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    November 28, 2014

    Kelvin Sampson Begins The Biggest Challenge Of His Career

    An writer was at Hofheinz Pavilion Saturday night working on a story on new Cougar head coach Kelvin Sampson. He stood in one of the bunkers ringing the top of the arena, looking out over the mostly empty stands. He asked when the crowd was going to show up. Those of us in the local media sta ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Johnny Manziel Hanging Out With Marshall Henderson in Dallas (Uh Oh! )

    If you're one of the few who has managed to catch the new Kevin Costner film Draft Day (featuring guest star Arian Foster!) at a sneak preview, and you take it as being authentic, then you remember the pain staking efforts that Sonny Weaver (Costner's Browns' GM character) went to in order to gather ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Four Keys to the NCAA March Madness Finals Monday Night

    Prior to the beginning of this year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament (affectionately referred to as "March Madness"), billionaire Warren Buffett was offering a billion dollars to anyone who could complete a perfect bracket. The immediate reaction to anything that pays a billion dollars is "WOW," ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    March Madness 2014: The Tourney In Prop Bets

    Come this time of year, almost everyone is filling out brackets. Hardcore fans, casual fans, kids, adults, bosses, secretaries...we all love March Madness! However, this is also a time of year where degenerates get even more degenerate. Spreads, moneylines, prop bets, futures, exotics...everything ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Special Olympics and Jolly Jesters: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend

    I'm back! Did you miss me? Don't run from your feelings! This is the place to come if you want to find out what the flip there is to do/watch when it comes to sports in the fine city of Houston, Texas. And for those of you Yankees who might visit this here website for info, don't be surprised when t ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    University of Houston Welcomes Back Guy V. Lewis

    I was at the last game Guy V. Lewis coached inside Hofheinz Pavilion. A Cougar victory in overtime of 15th-ranked TCU. It was my sophomore year at UH, March 1, 1986. I don't remember much about the game, not much more than shouting "Guy V., Guy V." a lot and banging on the seats. I attended the game ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    College Football Christmas Morning Is Here! My Best Season Win Total Bets

    Anytime some marquee date on the sports calendar arrives, we always seem to want to make a "Christmas morning" analogy (admittedly ignoring that it's probably slightly offensive to some of the folks out there who value religion). Revealing the brackets for March Madness, the day before any trip to ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 5, 2013

    The Most Incredible, Heartbreaking Buzzer Beater You'll Ever See (w/ VIDEO)

    Reason number 3,142 that living in the internet age is awesome: Whereas back in the day, basketball fans were largely privy only to buzzer beaters during March Madness, NBA games, and a random hand-filmed highlight from one of their local high school teams on the evening news, thanks to the intern ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    College Basketball: Buzzer Beaters Galore This Weekend! (w/ VIDEO)

    Sometimes it takes the trailer to a movie to get casual fans really interested. Take some of these superhero movies, for instance. I don't dork out heavily over Batman or Iron Man movies at all. I don't count down the days until those movies are coming to theaters, and I can't tell you the unfilmed ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 3, 2012

    5 Things We Learned From's Fascinating 2012 Mock College Football Playoff Selection

    Since the largely money driven epiphany of the college presidents and power brokers of the Bowl Championship Series finally gave us the promise of a four team playoff beginning with the 2014 season, one of my many questions has been "Why do we have to wait until 2014?" I think I know the answer -- ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Royce White's Twitter Rant: 10 Ignorant Replies

    "Is he worth it?" In the sports world, it's the answer to that one simple question that ultimately determines the length of a player's shelf life in whatever league he plays in. Extrapolated in more detail and reworded, is the combination of a player's skill set, salary, and performance worth whate ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Hey, Rice Owls Fans, Do You Even Know You Have a Basketball Team?

    The College Postseason Tournament (CIT) is just another of college basketball's postseason alphabet tournaments -- see also the NIT and the CBI. But the Rice Owls are playing in the CIT, and it's the first time the team's made a men's postseason basketball tournament since 2005. It's ju ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Shocking News: The Owls and Cougars Not Going Dancing

    There might still be a month left in the season for several college basketball teams. But the alumni, students, and fans of Rice and the University of Houston are either going to have to ignore March Madness, or they're going to have to find some other teams for whom to cheer. That the Houston Coug ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Houston Texans Re-Sign Their Long Snapper -- The Jon Weeks Game Lives!

