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    March 26, 2014

    Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien Speaks ... And Speaks, And Speaks Some More

    We all know Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many branches off of the Bill Belichick tree. To call him a Belichick disciple might be overstating things, as O'Brien likely seeks to carve out his own style. But no doubt, along the way, O'Brien has and will continue to take certai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Will Houston Athletes Ever Get Paid to Play in College?

    TaShawn Thomas dreams of one day becoming a professional after college. He's a junior and a forward on the University of Houston's men's basketball team. Without his scholarship he wouldn't be in college, he says. With the money he receives his housing and food are paid for. Still, he thinks it wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Former Fat Quarterback Jared Lorenzen Is Now Even Fatter (And Still Playing Quarterback!)

    I have great respect for people whose physical shape (shape meaning both "condition" as well as literally their shape -- oval, circle, pear, etc.) belies their athletic performance. For years, I've contended there should be a television show that takes all of the athletic or aesthetically active e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Gambling! 2014 Heisman Odds Are Out!

    With the off week between the AFC and NFC title games, the opportunities to wager are precious few, so sorry, there will be no "Best Bets" this week. I know that after my 0-2 performance this has to disappoint many of you who have been fading my picks all year and gaining financial independence. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

    College football turnarounds are not easy, especially in the SEC West. At the beginning of the year, we pencil our teams in, expectations shaped by experts and the results of the season before and we jump headlong into college football. In 2013, the names were pretty familiar. Alabama, Oregon, Ohi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Manziel Announces He's Going Pro

    Since about the time he led Texas A&M to an upset of then-number one Alabama in Tuscaloosa back in November of 2012, speculation on where Texas A&M quarterback and eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel might get drafted has been varied and the debate has been furious. Well, now we will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    ESPN's BCS Megacast Was Awesome: 5 Other "Casts" I Would Add

    If we ever sat back and thought about how much of our sports thinking is shaped by ESPN and its programming, it would be a little bit frightening. The facts are, by and large, when people need sports news, they go to SportsCenter. When they want to get ready for a Saturday of college football, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Johnny Watch: Manziel Says "We'll See" On Going To The NFL

    Johnny Manziel's flair for the dramatic over the last two years is well documented. In 2012, road wins against Ole Miss and Alabama came down to plays made late in the game by the eventual Heisman winner. In 2013, Manziel had to figuratively carry A&M's defense on his back just to will his team to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Johnny Football Is Back and Partying In Hollywood!

    Johnny Football is back! No, not the Johnny Football that hops through defenses like a jackrabbit and throws downfield frozen ropes. Not that Johnny Football. I'm talking about the Johnny Football that flips over Twitter, that breaks the internet. I'm talking three in the morning Johnny Football. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    It Begins, O'Brien/Manziel: New Year's Eve's Perfect Texan Storm

    At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Bowl Season Shenanigans: Boise State Quarterback Sent Home For Allegedly Peeing Off A Balcony

    To this day, it still might be the most famous finish to a game of the BCS Era. A decided underdog in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, upstart Boise State built up a huge lead over Big 12 champion Oklahoma before the Sooners came storming back to take a late lead, only to have the Broncos tie the game up than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Ranking The Top 10 Bowl Games From A Fat Person's Perspective

    One very underrated calendar quirk this year is the fact that Christmas and New Year's both fall on a Wednesday. Anyone with a regular, Monday to Friday, nine to five job knows what I am talking about. A Wednesday standalone holiday is basically a reason to say "Ah, eff this...I'm just gonna take t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Jameis Winston Wins The Heisman, Now Where Will He Put It?

    For a Heisman Trophy race that was about as lopsided as, well, many of the recent ones, the 2013 Heisman race had its fair share of storylines. You had last season's winner, Johnny Manziel, no stranger to storylines of his own, as one of the finalists, the fourth former winner to make a repeat app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Start Your Morning Off Right With This Video Of Rice Accepting A Liberty Bowl Bid

    To college football fans and media members, looking at the list of bowl games in early December each year, can be a rather impersonal exercise wherein we get lost in making snarky remarks about the sponsors or faux lamenting the lack of intrigue in several of the matchups. The truth of the matter i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    2013 Heisman Finalists Named, How Did The Preseason Oddsmakers Do?

    Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    2013 BCS Shakeup: Who Would Be The Four Teams In A College Football Playoff?

    The BCS Title Game matchup is set and while it wasn't the matchup that was the most highly expected going into Saturday afternoon, it's a matchup between what most college football fans and experts see as the two most deserving teams in the country. As expected, Florida State played a game of "name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    It's Liberty Time For The Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls went out Saturday on a cold, dreary afternoon and demolished the Marshall Thundering Herd, capturing the Conference USA title with a 41-24. Rice stormed out to the lead, didn't let up on the gas, and controlled the action for the entire 60 minutes of the game. It was the best game the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Tim Tebow's TV Career Odds

    Unlike virtually any other vocation, professional sports has a very finite, and for most players a very short shelf life. This makes post career planning (and saving money) a crucially important life skill. What will I do for work? How will I pay the bills? For numerous athletes, this transition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    College Football: What If This Weekend Were The Last One Before a 4 Team Playoff?

    It's conference championship weekend, which means that we have a handful of teams still vying for spots in the BCS Title Game and BCS bowl games. As best I can tell, we are down to five teams who still have a reasonable to remote chance to get into the title game: Florida State and Ohio State cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    And The Defenses Shall Lead Them As UH And Rice Go Bowling

    The Houston Cougars (8-4) and Rice Owls (9-3) won their football games this weekend on the backs of their defenses. While that's not the way past UH and Rice football teams won games, it's been how they did it this season. It's been strange to watch, and an entirely different experience, but it's al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Cougars Lose Third Straight Under Awful Field Conditions

    The field conditions at BBVA Compass Stadium were atrocious on Saturday. Huge portions of the field were flooded before the game started with puddles of water evident at the start of the game. By the time Cincinnati had finished defeating UH 24-17, the middle of the field was a nothing but mud. Pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    College Football Recap: Elimination Saturday Zaps Baylor

    College football is great. We all love college football. (At least, I'm assuming you do if you clicked on this story.) The tradition, the pageantry, college football is the best. The only bad thing about college football is how subjective and arbitrary the process of crowning a champion is compare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Brooke Hogan's Engagement To Dallas Cowboy Crumbles

    If there has been one subtle development in the world of wagering that has been a true godsend (because God doesn't have enough on his plate, He must send things to degenerate gamblers), it's been the addition of non-sports wagers to the various betting windows (actual and online) around the world. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    BCS Roundup: Missouri Learns The "Kicker Lesson" The Hard Way

    How fragile is a college football season? Well, let's ask the University of Missouri. Heading into Saturday night's home game against the 21st ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the fifth-ranked Tigers were one of three teams that theoretically controlled their own destiny in getting to the BCS Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Sarlacc Pit On Star Wars Night Edition

    In college football, it's been a strange year in the SEC. The SEC West has gone pretty much according to form, save Auburn suddenly regaining their mojo about two years ahead of schedule under Gus Zalzahn. The SEC East, on the other hand, has been a circus, with last year's sad sack Missouri all o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Is This The Weekend UH And Rice Clinch Bowl Spots?

    The Texans season might just about be over, but there are still several reasons to care about football in Houston. That is if you don't mind switching your attention to Saturday afternoons. Because with the college football season at the halfway mark, the Houston Cougars (5-1) and Rice Owls (5-2) ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    UH Loses Battle of Cougars to BYU

    The Houston Cougars (5-1) scored points in every way imaginable on Saturday afternoon. There was a kick return, and an interception return. The defense collected a safety. The quarterbacks tossed four TD passes. There was even a field goal. But in the end, after a marathon of a game that lasted over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2013

    Yes, It's Early, But Seriously, UH and Rice Could Go Bowling

    This college football season is still early, but early though it might be, it's becoming increasingly evident that both the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars are going bowling. Each team still has some obstacles to overcome, but both teams are fast approaching the needed number of wins for bowl qualific ... 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 30, 2013

    And The Defense Shall Lead Them: Rice Defeats FAU

    There's bad football. There's awful football. Then there's what the Rice Owls played on Saturday night. But here's the thing, as bad as the Rice Owls played on Saturday night, as bafflingly as some of the coaching decisions, as mind-numbingly stupid as some of the officiating, the Rice Owls still wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Does Pam Oliver Survive 2013?

