• Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    If you followed my picks last season (and God forbid, used them as your own picks), then you know exactly how painful the hit was by the end of the year. In fact, you're probably cursing me and contemplating exactly how you can dismember me without getting arrested while you stand in the welfare lin ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    If You Want More Teams In The College Football Playoff, Here's What To Root For

    Some old habits are hard to break, and as flawed as the old Bowl Championship Series (affectionately referred to and twisted into juvenile alternate acronyms as the "BCS") was, it still began to consume me right about this time every college football season. The BCS got a lot of stuff wrong, but on ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Last weekend was an amazing bounce back weekend for me. After back to back 2-4 stinkers, the doubters began creeping out of the woodwork again. Actually, to say they crept out of the woodwork would imply they were hiding and then being somewhat subtle about their lack of faith in my prognosticating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Texas Cities Tops Rankings in Recession Recovery Study

    The Great Recession is a thing of the past in Texas, according to a study by Wallet Hub. The website ranked the economic recoveries from the Great Recession of America's 150 largest cities by non-metro population, and Texas cities were atop the pack. Wallet Hub used 18 metrics in its study, brok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Three Arkansas Fans' Creepy Courting Of Jon Gruden

    Pre-techonology, paying tribute use to be so much more difficult to pull off. However, now with an iPhone, a YouTube account, and a cursory knowledge of some editing software, any ol' country bumpkin can tell their college football coach in song that they think he's the next big thing. The mercu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    How Many Building Temples From Death Fest Band Logos Can You Decipher?

    Despite punishing eardrums for more than three decades, death metal remains a decidedly underground movement. That's mostly by design, obviously -- the genre's bloody and extreme artwork, cruelly downtuned guitars and horrific, indecipherable lyrics are intended to provoke as much as they captivate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Houston: The 352nd-Happiest American City. We Analyze Our Closest Competitors

    A new survey based on Twitter use -- and actually filled with all sorts of math has ranked 373 American metropolitan areas in terms of how happy and sad residents are. The study by the Vermont Complex Systems Center look at more than 10 million geotagged tweets. It looked for "happy" words like rai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Medicine Girl Is the "Night Nurse" Is the Medicine Girl

    I don't know if this is unacceptable, but I'm fairly certain it's not acceptable: At any given point in time, there are no less than eight very talented female rappers in town. There's UZOY and there's Tawn and there's Candi. There's TroubleSum and there's Surreall (and her Gutta Mamis associates) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Bobby Petrino's Cruel Summer Continues As He Takes A $550K Bath On His Home

    It's been a while since we've discussed former Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino. When we last heard from him, he was apologizing to Razorback nation and his family for getting caught having his affair with former Razorback volleyball player, Jessica Dorrell, a dalliance that was revealed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    John L. Smith Named Bobby Petrino's Successor, Leaves Weber State After Five Months

    The "gust of wind" that blew Bobby Petrino off of his motorcycle swallowed up another victim on Monday. The Weber State football team now joins the University of Arkansas, Petrino's wife, Petrino's kids, Jessica Dorrell, the pride and self-esteem of Dorrell's fiancé Josh Morgan, and a slew of othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Definitive Anthology of Bobby Petrino's Affair with That Hot Volleyball Player

    This past Sunday evening, after a quiet dinner at home, Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino decided to unwind by taking a leisurely ride on his motorcycle. Leisure nearly turned to tragedy as Petrino crashed the motorcycle in a story that, at the time, had a shelf life of about 15 minutes, ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    College Realignment Talk Is The New NFL Lockout Talk

    More a-holery from Ken Starr​During this past summer of sports talk radio, our insatiable appetite for any topic football-related, our perennial need to talk about minutiae at all times, and the usual summer content-related radio doldrums met at a tedious midpoint -- a no man's land that left ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Off the Sidelines

    Crashing a birthday party didn't work, but young rapper J. Cole eventually got Jay-Z's attention.

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    May 17, 2011

    Five Rappers You Didn't Know Had College Degrees

    ​Myth: The ability to string rhymes together automatically kills brain cells, thereby making it impossible for said stringer of rhymes to obtain a college degree. Fact: Many of your favorite hip-hoppers are college graduates with funny-sounding honorary titles. Myth: Street education is a pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Carolyn Rodriguez: From Selling Crack to Prescribing "Medicine" for the Soul

    One of the first things Carolyn Rodriguez, the Houston-based female singer and rap artist by way of Arkansas, by way of North Carolina, said to us is that she doesn't like bios. "When you make a bio you have to keep it politically correct," she tells Rocks Off. "You can't tell the real story." She' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad

    Photo by Brittanie Shey​Since the weather in Texas is finally what the rest of the world calls normal, nothing beats hitting the streets on two wheels. Texas Traveler can hardly explain the way everything looks and smells different when you get out of the cage (see entry number two). And we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Continental Airlines: Work Hard, Fly Right -- Unless You're A Kid

    For the second time in a week, Houston's Continental Airlines has admitted they sent an unaccompanied minor passenger to the wrong destination.One 10-year-old girl who was trying to get from Boston to Cleveland ended up in Newark. (The only time ending up in Newark is "not so bad" is when you were i ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Funny Business: Playing with Boys

    Being a female comic can be tougher than you think

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    August 1, 2002

    Big John and Little Joe

    Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards

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    July 8, 1999
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    October 9, 1997
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    June 13, 1996

    Old and Rare

    On a bawdy stretch of Telephone Road, Colleen Urbanek sells used books. Real books. Without pictures of naked women. And her customers are satisfied anyway.

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    April 11, 1996
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    January 19, 1995