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    October 3, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    A 5-1 week of prognosticating is like an elite quarterback in the NFL. It can cover up a lot of future mistakes. Two weeks ago, I put up a nice 5-1 week, and began feeling pretty good about myself, like maybe I was turning the corner and shaking a slump that had gone back to the end of the 2012 sea ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Five Unfortunate Professional Athlete Names

    LJ hoes came back with #0. You can't make this up. pic.twitter.com/R1RVmQ8APf— George Spring(her) (@thegeorgeyoung) June 27, 2014 L.J. Hoes is back with the Astros after being called up from AAA Oklahoma City, and this time he has a fun new jersey number. We wrote last week about how the ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Former TCU Football Player Jason Verrett Sets New Standard For Worst First Pitch (VIDEO)

    Visual aids are the best. (You know, because sometimes words can be so cumbersome on the eyes.) Recently, in the wake of 50 Cent's dismal effort at a first pitch before a recent New York Mets game (an effort he blamed on "excessive masturbation"), Deadspin put together a chart depicting the placeme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Rice, UH Hope to Take the First Step to Winning NCAA Regionals

    The cliche is one game at a time. That nothing matters but for the current play, the next pitch. And for the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars, nothing this weekend matters more than the one game being played. The Owls and Cougars are among the 64 teams partaking in the NCAA Regionals this weekend, ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Rice Baseball Trends Down, But UH Flies High

    Sunday morning starts with a chill. The air's heavy with fog and mist. There's not much of a crowd at Reckling Park, but none of this is stopping the Rice Owls and East Carolina Pirates from playing baseball. The Owls are up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning when the skies open, stopping play fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Sam Houston State Played Some Terminator Baseball on its Opponents

    The Sam Houston State Bearkats this weekend were like the Terminator. A ruthless, relentless killing machine that could not be stopped. A baseball team that attacked the base paths, slugged the ball continuously, and excelled with the glove. The Bearkats demolished highly-ranked TCU 9-3 on Friday af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Rice and UH Pitchers Do a Little Showing Off at C-USA Tourney

    The college baseball season is a marathon. It's nice to sprint out to a lead at the start, but the finishing kick at the end is just as important. And with seven games left in the Conference USA baseball tournament at Rice's Reckling Park, eight teams are kicking into full sprints. The most impress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    ESPN's Keith Law's Goes for the Jugular, Calls Rice's Wayne Graham a Pitcher Killer

    Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Astros yesterday. This came after his disastrous relief performance against the Rangers on Saturday night. And with that the feel good story about the Rice pitching star coming back to Houston to rejuvenate his career is over. Humber, one of the ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: SHO, Astros and Croquet?

    Hey, boys and girls, it's the weekend again. I bet you didn't think you'd make it here from Monday, did you? We assume the next few days are all filled up with plans for antiquing, buying groceries, working in the garden, eating sensibly and going to church for Easter. HA HA HA! We're kidding. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Photo-Mashing Old & Modern Houston, Volume 6: Astrodome Edition

    For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated for. It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Stanford's Mark Appel Gets the Attention, But Rice Pitchers Get the Wins

    Stanford's Mark Appel was the focus of Friday's pre-Rice/Stanford season opening talk. But while Appel showed some of the electric stuff that made him the number one choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, his thunder was stolen by the performance of the Rice Owls pitching staff. The Owls def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Owls Baseball Fighting the Expectations

    The expectations for the Rice Owls baseball team are a bit different than the expectations for the rest of Rice Owls sports. Whereas the alumni want the football team to win, they expect the baseball team to win. Whereas they just want the basketball teams to make any tournament, the baseball team's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Top 10 Worst Sports Stadiums, In Honor Of ASU's "Tampon With Wings"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    For St. Patrick's Day: 10 Notable Irish Texans

    This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades. As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world. Like these ten: 10. Matthew McConaughey His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Lance Berkman, Cavorting with the Obamas: He's a RINO!!!

    There's a new batch of official photos up on the White House Flickr page, and it includes this damning piece of evidence that Lance Berkman -- former Rice Owl, former Houston Astro, current proud church dude and proud Republican -- is pals with the Obamas. You know who else pals around with the Ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    UH Baseball: Cougars Engulfed By The Blazers

    John RoyalCodey Morehouse trots home after hitting a home run on Friday​The Houston Cougar baseball team has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season. They weren't supposed to be very good, not with the new coach, roster turnover, and a near non-existent pitching staff devastated by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Rice Thunders Past Marshall, Sweeps the Herd

    John RoyalRice pitcher Austin Kubitza with another dominating performance on Friday.​The Final Four dominated the attention of the sports media this weekend, rightly or wrongly. But while that whole NCAA exercise, especially UConn and Kentucky, was making a mockery of the concept of amateur a ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Baseball: Rice Sweeps the Trojans While UH Struggles Against the Rebs

