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    November 5, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings, Our First Judgment Day Is Nigh

    Prior to and even after the inception of a college football playoff (which would be given the creative proper noun name of College Football Playoff), the naysayers said that expanding the postseason to four teams would cheapen the regular season, that games would become less meaningful. And as anyo ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Houston Jilted By Taylor Swift's "1989" Tour

    That high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston now in the early planning stages can't get here soon enough for fans of Taylor Swift, who this morning announced that next year's world tour behind her brand-new album 1989 will include just about every major city in the continental U.S. except th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Kelvin Sampson Takes Over The Coogs (Just Don't Expect A Tourney Visit This Year)

    The Houston Cougars come into this basketball season with a new coach. It has new players, and supposedly a new culture. But some things never change, and just as with last season, the Cougars are going to lose a lot of games. Kelvin Sampson's the new guy in charge. The former assistant coach for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks

    The football gods clearly won't let Houstonians have nice things. Already saddled with a tortured history laced with playoff and regular season disappointment and heartbreak aplenty, and carrying around the burden of a 357 day streak of winless football, it wasn't in the cards to have the gods just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    For Houston Cougar Baseball, the Future Is Very Bright

    Perhaps it was the rigged bidding process that allowed the Texas Longhorns to host the games despite a worse record than UH's. Perhaps it was playing its last 17 games of the season on the road. Perhaps it was just the final result of playing one of the country's toughest schedules. Perhaps it was n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Rice, UH Hope to Take the First Step to Winning NCAA Regionals

    The cliche is one game at a time. That nothing matters but for the current play, the next pitch. And for the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars, nothing this weekend matters more than the one game being played. The Owls and Cougars are among the 64 teams partaking in the NCAA Regionals this weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2013

    Five Delicious Reasons to Check Out Haute Wheels This Weekend

    The Haute Wheels food truck festival returned this weekend with new entertainment, new trucks and a whole new day of edible festivities. For the first time in its existence, the festival kicked off on Friday evening with a special "Truck or Treat" event for folks 21 and up featuring a DJ, a scre ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2013

    How a Boy Named Horst Became an Internet Sensation Known As Riff Raff

    How a quiet kid from Copperfield morphed into today's most enigmatic rapper.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Let's Compare Alma Maters: The New US News Rankings (Texas Edition)

    The new U.S. News and World Report college rankings are out. For all their flaws, it's still the standard by which many anxious applicants rank themselves and their peers. Let me guess, the Top 5 universities are Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford? Boom, I nailed it. But you probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Dr. John at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 9/7/2013

    Dr. John Miller Outdoor Theatre September 7, 2013 Happy birthday, Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year the Hermann Park amphitheater marks its 90th year of providing all manner of cultural offerings for the low cost of absolutely free, said to be the largest program of its kind in the nation. But mun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    March Madness Final Four: Championship Game Prediction and Prop Bets!

    So, here we are. Championship Monday. A lot of you had Louisville in the finals, almost none of you had Michigan in the finals, and you sure as shit didn't have then knocking off Wichita State (barely) and Syracuse (barely, again), respectively, to get there. So let's establish that right out of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    FFL Highlights (Fan Fighting League) -- Special Turkish Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Bout

    Much has been made over the last decade or two of the rise of popularity (and skill, quite frankly) in international basketball. Many trace it back to the 1992 USA Dream Team's ceremonious romp through the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ask any international star today between the age of 30 and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

    Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Texans-Bills: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Judgment Day" Edition

    So that was "Judgment Day" huh? All righty then. What was billed (by Mario Williams) as Mario Williams' authoritative homecoming, basically turned into a fairly ho-hum day of work for the Texans, a 21-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Consider the following numbers: - The Texans won by 12 points. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Your Marilyn Manson YouTube Contest Winner Announced

    Last week we announced a Marilyn Manson YouTube contest for a pair of guest list spots for the The Manson and Rob Zombie co-headlining show here in Houston, set for tomorrow night at Reliant Arena. REWIND: Rocks Off's Marilyn Manson YouTube Video Contest The contest was fun, but most of the ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Aggie-LSU Game, Freeway Closures Will Mean Traffic Heck On West Side This Weekend

