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    May 19, 2014

    Post-Draft NFL Season Win Totals Are Out! The Texans' Number Is....

    Amidst the myriad of Johnny Manziel prop bets and NFL Draft forecast wagers, anyone who enjoys the occasional bet knows that there is a distinct beginning to NFL betting season, a harbinger of the gambling delights of the autumn. It's when the Las Vegas Hilton releases its first post-NFL Draft seas ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Post-NFL Draft Super Bowl Odds Are Far Too Kind to the Houston Texans

    For NFL Draft enthusiasts and for those of us who make our living discussing the NFL, it feels a little strange to be dissecting the draft fallout in mid-May. This year, as has been mentioned here a handful of times, the draft was pushed back by two weeks, which left a lot more time for the league ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    That Time I Accidentally Became a College Drug Dealer

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high-definition version. As you can see, things have al ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Soccer Fan Bets His House AND LOSES! (Also, My Weekend Best Bets)

    There's an old saying that when people feel strongly about a sports betting premonition that they should "bet the farm." The phrase is never uttered with the thought that anyone anywhere would literally do that, though. However, apparently Iganga, Uganda is not part of "anywhere." (And internationa ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Making the Case for Keenum

    The former UH STAR could become the number two QB for the Texans this season.

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    July 22, 2013

    Cowboys Sign Trick Shot Artist To Play Quarterback (w/ Trick Shot VIDEO)

    There are literally thousands of parents of aspiring, young quarterbacks that drop hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on training, private coaches, and private school tuition just to try and keep their kid even with the pack in pursuit of a college scholarship, and hopefully, someday a shot ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Pat Summerall, The Voice Of Football (1930-2013)

    Every age group of sports fan has a precious few announcers whose voices serve as the collective narrator of their greatest sports memories (which as I've stated many times, for various reasons, typically take place between the halcyon ages of 16 and 28). For us 40-somethings, virtually every NFL m ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Joe Flacco Has A New Contract: Next Big Thing Or Next Cautionary Tale?

    On December 16, the Baltimore Ravens lost their third game in a row, 34-17 to the Denver Broncos in Baltimore to drop to 9-5 on the season and virtually clinch a relatively ho-hum four seed in the AFC. On that day, their starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, completed 20 passes on 40 attempts for 254 l ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Desmond Bryant's Mugshot Ends The "Best NFL Mugshot Ever" Debate

    The Super Bowl is a few weeks into the rear view mirror now, OTA's are a few months away, so for NFL players we are in the first "Crime Season" of the NFL calendar. Crime Season occurs in dormant weeks and months where undisciplined players really don't have anything to do except get into trouble wi ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Infamous Last Words: Some of the Strangest Final Utterances from Death Row

    "Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel." Those were the last words of one George Appel, a cop-killer electrocuted by the state of New York back in 1928, and it might just be the greatest such utterance of all time. Not that Appel hasn't had some competition over the years. At his 196 ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Top 10: Most Wanted Being Arrested in Texas at Record Pace

    The state of Texas has all sorts of problems. There are problems with children's health care, a lack of support for the mentally ill, low literacy rates, droughts, famine, pestilence and the Dallas Cowboys. We've got a lot going on down here. But, in one area, at least, we are kicking ass and taking ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Big Tex: We Offer Our Six Replacements, Starting With Willie Nelson

    As you've no doubt heard by now -- or, if you're a Texan, felt like a great disturbance in the force -- State Fair's Big Tex burned to its frame today. The icon for generations of fairgoers was taken down by an electrical short, so at least we don't have terrorists to blame. But it's simply too m ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Roger Goodell Is Better Than FEMA" Edition

    So how bad was the controversial ending of Monday night's Seahawks-Packers game for the NFL? Well, consider that the story got coverage on every major national news show Tuesday morning, was the subject of a David Letterman Top 10 list, and prompted President Obama to comment publicly on the topic ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Clueless In Seattle: Twitter, Sportsbooks, And Obese Detroit Lions Fans Go Insane After Monday Night Football (w/ VIDEO)

