Prior to and even after the inception of a college football playoff (which would be given the creative proper noun name of College Football Playoff), the naysayers said that expanding the postseason to four teams would cheapen the regular season, that games would become less meaningful. And as anyo ... More >>
Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful HoustonPress.com news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>
Houston still loves LJ Hoes. Or at least Houston loves the Astro outfielder's last name. Even after Hoes got optioned down to the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City in late May, baseball themed shirts reading, "Houston Loves Hoes" are still selling. "I haven't been promoting it a lot," sa ... More >>
Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.
For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like home.
....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
When Steve Lipsky blamed fracking for turning his water well into a flamethrower, he set off an epic battle between the EPA and Texas.
When Viswa Subbaraman was an undergraduate at Duke University, he had no idea where he would end up. He had played trombone and violin, but music as a career to him did not seem like an option. He had come from a family of doctors and was planning on becoming one himself -- that was, until his sopho ... More >>
A joint study between marketing professors from Rice University and Duke University has revealed that music industry efforts to reduce piracy through placing copy restrictions -- referred to as Digital Rights Management or DRM -- may actually serve to increase the very theft they wish to prevent. S ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Uzoy, Eskabel, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha and J ... More >>
These kids are obviously not from HoustonHouston is many things, but one thing it apparently isn't is one of those hippie, commune-type places where people dig the vibe of being generous with things they no longer want. In short, we are not Portland or Seattle. Or Detroit, for that matter. ... More >>
Better than Boston or San Francisco!The online Forbes empire never tires of putting together lists that rank American cities in any number of categories, all in the vain hope that media in the city named number one will write about -- DAMN! Fell for it again!!Okay, we'll give them an item, since ... More >>
The CAMH features a fascinating, talented and not easily categorized artist.
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "On To the Next Year," Bun B Yikes. Bonus Verse of the Week: "All You Know," Happy Perez ft. Chamillion ... More >>
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The ice caps are melting, the ozone depleting and Leo's charisma? An endangered species.
This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers
And you thought those audio files were only used for music
How taking a Parkinson's disease wonder drug apparently makes some people want to gamble and have sex all the time
Market losses force a temporary hiring ban at the university
Enron's secret domestic-partner benefits program
Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?