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    August 14, 2014

    Notable Dates on the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Schedule

    The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season and, naturally, the first thing everyone looked for was when Lebron James would return to Miami (Christmas Day as it turns out), but we here in Houston were more interested in the Rockets, who will try to improve on their 54-win season and first ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Jeremy Lin's Dunk Cam Will Make You Like Jeremy Lin (VIDEO)

    I'll admit, I wanted the Rockets to trade Jeremy Lin this past summer. Unconditionally, I wanted him gone from Houston. Part of it certainly was about fiscal responsibility, as Lin is scheduled to make $15 million in cold, hard cash in the final year of his three-year "poison pill" deal, and for a ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    2014 NBA Finals: Prop Bets And Prediction

    Career legacy against transcendent window. That's the struggle that the 2014 NBA Finals ultimately boils down to. The San Antonio Spurs, miraculously recovering from an all-time collapse in Game 6 of last year's Finals to make another run at the fifth championship of the Popovich/Duncan Era, and i ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    If Google Elected Athletes to Office, the President Would Be...

    Before computers ruled our lives, before the internet connected everyone to everything, relevance was a far more subjective attainment. Stardom was a feel, degrees of which were debatable. Nowadays, with our ability to measure the relative joy in/admiration for/tolerance of almost anything thanks t ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Dwight Howard is Exactly the Athlete We All Want, So Why Do So Many Dislike Him?

    The Rockets and Washington Wizards had a rain delay on Saturday night. Yes, a rain delay. The roof at the Verizon Center in D.C. had a fairly serious leak during a rainstorm. As a result, both teams were forced to wait out the weather. During that time, Dwight Howard did something rather remarkable ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 4. Dwight Howard

    The reconstruction of the Rockets from the wake of the Yao Ming's Feet Era is still not totally complete. With Omer Asik's remaining a Rocket (which I would prefer he do, by the way), the chances for at least one more move by Daryl Morey are high. I mean, it's Morey. He's addicted to moves. (Trust ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Sorry Lakers, Dwight Howard Just Wasn't That Into You

    Just before the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Houston Rockets completed a three team trade that would have sent then-New Orleans point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, Lakers forward Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and an appetizer sampler of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and other odds and ends ... 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 >>

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    April 17, 2013

    A Surprising Amount on the Line Tonight for the Rockets in LA

    It's always amazing that after 81 games, it can come down to a single contest between two teams. Such is the case tonight in Los Angeles as the Rockets face the Lakers in the final game of the season. For both, a win is paramount but for different reasons. The Lakers, the preseason favorite to win i ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off proudly presents to our readers coverage of Coachella's first weekend courtesy of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly. Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad-ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped o ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Help For Hacks: A Comprehensive List Of Athletes Getting Paid More Than The Astros Entire Payroll

    Comedy is a combination of hard work, creativity, timing, and -- depending on which comedians you talk to -- an ample amount of drugs may or may not be involved as well. I don't claim to be a professional comedian. Not even close. But I do think I have a decent ear for humor, an ability to discern ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Seven ZERO Time NBA All-Stars Who Made More in Career Earnings Than Michael Jordan

    I once had a boss who told me "The only thing worse than being underpaid is being overpaid." Looking back, perhaps he was trying to send a message to me personally, but the general message was this -- making too much money makes one utterly expendable. That's a fine notion, and in most walks of li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Next Five Games Will Test Young Rockets Starting Tonight Against the Lakers

    With a serious tragedy behind them and injured players starting to return to the line up, the Rockets dive into a string of games against contenders and Texas rivals this week that will add yet another test to the young team's season. First up is the LA Lakers, in town tonight at Toyota Center. Des ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    NBA Finals: Series Prediction and a Few Prop Bets

    Finally, it's here! If you had allowed David Stern to sit in a room with all 16 playoff teams on the wall by conference, and allow him to pick his dream matchup for the NBA Finals, it's without a doubt the Miami-Oklahoma City matchup we're getting here. LeBron versus Durant, big market versus small ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    The Sports Hall of Shame, an Idea Long Overdue

    A week or so ago, you may remember, I wrote a post about the auction for Bobby Petrino's crash-damaged motorcycle. The majority of the post was an outline of my idea to turn the crumpled-up love machine into a profit center by selling photo opportunities for fans to pose on the bike. At the end o ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Rockets Mediocrity: Blame the Strategy of the Owner

    There's something unholy about a team playing out the string of games knowing it won't make the playoffs. It's even weirder when said team felt its season end with a thud after a horrid stretch of games that lasted right up until the second-to-last game of the year. Going one step farther, that game ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Texans' Rashad Butler Not Really Apologizing Much for "Faggots" Tweet

    The fail whale comes again for a Houston athlete.​Rashad Butler's Twitter account is the latest bit of fun Misadventures in Athlete Tweeting. The Texans tackle was watching the Miami Heat-New York Knicks game last night and got a little bit caught up in the action. He got in some back-and-fo ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Rap Round Table: If You Could Only Listen To One Musician For All Of Time, Who Would It Be?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Killa Kyleon, Zavey, kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Mac, Doughbeezy, A.D.D., Medicine Girl, more. Not Invited: The guy at our sons' ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Houston Rockets 1993 vs. Houston Rockets 2012, the Hard Truth

    It's been a tough start for the hapless Rockets. With early injury problems, a trade that didn't happen in the lockout-shortened offseason and a new, unproven coach, it's no wonder the first few weeks of the season have been somewhere between "OH GOD NO!" and "Just shoot me." This, of course, makes ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: E.S.G. and the Rapper That's Going to be Better Than All You Suckas

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmail.com ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: J. Cole vs. Big Sean, the Worst Song of 2011, More