    The NFL's replacement referees have made plenty of egregious errors during the first three weeks of the regular season. They nearly handed the Seahawks a win in Week One by giving them an extra time out in their game with Arizona. They extended last Monday's game between the Broncos and the Falcons ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Criminals and Killers Love/Hate the Raiders, Cowboys and Sooners

    During Monday's sentencing hearing for Brian Kerstetter, the 33-year-old white male who was found guilty of targeting a random African-American man at a downtown Houston bus stop, the prison-bound Kerstetter couldn't help himself from blasting a certain loved/loathed NFL franchise. "I'm not a hate ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

    Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Texans/Falcons & The NFL Weekend -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photos by Marco TorresHopes are rising at Reliant​This time last season, in the aftermath of a Week 13 Michael Vick-administered beatdown on a Thursday night in Philadelphia, the Texans began preparation for a Week 14 Monday night game with the Baltimore Ravens in Houston. We all know how tha ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Weed: The Top Ten Texas Stoners of All Time

    Matthew McConaughey possibly has experimented​The 82nd session of the august Texas Legislature will no doubt end as all the others have, without decriminalizing marijuana even for medical use. (We're just going out on a limb here with this prediction.) More and more states seem to be getting ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    25 Super Bowl Pregame Observations

    Brooklyn Decker, Super Bowl media correspondent​The weather outside might suck really, really bad right now. But it's time to be reminded that more important things are going on this week. It's Super Bowl week, and we're lucky to have the NFL visiting the Metroplex which, on Sunday, at Jerry ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Super Bowl: Welcome to JerryWorld

    Big Tex, in all his Jerry glory​The Metroplex powers-that-be are cursing the weather gods right now -- Lord knows they'd never curse the man they think is the actual God -- over the terrible conditions hitting town for Super Bowl week. And we're not just talking Steeler fans!! Ba-dum-bump. T ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    "Don't Mess With Texas" Ads & Athletes: Mixed Success, in Five Examples

    You may have noticed that TxDOT has been re-running classic ads from their 25-year-old "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign. It's part of a contest to pick the best. The ads tend to work best with musicians; Stevie Ray Vaughan is the classic, of course, but Willie Nelson and George Strait also shine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Confused Wade Phillips Is Confused

    Something occurred to me the other day as I was reading the sports ticker announcing that our own Houston Texans were hiring Wade Phillips as the new defensive coordinator and, in fact, keeping Gary Kubiak as head coach, in the face of a wave of anti-Kubiak gnashing of teeth. Have you ever had a f ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adam West of Monarch

    ​Eating Our Words recently sat down with Adam West, the newly appointed chef of the Monarch at Hotel ZaZa, on a gorgeous afternoon to talk about his culinary background and how it feels to cook for sitcom stars. Eating Our Words: Hi Adam. We hear that you have only been in Houston for a short ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Phil's Texas Barbecue

    ​The Place: Phil's Texas Barbecue110 S. Heights Blvd.713-862-8600www.philstxbbq.comThe Hours: Seven days a week, 4-7 p.m.The Deals: Domestics are $2.50, well drinks are $2.25. There are also nightly specials, which the bartender chooses. Wednesday night, for example, featured $10 buckets of be ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    College Football and NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets (And a Promise From Me)

    You can't lose, except when you lose​I'm coming up on almost one year now writing a daily post on Hair Balls for In that time, I've written tens of thousands of words about topics like the Summer of LeBron, the Brian Cushing saga, the Houston Texans, and the death of Jose Lima. ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Texans' Tailgating: Where Meat, Booze, Tattoos, Porta-Potty's and Big Ol' Grills Get Together (SLIDESHOW)

    Photo by Chasen MarshallTailgating done right, but not "Best of"-worthy.​"Yo man, why you wearing that Tony 'Homo' jersey?"Texans fans were confident and cocky around the mish-mash of cars, RVs, tents and debauchery that was Tailgate City yesterday morning, outside Reliant Stadium.Riding high on i ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Game Time: NFL 2010 -- A Journey In Wagering

    Betting is fun! If you don't mind losing​The first week of the NFL season is always one of the busiest for me. I've never been an accountant, nor will I ever be an accountant, but I would imagine that the first week of college and NFL football together is how the week of April 15 feels for someon ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2010

    Our Year

    Will Texans make it to playoffs?

