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    August 19, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The NFC

    Recently we wrote about the ramifications of KISS and Vince Neil buying their own Arena Football League teams and what it would be like if NFL teams were also themed around bands and musicians. We started by running down the AFC, including our hometown Houston Texans. This time we're going to exami ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Gambling! Betting Lines For The First 16 Weeks Of The 2014 NFL Season!

    Every diehard NFL fan thinks that he (or she) is smarter than the next guy (or gal). To that end, Las Vegas is fully aware of the intellectual narcissism of Joe NFL Fan, especially the Joe NFL Fans that like to gamble, and therefore tries to take advantage by sucking us them into the game by game w ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Post-Draft NFL Season Win Totals Are Out! The Texans' Number Is....

    Amidst the myriad of Johnny Manziel prop bets and NFL Draft forecast wagers, anyone who enjoys the occasional bet knows that there is a distinct beginning to NFL betting season, a harbinger of the gambling delights of the autumn. It's when the Las Vegas Hilton releases its first post-NFL Draft seas ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    NFL Playoffs: Early Super Bowl Futures Odds, Who Has Value?

    In theory, when it comes to wagering, the NFL Playoffs should be one of the prime handicapping junctures on the wagering calendar. Think about it -- there is no need to factor in the week to week motivational differences, letdown possibilities, and (at least for the first weekend of the playoffs) ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: One Last Stab At Christmas Spending Money

    I think of all the sports, the NFL strikes the perfect balance of regular season meaningfulness, rewards for regular season success, and playoff inclusiveness. Certainly, the 2013 NFL season backs that up with a Week 16 slate that sees almost two thirds of the league with playoff hopes still alive. ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis of a Fat, Drunk Chicago Bears Fan Smacking Into a Pole

    Alcohol, like many mind altering substances, has a tendency to take whatever your primary personality traits are and augment them. (I hesitate to say "enhance" them, because if your primary personality trait is "being an asshole" then being a bigger asshole can hardly be seen as an "enhancement.") ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: God Bless The NFL, Week 1

    I am always happy when the NFL season arrives, but especially happy this weekend, because it gives me a diversion from college football for my best bets of the weekend. I'm not sure if you noticed (Yes, I know ALL of you noticed), but I came out of the shoot in Week 1 of my football Best Bets 1-5. ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Early Betting Lines On NFL Weeks 1 Through 16

    It's always good to get in on something at the beginning, at the ground floor. In the world of sports wagering, for bettors equally long on hubris and illness (gambling is a sickness, my friends), some betting outlets realize that no time is too soon to put out lines on NFL games. The draft just en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, NFL Playoff Edition

    Best bets time and after going 5-1 last week, just in time for the holidays I might add, we are all even now heading into 2013! 50-50-2! People who are into hobbies like to talk about conducting those activities under optimal conditions. Skiers enjoy skiing with four feet of powder on a sunny day. ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, The Mea Culpa Edition

    First, with Christmas now in the books, I'd like to issue an apology. If you were paralyzed financially this holiday season, unable to buy gifts, and woefully relegated to giving your loved ones esoteric, abstract gifts like "more personal time" or crappy pieces of handmade artwork, it probably mean ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    NFL Playoff Scenarios: A Guide To This Sunday

    Week 17 of the NFL season is upon us this weekend, and while there are still plenty of moving (or potentially moving) parts left to be slotted, the one thing we are sure of is that in the NFC the Atlanta Falcons will have a first round bye and home field throughout the playoffs. The Texans have to ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Gary Kubiak Won't Be Coaching for His Job Next Week, But He Should Be

    The narratives for the first two Texan losses wrote themselves, even if they weren't completely accurate. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are Hall of Fame quarterbacks and played extremely well. The Texans (12-3) had a few unlucky bounces on offense. The team didn't desperately need either game. None a ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Texans-Vikings: New BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Game Card, Egg Nog Edition

    Well, this week's game card should be the final Battle-Drink Bingo card of the 2012 season. Assuming the Texans win this Sunday against the Vikings, that means the final game against the Colts would hold no meaning (possibly for either team), so cobbling together a Battle-Drink centered around the e ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Before we get to this week's picks, a quick stock check on the "Houston Texans win the Super Bowl" prop bet. What exactly did the Patriots' 42-14 beatdown of our hometown team do to their wagering street cred? Well, prior to the game, the Texans and the Patriots were tied as the odds-on favorites t ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Stormy Monday: Texans v Patriots Will Be Wet, Cold and Ugly

    In week 10 in the NFL, the Texans went on the road and impressed a lot of people, beating the Bears 13-6 on a wet, blustery night in Chicago. If they are to do it again and come closer to clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they will have to face similar conditions once again, th ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    [PHOTO] Houston Texans Fan Paints House After Every Game

    There are fans and then there are FANS. I happened to spot this house driving over on Houston's near northeast side last week -- before the Texans beat the Titans, obviously -- and had to grab a picture. Some people paint their faces, but this family paints its freaking house! Note the one blue X d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    A Collection Of Taxidermied Bears On The Occasion Of A Texans Windy City Win

    Yes, it's immature. Yes, it's kinda wrong, considering Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was hit so hard his moustache flew off and he suffered a concussion and had to leave the game. And yes, it wasn't a high-scoring game at all and looked for more like a losing Astros score. But our bulls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Texans 13, Bears 6: Slugfest Win Just What Houston Needed

    See pics: Texans fans celebrate win in chilly Chicago. It seems an eternity ago, but it's been less than two years since many considered the Texans soft. Led by second-year defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the evolution is finally complete. The "Bulls on Parade" are now bullying long-establish ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Texans-Bears: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card, "Cutler Messes You Up" Version

    For a franchise that was lucky to play one primetime game per season for so many seasons, this whole "Texans on national television" thing is getting to be old hat! For the third time in the last five games, the Texans will show their wares in front of a national audience as they travel to Chicago t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Health Department Report: Food Trucks, St. John's, Skewers and More

    If you had the over on the number of places the Health Department would inspect this week, you're probably a little unhappy; it's been a slow past few days. As for betting on the number of times Bears quarterback Jay Cutler puts on his cranky face when he goes against the Texans on Sunday night -- w ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2012

    Game Changer

    Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.

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    October 17, 2012

    Saul Gutierrez: Arrest Made in Fatal Texans-Packers Stabbing

    Police have arrested a suspect who they say stabbed a person to death in a brawl that might be related to the Texans-Green Bay Packers game Sunday. Saul Gutierrez, 17, was arrested without incident yesterday and has been charged with murder. The fatal incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Packers 42, Texans 24: Troubling Trends Continue in First Loss; The 5 Biggest Holes to Fill

    It may be only one loss, but the trend lines are concerning. For a second straight week, the Texans (5-1) were outplayed in a handful of key areas, most notably within the once-vaunted line play as well as individual battles of receivers vs. cornerbacks. But unlike this past Monday, when the Texans ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    Reality Lands At Reliant As Aaron Rodgers & Packers Roll Over Texans 42-24

    It was, to put it lightly, an inauspicious to the often-talked-about Tough Stretch of the Texans' 2012 schedule. While the team was sparking Super Bowl champion talk as they beat up on the likes of the Jets, Jags and Titans, looming ahead was this stretch -- which includes Green Bay, Baltimore and ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Texans-Packers: ALL NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card

    The Texans come back this Sunday night to play the Green Bay Packers on the dreaded "short work week," having just played the New York Jets on Monday night. Much like the players having to summon all of their recuperative powers to be near the top of their game on Sunday, so too must you, the weeken ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Taking The Escalator" Edition (Also, Praise For UConn's Jim Calhoun)

    Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something. In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Texans, Saints, Tebow and Eli! This Weekend's NFL Playoff Best Bets

    The scarcity of games on these NFL playoff weekends is a huge reason why wagering in the postseason can be a death trap of second-guessing for me. Fewer games on the board means there's way more time to focus (and, frankly, OVER-focus if there is such a thing) on the scant few games being played. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Texans, Saints and Tebow! This Weekend's NFL Playoff Best Bets

    PLAYOFFS?!?!!? Oh, yeah​So is Houston ready for some playoff football? How about we go through the Reliant Stadium checklist for Saturday's game with the Bengals to find out. Notifications to season ticket holders to be in their seats 30 minutes before kickoff? Check. Colored placards in sea ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Football! My Texans Prediction and Other Weekend Best Bets

    Baby needs new gear...​Every year at about this time, I wind up investing several hundred dollars in various pieces of Texans gear for my two sons (ages 13 and 12, and I'm fairly certain the only two Texan fans in their Chicago-area junior high school), and while the attitude in this, the most ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd Has a Ring...a Drug Ring!

    The Stringer Bell School of Entrepreneurship.​I remember former Houston Texans (and now Washington Redskins) wide receiver David Anderson telling me a couple years ago about a program that the NFL offered players in which they could travel to prestigious universities during the off season and ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Packers 16-0, Colts 0-16: A Wagering Public Service Announcement

    All aboard!​It's Christmas shopping season, and as someone who has to had to "overbuy" presents for years now, I understand the phenomenon of those Christmas bills showing up a couple weeks after December 25, and your asking yourself "How in the sparkly, tinsel hell am I going to pay these?" ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Some Perspective on Ndamukong Suh's Cheap Shot (w/ VIDEO)

    In what was easily the most significant Thanksgiving Day game played in Detroit in the last ten years, the Green Bay Packers ran their record to 11-0 by beating the Lions pretty soundly 27-15. After the game, the big story had nothing to do with the Packers' chasing history, nor did people want to ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Take the Bullies

    Not when it comes to betting.​Nobody likes a bully. That is, nobody likes a bully unless that bully can win you piles of loot by doing their bully things. And that's exactly what the gambling gods have continued to bless us with this season. As I outlined last week, if you just rode the four ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets -- Crushing Las Vegas

