John McClain

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    March 12, 2014

    Houston Texans: 2014 Free Agency Dashboard

    As the Texans make moves amidst a coaching regime change, I think it makes sense to look back at what has necessitated all of the movement that's gone on in the organization in the last few months. Certainly, indecisiveness and questionable decisions by the previous coaching staff contributed great ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    The Truth On the Matt Schaub Situation

    I understand the emotions of sports fans. Hell, I am a sports fan, I just happen to have a microphone, and a password to the Houston Press' blogging mechanism. I was there in the stadium for most of the soul crushing Matt Schaub pick sixes last season, including the third play of the San Francis ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    2014 NFL Draft: Texans Tracker Update, "Ryan Mallett Trade Rumor" Edition

    Free agency is almost here, and beginning Tuesday afternoon teams will be shopping to fill holes on their rosters, and spending prices anywhere from "Rodeo Drive" to "bargain bin scrap heap." Some teams like the Texans will hardly be spending at all, as they do what they can to keep their own free ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Houston Texans Staff Update: Godsey In, Munchak Out

    I've said it frequently here, and will continue to pound the drum -- hiring is the most important skill of any manager or coach, in business or in sports. Surrounding one's self with excellent people is tantamount to achieving success. That said, even if fans and media recognize some of the names ( ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Out With The Old: Bill O'Brien Era Begins With Staff Changes

    Of all the things that dictate success of a coaching regime, especially with a first time NFL head coach, the one thing that may be most important (and is almost certainly the most underplayed) is the assembly of a coaching staff. You are who you roll with, who you surround yourself with, and in an ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 16: Bearded Schaub's Revenge!

    We are officially at the point where we can start counting down to the end of the 2013 NFL season...the seemingly interminable, blight on Houston football history that's been the 2013 NFL season. The end is near, thank God! Go back to Week 1's BATTLE-DRINK game, and it reflects a much simpler time ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK: The Interim Wade Phillips Era Begins!

    After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 14: Thursday Night Self Mutilation Edition

    In Houston Texans seasons past, the running joke was that each season would have around two or three [sarcastic exaggeration font enabled] "biggest games in the history of the team." Hell, even 2013 had a couple of them early in the season with the home loss to Seattle and the road thrashing at the ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 13: The All-John McClain Edition

    Watching sporting events in the year 2013 is a different experience now than it was just five years ago. Yeah, if we're watching on television, we still have our play by play guy, our color analyst, and perhaps even a sideline reporter. Those people haven't gone anywhere. But now, even just in the ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 11: DeAndre Hopkins' Weenie Roast

    In last week's BATTLE-DRINK post, I wrote the following: As we head into Week 10 with the Texans taking on the Arizona Cardinals, all of a sudden we have squares devoted to Gary Kubiak's health, the jumbled running back roster, a quarterback non-controversy-that-some-people-are-trying-to-make-a-con ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 10: Randy Bullock Bullies Your Liver

    We are at the mathematical halfway point of the Texans season, and the team sits at 2-6. It's funny how this weekly BATTLE-DRINK game, if you go back and look at each week, in an odd way sort of weaves the tapestry of the entire season. You can see how all the storylines and futility have evolved we ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Texans-Colts BATTLE-DRINK: Five Running Backs, Two Lucks

    Here's me channeling an NFL player... After a September and October that included two Texans road trips, three Texans home games, a trip to College Station for Alabama-A&M, and a trip to South Bend for Oklahoma-Notre Dame, the bye week came at a good time for me. Yes, that's right, last weekend's ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 7: Texans vs Chiefs, A New Quarterback Frontier

    The time for talking is over. I mean, I would still like to talk about the Texans. In fact, I'm paid to talk about the Texans, so if words could still be part of the Texans' experience at this point, I'd like to keep talking. (I have bills to pay.) But apparently, talk is cheap, words do nothing, ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 6: Last Schaub Standing

    I finally finished watching Breaking Bad this week. I was about three years late to the party in watching the show, and then a week or two late in watching the series finale. I don't know if Breaking Bad wrests the title of "Best Series Ever" from The Sopranos for me yet. Rewatchability is a huge ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Seahawks-Texans BATTLE-DRINK: If Schaub Goes Down, We All Go Down

    How do you know when a BATTLE-DRINK Bingo card is hitting its mark? Well, when people are talking about liver transplants, rehab, detox, and a fear that they haven't completely updated their will at the end of the first quarter, that's a pretty good indicator! That's what happened this past weeken ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Titans-Texans: BATTLE-DRINK Makes Its 2013 Home Debut!

