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    April 18, 2014

    2014 NBA Playoffs: Rockets-Blazers Preview and Predictions

    After six long months, now comes the payoff. From about the time that Yao Ming's feet stopped fully cooperating, through every single minor trade to flip a couple second round picks into a reserve player that could then be mixed into another trade for an eventual asset to land a superstar, through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Rockets' "Meaningless" Finale Wasn't Meaningless For Gamblers

    I've said many times, we need a special corner of the sports media world for gamblers. A special channel, a special talk radio show, a special Tweetdeck. All of it. People who don't wager generally don't care about the same nuances of a sporting event as people that do. That much was obvious on th ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Rockets Release Greg Smith, Sign Former Longhorn Dexter Pittman

    The Houston Rockets' magic number (combined Rocket wins and Portland losses) to clinch home court in the first round of the playoffs and lock up the fourth seed (and a likely first round tussle with those Trail Blazers) is two. So let's start there. With four games to go in the regular season, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Rockets Are the Hottest Team in Basketball for Good Reason (for Once)

    Whenever an NBA team goes on a winning streak, even if that streak is four or five games, declarations are made. Some are long term, often with little evidentiary basis, but most are the of the moment variety. That team gets the designation of hottest team in the league. The NBA can be hyper competi ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Examining the Remaining NBA Schedule: Can the Rockets Get to 56 Wins?

    I've often said that betting on NBA games each night is financial suicide the equivalent of day trading, with its volatility and roller coaster-style emotion, while season bets are more like gradual financial suicide investing, where the ebb and flow is a season long thing. So with anywhere from 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Road Warriors? Rockets Reach Pivotal Stretch Away from Home

    The Rockets have played fewer games on the road than any contender in the Western Conference, but that will change beginning tonight at they begin a five-game west coast road swing against the Lakers. Of their next 12 games total, eight are away from the friendly confines of Toyota Center where they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Rockets Tie Third Best Record Through 50 Games in Franchise History with Win Over Suns

    The Rockets matched the franchise record for wins through 50 games at 33 by beating the Phoenix Suns 122-108 at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The win allows them to keep pace in the ridiculously competitive Western Conference where, despite their accomplishments, they still remain in fifth place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Rockets Rolling Into All-Star Break Despite Injuries

    The Rockets completed a pair of back-to-back wins against the Spurs and Mavericks Tuesday and Wednesday, completing a run of 7 wins in their last 10 games. Their only losses in that stretch were a pair against the Grizzlies and one complete fluke loss to Oklahoma City in which they managed the bigge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: The One Hit Wonders

    When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    All Systems Go: The Rockets Are Young, Focused and Ready to Compete

    Fun-loving, but hyper-competitive on the court, the Rockets are ready to deliver a new age in Houston basketball. Fans are ready for that, too.

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    October 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Franz Ferdinand, Ca$h Out, Fidlar, etc.

    Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Texas-Based Christian Film House Recruits New CEO, Who Enjoys Comparing Gay Sex to Bestiality

    For those who'd missed the recent UT/Texas Tribune poll, 30 percent of Texans professed to believing in the literalism of the Bible. That's nearly eight million of those in our state who believe that God naturally demands the tip of babies' penises(!), and that it is a sin to eat lobster or wear a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Who Are These Internet Racists? No, Seriously, We Should Know

    I've been on the Internet since American Online was introduced. I got my first dialup connection in the early '90s. So, I've seen more than my fair share of jackasses online. Most of them are trolls. They like to rile people up and cause a stir, probably because they have nothing better to do. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    RodeoHouston Hops On "Harlem Shake" Bandwagon

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo doesn't stay so successful by not keeping up with the times. So before each of this year's evening concerts, you can watch a bunch of people who work at the rodeo gyrating to the latest real-life Internet meme, the "Harlem Shake." Last week a 30-second clip of va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Five Reasons the Young Rockets Will Make the Playoffs This Year

