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    October 24, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Before we get to the Best Bets for the week, I'll use this space (and perhaps a lengthier column in the future) to salute the recently laid off employees at the soon-to-be-sold-and-renamed-and-lobotomized Comcast Sports Net Houston. As you all are probably aware, painfully so if you're a non-Comca ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Just How Houston Are You? Sports Edition

    There was one of those stupid Twitter hashtags things about Houston this week, this one showing just how much of a Houstonian a person really is. I'm tired of writing about the depressing antics of the Houston Astros and CSN Houston, and I had to miss this week's CUSA Football Media Day in Dallas be ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    How the CSN Houston Broadcast Map Dooms the Network

    It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    The NCAA is Evil, But You Probably Already Knew That

    Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler was drafted in the fifth round of last June's MLB amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Wetzler was only a junior, but the NCAA permits college juniors to be drafted. Wetzler did not come to an agreement with the Phillies, and as allowed by NCAA rules, he retur ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Best Baseball at Minute Maid Park in 2014: Annual College Classic Next Week

    I want to take a pause from my usual Houston Astros bashing so that I might applaud an event they stage every year. It's time once again for the Houston College Classic, six college baseball teams invading Minute Maid Park for nine games in three days. For only the second time in its history, th ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Father-Son Oakland Raider Weed Smoking Scalpers Edition

    At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Why Schaub's Latest Blunder Is His Brad Lidge Moment In Houston

    The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... 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

    May 24, 2013

    Top Five-ish Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    As a general rule, unless your team is in the NBA playoffs (I'd say NHL, but most of you wouldn't even know what I was talking about), this time of year can be pretty boring for sports fans. Baseball is still early in the year. There isn't the hint of football save OTAs and college sports are nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Astros, Cougars, Owls and Problems with Starting Pitching

    It's always about the pitching. No matter how good the offense, no matter how good the defense, if the pitching lets down, a team will eventually start to lose. Because offenses will cool down and defenses will miss plays. But if the pitching is solid, a team can overcome the other deficiencies. Th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Who Needs The Astros When You Have The Cougars And Owls?

    Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is tired of fan complaints about the crappiness of the Houston Astros. Give him $10 million and he'll gladly listen, but otherwise, just pay the team's highly inflated prices for Opening Day and shut up. It's not a very fan-friendly approach to take, especially when he ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Foul Balls, Philosophy and Baseball Gods: Notes from the Houston College Classic

    Six teams. Three days. Nine games. Seventy-one innings, give or take a couple here and there. So was The Astros Foundation 2013 College Classic. And after sitting through all nine games and three days, it's safe to say that this weekend was anything but a classic of college baseball. Most of the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Houston Chronicle Sports Goes Bleacher Report

    The Houston Chronicle sports page is a sad shadow of what it used to be. Tons of talented writers have been laid off the past several years, or they have departed on their own because they just couldn't take it anymore. Many of the reporters left are having to double up on beats, like Joseph Duarte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Owls Coach Wayne Graham Reflects On His Career, Baseball and Lance Berkman

    Rice Owls head coach Wayne Graham has been a college baseball coach since 1981. He coached San Jacinto from 1981 through 1991, then he took over the Rice program. In all of that time, he's never had a losing record. He was a five-time national coach of the year while heading up the San Jac squad, an ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Tyler Duffey, J.T. Chargois: The Minnesota Twins Hope The Rice Owls Can Save Them

    It's been a tough month or so for Rice Owls pitcher Tyler Duffey. There's the disappointment that comes from the way the season ended, losing in the conference tournament and not making it past the NCAA Regionals this past weekend. And nothing can compare to what happened in late August when his mot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    The Owls Can Forget About Omaha for Another Year

    The Rice Owls last advanced to Omaha and the College World Series in 2008. They last made the Super Regional in 2009. And after yesterday's 4-1 loss to Sam Houston State, it will be at least another year before the Owls can talk about going to Omaha for the College World Series. It's often said the ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Houston's Babies Play Vintage Baseball

    There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.

