Bum Phillips

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Gambling! Ranking Every NFL Head Coach Since 1978 Against The Spread

    In a perfect world, as relates to sports, our emotions should probably be driven by primal reactions -- love, hate, winning, losing. Geography certainly plays a role. My hometown team is playing its arch rival, I should want them to win because they're my team. It should all be very simple and basi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Titans 16, Texans 10: And the Texans Are Officially On the Clock

    Finally. It took weeks of torture, but the long, slow, painful death of the Houston Texans 2012-13 season mercifully came to a close on Sunday. Fittingly, it ended at the hands of the former Houston Oilers -- in the same year that its former icons Bud Adams and Bum Phillips died within mere days of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Astrodome's Fate Decided Today? Good Lord, We Hope So

    The mayoral race hasn't generated much heat this year (which is fairly typical for Houston), but there are other reasons to hit the polls. Besides votes on saving water and building new jail facilities, there is a ballot question that we can only hope puts to bed one way or the other the seemingly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Colts 27, Texans 24: And That Will Just About Do It For 2013

    "What if I told you that a desperate team would play its best half of football in over a year, only to have the happiness taken away in an instant in the scariest way possible?" -- ESPN "30 for 30" Voice Guy on the eventual ad for the inevitable documentary on this bizarre Texans season As a Texans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Texans-Colts BATTLE-DRINK: Five Running Backs, Two Lucks

    Here's me channeling an NFL player... After a September and October that included two Texans road trips, three Texans home games, a trip to College Station for Alabama-A&M, and a trip to South Bend for Oklahoma-Notre Dame, the bye week came at a good time for me. Yes, that's right, last weekend's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Awful Springsteen Knockoff Not Helping Save the Dome Much at All

    In the campaign to save the Astrodome with the upcoming Proposition 2 referendum, someone has decided that just the thing to put it over the top is a bad Bruce Springsteen parody. Like, really bad. Monday, an outfit called "Jalapeno Pixels" posted a YouTube video called "My Dome Town," a four-and-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Want to Help Fund an Astrodome Documentary?

    The makers of a documentary on the Astrodome are closing in on the $65,000 they need to finish the film and are optimistic that it will be released early next year. Filming of "The Dome" began in 2009 by Chip Rives and David Karabinas of Austin-based Texas Crew Productions. Another Crew member, Pat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Chiefs 17, Texans 16: Too Many Easy Headlines, Case in Point...

    While watching the Texans drop their fifth game in a row Sunday afternoon, I realized that the success of one Case Keenum on the field was going to cause at least one group of people to jump for joy regardless of who they actually rooted for: professional sports headline writers. I mean, I've alread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Bing Bang Theory's Jim Parsons Loves Him Some Houston Sports

    Anyone who has seen any interviews with multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons knows of his love for his home town. He is not shy in talking up Houston on national talk shows and even dropping in stuff about us in his show. But, even more than being an unabashed Houston honk, Parsons loves him his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The NFL is Back. Thank God!

    It's back. The long, hard summer is finally over and real sports are back. Sure, you've tried watching the Astros -- if you could watch them at all given the CSN issues. But, let's be honestly, they are horrible. Awful. A travesty. The only thing that was going to salve the wounds you suffered durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Four Earl Campbell SI Covers to Remember His Greatness

    Anyone old enough to remember the Luv Ya Blue days of the Houston Oilers (hell, a lot of you probably don't remember the Houston Oilers!) likely remember very specific things like Bum Phillips, the rally in the Astrodome, Dan Pastorini and the AFC title games in Pittsburgh. But, above all else, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Texans, Saints and Tebow! This Weekend's NFL Playoff Best Bets

    PLAYOFFS?!?!!? Oh, yeah​So is Houston ready for some playoff football? How about we go through the Reliant Stadium checklist for Saturday's game with the Bengals to find out. Notifications to season ticket holders to be in their seats 30 minutes before kickoff? Check. Colored placards in sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Houston's 5 Best NFL Playoff Memories

    Yesterday we wondered why Texan fans are looking forward to the NFL playoffs, given the painful memories our town had when the Houston Oilers were here. But each year brings new hope and, after all, the Houston Texans have never, ever lost a playoff game. Not in ten years. Coming up with five awfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Luv Ya Blue Reunion at Upcoming Memorabilia Show

    The honorable O.A. Phillips, ready to sign for you​Getting all the icons of the Luv Ya Blue-era Houston Oilers together in one spot -- and happy to sign autographs -- is pretty rare, but it's happening. The 25th annual Tristar Collections show this weekend will feature almost all of the major ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Houston Texans -- Home For Wayward NFL Coaches?

    Note: Google Images auto-fills a Wade Phillips search to "Wade Phillips confused"​When the final gun sounds on Sunday after the Texans game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the home team is either 5-11 or 6-10, change is coming for the Texans. At the very least, you'd have to think that Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Last Night: Smashing Pumpkins At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Smashing Pumpkins Warehouse Live September 21, 2010 See photos from last night's jam-packed show. Tuesday night's nearly sold-out Smashing Pumpkins set at Warehouse Live should have been a greatest-hits affair, at least in the eyes of most people who haven't been keep ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Sports Moments*

    *And the 5 most heartbreaking...

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Dogging the Dome

    An extensive investigation has uncovered secret plans for the Astrodome's future.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Listen Up, People: The Top Ten Coaches In Houston History

    ‚ÄčThe Chron's Jerome Solomon has another of those endless lists we writers like to do, this one asking for input on the top 10 coaches in Houston college and pro sports history. And he helpfully provides us with some candidates for the list. So I thought I would help out and provide what I consider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    They're Making A Documentary About The Dome, And They Want Your Family Keepsakes

    Via the always-entertaining Bayou City History blog at the Chron we learned of a budding documentary about that quaint old abandoned building that used to be the Eighth Wonder of the World.Chip Rives, one of the producers/directors/writers of The Dome, tells Hair Balls he and his partner have do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008
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    September 23, 2008
  • Music

    January 24, 2008

    What Happened to Honky Tonk in Houston

    Turn out the lights, the party's over

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007
  • News

    September 6, 2007

    Greyhound Racing

    Tracks and breeders struggle as attendance declines

  • Music

    April 6, 2006


    My Homies Part 2

  • News

    August 26, 2004

    Signs of Ignorance

    Just chop 'em where it says "Do Not Chop," boys

  • Dining

    March 21, 2002

    Luv Ya Blue


  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Beefing Up the Coach

    Dom Capers takes on Texan barbecue for the first time

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Chicken Man

    Jimbo Bradshaw scratches out a living in cockfighting

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2000

    Sad Sundays

    John Pirkle'Oiler Blues: The Story of Pro Football's Most Frustrating Team

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    God's Plan

    At Dan Patrick's KPRC talk-radio station, it's politics with a capital G

  • News

    May 16, 1996

    Adams Family Values

    Why do we hate Bud so? Maybe we never understood him, or those... Adams Family Values

  • News

    February 23, 1995


    Houston is the epicenter of Texas' auction world. But buyer beware -- some auctioneers may only be selling a bill of goods.