I have a memory of the Astrodome that I want to share. Of a Friday night in May of 1993, the Friday night before my law school graduation. I was working that night, handling the stats and graphics on the DiamondVision screen, something I did for most Astros games from 1989 through the end of the 199 ... More >>
There's been much written about the CSN Houston debacle. Some straight and sober articles. Some opinionated pieces. But truthfully, expect for the parties involved, nobody really knows why CSN Houston has yet to achieve carriage on Direct TV, Dish Network, U-Verse, TimeWarner Cable, or most other ca ... More >>
The plan to renovate the Astrodome didn't pass muster with the voters last night, but that hasn't stopped people from being heard in another way. The rejection of the $217 million plan makes it more likely than ever that the Dome gets turned into a parking lot. And so Houstonians have taken to Twit ... More >>
The mayoral race hasn't generated much heat this year (which is fairly typical for Houston), but there are other reasons to hit the polls. Besides votes on saving water and building new jail facilities, there is a ballot question that we can only hope puts to bed one way or the other the seemingly ... More >>
One has to wonder if the Astros lined up for a three-game series against un-affiliated minor league team the Sugarland Skeeters, could they take two out of three. Before you answer with your, "But, the Astros are a major league ball club" response, keep in mind that they were barely major league th ... More >>
The Houston Astros are a grand academic exercise. Blow up the major league roster and start all over again. Stock the minor league system with as many talented players as possible. Dump aging, over-priced veterans. It's a noble gesture, destroying to rebuild, attempting to accelerate a project that ... More >>
Correspondence matters. Not enough people tell other people how awesome they are these days in writing, mostly because it takes time and effort, and quite frankly a lot of you are really lazy. Jim Crane is a lot of things, but lazy isn't one of them. And after a 2013 season in which the last win o ... More >>
The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... More >>
Comcast SportsNet Houston, broadcast home to the Astros and Rockets, announced their schedule for the upcoming Rockets season on Wednesday. The network will carry 75 of the Rockets games during the regular season (the remaining six will be national broadcasts) as well as all preseason games. With th ... More >>
As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... More >>
It's back. The long, hard summer is finally over and real sports are back. Sure, you've tried watching the Astros -- if you could watch them at all given the CSN issues. But, let's be honestly, they are horrible. Awful. A travesty. The only thing that was going to salve the wounds you suffered durin ... More >>
One of the best ways to increase corporate profits is to layoff people. The cutting of salary increases profits by lowering expenses and is usually met with praise from investors who see such moves as a sign the company is streamlining and becoming more efficient. On the other hand, if you are one o ... More >>
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 >>
Several weeks ago, I wrote a cover story for the print edition of the Houston Press that focused on the marketing-centric, "color outside the lines" culture of minor league baseball. In a world that is as much, if not more about the events and effects surrounding the game as it is the game itself, ... More >>
You might not realize this, but the Astros are still playing baseball. So before diverting all of your attention to the Texans and whether J.J. Watt is going to get some snaps at tight end this season, here are a few reasons for you to continue watching or listening or reading about the Astros. THE ... More >>
Let's dispense with the "bigger in Texas" jokes right off the bat. Also, no "size matters" quips if you please. The Rockets installed a massive video board inside Toyota Center before last season. If you were wondering just how big it is, imagine installing a 60-inch flat screen in your bathroom t ... More >>
The list of the things you absolutely must do in the Bayou City.
The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>
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 >>
Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?
Maybe you like to hurt yourself. Maybe that's how you roll. If that is the case, besides perhaps seeking professional help, you might want to watch our Houston Astros this year because you would just about have to be a masochist to follow them. After a surprising run of wins last month, the 'Stros b ... More >>
It's officially Pride Weekend in Houston, which means it's time for some of the most fabulous parties, music, and dancing that will happen all year. It also means it's time for the Pride Festival, which will only be better thanks to the awesome folks at the Supreme Court and the whole, oh, obliterat ... More >>
The Atlantic League exists because the New York Mets didn't want the New York Yankees to have a minor league team in Long Island. Bud Selig had yet to become Major League Baseball commissioner for life and Fay Vincent had been forced out by the major league owners. So with nobody around to block the ... More >>
Sometimes you just don't want to eat ballpark or stadium food when attending a sporting event, and I don't blame you for not wanting to eat a mediocre hot dog piled with chili that will just make your heart burn by the middle of the game. BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park are quite close to ... More >>
Plans to turn the Astrodome into a parking lot are just wrong.
