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    October 24, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Before we get to the Best Bets for the week, I'll use this space (and perhaps a lengthier column in the future) to salute the recently laid off employees at the soon-to-be-sold-and-renamed-and-lobotomized Comcast Sports Net Houston. As you all are probably aware, painfully so if you're a non-Comca ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    College Football, