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    April 8, 2014

    Miami After Dark: H-Town Goes to South Beach

    This past week, I packed my bags and headed east to Miami, that gorgeously naughty city in South Florida that rivals New York City and Los Angeles in its beauty and nightlife. The purpose was a professional one, a marketing and interactive conference for Latinos. But aside from the seminars and gift ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Rockets Try to Prove They Belong Among NBA Elite

    Over the last two months, the Rockets feasted on weaker opponents, which led to an eight-game winning streak and position among the top teams in the Western Conference. Then, with a five-game road swing on the West Coast and a pair of losses to the best teams in that stretch of the schedule, they fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Did the Rockets Learn Their Lesson in Consecutive Losses?

    The Rockets were on a roll. They were winners of their last five (8 of 9 total) including an impressive victory in San Antonio. Despite some nagging injuries to Chandler Parsons and James Harden, and an injury that would sideline Jeremy Lin until this week, they seemed to be clicking. For the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Gambling! NBA 2013-2014 Season Win Total Futures Bets!

    In the wagering world, there's a reason (well, several, but one big one) why football betting is so popular. Since 98 percent of the action occurs on Saturday and Sunday, there's a built-in moderation and containment to football's action where (a) it largely doesn't infringe on the average Joe's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Dwight Howard's Analysis Of His New Teammates

    We interrupt the obsessive Matt Schaub/Gary Kubiak coverage for some Rockets banter... You guys are cool with this, right? I'm not sure if you remember, but our NBA team in town is relevant again! (I'm saying this next paragraph in that prodding, "trying to remind you" voice tone.) Remember? The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Gambling! 2013-2014 NBA Season Win Totals Are Out!

    Amidst the hoopla of "Johnny Football, Part Two" and the carnage of the box set of back breaking turnovers that Matt Schaub is assembling, the Rockets quietly opened training camp this week with arguably their best assembly of talent since the mid 90's. Indeed, a new age of Rockets basketball begi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Your 2013-2014 Houston Rockets Schedule Easy Reference Guide

    From a purely functional standpoint, the reconstruction of the Houston Rockets meant all new talent on the roster, and a better chance to win games and, hopefully, win NBA titles. And make no mistake, this was a total rebuild. By the time the trade deadline for 2013 rolled around, after Patrick Pa ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League: The Wild World of Minor League Baseball in Texas

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • 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 18, 2013

    NBA Finals: One More Chance to Sop Gambling Gravy Off the Heat's Crazy Streak

    From February 3 through March 25, the Miami Heat didn't lose a single NBA basketball game. During that streak, they recorded 27 wins in a row, the second best run at the Lakers' 33-game winning streak of the early '70s in league history, and a two-month salvo that sent the Heat into the post-season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    NBA Finals: Game 4, Tony Parker Is Gonna Play!

    For a series that's featured two blowout wins in three games, including a Game 3 that was pretty much over midway through the third quarter, there have been some pretty compelling storylines in these NBA Finals. We've had the disappearance (or maybe better worded, the sporadic appearances) of LeBro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    NBA Finals: Turning Point, LeBron Returns Tiago Splitter To Sender (w/ VIDEO)

    I may or may not have disclosed this before in this space, and if I have, my apologies, but I am rooting for LeBron in these NBA Finals. I'm over the animosity of Decision 2010 (Really, why did I get so worked up over Cleveland getting shat upon anyway?), I root for greatness, I root for dominance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    NBA Finals: Chris Bosh's Jump Shot Is Margot Kidder

    I'm not normally a superhero movie guy, but I will admit that the recent wave of superhero films the last five or six years has sucked me in. The Iron Man trilogy, the new Batman trilogy, the Avengers, I loved all of these movies. I'm especially excited for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel (com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Chandler Parsons' Curious Case Of (Ahem) "Food Poisoning"

    Twice an hour during my afternoon radio show, longtime Houston reporter extraordinaire David Dalati comes on and gives an update on things going on around the world of sports -- basically, standard sports-flash type stuff with some interview nuggets from David's tireless efforts of the day mixed in. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Biggest Loser v 7.0 -- Sacramento Kings Guard Tyreke Evans

    Overall, it's turned into kind of a slow sports week, which I guess is to expected as we are in the dreaded "post NFL combine, pre March Madness dead period." Add in the fact that the Rockets have seemingly been on a second All-Star break this week (haven't played since Saturday), and on a lazy Thur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Lil Wayne Apologizes To LeBron For All-Star Weekend Outburst, Still Hates Chris Bosh

    The NBA trade deadline came and went at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, and somehow, some way, with everyone fully expecting the Rockets to be one of the passive spectators at deadline time for a change, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey managed to steal the spotlight. Given Morey's seeming addiction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Airsanity: Lin and the Rockets Struggle with More Than Airballs

    I once interviewed MLB writer and former Astro social media maven Alyson Footer for a story about sports radio and she gave me a fantastic quote about the media in general. "The news cycle used to be 24 hours and now it's 24 seconds," she told me. The impact that has on sports coverage means that on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Zapruder-Style Breakdown Of The Worst National Anthem Performance Ever

    My general rule of thumb when it comes to snark or out and out ridicule is that kids are off limits. I have three kids of my own, and they're not perfect. I get it. However, there are rare exceptions, and on those occasions what you'll usually find is that any derision of young people doing offensiv ... 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 >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 12, 2012

    Which Houston Rapper Bet "Whatever" On the NBA Finals?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Mac, Mug, Killa Kyleon, TroubleSum, Propain, hasHBrown, Yung Truth, O.N.E., Chingo Bling, more. Not Invited: Steve Francis and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    NBA Playoffs: "Good Job, Good Effort" Kid Has Been Located

