoff experience and on a third-string rookie quarterback, this shouldn't rank high on the list of Houston football collapses. This wasn't the Oilers in Denver and Buffalo, circa 199 ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    5 Signs You're Dangerously Starting to Think It Just Might Be the Texans' Year

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself.​You have tried. You have told yourself you've been down the road before, and each time your hopes and dreams have been cruelly dashed. But you can't help it -- you are, once again, letting yourself become optimistic about the Texans. But this year th ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Reasons To Watch The Texans Tonight

    It's another big night for you, Matt Leinart​I don't know that there was ever any point during the NFL lockout where I was fearful that we wouldn't have football this season. Still, the specter of the work stoppage that loomed over us throughout thus summer made us at least ponder life without ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Aeros Poised To Make History -- The Wrong Kind Of History

    John RoyalA despondent Matt Hackett lays on the ice after Hamilton gets the winning goal in the second overtime​Only twice in AHL history had a team had to go to a game seven in a playoff series after grabbing a 3-0 series lead. But things change. And when a team from Houston is involved in ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    For Friday the 13th: Five of the Unluckiest Texans Ever

    Investors held on too long.​Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck. You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    College Football Bowls -- This Week's Best Bets

    The color, the pageantry of college football​Since it's Week 17 of the NFL season, we're changing it up a little bit this week. I don't know about people who actually know what they're doing when it comes to wagering, but my experience with the NFL in Week 17 is that it's a good time to stay ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Houston Texans -- The Green Mile, 5 Winners and 5 Losers

    Texans fans: Enjoy it today, resume griping tomorrow​The Texans beat the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon 35-31 to move to 4-2 for the first time in the history of the franchise, and I for one am going to enjoy it. Seriously, try to stop me. You can try and bring me down with your texts and tweets and ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Cowboys 27, Texans 13: Defensive Help Wanted, Preferably With A Pulse

    Docking at Reliant Stadium​Attention, Houston owner Bob McNair. Your defense needs help, and the key may be opening your pocketbook. Ideally, do it in a hurry.Tony Romo and the Cowboys (1-2) exposed the previously unbeaten Texans' dirty little secret on Sunday, throwing for 284 yards, two touchdow ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Our Year

    Will Texans make it to playoffs?

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    July 30, 2010

    Top Ten Sports Moments: Four Personal Stories

    Different kinds of heartbreak​We've identified the absolute, unarguable Top 10 Sports Moments (and five worst) in Houston history. Everyone has at least some personal stories connected to events on the list. I have four.1. UH-LouisvilleI was the quintessential cub reporter, having lucked into a j ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Game Time: Best of the Best -- Top 10 Moments from Clutch City Rockets (w/video)

    Consensus Number One​I am a total sucker for lists.This makes me like roughly 95 percent of society; the fact that I openly admit I'm a sucker for lists makes me a little more unique. There are so many list books, list columns, list blog posts (many by yours truly) that it seems by admitting you ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    The Draft Day Debate of 2006 Rages On, With The VY Guys Smiling Now

    ​Like a great many former Oilers fans with a concurrent Longhorn allegiance, I am no Houston Texans fan. I tried for a few years, right up until the 2006 draft. The selection of Mario Williams was it for me. I took a solemn vow then to never support the Texans until the McNair family relinquished ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    The VY Guys Are Smiling Now

    ​Like a great many former Oilers fans with a concurrent Longhorn allegiance, I am no Houston Texans fan. I tried for a few years, right up until the 2006 draft. The selection of Mario Williams was it for me. I took a solemn vow then to never support the Texans until the McNair family relinquis ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    I Gave Her a Ring...: Musical Minutiae About Fingers and Birds

    ​Although we recently discovered how to access the primitive version of Facebook on our non-iPhone (so watch out), Rocks Off generally lives in an Internet-free bubble outside the office. And happily so, so it took until Monday's late local news for us to see - and subsequently laugh our fool head ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Bud Adams, Owner Of One Darn Expensive Middle Finger

    Houstonians have long been aware of the class and dignity that comes in the package we know as Bud Adams.Adams has demonstrated once again his nuanced understanding of the social mores of our time, and it has resulted in some pain to his pocketbook.The NFL has fined Adams a quarter-million dollars f ... More >>

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    October 11, 2008
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    April 3, 2008

    Kevin Everett

    A former football player talks about his battle with a life-threatening spine injury

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    December 28, 2007
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    September 14, 2007
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    October 16, 2003

    Putting on Airs

    Modern dance master Paul Taylor brings a program of classics old and new to Jones Hall

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    February 1, 2001

    The Mark

    A reporter gets branded for cash (again)

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