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NFC South

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    This Weekend's Best Bets: AFC and NFC Title Games

    About four weeks into the NFL season, a prop bet popped up on the board in the corner of the internet that I visit in order to recreationally place some action Las Vegas and it went like this: * Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, 48ers to win Super Bowl XLVIII -120 * Any of the other 28 teams to win Supe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    NFL Playoffs: This Weekend's Best (Or Worst) Bets

    With the hiring of a new coach here in town and the NFL playoffs beginning this weekend at the forefront of everybody's mind, flying under the radar is this little bit of news -- the great Mario Williams Engagement Ring Tussle has finally been resolved! If you recall, earlier this year, Mario Willi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Dear Santa, All I Want in Houston Sports For Christmas Is...

    Christmas is just around the corner, and I've once again come to accept that Mrs. Santa's sister won't be visiting me this year. But I think I've been a good boy this year, and if Santa can't give me her, or money, then there are a few more things that hopefully he'll leave for me this year. JON GR ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Brooke Hogan's Engagement To Dallas Cowboy Crumbles

    If there has been one subtle development in the world of wagering that has been a true godsend (because God doesn't have enough on his plate, He must send things to degenerate gamblers), it's been the addition of non-sports wagers to the various betting windows (actual and online) around the world. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Sarlacc Pit On Star Wars Night Edition

    In college football, it's been a strange year in the SEC. The SEC West has gone pretty much according to form, save Auburn suddenly regaining their mojo about two years ahead of schedule under Gus Zalzahn. The SEC East, on the other hand, has been a circus, with last year's sad sack Missouri all o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    2013 Crimesman Trophy: Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

    College football fans of recent years will always remember October 15, 2005. It was an unbelievably scintillating afternoon of college football that included LSU knocking off Florida, an overtime thriller between West Virginia and Louisville, and the historic "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre ... More >>

  • News

    June 20, 2013

    Deadly Charades: Double Lives, Extortion and the Suicide of a Respected Professor

    A respected A&M prof with secrets to hide commits suicide and implicates his alleged blackmailer in a case where no one was really who he or she seemed to be.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    2013 Crimesman Trophy: Storm Clouds Gather Around Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez

    First, a big thank-you to everybody who helped me cobble together what I think is now a complete 2013 Crimesman Trophy scoreboard. I had no idea there were so many places that tracked NFL crime on the internet! Knowing that these resources are indeed available, who's in with me on an NFL Crime Fan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Former Lions WR Titus Young Arrested 3 Times in One Week

    A couple years ago during the NFL lockout, much was made of the arrest list compiled by NFL people during the league's self-imposed downtime. (I use the word "people" because it wasn't just players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a coach and a front office person make the list.) When the season was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: "Dead Money" Overview

    As a concept, the NFL salary cap is a fairly easy one to understand. Unlike the NBA, with its myriad of loopholes, exceptions, and fine print that allow teams like the Lakers and, well, almost everyone else to zoom past the artificial "cap", the NFL is a simple hard cap. What you spend is what what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Someone Help This Nun Get Into The Super Bowl -- She'll Make It Worth Your While

    Sister Mary Tarcisius from Lafayette has a problem. The spunky nun from just down I-10 needs a ticket to the Super Bowl. She went in 2009, but would like to go again this year. I encountered Sister Mary at the NFL Fan Experience on Thursday evening, chatting with a group of friends who took her to ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    Mellow Mushroom's Kaleidoscope Pies

    The pizza is worth the wait and the craft beer is not bad either.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, NFL Divisional Round Nut Cuttin' Time!

    This past Monday night, I had the privilege of attending the BCS Title Game in person in Miami. I say "privilege" because, despite my Notre Dame background, the trip itself and the magnitude of the event were amazing. Yes, my team lost, but it the vibe in the building before kickoff was surreal. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Monday Night Football Cavalcade Of Errors, Starring Rick Reilly!

    Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Arian Foster's Projected 2012 Workload: An Historical Perspective

    "He can handle it, I know that. You never know how the season's gonna go, and what it's gonna take to win each week. We're giving Arian some breaks at practice during the course of the week, but he looks fine to me. He's holding up fine. He hasn't missed any time, other than the time we've given him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Texans 20, 49ers 9: Five Things We Learned (Including Linebacker Controversy?)

    Check out the rest of our photos from this weekend's preseason Texans game. It was brief and incomplete, but Saturday offered the first glimpse of how the Texans (2-0) may stack up with the league's elite. Houston starters played for essentially a full half against the Niners, a team known for its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Texans Rewind: I Found a 2008 NFL Preview Magazine, Man Alive Was the Texans Defense Bad

    On our radio show on 1560 The Game this past Monday, John Granato and I were breaking down various aspects of both the Texans 26-13 win over the Panthers and the preseason in general. The topic was the defense, specifically Whitney Mercilus and the various ways that Texans defensive coordinator Wade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Betting Lines on the First 15 Texans Games Are Here!

