Jim Crane

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    April 10, 2014

    Applying the Three True Outcomes to the CSN Houston Fiasco

    The Houston Astros are in week two of the regular season. The Houston Rockets regular season is quickly coming to an end. This makes for two years that the Rockets games have not been available for most Houston viewers, and it's the start of the second year that Astros games mostly haven't been avai ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Welcome to the New Normal: Where Houston Sports Fans Can't Actually See Teams Play

    The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees tomorrow night. It's Opening Day, the team's second as a member of the American League. The game will be aired on CSN Houston for anybody unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices brought on by the Astros' dynamic pricing model. That means that most of the H ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Despite the Astros Legal Claims, More Money's Not the Key to Competing With Texas

    I've read way too much of the legal documentation generated in the Astros/CSN Houston bankruptcy litigation. And I'm not much in the mood to rehash what I've read -- I also assume you're pretty tired of reading about it, too. But I did recently see a new argument generated by the Astros attorneys th ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    CSN Houston Safe For Now, Deserves to Survive

    On Tuesday, the judge in the Comcast Sports Net bankruptcy case granted the flailing sports network the opportunity to reorganize under of Chapter 11, which gives them protection from creditors until they can work out what they are going to do next. This is a clear victory for the folks at Comcast a ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dear Santa, All I Want in Houston Sports For Christmas Is...

    Christmas is just around the corner, and I've once again come to accept that Mrs. Santa's sister won't be visiting me this year. But I think I've been a good boy this year, and if Santa can't give me her, or money, then there are a few more things that hopefully he'll leave for me this year. JON GR ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Rockets Take Over CSN Houston Negotiation, Bid to Buy the Network

    The Rockets, Astros and CSN Houston met in federal court this morning for yet another progress report on the Astros attempts to negotiate carriage deals with cable providers. CSN Houston is currently only available on Comcast and a handful of small cable system providers. They have as yet been unabl ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Believe It Or Not, There Is Fan Interest In The Astros

    The Astros season mercifully ends this weekend. Another 100-plus loss season. They are chasing the all-time strikeout record for a team -- a record held by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's the only visit of the season by the New York Yankees and the final chance to see Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    CSN Announces Rockets Broadcast Lineup...Assuming You Can See It

    Comcast SportsNet Houston, broadcast home to the Astros and Rockets, announced their schedule for the upcoming Rockets season on Wednesday. The network will carry 75 of the Rockets games during the regular season (the remaining six will be national broadcasts) as well as all preseason games. With th ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Reid Ryan Wants a More Fan-Friendly Astros, So Here Are Our Suggestions

    In his introductory press conference on Friday, new Astros team president Reid Ryan made it clear that things are going to change. He wants the team to be more fan-friendly, and he said he's going to work on making it clear that the team is now putting fans first. So here are a few suggestions tha ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Astros Upheaval: Postolos Resigns, Astros Wives Organization Disbanded

    When your product on the field is really crappy, changes in a baseball organization are to be expected. But when they happen off the field, it makes you wonder just what the hell is going on. In the case of the Astros, the maneuvers at Minute Maid on Monday ran the gamut from some potential good new ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Astros Out to Prove Einstein Was Right About Insanity

    Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The Houston Astros didn't yet exist when he offered up this wisdom, yet it's hard to believe that he didn't have the Astros in mind when he spoke this. The Astros are giving Erik Beda ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    The Great CSN Houston Tax Scam

    Everybody's pretty damn tired of the CSN Houston situation. Tired of being screwed out of Rockets games. Tired, maybe, of not being able to see the Astros get swept by the Oakland A's. Tired of watching CSN's Matt Hutchings constantly on the television and lying out of his teeth about who's responsi ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    DirecTV Drops Gauntlet on CSN, Sports Networks and Fans

    DirecTV, considered by many to be the lynchpin in negotiations to get Comcast SportsNet Houston on cable system providers other than Comcast, is apparently digging in its heels when it comes to sports networks in particular. On a website -- -- it has an entire section dedicated to ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Foul Balls, Philosophy and Baseball Gods: Notes from the Houston College Classic

    Six teams. Three days. Nine games. Seventy-one innings, give or take a couple here and there. So was The Astros Foundation 2013 College Classic. And after sitting through all nine games and three days, it's safe to say that this weekend was anything but a classic of college baseball. Most of the ga ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Hey Astros, You Might Want To Hire Some Radio Broadcasters

    The Houston Astros report for spring training next week. The first spring training game is on Saturday, February 23rd. And yet the Astros still do not have a radio broadcast team. Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond were dismissed the day after the 2012 season ended. In early October. And the topic as to ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Roger Clemens Close to Deal to Work with Astros Pitchers in 2013

