Hacked computers, Internet leaks, FBI intervention. These are things normally reserved for a season of 24, not late June in the Major League Baseball season. However, on Monday afternoon, the story at Minute Maid Park had nothing to do with the baseball game set to take place that night against the ... More >>
The light's went out in Oakland's O.com Coliseum Saturday night. The A's were hosting the Yankees and the action was delayed over 30 minutes while the lights in left field were returned to life. Problems with Oakland's park are nothing new. Locker rooms fill with sewage when there's a hard rain. The ... More >>
Hall of Fame runner Bill Rodgers talks the magic of the marathon.
Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, and his son, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, earlier this week. The parties, looking for a way to bring the Baseball Hall of Famer into the organization, announced the meeting as a success. Ryan, stating he wants t ... More >>
If you want a very subtle indicator of what a team thinks of a certain player, a lot of truth can be parsed from the price of that player's merchandise in team stores and distributors in the area. This dawned on me a couple years ago during the NFL lockout, when I took my kids to Cowboys Stadium fo ... More >>
The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, CSN Houston, and hundreds of thousands of attorneys collecting tons in billable hours met before bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur last Tuesday. There wasn't a lot of real news made during the hearing which is why the hearing got buried in the news -- that and the wh ... More >>
The Baseball Hall of Fame vote is today at 1 p.m. Joined-at-the-hip Astros teammates Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are on the ballot for their third and second times respectively. Bagwell received 59.6 percent of the votes needed to get in last year (players need 75 percent to get into the Hall) and ... More >>
Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?
The Astros desperately want Nolan Ryan as part of their organization. Today it appears as if they might get as close as they have been in a while. Multiple sources are reporting the team will announce the hiring of Reid Ryan, son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, as their team president today after forme ... More >>
The 2013 RodeoHouston lineup reflects Houston, not Texas.
The final ballot count for baseball's 2013 Hall of Fame induction class was announced on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, the baseball writers collectively chose to induct nobody in this year's class. Even less surprisingly, the players on the ballot who had the stain of performance-enhancing drug use o ... More >>
"I'm going out there to have fun, try and stay healthy and see where it goes. I'm not going to be too far away from the game of baseball." -- Roger Clemens, 8/21/12 And just like that, Roger Clemens is back in our lives. For the last four years, the only glimpses we've gotten of Roger have been in ... More >>
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 >>
I've written in the past that I loved watching Jeff Bagwell play baseball. He's the best all-around player the Astros have ever had; a superb hitter, base runner and a fantastic defensive player. I've never seen anybody who was better at turning the 3-6-3 double play and he was fearless when it came ... More >>
Let's stipulate that the Houston Astros have retired too many numbers, especially for a franchise that's been to just one World Series. Let's also stipulate that most of the retired numbers are for players who, while fan favorites, really didn't do anything to deserve having their numbers retired. L ... More >>
A week or so ago, you may remember, I wrote a post about the auction for Bobby Petrino's crash-damaged motorcycle. The majority of the post was an outline of my idea to turn the crumpled-up love machine into a profit center by selling photo opportunities for fans to pose on the bike. At the end o ... More >>
There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.
To understand the magnitude of Albert Pujols's six-week slump to start the 2012 season (and I'm not going to lie, calling it a "slump" feels like a VERY lazy understatement), you have to remember the starting point from whence he came when he signed with the Los Angeles Angels this off-season. That ... More >>
"Andy Pettitte is my friend. He was my friend before this. He will be my friend after this and again. I think Andy has misheard," Clemens said. "I think he misremembers." -- Roger Clemens in front of Congress, February 2008 If you've been following the ongoing trial of Roger Clemens for perjury cha ... More >>
We interrupt your Texans-versus-Ravens coverage for some drunken quasi-karaoke video! Let's face it, there's only so many different angles you can take with analysis of a football game over the course of seven days. I'm a little Texan-ed out at this point, and besides, I won't have anything more in ... More >>
2011: Penn State's horrible yearYou know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>
So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>
Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.
Nolan Ryan, hospitalizedNolan Ryan, the pride of Alvin, has been hospitalized in Houston for chest pains, the Texas Rangers have announced. "Ryan was resting comfortably and reported he was feeling better," said the Rangers, where Ryan is the CEO.. The Hall of Fame pitcher started experien ... More >>
Baseball's forgotten manThe man's name is Curt Flood. He spent a majority of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning multiple Gold Gloves for his superb defensive play. He was one of the outstanding baseball players of the 1960s. But when he's remembered nowadays, he's not remembe ... More >>
I'm positive that the Astros would have been better off with these three guys in chargeAs it hard as it might be to believe, there are some people, friends even, who think I'm being too negative toward the Astros. They'd like for me to say something positive, something that might, hopefully, ... More >>
Keep coming back for the latestThe overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>
John RoyalUpset with the Astros, well the Aeros give you a reason to cheerOkay Houston sports fans. There's good news, and there's bad news. The bad news is that the Astros are 8-14 for the season and are, as expected, battling for the worst record in major league baseball. The good news i ... More >>
Rick Adelman: Subbing is an art; his boss thinks it's a scienceThe press release was entitled "Rockets Agree to Part Ways with Rick Adelman," and read like this: Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team and Head Coach Rick Adelman have mutually agreed to part ... More >>
Bad news: The Astros are actually playing baseball this season.The Astros are probably opening up the season tomorrow -- they're scheduled to play, but the weather in Philadelphia might not cooperate. And if the stories that have been kicking around are true, this might be the last opening d ... More >>
Eddie Robinson was one of the greatest head coaches in the history of college football. He overcame the misfortune of being born a black man in the Deep South during the worst years of Jim Crow to produce at Grambling one of the great programs in all of football history. He won over 400 gam ... More >>
Wait, Craig Biggio did what?Craig Biggio used steroids. Yes, you read that right. Craig Biggio used steroids. At least that's the latest allegation to come from Jeff Pearlman, the man who says Jeff Bagwell used steroids but refused to offer up any evidence of Bagwell using steroids. Of co ... More >>
Bagwell won't be a Hall of Famer this year.Rumors of steroid use likely prevented former Astro first baseman Jeff Bagwell from being elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as voters denied him entrance today. This was Bagwell's first time on the ballot. Bagwell will remain eligi ... More >>
Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3DAs 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 >>
Falling Star: Clemens will be indicted on perjury charges.Roger Clemens testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over two years ago saying that his former trainer Brian McNamee had lied about his use of steroids. Today, federal authorities have decided the former Ho ... 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 >>
Photos by GROOVEHOUSEHeads up, peopleSee a slideshow from mascot camp. Saturday morning around eight, merely a handful of hours after my Friday night had ended, I was standing next to the administration entrance at the Toyota Center with a group of high school and college mascots, their parents, ... More >>
Lloyd C.A. Wells desegregated press boxes in the SouthSeveral years ago the Houston Astros established a Media Wall of Fame, which is found in the press box. The first three honorees, Anita Martini, Gene Elston, and Neil Hohlfeld, were among the most worthy honorees that have ever been placed in ... More >>
I woke up Sunday morning thinking that things had to get better. After a week that started off with a right cross from Kobe, a left hook from the Yankees, and a sucker punch in the junk from Notre Dame, I thought surely these events were just karmic balance for what was going to be the biggest w ... More >>