    Think you have a pretty good idea on how your favorite NFL team will do this upcoming season? More importantly, does your "pretty good idea" differ drastically from the super-early predictions the experts have forecasted for your squad? If so, the gambling gods have given themselves you another way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The 2012 NFL Schedule Is Here! The 2012 NFL Schedule Is Here!

    In the timeless Steve Martin comedy The Jerk, there's a famous scene where Martin's character Navin R. Johnson sprints across the parking lot to snag a copy of the new phone book to confirm that, indeed, his name and phone number are included. When he is able to find his name he screams that inclus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Top 5 Liars in College Football History -- A List Dedicated to Bobby Petrino

    Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'. This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fello ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Arkansas Fires Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino (w/ VIDEO)

    Four and a half years after Bobby Petrino essentially "fired" the Atlanta Falcons as his employer by leaving a note for the players and sneaking off to the University of Arkansas in the middle of the night, Razorbacks athletics director Jeff Long notified a hastily assembled media throng last night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Definitive Anthology of Bobby Petrino's Affair with That Hot Volleyball Player

    This past Sunday evening, after a quiet dinner at home, Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino decided to unwind by taking a leisurely ride on his motorcycle. Leisure nearly turned to tragedy as Petrino crashed the motorcycle in a story that, at the time, had a shelf life of about 15 minutes, ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Crisis Averted, Texans Fan -- Peyton Manning Spurns Titans for Broncos

    In a Texans offseason that has seen some good (Arian Foster's and Chris Myers' multiyear contract extensions), some bad (Mario Williams' leaving, although the Texans have proven they can survive that), and some ugly (the dismantling of the right side of the offensive line), strangely enough, the Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Texans, Tebow and BCS Titles! This Weekend's 4 Winners and 4 Losers

    All right, this is starting to get ridiculous, football gods. First, you knock out Arian Foster for the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. Then you rob us of Andre Johnson not once but twice with injuries to each hamstring, forcing him to miss most of the season. Then you rip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    7 Things from Sunday's Texans-Titans Game That Made Me Happy

    Well, the time for worrying is over. Soon Saturday will be here and the playoffs will be upon us, and as the great Bobby Knight once said, if the entire two-deep winding up in the hospital at some point is inevitable, why not sit back and enjoy it? So I'm done worrying about whether or not T.J. Yat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Kris Kardashian Humphries Re-signs with the Nets

    So happy together.​It's Wednesday, December 21, and from a daylight standpoint, it's the shortest day of the calendar year and equally short on newsworthy events around the sports world (unless you count former Philadelphia newspaper columnist and part-time Jabba the Hutt stand-in Bill Conlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Texans/Bengals -- 4 Winning Plays That Never Would Have Happened in 2010

    T.J. Yates is on a roll.​Sunday morning, about an hour before the Texans and Bengals kicked off, I was driving to the grocery store with my girlfriend Amy to pick up some "Texans watching" supplies -- chips, sandwich paraphernalia, beverages, etc. (Xanax no longer necessary this season.) Unsol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Texans 20, Jaguars 13: Five Reasons Why Not to Panic

    In the moment, it felt so overwhelming. How could the Texans, already reeling from the loss of Matt Schaub, recover from yet another season-ending quarterback injury, this time to the left collarbone of Matt Leinart? The initial results didn't look promising. Although the Texans won their fifth st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Football! A&M-UT, LSU: This Weekend's Best Bets

    So yeah, about that "Bully Theory" from last week. Um, well, um....sorry? In case you missed it, I shared a theory of mine last week, and without rehashing the details it all led up to me telling all of you to take Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Stanford laying the points. The theory had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Marcus Manchild Finishes Out Tour in Style

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), Wodie, George, Chad and Nate, just finished traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour was at Warehouse Live November 11 (read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Texans/Bucs -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (The "Goddammit, NOT Schaub!" Edition)

    Born under a bad sign.​So, I was thisclose to hitting "SEND" on a post that would have openly discussed the Texans going 13-3 and getting home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And then this: Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has a significant foot injury that will force him to mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Texans/Browns -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTough day for Colt McCoy​The Texans beat the Browns soundly yesterday by a score of 30-12, and for the first time in the history of the franchise, your hometown team is three games over .500. The Texans have never tasted this rarefied air before, so I don't really know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Tim Tebow, in the act of Tebowing​So I said last weekend that we were in the midst of one of the most dominant, and in turn most predictable streaks in college football. The top ten teams each week were crushing the books to the tune of covering the number about 80 percent of their games. Two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Texans-Ravens: Five Things to Watch

