Leslie Alexander

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    December 27, 2013

    One Fool's 2014 Houston Sports Predictions

    With 2013 giving way to 2014, it's time for a few predictions that will, more than likely, be way off the mark. But what the hell, that means I'll be just like the rest of my sportswriting brethren. So... PREDICTION ONE: CSN HOUSTON The next status conference in bankruptcy court before Judge Marv ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    CSN Houston and Jim Crane's Long, Strange Trip to Nowhere

    No sports fan in Houston really cares why the Rockets and Astros still aren't on TV. They don't care about the money behind the deals, the accusations of fraud, the back-room negotiations, per-subscriber rates, the posturing and the lawsuits. The only thing that they want is for their teams to be on ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Jim Crane Accuses Drayton McLane and Comcast of Fraud In A New Lawsuit

    Jim Crane said he did his due diligence when he purchased the Houston Astros. That he looked at all of the books. That he and his people went through everything there was to know about the Astros and their deal with CSN Houston before completing the purchase of the team. He even told bankruptcy cour ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Saving the Astrodome: From Perfectly Fine to Nearly Demolished, the History of the Dome's Demise and the Rise of New Stadiums in Houston

    As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    PR 101: The Astros Could Learn a Lot From Other Houston Team Owners

    Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer. - The Insider Owners of sports franchises never have it easy. From Charlie Thomas to Les Alexander, John McMullen to Drayton McLane, Bud Adams to, yes, even Bob McNair, fans are ruthless and we're talking Houston, not Philadelphia o ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The Houston Aeros Are No More, R.I.P.

    The Houston Aeros lost 7-0 to the Grand Rapids Griffins in Grand Rapids on Saturday night. With the loss the Aeros are done for this season, having lost the deciding game of round one of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. And with the loss, the Houston Aeros are done in Houston. They are no more. The nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Say Goodbye To The Aeros & Pro Hockey: The Team Is Moving To, Ummm, Iowa

    The Houston Aeros, it now seems assured, will not get to celebrate their 20th anniversary of being the only hockey game in town. The Minnesota Star-Tribune, which covers the Aeros' parent team, the Minnesota Wild, reported today that Wild officials have all but ended negotiations with the Toyota Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Aeros One Step Closer To Playoffs, One Step Closer To Des Moines

    Lost in the talks of the Houston Aeros relocation, of the vitriol being spewed toward Les Alexander, of the jobs being lost, the families uprooted, is one simple thing. The Aeros are still playing hockey. And with four games left in the regular season, the Aeros are still very much in a fight for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Sports Illustrated Gets In Depth with Rockets GM/Geek Daryl Morey

    If you've ever seen the movie Moneyball, you probably have a tiny inkling of what goes into the data-heavy methodology behind modern sports analytics. It's a complex mix of raw data, probability and computing power. Prior to Daryl Morey's hire as the Rockets GM, no one had seriously tried it in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Tough Week: Rockets Go from Sixth Seed to Out of the Playoffs

    Remember all the warm, fuzzy feelings last week when the Rockets came home from a 4-0 road trip, knocking on the door of a good seeding in the Western Conference playoffs? It appeared this scrappy, tough team was going to defy odds and make the playoffs with no stars and their entire starting backco ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    No-Good Goods

    Readers on American Grocers

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    November 24, 2010

    Is Bob McNair Houston's Worst Sports Franchise Owner

    Sad McNair is sad​No matter how beloved the owner of a sports franchise may be, there will always be plenty of reasons for fans to hate him. In a city like Houston, with three major sports franchises, there are bound to be times when owners take a beating, particularly when the teams are losin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Game Time: Five Jobs The Rockets Can Give Tracy McGrady

    ​I'm all about people earning their money. From an accountant punching up debits and credits to a custodian cleaning the bathroom stalls to a CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation, every position in any company has an intrinsic financial value to it and as soon as the return on the investment in that ... 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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    August 26, 2009

    Which Houston Team Has The Dumbest Front Office?

    ​Richard Justice actually had a decent blog post the other day. In it, he attempted to evaluate which of Houston's big three sports franchises was the smartest -- sorry Dynamo fans, he didn't include them because he says the team hasn't been here long enough, and I won't include them because I con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Being A Fan In Houston Basically Sucks, ESPN Reports

    Photo by Bukowsky18ESPN has put together another one of its Best Fan Experience lists, where they rank ballparks, arenas and stadiums for atmosphere, convenience, team success, and other highly arbitrary and pseudo-scientific categories.Houston doesn't come out too well.The top three are the L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Houston Rockets To Lower Ticket Prices -- Wait, They Meant "Raise," Right?

    There is only one actual major league team in Houston to ever win a world title. The Houston Rockets. And there is only one legit major league team in Houston that ever makes the effort to field a winning team every season. And yet there is only one legit major league professional team in this c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Houston Rockets To Lower Ticket Prices -- Wait, They Meant "Raise," Right?

    There is only one actual major league team in Houston to ever win a world title. The Houston Rockets. And there is only one legit major league team in Houston that ever makes the effort to field a winning team every season. And yet there is only one legit major league professional team in this ci ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 2008
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    November 1, 2007

    Rocket Science: Daryl Morey Brings Hard-Core Statistical Analysis to the NBA

    Houston's pro basketball team pins (at least a part of ) its hopes on a brainiac GM

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Lobbyist

    Bill Miller

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    September 18, 2003

    Rockets' Legal Dj Vu

    Minority groups take Alexander to court again

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    May 8, 2003

    Les's Lost Weekend

    Minorities' suit against the Rockets revs up, with a mayoral hopeful caught in the fray

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    April 17, 2003

    Not So Suite?

    City officials to the Rockets: Don't mess with our freebies

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    April 10, 2003

    Rockets Court Date?

    The NAACP rattles sabers in the arena vendor disputes

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    March 6, 2003

    Rocket Rodney

    A state senator moonlights as arena point guard

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    December 26, 2002

    Year of the Yao Woo

    The crazy times in 2002 Kmart raids, Olympian losses, stadium mania and more - now make sense. Houston was just mining Ming.

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    November 23, 2000

    Back at the Trough

    The politics behind the new arena

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    July 13, 2000

    Dead or Alive

    Dead Horse Walking

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    June 22, 2000

    Home Court Advantage

    The Rockets rack up frequent flyer miles.

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    April 13, 2000

    "Clearing House" Sweepstakes

    Urban League deal-maker scores in Aramark stadium contract

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    March 2, 2000

    News Hostage

    Love and Rockets

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    February 10, 2000

    Stadia Watch

    Hoopla. Will the Rockets relocate? Don't bet on it.

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    December 2, 1999

    Stadia Watch

    Les for the Money

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    October 21, 1999

    Ad Nauseam

    Despite what the campaign says, that new arena will cost plenty

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    May 6, 1999

    The Killer-est B

    Forget Biggio, Bagwell, Bell. Move over, Barkley. The sports figure of the decade is...

  • Calendar

    May 28, 1998
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    March 13, 1997
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    February 13, 1997
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    February 13, 1997

    Greed Head

    There's a darkness at the edge of Clutch City, but one thing is clear: Les Alexander will get his. And maybe yours, too.

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    December 12, 1996
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    November 28, 1996

    ,,, And Don't Talk to Barkley

    Pinched for fat. Put in their place. The Rockets Power Dancers don't care, just as long as they're given a chance to make their moves.

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    August 1, 1996
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    January 25, 1996

    Forecast: Raining Stadiums

    Forget the committee -- the city's sports future already is being negotiated by the mayor

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    December 14, 1995
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    January 27, 1994

    Wanna Buy a RoboDome?

    The city's sports tycoons maneuver for inside position, and the questions mount: Who needs it? Why? At what cost?

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