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    May 30, 2014

    Cocky Spelling Bee Kid Gets Punked By "Kabaragoya" (VIDEO)

    As made for television events go, about the only bad thing I can say about the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee is that it ended in a tie. After getting me to emotionally invest in a back and forth that was the spelling equivalent of Michael Jordan versus Dominique Wilkins in the 1986 Slam Dunk C ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Five Songs Written By People You'd Never Expect

    As we continue the transition to digital media in the modern age, one thing we've lost is liner notes. These were usually just credits and weren't really that important in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes they revealed some interesting facts. Specifically, they often listed who wrote certai ... More >>

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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 >>

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    January 24, 2014

    NBA All Star Starters Show Rocket Fans Are Lazy Ballot Box Stuffers

    Voting for NBA All Star Game starters used to be a much simpler endeavor back in the pre-internet days. You go to a game, you grab a ballot (or handful of ballots), punch out the holes for all of your selections, and slip the ballot in the ballot box. Generally, through the 80's and 90's, the resul ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Scottie Pippen Alleged Assault Victim Apparently the Worst Flopper Ever

    There has been an increasing call by fans and people inside the NBA to do away with flopping. Suggestions have ranged from monetary penalties -- which the league initiated before last season -- to technical fouls and even suspensions. Flopping is lame and has a way of killing the momentum of a game ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate

    The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems. So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay! "Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of cr ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Prince! Remembering the Purple Rain Tour at The Summit

    Today is Prince's 55th birthday. He's a Jehovah's Witness, so he may not celebrate the event, but that doesn't mean we can't. But no superfluous, flowery lede is required when discussing one of the most creative and talented musicians of our times. Let's just cut into the purple banana cake and dis ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Waka Flocka Flame Needs to Stay Away From EDM

    Electronic dance music genre is corrupting trap music, and this trend is driving me bonkers. It's worse than any country/rap collaboration ever made. The mix of electronic and/or dubstep and Southern rap music is not a good blend. It's gotten so bad that poor Waka Flocka Flame barely even knows he' ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Houston's Bearded, Bald, Vegan, Hipster Athletes Getting National Attention

    It ain't easy being a Houston athlete. Despite being the fourth largest city in America, we haven't exactly had a tradition of winning sports teams. The Rockets made big runs in the early and mid '80s before breaking through and winning back-to-back titles in the early '90s. Still, they haven't been ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Twin Towers: A Fascinating Tale of the '80s Rockets and What Never Was

    On June 5, 1986, I was barely 17 years old and on my way home from a music lesson. While cutting through a nearby neighborhood, my car, an amazingly awful pumpkin orange Datsun B-210 I bought from a friend for 500 bucks, broke down...again. Fortunately, I was only about two blocks from a schoolmate' ... More >>

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    August 26, 2012

    Roger Clemens Impressive In Start With Sugar Land Skeeters, What's Next?

    If you build it, they will come. And if you start a 50-year-old, multiple Cy Young award-winning World Series champion, who has been in the headlines fighting doping and perjury allegations, they will pay more money to come, buy more merchandise, and cheer more loudly. Oh, and ESPN will be there, to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    NBA Finals: Series Prediction and a Few Prop Bets

    Finally, it's here! If you had allowed David Stern to sit in a room with all 16 playoff teams on the wall by conference, and allow him to pick his dream matchup for the NBA Finals, it's without a doubt the Miami-Oklahoma City matchup we're getting here. LeBron versus Durant, big market versus small ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Connor's Corner: Texans LB Barwin Goes To Free Press Summer Fest

    Recently I began work with Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin on an upcoming print feature. Anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he is a huge fan of live music in Houston and can be seen at gigs all over town. I asked him if he wanted to write a few words about one of his Summer Fest ex ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Summer Ott: Memorial Hermann Hires The Michael Jordan Of Preventing & Treating Youth Concussions

    Memorial Hermann now boasts the Michael Jordan of concussion expertise: Neuropsychologist Summer Ott, Psy.D, has been brought on board to head up the Sports Concussion Program at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann. Along with her deep knowledge of head trauma caused during a ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Chase Budinger's Painfully Awkward Dialogue with P-Diddy at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest (w/ VIDEO)

    The logical evolution of most things brings about positive change. This is especially true in the world of sports and entertainment. Think about anything in either of those realms which you consume, and ask yourself, "Is this experience better now than it was 25 years ago?" For almost everything, be ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    All Retro Everything: This Week In Houston Rap Videos

    Ah, rappers and music videos. Some are vehicles for self-promotion, others are tools used to promote a message, a gaggle of asses or some good ol' wholesome debauchery. In the case of the Houston rap class, music videos are always eye opening glimpses into the future, either telling what a talent co ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Saturday Night: Kendrick Lamar at Warehouse Live

    There's nothing in Kendrick Lamar's catalog that suggests he's a capacity crowd artist. He doesn't chase radio glory. He doesn't make what you call, um, hits. He's just starting to log big name cosigns. Yet, on Saturday, Warehouse Live was packed from end to end with hip-hop fans eager to catch a gl ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: E.S.G. and the Rapper That's Going to be Better Than All You Suckas

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    5 Signs You're Dangerously Starting to Think It Just Might Be the Texans' Year

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself.​You have tried. You have told yourself you've been down the road before, and each time your hopes and dreams have been cruelly dashed. But you can't help it -- you are, once again, letting yourself become optimistic about the Texans. But this year th ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Carry That Weight: The Best Bands Pegged As The "Next Beatles"

    Laugh now, but remember when Definitely Maybe came out?​How much pressure must it be to have someone, probably some flacky music journalist running out of metaphors and superlatives, call your band the "Next Beatles" just as you start your rock career? That's like being called the next Jesus C ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    We Live In A World Where Dallas Has Won An NBA Title: Five Things to Consider

    Old school Mavs​Way, way back in the day, when we lived in Dallas -- more or less against our will -- we were Dallas Maverick fans. The Dallas Morning News' offices were a block or two from Reunion Arena, and Mark Aguirre and Roy Tarpley were there to he enjoyed. The Mavs never made it over ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Rappers: Which NBA Player Would You Be And Why?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't the day after a gigantic local music festival, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Zavey, Kyle Hub ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Remember Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy)'s Inside My Mind?

