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    September 17, 2014

    10 Things You Never Hear Houstonians Say

    "Everything is bigger in Texas." "If you don't like the weather here, wait." "Hey, y'all." There are certain phrases synonymous with Texas. Some of them you hear with regularity. Yes, we do occasionally quip about everything being bigger here and warn people not to mess with us. We even use y'all ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    The Super Houston Mixtape Tuesday Column

    We're at the midpoint of the year of our Houston Rap Lord two thousand-fourteen. In that short span, we've seen BeatKing topple buildings and get Nicki Minaj's attention, Doughbeezy's slow fury wreak havoc all over the country, two radio stations viciously vie for listeners, DeLorean arming himself ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Grades Are In: Rockets 2014 Report Card

    It was a very interesting year for your Houston Rockets. They struggled early, hit an incredible hot streak at the start of the new year and rode it all the way to the fourth seed in the playoffs. They battled through injuries and lack of experience playing with one another, nevermind an extremely t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Five Ds that Must Define the Rockets Development

    It would be nearly impossible, just days after one of the most heartbreakingly awful losses in team history, to try and grade the Rockets season. At this point, all I remember when Damian Lillard hit that three pointer was an entire sports bar in Austin letting out a collective "NO" and my friend sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Arcade Fire at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/9/2014

    Arcade Fire Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 9, 2014 I may not be the first person to say it, but then Arcade Fire is not the first group to counter the "most important band in the world" tag by breaking out the costumes and mirrors. U2 is the obvious model, with their Joshua Tree-Achtung Baby ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    5 Things the Rockets Must Do Post All-Star Break to Be a Serious Contentder

    The Rockets came within a whisker of losing to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. Riding a six-game winning streak and heading into All-Star break, it wouldn't have been all that surprising to find the Rockets going down to an inferior opponent. The game before a break can b ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Early Christmas Present: An MVP Level Performance In Detroit

    In a perfect world, good NBA teams would like to be able to manage the regular season the way that the San Antonio Spurs do every year. Play your superstars around 70 games, know exactly which games to rest them (and maybe even win a few of those, like the Spurs did against Golden State this past Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Why the Rockets Are Equipped to Handle the Spotlight Shifting to Howard

    When the Rockets signed Jeremy Lin and traded for James Harden, they became the team's marketable superstars. Neither were exactly proven commodities on the floor, but at least Lin brought Linsanity and Harden brought the beard. By the end of last season, Harden had more than proven he was ready to ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: Is Today D-Day for Dwight Howard?

    The Rockets have set their roster for this year's summer league games -- minus one Royce White, #BeWell -- and now they wait on the biggest move of their offseason. According to reports, Dwight Howard is taking it easy in Aspen, Colorado and may be targeting today to make his decision about what tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Rockets Sole Focus in Free Agency is Landing Howard, Adding Pieces to Compliment Him

    If free agent center Dwight Howard emerged from his late-night meal with the Rockets posse understanding one thing, it should be that there is no other target in the team's pursuit of a championship this offseason more important. A group that included team owner Les Alexander, general manager Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    NBA Draft is Tonight, But Rockets Real Draft Begins Monday

    Hours before the start of the NBA Draft, one of the most anticipated nights for basketball fans, a large majority of those following the Rockets are yawning. At the moment, the Rockets do not have a pick in the first round of the draft -- though that may change -- and despite the fact that starting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Conspiracy Theorists Are Dead Wrong About the NBA

    I don't get it. I read about conspiracy theories all the time. From 9/11 was an inside job to aliens to "false flags," I try to reasonably digest the possibilites, but I just can't wrap my head around them. This isn't to say I don't think cover-ups or conspiracies don't exist. In fact, history tells ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator

    Who? Sama'an Ashrawi is a filmmaker, a documentarian of almost everything UGK and easily one of the few men Bun B trusts more than anything other than his shoe collection and family. Actually, Ashrawi is like family after the two befriended one another. Last fall, Ashrawi released his All Star Tribu ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Rockets Report Card: Handing Out the Grades With the Season Over