    "Best job ever." There are certain jobs in the world of sports where we often apply those three words. I'm not talking about the highest-paying, highest-profile roles like quarterback of an NFL team, point guard of an NBA team or cleanup hitter for an MLB team. Those really are the best jobs ever. ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Guy V. Lewis Snubbed By The Basketball Hall of Fame Again

    ​The Houston Cougars defeated the SMU Mustangs 62-59 on Saturday night. The leading scorer, with 27 points, was Joseph Young, son of UH legend and current director of basketball operations Michael Young. The radio analyst for the game was former Cougar legend, all-time NBA great, and basketbal ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Rice Owls Reach the Rarified Air of Basketball Success

    Something a little magical happened at Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Something that basketball fans don't see too often. Something Rice fans have never seen. It wasn't just that the Owls (16-12, 7-6 in conference) came back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat the UCF Knights ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Bowling for Chumps

    How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.

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    April 1, 2011

    Last Night: Cold War Kids At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Cold War Kids Warehouse Live March 31, 2011 "HOUSTON: A BRACKET TOWN," read signs posted around downtown last night. HPD had begun arranging road-closures and tents were already stocked with T-shirts and Final Four swag, as the city prepared itself for this weekend's ine ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    NCAA Sweet 16: So, How Are Your Brackets Looking?

    There's still a chance I sit courtside next to Ashley Judd at the Final Four​As we prepare for the Sweet 16, here are some of the things we learned from the first weekend of games of the NCAA Tournament. 1. Maybe Seth Greenberg's supporters should have been bitching about too many schools fr ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Hottest Houston Media Women Tourney Boasts Cuties and Some Controversy Kelly: Apparently not hot enough.​Dear, Kelly Kelly, How does it feel to only be the 17th hottest woman in Houston media? During yesterday's J&R show on Sports Radio 610 AM, the two hosts, Josh Innes and Rich Lord, unveiled the winner of the "play-in game" in the ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    CBS Murders Charles Barkley (Not Literally)

    Barkley sucked ass instead of kissing it​"This is a win on any number of levels, not the least of which is that I would watch Charles Barkley analyzing or opining on any topic. No, seriously, I would watch Charles Barkley convey his thoughts about ANYTHING -- basketball, politics, the economy, ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    UH and Rice Attempt to Salvage Their Seasons This Weekend

    John RoyalMaurice McNeil hopes to lead the Cougars out to three more wins​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls looked to be moving in different directions as the men's basketball season got underway. The Cougars had a new head coach, James Dickey, who hadn't been a head coach since the 1990s. T ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Owls De-Claw the Tigers, Get First-Ever Win Over Memphis

    John RoyalConnor Frizzelle drives the baseline in the first half​The Memphis Tigers were the number one team in Conference USA Saturday afternoon. In a conference guaranteed only one team in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the Tigers were primed to be that team. They just forgot one th ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Rice Basketball: What's New, Pussycat?

    The Owls turned the LSU Tigers into pussycats​There are droughts, and there are droughts. And fittingly, on a day when the city of Houston was submerged under a continuous downpour of rain that may have helped to end a drought that's been dragging down the city, the Rice Owls found a way&nbs ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    UH's James Dickey Prepares For His Deliverance Sure he's smiling now. But wait until the season starts​It may seem like it's been awhile since Mack Rhoades and the Houston Cougars hired James Dickey to take over the men's basketball program.But in many ways, the time has been flying by as Dickey and his staff have attempted to se ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- USA Wins! Now Awaits Conference Expansion Invite To Become Part of South America

    Photo by Monica Fuentes Catching Cup fever this morning​"Soccer is about to cement its place as the worst 'sports bar sport' EVER..." -- Me at the 89-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today"THIS IS AWESOME!!!" -- Me hugging strangers at the 91-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today A ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Ron Paul Minions Get Greedy

    ​FLASH ALERT from the Lew Rockwell blog, home to all things libertarian: Ron Paul, the Thomas Jefferson/John Adams/Solomon of our benighted day, needs your help.Warmonger Michael McCaul is gaining on Ron Paul in the final bracket of the Houston Chronicle's online poll to determine the most effect ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Game Time: Prediction Monday -- Men's Hoops Finals And The Astros' 2010 Season

    ​NCAA MEN'S HOOPS FINALS (Butler vs Duke, 8:21 PM tip-off)When I ranked the list of NCAA Finals permutations from "Most Compelling" to "Least Compelling" in this space last week, I had Butler vs Duke ranked as the most compelling. The figurative "Cinderella" (although let's not forget that Cinde ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    UH Makes An Odd Choice For Its Basketball Program

