Hofheinz Pavilion

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    July 25, 2014

    Just How Houston Are You? Sports Edition

    There was one of those stupid Twitter hashtags things about Houston this week, this one showing just how much of a Houstonian a person really is. I'm tired of writing about the depressing antics of the Houston Astros and CSN Houston, and I had to miss this week's CUSA Football Media Day in Dallas be ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    UH Basketball Slinking Toward Oblivion

    The Shasta mascot showed up for Tuesday's Houston Cougar basketball against the visiting USF Bulls. It roamed the sidelines, did a half-assed imitation of mascots for other schools, and really didn't do much of anything. And then there's one other minor detail: the mascot showed up for the basketbal ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    UH Basketball Versus the Apathetic Fan Base

    It's easy to jump on the UH fan base and once again belittle the lack of attendance at Hofheinz Pavilion for UH basketball. Yesterday's UH/Rutgers game was a noon tip-off, and the excuses range from church, the marathon, the great weather, and NFL playoffs. But none of that really matters because it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Cougars Stun UConn While Nobody's Watching

    In days of yore, Hofheinz Pavilion would've been filled to overflowing for a game pitting UH against nationally ranked UConn. In days past students would've been camped out overnight for the chance to spend a New Year's Eve cheering on the Cougars as a national audience watched on ESPN 2. That was ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    My Block: Houston Rappers' Five Best Neighborhood Shout-Outs

    To hear others tell it, Houston is the fattest city in America. It's the ugliest. It's the most mosquito-ridden, hellishly hot metropolis in the country. All of these people who don't live here and know nothing about us sure can't keep our name out of their mouths. Where I come from, we call those ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    UH Fans Need To Step Up And Start Showing Up

    Today is the official first day of the Houston Cougars as members of the American Athletic Conference. And while this isn't quite the conference upgrade the Cougars were hoping when they signed up several years ago, the former Big East is still better than Conference USA. Making the conference leap ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Leon Russell at the House of Blues, 6/26/13

    Leon Russell House of Blues June 26, 2013 So, Leon Russell played a show last night at the House of Blues, and being the terrific daughter that I am, I took my dad with me. He's always loved ol' Leon, and some of his best memories are of his old hippie days, hangin' out, smokin', and listening to L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Arrested Development: On and Off Field Issues Plague UH Athletics

    The University of Houston looks nice, shiny and new when viewed from the outside. There's a new stadium being constructed, additions being made to the University Center. New buildings dominate the rapidly expanding perimeter of the campus. Enrollment is up. Admission standards are up. It's a Tier On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Cougars And Owls Finish Very Disappointing Basketball Seasons

    March Madness begins on Tuesday and gets into full swing on Thursday. And for the first time in probably forever (technically 1977), not one single Texas college was invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. No UT. No A&M. No Baylor. No Rice, UH, Sam Houston State, or SFA. Not one. But not all hope ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Rusted Shut's Don Walsh Loves Him Some Zappa

    If I were forced to choose a single favorite Houston musician, and no offense to all the others, I would pick Rusted Shut mastermind Don Walsh, easily. Rusted Shut has been a presence on the local scene for probably 25 years now, specializing in the kind of gruesomely loud and assaultive noise-rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Cougars Stage Reunion With the Aggies, Then Lose

    The arena was crowded. The fans were loud. Two old foes prepared to face off on the court. Close your eyes and you could almost swear you were back in the 1980s and the Southwest Conference still existed. Such was Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday night as the Houston Cougars hosted the Texas A&M Aggie ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012
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    November 9, 2012

    Freakish Practice Injury Nearly Kills Houston Cougars' D.J. Hayden

    Football is a violent, dangerous sport. But when watching a running back break free of the line of scrimmage and bust into the open and sprint 40 yards for a touchdown, the violence and danger can be forgotten. The perfect spiral into the outstretched arms of a receiver sprinting down the sideline b ... 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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    March 27, 2012

    UH Board Approves New Football Stadium, Construction to Begin

    The UH Board of Regents has approved plans to build a new football stadium on the other end of campus from on the site of Robertson Stadium, president Renu Khator says. "Board approves construction of stadium at current for the new stadium rising!" she tweeted a short while ago. The s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Owls Stage the Comeback and Stun the Coogs in Game That Epitomized Both Teams