    Photo by Marco TorresThe Texans face a tougher test this week.​"If the Texans are 3-3 after the first six games, then we'll be happy." -- Pretty much every same Texans fan The statement is a classic example of how the ebb and flow of a season can recalibrate expectations. The Texans are set u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Texans 17, Steelers 10: No Longer Bullied, These Texans Are The Bullies

    See more pics from the Texans' third win in our slideshow. Led by a dynamic running game and relentless pass rush, the Texans beat and bullied defending AFC champion Pittsburgh to the point that Ben Roethlisberger compared the Texans to the Ravens. Wait, what? "That defense is physical," Roethlis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Umbrella Man, Texans On At BestFest

    Photos by Jason WolterNick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man​Day 2 of the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest is underway. Nick Gaitain & the Umbrella Man opened with a set of countrified conjunto, steamy barrio ballads and one of our favorite Los Lobos songs, "I Got Loaded." The most prophetic l ... More >>

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    September 25, 2011

    BestFest: Honky Tonk Brothers Draw Blood, Carolyn Wonderland Laps The Field

    Photos by Jason WolterThe Honky Tonk Blood Brothers​The Home Brew stage served up a buffet of local talent with Johnny Falstaff, John Evans, Southern Backtones' Hank Schyma, and Craig Kinsey of the Sideshow Tramps, otherwise known as the Honky Tonk Blood Brothers. Each member of the quartet tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Six More Reasons to Go to the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest

    Yesterday we gave you the five best reasons to go to the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest this Saturday and Sunday in Midtown. We are by no means backing off from them, but we never said the list was exhaustive. Here are six more reasons you need to be there: 6. The Notre Dame game is at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    My Madden 2012 Cover Ballot

    What do you think should go on the cover of Madden 12?​I've said it before, I'm a total sucker for lists. "5 Best This." "8 Worst That." "9 Reasons So-and-so Boned Such-and-such." List it and I'm in. Some will criticize this, and call it a sign of a lazy mind, that I need my world assembled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh -- What ISN'T Wrong With This Picture?

    Andrew Luck pursues his architecture degree​As quarterback/head coach combinations go at the collegiate level, few have ever been as logical a fit and maximized that synergy like Houston's own Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh at Stanford in 2011. The head coach who on pure guts nearly willed th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    College Football Bowls -- This Week's Best Bets

    The color, the pageantry of college football​Since it's Week 17 of the NFL season, we're changing it up a little bit this week. I don't know about people who actually know what they're doing when it comes to wagering, but my experience with the NFL in Week 17 is that it's a good time to stay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Top Ten Celebrities This Decade Who Overcame Controversy

    The center of all things smarmy and controversial.​Celebrities have money and fame and are constantly surrounded by controversy. Many of them never make it back from a serious legal problem or a major embarrassment. Ask Mel Gibson. Others, however, find their footing and manage to right the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    One Guy's Thoughts On The Sports Year: 25 Things To Remember

    So with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I would take some time to revisit some of the highlights, and lowlights, of this past sports year. Your list is probably different, but these are the things that caught my attention this year. maxim.com Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Andre Johnson Vs. Cortland Finnegan: Five Reasons NFL Fights Stink (w/Video)

    This weekend's brawl between Andre Johnson and the Tennessee Titans' Cortland Finnegan was an NFL rarity: A fight that actually resembled a fight. Punches thrown to actual exposed faces, chins, noses and eyes. And it went on for a little bit. Nothing touches the NHL in this regard, of course, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Phil's Texas Barbecue

    ​The Place: Phil's Texas Barbecue110 S. Heights Blvd.713-862-8600www.philstxbbq.comThe Hours: Seven days a week, 4-7 p.m.The Deals: Domestics are $2.50, well drinks are $2.25. There are also nightly specials, which the bartender chooses. Wednesday night, for example, featured $10 buckets of be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Five Memorable Athlete-Musician Hookups

    ​In a few hours, Carrie Underwood will be onstage at Toyota Center. Besides being an all-around American girl who will mess you up if you cheat on her, Underwood once dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators back in July. That's right, a hockey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Game Time: NFL 2010 -- A Journey In Wagering

    Betting is fun! If you don't mind losing​The first week of the NFL season is always one of the busiest for me. I've never been an accountant, nor will I ever be an accountant, but I would imagine that the first week of college and NFL football together is how the week of April 15 feels for someon ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2010

    Our Year

    Will Texans make it to playoffs?

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Game Time: Mike Leach, Texans and Grounded Clubs -- Weekend Thoughts

    The Whalers can take it out of you​I'm two hours removed from a 5:00 a.m. flight this morning from Boston to Houston, so if this post is even remotely coherent we all have Rich Connelly and his ninja proofreading skills to thank. Because when you go up to Hartford for Whaler Fest 2010, there's no ... More >>

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