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    October 29, 2014

    Country Music Time Machine: World Series Edition

    Right now Texans are in the middle of football season, and therefore even attempting to talk about any other pro sports amounts to ripping a wet fart into the wind -- unless it's the Rockets, and most of us Houstonians can't watch them on TV anyway. But in case you haven't noticed, and you probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Will Astros Games Soon Be Viewable On Your IPad? Maybe

    The Associated Press reported last week that Major League Baseball may be close to ending parts of its idiotic blackout policy that prevents people living in a team's home market from seeing that team's games. Calling it an incremental step, the head of MLB's online business, Bob Bowman, stated that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Here's A Few Suggestions To Fix MLB, Not That The New Commissioner Asked

    Rob Manfred was appointed the new MLB commissioner last week. And even as the news was announced, the speculation began as to what Manfred could do to improve the sport, being as how he's not old and ancient like Bud Selig, the man he's replacing. Not that he's asked me, but I have a few suggestions ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Five "Nights" The Astros Can Use To Sell TIckets In September

    When it comes to the standings, Major League Baseball (or any team sport, for that matter) is a zero sum game. One team wins, one team loses, and in baseball, by the time August rolls around, from a business standpoint, you just hope that the teams that lose regularly are in cities where the fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Douchy Bro Driving Motorcycle Into Swimming Pool

    "We're going to a party!" Webster's defines the word party as a "social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment." That sounds like fun, right? Like enjoyment is kind of baked into the "party" experience? Hell, the definition of the verb form of the wor ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Hunter Pence Missing Scooter Update: THEY FOUND IT!

    Back when the television show America's Most Wanted was a thing (Is it still a thing?), I always liked it when the host of the show would give us an update on a previously unsolved crime or uncultured scumbag. I like my stories to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and AMW made sure that mine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Why Aren't There Any Books About the Astros?

    Esquire recently published a list of the 20 best non-fiction baseball books. I have read most of these books, as well as lots of baseball books not listed. But the list got me to thinking. I've yet to come across a really good baseball devoted to the Houston Astros. There are libraries full of books ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Astros Post Worst TV Ratings of Any MLB Team Since 2008

    The third straight awful season for the Astros coupled with the lack of a deal with cable providers to carry CSN Houston has made for abysmal television ratings for the team. How bad? Well, you would have to go back to the 2008 Washington Nationals to find a worse local TV ratings number than the .4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Everclear's Art Alexakis on Living In Montrose, Fatherhood and Summerland

    It's 10 o'clock in the morning, and I'm still wiping the sleep from my eyes when a chipper Art Alexakis answers the phone with a warm, "Good morning." Only a few minutes later, he's laughing and regaling me with stories of his time spent in Houston, becoming a father and misadventures in San Francis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    San Jose Attempting to Out-Bully Bud Selig

    The city of San Jose, California filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball last week. This doesn't concern Houston. It doesn't concern the Astros, or Jim Crane, or the Astros dwindling fan base. It is a lawsuit that has almost zero chance of success. Bu, hopefully it will do something ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 30, 2013
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    May 24, 2013

    Top Five-ish Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    As a general rule, unless your team is in the NBA playoffs (I'd say NHL, but most of you wouldn't even know what I was talking about), this time of year can be pretty boring for sports fans. Baseball is still early in the year. There isn't the hint of football save OTAs and college sports are nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Johnny Manziel Hits Batting Practice Home Run at Petco Park (w/ VIDEO)

    In the game of "Bucket List," Johnny Manziel is officially running up the score on all of us. Over the weekend, the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback capped off a round at Pebble Beach with his parents by knocking in a birdie on 18 to break 80. About the only surprising thing about that ... More >>

  • Film

    April 11, 2013

    42: The Brooklyn Museum

    42 almost makes a flesh-and-blood man of its hero.

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    April 2, 2013

    One Man's (Idiotic?) 2013 Baseball Predictions

    The major league baseball season opened up on Sunday night with the Rangers traveling to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington South to face the Astros. Most of the teams started up yesterday, and the rest of the league will get underway today. With the season getting underway, it's time once again to make ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    The Screwball Economics of Major League Baseball

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future - and you're picking up the tab.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Pro Football's Birthday: The Oh-So-Manly Hupmobile, A Star Named "Pudge" And Drafting Off Baseball's Heat

    For an incredibly high-profile operation like the NFL, the league's beginnings are somewhat murky. A loose collection of teams, players, schedules and shifting alliances, the early days of the league bear almost no resemblance to the streamlined corporate machine that dominates the current sports l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Jeff Luhnow Declares Independence From Carlos Lee

