In betting, there are weekends where you're looking to score big, where even finishing at or slightly above .500 feels like a slight disappointment, like a running back who left yards on the field. Then there are weekends like last weekend. Saturday was utter chaos, like the last 45 minutes of a T ... More >>
The NFL Draft is finally here, and I'm so happy! Not just happy, we are talking like "Navin R. Johnson when the new phone books arrive" levels of happiness. We are talking Roscoe P. Coltrain thinking he just caught those diabolical Duke boys level of happiness. We are talking Carlos Lee on the earl ... More >>
The WWE's Royal Rumble is generally regarded as the second or third most prominent pay per view event on the WWE calendar. Wrestlemania is always the clear cut number one, the Super Bowl of wrestling. Then, depending on what one's tastes are, the second slot goes to January's Royal Rumble or August ... More >>
If we ever sat back and thought about how much of our sports thinking is shaped by ESPN and its programming, it would be a little bit frightening. The facts are, by and large, when people need sports news, they go to SportsCenter. When they want to get ready for a Saturday of college football, they ... More >>
The holidays can be awfully stressful. The parties, the presents, the expenses, they can all make normally sane people do insane things. To say, though, that the video you're about to see has anything to do with holiday stress is probably giving too much benefit of the doubt. Completely judging two ... More >>
Featuring threesome seekers, cokehead judges, hockey dads from hell and, quite naturally, Wells Fargo.
I am always happy when the NFL season arrives, but especially happy this weekend, because it gives me a diversion from college football for my best bets of the weekend. I'm not sure if you noticed (Yes, I know ALL of you noticed), but I came out of the shoot in Week 1 of my football Best Bets 1-5. ... More >>
As the trail of the NFL offseason winds through Organized Team Activities and training camp draws closer and closer, I am getting more and more nervous about my NFL quarterback-related bet that I have with my co-host John Granato. To refresh you memory, the bet goes like this: True or false: Out o ... More >>
This December 7 in Baytown at the Royal Purple Speedway, you can run in sheer, pants-shitting terror from raging bulls just like they do in Pamplona, Spain, each summer. The Great Bull Run's organizers urge participants to "grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint ... More >>
This is not my week. First, I gave in to curiosity and tried a McRib after 32 years of pointedly ignoring the restructured pork product and discovered firsthand the troubling McRib Paradox: People who turn their noses up at offal will happily consume pork hearts, tripe and scalded stomach blended w ... More >>
Screw Disneyworld: this year, Hair Balls is forgoing the traditional theme park experience to explore the sights and sounds of abject third world poverty at Houston Baptist University November 14-17. Yep, that's right: a traveling interactive exhibit by Compassion International, which touts itself ... More >>
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
After being thoroughly disappointed with the one Ethiopian meal I had in Washington D.C., I began pining for a good meal at Blue Nile -- my favorite Ethiopian restaurant here in Houston as well as the place where I'd first tried the cuisine many years ago. And then I remembered: Lucy Ethiopian Resta ... More >>
If you are a sports couch potato (and if you are reading this, chances are that is the case), Saturday night was one of those nights that we probably take for granted all of the technological advances that allow us to consume all of the fare on the sports buffet simultaneously. Picture if you will, ... More >>
On a recent road trip to Chicago, my girlfriend and I wound up eating far more Wendy's than normal people should. Driving through small towns and with options limited, sometimes fast food is the preferable option to the local truck stop with all the windowless vans parked out back. I rarely eat fa ... More >>
Michael Jordan was having a pretty good week. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats stayed out of the way of his team's draft just long enough for them to actually make the correct pick with the number two overall selection (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), the first step on the long road to mediocrity (a HUGE ... More >>
A week or so ago, you may remember, I wrote a post about the auction for Bobby Petrino's crash-damaged motorcycle. The majority of the post was an outline of my idea to turn the crumpled-up love machine into a profit center by selling photo opportunities for fans to pose on the bike. At the end o ... More >>
By the time you read this, I will be on a plane home to Houston from Las Vegas, where I will have hopefully won $1,000,000 off a nickel slot machine and eaten at the Wicked Spoon -- which, from what I can tell in the April edition of Saveur, looks like the coolest damn buffet in the world. I say ho ... More >>
Every trip to cheerful Salvadoran spot El Petate is an adventure.
