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    August 12, 2014

    Johnny Ratings: Manziel's Debut Most-Watched Preseason Game In NFL Network History

    "I knew with Manziel it would be a frenzy. And probably even if he didn't succeed at being an outstanding NFL quarterback for a couple years, the fans would have been frenzied." --Houston Texans owner Bob McNair to ESPN.com, 8/8/14 As owner of the Houston Texans, when it comes to evaluating talent, ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Five Reasons to Watch Atlanta Falcons On Hard Knocks

    HBO's annual episodic, award winning series Hard Knocks is one of the staples of the NFL preseason. Finding out which team will be the subject of the upcoming season is one of the more underrated NFL moments each June. Honestly, with as many things as the NFL is televising and monetizing these days ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

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    May 22, 2014

    How the CSN Houston Broadcast Map Dooms the Network

    It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Post-NFL Draft Super Bowl Odds Are Far Too Kind to the Houston Texans

    For NFL Draft enthusiasts and for those of us who make our living discussing the NFL, it feels a little strange to be dissecting the draft fallout in mid-May. This year, as has been mentioned here a handful of times, the draft was pushed back by two weeks, which left a lot more time for the league ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Movie Review of Draft Day (Featuring Texans RB Arian Foster)

    The NFL Draft has grown into a monster business. There are literally hundreds of websites, pundits, and magazines making money hand over fist on the (intelligent sounding, but in the end largely random) speculation on which teams will draft which college kids. Smoke, mirrors, and the Wonderlic, bab ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Pro Days Done, Clowney Makes Case For Number One Overall Pick

    When it comes to the draft process in the NFL, and there are multiple prospects jockeying for any one position or status, it may not be about who has the last word necessarily, but from a Pro Day standpoint, it's definitely about who has the latest word. The Texans, in theory (and probably in actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien Speaks ... And Speaks, And Speaks Some More

    We all know Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many branches off of the Bill Belichick tree. To call him a Belichick disciple might be overstating things, as O'Brien likely seeks to carve out his own style. But no doubt, along the way, O'Brien has and will continue to take certai ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Johnny Manziel Dunk Show (w/ VIDEO)

    When Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles conducted his Pro Day last week in Orlando for virtually every NFL team, it was on the heels of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's less than stellar Pro Day the week before. So when Bortles went out and tore it up (he was reportedly pretty damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Schaub Watch 2014: Could He Stay Or Should He Go?

    You always have to read the signs, and sometimes the signs can be subtle. I've said before that one very underplayed way to gauge where a player stands with a franchise is the pricing of their jerseys in the team store. I've shared the story about going to Cowboys Stadium during the 2011 lockout an ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Tom Brady's Combine Video In 2000

    This Saturday at Rice Stadium, SportsRadio 610 is conducting our first ever NFL style combine. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the plan right now is for all of the hosts and many of you listeners to participate in most of the various events (sorry, no bench press, meatheads) that the NFL r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    The NFL's Quest For World Domination Continues As CBS Buys 8 Thursday Games In 2014

    Going all the way back to a time before the world of television exploded into a universe with hundreds upon hundreds of channels, Thursday night television watching has practically been its own living, breathing organism. Ever since NBC usurped the decade of the 80's with The Cosby Show and Family ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Gay NFL: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

    Twenty years ago, there were two players on the Oilers who were gay and no one cared. Thus explains the report from the Houston Chronicle, a simple, almost afterthought of a story that was part of a roundup last week of articles about the 1993 Houston Oilers profiled in a recent NFL Network document ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The Oilers, Buddy Ryan, Las Cruces, and Me

    I was at a Holiday Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico the night Buddy Ryan threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride. Sitting on the bed, eating fast food, watching the Oilers and Jets on Sunday Night Football. And I knew things would never be the same. I'd been in Europe for most of that football season, working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK: The Interim Wade Phillips Era Begins!

