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    July 12, 2013

    Let's Go Shopping At The Texans Clearance Sale!

    A few years ago, my kids were visiting from Chicago in the summertime, and we decided to head up to Dallas, for two reasons: 1. Eat lunch at the new-to-Dallas-but-an-old-friend-to-my-digestive-tract In-N-Out Burger 2. Take a tour of the still-fairly-new Cowboys Stadium, a/k/a "Jerry World" After ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    As It Turns Out, The Texans Could've Very Easily Kept Connor Barwin

    "I think Brooks (Reed) and Connor (Barwin) played well. Sometimes because they're not numbers, the perception out there is somebody is not playing well because they don't have sacks, but I can tell you that can be far from the truth.  I think they play well. I think they were productive. You're alw ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Connor Barwin's Goodbye Ad Thanks a Long List That Includes Two Press Staffers

    Connor Barwin is no longer a Texan, but he's leaving town with the same panache with which he took it over. Barwin is headed to Philly to play for the Eagles, and he took out a full-page ad in the Houston Press (because he wanted results, dammit) to thank, it seems, just about everyone he'd run int ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Top Five Houston Sports Figures Who Should Champion Our Music Scene

    Linebacker Connor Barwin, late of the Houston Texans, recently traded a solid music scene for a better cheesesteak by defecting to the NFC's Philadelphia Eagles. He began his professional football career in Houston and parlayed nearly 15 sacks over the last two seasons into a six-year, $36 million c ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Assessing The Texans' Damage

    "Wheels up! GM Rick Smith is on his way to pick up free agent S Ed Reed in #Texans chairman & CEO Bob McNair's private jet!" -- @HoustonTexans, Thursday morning The Texans' Twitter proclamation about Rick Smith's early morning travel schedule on Thursday served a dual purpose, providing a symbolic ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Cabo 2013: Your Johnny Football Spring Break Update!

    On Monday, I compared the Houston Texans in free agency to the Wheel of Fortune shopper that scooped a meager, one-letter-remaining puzzle for a few hundred bucks. That description would imply that the Texans are at least doing some shopping. In reality, thus far, they've been more like the dude wh ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Grading the Texans Season: The Good, The Bad and The Seriously Ugly

    Ultimately, the 2012-13 Houston Texans season will go down as a disappointment. An impressive 11-1 start gave way to a 1-3 finish, loss of home field advantage and second straight one win and out in the playoffs. Still, there were some bright spots for the team and some of the individual players thi ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Houston Texans Free Agents: Priority And Return Likelihood Ratings

    After winning the BCS national title this season, Nick Saban was asked how long he is able to enjoy the taste of winning before moving onto the next season. Saban, in his typical understated, serial killer tone, said that he basically takes one day and then it's onto the next season. Well, if you'r ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Texans-Patriots: The 10 Last Rapper Tweets of the Season

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, in the sight of God and his company, to mourn the loss our valiant football heroes, the United-States-Houston-Texas Texans. They were taken from us too soon, to be sure. But know that theirs was a lush, well-lived life full of successes earned and achiev ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Connor Barwin Is Looking To Give Playoff Tickets To His Most Zealous Stalker

    Playing NFL football is not an easy job, and this by no means has been an easy season for Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin. Coming off his best season as a pro in 2011 with 11.5 sacks and unable to come to terms on a long-term extension with the Texans during the preseason, the fourth year pl ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Crystal Ball: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Texans/Rockets Edition

    It's always an adventure when it comes to being a sports fan in Houston. Fortunes change quickly and the sensitive sports psyche of the city is so damn fragile, our confidence having been shattered so often in the past. Even when we want to swagger into a new year or a new season, it feels uncomfort ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Houston's Bearded, Bald, Vegan, Hipster Athletes Getting National Attention

    It ain't easy being a Houston athlete. Despite being the fourth largest city in America, we haven't exactly had a tradition of winning sports teams. The Rockets made big runs in the early and mid '80s before breaking through and winning back-to-back titles in the early '90s. Still, they haven't been ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The Houston Texans 2012 All Character(s) Team

    Having a good team requires a mix of straight arrows -- guys like Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who appear nearly asleep when they aren't slicing and dicing opponents like cold cuts -- and goofballs who keep things light in what can often be a very intense work environment. Throughout the years, Ho ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Texans-Bears: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card, "Cutler Messes You Up" Version

    For a franchise that was lucky to play one primetime game per season for so many seasons, this whole "Texans on national television" thing is getting to be old hat! For the third time in the last five games, the Texans will show their wares in front of a national audience as they travel to Chicago t ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Texans-Bills: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Judgment Day" Edition

    So that was "Judgment Day" huh? All righty then. What was billed (by Mario Williams) as Mario Williams' authoritative homecoming, basically turned into a fairly ho-hum day of work for the Texans, a 21-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Consider the following numbers: - The Texans won by 12 points. ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Texans-Bills: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card, "Judgment Day" Version