    Vgeas is begging you to bet on a dog​For years, the rule in Las Vegas (because that's the only place you can wager, online wagering does not exist..cough, cough) has been that squares (wagering parlance for "Joe Q. Betting Public") bet favorites and overs a vast majority of the time. And for ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Texans-Saints, Etc. -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Big winner: James Casey​The easy fall back after Sunday's 40-33 to the New Orleans Saints is to say "Same ol' Texans," and in a way, I understand. Red zone issues, fourth quarter brain farts (23 points allowed), the untimely turnover, same ol' Texans. But I choose to look at the glass half f ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    PJ's Sports Bar Gets Some National Love

    Take THAT, Chicago​You can travel `cross this entire land, as Randy Newman sang, and you will find only 11 -- eleven -- sports bars better than Montrose's very own PJ's Sports Bar. That's according to The Chive, which is a website that from now on will be our go-to place for sports-bar inform ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Which Houston Rappers Guessed Sunday's Super Bowl Score?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, 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, Z-Ro, Lil Flip, Michael "5000" Watts, Riq ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV -- At Least It Was A Good Game

    This means sonething different when Ben Roethlisberger does it​Okay, so now we can put the whole Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers thing to bed, right? While Aaron Rodgers still has a ton of work to do to build the overall resume of the Ol' Dongslinger, yesterday's win over the Steelers, and just as ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Jerry's Time to Shine

    Speaking truth about Super Bowl XXXVIII.

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    February 3, 2011

    25 Super Bowl Pregame Observations

    Brooklyn Decker, Super Bowl media correspondent​The weather outside might suck really, really bad right now. But it's time to be reminded that more important things are going on this week. It's Super Bowl week, and we're lucky to have the NFL visiting the Metroplex which, on Sunday, at Jerry ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Randy Moss: The Worst Timeshare Ever

    The more things change...​"It was a rare opportunity for us to be able to take advantage of a guy that's arguably a potential Hall of Fame player, and still, I think, has pretty good tread on the tire. I don't think any of us thought this guy was going to be available." -- Brad Childress, 10/06/ ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    NFL, College Football and Brett Favre's Wiener -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Brett Favre can't get out of the headlines​I hope everybody had a lovely Texans bye weekend (insert lame joke about "Texans giving up fewer than 300 yards passing to BYE" here), and that you're refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the back half of the football season. I'm on vacation this week vis ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    College Football and NFL: Weekend's Best Bets (One Day Early)

    Brett Favre: Readying the "elbow tendonitis" excuse?​If you're keeping score at home, it was not a pretty week for society. In no particular order, in the last seven days, the following occurred: -- Much like the self-handling of his own Johnson (and we have the pictures to prove it), Brett Favre ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Fingertip Popcorn

    ​Ask anyone familiar with Chicago's food scene, and they will inevitably mention Garrett's Gourmet Popcorn. Locals and tourists alike form lines out the doors of the small chain of popcorn shops to procure huge helpings of Garrett's famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix. The salty-sweet com ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Johnny Jolly, Green Bay Packer, Gets In Trouble For Sponsoring Houston Party

    Jolly in, umm, happier times​Johnny Jolly, the pride of Forest Brook High and Texas A&M, just wants to spread the love. Now with the Green Bay Packers, he's dealing with the fallout of being arrested here two years ago for possessing codeine, which is as Houston as it gets.Jolly's out on bond ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Hooters and Houston Texans

    I'm in a Hooters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and the Houston Texans are losing to the Oakland Raiders. And I'm the only one in the place watching the game. The requisite Redskins fans are scattered about, watching the Redskins on a majority of the TVs - really, is there any place besides Dallas t ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Really? That Good?

    "That's as good a win as I've ever been around," Gary Kubiak said Sunday after the Texans 24-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. This probably explains why the Texans are a crappy team. Gary Kubiak was John Elway's backup on the day of The Drive, one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history. ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Texans-Packers: Run, Slaton, Run

    If you're like me, you're sick of hearing "frozen tundra" every time there is a game played in Green Bay. But with the temps for Green Bay this weekend set to be below freezing, you just know someone's going to let loose with the term, probably multiple times - hell, John McClain has already writte ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Nine Things Not to Be Thankful For

    I understand that yesterday was Thanksgiving, and that we're supposed to be all thankful and everything. But seriously, did any of you watch those football games? How can a person be thankful after being subjected to nearly 11 hours of blow-out football? So in that spirit, I've put together a lis ... More >>

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    January 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Football, Golden Globes and Bar Hopping

    We got a bad case of that beginning-of-the-week malady described in Office Space. What was that called again? Oh, never mind. At least the weekend was fun. 1 a.m. at Bronx Bar and 1:45 a.m. at Avant Garden Our photog cruised from the Rice Village to the Montrose on Saturday night, bringing back ... More >>

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