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    May 2, 2014

    So What Happens to The Astros If They Lose Their Fans?

    A friend from out-of-town was in Houston on Wednesday. He wanted to watch the Minnesota Wild in game seven versus Colorado. I wanted to watch the Rockets. So I found a sports bar where we could watch both, and arrived early to get a booth so I could get near TVs showing both games. Arriving early, ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Say Goodbye To The Aeros & Pro Hockey: The Team Is Moving To, Ummm, Iowa

    The Houston Aeros, it now seems assured, will not get to celebrate their 20th anniversary of being the only hockey game in town. The Minnesota Star-Tribune, which covers the Aeros' parent team, the Minnesota Wild, reported today that Wild officials have all but ended negotiations with the Toyota Ce ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Report: Aeros To Des Moines; Their Weird Toyota Center Fight Now Includes Talk Of Missing Office Equipment, Bad Ice & Iffy Wi-Fi

    I wrote last week that the Houston Aeros might possibly be in the midst of their last-ever regular season homestand. The team's lease with Toyota Center expires at the end of this season, and negotiations though supposedly on-going throughout the season, have not been fruitful. Michael Russo, the M ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    The Last Ever (Possibly Maybe Forever) Disappointing Stand of the Houston Aeros

    This time two years ago, the Houston Aeros were making their final push to secure a Western Division playoff spot. They were on a spurt of a fantastic play that would propel them through the end of the season into the Calder Cup finals where they came up just short of the AHL championship. Two year ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

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

    It's Christmas Eve, which means there are just a few hours left to submit your Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. I want to think that I've been good this year, and that Santa will get me everything that I want. So Santa, here's my list. I'll see you tonight. 15. Some of my fellow UH alums might d ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Bo Knows Bo: Bo Jackson Turns 50 Years Old, Smashes Old Age Over His Knee

    Today Bo Jackson turns 50 years old. The former baseball and football star was one of the most exciting players to watch in the late '80s and early '90s. He was able to incite excite in not sports fans young and old. Dem legs, you guys. And he knew how to sell shoes. He did double-duty with t ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Former Aero Derek Boogaard: Parents File Lawsuit Against NHL, Teams

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Notre Dame (Kind Of) Joins The ACC -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Times change, and in the constantly evolving (or if you're the Big East, constantly imploding) landscape of college conference affiliation, they can change at the drop of a hat. We found that out once again on Wednesday. In the last two years, with conference realignment effecting virtually every ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    The Best Ever Houston Free Agent Signings

    So the Houston Rockets have signed turnover machine/point guard/free agent Jeremy Lin to a contract, and apparently, the city of Houston is going nuts. I'm not quite ready to buy into the hype, and I'm not going to be doing any stupid puns on his name. That said, good luck to the kid and the Rockets ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Celtics-Heat Postgame Fun-Fest: Crazy KG, D-Wade's Hipster-ish Fake Glasses, and "Good Job, Good Effort!" Kid (w/ VIDEO)

    I love NBA basketball, but I'll be the first to admit that I am oftentimes more compelled by what goes on after the games -- in the press conferences, in the locker room, on the set of TNT -- than I am in the games themselves. I'm the guy who is rooting against LeBron not because I hate him, but be ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Watch Out, AHL, the Aeros Are Back in the Playoffs

    The Houston Aeros didn't make things easy this season. The team's been beset by injuries. They've lost important players to the parent Minnesota Wild time and time again. They tied the AHL record with 11 losses in the shootout. But despite it all, they stayed in the hunt for a playoff spot. Yesterd ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Aeros Bombing at the Wrong Time

    A very wise man named John Blutarsky once said, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no." But after this weekend, even though the Germans didn't bomb the Houston Aeros, it might be getting to that point where it can be said that the season's over. The Aeros played three games thi ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Houston Aeros Aim For Playoffs

    When last we checked in on the Houston Aeros, they had just returned to Toyota Center after a month on the road (having gone 4-7). They went 1-1 on the first two games of a six-game homestand, and they had fallen into 10th place of the AHL's Western Conference. The team was beset by injuries. The te ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Aeros Return to Toyota Center, Risk Falling Into Irrelevancy

    When the Houston Aeros last played a home game at Toyota Center, the New York Giants had yet to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Astros had yet to report to Florida for spring training. When the Aeros last played a home game, they had the fourth-best record in the AHL Western C ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Aero Justin Fontaine Tweets About "Foo Faggots," Gets Suspended

    Houston Aero Justin Fontaine has been suspended for two games for a Grammy tweet in which he said, "I disagree, the Foo Faggots were awful." The Aeros' parent team, the Minnesota Wild, announced the action last night. "Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Meet Chris Clackson, Hockey Player, App Developer

    It's been a strange season for the Aeros. They shot off to a quick start, having the best record in the league for the first month or so. Then the injury bug hit the parent club, and key player after key player got the call to join the Wild, leaving the Aeros depleted and relying on young players ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Aeros Soar into All-Star Break