    According to Wikipedia, "Judgment Day" is defined as the following: In Christian theology, it is the final and eternal judgment by God of every nation. The concept is found in all the Canonical gospels, particularly the Gospel of Matthew. It will purportedly take place after the Resurrection of the ... 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 22, 2012

    Texans -- Ravens: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (Including J.J. Watt, Arian Foster & Connor Barwin)

    "It's just one game." "Nobody would have beaten Aaron Rodgers tonight." "Hey, if someone had told you before the season they'd be 5-1 going into the Ravens game, you'd have taken it, right?" Those are just a few of the dozens of different ways Texans fans and media rationalized last weekend's 42- ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Texans 43, Ravens 13: Adjustments Spark Beatdown of Long-Time Nemesis; Five Reasons Why

    Check out our slideshow of the Texans beating the Ravens for the first time in franchise history. The final score doesn't come close to showing it, but there were tense moments Sunday. Three early possessions resulted in three Houston punts, with only a single first down to show for it. Receivers ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Texans-Ravens: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card (a/k/a "Jacoby's Revenge")

    I think you probably realize that when I put this Battle-Drink card together each week that many of the entries are done with tongue firmly planted in cheek. I don't expect B.J. Raji to eat Toro, or for Toro to crash his four-wheeler, or for Jon Weeks to get a tackle. That's why I put these in the r ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hip-Hop Venues

    5. Grooves of Houston Grooves is an apropos name for this Third Ward hot spot: It's groovy. Besides hip-hop and R&B, the club also also plays jazz, which probably accounts for the mixed bag of ages found here. One word of caution, though: Get there early, and dress to impress. Grooves' popularity me ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Packers 42, Texans 24: Troubling Trends Continue in First Loss; The 5 Biggest Holes to Fill

    It may be only one loss, but the trend lines are concerning. For a second straight week, the Texans (5-1) were outplayed in a handful of key areas, most notably within the once-vaunted line play as well as individual battles of receivers vs. cornerbacks. But unlike this past Monday, when the Texans ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Some Texan-Flavored Prop-Bet Appetizers Before The First NFL Sunday

    We are about 72 hours away from the first Sunday of the NFL season, a season that is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated in the history of the Texans since their inaugural campaign in 2002. This means we are also 24 hours away from my first "Weekend's Best Bets" posts, which is basically my we ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Houston Texans: Some Pre-Final Preseason Game 53-Man Roster-tology!

    Thursday night, the Texans' 2012 preseason wraps up with a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The game is meaningful to a couple dozen guys still battling for roster and practice squad spots (and REALLY degenerate gamblers -- seriously, final preseason game gambling is the bestiality porn of the ga ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Houston Texans Knock Out 2013 Shopping Early, Lock Up Duane Brown (6 Yrs, $53.4M)

    "Wanna again thank the @HoustonTexans front office and staff for believing in my ability and extending this contract." -- Texans left tackle Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76 on Twitter), 8/16/12 Left tackle, pass rusher, quarterback. Not only are they the most pivotal positions on the football field (al ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Texans Rewind: I Found a 2008 NFL Preview Magazine, Man Alive Was the Texans Defense Bad

    On our radio show on 1560 The Game this past Monday, John Granato and I were breaking down various aspects of both the Texans 26-13 win over the Panthers and the preseason in general. The topic was the defense, specifically Whitney Mercilus and the various ways that Texans defensive coordinator Wade ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Houston Texans: My Annual Way Too Early Guess at the 53-Man Roster

    On Sunday morning at the Texans' second day of practice of the young preseason, I was hanging out with my co-host John Granato watching the wide receivers go one-on-one against the cornerbacks in pass catching drills when Evan Koch of the Texans media relations team walked by and asked us who we tho ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Foster's Vegan Announcement Adds to Texans' Quirkiness

    Officially a vegan now. We'll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) July 6, 2012 We've all known Arian Foster to be a rather unique guy. He's a bit of a philosopher and poet. He tweets about eastern religion and plays random pick ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

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    June 27, 2012

    Connor's Corner: Connor Barwin's Favorite Places to Hang in Houston

    To say that Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin has high hopes for the upcoming season is an understatement. His eyes light up when he talks about the talent and the hope for the 2012 season. Barwin is featured in this week's cover story on the Houston Web Awards, and lately he's been seen eve ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: Garland Jeffreys at the Continental Club

    Garland Jeffreys Continental Club June 22, 2012 Oh, Houston, what were you thinking? After Rocks Off has touted your attributes, your beauty, your understated sense of cool to many a foreigner, why would you not show up for Garland Jeffreys? Most of you were probably at home resting up for Sunday's ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Connor Barwin Goes To His First Rugby Match

    Further proof that Connor Barwin is the coolest Texan when it comes to living the Houston life: He headed to BBVA Compass Stadium from his downtown apartment to catch the USA Rugby team against Italy. Despite his cheering them on, the USA lost, although the large crowd was raucous in their support. ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Connor's Corner: Texans LB Barwin Goes To Free Press Summer Fest