    Jeff Luhnow traded Carlos Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Lee dilly-dallied and whined about his taxes, so the Dodgers pulled out of the trade. It appeared that the Astros would thus be stuck with Lee for the rest of the season as the Dodgers were really, really, really desperate for anybo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The Astros Traded Carlos Lee, They Just Couldn't Get Him to Leave

    No matter what else might happen with the Houston Astros this season, the fans should realize one thing: General manager Jeff Luhnow is a genius. What other word can describe a man who not only was able to trade Carlos Lee to a contending team for a good, young pitching prospect, but was also willin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Is It A Perfect Game If It's Against These Astros?

    As you might have heard, San Francisco Giant Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros last night on the west coast, retiring all 27 hitters with no hits, no walks, no errors. To which we say, eh. Against these Astros? We'd say it was more of an accomplishment that the Giants, who struggle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    MLB: 4 Season Win Total Bets You Can Still Get Down on Before Friday Morning

    Happy Major League Baseball Opening Day! Oh, what's that? You say I missed Opening Day? It was actually last night when the St. Louis Cardinals helped christen the Miami Marlins' new ball park (and new name and new uniforms and new manager and...) with a 4-1 win? Oh, I'm sorry, that was the domesti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    In Which John Royal Predicts the Winner of the 2012 World Series

    The major league baseball season officially started last week when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners played two games in Tokyo. Most of the other teams open on Thursday, and the Astros get started on Friday when they host the Colorado Rockies. Thus, here are my predictions for this season. NATI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Celebrating Women in Baseball While Forgetting Anita Martini

    The Hall's Women in Baseball Exhibit ignores a very important woman.​While on the Houston Aeros beat a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to Binghamton, New York, for the Calder Cup Finals. There's not much to Binghamton, but about an hour and a half away, nestled amongst a beauti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    11 Modest Suggestions For Jim Crane

    ​After the Astros lose to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, the 2011 MLB season will be one-thirds complete. And while it was expected the Astros would be bad, being the worst team in the National League was not expected -- an injury-depleted Minnesota Twins are the only thing keeping the Astr ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Astros Finally Sold, Or So It Appears

    ​Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead. The Astros have, it appears, finally been sold. At least that's what Drayton McLane has told Mark Berman over at Fox 26. The papers are still being finalized, though it is hoped that the parties will sign off on the sale next week. McLane was not wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    One Man's Predictions for This Baseball Season

    ​Believe it or not, it's time, yet again, for the Major League Baseball season to get underway. That's good news for those of us who enjoy watching the best players in baseball play the best sport ever created. That's bad news, however, for us Astros fans because, well, the Astros suck. But ... More >>

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    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. Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Breast Cancer Awareness: Five Bad Attempts

    As any sports fan knows, October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- uniforms and gloves and wristbands have been pink; outside of sports the Empire State Building and the White House have gone pink to remind women to get themselves checke.The campaign has grown tremendously since the San Fran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Ten Thousand Harmonicas Coming To Minute Maid Next Friday

    Courtesy Pocket Full of SoulHarmonicas can multiply like cockroaches if you're not careful.​If you're going to try to break a world record by having 10,000 people play the same instrument at the same time, Rocks Off supposes the harmonica is a pretty good way to go, and a ballpark is a pretty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's Top Ten Sports Moments: Another View

    The bosses came out their Top 10 Greatest Houston Sports Moments today, so I thought I would share mine.1. September 25, 1986: The magic number for the Houston Astros to clinch the NL West is one game. The Astros are playing a midweek day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team that just ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Kaz Is Gone, But The Astros Pain Endures

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherWhen the world is upside down, Kaz won't still be around​Kazuo Matsui is gone. He is no longer a Houston Astros. Things are well with the world. All of the Astros problems are solved. World Series, here they come.Okay, not really. The Astros still suck. They're goin ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Roy Oswalt Bitching About No Run Support: The Astros Fun Season Continues

    Roy-O, your ERA is doing more than enough talking for you​Today's big Houston Astros news comes by way of the Harris County Family Courts where sources are reporting that Astros ace, Roy Oswalt, has filed for divorce from the Houston Astros citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the fa ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Dirk Hayhurst's Bullpen Gospels Shows What The Minor Leagues Are All About

    This generation's Ball Four​It's easy to become disillusioned about sports when night after night you watch the likes of Carlos Lee loafing around the outfield while making an insanely obscene amount of money. But you watch the guys like Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence going full speed every night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Sean Berry Is Failing The Astros