    The Houston Cougars dashed off to a 13-0 lead against the Rice Owls on Wednesday night. The offense worked to perfection. There was some decent defense being played. But as the teams went into a timeout only 7:45 into the game, one couldn't help but sense doom hanging over the Hofheinz Pavilion cour ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Owls and Coogs Disappointing Basketball Fans, Dammit

    These guys are turrible!​The Rice Owls (11-8, 2-2) lost a basketball game they should have won on Wednesday night. The Houston Cougars (9-9, 1-4) were blown out yet again. It's turning into another disappointing men's basketball season in Houston, Texas. It's not supposed to have been this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Watch Out Big East, Here Come the Cougars

    The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.​The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Lyrical Advice For The Class Of 2011

    "Move back in with your parents! Let them worry about you!"​There will be no guitars and Marshall stacks at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this weekend, just "Pomp and Circumstance." As the Class of 2011 walks across the stage soon to be occupied by Peter Gabriel, Widespread Panic and Ki ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Basketball: Owls Lose a Heartbreaker While Coogs Appear to Give Up

    John RoyalRice's Arsalan Kazemi battles for position under the Rice basket​No coach wants to have to draw up a play with 2.3 seconds left that, if it works, merely ties the score and sends the game to overtime. But such was the position Rice Owls coach Ben Braun was in last night, his Owls do ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    James Dickey Offers Up an Apology As SMU Smacks Down the Coogs

    John RoyalThe Cougar Dolls were about the only things worth cheering at Hofheinz Pavilion last night​James Dickey was not a happy man last night. He prowled the Houston Cougars sidelines like a caged animal, scowling, barking commands, pleading to his players. Shouting out at them to play de ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Houston Cougars Blow Away the Golden Hurricane

    John RoyalKirk Van Slyke tips off against Tulsa to start the game​James Dickey preaches the importance of defense to his players. If the Houston Cougars can't score, the thinking goes, they can still win the game by shutting down the offense of the other team. So when the Tulsa Golden Hurric ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Cougar Basketball: Happy Birthday, Mr. Nixon

    John Royal Maurice McNeil goes strong to the bucket​Have you ever had one of those moments? A flash that this is your day, your time, and that nothing can change that? Houston Cougar point guard Zamal Nixon had one of those moments on Saturday. And when he had that flash, he just knew that ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Dear Mr. Santa: A Houston Sports Fan's List

    Dear Mr. Santa...​Dear Mr. Claus: I know it is Christmas Eve, and maybe I'm a bit late with sending this little note to you, but I'm sure that with this newfangled internets thing you'll get it in time. I'm also aware that I might have been a bit naughty, and that I've made a few people an ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Roadrunners Speed Past Cougars

    The Coogs were missing the Slama and the Jama against UTSA​That the Houston Cougars (6-4) played a basketball game on Saturday night was not too surprising. That none of the so-called Cougar fans could be bothered to come by Hofheinz Pavilion for the game was not too surprising either. In ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Believe It Or Not, It's Time For College Basketball

    John Royal Cougars prepare to play basketball​They were just exhibition games, and they tell us that exhibition games are meaningless. They don't count in the standings. They're a chance to test game conditioning. To see how well everyone understands the offense. To see what improvements ne ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    UH's James Dickey Prepares For His Deliverance Sure he's smiling now. But wait until the season starts​It may seem like it's been awhile since Mack Rhoades and the Houston Cougars hired James Dickey to take over the men's basketball program.But in many ways, the time has been flying by as Dickey and his staff have attempted to se ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    The Rolling Stones At Hofheinz Pavilion In 1972, Firsthand

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off's own Lonesome Onry and Mean himself, William Michael Smith, attended the Rolling Stones concert at Hofheinz Pavilion in June 1972 that was filmed for the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Since the movie screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight at several Houston-area theaters ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Rolling Stones To Screen 1972 Texas Shows In Movie Theaters

    ​In 1972, the Rolling Stones were arguably at their live zenith, rumbling through the world behind that year's Exile on Main Street and blazing a debauched path of crazy sex, deviant drugs and bluesy rock and roll. The live footage from Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones was culled fro ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Mack Rhoades Wants UH Fans To Show Up, Darnit

