"Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?" -- John Coffey, The Green Mile I understand, John Coffey. I really do. (And trust m ... More >>
Texans want to vote on gambling.
It's just a snapshot, but if a new poll is to be believed, Texans are nearly as unified in their desire to vote upon gambling legalization as they are in loathing Lance Armstrong. A survey released from Let Texans Decide, an organization leading the movement to allow Texans to vote upon gambling leg ... More >>
At some point, Texas will give up its status as a GOP guarantee. That seems the consensus, at least. A burgeoning Hispanic population, increasing transplants from California and New York, and a youth bubble surpassed by only Utah -- all signs point toward an eventual purpling of this putative Republ ... More >>
When Deadspin broke the story Notre Dame linebacker and future NFL draft pick Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend, the whole nation was shocked. Many sympathized for him when he lost Lennay Kekua due to leukemia while he continued to play in "her" honor. Since, he has garnered a large amount of ridicule, l ... More >>
As Lance Armstrong's career continues circling the drain following his admission that he did indeed use performance enhancing drugs, as had been widely reported, a new loss closer to home could be on the horizon. According to a report, Bike Texas, a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization, is cons ... More >>
The 10 most overhyped stories of 2012.
Journalists are really fond of writing about stories that went underreported every year. Too often, however, they forget to remind us all that those critical stories that went without needed coverage did so because stories with little merit wound up filling the airwaves and pages of newspapers. Unf ... More >>
Puffed up, plucked and ready for roasting, here's this year's best of the worst.
In November of 1970, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lance Rentzel had it all. Back in college, at the University of Oklahoma, Rentzel had been a star running back. Under coach Bud Wilkinson, Rentzel never lost a single game in three years of competing for the Sooners teams, and in 1965, his senior y ... More >>
One thing I've learned in my five years or so of doing radio is that very few (stress VERY) athletes enjoy doing interviews. Most barely tolerate the process and treat it like it's a nuisance, something that's just part of the deal when you sign on the dotted line for seven figures. So when you see ... More >>
Slayer's Dave Lombardo is destroying a couple of bass drums just out of frame.Forty-seven years ago today, drummer Dave Lombardo was born in Havana, Cuba. Never heard of Dave? That's okay. If you've listened to any heavy metal in the past 25 years, you've definitely heard his influence. Roun ... More >>
There's a lot riding on the launch of the new Uchi in Houston. Tyson Cole's Austin outposts -- Uchi and Uchiko -- stand apart as "destination" restaurants in Texas, venues that have attained national recognition in part because of Cole's success as a competitive chef on television and in part becau ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseDef Leppard, Heart Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 23, 2011 Like so many of their 80s hard rock brethren, Def Leppard has always straddled the line between serious musical territory and the self-parody that threatens all bands associated with that era. On one ... More >>
In a few hours, Carrie Underwood will be onstage at Toyota Center. Besides being an all-around American girl who will mess you up if you cheat on her, Underwood once dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators back in July. That's right, a hockey ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttA series of texts from Brandon K. Hernsberger starting at 12:41 p.m.: I'm in line at Village Voice. Shit is CRAZY long. Most people here to see The xx. 5 in 5 out. Surfer Blood up next. Dudes are effing HUGE. I see people eating inside and I'm jealous. Next door ... More >>
Hail, heat, snow and 14,000 vertical feet the Leadville Trail 100 is the Ironman of biking
Photo by Mark C. AustinSchool of Seven BellsBefore we start discussing the great music we heard yesterday, we would like to take time to thank the Gods Of Rock for blessing Day One of the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) 2009 with an amazing afternoon and evening of weather. Anyone who has ... More >>
Meet Ron White, the Texas-born memory champ you'll never forget.
Whitney Casey is fast turning into the gift that keeps on giving.We got an e-mail blast from "her people" today, touting the new book by the Houston Chronicle columnist and former Great Day Houston host."Relationships expert Whitney Casey, who has dated Lance Armstrong and Rocco DiSpirito, and was m ... More >>
Sean Avery of the NHL's Dallas Stars was suspended for an indefinite period by the NHL on Tuesday for comments he made in Calgary on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, he made a comment about several players dating his "sloppy seconds." And I know most of you in Houston would rather talk high school fo ... More >>
Miss Pop Rocks Edition
Hi. I'm John Lomax, and I'm a pedestrian. My friend, Uncle Tick, and I walked down 16-plus miles of Westheimer. This is our story.
A rock-climber does the unthinkable to save himself
The Nightfly finds the French most pleasant. Maybe it's the company he keeps.
Rice's new basketball director reveals the secret of his fall from NBA stardom
Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie
Friedman may be just the one to muss up Guv Goodhair's re-election plan
Old bar game, big following
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