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree tags out USC's Matt Foat trying to advance on a sac fly​In the first weekend of the college baseball season, it was the Houston Cougars pulling off the home sweep of UT-Arlington while the Rice Owls were losing two of three to visiting Stanford. The competit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    The Rice Owls Set Aim on Omaha

    John RoyalHolt McNair tosses a pitch during practice​If Rice Owls athletics exceed at any one thing, it's producing an exceptional baseball squad year after year. Things are supposedly no different this year as the Owls are ranked in the top 25 of every one of the seemingly 5,000 college base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    It's a Brand-New Day for Cougar Baseball

    John RoyalCodey Morehouse throws a pitch during Friday's practice​The sun was bright and high Friday afternoon. The temperature warm. The breeze slight. It was one of those absolutely beautiful days that make one happy to be alive. It was, quite fittingly, the first practice under a new co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Houston Sports Stories in 2010 (Alternate Title: "Here Comes The Prozac")

    Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your party​Putting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- I Am Darth Soccer

    "Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"​If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Rice Drops C-USA Tourney But Will Advance

    UH played on of the most pointless games ever​Good pitching, it's said, will always defeat good hitting. Thus it was that the Rice Owls on Saturday night found their bats facing the outstanding pitching of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.The Owls had been as close to perfect in the C-USA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    UH Makes Matters Clear In The Confusing C-USA Tournament: They Suck

    Photo courtesy UHYou had a bad day......​The scoreboard at Cougar Field appeared to suffer a malfunction last night. There was "one" run showing for Rice in the first-inning column, yet under the total runs column, the number was "11."The problem was that the top of the first inning had just ende ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    UH And Rice Improve Their Outlooks In C-USA's Confusing Tournament (We Think)

    Photo courtesy UHGoodnight had all the support a pitcher needs​After yesterday's opening Conference USA tournament baseball games, only one thing is clear: if Southern Miss and Houston win today, then they're playing for the C-USA title on Saturday game and none of Friday's games will matter.But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Rice's Mike Ojala May Have Found Some Help In The Rotation, Just In Time

    Fear the owl. FEAR IT......​The Rice Owls might have already clinched a share of the Conference USA baseball championship, and they might have already clinched the number-one seed in next week's C-USA tournament.But don't tell the Owls that these remaining three regular season games don't count.T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Rice, UH Battle Weather And C-USA Rivals As Tournament Looms

    Photo courtesy UHCoogs are hoping for a miracle​The weather caused some major havoc to the Houston-area college baseball season this past weekend as both the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls, playing big series with important post-season implications, waited out rain-outs, delays, and bizarre game ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Game Time: An Open Letter To Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing

    Three clean guys. Way to go, USC​Dear Brian,I won't even start off this letter with some colloquial phrase like "How was your weekend?" I know your weekend probably sucked, and the truth of the matter is I hate it when people ask how you're doing and don't really want to hear the answer. Along w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Coogs Stumble As Rice Begins To Find Its Footing

    ​It's a good day to be a baseball fan in Houston. The Astros are hosting the Giants at Minute Maid Park, the University of Houston is hosting Sam Houston State at Cougar Field, and the Rice Owls are hosting Dallas Baptist at Reckling Park.It's tempting to recommend the major league baseball. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Game Time: Calipari Seeks His First Final Four....You Know, Because The Other Two Never Happened

    The NCAA makes me chuckle sometimes. Forget about the laughable amount of time it takes them to investigate transgressions at schools where you may as well be investigating jaywalking outside Minute Maid Park on Texas Street after an Astros game. (For those of you who don't live in Houston, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    A 16,000-Word Rant Against UH's Baseball Coach Becomes The Hit Of The Internet

    UH Coach NobleWarning. Before you click on this link, make sure you've had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure you've used the toilet, and make sure you've set your DVR to record anything that you might conceivably want to watch for the next two weeks. That's how long this thing is. (And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Mt. Rushmore of Texas Sports

    ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Mt. Rushmore of Texas Sports

    ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Nine Things Not to Be Thankful For

    I understand that yesterday was Thanksgiving, and that we're supposed to be all thankful and everything. But seriously, did any of you watch those football games? How can a person be thankful after being subjected to nearly 11 hours of blow-out football? So in that spirit, I've put together a lis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Nine Things Not to Be Thankful For

    I understand that yesterday was Thanksgiving, and that we're supposed to be all thankful and everything. But seriously, did any of you watch those football games? How can a person be thankful after being subjected to nearly 11 hours of blow-out football? So in that spirit, I've put together a lis ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008
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    September 26, 2008
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    December 20, 2007
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    December 19, 2007
  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

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    June 22, 2007
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    September 1, 2005

    Catfight

    TSU and Prairie View A&M claw it out at the Labor Day Classic

  • News

    June 30, 2005
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    February 12, 2004

    Love of the Game

    A Valentine's weekend for college baseball fans

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Striking Out

    Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Easygoing George W. Bush

    With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    The Passionate Pilgrim

    He owns a baseball team, he's spent millions to wipe out a devastating Third World disease, and now he's out to save pro football for Houston. But what does John Jay Moores really want?

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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