It's here again, that time of year when the kids are let out of school and immediately begin whining that there's nothing to do. Oh, sure, you try and try to make them happy. You can invent a brand-new game with balls and paper sacks and even clean up the damn mess they make when they nearly kill th ... More >>
I have spent most of my 44 years on this earth in the city of Houston. I started visiting the Astrodome when I was just a kid for Astros and Oilers games as well as the occasional high school football game. I even walked on the floor for one of them. After all the memories and all the discussions, I ... More >>
In the era of cell phone technology, virtually nothing goes unnoticed. Such is the tale of a sno cone vendor at Minute Maid Park this week who heard the call of Mother Nature during his shift at an Astros game. A fan in the bathroom at the same time noticed the rainbow-colored sno cones sitting on t ... More >>
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 >>
Weeks like this one make it hard to believe I'm actually leaving this post next Friday, because what a whirlwind of activity we've seen in the last seven days. First is news of four exciting new bars heading to downtown, north downtown and Montrose. Two of those bars are from the Clumsy Butcher tea ... More >>
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 >>
Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer. - The Insider Owners of sports franchises never have it easy. From Charlie Thomas to Les Alexander, John McMullen to Drayton McLane, Bud Adams to, yes, even Bob McNair, fans are ruthless and we're talking Houston, not Philadelphia o ... More >>
"There's such a thing... as manners. A way of treating people. These fish have manners." -- Jerry Maguire There is no easy way to disband an event like the Astros Wives' gala, a fantastic annual spectacle that's simultaneously raised over $4 million in 23 years for the Houston Area Women's Center w ... More >>
Despite a last gasp of cold air last week, it's warm outside and getting hotter by the minute. For me, the best day of the year is October 1. It's the probable end to hurricane season in Texas (if not the ACTUAL end for the Atlantic), the NFL is in full swing and the NBA is about to launch training ... More >>
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The Houston Astros didn't yet exist when he offered up this wisdom, yet it's hard to believe that he didn't have the Astros in mind when he spoke this. The Astros are giving Erik Beda ... More >>
Celebrating Mexican culture with family-friendly events and lots of parties.
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 >>
It's always about the pitching. No matter how good the offense, no matter how good the defense, if the pitching lets down, a team will eventually start to lose. Because offenses will cool down and defenses will miss plays. But if the pitching is solid, a team can overcome the other deficiencies. Th ... More >>
We all know things have been pretty grim at Minute Maid Park this year. (Well, actually the past six or so seasons, to be honest.) Winning, of any sort, has been thin on the ground. Until now. Today we learned that one member of the Astros organization is willing to put in the time to make himself ... More >>
TGIF, my children. It's time to rev up the weekend and get yo butt in gear. You may want to lie around on your couch watching the Final Four or spend some time absorbing "culture" at a "museum." I say blow all that crap out of the water with an ass kicking good time like any red blooded American. Ho ... More >>
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 >>
Comedy is a combination of hard work, creativity, timing, and -- depending on which comedians you talk to -- an ample amount of drugs may or may not be involved as well. I don't claim to be a professional comedian. Not even close. But I do think I have a decent ear for humor, an ability to discern ... More >>
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 >>
For as long as I remember, I've been a baseball fan. Which is kinda strange considering I never played Little League, didn't learn how to hold a bat or catch a ball until my best friend taught me in high school, and my father's favorite sports team are fútbol-playing goats (Las Chivas Rayadas de Gu ... More >>
As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future - and you're picking up the tab.
The Houston Astros take on a new season in a tough division with things all-new — uniforms, owner, manager, team and rules — not to mention a new/old mascot. And road trips to Dallas.
The Astros' 2013 season begins this weekend, and whether that's good or bad news depends on how much of a masochist you are. The team has been historically, utterly putrid the past two years, and detecting any signs of improvement in the recent offseason would require the most powerful neutron micr ... More >>
Maybe it's because football keeps our attention year round (what up, Ed Reed?), maybe it's because we're right in the middle of March Madness, or maybe it's just because as a city we've been beaten down by a half a decade of mediocre to bad baseball, but goddamn, this baseball season snuck up on me! ... More >>