Larry Bird

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Former NBA Player Joe Smith Raps Angry Reply to Justin Bieber

    Stardom is weird. I've interviewed hundreds of athletes and dozens of entertainers, and roughly 91.2 percent of the time (estimated), it seems like athletes want to be actors/musicians and actors/musicians wish they were athletes. The moral of the story is twofold -- 1) there are way too many ente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Conspiracy Theorists Are Dead Wrong About the NBA

    I don't get it. I read about conspiracy theories all the time. From 9/11 was an inside job to aliens to "false flags," I try to reasonably digest the possibilites, but I just can't wrap my head around them. This isn't to say I don't think cover-ups or conspiracies don't exist. In fact, history tells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz: "This Is Our Fucking City"

    When real tragedy like the bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday occurs, one of the phrases that gets uttered seemingly every time is that "sports helps the healing process." Now, most of the time we hear this, it's uttered by someone who makes their living in sports, so the statement may b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Five-Tool Player: Why JJ Watt Has the Skills to Be a Legitimate Superstar

    In any competitive field, having aptitude for your work will help you get by. Throw in a handful of other characteristics, and you could be valued by your organization and excel at your career. But, to be one of the true greats in anything, it requires quite a bit more. In sports, I've always believ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" And Other Household Items That Need Theme Songs

    ​OK, we've never been devout Toby Keith fans. At all. Our image of him changed though as we heard more of his politics, post-"Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" and he came out as a fan of gay marriage and gays in the military. Who says all country guys have to be right-wing torchbearers any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Mavericks Celebrate In South Beach Bar: The Photos, Including Dirk Nowitzki Guzzling an $80K Bottle of Champagne​The webiste has a page full of pictures up of the Dallas Mavericks, the whitest NBA champs since Larry Bird's Celtics, getting down last night and early this morning at Dallas South Beach nightclub LIV. We can only assume such a hip name as LIV is an homage to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    It's Just Brittany, Bitch, Houston Rap's New First Lady

    ​At 11 p.m. Thursday night, the balance of power among Houston's female rappers (and all rappers, a little) shifted markedly, because that is precisely when Just Brittany's first proper EP, the unexpectedly polished and ambidextrous More Than Just a Pretty Face, was officially released. Brit ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Dr. Brown's Dubai Detention

    Sex toys get hand doc in trouble

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Time Waster Tuesday -- NBA Superstars Videos (via YouTube)

    "'Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation." -- Tony Soprano Tony was right, you never want to be "remember when" guy, and I try my best not to be. But the fact of the matter is, for many of us, what happened between the ages of 16 and 28 constitute the "good times." High school, maybe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    The 7 Basic WWE Metaphors For Real Life Situations (w/ video)

    Let's get ready to....examine life!!!​I'm working on my 2009-2010 NBA Preview which should be done by tomorrow. I hope that some of you will cut me slack given that a whopping three games will be in the books by the time it gets posted here on Hair Balls, including the Rockets opener against the L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Game Time: Celtics, Feel Better -- Five Officiating Decisions That Were WAY Worse Than Kendrick Perkins' Second Technical

    Sorry about that fifth down.....​It's funny, because I'm from New England, people automatically assume that I am a fan of all the Boston teams. To wit, last night as the Celtics were imploding in Orlando, my iPhone was blowing up with text messages asking if I was starting to get worried about th ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2010

    Giant Steps

    Homey Heights cafe King Biscuit hosts a first-rate jazz jam.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    In Honor Of The Bugatti Incident: The Five Best Incidents Of When Birds Attack

    Today's story on a pelican causing a $2 million sports car to wind up in a lagoon is, of course, distressing. And not just if you're the owner of that $2 million car.Birds -- you gotta watch out for them. You just never know when they're going to strike.The lagoon incident can now proudly take its p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Sports Moments of 2008

    10. Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 to become the first woman to win a major (NASCAR, Indy, Formula One) auto race. 9. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine won his 300th game, then retired at the end of the season, to just about cement his selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame in five ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Sports Moments of 2008

    10. Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 to become the first woman to win a major (NASCAR, Indy, Formula One) auto race. 9. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine won his 300th game, then retired at the end of the season, to just about cement his selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame in five ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Former Rocket Dirk Minniefield Finds A New Way To Get In Trouble

    Dirk Minniefield, the former Houston Rocket whose drug-addled life was turned around with the help of John Lucas, is in trouble again.The Associated Press reports that he's been arrested for a mortgage-fraud scheme centered in the Houston area:The indictment alleges Minniefield was a real estate age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Peekaboo Theory

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to   Mark C. Austin To ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    Tristar Collectors Show

    Craig Biggio, Joe Theismann and Jim Brown will all be in the same place, with pen in hand

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Fire in the Belly

    Rice's new basketball director reveals the secret of his fall from NBA stardom

  • Calendar

    August 6, 1998
  • News

    January 26, 1995

    Soul on Ice

    As one of hockey's few black players, the Aeros' Graeme Townshend has had to pick his fights carefully

  • News

    May 12, 1994

    The Man Behind Mad Max

    Vernon Maxwell has made a reputation by going crazy. Now he says he wants to go straight. Really?

  • Film

    March 3, 1994