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  • News

    May 29, 2014

    Eight Reasons Why Congress Offers the Worst Job in America

    Welcome to a life of mooching, meetings and trying not to get caught making out with your aides.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Program Honors HISD Students On the Road to an Ivy Education

    Felipe Guillen, a Chavez High School student, told a crowd Tuesday night about the struggles his mother and father went through. His Mexican parents had to work, so they couldn't pursue their education. They sacrificed being in their homeland while their son pursued his education. At one point, figh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    SFW: Analytics Are Improving the Way We Hire and Fire People

    Moneyball transformed baseball. Now the same data-driven analytics and statistical models are coming to a human resources department near you. And they might just effect whether you get hired, fired or promoted. The big boys -- Google, Intel, etc. -- have already adopted this approach, and now small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Cracks in the Foundation: Pop Warner Football Participation Drops Dramatically

    With the discovery of the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encepholopathy) in football players, many of whom saw their lives spiral out of control then ending in suicide or violently, we might have seen the beginning of end of football in America, at least as we know it. As the CTE research con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Johnny Manziel Suspended for One Half...of First Game at Rice

    In the world of college football scuttlebutt, Rice University normally ranks somewhere just below one of the military academies and just above other Ivy League schools. It's a fine institution with very little football tradition. But, the first game of the season will bring with it a level of intrig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: The Upper Crusty Edition

    The above image is exactly what we imagine you say when you see the weekly headline announcing the best things to do in sports this weekend. You're all, "FUCK YEAH, MOTHER EFFER! IT'S TIME FOR SPORTS! WOO!" Then you read about the things we have to offer and you're all, "YEAH...wait, what?" That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Forced to Work at Waffle Bus, Rice English Ph.D. Students Lodge Stipend Complaints

    It seems that the Teaching Fellows at the University of Houston may have started something. While those English Dept. Masters and Ph.D. students have begun a sit-in near Chancellor Renu Khator's office to force a discussion about their meager stipends -- the group's annual funds remain below the nat ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013


    Tina Fey's great, but Admission doesn't have the marks.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Desmond Bryant's Mugshot Ends The "Best NFL Mugshot Ever" Debate

    The Super Bowl is a few weeks into the rear view mirror now, OTA's are a few months away, so for NFL players we are in the first "Crime Season" of the NFL calendar. Crime Season occurs in dormant weeks and months where undisciplined players really don't have anything to do except get into trouble wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Possibly Coming to a Texas High-School Football Field Near You: Only One Full-Contact Practice Per Week

    Last Thursday, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, filed House Bill 887. If enacted, the law would limit middle-school and high-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week. "Like most people, I'm influenced by the stories I read and the news I see. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Business as Usual at Music Town CDs & Records, Since 1979

    When James May unlocks the doors to Music Town each day at noon, his little shop on Stuebner Airline across from Klein High School is mainly filled with CDs, new and used vinyl and an enormous amount of cassettes. When he first opened the shop in 1979, the sign actually said "Music Town Records and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Upcoming: Glen Campbell, Toadies, Norah Jones, Crystal Method, Etc.

    13 Black Coffins, Ese, Zipperneck, The Failed Attempt: Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., $10. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. 23 Shades, The Solidier Thread: Fri., June 1, 8 p.m., $10/$12. The Bronze Peacock Room @ House Of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Aesop Rock: Fri., Aug. 10, 8 p.m., $18/$22. Fitz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Hammer Time: The Social Network Actor Busted at Border for Pot Brownies

    The Texas border is a rather notorious place when it comes to drugs and people trying to cross into the United States carrying them. In fact, both Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were busted in the exact same location, Sierra Blanca. Traditionally, these drugs are found in the vehicle of the accused or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd Has a Ring...a Drug Ring!

    The Stringer Bell School of Entrepreneurship.​I remember former Houston Texans (and now Washington Redskins) wide receiver David Anderson telling me a couple years ago about a program that the NFL offered players in which they could travel to prestigious universities during the off season and ... More >>

  • Film

    September 22, 2011


    Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    (Non-Planet) Pluto Has a New Moon? What the Hell Does This Mean for Astrology?

    Pluto is effin' Goofy, is all we know.​Frankly, we don't keep up much with Pluto and its status as a planet or non-planet. It's kind of like when, as a young altar boy, the Catholic Church demoted a bunch of saints. We just rolled with the flow. So if Pluto's not a planet, it doesn't really b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Leo Berman Not Buying Obama's "Birth Certificate" Stunt; Has Greatest Question Ever

    Leo Berman: Not convinced​THANK GOD state rep Leo Berman is still bringing the crazy when it comes to President Obama's place of birth. Obama, tiring of all the attention still being devoted to this issue (CNN has been pounding it lately), Obama asked for, received and released this morning t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Famous Triple Doubles (NBA and Otherwise)

    The Jim Rome triple double: He's Big O-esque​Ah, the triple double. The semi-elusive NBA statistic whereby an NBA player gets double figures in a game in three performance categories (points, rebounds, assists are usually the big three, but steals and blocked shots are sometimes allowed in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Houston Texans -- R.I.P. 2010

    Dr. Kubler-Ross is here to see you, Texan fans​In her 1969 book Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross describes in detail the five stages of dealing with grief and tragedy. Simply put, the human progression is to exhibit feelings of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (like ... More >>