    The no doubt about it leader of the Houston Aeros is Jon DiSalvatore, the 30-year-old captain in his third season with the team. He's the go-to-go guy for information after the game. He's the unquestioned locker room leader. He's the team's leading scorer, and he's the one constant on a squad tha ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Aeros Searching for Clues and Consistency As Mid-Season Arrives

    For a team coached by a man nicknamed "Torch," the Houston Aeros (20-8-2-7, 49 points) have been a pretty lifeless entity the past month. And as the team moves into the second half of the season this weekend, lifelessness appears to be the least of their problems. The Aeros opened the season fine, ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    The Year in Aeros Hockey: To the Top and Back

    To wrap up my year in review of the teams I cover, here's a look back at the 25 most significant moments with the Houston Aeros for the year 2011. 1. The Aeros added veterans Jed Ortmeyer and Patrick O'Sullivan to the team just as the New Year hit. From that point on, a team which had been strugg ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Derek Boogaard: Ex-Aero Afflicted With Concussion-Related Disease

    ​Derek "Boogeyman" Boogaard, a former Houston Aero enforcer who we got to know before his NHL career took off, has been found to have suffered with a neurodegenerative disease that medical experts have linked to concussions. Boogaard, once one of the league's most feared brawlers, died on Ma ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Five Great Coaches Fights, In Honor Of Jim Harbaugh And Jim Schwartz

    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 >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Aeros Plan to Take Care of Unfinished Business

    Four months ago the Houston Aeros stood on the Toyota Center ice stunned. Stunned that they'd lost to the Binghamton Senators. Stunned that the AHL Calder Cup, which has been in their grasp, was gone. Stunned that the Senators were celebrating on their ice. Stunned that their magnificent playoff ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Derek Boogaard's Brother Charged in His Death; Allegedly Gave Him Oxycontin Pill That Led to OD

    Aaron Boogaard faces charges.​The news surrounding the tragic death of former Houston Aero Derek Boogaard keeps getting sadder: Police in Minnesota have charged his brother Aaron with giving him an Oxycontin pill that led to his overdose death in May. Our sister paper City Pages reports that ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Aeros Star in New TV Series (Up North)

    The NHL's Minnesota Wild is the subject of a Hard Knocks-type show on its minor-league system, and that means the Houston Aeros will be front and center. Becoming Wild will include episodes on the Aeros' Calder Cup run and coach Mike Yeo, who went from heading the Aeros to the Wild. Who wouldn't w ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, 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 >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Derek Boogaard Died by Accidental Overdose of Alcohol and Oxycodone

    Derek Boogaard: accidental OD​Derek Boogaard, the former Houston Aero fan favorite who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment May 13, died from having too much alcohol and oxycodone in his system, according the medical examiner's report released today. The Minnesota Star Tribune reports ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    R.I.P Derek Boogaard, 28: Feared Enforcer On The Ice, Soft-Spoken Off It

    Derek Boogaard in his last enforcer gig​Derek Boogaard, the ungainly 6-foot-7 hockey enforcer who went from the Aeros to the NHL's Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, has died at the age of 28. He was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment on Friday. No cause of death has been determined, b ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Aeros Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Hamilton

    John RoyalThis, amazingly, is not a penalty in the playoffs​Word began circulating through Toyota Center late in the third period of Friday night's game one conference final tilt between the Houston Aeros and Hamilton Bulldogs. And as the word got around, the building seemed to deflate despit ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Aeros Whip OKC, Now Bring On The Playoffs

    John RoyalThe Aeros are going to the playoffs​ The Houston Aeros started the regular season way back in October in Oklahoma City. They ended the season yesterday, hosting Oklahoma City. The Aeros won that first game in Oklahoma City, and they won yesterday's game, 6-3. The win yesterday was ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Hey Houston, We Have a Real Live Playoff Team

    John RoyalAeros head coach Mike Yeo and assistant coach Darryl Sydor oversee Thursday's practice.​It's hard being a fan of Houston's professional sports teams. The Houston Astros suck. The Houston Rockets just failed to make the playoffs. Again. The Houston Texans are the Houston Texans, w ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Aeros Hope the System Will Save Them

    John RoyalThe Aeros' Pascal Morency goes for a little spin​This is a tough time for the Houston Aeros. They've been playing playoff caliber hockey since right after Christmas. They've gone 19-10-0-2 since then, and they've made a steady climb up to the top of the AHL West Division standings ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    The Aeros Get Healthy, Prep For The End

    John RoyalCasey Wellman reacts to his game winning goal on Friday​It's the homestretch for the Houston Aeros. Just over a month left and 17 games. If they survive this patch they're in the playoffs. But surviving this patch, getting through these 17 games, that may be the tough part. A hoc ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Aeros Hockey: The Redemption of Patrick O'Sullivan

