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    October 31, 2013

    Playoffs! Dynamo Open MLS Cup Postseason Against Montreal Tonight At BBVA

    It's not really difficult to make a case for the Houston Dynamo to advance past the Eastern Conference Knockout Round when they square off against the Montreal Impact on Halloween night at BBVA Compass. What you have in this one-game match-up is two opposite ends of the spectrum. On one side are th ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    September 9, 2013

    Dynamo's Home Touch Fading with Loss To Red Bulls

    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 >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Soccer Notes: Another Setback For Stuart Holden

    So let me give you the good news first. The US Men's National Team was victorious in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match this past Sunday. Their 1-0 win over Panama was their fifth cup title, and first since 2007. The one blip on Sunday's victory was the injury to Houstonian and former Dynamo Stua ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Dynamo Have Their Own British Explosion Against Stoke City

    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 >>

  • Culture

    July 11, 2013

    Palms, Word Choices and Haggling

    Are you the Saddam in your family?

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    May 20, 2013

    Dynamo Learn, 'You Can't Win Them All'

    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 >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Dynamo Win 33rd In A Row At BBVA Against Vancouver, Go For MLS Record

    Another home game for the Houston Dynamo means another win. It's starting to become cliché as the Orange upped their undefeated home streak to 33 matches in all competitions; just one shy of Real Salt Lake's 34-game record back in 2009-2011. This 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Vancouver ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Pope Francis I: Five Questions We Want Answered About The New Guy

    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 >>

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    January 30, 2013

    U.S. Men's National Team Not Impressive in BBVA Compass Stadium Debut

    With the final round of World Cup Qualifying just around the corner for the U.S. Men's National Team, head coach Jürgen Klinsmann elected to exclude his European and Mexico-based players from the U.S. January Training Camp that started three weeks ago. Instead, he called upon a squad of young play ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Dynamo Trio Hope For A Spot With The U.S.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Four Ways To Get Over The Texans Loss (Without Bloodshed)

    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 >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Flu-bitten Dynamo Get Last-Minute Win Over Real Salt Lake

    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 >>

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    July 27, 2012

    2012 Summer Olympics: 10 Badass Houston Athletes to Watch in London

    Check out our slideshow of the Texas Olympians competing in the 2012 Summer Games. ERMAHGERD, are you squee-ing with as much excitement for the Summer Olympic Games as I am? Seriously. I am counting down the minutes until I can leave work and check out the Danny Boyle-directed Opening Ceremonies th ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Three Things We Learned from Mexico's Win Over Venezuela at Reliant

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2011

    RIP Kim Jong-il: Memes For The Departed Dear Leader

    ​Last night the Western world found out that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had passed away at the age of 69, on a train, closing a strange chapter in history while also beginning a new one mired in confusion and worry over how his son will take the reins of North Korea. Kim Jong-un's young a ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day: Artists Who Have Contributed to the Cause

    ​Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Do the Dynamo Have a Chance Against the Mighty Galaxy on Sunday?

    Photo by Marco TorresSo you're saying there's a chance....​"If you wanna crown them, then crown their ass" -- ex-head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, Dennis Green Those words run deep inside the minds of Houston Dynamo faithful, as their team is a heavy underdog to the Los Angeles Galaxy at ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Get Lit: Had Me a Real Good Time - Faces: Before, During & After

    Had Me a Real Good Time - Faces: Before, During & After By Andy Neill 456 pp., $29.95, Omnibus Press A band that was actually more popular in the U.S. than their English homeland -- based on their incendiary live shows if not album sales -- Faces (or, to most, The Faces) are far more than just "Rod ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 4, 2011

    Do Mexicans Hate the Spanish?

    And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?

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    July 18, 2011

    Women's World Cup: Five Other Seeming "Game-Winning" Scores That Weren't

    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 >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Women's World Cup Means a Lot to Local Soccer Playing Teens

    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 >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Women's Soccer World Cup -- Getting My Japan Hate On, 1980's WWE Style (w/ Video)

    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 >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Vive La France: 14 French Lessons From English Pop Songs

    Shutterstock/​Happy Bastille Day, everybody. Today France celebrates the day in 1789 when an angry mob stormed the eponymous (our new favorite word) prison in central Paris, freed all seven prisoners - they were really after the guns and ammunition, Clash-style - and touched off the Fr ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Birthday Boy Kim Jong-Il Looks at Things: The Ten Best Examples