    ​When Tom Penders resigned last week, University of Houston Athletic Director Mack Rhoades made it clear that he was looking for more than just a head coach of the basketball team. He was looking for a partner. Somebody who would not only turn the team into a winner, but would also grow the pro ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Game Time: Cheer Up Coogs Fan, There's Still A Chance Mack Rhoades Just Has A Killer Sense Of Humor

    ​Today is the first day of the Shell Houston Open. If you remember, last year the first day had to be postponed because of some nasty winds that had blown into the Houston area. Suffice it to say that if there is a strong breeze in the Houston area on this first day of the Shell Houston Open, it's ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Taylor Swift Madness at the South Regional Semis in Houston

    ​Yesterday was media day at the South Regional, and while the players and coaches got used to the Reliant Stadium court set-up, and while fans got a sneak-peek of just how bad the seating and sight lines actually are, we media got busy coming up with the story lines that will guide you fans th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Penders Is Definitely Not Leaving "To Spend More Time With His Family"

    Photo courtesy UH​What has been rumored since even before the basketball season began came true today. There was a press conference at the University of Houston in which it was announced that Tom Penders would not be returning as the head coach of the Houston Cougars.There was a strangeness abou ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Tonight: The Coogs In The Big Dance

    Photo courtesy UH​The improbable post-season run of the Houston Cougars continues tonight as they face the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins in a first-round Midwest Regional match-up. It's no secret that Maryland, which tied Duke for the regular-season championship of the ACC, is the favorite in ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Ze Germans are here, Turkish. They've brought some of their food, so really, we should be glad they're not the Pikeys.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've spent all day in the hot sun baling whipped cream out at the cheesecake farm. With a giant spork. Ah ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW As It Happens: Antlers Go Down In Flames, A Bait And Switch At Red Fez And A Lawn Made Of Weed?

    Brandon K. Hernsberger3:10 p.m.: "Beer line (French Legation)"​ Adam P. Newton, 3:04 p.m.: "I'm here at Red Fez, ready for No Age." Craig Hlavaty, 3:05 p.m.: "Huge ass line for Dillinger Escape Plan at Red 7 day party. I may just have to come home early to see them at Wired Live on Sunday night." ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Game Time: Hating Duke, A Visual Montage

    ​I'll admit it, I hate the Duke Blue Devils. The players, the assistant coaches, the head coach, the Cameron Crazies. All of them. In all of their floor-slapping, charge-taking, horrid-flopping, leg-humping, press-conference-crying, nose-picking, baby-whining, face-painting, Speedo-wearing Vita ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    The Week In TV: Mad About Mad Men Barbie Dolls

    The Barbie version of Joan appears to have just escaped from Dachau.​I have no idea what day it is, my veins run thick with taquitos, and I took my shirt off in public. This was the week in TV Land: • I'm a little amazed at the amount of TV I was able to watch this past week considering I' ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Coog Hoops Has Leaders, Bulk And A Good Shot At March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​The time has come. The time for Tom Penders and his Cougars basketball team to show their worth. The hopes are that this squad is one that will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.There are a couple of things working in the team's favor. First and ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    UH Hoops, Battling The Second-Rate Reputation Of Conference USA

    ​Tom Penders has been tasked with returning the Houston Cougar basketball program to relevance. And that's a task at which he feels he's been successful. But he's yet to succeed with the ultimate goal of basketball relevance, and that's getting into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.Now, the ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    When Publicists Attack: The "Dirty Tourney"

    Admittedly, here at the Press we receive all kinds of stupid shit, especially from publicists. But seldom have we gotten a press release with less social merit and higher scuzz factor than this one from WMG (Warner Music Group), entitled "Screw The NCAA's...Welcome To the DIRTY TOURNEY!" I know rec ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    March Madness Now Includes A DWI Crackdown

    It's March!! Time for Spring Break!! And March Madness!! And, ummm, a DWI crackdown by the Harris County DAs office.We don't know what kind of crazed marketing mind came up with the title "The 'March Madness' Anti-DWI Enforcement Campaign," but someone did, and DA PAt Lykos's office is putting out t ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    H-Town Holiday Shootout

    Put down your Rockets red for a while and enjoy some college b-ballers

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    May 12, 1994

    The Man Behind Mad Max

    Vernon Maxwell has made a reputation by going crazy. Now he says he wants to go straight. Really?

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