    After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    12 Things In Houston '93 You'd NEVER See Today

    If I learned anything from the NFL Network's A Football Life: Houston '93 documentary about the 1993 Houston Oilers, it's that sometimes you need to look to the past to realize that our perspective of the present may be a tad warped. All season long here in Houston, the narrative (which has gradual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 14: Thursday Night Self Mutilation Edition

    In Houston Texans seasons past, the running joke was that each season would have around two or three [sarcastic exaggeration font enabled] "biggest games in the history of the team." Hell, even 2013 had a couple of them early in the season with the home loss to Seattle and the road thrashing at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 6: Last Schaub Standing

    I finally finished watching Breaking Bad this week. I was about three years late to the party in watching the show, and then a week or two late in watching the series finale. I don't know if Breaking Bad wrests the title of "Best Series Ever" from The Sopranos for me yet. Rewatchability is a huge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (From What I Saw, Ahem, Channel 13)

    When you're the preseason television flagship for an NFL team, you'd better be on your game because you only get four opportunities to make it count. And let's face it, these aren't your normal broadcasting opportunities. Most fans are watching preseason games just to see how some of the obscure r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    2013 NFL Draft, First Round: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    All right, it's Friday morning, and either you're hungover from getting destroyed by the Battle-Drink BINGO drinking card for the NFL Draft or you're mentally exhausted from sweating out all the NFL Draft prop bets I shared with you earlier this week. Either way, however shitty you feel is likely my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    The Top 5 Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Playoff Edition

    It's one of the craziest weekends in Houston sports. Every major and minor league franchise in the city is part of a game or a draft and some of the goings-on are damn important. This is not the weekend to be a sports amateur. You need to step your game up to a pro level if you intend to compete wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Assessing The Texans' Damage

    "Wheels up! GM Rick Smith is on his way to pick up free agent S Ed Reed in #Texans chairman & CEO Bob McNair's private jet!" -- @HoustonTexans, Thursday morning The Texans' Twitter proclamation about Rick Smith's early morning travel schedule on Thursday served a dual purpose, providing a symbolic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    NFL Films President Steve Sabol (1942-2012): 5 Top Ways He Was An Innovator, Visionary, Storyteller

    ''Today of course those techniques are so common it's hard to imagine just how radical they once were. Believe me, it wasn't always easy getting people to accept them, but I think it was worth the effort.'' -- Steve Sabol in a 2011 interview with the Associated Press, discussing his and his father' ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Cringe-Worthy: The Five Worst TV Ads On NFL Games This Season (So Far)

    It's NFL season, which means some of us are getting back in front of the television set again after an extended break. It almost means a slew of new TV ads, and between those two aspects it means some football fans are being exposed to the latest and not-so-greatest in boob-tube commercials. How g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Why the NFL Got Boring (for Me) and How to Get Over Your Football Addiction

    Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. I woke up, did some reading, worked on a few stories, talked to some friends on the telephone for a while, went to the gym, made dinner and got back into bed, thinking, "Not a bad day." And then I realized it: I hadn't watched football. Hadn't even thought to. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Curtis Martin Sets The New Bar For Hall Of Fame Induction Speeches

    "[It was] a brutally honest, heartfelt, and complex speech from Curtis Martin." -- Rich Eisen of the NFL Network describing Curtis Martin's Hall of Fame induction speech The appropriate response to Rich Eisen's description of Curtis Martin's Hall of Fame induction speech by anyone who saw it should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Bill Belichick in Super Bowl XLVI: "Make Him Go To Manningham" (w/ Sound FX VIDEO)

    The play worked as designed, on both sides​I got home from my show this afternoon and, having just finished up talking about sports for five hours, I did what I normally do -- turn on one of the sports channels on television. Luckily (or perhaps not so luckily, if I had any designs on being p ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Some Modest Suggestions for Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner For Life