    I'll admit, I never went back and watched the complete telecast of the Texans and Chargers game from Monday night, partially because I just haven't really had time and partially for, well, other reasons. The good news is that I did finish Season 3 of Breaking Bad last night! So there's that. My po ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    It Returns! BATTLE-DRINK, The Houston Texans BINGO Drinking Game, Monday Night Opener Edition

    I am banging out this post in the dewey sweet ocean air of San Diego on Sunday morning. Since I make it to California like once every couple years, at best, I plan on spending Sunday watching football near the water somewhere (which I call "show prep" to you IRS auditors out there when I go to claim ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Officials Say Chronicle "Just Wrong" In Story On Future Of Astrodome

    A report came out in last week's Houston Chronicle purporting to detail a "vote on an unspecified plan concerning what to do with the Astrodome." According to John McClain, the board of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation was set to approve the plan and shuffle it to the Harris County ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    RiFF RaFF and Hip-Hop's Greatest Method Rappers

    There's an idea floating around in the pools of rap consciousness that most guys within the genre are merely method actors on par with Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Rick Ross might have already secured a few Academy Awards with his confusing portrayal of a flamboyant mafioso kingpin who dwells in mat ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Texans-Patriots: PLAYOFF BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Game Card, "Schaub's Revenge"

    As all of you Battle-Drinkers know, the Battle-Drink Bingo Drinking Game board this season has consisted of several potential in-game events tied to (obviously) the Texans and whoever their opponent is that particular week. The pattern on the board can best be described as "organized randomness," wi ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Texans-Packers: ALL NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card

    The Texans come back this Sunday night to play the Green Bay Packers on the dreaded "short work week," having just played the New York Jets on Monday night. Much like the players having to summon all of their recuperative powers to be near the top of their game on Sunday, so too must you, the weeken ... 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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    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Reasons To Watch The Texans Tonight

    It's another big night for you, Matt Leinart​I don't know that there was ever any point during the NFL lockout where I was fearful that we wouldn't have football this season. Still, the specter of the work stoppage that loomed over us throughout thus summer made us at least ponder life without ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Houston Sports Stories in 2010 (Alternate Title: "Here Comes The Prozac")

    Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your party​Putting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Houston Texans: Crank Up The Chronicle's Propaganda Machine

    Will that "H" be replaced with an "N"?​Training camp opens for the Houston Texans on Friday. And as hard as it is to believe, the Houston Chronicle is high on the team's chances to make the playoffs.NFL "expert" John McClain says the Texans will be a contender for a wild card spot. As McClain ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Sports Things To Be Thankful For, And Not Thankful For

    ​It's that time of year when we start to look back at the events that have happened. And since it's Thanksgiving, I thought I would give a list of sports things for which I'm thankful, as well as listing a few of the turkeys of the year. So...1. I'm thankful for the MLB Network. The network and it ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    25 Things About The Texans-Titans Monday Night Match-Up

    ​For the second week in a row, it's homecoming week on Monday Night Football. This past Monday, it was the Baltimore Ravens returning to the place from which they came, Cleveland, to play the Browns. This coming Monday, the Tennessee Titans are returning to Houston to take on the Texans.With tha ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    How To Grab The Reader's Attention

    ​The Texans and the New Orleans Saints have been practicing together this week, and yesterday they got into some scraps.Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain ably summed things up with this lede on his story:"The Texans and New Orleans Saints spent so much time fighting during Thursday's morning ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    The Beatification Of St. Bud, Patron Saint Of A-Holes

    ​John McClain had the latest of his many love letters to Bud Adams inside yesterday's Chron. The excuse for this one revolved around this being the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Football League.Reading this article, I had several thoughts, the first being that I thought the ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Chron Guts Sports Department

    Photo by Lori Greig On Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle laid off a whole bunch of writers and reporters, including Michael Murphy, MK Bower, and Terrance Harris, the beat writers for the University of Houston, Rice, and TSU. On Wednesday, while they were laying off people over on the advertising and ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Chron Guts Sports Department

    Photo by Lori Greig On Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle laid off a whole bunch of writers and reporters, including Michael Murphy, MK Bower, and Terrance Harris, the beat writers for the University of Houston, Rice, and TSU. On Wednesday, while they were laying off people over on the advertising and ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Chronicle Drops the Ball on Texans' Illegal Drills

    I think it's pretty common knowledge that the newspaper industry is in pretty bad shape. Reporters, editors, support staff, etc. are being laid off left and right. I think anyone who reads the Chronicle on a daily basis can see how that paper has been hit by this - smaller sections, more wire sto ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Who Knew Jacques Reeves Was So Awesome? A Jaguars-Texans Pregame Report

    I've got to apologize to everyone. I didn't know that I was an idiot. I honestly thought that I actually knew something about football. But thanks to the Chron's John McClain, I now know that what I thought I knew I didn't know. Seriously. You see, I thought that Jacques Reeves, the defensive ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Nine Things Not to Be Thankful For

    I understand that yesterday was Thanksgiving, and that we're supposed to be all thankful and everything. But seriously, did any of you watch those football games? How can a person be thankful after being subjected to nearly 11 hours of blow-out football? So in that spirit, I've put together a lis ... More >>

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    December 11, 2003

    Bacharach Meets Isley

    Here I Am (DreamWorks)

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    September 26, 2002

    Best Sports Radio Talk Show

    Rich Lord and Charlie Pallilo, KILT/610 AM

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    February 8, 2001

    No Contest

    KPRC uses the IRS for this month's sweeps giveaway

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    September 14, 2000

    Pigskin Parade

    A nonevent gets blanket coverage

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    February 16, 1995

    Visible Man

    Carlton Thompson has a sportswriter's dream job. But he keeps getting asked for some I.D.

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