In my continuing quest to sample Houston's cheesesteak options, I have been stalking Koagie Hots. Although the truck follows a fairly predictable schedule that regularly includes nearby (for me) Boondocks, finding it when it was open proved difficult in light of this writer's bedtime, which many oct ... More >>
Who Got The Gizzards! Chicken Challenge Championship @ Midtown Mobile Cuisine Friday, 5 p.m. 4002 Almeda This evening, eight local food trucks will compete to make the best chicken dish in the first part of a Food Truck Battle Series brought to you by Soul Cat Cuisine. Houston comedian Blue DaComic ... More >>
Someone suggested "Music Is Life," which is a nice slogan but simply isn't true. Life includes mowing grass, getting oil changes and scrubbing toilets, all things that kept me from the Springboard South Music Festival on Saturday. So, with apologies to those who performed on my honey-do day, I trie ... More >>
The State Bar & Lounge inside the Rice Hotel closed last week, but Swamplot reports a new tenant will be taking over the space soon, Lawless Kitchen and Sports. This new bar will offer cocktails alongside a "chef-driven" menu; it will also be designed to reflect the history of the Rice Hotel, which ... More >>
And why do rockeros despise Maná?
The Dynamo have seen some cold spells in their time in Houston, but their current situation is ridiculous. They are 0-3-1 in their last four matches, and have been outscored 12-2. Now as bad as that last figure looks, it could be much worse. If you don't include Sunday's home loss to the New York ... More >>
The Houston Dynamo got to kick some British arse Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, for a charitable purpose. They were able to defeat Stoke City of the English Premier League 2-0 in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. To Stoke's credit, this match was only their first in their preseason ... More >>
Are you the Saddam in your family?
International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>
Have you ever been traveling, and you just have this sneaky suspension that you left something in the hotel room? The lads in Orange over at BBVA Compass Stadium might be having that same feeling right about now. Just two weeks ago, they were the proud owners of a 36 home match unbeaten streak. The ... More >>
We've got white smoke; we've got cheering crowds, habemas papem, as they say. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio got the gig and, even though his name ends in a vowel and looks like it should be preceded by a nickname, he's not Italian. For the third time in a row, the College of Cardinals has elected ... More >>
Would it be blasphemeous if Will Bruin, Brad Davis, or Tally Hall stepped on the pitch at BBVA Compass Stadium wearing anything but orange? Well, they did it Monday night at an open training session and received a standing ovation for it. But that's only because they were training with the US Men' ... More >>
Fresh off their gold medal winning performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the US Women's National Soccer is making a pit stop in Houston on Wednesday night. They'll face an old adversary in the Chinese National Team at BBVA Compass Stadium. It's been eight years since the ladies last p ... More >>
You've had a terrible beginning to the week. It's okay. We all did. Sunday night, things went badly for Houston. The Green Bay Packers made the vaunted Texan defense look like a bunch of chumps, ending the team's undefeated streak, eliciting all sorts of troubling questions, and the city does mourn. ... More >>
The Houston Dynamo seemed a bit unconditioned to the heat at Thursday's match against Real Salt Lake at BBVA Compass Stadium. Perhaps it was fatigue, as the Dynamo were playing their sixth match in 20 days. Another dynamic could have been the flu that was going around the Dynamo locker room this w ... More >>
According to UEFA predictions, approximately 250 million soccer fans tuned in to watch the Euro 2012 final match on Sunday evening. Compare that to the 111 million that watched this year's Super Bowl, and you get an idea as to the impact and significance of this event. The game pitted reigning champ ... More >>
Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.
Check out our slideshow of fans and dives during the Mexico vs. Venezuela game. To get a feel for Mexico's game against Venezuela last night at Reliant Stadium, one only needed to watch the last 25 minutes. Seriously... the previous 65 minutes only produced one Venezuelan goal. Mexico found the n ... More >>
And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?
The USA's run in the Women's World Cup seemed to be finishing in grand style when Abby Wambach put in an extra-time header to give the team a 2-1 lead. It didn't last, and Japan won in overtime. Wambach's late goal joins a storied list of scores that seemingly iced a game or a series, only to be o ... More >>
Everyone's favorite, Amy Wambach.Good friends, Julianne Kovacik and Carly Naylor, both 15, are at Naylor's family reunion in Ohio until Saturday. They were originally scheduled to return home to Houston (Kingwood, to be precise) Sunday night after a couple days of driving. But, when the U.S. ... More >>
We sports hate you, Mr. Fuji.I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to the finals of the Women's World Cup for soccer this Sunday. Three reasons: 1. I'm American, and Sunday we have a chance to be the best at something. If it were tiddlywinks, I'd watch. 2. I have a 13 year old daughter ... More >>
A leader unlike any otherNelson Mandela is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. Doctors say that he is in no immediate danger, but then again he is 92 years old. He has stayed largely out of the public eye for years, of course, except for big events like the recent World Cup. His time is ... More >>
Brittanie SheyUSA! USA! Did not win!Houston city leaders, members of the Dynamo organization and soccer fans gathered at a bunting-filled room at the George R. Brown Convention Center this morning to hear the international announcement of which countries will be hosting the 2018 and 2022 Worl ... More >>
Yeah, Houston won't be hosting any World Cup games. Qatar will. Qatar actually has some Houston connections: HCC has a campus there, Qatar Airlines flies only to New York, DC and us in the U.S....but no one knows how to say it. We turn to KISS, as in all things. I know a thing or two about it I ... More >>
HISD might close cosmetology program.
