My favorite day of the year is October 1. I carries with it both excitement and the promise of more. The first wisps of cool air will likely have breezed through our area teasing us for what is to come. Hurricane season, though not over for the entire Atlantic, is, for all intents and purposes, over ... More >>
Back in the day, before there were 800 channels on television that all went around the clock every day all year long, television stations would actually have a beginning and an end to their programming day. On the air at 6:00 a.m., off sometime shortly after midnight, with a few hours of static duri ... More >>
The Rolling Stones announced the dates of their 2013 North American tour Wednesday morning, and Houstonians who were hoping to see the band on the North American edition of their 50th anniversary celebration will have to either hop on a plane or wait for a possible second leg. The tour, announced o ... More >>
As a Notre Dame alum and reinvigorated Notre Dame football fan, this November feels awfully strange. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, the Irish matter in November. For the first time since 1993, the Irish are 9-0. It's been a long, slow trip back to late season relevance, to be sur ... More >>
The tale of former Houston Aero Derek Boogaard has taken some sad, depressing turns since we profiled him back in 2004. Back then he was an out-and-out goon, trying to make the NHL through his fighting skills. He became a poster boy for concussions in sports, how they're (not) treated and the reper ... More >>
Oftentimes, you hear radio hosts, announcers and players talk about "going to battle," describing a player as a "warrior," or even talk about a game as "going to war." I have some simple rules when it comes to mixing in analogies involving war or battle or real-life terror and comparing them to spor ... More >>
UH's departed skipper makes the cutFrom status-seeking coaches to wheeling-and-dealing athletic directors, the post-season shake-up of college football head coaches has been a bit curious. The top (lowest?) six moves are ranked here on a scale of shady to slimy ("mildly shady" being a 1 whi ... More >>
The silly ritual of the coaches' post-game handshake got taken to a new level Sunday when the odious Jon Harbaugh celebrated his 49ers victory a little too enthusiastically while shaking the hand of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. Schwartz took after him, entertainingly. It didn't escalate to fi ... More >>
The Texans start operating like a bona fide NFL team.
Guerdwich Mortimer just wanted to play ballGuerdwich Montimer's reheated hoop dreams have been thrown in the trash. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old accepted three years in prison in a plea deal. Had he taken his case to trial next week, he might have wound behind bars for two decades. It had s ... More >>
Hockey in Reliant Stadium? In September? A disaster in the making?The word on the street yesterday was that the NHL is coming to Houston. Not to play real hockey, of course. And not for the season. But just for a preseason game. At Reliant Stadium. In September. I like hockey. I wa ... More >>
twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to doOh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>
Ernie Banks' immortal words used to mean something each Memorial Day.A month from now (hell, even a second after it concludes), nobody is going to remember and/or care about the Houston Astros' Memorial Day clash with the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Overall, it's a pretty lame sports day ... More >>
Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>
What kind of name is New Era Pinstripe Bowl?It's possible that I'm getting old and becoming one of those grumpy old dudes who think that everything was better during his day. That caveat out of the way, I've got to ask: am I the only one around here who remembers when the New Year's Day bow ... More >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
Dear Aeros, can we get some Ice Girls already?The Houston Aeros had a disappointing 2009-10 season, and closing in on the midway point of the 2010-11 season, playoff chances are up in the air. Then again, this being Houston, just having a chance at the playoffs should be seen as successful, espe ... More >>
Bleep happens.Since getting into radio a few years ago, my biggest fear hasn't been a "dear in the headlights" moment (I prepare pretty meticulously), it hasn't been a guest or caller sending the show sideways. The one thing I'm still most fearful of is accidentally cursing on the air. You' ... More >>
The Sheraton Brookhollow was the scene this weekend for the Fetish Fleamarket, a large gathering of BDSM types seeking products, tips, partners, all kinds of things. We sent a photographer out to do a slideshow, and we have to admit a lot of this stuff looks like it would be....underused, you know? ... More >>
Not from BuffaloSara Saco-Vertiz had her moment of internet fame this summer when the guy she was attending an Astros game with ducked out of the way of a foul ball that hit her.The couple went on a national TV show, they engaged in an unseemly squabble on Facebook, they moved on. As did the nati ... More >>
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 >>
cutlineNot long ago, I got into a brief discussion on Twitter with another radio personality whom I am forbidden to name whose name I don't exactly recall. I don't remember the crux of the tweet-versation (something having to do with blogs and the inherent evil that blogs possess to anyone over ... More >>
Mike Yeo is behind the bench for the Aeros this yearCome the start of this AHL hockey season, the fans of the Houston Aeros will see lots of familiar faces on the ice as, even though last season was rather disappointing, many of the players will be returning. But where the fans will not be seeing ... More >>
Hartford Whalers: They live on as a dessert"Somewhere along the line, we will see you in another place in another time. God bless all of you fans. Remember one thing, you may have lost the NHL, but you have not lost the memories." -- Chuck Kaiton, the voice of the Hartford Whalers after the Whal ... More >>
Land of Super Bowl championsSafe, sound, and functioning on three hours of sleep, I am LIVE in New Orleans at the Saints practice facility in Metarie, LA covering the Texans and the Saints inter-squad practice sessions. For those unaware of the agenda, the Texans spent this morning and will spen ... More >>
Mike Yeo keeps his equilibriumIn response to their disappointing season, the Houston Aeros front office cleaned house, relieving head coach Kevin Constantine and his staff of their coaching duties.The new head coach was named last month, and to those of you who have been following the team since ... More >>
Canada's Cowboy Junkies enter their 25th year louder and angrier than ever.
"What---what is this salty discharge?....This is horrible! I care!" -- Jerry Seinfeld, wiping away tearsI have to admit, it was a bit of a strange feeling. As time wound down in the third period of what at the time was a 2-1 Canadian lead over the United States Olympic hockey team, the disappo ... More >>
Photo courtesy A.D. Players Steel MagnoliasA whole bunch of theater presentations are ending their runs this weekend, so get on out there if you want to see them.The Wiz, which has been drawing huge crowds to the Miller Outdoor Theater and has extended twice, absolutely, positively must cl ... More >>
Photo by Bukowsky18ESPN has put together another one of its Best Fan Experience lists, where they rank ballparks, arenas and stadiums for atmosphere, convenience, team success, and other highly arbitrary and pseudo-scientific categories.Houston doesn't come out too well.The top three are the L ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightName: Don AndrewsHometown: DallasEvent: Cowboy doctorAndrews is working with doctors from NASA to use an accelerometer to measure the amount of G-force experienced by bareback and bull riders. I got into rodeo after I came to Texas with the New York Islanders hockey team. I neede ... More >>
NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.
Will it be the Aeros' brawler or brainiac who gets to the NHL?
For the Canadian multitudes and the American few, the Tragically Hip offer up secular gospel and quasi-religious concerts
Rik Emmett of Triumph, after we return
Sweet irreverence works in Mystery, Alaska
As one of hockey's few black players, the Aeros' Graeme Townshend has had to pick his fights carefully
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?