    Former Astros (and Skeeters) pitcher Roger Clemens is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Astros to be a part of the organization in a yet to be determined capacity. According to a report in on, Clemens will meet with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday to discuss his role with the te ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Former Astros Broadcaster Brett Dolan Talks About Awkward Formats, Milo Hamilton and the New Astros Front Office

    Many Astros fans were shocked at the news that radio voices Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond had been dismissed from the team the day after the season ended. With the retirement of longtime play-by-play voice Milo Hamilton, it was assumed by many that Dolan and Raymond would finally be given their chanc ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

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    December 4, 2012

    Astros Dismantling Continues As Color Man Deshaies Leaves for Chicago

    Since 1997, the television voices of the Houston Astros, Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies, have been about as good as you can possibly get in baseball, or any sport, for that matter. Brown's dry delivery made the perfect set-up man for Deshaies's wit and insight. They pair was a match made in broadcast h ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    20 Reasons To Buy 2013 Astros Season Tickets (No, Really)

    You've probably forgotten about baseball by now. The Astros season ended a long time ago, and unless you live in St. Louis or New York, the odds are that nobody really gives a damn about the Cardinals and Yankees. It might be nice if the Detroit Tigers make the World Series if Kate Upton shows up to ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    What, Larry Dierker Wants To Come Back? Then What Are The Astros Waiting For?

    You've probably checked out on the Astros already, at least you have judging by the attendance. But the Astros are busy making preparations for next season in hopes that they'll be able to grab your attention and get you back out to the ballpark. They've fired most of the front office staff, and th ... More >>

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    September 8, 2012

    Roger Clemens: Fastball's Gone, But Rumors Of Comeback Aren't

    If Roger Clemens had wanted to quell rumors that he wasn't launching a comeback into Major League Baseball, then he really should start pitching a lot worse. Last night, before a sellout crowd in Sugarland, Clemens and the Sugar Land Skeeters strangled the Long Island Ducks for four scoreless inning ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Roger Clemens Comeback Tour Continues

    Roger Clemens claims he's not coming back to major league baseball this season. I don't think anybody really believes Clemens when he says he's not coming back to the majors, otherwise, this whole thing doesn't make sense. If he's not coming back, then why else go through the motions of getting ba ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Texans-Saints: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (The Trindon Holliday Conundrum Edition)

    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 >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Houston Chronicle Sports Goes Bleacher Report

    The Houston Chronicle sports page is a sad shadow of what it used to be. Tons of talented writers have been laid off the past several years, or they have departed on their own because they just couldn't take it anymore. Many of the reporters left are having to double up on beats, like Joseph Duarte ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Roger Clemens Joins The Skeeters, And You Know What That Means? PROP BETS!!

    "I'm going out there to have fun, try and stay healthy and see where it goes. I'm not going to be too far away from the game of baseball." -- Roger Clemens, 8/21/12 And just like that, Roger Clemens is back in our lives. For the last four years, the only glimpses we've gotten of Roger have been in ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    The Astrodome Will Live Another Year, If You Call What It's Doing Living

    So another year's going to pass with nothing being done about the Astrodome. Another year where the citizens of Harris County will be paying three to four million dollars in maintenance fees for a place that's being so poorly maintained that it's not safe to enter and has just become a useless bulk ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    6 Unsolicited Suggestions About the Astros Fan Experience

    The Houston Astros sent me a little fan survey last week, wanting my thoughts on the so-called fan experience at Minute Maid Park. There were some rather standard questions about where I usually sit, what price I usually pay for tickets and for parking. There weren't however, very many questions a ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Dear Astros Fans, Repeat After Me: Rebuilding Is A Good Thing

    There are some Astros fans who are kind of upset about the veteran purge going on with the team at the moment. These fans profess to understand the team's need to rebuild, finally. But they don't want this rebuild to come at the expense of the big league club. What has to be understood is the Astr ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    The Astros Appear to Actually Have a Plan

    It was quite the busy weekend for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. He unloaded pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, and he sent closer/clubhouse cancer Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Frankly, I'm shocked that any team in the American Lea ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Astros

    The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So yo ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    10 Suggestions For Improving the Poorly Ranked Astros Radio Broadcasts

    Baseball blog and stats-geek delight Fangraphs did a little post over the weekend ranking the radio broadcasts of the 30 major league teams (h/t to Crawfish Boxes). There's nothing really shocking in the rankings, unless you count the Astros radio broadcast team only finishing at number 23 -- they'r ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    25 Random Thoughts on This Upcoming Astros Season

    The Astros season starts today, and since I'm always in search of a cheap and easy post, I thought I would throw out some random thoughts about the Astros heading into the season. 25. The first Astros pitcher to collect a loss will be Brett Myers when he blows a save -- that save will probably be ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    25 Positive Thoughts As The Astros Head off to Spring Training