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    February 17, 2012

    25 Positive Thoughts As The Astros Head off to Spring Training

    Jed Lowrie could be the Astros' best all-around shortstop since Dickie Thon, if he stays healthy​Spring training begins for Major League Baseball next week, and that means the Astros will be reporting to camp in Florida and prepping for the upcoming season -- yes, despite whatever happened las ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    20 Modest Fan Suggestions for Jim Crane

    The word from on-high came earlier this week when the Houston Astros announced that Jim Crane had heard the voice of the fans and thus would not be changing the team's name. It's nice that Crane paid some attention to the people who buy tickets (though it does seem strange to see how many people co ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Turkeys of the Year 2011

    We combed through an abundance of riches this year to bring you the best of the worst

  • Film

    September 22, 2011


    Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams

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    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Five Jobs for Fastow

    Enron honcho needs work.

  • Blogs

    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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    March 24, 2011

    Owls Soar Over The Cougars And Continue To Dominate Cross-Town Series

    John RoyalHouston Cougar Ryan Still leaps high for an overthrown ball on a first inning Rice sacrifice bunt​The Houston Cougars (11-11) grabbed the 1-0 lead from the Rice Owls (15-9) in the top of the first inning last night. The Owls scored two runs in the bottom of the first, and the game w ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Looking Back at This Weekend's Houston College Classic

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree slides across the plate to score a run yesterday against Baylor​The 11th Houston College Classic was played at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and though it's only March, it's probably safe to say that the best baseball to be played in Minute Maid Park this se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    One Guy's Remaining Thoughts On 2010

    Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3D​As we head into the New Year, I thought I would look back at some of the things in 2010 for which I'm thankful, sports, and non-sports. 1. ESPN's 30 For 30.  ESPN does a lot of things wrong, i.e. the Brett Favre lovefest, The Decision, Col ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    The Five Most Overrated Houston Athletes

    Nolan Ryan: Ks are nice, how about wins?​In Houston, we mostly love our athletes. It takes a lot to get on our bad side.Of course, sometimes we overlove our athletes. Not only do they hold a special place in our hearts, but we insist that they were much better than they actually were.So what athle ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans-Saints -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Oh, what the hell...go ahead and panic.​I keep trying to tell myself that the results of the Texans' trip to New Orleans last week didn't really count. Texans fans everywhere (and my liver) seem to disagree. New Orleans is one of a handful of places on earth that embodies the "too much of a ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Sports Moments*

    *And the 5 most heartbreaking...

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    July 29, 2010

    Houston's Top Ten Sports Moments: Another View

    The bosses came out their Top 10 Greatest Houston Sports Moments today, so I thought I would share mine.1. September 25, 1986: The magic number for the Houston Astros to clinch the NL West is one game. The Astros are playing a midweek day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team that just ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Houston Texans: Shouldn't The Most Popular Team Win Something?

    Most popular team in the city?​So the argument being made by Richard Justice and the Houston Chronicle is that Houston has once again become a football town. It's not really hard to argue with this, thanks to the Astros being so damn bad, and all. But that aside, the question needs to be asked, wh ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    One Man's Entry For Five Worst Houston Sports Moments -- Where Are Yours?

    A UH lowlight, an ND legend​I couldn't help but notice that the bosses are soliciting suggestions for the best and worst sports moments in Houston history.So I thought I would make a few suggestions.I'll do my top 10 moments when the issue comes out with the winners, but here are my five worst mom ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Doug Glanville: A Book That's Interesting But Superficial

    He was there for the Steve Bartman game​Doug Glanville wasn't the greatest player to ever play major league baseball. He lasted just nine seasons in the majors, playing for three teams, and getting only 1,100 hits. He was never exactly a household name. But unlike most of the people in the majors, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Longhorn Network: Death Knell Of The Big 12?