    At the beginning of the season, even after the trade for James Harden, I was convinced this was not a playoff team. Right before the season started, I wrote this in a blog post, "With youth comes athleticism, energy and excitement. It also brings inexperience, inconsistency and the occasional train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Put the Brooms Away: Rockets Stave Off Elimination with Clutch Win

    Like every game except the first one in the series, the Rockets and Thunder went right down to the wire in game four. In every other game, the Thunder got the big shot or the turnover needed to win the game. Monday night, it was finally the Rockets' turn. Chandler Parsons did what only two other p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Guy V. Lewis Finally Gets into the Hall of Fame

    Though the announcement won't come until Monday, it was been fairly widely leaked that legendary University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis has finally been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, 2013 class. Lewis had been removed from the ballot for four years for lack of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1

    Two days ago, a complete stranger calmly approached me at the airport. Her demeanor was kind, she didn't have any noticeable body odor and gave off a friendly vibe. I smirked before she started the painstaking task of carrying out small talk. "Hey, are you from here?" she asked. My brain wanted my ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Five-Tool Player: Why JJ Watt Has the Skills to Be a Legitimate Superstar

    In any competitive field, having aptitude for your work will help you get by. Throw in a handful of other characteristics, and you could be valued by your organization and excel at your career. But, to be one of the true greats in anything, it requires quite a bit more. In sports, I've always believ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Rockets Rookie Royce White Battles Anxiety in the Brutal Spotlight of Pro Sports

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, feeling like you are suffering a heart attack. Your first instinct is to dial 911, but your hand is paralyzed, unable to move out of fear. You lay there, completely still, struggling with every breath without the power to speak. It's da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Four Earl Campbell SI Covers to Remember His Greatness

    Anyone old enough to remember the Luv Ya Blue days of the Houston Oilers (hell, a lot of you probably don't remember the Houston Oilers!) likely remember very specific things like Bum Phillips, the rally in the Astrodome, Dan Pastorini and the AFC title games in Pittsburgh. But, above all else, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Is This The Dawning of A Cougars Renaissance? Don't Be Too Sure

    The Houston Chronicle's Sam Khan, Jr. had a good story on Houston Cougars athletics yesterday. It's called a story of a renaissance, and it looks back at the last 10 months of the program. It's told through the eyes of the football program, going through the incredible season the Coogs had as they m ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Ten Awesome Tweets Celebrating the Texans Playoff Win

    ​There's nothing like playoff victory to get the juices flowing...or the fingers typing. As with most things these days, when it happens in real life, it will be reported shortly thereafter on Twitter. When the Texans defeated the Bengals for their first ever playoff win, it came as no surpris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Kevin McHale Brings Back the Lurch Tradition of Rocket Coaches

    Rudy T​Kevin McHale​The Rockets have reportedly agreed with Kevin McHale that he'll be their new coach. Besides the fact that he's a Celtic, we will take a wait-and-see position on this. One thing we do note: The move augurs a proud return to the Lurch Era of Rockets coaching. Extremel ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV -- At Least It Was A Good Game

    This means sonething different when Ben Roethlisberger does it​Okay, so now we can put the whole Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers thing to bed, right? While Aaron Rodgers still has a ton of work to do to build the overall resume of the Ol' Dongslinger, yesterday's win over the Steelers, and just as ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Top 10 Trae & Z-Ro Collaborations

    ​Trae and Z-Ro: The Hakeem Olajuwon/Clyde Drexler tandem of Houston hip-hop, if The Dream spoke with a deep voice and Drexler's face was frozen in a perpetual snarl. Arguably the best one-two punch Houston has ever witnessed, over the years these rapping cousins have connected on several slam- ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Houston's Top Ten Sports Moments: Another View