    John RoyalPatrick O'Sullivan takes a shot on Friday night​Guys like Patrick O'Sullivan don't want to play hockey in Houston. Especially not guys who, like O'Sullivan, have tasted success in the NHL. And Patrick O'Sullivan has tasted some success in the NHL. But things happen. For Patrick ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Aeros Crashed And Burned This Weekend

    Peoria sunk Houston on Saturday night​The Aeros came into this weekend's games at Toyota Center riding high. They'd won their first two games of the season, beating Oklahoma City twice in Oklahoma City. Sure, there were 78 games still to go, but the offense seemed to be clicking, the defense ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    The Aeros Prepare For Liftoff

    tr> aeros.comThe new boss is ready to get started​The Houston Aeros are opening up season number 17 on Saturday when they visit the expansion Oklahoma City Barons.The Aeros are coming off of a disappointing season where they missed the playoffs the year after making the Western Conference Finals, ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Mike Yeo And The Other New Aeros Coaches Have A Houston Connection

    Mike Yeo is behind the bench for the Aeros this year​Come 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 >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Aeros' Schedule Finally Out, And Season-Ticket Holders Get Ripped Off

    Aeros season-ticket holders get screwed​The long wait for Houston Aeros fans is over as the AHL released the league's schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Aeros season will open on the road on October when they play the first regular season game in the history of the expansion Oklahoma City Barons ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Houston Aeros Enduring An Off-Season Of Changes

    Off-season full of changes​It may be hockey's off-season, but as with all of the other sports, there is no such thing as a true off-season. Coaches are fired and hired. Players are cut and traded and signed as free agents. There's a draft. There are various player camps.  At this time l ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Mike Yeo: Aeros New Coach Looks Forward To Return To Houston

    Mike Yeo keeps his equilibrium​In 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 >>

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    June 18, 2010

    FAIL: The Entire City Of Seattle, Bachman Of BTO, The Scissor Sisters

    ​Seattle Knows How Great Music Is Made Three years after it was originally dreamed up, the Seattle Music Commission convened for the first time on Monday, featuring representatives from such musical mainstays as Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft. There are also several record label reps on the ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Farewell, Kevin Constantine

    ​The Houston Aeros parted ways with head coach Kevin Constantine last week as the parent organization, the Minnesota Wild, chose not to renew Constantine's contract with the team. He took the Aeros into the playoffs in two of his three seasons as head coach, and this past season, he coached a ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Aeros End Up At .500, With Plenty Of Changes On the Way

    Photo by Jason Villanueva/Houston Aeros​The season's all over for the Houston Aeros, and a season that started with a defeat in Winnipeg ended with a loss in San Antonio. In between, the wins and losses evened out and the Aeros finished the season with a 34-34-7-5 record (80 points), good enough ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    The Close Losses Keep Piling Up For The Aeros

    Photo courtesy Jason Villanueva/Houston Aeros​There was once a pitcher for the Houston Astros known as Jose Lima. Lima had a moderately successful career for the Astros while the team was in the Astrodome, a park ideally suited for his style of pitching, a style which often involved deep flyball ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Game Time: Olympic Hockey, You Had Me At Hello, Eh?

    ​"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 >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Kurtis Foster: One of the Team

    We press guys walked into the Houston Aeros locker room on Saturday night and saw a happy bunch of guys. Sure, they had just defeated the Iowa Chops. And sure, the team had just won its sixth straight game. The win was a thriller, a 2-1 Aeros win in the shootout that featured some of the team's m ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Aeros: Consistently Inconsistent at the Halfway Point

    Photo by Fred Trask Tonight the Houston Aeros will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Bridgeport, CT. It will be the fifth game of an eight game road trip and their sixth game in their sixth state in nine days. It will also be their 40th game of the season, meaning they will have reached the ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Houston Aeros, Now with Boos and Bikinis

    I heard something on Friday night in Toyota Center I don't think I've ever heard before. The fans were booing the Houston Aeros. Of course, the Aeros were playing some piss poor and rather lackluster hockey, but I'm just not used to hearing fans in Toyota Center boo the team. And on Friday night, ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Aeros Have Lost That Scoring Feeling

    When last I wrote about the Houston Aeros, they had just lost a game at home to move their record to 6-4-0-0 for the season. The team was playing some excellent offensive hockey, but the defense wasn’t quite clicking. Then the Aeros’ best offensive weapon, Krys Kolanos, was called up to the Mi ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Houston Aeros vs. San Antonio Rampage

    After a 5-1 win over SA last month, the Aeros take on their I-10 rivals again

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    March 30, 2007

    Still Bangin'

    Nick Vlcek No word on when he's turning his doctoral thesis into a book. Houston Aero fans fondly remember Derek Boogaard, the six-foot-seven freak of hockey nature who was the team's enforcer, a relentless brawler whose basic skills consisted of beating up opponents. In the strange world of hock ... More >>

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