    There was a rumor about a tumor...​Back in the 1950s, with the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco, New York City found itself with only one baseball team, the Yankees.And despite the so-called popularity of the sport, there were still only 16 major league teams. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Rice's Anthony Rendon: Start Sucking Even Worse, Astros, In Order To Get This Guy

    Photo courtesy RiceSoon to be a rich man​The Rice Owls were coasting to a pretty easy win Sunday afternoon, leading Louisiana-Lafayette 8-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. But the Cajuns had two men on and two out when Matt Goulas sent a rocket down the third base line. Rice third baseman Anth ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Longhorns End Rice's Season

    Damn you, Bevo​Rice Owls pitcher Mike Ojala had been lobbying coach Wayne Graham to let him pitch a complete game for four years. That lobbying had been excessively hard this season, since Ojala wanted to get at least one in his Rice career.But with his coming off off-season Tommy John surgery, ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Mike Ojala, Rice Get Ready For Post-Season Play

    Photo courtesy Rice baseball Mike Ojala went out in style in his last Reckling Park game​The Rice Owls (35-20, 17-7 in conference) ended the regular season much in the same fashion as they began. At times over the final two games against UAB, the Owls pitching was un-hittable and the Rice h ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Rice Tops UH, But Both Teams Have Concerns For The Tournament

    Photo courtesy UHRice takes the crosstown series as Coogs keep stumbling​In the ultimate scheme of things, Rice's 15-5 over Houston last night means absolutely nothing. Rice had already clinched the Silver Glove Series, again, which goes to the team that wins the season series between the two team ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Coogs Will Host C-USA Tournament, But Probably Won't Play In It

    Photo courtesy UHUH's pitching continues to struggle​The University of Houston will be hosting the Conference-USA Baseball Tournament come the last week of May. But while it may be hosting the event, it's becoming ever more possible that it won't actually be playing in the tournament.Only six team ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack

    Bedbugs threaten our slumber.

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    April 26, 2010

    Rice Plunders ECU's Pirates As They Surge in C-USA

    ​Walking from the Rice clubhouse to the Rice dugout, right past the trainer's room, you pass a dry erase board. There was a message on that board Saturday afternoon. A message reading "Plunder the Pirates. Go Owls." And if one word can be applied to describe what the Rice Owls did to C-USA foe ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Game Time: The Caballo Chronicles, Volume 2: A Look at MLB's 20 Biggest Contracts Ever

    ​This is my second go round living in Houston. Prior to moving back here in the summer of 2007, the last time I was an H-town resident was between 1994 and 2001. As an Astro fan, that means I was here when the Bagwell/Biggio nucleus finally broke through in 1997 and made the playoffs, I was he ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Coogs Use Power of Dance to Clinch Memphis Series

    ​The Houston Cougars and Memphis Tigers were about an hour into a two hour 19 minute rain delay yesterday when Cougar infielder Jake Runte stepped out of the dugout, into the rain, and started dancing. Teammate David Murphy jumped out and slid around on the tarp, and the preteen batboys and th ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Game Time: Prediction Monday -- Men's Hoops Finals And The Astros' 2010 Season

    ​NCAA MEN'S HOOPS FINALS (Butler vs Duke, 8:21 PM tip-off)When I ranked the list of NCAA Finals permutations from "Most Compelling" to "Least Compelling" in this space last week, I had Butler vs Duke ranked as the most compelling. The figurative "Cinderella" (although let's not forget that Cinde ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Game Time: Texans Sign DeMeco Ryans, Their Dwight Shrute

    ​When a big sports news story breaks, my tendency is to spend about eight seconds internalizing it and wondering what it means to the subject of said news and what it means to me as a fan. From second number nine forward it's time to figure out other angles the news puts into play, what other pe ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Coog Baseball Gets Off To Rough Start

    Photo courtesy UH​Teams never want to start 0-3 on the season, no matter the sport. And starting 0-3 for the season is definitely not something the Houston Cougars baseball team wanted to do, yet after being swept by Texas State in this season's opening series, that's exactly the hole the Cougars ... More >>

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