So there you are on your first date, and everything's going wonderfully: you have a cozy, romantic corner booth at the Golden Corral, and she looks positively beautiful. You think you'll both be spending the night together. After you settle the bill and walk toward the car, you find yourself in that ... More >>
It isn't often (well, not often enough) that a movie comes along that combines two of my favorite things. In the case of Dark Tide -- debuting On Demand March 8 and on DVD March 30 -- those things would be great white sharks and Halle Berry in a bikini. Why yes, there is a synopsis: Kate (Halle Ber ... More >>
Candlelight. Yeahhh...now some music. Bawawawchikkawawaaa...let's rhyme 'love' with 'above,' and 'rain' with 'again.' Yeah, nice. Now some body chocolates and champagne. Ohhhh...now a Build a Bear and some face-to-face action followed by catching up on your DVR back catalog. Valentine's Day: Wha ... More >>
Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.
"You know me. I love to hit Schaub." -- Tampa Bay defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth We've talked so much about the effect that Matt Schaub's injury could have on the remainder of the Texans' 2011 season (and rightfully so), we haven't even really talked about how it happened. And until Albert H ... More >>
When in doubt, let Justin Bieber be a living cautionary tale: If he takes his girlfriend to a place, don't take your date there.Looking for a great place to take a first date? There are plenty of lists out there. Hell, we've even got a few of our own. Looking for a great place to break up? We ... More >>
Stacy ZaneWhen Anamaris Cousins Price wrote about her old favorite Montrose hangouts, EOW reader J. Britt Alexander chimed in with his pick: "Rivas - directly behind Niko-Nikos and the Tower Lofts off Montrose. -- Old green house romantically lit by white twinkle light. The best bang for ... More >>
"Who's the manager of this McDonald's?" "Ain't you?"City health inspectors were busy last week - busy enough to offer us plenty of dirt to dig through in the form of negative restaurant health inspection reports. For this installment we'll stick to the most egregious offenders, because if it ... More >>
Cheddar Bay Biscuits: You know you love them.I'm not talking about bad restaurants as in "that dumpy place down by the shipping lanes that Uncle Johnnie once saw a rat in" or "that place charges $50 a person and looks down their noses at you while they serve boring hotel food." I'm talking ab ... More >>
On the previous episode of The Next Iron Chef, Maneet Chauhan was finally put out of her misery. Nice lady, interesting choices, but just not consistent enough to get the job done. We also learned that in this episode that two of the final five would be getting the ax. If I have to guess rig ... More >>
The Kobe beef burger is hard to resist.Mockingbird is a rare find these days, even if it can't really be considered a "find" anymore after being open -- quite successfully -- since January 2002. What makes it so rare is a combination of old school charm and hip sensibility: white tablecloths ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningJust in time for summer, a cool-sounding restaurant with an even cooler concept has come along. Oceans, the ceviche-only restaurant that took over the old Bistro Vino location, is officially open to the public. We took a first look at Oceans a few weeks ago and found ... More >>
Most people wouldn't associate right-wing conservative politics with dirty rock and rollers, but you would be surprised. Not all rock cats are card-carrying communists and lily-livered liberals trying to save the sacred animal of the week and converting their buses to biodiesel. In fact, many ol ... More >>
Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshowSnoop Dogg is one of a handful of artists who have carte blanche when it comes to drug use, if you still wanna call the green business "drugs" in the sense that heroin or crack cocaine are drugs. Keith Richards can still rep coke when he w ... More >>
We at the Houston Press are pretty broken up about the closing of the Penthouse Club. Not because any of us were frequent patrons, of course (*cough*), or because we aren't wholly convinced the City's efforts to shutter "gentlemen's clubs" will eliminate crime as we know it, but because the strip cl ... More >>
Walking through the metal detector at Treasures, I wondered how the buffet would stack up against the gold standard that is Golden Corral. Things got off to a good start when an attractive young woman at the hostess’s stand said I had a nice profile – that kinda thing almost never happens at Gol ... More >>
Ryan Adams is headed this way. Where does he fit in among the great meltdown artists of yore?
The Nightfly tries out as the next Bocephus at Sam Houston Race Park
Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets
Reagan Hamilton goes into Texas jails and tells inmates they better stay in touch with their kids. Her sadly powerful message has sparked some successes. Too bad they don't include her own father.
Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.