    I know many of you will be shocked that I feel this way, but one of the most beautiful things about life in 2013 is that you can bet on almost anything. Know a little something about movies, and care to wager on the Oscars? No problem. Have a hunch on whether or not Walter White dies at the end of ... More >>

  • News

    September 26, 2013

    Whatever It Takes: Houston Baptist University Turns to Football to Build a Name

    Houston Baptist University decides the best way to grow is to start a football team for the first time in its 50-year history.

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    September 23, 2013

    The Worst College Football Weekend Lives Down To The Hype

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Cougars Beat Owls to Earn Possession of the Bayou Bucket

    Saturday's Bayou Bucket might have been the last of the series for a long time. But if that's how it turns out, then Houston's 31-26 win might go down as one of the most memorable in the series. The game featured just about everything: incredible onside kicks, bombs, trick plays, blocked kicks and q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Texans 30, Titans 24: Another Comeback Win, A Kicker Problem and a Rookie Emerges

    Texans fans and players probably can't take this kind of heart-pounding action for an entire season. In only their second game, the Texans managed a comeback win in the fourth quarter against the surprisingly good (at least on defense) Tennessee Titans, 30-24. Quarterback Matt Schaub and rookie wide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Rice Seeks To De-Hawk The Jayhawks

    The Rice Owls played valiantly in losing to the Texas Aggies. But losing valiantly just doesn't cut it. Not anymore. The coaches want to win games. The players want to win games. What few fans there are want games won. And the brand new, just named Athletic Director wants the football team to play a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Johnny Manziel 's Judgment Day: All Roads Lead To Wrestlemania (I mean, the Alabama Game)

    After nearly ten months of talk, the rematch is finally here. Alabama. Texas A&M. College Station. Saturday. And while, in the grand scheme of things, we still know relatively little about either team , one thing has been immutably hammered home, starting with my column from the Monday after the Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: God Bless The NFL, Week 2

    It's all about perspective. You can look at my performance last week in this space one of two ways (and depending on whether or not you decided to follow my picks, I bet I can determine exactly which way you choose to view it): "Sean, you went 2-4 on your picks, including losing all three of your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Texans-Chargers: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, Matt Schaub Is Mr. September!

    The way that the construction of each season's NFL schedule works, every team already knows 14 of the 16 teams they will play every season from now until such time that the NFL a) expands, b) realigns, or c) gets bored and changes the way they do the schedule. Simply put, right now each team's sche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Cougars Overcome Fear of Red Zone to Defeat Temple

    It wasn't easy. It wasn't pretty. But the Houston Cougars defeated the Temple Owls 22-13 Saturday afternoon to go 2-0 on the season. They overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit and scored a touchdown at the end of the game to put away the win. The positives were easy to see: the offense has discovered the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Cougars Versus Temple: A Quick Preview

    This week the Houston Cougars leave the friendly confines of Reliant Stadium for the City of Brotherly Love. There they'll face the Temple Owls in the first ever American Athletic Conference game. They're playing at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. So here's a brief l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    September 2, 2013

    Aggies Demolish Owls As Johnny Manziel Returns From His Half Game Exile

    So the Rice Owls went up to Kyle Field and took on the Texas Aggies on Saturday. And of course it didn't go too well, with the Owls losing 52-31 before 86,686 Aggies. Just looking at the score you wouldn't know that the Owls led 14-7 after the first quarter and looked to be in control of the game, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Cougars Throttle Southern, Wipe Away Some Memories of Last Season

    The Houston Cougars got the 2013 football season off to a nice start on Friday night, defeating Southern 62-13 before 26,205 inside Reliant Stadium. It's hard to really tell much about a team after a game like this - teams like Southern are brought in for the guaranteed win, after all. But after UH ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The Owls And Cougars Are Ready For Some Football

    Tonight's the start of a new college football season. The Houston Cougars hosting Southern at Reliant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. as the Coogs try to erase the horrors of last season by moving into a bright shiny new conference. But the media spotlight's about 90 minutes away in College Station where the t ... More >>

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