    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 ​Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy) Inside My Mind (Self-released, 2011) Despite having gained some tractio ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Rise Of Lil B And Odd Future Both A Gift And A Curse

    ​So you've written the greatest song the world has never heard. You spent a good two-and-half hours on those brain-melting metaphors, and another three laying them on wax. Every bar requires repeated listening to fully digest. Your ad-libs are on point like Chris Paul. The beat knocks harder ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Exclusive: Chamillionaire's New Major Pain Is Not Universal

    ​Earlier this week, Chamillionaire, still glowing from being free from the tyrannical grip of Universal Records, released Major Pain 1.5. Thursday afternoon, he was polite (or politic) enough to take a few minutes to talk about the tape. The notes from the conversation and the tape are kind ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Five Former Houston Rockets' Garage Sales We'd Like to Attend

    Pippen loved him some beanie babies.​With an NBA lockout looming this offseason, current players should take note of the financial misery of former Houston Rocket and future Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Once the right-hand man of Michael Jordan, Pippen has fallen into such difficult financial ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    10 Meaningfully Awesome NBA Dunk Contest Dunks (with VIDEO!)

    As All Star Games go, in terms of meaning, effort, enthusiasm, pomp and circumstance, the NBA All Star weekend is in the meaty part of the curve. Football's Pro Bowl becomes a bigger and bigger joke every year (highlighted by fanboy journalist Jay Glazer of Fox actually calling a play in this seaso ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Christina Aguilera's National Anthem: Better Than Carl Lewis', Anyway

    ​Today, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are presumably on their way to Disney World, the Pittsburgh Steelers are praying Ben Roethlisberger did not do anything in the many, many strip clubs of the greater Metroplex to bring on a repeat of his season-opening four-game sus ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Remember Eskabel's Pep Talk?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​Eskabel Pep Talk (Black Shark, 2010) Eskabel, the Missouri City spitfire MC who's just as like ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

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    June 25, 2010

    Doug Glanville: A Book That's Interesting But Superficial

    He was there for the Steve Bartman game​Doug Glanville wasn't the greatest player to ever play major league baseball. He lasted just nine seasons in the majors, playing for three teams, and getting only 1,100 hits. He was never exactly a household name. But unlike most of the people in the majors, ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Longhorns Join The Undeserved-Victory Hall Of Fame

    ​The UT Longhorns will be playing in the BCS title game, thanks to a thoroughly undeserved win against Nebraska for the Big 12 championship, such as it is.How badly did the Horns play? Against a completely mediocre Cornhusker team, the vaunted Horns offense was utterly stymied. QB Colt McCoy threw ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Five Spot: The First Annual Pimp C Hip-Hop Health and Wellness Fair

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to ​Today marks the two-year anniversary of Pimp C's death. Quick a ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Piss Up a Rope: Songs R. Kelly Probably Won't Sing In Concert Friday, but Should

    ​Get out your towels: R. Kelly is coming to town. The singer would be best known as "that guy who sang that song in the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny movie" if not for the allegations in 2002 that he engaged in sex with an underage girl. Kelly was found not guilty of child porn charges last year, but ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Oh, The Lakers Will Learn All About Ron Artest

    On the way to his fourth championship, Kobe Bryant was guarded by Mickael Pietrus, Hedo Turkoglu, Courtney Lee, Dahntay Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Shane Battier, and all of the Jazz players whose names Jerry Sloan could remember. None of them had the combination of speed, size, and advanced weaponry ne ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Ten Other Excuses Charles Barkley Could've Told the Phoenix Cop

    For those of you who missed the news in all of the New Year's reveling, former Houston Rockets power forward, current TNT basketball analyst, and renowned gambling addict Charles Barkley was arrested outside of Phoenix early on New Year's Eve and cited for DUI. The Chuckster was pulled over because ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Ten Other Excuses Charles Barkley Could've Told the Phoenix Cop

    For those of you who missed the news in all of the New Year's reveling, former Houston Rockets power forward, current TNT basketball analyst, and renowned gambling addict Charles Barkley was arrested outside of Phoenix early on New Year's Eve and cited for DUI. The Chuckster was pulled over because ... More >>

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    November 29, 2006

    When Saul Williams Preaches, We Listen

    Courtesy of Saul Williams We enjoy reading from the Book of Saul. The annual B-Boy Hodown is doing more than just bringing windmills and back flips to Houston. The five-day event includes panel discussions, a film festival, musical happenings and big hip-hop names such as Kool Herc and poet/music ... More >>

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    July 6, 2006

    Top of the World

    You've never heard of him, but Mike Willcox is one of the best on the planet at what he does

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    May 26, 2005

    We Know What You Should Do This Summer

    Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more

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    February 17, 2005

    Fire in the Belly

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

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    April 24, 2003

    The Love of Giants

    Yao Ming and Ye Li won't be seeing each other May 6 after all

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    September 21, 2000

    Letters 09-21-2000

    Listen to the Music, Still Fuming, Building Bonds

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