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    June 15, 2010

    Five Things In Sports More Annoying Than Those Vuvuzelas

    Photo by pempempie​Folks, it's time to shut up about those stupid African trumpets already: The constant drone of cheap and tuneless plastic horns is killing the atmosphere at the World Cup. Where are loud choruses of "Oooohhhs" from enthralled crowds when a shot scorches just wide of the go ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: We Are Not Ready for Christmas Music in October... or Ever, Really

    ​Let the Madness begin. No, not March Madness, nincompoop - it's October. Christmas Madness. Lonesome Onry and Mean doesn't know who officially decides these things, all we know is that it's the first week of October, Halloween hasn't even come and gone yet, but in the past 24 hours we've received ... More >>

  • News

    August 27, 2009

    No More Bull

    The past, present and future of the Texans breaking our hearts

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    May 20, 2009

    Battle Of The Sportswriters: Oh, It's Already Been Broughten

    We noted a while back that Texas Monthly writer Gary Cartwright had written a stinging take on today's Texas sportswriters, saying they weren't as talented or wacky as him and his old gang of Blackie Sherrod, Dan Jenkins, Bud Shrake and Mickey Herskowitz were.He particularly pointed out two Austin A ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Get Your Shrine On

    For the second consecutive year the Shriners are bringing their postseason college football all-star game to the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium. The 84th edition of the East-West Shrine Game will be played on Saturday, January 17, 2009, with the kick-off set for 3:00 and the game to be t ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Get Your Shrine On

    For the second consecutive year the Shriners are bringing their postseason college football all-star game to the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium. The 84th edition of the East-West Shrine Game will be played on Saturday, January 17, 2009, with the kick-off set for 3:00 and the game to be t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking: Special Post-Amsterdam Edition

    So I was in Amsterdam for the weekend – working on those frequent flyer miles – and I missed the Texans’ 33-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. However, the BBC World Service did manage to show highlights from the Titans/Jaguars game. After the game, Gary Kubiak went with the “we had a ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking: Special Post-Amsterdam Edition

    So I was in Amsterdam for the weekend – working on those frequent flyer miles – and I missed the Texans’ 33-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. However, the BBC World Service did manage to show highlights from the Titans/Jaguars game. After the game, Gary Kubiak went with the “we had a go ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 2: Measuring Time Mars Volta-Style, Led Zeppelin Rumors and More

    Photo by Dawn Jones-Garcia Nope. No Page. Just Plant. * C3 and Capitol Metro have really improved their shuttle-bus efficiency. Granted, both the Mars Volta and Manu Chao were far from through when I left the park, but the line never stalled for more than about 30 seconds. In fact, it took almost e ... More >>

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    September 20, 2008
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    September 4, 2008

    Hope for the Houston Texans?

    Gary Kubiak and team search for their first winning season

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    January 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Football, Golden Globes and Bar Hopping

    We got a bad case of that beginning-of-the-week malady described in Office Space. What was that called again? Oh, never mind. At least the weekend was fun. 1 a.m. at Bronx Bar and 1:45 a.m. at Avant Garden Our photog cruised from the Rice Village to the Montrose on Saturday night, bringing back ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006


    Feel-good football tale scores with charm and sincerity

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    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

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    September 25, 2003

    Best Radio Commentary

    Dean Becker, "420 Drug War News"

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    Night & Day

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