Nottingham 2018? Dream on, dudesFIFA, the organization that runs the World Cup, is sending representatives to Houston this week to judge the city's feasibility to host some Cup games if the U.S. gets the tournament in 2018 or 2022.Obviously, we think it should. We love our soccer here.But if FIFA ... More >>
World Cup 2018: Houston will be tested this weekIf one game was a microcosm of the Houston Dynamo's 2010 MLS regular season, it was the 2-1 loss this weekend to the San Jose Earthquakes.The loss all but dashes any playoff hopes the Dynamo had; though they are not mathematically eliminated yet, t ... More >>
Reignite your soccer passion with 2002's scoring dramedy
Just a few late-breaking notes before Rocks Off gets the hell out of here... Austin lo-fi garage trio Woven Bones has canceled its show at Mango's tonight. No reason was given; all the more reason to go see Lightning Bolt and Indian Jewelry at Khon's. Aurora Picture Show's screening of W ... More >>
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a summer of transcredible exploits. This was the week in TV Land: • Last week I asked what you watch during the summer, and the responses covered the bases for summer shows: Burn Notice, Leverage (really?), The Closer (really?!), sporting events, ... More >>
Yeah, and WE wanted YOU to stop giving up early goalsThey did it once, they did it twice, even three times for awhile, but the US National Team failed to come from behind as they fell to Ghana 2-1 in overtime Saturday.For the third time in this tournament, the US fell behind from an early goal, h ... More >>
The Place: Bodega's Taco Shop1200 Binz St. 713-528-6102www.bodegastacoshop.comThe Hours: Monday through Friday 3-8 p.m.The Deals: Margaritas and draft beers, as well as some mixed drinks, are $1 cheaper than normal. The margaritas, for example, cost $3.75 during happy hour. The Scene: Bodega's Ta ... More >>
The Obama administration brings first-ever winning a groupGod damn, that was a great game.Nerve-wrecking, but a hell of a game.With just a couple of minutes left in stoppage time before the final whistle was blown, American goalkeeper Tim Howard started a counterattack by throwing a Brett Favre-l ... More >>
Donovan should have a big game"Talk is cheap." That's what American goalkeeper Tim Howard said in response to a Slovenian midfielder guaranteeing victory for his country over the US on Friday's meeting. "A lot of boxers talk, too, and they're looking up at the lights. And the next thing they know ... More >>
Photo by Monica FuentesAttack of the vuvuzuelasWith the U.S. down 1-0 early -- again -- the mood at Sawyer Park on Washington Avenue was somber.Those who had skipped work, or skipped doing whatever it is people with trust funds do in the morning, to pack the sports bar for the 9 a.m. match agains ... More >>
A draw for the ages?Even though the Americans didn't win their opening match Saturday against England, they couldn't have asked for a better start. The 1-1 tie between the two sides was just as good as a win for the US, as they go into their second game with as many points as they finished with a ... More >>
VY in happier timesOkay, I give up. The topic of college football conference realignment has dominated the airwaves/Twitter/blog chatter the past two weeks, all the while the NBA Finals and now the 2010 World Cup whirring judiciously in the background.College football has taken a couple run ... More >>
It's the USA team's outings at the Cup
Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Who else was Clint gonna call?Director Clint Eastwood, actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. That powerhouse trio could have chosen to tell just about any story they wanted and made it into an Academy Award worthy film. They chose Invictus, the real-life story o ... More >>
Photo courtesy Houston DynamoNothing like a little Chivas to chase away the bluesNothing cures a bad loss for the Houston Dynamo like a meeting with Chivas USA. Saturday the Dynamo scored two early goals to beat the Goats 2-0 at the Home Depot Center in SoCal. In the fourth minute of the match, B ... More >>
Clint Eastwood talks straight about his prolific career.
Formed by veteran Brazilian singers Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos, Los Angeles-based band Brasil Brazil celebrates the music of their native country with an elaborate show that includes several standards and original songs - a formula they devised when they first started the project over a decade ago ... More >>
The MFAH remembers a film fan
It appears our boy Rocket has outdone himself this time. Or did about a decade ago, when according to the New York Post, Clemens began blasting off with third-tier Nashville singer Mindy McCready. Also, McCready was about 15 at the time. Clemens, through his ever-vigilant attorneys, insists she's a ... More >>
In 21st-century Houston, it's getting hard to tell the difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex