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  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Rockets Beginning to Roll with Come-From-Behind Win in Memphis

    Down 14 late and facing a tough division opponent on the road without your best player and with your second best not exactly lighting up the arena, it would not seem the odds would be in the Rockets favor to close out with a win, but that is exactly what they did Monday night in Memphis. After scori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    James Harden, Rockets Must Compete Defensively to Contend for a Title

    In the second quarter of the Rockets game against Dallas on Wednesday night, James Harden was "guarding" Vince Carter on the perimeter if by "guarding" you mean "watching him as he goes sailing by before reaching out a hand and halfheartedly swatting at the ball from behind." Venerable Rockets TV pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Linsanity Not Enough to Prop Up Ailing Players, Defense

    Two games. Three overtimes. One win. After gutting out a win over Toronto in Houston, the Rockets lost in a single overtime to Philadelphia. In both games, Jeremy Lin was on fire, shooting a combined 20-38 from the field, 12-21 from three-point range, dishing 14 assists and scoring 31 and 34 points ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Rockets Edition

    Were you so inclined to look up the Best Rocket category from previous Best of HoustonĀ® issues, you would find these honorees for the last 10 years: Yao Ming (2003-2004, 2006) Tracy McGrady (2005) Shane Battier (2007, 2009-2010) Rafer Alston (2008) Luis Scola (2011) Chuck Hayes (2012) Let's start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Your 2013-14 Noobs Guide to the Houston Rockets

    Maybe you haven't been watching the Rockets for a while. Maybe their abject mediocrity over the last, oh I don't know, 15 years, has left you complacent. Maybe you grew up during a time when the Rockets weren't winning titles and contending for championships. Or maybe you just didn't care that much. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Pole Dancing, Playoff Soccer: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend

    "It's the freakin' weekend, baby, I'm about to have me some fun." Oh, R. Kelly, how you cut to the core of me. The weekend is upon us again, kids and children of all ages. That can mean only two things: 1) It's time to put on my expanding pants and eat nachos until I puke and 2) There be sports here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Rockets Still a Significant Work in Progress

    There have been times in the Rockets history when they got off to slow starts in games. This year, it is a slow start to the season. But, when I predicted they would go 11-7 in their first month with Dwight Howard, it wasn't because I thought they would come flying out of the gates. It was because I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Gambling! NBA 2013-2014 Season Win Total Futures Bets!

    In the wagering world, there's a reason (well, several, but one big one) why football betting is so popular. Since 98 percent of the action occurs on Saturday and Sunday, there's a built-in moderation and containment to football's action where (a) it largely doesn't infringe on the average Joe's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Cover Story: Rockets' New Age Includes Twin Towers, Twin Minis Experiments

    It's been 30 years since the Rockets put two seven-footers on the floor at the same time. Those two, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, led the Rockets to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics, a team that included current Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Now McHale is tinkering with a tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Dwight Howard's Analysis Of His New Teammates

    We interrupt the obsessive Matt Schaub/Gary Kubiak coverage for some Rockets banter... You guys are cool with this, right? I'm not sure if you remember, but our NBA team in town is relevant again! (I'm saying this next paragraph in that prodding, "trying to remind you" voice tone.) Remember? The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Gambling! 2013-2014 NBA Season Win Totals Are Out!

    Amidst the hoopla of "Johnny Football, Part Two" and the carnage of the box set of back breaking turnovers that Matt Schaub is assembling, the Rockets quietly opened training camp this week with arguably their best assembly of talent since the mid 90's. Indeed, a new age of Rockets basketball begi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Linsanity The Movie Trailer Hits the Interwebs

    As if the hype for the upcoming NBA season, specifically for the hometown Houston Rockets, could not get any weirder, we bring you Linsanity, the movie. Between Dwight Howard's trips to Aspen and China, James Harden's commercials and Chandler Parsons being singlehandedly transformed into "the man wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Your 2013-2014 Houston Rockets Schedule Easy Reference Guide

    From a purely functional standpoint, the reconstruction of the Houston Rockets meant all new talent on the roster, and a better chance to win games and, hopefully, win NBA titles. And make no mistake, this was a total rebuild. By the time the trade deadline for 2013 rolled around, after Patrick Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    More Daryl Morey Showing Off, Rockets Bring Back Marcus Camby

    Two years ago, with the curtain falling on the Rick Adelman Era here in Houston, the Rockets were closing out a 2010-11 NBA season where Chuck Hayes -- all six-foot-six (listed) of him -- had started 63 games for them at the center position. Now, we all love Chuck Hayes. We all love Chuck Hayes so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Get Your Week Started Off Right! Dwight Howard Rally POV Instagram Video!

    It's official, Rocket fans! You can now rejoice (as if you haven't been rejoicing all weekend)! Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket! Rocket ticket agents can finally say his name without fear of reprisal, Daryl Morey can openly speak about him without sustaining a $150,000 parking ticket, and Jason ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Metta World Peace Responds To Amnesty Rumors In Classic Metta Fashion

    Because of the one on one battle the Houston Rockets were engaged in to secure the services of Dwight Howard, most astute Rocket fans are keenly aware of just how bad things are in Los Angeles for the Lakers going forward. Their best player, Kobe Bryant, is coming off of a debilitating Achilles tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: It's Almost Over...Don't Panic

    One thing that happens to fans quite often right at the end of a big trade or signing is they begin to worry. This is particularly true in Houston where trades getting rescinded by the NBA is an actual possibility. In this case, it is the massive free agent signing of center Dwight Howard. The leag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Sorry Lakers, Dwight Howard Just Wasn't That Into You

    Just before the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Houston Rockets completed a three team trade that would have sent then-New Orleans point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, Lakers forward Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and an appetizer sampler of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and other odds and ends ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: Is Today D-Day for Dwight Howard?

    The Rockets have set their roster for this year's summer league games -- minus one Royce White, #BeWell -- and now they wait on the biggest move of their offseason. According to reports, Dwight Howard is taking it easy in Aspen, Colorado and may be targeting today to make his decision about what tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    BAZINGA! Rockets Fan, Actor Jim Parsons Sends Video Message to Dwight Howard

    Maybe Dwight Howard wasn't interested in Slim Thug's pitch of strippers and cheap cribs. If not, maybe he'll listen to an Emmy winner and a serious basketball fan. Jim Parsons, who grew up in Houston and performed in local theater groups before moving to LA and making it big on Big Bang Theory, is a ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League: The Wild World of Minor League Baseball in Texas

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: Kolache Factory Ups The Ante For Dwight Howard

    The road back to relevance for the Rockets has not been easy. In today's NBA, there are very few good answers to the question, "What do we need to do to put ourselves in position to win an NBA title?" Say what you will about Dwight Howard. He's flawed, he's immature, he's offensively challenged, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Rockets Sole Focus in Free Agency is Landing Howard, Adding Pieces to Compliment Him

    If free agent center Dwight Howard emerged from his late-night meal with the Rockets posse understanding one thing, it should be that there is no other target in the team's pursuit of a championship this offseason more important. A group that included team owner Les Alexander, general manager Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Quiet Draft for Rockets Nets PG, Dream Shake and Twitter Controversy

    When the most exciting thing you can say about your draft night is that the greatest player in franchise history was there to wish the commissioner well in his retirement and your current best player got embroiled in a VERY minor Twitter controversy, it must have been a slow night. Rockets GM Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Bummer Summer: The Most Boring Time in Houston Sports Starts Now

    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 >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    NBA Draft is Tonight, But Rockets Real Draft Begins Monday

    Hours before the start of the NBA Draft, one of the most anticipated nights for basketball fans, a large majority of those following the Rockets are yawning. At the moment, the Rockets do not have a pick in the first round of the draft -- though that may change -- and despite the fact that starting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    NBA Draft: Best Active Player Selected In Each First Round Draft Slot

    I've said it many times in this space -- we are all dorks. I don't mean we all have pocket protectors and pull our trousers up to an unreasonably high waist level (or even use the word "trousers" instead of the hipper, cooler "pants"), I mean that we all obsess over something, obsess to an extent t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Rockets Likely to Deal Robinson Before the Draft to Free Up Cap Room for Howard

    According to a report from the Chron, the Rockets are very close to moving power forward Thomas Robinson, the fifth pick in last year's draft acquired from the Sacramento Kings at the trading deadline, in order to free up enough cap space to make a run at free agent center Dwight Howard. A deal of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Conspiracy Theorists Are Dead Wrong About the NBA

    I don't get it. I read about conspiracy theories all the time. From 9/11 was an inside job to aliens to "false flags," I try to reasonably digest the possibilites, but I just can't wrap my head around them. This isn't to say I don't think cover-ups or conspiracies don't exist. In fact, history tells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    NBA Finals: One More Chance to Sop Gambling Gravy Off the Heat's Crazy Streak

    From February 3 through March 25, the Miami Heat didn't lose a single NBA basketball game. During that streak, they recorded 27 wins in a row, the second best run at the Lakers' 33-game winning streak of the early '70s in league history, and a two-month salvo that sent the Heat into the post-season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Rockets on the Right Path With or Without Dwight Howard, But Landing Him Would Be Huge