    No, this is not DURING a Coog game​I got the chance to visit with Houston Cougars athletic director Mack Rhoades last Friday to discuss the school's new stadium plans -- I was just one of the several media members there. And while Rhoades was trying to get out his vision for the future, there was ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    UH's New Stadium/Arena Plan: Now Comes The Hard Part

    Illustrations courtesy UHYour Name Here Stadium​UH has announced a bold plan to upgrade facilities, essentially building a new football stadium and massively renovating the basketball arena.The $160 million plan has the backing of UH president Renu Khator and the board of regents, so it's going ah ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    UH Begins To Look At Renovating Its Football And Basketball Facilities

    Photo by krisandapril​Lost amidst the news of a tuition increase and the "leave of absence" granted to associate basketball coach Marvin Haralson last week at the University of Houston was some big news coming out of the athletic department. That news was the school's retaining of Fortune 500 comp ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Coogs' Kelvin Lewis Helps Rip The Mustangs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Cougars shot only 32.2 percent from the field on Saturday afternoon while the SMU Mustangs shot 38.2 percent. Usually when the Cougars shooting percentage has been this bad this season, they have lost. But they got the 66-60 win on Saturday because the Cougars did have an inc ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    UH's Tom Penders, Maybe On The Way Out The Door

    Photo courtesy UH​The Tom Penders radio show has the potential to be rather interesting tonight. Interesting not so much because of the basketball team, but because of the rumors and turmoil currently swirling around the team, primarily those rumors surrounding the coaching staff.The known facts a ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    UH Loses: Fans Tossed From The Game

    Photo by UH​Hofheinz Pavilion was a rather interesting place to be on Saturday night. There was the Houston Cougars playing a conference opponent in front a national television audience. There was a close game that saw the Cougars down by only one point with 1:19 remaining in the game.Oh, yeah, ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Coogs Come Out Flat-Footed Against La. Tech

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars (7-4) lost 99-94 to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (12-2) last night in what UH head coach Tom Penders called a "rock-em-sock-em up-and-down great basketball game." And despite the loss, it was one of the more exciting games played inside Hofheinz Pavilion this s ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Coogs Basketball's Three-Headed Monster, And How They Had To Go To Alaska To Play Oklahoma

    Photo courtesy UH​Lost amidst the anxiety over the Houston Cougar football team and possible bowl game scenarios, the men's basketball team took to the court at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and engaged the Texas A&M-Corpus Christ Islanders in a fast-paced game that saw the Cougars eme ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Where Does Sunday's Rockets Victory Rank? It'll Have To Top These To Make The Top Five

    Where does yesterday's deceptively close 99-87 shellacking of the Lakers rank in the annals of great Rockets victories? It's too soon to tell. If they build on that win by taking this series and then slip into their fifth NBA finals, minus not just Yao but also his geriatric Congolese understudy, no ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Homeless Man Killed On University of Houston Main Campus

    Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning an older man, who the Houston Police are saying was homeless, was shot in the head and killed at a campus bus stop outside Hofheinz Pavilion. His body was discovered by a student around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.HPD is investigating the murder, and ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Grateful Coogs

    The Grateful Dead’s seemingly bottomless music vault will ensure live releases long after the band actually resembles their skeletal doppelgangers in the “Touch of Grey” video. But their most recent issue has an H-town connection sure to spur memories of packed seats (and packed bowls) all acr ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    Over the Hills and Not That Far Away

    Led Zeppelin rocked the Sam Houston Coliseum the night before this 1975 show in Baton Rouge. Led Zeppelin has been in the news so much lately it’s getting hard to remember they broke up 27 years ago. Of course there’s the big reunion show at London’s O3 Arena, with late drummer John Bonham’s ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007
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    July 16, 2007

    Taking Liberty's at Fitzgerald’s

    This week’s big local music news (besides Jana Hunter’s last show before moving to Baltimore) is of course Fitzgerald’s 30th anniversary, starting Thursday with local folksinger supreme Shake Russell, Friday with Fort Worth percussion amoeba Spoonfed Tribe, and Saturday with Denton polka kings ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Opening Wolfgang’s Vault

    A few weeks ago, a friend who knows I think Bono can do no wrong – so sue me – sent me a link to a concert he and the boyos did at Boston’s Orpheum Theater in May 1983, in the thick of the War tour. It’s almost 90 minutes of fresh, mullety goodness, opening with the best song on Boy, “Out ... More >>

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