    Last year, the Rockets were in the driver's seat with just a few weeks left in the season. They were in the sixth spot in the Western Conference seeding and virtual lock to make the playoffs. Then all hell broke loose. They lost six straight games and found themselves out of the playoffs for the thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Last Night: Sprint All-Star Jam Session Concert With Ludacris And Ke$ha

    Sprint Pre-Game Concert feat. B.O.b, Ludacris, and Ke$ha All-Star Jam Session at George R. Brown Convention Center February 17th, 2013 Sunday afternoon, as I was counting down the minutes until I had to leave an amazing All-Star day party, where I was making friends with a beautiful girl, drinking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    2012: The Year In Zapruder, A Recap Of My Detailed Video Recaps

    I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line in 2012, the Zapruder-style analysis of viral videos became my thing. Much like you'd go to Clay Travis on SEC football or to Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback for the weekend that was in the NFL, when you the reader needed hardcore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Why the Rockets Have to Suck Before They Can Improve

    For quite some time, I have resisted the sentiment that to improve in the NBA, you must first have a substantial downturn. I don't like the idea of losing on purpose. Calling it "tanking" only makes it worse. The entire concept feels like the exact opposite of what players, coaches and fans are taug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Jerry "The King" Lawler Piledrives Clipper Fan: Old School WWE Wrestlers for Each NBA Playoff Series (w/ VIDEO)

    People laugh dismissively when I say it, but the more they can incorporate WWE performers and the general WWE "way" of entertainment, the more enjoyable other genres of sports will become. No, I'm not talking about the predetermined outcomes of matches (The NBA has already incorporated that aspect o ... 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 11, 2012

    Rockets Sweep Road Trip, Bear Down on the Playoffs

    Photo by Groovehouse This Rockets team, it just sneaks up on you. It's loaded with second- and third-tier players, most of whom would be backups (albeit rotation players) on good teams. They struggle with interior defense and have an unproven coach who was once a hated rival. They lost their entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Houston Rockets Second-Half Preview in Gambling-Speak

    The Rockets kick off the second half of the 2011-2012 season tonight. I'm not sure how many of you care about this. The acres of empty seats at Toyota Center lead me to believe that fewer of you care than Kevin McHale, Daryl Morey and Leslie Alexander would have hoped for. Television ratings indicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    What Google Music Means To The Music Industry

    techonzo.com​Google is finally launching its own music service. Google Music is a full-scale music service/store designed to compete with Amazon and Apple. Android boss Andy Rubin says they're very close to launch. About a dozen independent labels are have already joined forces with Google and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Chris Bosh's Hideous Back Tattoo Gives Me An Idea

    "Awsome," maybe, but you're no Chris Bosh​My views on tattoos have been made clear in this space before: I don't begrudge people getting a tattoo, or even several tattoos. It's legal, it's your body, do what you want with it. I just would like to be around to see the people cover every inch of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Dallas Mavs' Promo Video: A Life & Death Battle of the Gods, Examined Second By Excruciating Second

    Above is the official promo video put out by the Dallas Mavericks for their ongoing playoff run. It just may be the single most defensive and embarrassing such video ever, but hey, it's from Dallas. Let's examine this thing. Throughout, the music is so over-the-top dramatic it makes "O Fortuna" s ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Rockets Playing Well Under the Radar

    Photo by Jeff BalkeFinally, the Red Rowdies have something to actually cheer about.​Houston's three major sports franchises have spent the last few seasons in the equivalent of purgatory. None have been good enough to contend for a title, but none have been horrid enough to elicit the types of ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Jerry's Time to Shine

    Speaking truth about Super Bowl XXXVIII.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Remember Show's R.N.C.?