    Jed Lowrie could be the Astros' best all-around shortstop since Dickie Thon, if he stays healthy​Spring training begins for Major League Baseball next week, and that means the Astros will be reporting to camp in Florida and prepping for the upcoming season -- yes, despite whatever happened las ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Astros Media Day Kicks Off 2012 Season -- 5 Early Storylines

    In sandlot football growing up, we always had a saying after touchdowns that "losers walk," meaning the team that scored stays at that end of he field to kick off and the "losers" on defense have to march to the other end of the field to receive. So it's probably appropriate that, due to the NBA c ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    The Astros Lead the "Crazy Sounding Job Title" Standings; Six More to Consider

    Most of you have probably been paying attention to the Houston Texans, what with them actually making the playoffs for the first time in team history. But there are other professional sports teams in this city, and one of those teams made some front-office moves last week, moves that will hopefully ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Turkeys of the Year 2011

    We combed through an abundance of riches this year to bring you the best of the worst

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    October 19, 2011

    20 Ways the Astros Are Still Losing Even Though They're Not Playing

    Yep, Ed Wade's even a fool in the movies.​This past season was a painful one to watch and endure for Houston Astros fans. But even in the off-season the painful hits just keep on coming. 20. The owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan, is getting plenty of airtime from Fox and TBS every nigh ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Astros To The American League: The Logical Argument To Stop The Move

    ​Ever since the Peter Gammons tweet on Wednesday about the Astros sale to be approved in November as well as the Astros being moved to the American League, there's been a firestorm of anger and panic emitting from what few Astros fans remain. Yesterday, one group even started an internet peti ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Carlos Lee May Retire...

    ...after his contract is up next year! There, now you know how I felt yesterday when I read that headline. In this day and age where there are so many different places to swallow up news, we see tweets or vague headlines and the human tendency is to fill in the blanks. So when I saw one of the t ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Ed Wade: Burning Down The House

    Ed Wade's theme song​I was okay with the Astros trading Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. This is the worst team in baseball, and changes needed to be made. Many changes needed to be made. I've been advocating the blowing up of this team for many years now. Many, many years. Yet coming in t ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    15 Reasons To Keep Watching The Astros

    Watch Ed Wade try to line up another job with the Phillies​I know most of you have probably tuned out on the Astros by the now. Hell, most of you probably tuned out on the Astros back in March. But it's still over a month until the Texans start disappointing everybody again. The NBA may not ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Is It Time to Fire Brad Mills? His Treatment of Jose Altuve Might Give the Answer

    Is it time to break out the #firebradmills hashtag?​The Houston Astros made some exciting news yesterday. The good kind of exciting news. Not their normal kind of exciting news, and not the kind of exciting news that comes from a war-profiteer-who-has-problems-with-women-and-minorities-purch ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Free Brett Wallace

    Let Brett play.​The Astros enter the All Star break with a MLB-worst record of 30-62. No team, not even the Chicago Cubs, is close to matching the team's ineptitude at this point. And if the Astros keep up this pace, they'll finish the season with a record of 53-109. (Feel free to insert you ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    25 Positive Statements About The Houston Astros

    I'm positive that the Astros would have been better off with these three guys in charge​As it hard as it might be to believe, there are some people, friends even, who think I'm being too negative toward the Astros. They'd like for me to say something positive, something that might, hopefully, ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Changes at 1560: Is KGOW Losing Its KAPOW?

    Our April 6 cover on KGOW.​In April, our cover story featured the irreverent, independent nature of local sports radio station KGOW 1560 The Game. It appears both of those characteristics may be on their way out as changes at the station inch them closer to the mainstream. Longtime program di ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Play Ball, Baby

    A new season for the Astros, and hopefully a new team.

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    July 28, 2010

    Please, Let Mark Cuban Buy The Rangers, For The Astros' Sake

    Help us, Obi-Wan KenNolan, you're our only hope​Don't despair, Houston Astros fans. I know you're tired of bad baseball. I know you're a tired of good ol' boy Drayton and his bumbling sidekick Ed. I know you're tired of laggards like Carlos Lee and contracts wasted on the likes of Pedro Feliz. I k ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Nolan Ryan: Abandon The Rangers And Run The Astros, Please

    We'll take sloppy seconds if that Rangers deal falls through​The news is that Drayton McLane is still attempting to sell the Houston Astros. After the laughingstock that he turned this franchise into, I can't say that I blame him for wanting to dump the club on anybody who will meet his financial ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    25 High And Low Points Of The Decade In Astro-Land

    ​Yesterday we looked at the decade's highlights and low points for the Texans. Here's a look at the Houston Astros.1. October 2005: The Astros drive past the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals in two memorable NL playoff series to make the first World Series in the history of the franchise.2. ... More >>