    The bosses came out their Top 10 Greatest Houston Sports Moments today, so I thought I would share mine.1. September 25, 1986: The magic number for the Houston Astros to clinch the NL West is one game. The Astros are playing a midweek day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team that just ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Game Time: Best of the Best -- Top 10 Moments from Clutch City Rockets (w/video)

    Consensus Number One​I am a total sucker for lists.This makes me like roughly 95 percent of society; the fact that I openly admit I'm a sucker for lists makes me a little more unique. There are so many list books, list columns, list blog posts (many by yours truly) that it seems by admitting you ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    Game Time: The Decade's Five Most Lucrative Miracles

    ​First, I want to wish everybody out there a very happy holiday, and thank all of you who have read my stuff here on HoustonPress.com since I started up a couple months ago, especially those of you who leave comments (even if you think what you've just read is utter drivel, and you're telling me ... More >>

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    September 21, 2009

    A Talk With UH's New Athletic Director: Facilities, Graduation Rates And Selling The Program

    Photo courtesy UH​Mack Rhoades has been on the job as the University of Houston athletic director for a little over five weeks. He's settling in. He's meeting his coaches and the support staff. He's meeting the players. He's touring the facilities.And he's been thinking and analyzing and tryi ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Listen Up, People: The Top Ten Coaches In Houston History

    ​The Chron's Jerome Solomon has another of those endless lists we writers like to do, this one asking for input on the top 10 coaches in Houston college and pro sports history. And he helpfully provides us with some candidates for the list. So I thought I would help out and provide what I consider ... More >>

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    February 21, 2009

    Rockets Fast Break: Adelman Stresses Consistency at Point

    To Rockets coach Rick Adelman, consistency trumps contrast. When fans initially heard the Rafer Alston trade Thursday afternoon, much of the immediate reaction was negative. In addition to questioning the team going forward without an experienced starting point guard, many wondered why the team w ... More >>

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    February 21, 2009

    Rockets Fast Break: Adelman Stresses Consistency at Point

    To Rockets coach Rick Adelman, consistency trumps contrast. When fans initially heard the Rafer Alston trade Thursday afternoon, much of the immediate reaction was negative. In addition to questioning the team going forward without an experienced starting point guard, many wondered why the team w ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    The Mt. Rushmore of Texas Sports

    ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I' ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    The Mt. Rushmore of Texas Sports

    ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I'v ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Pete Newell, RIP

    Basketball fans ought to stop for a moment this weekend and mourn the loss of former San Diego Rockets General Manager (1968-1972) Pete Newell, who died on Tuesday at the age of 93. Long before UCLA made John Wooden a coaching legend, the blue and gold UC university system discovered another coac ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Houston Rockets: This Needs To Be Yao's Team

    Coming off a 2-3 road trip, plus wins over OKC and the Hornets, the Rockets make me feel the same way I did a few weeks back. Good, not great. They convincingly won the games they should have, home or away (Clippers, Thunder, Suns), and lost the games they should have (Lakers and a pretty dece ... More >>

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    March 11, 2004
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    April 24, 2003

    The Love of Giants

    Yao Ming and Ye Li won't be seeing each other May 6 after all

  • Dining

    November 8, 2001

    History in the Unmaking

    Drexler's has finally outgrown its 50-year-old barbecue pit

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Tear Down

    Mattress Mac waves good-bye to two decades' worth of home

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    September 2, 1999
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    June 11, 1998

    Sports Injera

    The Queen of Sheba mixes Ethiopia with ESPN

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    March 19, 1998
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    June 19, 1997
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    December 26, 1996
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    June 6, 1996

    The Passionate Pilgrim

    He owns a baseball team, he's spent millions to wipe out a devastating Third World disease, and now he's out to save pro football for Houston. But what does John Jay Moores really want?

  • Dining

    March 16, 1995

    Manna from Sugar Land

    Magnus Hansson's new bakery-cafe is worth an expedition

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    May 26, 1994
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