    Well, that didn't take long. On the heels of the Boston Celtics' 94-90 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, there were two stars usurping the spotlight after the game. One was Boston forward Kevin Garnett, whose 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Celtics to the huge upset. The other wasn't a pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Celtics-Heat Postgame Fun-Fest: Crazy KG, D-Wade's Hipster-ish Fake Glasses, and "Good Job, Good Effort!" Kid (w/ VIDEO)

    I love NBA basketball, but I'll be the first to admit that I am oftentimes more compelled by what goes on after the games -- in the press conferences, in the locker room, on the set of TNT -- than I am in the games themselves. I'm the guy who is rooting against LeBron not because I hate him, but be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Houston Rockets 2012: Tales from the Stinkhole, Volume 2 ("At Least We're Not Charlotte")

    The plight of the Rocket fan has been well documented in this space. One playoff series win in the last 15 years. Both of the other Texas franchises winning NBA titles within the last five years. Three straight finishes in the highest spot outside of the playoffs (the proverbial "stinkhole"). No luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Hammered Miami Heat Fan Strips To Bra & Panties To Celebrate A Win (VIDEO Analysis)

    I realize that, unless you're a member of LeBron James' or Dwyane Wade's immediate family, it's awfully tough to find a reason to root for the Miami Heat. While they're not the lightning rod for vitriol that they were coming off of LeBron's "Decision" in the summer of 2010, the Heat are still quit ... 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

    May 1, 2012

    Rap Round Table: Who's Going to Win the NBA Finals?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, hasHBrown, Chane, Yung Truth, Preemo, Chuckway, Mac, Nosaprise, D-Risha Not Invited: Amar'e Stoudemire's brai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    One Man's NBA All-Star Reserve Selections

    Go ahead and chalk up the NBA All-Star Game taking place in a few weeks (Sunday, February 26, to be exact) in Orlando's Amway Center as the next "feels weird" moment of the NBA season. It feels like the season just tipped off a few weeks ago and yet here we are, about 20 games in, deciding who the b ... 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

    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 8, 2011

    NBA Finals -- LeBron James Hits Rock Bottom

    Snipes would play LeBron, but he's done his own disappearing act​"He struggled. Point blank, period. He struggled out there. ... I want to see him aggressive again. He can turn it up, his aggression, a notch." -- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, talking about his teammate LeBron James after Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    NBA Finals Game 2 -- Anatomy of a Meltdown

    On the "Play-by-play" Web page for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it simply reads "Dwyane Wade makes 24-foot three point jumper (Mario Chalmers assists)," one simple play out of a few hundred plays during the course of an NBA basketball game. But if you were watching the game, you knew that Dwyane Wade' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Eskabel: Houston Rapper Says You Can't Beat The (Miami) Heat

    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

    May 9, 2011

    The Chris Bosh 2010-2011 Experience (in Quotes -- PLAYOFF Addendum)

    Chris Bosh is no Never-Nervous Pervis.​"Was I effective today? It's common sense. I think it's evident. I just have to get it where I'm effective. I have to get it where big guys get it. Then, I feel I can start helping out this team more. I'm effective down in the low-post area. That's where ... 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

    March 25, 2011

    Recalibrated Final Four Scenarios (and Jim Rome on a Mobile)

    ​By the time you read this space on Monday, we will know which four lucky schools have qualified for the Final Four and are headed to Houston to enjoy our weather, our ladies and our Tex-Mex. (I can now include "ladies" because BYU has been eliminated from the tournament. Houston will remain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    The Chris Bosh 2010-2011 Experience (In Quotes)

    Chris Bosh, on the rise​OCTOBER 27, 2009 "[Bosh] will never be the best player on a 50-win team. Sorry, someone will spend $100 M on him next spring and regret it." -- Me, in my 2009-2010 NBA preview, prior to Chris Bosh's final season in Toronto SPRING 2010 "Keep in mind, Chris -- this team ... 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

    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

    July 12, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron is Making Me A Texas Longhorn Fan

    Kevin Durant -- the anti-LeBron​It's July, it's the All-Star break, the Astros have reached the "what P.R. grab can we make?" part of the season about six weeks earlier than usual, and if I may say, hiring Jeff Bagwell as hitting coach should have far-reaching ramifications on the ball club that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron James: The Decision -- You Suck, ESPN

    LeBron is Cleveland's new "Cuyahoga River on fire"​"It's been a real humbling experience to be in this position." -- LeBron James on his self-requested, one hour made-for-LeBron TV special on ESPNIf you lived in Houston at the time, you remember September 13, 2008. That was the morning after Hurr ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Game Time: NBA Free Agency -- So Is Dwyane Wade Gonna Hold It For You While You Pee Too, LeBron?

    A Vogue cover, but no ring​Nothing worth chasing in life comes easy, so to say that by pooling their collective talents together to try and chase an NBA title in Miami that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are taking the "easy way out" isn't entirely fair.Actually, to be fair, with a ring ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Game Time: NBA DRAFT -- Worst Lottery Picks Of The Last 15 Years

    cutline​As "must see" events on the sporting calendar go, the annual NBA Draft is highly underrated. If you ask the average sports fan his or her five most watchable sports nights of the year you'll probably get canned answers like the Super Bowl, a Game 7 in the MLB or NBA playoffs, and any inte ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Game Time: Celtics, Feel Better -- Five Officiating Decisions That Were WAY Worse Than Kendrick Perkins' Second Technical

    Sorry about that fifth down.....​It's funny, because I'm from New England, people automatically assume that I am a fan of all the Boston teams. To wit, last night as the Celtics were imploding in Orlando, my iPhone was blowing up with text messages asking if I was starting to get worried about th ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Houston Rockets vs. the Washington Wizards

    Just what the home team needs — an easy win

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