    The blame has to fall someplace​With J.R. Towles gone, the Astros needed a new scapegoat to blame for their rotten season. It kind of appeared that Hunter Pence was turning into the one that Brad Mills was looking at for that role, as it was Pence that Mills has been continuously benching because ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 6, 2010
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    May 6, 2010

    Krayolas Attack Arizona Immigration Law On "I'm Your Dirty Mexican"​ San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexica ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Arizona's Immigrant Law Sparks A Protest At Minute Maid

    Photos by Liana LopezProtesting at an Astros game, but somehow not about beer prices​ About 60 demonstrators were outside Minute Maid Park last night protesting the Arizona Diamondbacks in response to the state's newly passed SB 1070 anti-immigrant law.As baseball fans made their way into the sta ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Protests Against Arizona's Law At The Astros Game: One Way To Spend Cinco De Mayo

    A team spokesman walks a tightrope in responding to the planned protests​Haven't found the perfect way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo yet? Some organizations have what they think is the perfect way to kick it off.Several Latino groups, including LULAC and Houston's Youth Coalition, will be protesting ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Carlos Lee Still, Somehow, Playing Outfield For The Surprisingly Despised Astros

    Rare photographic evidence of Carlos Lee running​This is turning out to be a bad week for the Houston Astros.With a chance to get their record to the break-even mark, the Astros were instead swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Wandy Rodriguez is injured and has to miss tonight's start in Atlanta -- th ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    It's Five O'clock Somewhere

    We scout out happy hour in Houston.

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    April 29, 2010

    Morgan Ensberg On Bags, The Rocket And Milton Bradley

    Ensberg: from starry-eyed rookie to stat-head blogger​Last week I gave you part one of an interview I did with former Astros's third baseman Morgan Ensberg. Ensberg, now retired, is moving into the broadcasting field, doing college baseball game analysis for such networks as Fox Sports and ESPNU ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Game Time: The Caballo Chronicles, Volume 2: A Look at MLB's 20 Biggest Contracts Ever

    ​This is my second go round living in Houston. Prior to moving back here in the summer of 2007, the last time I was an H-town resident was between 1994 and 2001. As an Astro fan, that means I was here when the Bagwell/Biggio nucleus finally broke through in 1997 and made the playoffs, I was he ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Astros Live Down To Expectations In First Series

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Three games in. Three losses down. If there's one thing to say about the Astros, they know how to play down to expectations.A still-injured Roy Oswalt had one bad inning on Opening Night, but one bad inning was all that the San Francisco Giants needed as they defeated ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Opening Day Street Festival Is in Full Swing

    Photo by Marco Torres​It's not just a nice day out -- it's a nice Opening Day. And the street festival in front of Minute Maid Park is already in full swing.A ton of Clear Channel radio stations are on hand, there are interactive games, Junction Jack is walking around, and later this afterno ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    One Man's 2010 Baseball Predictions (Cover Your Eyes, Astro Fans)

    ​The major league baseball season officially starts this weekend with two so-called major league teams playing on Sunday night (New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). I was going to try and do a little Astros preview for today, but they're still trying to figure out who exactly is healthy and who ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Astro Memories, Part Three: The Longest Night

    ​Apparently I didn't get the memo telling me that it's nostalgia week here at the Houston Press. So even though I'm a bit late, here's my favorite Astros memory.First, a few things. Lots of you think I hate the Astros. I don't hate the Astros. I hate what Drayton McLane has allowed them to be ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    John Royal's Top 25 Random Baseball Facts

    There's this new list craze going around Facebook in which you list 25 random things about yourself. And the geniuses at the Big League Stew baseball blog got hold of this and made it into a list of 25 Random Things About Yourself As It Relates to Baseball. Thus... 1. I am happiest in a baseball ... More >>

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    July 30, 2007

    Last Night: The Houston Press Music Awards Showcase, Part Two

    And the award for “Most Awesome Show Lasting Five Minutes” goes to Insect Warfare at Slainte. Not only did the set last five minutes, it featured noise-maven Austin from Concrete Violin. Glorious sounds of robots dying and various guttural sounds concluded with yours truly briefly thrown to the ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007

    The Line for Taco Bell Jokes Starts Here

    Yeah, we really have no idea what this picture means. This weekend is host to three great moments in sports. The NFL draft, where dies are cast and dreams are made. The NBA playoffs, where sweat and sneakers separate the men from the boys. And, of course, the PETCO Search for the America’s Fastes ... More >>

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