    It won't be pleasant driving on the west side this weekend -- but you've been warned. First, A&M is continuing its surprisingly positive introduction to the SEC by taking on LSU at Kyle Field. Houston is loaded with Tiger fans, as anyone who's gone by a shrimp-and-oyster joint on a football Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Bible Bandwagon's Getting Crowded: Rick Perry, Greg Abbott Grab A Piece Of The Kountze Limelight

    Don't worry, Jesus: You will not be fighting Your epic battle against Satan on the battlefields of Kountze High School alone. By Your side will be Governor Rick Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, both of whom have somehow decided to intervene in a red-meat, hot-button issue sure to pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Last Night: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw at Reliant Stadium

    Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw Reliant Stadium August 4, 2012 Outside the rodeo, Saturday night's "Brothers of the Sun" date with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will no doubt go down as the biggest single concert (not festival) to take place in Houston this year. That means two balding, behatted guys in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    5 Things Texans Safety Troy Nolan Could Be Doing in This Picture OTHER Than Urinating

    This just in -- sometimes men pee in places other than the bathroom. Sometimes it's out of choice, sometimes it's out of necessity, sometimes it's out of spite. Or it can be a combination of all three. (My co-host on 1560 The Game and noted LSU fan John Granato famously tells a story about a crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    NBA Draft: Recent Stinkhole History To Enlighten Rocket Fans

    Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery took place, or as Rocket fans like to call it "a tradition like no other." For those Rocket fans, their 0.5 percent chance of coming away with the top pick gave the draft lottery a decide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Owls and Coogs Disappointing Basketball Fans, Dammit

    These guys are turrible!​The Rice Owls (11-8, 2-2) lost a basketball game they should have won on Wednesday night. The Houston Cougars (9-9, 1-4) were blown out yet again. It's turning into another disappointing men's basketball season in Houston, Texas. It's not supposed to have been this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Sikica Crosby of Cecil's Pub

    I come from a long line of martini drinkers. One school of thought holds that the gin martini is the one true martini, but my grandparents enjoyed the vodka version of the cocktail nightly with the news for more than 60 years. Maybe my love for the vodka martini is hereditary? My grandfather's mart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Saturday Night: Taylor Swift At Minute Maid Park

    Photos by Marco Torres​See pics of Taylor Swift taking over The Juice Box in our slideshow. It's perhaps unfair to say Taylor Swift has "snuck up" on us, considering she's sold over 20 million albums and was featured on just about every one of last year's "top entertainer" lists. But that's w ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Sons of Blood and Thunder

    Lee West III says he really wanted to be a member of Omega Psi Phi. But he couldn't take the beatings the underground black fraternity was handing out. By Steve Jansen

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Dana Holgorsen (Basically) Tells His Fan Base They Suck (And They Do)

    To me the greatest balancing act and exposure to potential hypocrisy as a media member is judging someone for being too honest. In a line of business whose foundation is compelling content, there's nothing worse than plain vanilla guests who spew generic answers with little or no thought nor insight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    The Anti-Four Loko: Lean Slow Motion Potion

    Paul Wall "Leans."​If you pay attention to rap lyrics from Southern artists, there are countless references to drinking cough syrup. "I got that syrup in my cup, I got that lean, I got that drank in my cup." But the recreational drug has a dark side. Texas rap legends Pimp C and DJ Screw both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Po It Up: Pharmacist Hopes "Lean" Will Slo Up Syrup Use

    "Relaxation Just Got Sexier" Paul Wall is torn between Purp and Easta Pink.​If you pay attention to rap lyrics from Southern artists, there are countless references to drinking cough syrup. "I got that syrup in my cup, I got that lean, I got that drank in my cup." But the recreational drug ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    UH and Rice Attempt to Salvage Their Seasons This Weekend

    John RoyalMaurice McNeil hopes to lead the Cougars out to three more wins​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls looked to be moving in different directions as the men's basketball season got underway. The Cougars had a new head coach, James Dickey, who hadn't been a head coach since the 1990s. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Owls Basketball Searching for a Reason to Believe

    John RoyalRice cheerleaders need a reason to cheer​The Rice Owls were heading high come the start of conference play. They'd already won eight games, matching their total from all of last season. They'd played a difficult non-conference schedule against such college powers as Arizona, Texas ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Rice Owls De-Horn The Frogs, Prepare For C-USA