    Yep, we're still stuck with this bozo​In case you missed the news last week, Bud Selig's contract to be the commissioner of Major League Baseball has been extended another two years -- this coming after Selig had announced several years ago that he was retiring at the end of his current contra ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Terrell Owens' Downward Spiral (w/ VIDEO of his workout)

    Finding fitness, if not a job​"I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested." -- Terrell Owens after his workout on Tuesday "Just because they weren't there doesn't mean they weren't interested. I can guarantee that all 32 teams were interested." -- Owens' agent Drew ... More >>

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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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    January 26, 2011

    Wait. They Still Play the Pro Bowl? (25 Things to Ponder About It)

    The Lingerie Football League Pro Bowl would be a Pro Bowl actually worth watching​One of the most useless events in sports takes place this weekend. No, I'm not talking about a World Cup soccer game. I'm talking about the Pro Bowl. And before the game comes up, there are a few observations ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    One Guy's Remaining Thoughts On 2010

    Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3D​As we head into the New Year, I thought I would look back at some of the things in 2010 for which I'm thankful, sports, and non-sports. 1. ESPN's 30 For 30.  ESPN does a lot of things wrong, i.e. the Brett Favre lovefest, The Decision, Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Game Time: If You Want To Hear Richard Justice Getting Fired, Click Here

    ​If you are a celebrator of Christmas, you know what I mean when I say "that Christmas morning feeling" -- the giddy sensation when you wake up on December 25th, knowing that you made it through the 362 day grind since the last Christmas morning and today is the day that you get to open your p ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Game Time: I, For One, Am Excited About the Texans Schedule

    ​As far as an industry goes, there is a lot for the National Football League to be proud of. Massive global appeal, groundbreaking television offerings surrounding both the games themselves as well as the happenings behind the scenes, competitive balance -- all reasons it's the most successful ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Catching Up With Tom Franklin, Voice Of the Coogs

    Photo courtesy of uhcougars.com​Last December, just on the verge of Christmas, the great minds at Clear Channel decided to dump several of the talent and voices heard on 790 KBME and the 740 KTRH sports segments. One of those so unceremoniously dumped was longtime Houston sportscaster Tom Franklin ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Game Time: ESPN, For The Sake Of High Comedy, Do Whatever It Takes To Keep Chris Berman

    In the end, all we want from any medium of entertainment is to be moved emotionally in one direction or another. Whether that emotion is joy, anger, or sadness, as long as it's removing us from the boredom of our everyday lives in some way, then it is serving a purpose.The late Jim Valvano put it ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Game Time: We Interrupt This Tebow Documentary For Seven Other Reasons To Watch The Senior Bowl

    ​Every year around this time, NFL prospects gather in Mobile, Alabama for the beginning of what amounts to a three-month job interview, complete with numerous forty-yard dashes, questions about their upbringing, and requests to "cough while I stick my fingers right...HERE!" It's a fascinating tim ... More >>

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    January 1, 2010

    Your New Year's Weekend Sports-Viewing Guide

    ​So you stayed up a bit late last night doing the whole celebrating the New Year thing. Now your head's aching, the room's spinning, and you just want to flop on the couch and watch some sports. But you don't want to have to think about what sports to watch. That's where I come in. Here's a little ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Super Bowl XLIII Recap

    So I suppose I should say a little something about the Super Bowl. But before I do, I'd like to make an appeal to all future Super Bowl organizers. Please, no more American Idol rejects (or winners) for the anthem. Please. When Jennifer Hudson hit the 10 minute mark on that song yesterday, I dec ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects a ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in yesterday's New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Rocks O ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    College Bowl Game Preview: Picks by A Real Expert, Part Two

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Bowling for UT, TCU, UH and Rice

    I'm sure the Longhorns and their fans are still pissed they didn't win the Big 12 and aren't playing for the national title. But screw Longhorns fans. I think I can speak for many college football fans who are pissed the Horns are playing in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Ohio effing State. ... More >>

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