    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. ​Show R.N.C. (Self-released, 2010)  There are different branches of the New Houston Collectiv ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Houston Sports Stories in 2010 (Alternate Title: "Here Comes The Prozac")

    Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your party​Putting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    One Guy's Thoughts On The Sports Year: 25 Things To Remember

    So with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I would take some time to revisit some of the highlights, and lowlights, of this past sports year. Your list is probably different, but these are the things that caught my attention this year. maxim.com Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Cory Mo's Star-Studded It's Been About Time Mixtape

    Photos via myspace.com/corymoCory Mo and Bun B in Europe​We've been writing about Houston rap for nearly three years now, and have yet to hear someone - ANYONE - say a bad thing about Cory Mo. Not once. That's remarkable. Given the sometimes irritable nature of Houston's rap scene, that's like ... 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 1, 2010

    College Football and NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

    The Dr Pepper commercial can't be far behind​Now that The Office has turned into a big, directionless mess, the title for Most Watchable Thing on Thursday night television (with apologies to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League) is the two-minute "Dr. Lou" segments that run at halftime ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    LeBron James -- Society Hates You, I Love Society

    LeBron: The power is waning​Mankind, I have to say that I was just about to give up on you. I'm a very patient person, but with every kid running around in a Ben Roethlisberger jersey or every nimrod that decides to turn right on Hamilton at the Texas Street intersection next to Minute Maid Park ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    LeBron James: Five Reasons Why He Did Not Choose Houston

    Why LeBron said no​Despite what we thought were pretty compelling arguments yesterday, LeBron James did not announce last night that he will become a Houston Rocket.We blame the Children's Museum. And the Astros.Still, we're not bitter; we're analytical. And we have determined the five reason why ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    LeBron James: Five Reasons Why He Will Announce Tonight He's A Houston Rocket

    Forget GQ -- You can be on the cover of the Houston Press​As our Game Time blogger Sean Pendergast has ably analyzed, tonight is the big night for LeBron James. Tonight -- on a primetime special devoted solely to the specialness of him and the sheer giganticnessof his decision -- he will announce ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron-athon -- Five Backstabbings That Will Get You Ready For Tonight

    Anakin Skywalker: Thanks for nothing, kid​In anticipation of LeBron James' decision as to where he will ply his trade for the next few years, shares of MSG stock rose 6 percent yesterday for a period of time before settling back to where they were earlier in the day. The reason for the brief bump ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron James -- Seven Scenarios For Thursday Night

    @dramaqueen​"Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building 'Finally'. My Brother @oneandonlycp3 gas'd me up to jump on board so I'm here. Haaaa" -- LeBron James (oh sorry...@KingJames on Twitter, and what is sadly his most interesting tweet thus far)I've always thought that when Twitte ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Game Time: NBA Free Agent Summit: The Four Horsemen Guide to 2010 Free Agency

    Worldwide Wes, pulling strings​"The only time this much havoc had been wreaked by this few a number of people, you need to go all the way back to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!" -- Arn AndersonAnd with that seemingly throwaway line during a wrestling promo, one of the most entertaining fact ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Game Time: For Sale -- NBA Two Guard, 30 Y/O, Excellent Condition, Trades Accepted

    ​First, I want to thank everyone for their reaction, positive or otherwise, to my post yesterday which chronicled the high points of the era of Tracy McGrady's Expiring Contract I seem to learn something with every new post that I generate here on Hair Balls, and yesterday I learned that there are ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    One-Fifth of the Way In, Whither the Rockets?

    With about 20 percent of the season concluded, the Rockets' 11-7 record appears at first blush to be maddeningly inconsistent. But I think it's a lot easier to explain than it may seem. One way to measure the future success of the team based on its current record is to look at "bad losses" - ... More >>

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    February 22, 2008
  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

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    October 30, 2007
  • Resolutions

    January 19, 2006

    New Year's Resolutions for Houston

    We have a lot to forgive and forget about 2005; here's hoping local celebs do better next year

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    November 27, 2003

    Oh, Say Can You See

    The Star Spangles regurgitate the best of a punky rock stew

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