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    March 3, 2014

    The Art of NBA Tanking: The Philadelphia 76ers Have No Shame

    Sports analytics is no longer the wave of the future. It is most assuredly here, however, as evidenced by the explosion in the growth and coverage of the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at M.I.T. in Boston. During the basketball analytics portion of the event, this weekend, former Toronto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    July 1, 2013

    Rockets Sole Focus in Free Agency is Landing Howard, Adding Pieces to Compliment Him

    If free agent center Dwight Howard emerged from his late-night meal with the Rockets posse understanding one thing, it should be that there is no other target in the team's pursuit of a championship this offseason more important. A group that included team owner Les Alexander, general manager Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    NBA Draft: Best Active Player Selected In Each First Round Draft Slot

    I've said it many times in this space -- we are all dorks. I don't mean we all have pocket protectors and pull our trousers up to an unreasonably high waist level (or even use the word "trousers" instead of the hipper, cooler "pants"), I mean that we all obsess over something, obsess to an extent t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    NBA Finals: Give Houston What It Wants, Rashard Lewis Vs T-Mac

    We interrupt this widespread panic over LeBron James's possibly being human (and this widespread panic....and this widespread panic....) for a request. Oh, wait a second...Gary Neal just hit another three...okay, continuing... We interrupt this widespread panic for a request.... Damn! Danny Green ... 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 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 26, 2013

    Blue Bell Hooks Up Girlfriend Of Selfish Ice Cream Hog With Year's Supply Of Ice Cream

    In the world we live in today, with social media and YouTube collaborating to make stars of practically anybody, fifteen minutes of fame can come in a variety of ways. Quirky athletic endeavors (every trick shot video shot in the last three years), aspiring lounge acts (every takeoff of "Call Me Ma ... 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

    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

    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

    January 17, 2013

    Six Examples of How James Harden Follows in the Tradition of Great Rockets Hair

    When the Houston Rockets acquired James Harden in late October, general manager Daryl Morey finally found the superstar that he longed for. Houston would go on to post billboards around the city featuring Harden with the caption, "The Beard Has Landed!" So far, Harden has delivered, as he is one of ... 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

    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 >>

  • News

    July 19, 2012
  • 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

    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

    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Don't Call Scottie Pippen Bankrupt Or He'll Sue!

    Scottie Pippin in his not-so-glory days.​It's always a little disappointing when you find out that certain urban legends aren't true. It's why I've never visited the mythbusting Web site snopes.com. Why would I want to know the truth when it's just more fun to assume it's accurate? Along thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rockets Announce 2011-2012 Schedule -- 6 Things You Need to Know

    Kevin Martin: Not a big national-TV draw.​My excitement for the upcoming NBA season was moderately brimming before yesterday (due in large part to a $50 prop bet I placed a couple months ago on the season starting on or before Christmas -- CHA-CHING!), but two things happened yesterday. First ... More >>

  • 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

    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Kevin McHale Is The Rockets New Head Coach

    Do not read the subhed​In what would have been classified as a fairly startling upset at the beginning of the search process, the Houston Rockets have chosen former Boston Celtic great/Minnesota Timberwolves coach and general manager Kevin McHale as the next head coach of their franchise. In ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    The NBA's Top-Selling Jerseys List (And Seven Things It Tells Us)

    NBA jerseys: We CAN just all get along!!​I'll admit, I don't own any sports jerseys. I'm not a jersey-wearing guy, partially because the fit and feel of an authentic professional sports shirt are not optimal, but mostly because I'm over the age of 14. Full disclosure, I don't buy many jersey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    LeBron's Mom Smacks Around A Valet Guy

    Res ipsa loquitur, bitches​I've never been big into crime dramas, but for whatever reason, I've taken a real liking in the last year or so to shows like Law and Order and CSI. Even though the shows are pretty formulaic (like so formulaic that if there were such a thing as "Mad Libs: Sexual Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 27, 2010

    NBA 2010-2011 Preview -- Reconstructing LeBron

    Please, no more operations on Yao Ming​"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    LeBron James: Hate Or Appreciate?

    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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... 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

    August 11, 2010

    Game Time: Trevor Ariza Trade -- Instant Analysis

    Good trade for the Rockets​I was not writing for HoustonPress.com when the Trevor Ariza signing went down last year so you'll have to take my word for it -- I was very skeptical and surprised by the signing at the time. (Note: There are megabytes and megabytes of sound from me on the internal arc ... 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 14, 2010

    Game Time: Kyle Lowry -- Party On, Daryl Morey

    The party starts​Anyone who went to a college with fraternities, sororities, or even just big-time football weekends knows what it's like to live on that row of houses or apartments where every Friday and Saturday is a parade of different keg parties.It's loud, it's raucous, and usually pretty dam ... 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

    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 >>

  • 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

    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: The Worst Pregame Renditions Of The National Anthem Ever

    What so proudly we hailed... Can you pass the earplugs, please?​ You can be forgiven for not realizing Opening Day for baseball season was here already (yesterday, in fact). Maybe you've been too busy cursing the guy in your NCAA tournament pool that filled out his brackets using the coin-flip met ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    African Hideaway

    Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot

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