    Recently I began work with Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin on an upcoming print feature. Anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he is a huge fan of live music in Houston and can be seen at gigs all over town. I asked him if he wanted to write a few words about one of his Summer Fest ex ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    General Observations from the Free Press Summer Fest

    See our slideshow of the food at Summer Fest. Observations while standing near a classic-style mosh pit to see The Descendants, as my friend Jay swigged Beam from a flask in one hand and deflated beach balls with a pocket knife in the other hand: There is probably not a better drinks program for ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Connor Barwin Wants You At The Houston Web Awards (w/ VIDEO)

    Today's the last day to submit your nominations for the best and brightest in Houston's online community. You have until 5 p.m. this afternoon to nominate in over 30 categories for the 2012 Houston Web Awards sponsored by Houston Press. Then all that's left to do is come on June 28 to the House Of ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Houston Web Awards: Special Guests, And Last Day For Nominations (w/ VIDEO)

    Today's the last day to submit your nominations for the best and brightest in Houston's online community. You have until 5 p.m. this afternoon to nominate in over 30 categories for the 2012 Houston Web Awards sponsored by the Houston Press. Then all that's left to do is come on June 28 to the Hous ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Connor Barwin Wants You At The Houston Web Awards (w/ VIDEO)

    Today's the last day to submit your nominations for the best and brightest in Houston's online community. You have until 5 p.m. this afternoon to nominate in over 30 categories for the 2012 Houston Web Awards sponsored by Houston Press. Then all that's left to do is come on June 28 to the House Of ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Texans Draft Notebook: What The Mercilus Pick Means For The Weekend

    The Texans, as expected, addressed a need with their first-round pick Thursday night. It just wasn't the sexy playmaker position that many expected. Whitney Mercilus, a projected linebacker at the NFL level who led the NCAA with 16 sacks in his junior year at Illinois, proved too much value for the ... 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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    February 2, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: A Texans-Related Grain Of Salt For College Football National Signing Day

    There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Texans Must Take Long-Term Approach to Free Agency

    A great irony of sports in 2012, particularly sports that are fiscally governed by some sort of salary cap, is that we as sports fans have all become so emotionally invested in the performance of our teams that we've become more astute in "advising" management of our teams on how to spend and alloca ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Cover Story: The Winners of the 2012 MasterMind Awards Are...

    A museum, a filmmaker and a pair of chefs -- profiled in this week's cover story -- are the winners of the 2012 Houston Press MasterMind Awards, which hook up cutting-edge organizations and individuals with a no-strings-attached, $2,000 check. Now in its fourth year, the MasterMind Awards recognize ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Connor Barwin Shows Up at Our Artopia Preview Party! You Should Have Been There!

    Check out the rest of our pics from last night's Artopia Preview Party at Roak. Texans linebacker Connor Barwin showed up at last night's Artopia Preview Party and posed for a few photos with devoted fans like the one above. The party at club Roak, 3320 Kirby Drive, was held to highlight our upco ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans/Bengals -- 4 Winning Plays That Never Would Have Happened in 2010

    T.J. Yates is on a roll.​Sunday morning, about an hour before the Texans and Bengals kicked off, I was driving to the grocery store with my girlfriend Amy to pick up some "Texans watching" supplies -- chips, sandwich paraphernalia, beverages, etc. (Xanax no longer necessary this season.) Unsol ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans Celebrate: Twitter Pics From The Locker Room And The Team Plane

    ​It's been a long, long time since Houston has hosted an NFL playoff game -- Newt Gingrich hadn't even become Speaker of the House yet, for crying out loud, when the Oilers choked away a Dome game to the Chiefs in 1993. And the Texans, of course, have given fans plenty of despair and disappoi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Bulls on Parade: Ten Songs for Ten Texans Players and One for the Team

    ​This past weekend, not only did the Texans roll to yet another improbable win over the Atlanta Falcons, they seemed to find a battle cry in the song "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine. The song was played over and over inside Reliant Stadium and seemed to fire up linebacker Connor ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Houston Texans: My Way Too Early Guess At The 53-Man Roster

    Everyone's favorite kind of guy​We all have that friend who not only loves to be right, but also loves to point out that they're right and then continuously remind you that he (or she -- yeah, ladies, you're guilty, too!) is right. They'll text, they'll tweet, they'll take screen shots of Spo ... 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 13, 2010

    Game Time: Colts vs Texans -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresThe Texans didn't need a big day from Matt Schaub​My 12-year-old daughter got braces last week. This made me feel really old. So how did I respond? Well, the same way that any self-respecting 41 year old with no money to buy a Harley Davidson but with access to a computer w ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans -- Business Is Good (plus my stab at a 53-man roster)

    Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs!?​At their core, the Houston Texans are a business, just like any other business, and they have customers -- you, the season ticket holders. The Texans have been above .500 for a total of eleven weeks in their history. I mean, let's face it, for the better p ... More >>

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