  • Film

    November 4, 2010

    Greed, Interrupted

    Part meltdown memoir, part essential finger pointing, Inside Job will make you seethe.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Sarah Palin: Libs Hate Her Because She's Beautiful, Not Like That Michelle Obama

    The ugliness!! It BURNS!!!!​Texas Tech, that bastion of Americanism way out there in Lubbock, has done it again.This time they're not protesting a statue that allegedly features Commies and lesbians, nor are they linking tattoos to social deviance.This time, they're saying liberals hate Sarah Pali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Kyle Beltran Drops Shakespeare For Rap In The Infectious In The Heights

    Photo copyright (C) Joan Marcus 2009Daniel Bolero, Natalie Toro and Kyle Beltran ​Kyle Beltran, who plays the lead role of Usnavi in the Broadway Across America version of the Tony Award and Grammy Award winning In the Heights, now showing at the Hobby Center, credits the musical for bringing "hip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Game Time: Texans Sign DeMeco Ryans, Their Dwight Shrute

    ​When a big sports news story breaks, my tendency is to spend about eight seconds internalizing it and wondering what it means to the subject of said news and what it means to me as a fan. From second number nine forward it's time to figure out other angles the news puts into play, what other pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Game Time: Calipari Seeks His First Final Four....You Know, Because The Other Two Never Happened

    The NCAA makes me chuckle sometimes. Forget about the laughable amount of time it takes them to investigate transgressions at schools where you may as well be investigating jaywalking outside Minute Maid Park on Texas Street after an Astros game. (For those of you who don't live in Houston, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Game Time: "My Bracket Looks Like Edward James Olmos' Face"

    ​There is a silver lining in a plundered bracket in the year 2010, and it's this -- with the advent of Twitter, you immediately get reaction to the various buzzer-beaters, bracket-busters, and inexplicable gaffes that make up the first few days of the tournament (and there were plenty). So whereas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): The Mad Libs Edition

    Hair Balls was cleaning out our closet the other day and, right there next to our old Little League uniform and a fossilized finger-bone of Jimmy Hoffa, was a stack of old Mad Libs books. It unleashed a flood of memories -- staying up past bedtime with friends, laughing like fools as we co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Game Time: A Hand Of Blackjack At The "Atrocious Football Game Management" Convention

    ​EXT. HO-CHUNK CASINO IN BARABOO, WISCONSIN -- NIGHTThe sun is setting behind the main casino building and the marquee at the front of the parking-lot entrance reads "2009 ATROCIOUS FOOTBALL GAME MANAGEMENT CONVENTION." This is the annual gathering where football coaches at the college and pro lev ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009

    Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

    This is one football game that made history on and off the field

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    25 Random March Madness Facts

    Photo by All your picture are belong to us It's once again time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, or as most refer to it, March Madness. And instead of doing an analysis and picking the winner, like I do (badly) every year, I've decided to go another way. I'm sure you've all seen those Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    25 Random March Madness Facts

    It's once again time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, or as most refer to it, March Madness. And instead of doing an analysis and picking the winner, like I do (badly) every year, I've decided to go another way. I'm sure you've all seen those Facebook 25 random facts lists. Well, here is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Fen-Phen Side Effects: Irritable Lawyers

    Remember Fen-phen, the obesity wonder drug that made headlines in the late 1990s when the FDA took it off the market because of abnormal heart problems in users? That same drug also sent product-liability lawyers across the country scrambling to courthouses, taking enough settlement money to pay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Ivy League Frat Punished For Helping Ike Victims

    Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, an Ivy League fraternity has been punished for daring to hold a fund-raiser for Ike victims. The Delta Tau chapter at Brown University gave a party September 19 and raised $800 which they gave to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. Ten fraternity brothers were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: All Over But The Shouting

    The world’s most ridiculous trial continued today with two dynamo attorneys displaying radically different styles: Rusty Hardin, representing defendant Victoria Osteen, chose to impeach the plaintiff on the stand by presenting factual evidence that contradicted her claims, and by generally highlig ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    March 6, 2008
  • Film

    August 23, 2007

    The Nanny Diaries

    Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2007

    Get Lit: First Assistant, Second Assistant

    Houston's freakily cool spring held me back a bit from starting The First Assistant -- when a paperback has a back-cover blurb saying, "Make sure it is at the very top of your beach bag" (Chicago Tribune), you want to make sure you're saving it for poolside perusal. But a recent spate of sunny, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Pastoral U.

    "After the game, I'm off for some rowing, old chum." Did a double take this morning while flipping through the TV news shows. On Today, Lester Booming-Voice Holt sat with Barbara Kantrowitz of Newsweek and Seppi Bacili of Kaplan International teasing this year's list of the 25 New Ivies. These ... More >>

  • Film

    March 3, 2005

    Get Lost

    It'd Be Cool if this sequel were any good. Too bad it ain't.

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2005

    Kicking It

    WAKA lets you do it playground-style

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    January 29, 2004
  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    The Power of 12

    Arthur Yoria and Matt Maloney launch a new local label with a roster of one

  • Culture

    December 26, 2002

    Fear Factor

    But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Rice Freeze

    Market losses force a temporary hiring ban at the university

  • Film

    July 12, 2001

    Bland Ambition

    Motion to dismiss: Legally Blonde doesn't even have a case

  • News

    June 17, 1999
  • Film

    July 31, 1997

    Flunking Out

    187 is a blackboard bungle

  • Music

    September 5, 1996
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    January 18, 1996
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