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    August 14, 2014

    Notable Dates on the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Schedule

    The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season and, naturally, the first thing everyone looked for was when Lebron James would return to Miami (Christmas Day as it turns out), but we here in Houston were more interested in the Rockets, who will try to improve on their 54-win season and first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 2: Carmelo Anthony Gets Wined And Dined

    Rockets Free Agent-Palooza 2014 continued on Wednesday with a little controversy, some good food, and a lot of Melo. In a visit that may ultimately be most remembered for pissing off one of the players currently (for now) on their roster, the Rockets wined, dined, and wooed Carmelo Anthony, making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 1: Update On Five Houston Rockets Targets

    2014's NBA free agency class is technically as star studded as any in league history. I say "technically" only because there's a strong belief that the stars at the top of the list are, by and large, virtual locks to return to their incumbent teams. But for now, technically the likes of LeBron Jame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Early NBA All-Star Present: Charles Barkley's Attempt To Pronounce "Valanciunas"

    It's been a while since I've said this, but I'm actually looking forward to the NBA's All-Star weekend. I'm always a sucker for the actual All-Star Game itself on Sunday, but this season Friday and Saturday are shaping up to be relatively compelling, too. The Slam Dunk Contest actually has three Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Fire Pelini (No Not That One, THAT ONE) Edition

    One of the very underrated advancements in wagering over the last few years is that we now have the ability to bet on several sports-related propositions off the field of play. For example, in the corner of the internet that I frequent for my odds and occasional risk of a sawbuck or two, you can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Dwyane Wade: Man Of 1,000 Holds And The Dirtiest Player In The Game

    Back in its heyday, World Championship Wrestling (also known as WCW, also known as the company that Vince McMahon ended up purchasing for pennies on the dollar so he could get his hands on their tape library in 2001) had a wrestler by the name of Dean Malenko. Malenko was a cruiserweight, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The Rockets Are Back In The NBA Playoffs! Their Complete Rebuilding Anthology

    With four games to go in the 2011-2012 season, the Rockets were coming off a 117-110 loss to Dallas, a loss in which Dirk Nowitzki provided a stark reminder to last season's Rockets team that they were devoid of a superstar caliber player by dropping 21 points on them in the fourth quarter. To call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    March Madness Elite 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    And then there were four! (I know, on the list of lame, cliched, bloggy catchphrases "And then there was (however many are left)" is right behind "Houston, we have a problem." but I'm still a little rattled from falling for the Dream Shake's April Fool's Day prank. I'm running simple plays here, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    March Madness: Further Evidence The 2013 NBA Draft Is Going To Be Terrible

    When it comes to rebuilding a professional sports team, the ultimate sign of the desperate fan is to take one possible outcome that has worked for a few teams before, apply it as gospel, and then shout from the rooftops that "[fill in name of favorite team here] needs to [do that thing that's worked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Ed Reed Is A Texan! Raven Fans Sound Off

    "@TwentyER -hope the rumors are true! Would love working with U. #hurricanepower." -- Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) on Twitter Wednesday night Last Thursday began with tweets from the Houston Texans team account touting that owner Bob McNair's private jet had just gone "wheels up!" to go retrieve free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Color Runs, Roller Derby and March Madness

    It's almost the weekend and time for the inaugural edition of what to do this weekend in Houston: sports edition. Each week, we'll be giving you color commentary on events in and around the area you might want to choose for some weekend relaxation, all for sports fans. It's the first week of spring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Playoff Chase: Rockets Beat Utah, Warriors Lose to Spurs

    Last night, as I mentioned yesterday, was a big night for the Rockets. In their hunt for a playoff spot -- they missed the last two seasons -- they faced Utah at Toyota Center and while the Jazz have not exactly played like world beaters recently, their formidable front line would seem to match up w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    DeAndre Jordan's Dunk Immortalized By The Voice Of WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross!

    In 2013, one of the biggest gauges of your brand, your legacy, your relevance is what I like to call the "Google ______" test. Put someone's name in Google and what are the first three or four items that Google self-fills in as related topics after that name. If my "Google _____" test for DeAndre J ... 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

    Oh, You Mean There Is Actually A Game During NBA All-Star Weekend? (Plus, Can You Name The Rappers In Our Courtside Photo?)

    After a weekend of human gridlock at the Galleria, traffic snarls, bottles poppin', and all the parties you could handle, NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston came to a close on Sunday with the Western Conference defeating their Eastern foes 143-138, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul getting the game' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game Features Some of the Best Players Today, Tomorrow, Ever

    It's easy to sit around like an old fart and complain about how great All-Star games used to be. In some ways, the old farts are right. There were NBA All-Star games in the `80s and `90s where the number of future Hall of Famers numbered in the mid-teens. No offense to the Jerry Stackhouse, Anthony ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    (UPDATED) The NBA Announces Their 2013 Hall Of Fame Finalists; UH's Guy V. Makes The Cut

    (Updated with statement from Guy V. Lewis' family.) Today at the Hilton Americas just steps away from the Toyota Center, the NBA announced their nominees for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The formal announcement of inductees doesn't come until April 8th at the Final Four festivities i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Helping NBA Stars With Their Finances

    To exactly nobody's surprise, the Rockets and James Harden agreed on Wednesday afternoon to a five year, $80 million contract extension, making Harden the first maximum contract player that Daryl Morey has inked to a deal in his tenure as Rockets general manager, and sending a clear message that Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    5-year-old Girl Abducted from Fairbanks Library, HSO Looking For Man in His 30s