    In three straight drafts, the former Seattle Sonics and eventual Oklahoma City Thunder completely altered the trajectory of their franchise and became the envy of the entire NBA, save perhaps Miami. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, taken in three consecutive NBA drafts, became the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Rooting for Rivals: Five Reasons This Rockets Fan Is Cheering for the Spurs

    Few things are more difficult for a sports fan than rooting for a rival. Even when that rival's victory could help your team, it feels uncomfortable wishing they would win. For Rockets fans, that means teams like the Jazz, the Lakers, the Mavericks and the Spurs are absolutely off limits when it com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    NBA Finals: Game 4, Tony Parker Is Gonna Play!

    For a series that's featured two blowout wins in three games, including a Game 3 that was pretty much over midway through the third quarter, there have been some pretty compelling storylines in these NBA Finals. We've had the disappearance (or maybe better worded, the sporadic appearances) of LeBro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    NBA Finals: Turning Point, LeBron Returns Tiago Splitter To Sender (w/ VIDEO)

    I may or may not have disclosed this before in this space, and if I have, my apologies, but I am rooting for LeBron in these NBA Finals. I'm over the animosity of Decision 2010 (Really, why did I get so worked up over Cleveland getting shat upon anyway?), I root for greatness, I root for dominance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    NBA Finals: Chris Bosh's Jump Shot Is Margot Kidder

    I'm not normally a superhero movie guy, but I will admit that the recent wave of superhero films the last five or six years has sucked me in. The Iron Man trilogy, the new Batman trilogy, the Avengers, I loved all of these movies. I'm especially excited for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel (com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    NBA Retro Zapruder Of The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

    In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Rockets Report Card: Handing Out the Grades With the Season Over

    At the beginning of the season, even after the trade for James Harden, I was convinced this was not a playoff team. Right before the season started, I wrote this in a blog post, "With youth comes athleticism, energy and excitement. It also brings inexperience, inconsistency and the occasional train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    After a Successful Season, Big Questions Loom for Young Rockets

    It's difficult to believe anyone outside of the most hardcore fans truly believed the Rockets would be a playoff team this year. Most, including myself, assumed they would finish under .500 and back in the lottery. Even with James Harden, an unproven starter, added before the season, it was tough to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Holy Hack Asik, Batman! Rockets Win in OKC to Force Game Six

    The Thunder had no answer. They tried shooting threes. They tried running. They tried hard fouls. They tried flopping. Ultimately, down much of the game to the visiting Rockets, the Thunder tried fouling Rockets center Omer Asik on every possession. Asik, who shot only 52 percent from the charity st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Rockets-Thunder Game 5: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    The Rockets began this series with the Thunder by falling behind three games to none, with a deer-in-the-headlights Game 1 preceding two very winnable games in Games 2 and 3. No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, and to expect an 8 seed like the Rockets to become t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Put the Brooms Away: Rockets Stave Off Elimination with Clutch Win

    Like every game except the first one in the series, the Rockets and Thunder went right down to the wire in game four. In every other game, the Thunder got the big shot or the turnover needed to win the game. Monday night, it was finally the Rockets' turn. Chandler Parsons did what only two other p ... 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 >>

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Keep Houston Beard

    A movement, for the playoffs.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Rockets Come Back from 15 Down in the Fourth Only to Fall in OKC

    So close and yet so far. The Rockets were about as close as you can come to pulling off the upset in Oklahoma City Wednesday night. The Thunder were fumbling all over themselves and missing shots. The Rockets were stroking it and rolling. Of course, they were down 15, but their furious fourth-quart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Five Reasons The Rockets Playoff Run Isn't Generating More Buzz

    I listen to a lot of sports radio and talk to people online and off about sports on a regular basis. Despite the fact that the Rockets are in the playoffs for the first time in three years, there just isn't the buzz about the team Houston has seen in years past. There are fewer calls about them on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz: "This Is Our Fucking City"

    When real tragedy like the bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday occurs, one of the phrases that gets uttered seemingly every time is that "sports helps the healing process." Now, most of the time we hear this, it's uttered by someone who makes their living in sports, so the statement may b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The Great CSN Houston Tax Scam

    Everybody's pretty damn tired of the CSN Houston situation. Tired of being screwed out of Rockets games. Tired, maybe, of not being able to see the Astros get swept by the Oakland A's. Tired of watching CSN's Matt Hutchings constantly on the television and lying out of his teeth about who's responsi ... More >>

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