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmail.com ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Remember SYDTHEMAN's Singin' Rappin' & Cussin'?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​SYDTHEMAN Singin' Rappin' & Cussin' (2011, Self-released) Reigning Artist of the Week SYDTHE ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    The NBA Lockout X-Factor: Turkey (The Country, Not The Meat)

    I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about Turkey​On the surface, the NFL and NBA lockouts are the same thing -- owners are closing the doors on their own leagues so they can negotiate a more beneficial collective bargaining agreement with the respective players unions. However, as most ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    We Can't Be Stopped: Best Houston Album Ever Turns 20 Years Old

    ​Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Geto Boys' We Can't Be Stopped. It is the most important Houston album of all time. Everyone understands this reflexively, even if they don't understand why they understand that. It has likely been written about more than any other piece o ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    NBA Playoffs Schedule Maker, a Mother's Day FAIL

    Could have been the best Mother's Day match-up of all time.​It's not easy for a sport's postseason that lasts practically as long as the entire college football regular season to be compelling from beginning to end, but so far this NBA postseason is doing as good a job of just that as it's eve ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Video Recap

    Justin Bieber, your All-Star MVP​Travel day today back from Phoenix, so I'm submitting the ultimate Cliffs Notes version of dominant performances during the NBA All Star weekend. (I'll be back at full blog strength tomorrow.) Here goes: - Justin Bieber was named most valuable player of the c ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Top Five Hip-Hop Foes Turned Friends

    Marco Torres​Some rivalries are beyond repair. You'll never catch Kobe and Shaq trading smiles at a joint family picnic. 50 Cent and The Game will still be mugging at each other at the 2021 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Batman will always despise that sonamabitch The Joker. Truth be told, hip-hop is a ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010

    Thanksgiving 2010: The Post Where We Get All "Thanky"

    Thank you. Thank you very much.​As we prepare to gorge ourselves today on turkey (Cajun fried is the choice here), stuffing, pumpkin bread, and perhaps something green (maaaaybe, but probably not), I want to first thank all of you who stop in and read the stuff on the blog here, not just my st ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    NBA 2010-2011 Preview -- Reconstructing LeBron

    Please, no more operations on Yao Ming​"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Tailgating in Midtown

    A trendy Everyman bar? Can that even happen?

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    July 27, 2010

    Matisyahu Knows His Reggae - And His Disney

    Photos by Beau Grealy/ Press Here PR​When Rocks Off called Matisyahu last week, he was battling a nasty cold. But it didn't stop him from giving us a few minutes of his time. If you've never heard of Matisyahu, then you've probably never heard of the greatest basketball game in history: NBA2K1 ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Game Time: Buddhism Announces That It Has Dropped Tiger Woods

      So there you go. Tiger Woods is sorry. Or so he says. If we can sift through the 15 minutes where time stood still in sports bars around the country, if we can somehow ignore all of the "hostage crisis"-level coverage this is getting on CNN, ESPN, and the Oxygen Network, then we can all step ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 2: UGK's Ridin' Dirty

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. UGK Ridin' Dirty (Jive, 1996) ​When UGK first came into focus with th ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Game Time: 2009 Bear Bryant Award, Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

    ​I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but the last few weeks have not been all that kind to the perception of the college football coaching profession. If it's not Jim Leavitt getting fired from South Florida for allegedly slapping around a special teams player at halftime of a game, then it's ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    The Top Five Christmas Day Sports Moments

    As you've probably figured our by now, Christmas Day is not just for opening presents and spreading the love. It's also about parking yourself in front of a television and watching sports. It's part of what it makes the day so unique, especially for men -- they get to do something they rarely experi ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    The T-Mac Question

    Stacy McLady or true superstar?

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    November 5, 2009

    In Make-Or-Break Year, Rockets' Landry Looks To Fill Low-Post Void

    Photo by Jeff Balke​There's a popular belief in NBA circles that the third year is when a player makes the transition to stardom, if he's going to make it. Among point guards, that worked for Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and much has been said about Aaron Brooks making a similar - though sma ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Game Time: Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself LeBron

    ​Those of you who listen to my show know that I am fond of placing the "occasional" friendly wager. While handicapping the day-to-day and week-to-week ebb and flow of a football, basketball, or (if you're really sick) baseball season can be enjoyable and, at times, lucrative (especially when betti ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Michael Jackson Memorial Underway

    The Michael Jackson memorial service is underway at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Although Smokey Robinson has already expressed his condolences to the crowd, so far it's been a lot of talking heads; right now ABC News is discussing the market for MJ memorabilia. Here's a few tweets from our fr ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson, You Will Be Honored...And Twittered

    The Most Important Event Ever....Will Be Twittered!!!!Our colleagues at West Coast Sound, the music blog of our sister paper L.A. Weekly, will be in attendance when The Nation Stops at noon tomorrow (Houston time) to give a final send-off to Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far St ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    No Matter Game 7 Outcome, These Rockets Have Heart Of Champions

    Photo: Jeff BalkeScrapper Chuck HayesThirty-seven million of the Rockets' approximately $70 million payroll sits on the bench in luxury suits instead of basketball uniforms. With Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady sidelined, the Rockets counter the Lakers' top scoring option -- only one of the best players ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Game 3 Preview: Rockets Need More From Wafer, On And Off Court

    Photo by Jeff BalkeThe Rowdies get rowdy for the playoffsVon Wafer was a hero in the first round, scoring 21 points in 27 minutes in Game 2 and sparking the Rockets with an emotional return in the series-clinching Game 6 just two days after suffering a bulging disc in his lower back. He was suppos ... More >>

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    October 16, 2003

    Sage Advice

    Tackling the team spirit

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