    Harris County Sheriff's Department investigators are looking for a man, said to be 30 to 35 years old who they believe abducted a 5-year-old girl from the Fairbanks Library, 7122 North Gessner. Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the man who offered the girl candy to come with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- Arkansas Sucks, OSU Cheats(?) : The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    As I type this, I'm sitting in the Reliant Stadium press box after the Texans' 38-14 win over the Titans on Sunday afternoon, and admittedly it's incredibly difficult to focus on writing about college football -- partially because of the four television screens showing the late games and partially b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Last Night: Pretty Lights at Bayou Music Center

    Pretty Lights Bayou Music Center September 23, 2012 See lots more pics from Bayou Music Center Sunday in our slideshow. Having closed out Free Press Summer Fest to help ring in the unofficial start of summer it made it a strange sort of sense that Pretty Lights would return to Houston to help ring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Remembering the ABA: 5 Things That Would Never Happen in the NBA

    Thirty-six years ago this week, avant-garde basketball went away when the American Basketball Association merged with the National Basketball Association. The old ABA (1967-1976) helped revolutionize the game through the invention of the three-point shot and the drafting of underclassmen. At one t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The ABA's Dreaded Time Machine

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Dragic Gone. Is It Time for Linsanity or Just Regular Old Crazy?

    According to ESPN, Rockets point guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $34 million over four seasons. The Rockets had reportedly realized last week that Dragic wanted much more than they were willing to offer and decided to pursue other options. Some reports suggest the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Michael Jordan's Son Smiles Pretty For His Mugshot

    Michael Jordan was having a pretty good week. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats stayed out of the way of his team's draft just long enough for them to actually make the correct pick with the number two overall selection (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), the first step on the long road to mediocrity (a HUGE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Picking Rockets Team of the 2000s Not an Easy Task

    Throughout the course of this frustrating season, the Houston Rockets have been allowing fans to pick their choices for the starting team of the decade beginning with the 1970s and continuing with the '80s, '90s and 2000s. They had all but one of their starting five for the 2000s on had for their wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    LeBron James Has Someone Cut His Meat for Him

    Statistically, LeBron James is having perhaps the best season in the history of the NBA. Per game, he is averaging 27.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists, and for you advanced stat geeks (you probably already know this), he is carrying an ungodly 32.68 Player Efficiency Rating (or PER, as you Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Top 5 Musical NBA Players

    The NBA All-Star Game is coming up in a couple of weeks. There may not be any Rockets on the roster - even ex-Rocket/Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin didn't blow up in time to be added as a reserve - but musical names such as Kanye West, Rihanna (the halftime entertainment), Lenny Kravitz, Josh Groban, ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 12, 2012

    Tiradito and Turf

    At Samba Grille, David Guerrero is breaking the traditional steakhouse mold wide open.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses

    harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).​Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Remember Yungstar's Throwed Yung Playa?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Yungstar Throwed Yung Playa (Straight Profit Records, 1999) Man, remember Yungstar, the acute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    NBA Playoffs Schedule Maker, a Mother's Day FAIL

    Could have been the best Mother's Day match-up of all time.​It's not easy for a sport's postseason that lasts practically as long as the entire college football regular season to be compelling from beginning to end, but so far this NBA postseason is doing as good a job of just that as it's eve ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    He's Only a Perv

    Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Three Rappers To Watch In 2011

    We were right on about Preemo last year...​A friend told us a joke the other day that made us chuckle, and we don't chuckle. We either laugh hard, or we don't, so you know it was special. Our friend asked us, "What's the one thing your girlfriend could tell you that would make you happy and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    NFL, College Football, Twitter, Pancake Bites and Bestiality -- Weekend's Best Bets

    A regular Paul the Octopus​So last season I did these Best Bets posts on Fridays and made every attempt to conduct myself like an actual handicapper, coming up with reams of statistics and subjective observations to lead to a conclusion that I hoped made reasonable sense. End result? A predic ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Game Time: LSU Football Coach Les Miles Breaks Down the Oil Spill (w/ video)

    That hat could cap the flow​I think most people are in agreement that LeBron James' decision to broadcast his decision of where he would be playing basketball next season -- for the record, he chose "South Beach" -- on the creatively titled, made-for-sheep-like-us ESPN infomercial LeBron: The Deci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Week In TV: What Do You Watch During The Summer?

    With Treme off the air, what are you going to watch the rest of the summer?​Blah blah basketball blah blah soccer blah blah I miss real shows. This was the week in TV Land: • Treme wrapped its first season last night with an episode that was probably among its best so far, though it also hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    What Rhymes With Anahuac? We Ask The Rapping Weatherman

    Nick Kosir, Beaumont's Rapping Weatherman, has a posse​We wrote about Beaumont's rapping weatherman Nick Kosir last week, and as we mentioned then, we weren't the first to do so. ESPN2's Sports Nation, The Huffington Post and the ever-illustrious Ryan Seacrest have all recognized Kosir for his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Five Ways To Fake Your Way Through A Rockets Conversation

    It's been a long time since the Rockets were of any interest to most of Houston, but now that they've actually advanced past the first round of the playoffs, the bandwagon is getting full.A Houstonian will now be expected to be able to talk confidently about the team in order to keep up with the res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Top Ten WTF Sports Moments of 2008

    It's end of year time, which means it's time for stupid lists. And if there's anything you guys have learned about me, it's that I like stupid lists. So I present this year's Top Ten WTF Moments in Sports for 2008. 10. The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. for conduct det ... More >>

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