    Kim Jong-Il looking at you​Happy Birthday greetings are in order for Kim Jong-Il, who is either 69 or 70 years old today, depending on what foreign superpower you choose to believe. Soviet records say that he was born on February 16, 1941, while for some reason the North Koreans have him being ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Nelson Mandela Hospitalized; Five Great Speeches He's Given

    A leader unlike any other​Nelson 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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Qatar: How To Pronounce It, With Help From KISS

    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 >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Texans-Jags Hail Mary (and 5 other plays) In TECMO BOWL Form! (W/ Video)

    On the cutting edge, 20 years ago​In 2010, by my calculations, there are really four legitimate ways for your legacy to be commemorated. They are as follows: 1. Bobblehead doll 2. Being spoofed on South Park 3. Being spoofed in West Coast porn (My character's name would be Stone Pendergasm, ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Beauty School Dropouts

    HISD might close cosmetology program.

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    September 8, 2010

    5 Reasons Houston Should Be A World Cup Site

    Nottingham 2018? Dream on, dudes​FIFA, 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 >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Dynamo In Another Typical Loss; World Cup Checks Out Houston

    World Cup 2018: Houston will be tested this week​If 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 >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Five Reasons The Dynamo Sucked Saturday

    Brian Ching: You might try getting him the ball​The Houston Dynamo needed to walk away with points following their match at Colorado Saturday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead, they laid a big goose egg in 3-0 rout at the hands, or feet, of the Rapids.  The entertainment - assu ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    FAIL: Lady Gaga, Spain

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Oh No, Not Lady Gaga, Too: Get ready, kids. We've got some truly shocking, devastating news for you. Are you sitting down? Okay, good, now listen closely. Lady Gaga - the whacked-out pop singer you've been listening to for the past couple of years - has ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    New Playground: MLS Means Well, But Credit Goes To The Volunteers

    Photo by Chasen MarshallPose for the cameras, boys​How many Major League Soccer All-Stars does it take to put in a playground? Apparently only three.Well, three, along with the assistance of nearly 250 sweaty volunteers, most of whom were wearing mud-caked shoes by the end of the day. And don't fo ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 22, 2010

    Lost in Space

    The Blaffer Gallery showcases Tomás Saraceno's eye-popping creations.

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    July 1, 2010

    Book 'em, Danno

    Constables go after HISD students' unreturned books

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    June 28, 2010

    The Week In TV: Futurama Lives!

    ​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 >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Bodega's

    ​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 >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: Meghan Hendley's Top 5 Festival Memories

    Photo by Amber Roussell/See the slideshowTyagaraja performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboar ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    USA-Algeria: One Terrific Game, One Great Result

    The Obama administration brings first-ever winning a group​God 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 >>

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    June 22, 2010

    25 Ways You Know The Astros' Season Has Become Really, Really Bad

    The new t-shirt at Minute Maid​You know the Houston Astros are a bad team when...1.  ...the only thing the team is first at is having the first pitcher in the majors to lose 10 games. Congratulations, Wandy.2.  ...Geoff Blum not only gets consistent playing time at third base, but also s ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    World Cup 2010: What You Need To Know For This Morning's US-Slovenia Match

    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 >>

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    June 18, 2010

    World Cup 2010, As Seen From The Bars In The Pre-Noon Hours

    Photo by Monica FuentesAttack of the vuvuzuelas​With 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 >>

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    June 18, 2010

    World Cup 2010: Koman Coulibaly Is Soccer's Jim Joyce

    Photo by Monica FuentesHouston fans cheer a GOOOOOOOOL​It was two halves, two teams on Friday morning as the United States tied Slovenia 2-2.Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Americans came to life in the second half to earn another point in the group stage, as they know face a must-win situation agai ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Game Time: Vince Young -- All He Does Is Win, Strip-Club Fistfight Edition

    VY in happier times​Okay, 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 >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Today's DVDs: The Thrill Of Victory, The Agony Of Valentine's Day

    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 >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Brad Davis Leads Dynamo Over Chivas USA; Man U Coming To Town

    Photo courtesy Houston DynamoNothing like a little Chivas to chase away the blues​Nothing 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 >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Dynamo Get Ready For Dallas, Still Without Brian Ching

    Ching hopes to return to action Saturday​The Dynamo are in action tonight on Cinco de Mayo to take on their in-state nemesis, FC Dallas. In the season opener for both clubs this year, they drew 1-1 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. At the Rob, the Dynamo have owned the Hoops with a 7-0-2 record, includ ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006
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