    John Royal Trey Stanton with a big first half shot block​The Rice Owls won eight basketball games all of last season. But things change, and yesterday, after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 70-61, the Rice Owls have win number eight and they've yet to reach conference play. The game didn't p ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Rice Owls Hit The Jackpot, And A Three-Pointer Or Two

    The Owls are heading to Vegas, baby​The Rice Owls played the first game of the Las Vegas Hoops Classic last night, and the Owls improved their record to 5-4 as they defeated the (6-5) UALR Trojans 65-55. But though the game was part of a Las Vegas basketball tournament, the game was played a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    NFL & College Football - Weekend's Best Bets (SEC Guy Podcast Gold)

    Who doesn't love college football? Right?​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to spend some quality time with their families. Me, my family is scattered all over the country, so when it came time to find some Thanksgiving dinner after my show yesterday, fortunately ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Owls Basketball Prepares To Fly

    ​It's no secret that Rice's men's basketball program has not been very successful in recent seasons. Last year's team finished the season with a woeful 8-23 record, and with many of the same players returning this season, there shouldn't be much hope for this season.Yet, strangely, there is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Rock Stars' Troublesome Family and Friends

    ​Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Bush's Chicken in Georgetown

    Tam Vo​As a Baylor Bear, I always do two things when visiting Waco: eat at Bush's Chicken and then regret eating so much at Bush's Chicken. It seems most colleges or universities have their own local food joint that started out by surviving on the continual stream of students spending Mommy an ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    New Texas License Plates: The Burger Option

    You want fries with that?​ Those ever-inventive folks who have the Texas vanity-plate franchise are rolling out a new bunch of plates for people to consider.Like this one, for Mighty Fine Burgers, which is in Austin. We suggest you get these plates on your Ford F-150 before you pull up to the vale ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    New Texas License Plates: The Burger Option

    You want fries with that?​ Those ever-inventive folks who have the Texas vanity-plate franchise are rolling out a new bunch of plates for people to consider.Like this one, for Mighty Fine Burgers, which is in Austin. We suggest you get these plates on your Ford F-150 before you pull up to the vale ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #22 The Roast Beef Poor Boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Happy Chinese Mardi Gras New Year, Tiger!

    ​Eat up that king cake, drain those booze bottles. Today is Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras in French, the last day before Lent. Starting tomorrow, it's 40 days of atonement and fasting. Which means we need to get rid all of those evil temptations (like sweets, booze and fatty foods) today. But as it ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Cougar Basketball So Far: Lots Of Offense, Not Much D

    Photo courtesy UH​The question mark for the Houston Cougars basketball team coming into this season was the defense. Head coach Tom Penders noted that when interviewed during practice before the season, and he reiterated it after the first game against Nicholls State.And it's something he reiter ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 2009

    Enough About Mi

    Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

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    October 29, 2009

    Top 5 Sauces That Make Chains Worth Visiting

    ​A purist would say a good bread or steak should stand on its own -- to sauce is to sin. But if A1 is the cardinal crime of fine dining, these sauces prove the opposite: a fine one can slather salvation over a culinary insignificancy. 5. Chick-fil-a Polynesian Sauce- In the world of fast-foo ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Late Night Scene: Taqueria la Tapatia

    ​On Saturday nights, Taqueria la Tapatia has the craziest music mix. For every two Tejano love songs played, they play one song -- to use the term loosely -- of throbbing, Eurotrash techno. Let's just say it's an odd soundtrack for a burrito. Given a choice, I'll take the Tejano, because the w ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Tea Party Hangover In Texas

    Yesterday we noted how KTRH had factually reported that the tea-party protests planned for that day "might be the single largest mass gathering in the country's history."We noted it wasn't "a mass gathering," merely a series of them, and therefore a typical college-football Saturday would be one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    A Sweeter Sweet Potato

    That's a fine little yam, ma'am," I told Tara Smith, the LSU AgCenter's sweet potato extension specialist and coordinator of the Sweet Potato Reseach Station in Chase, Louisiana. I had just finished a taste test comparing Evangeline (left), a new variety of sweet potato developed by the LSU sweet p ... More >>

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    June 22, 2000

    Mudbugs: The Dirty Truth

    The dirt on crawfish

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    April 23, 1998

    A Bitter Pill

    A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you

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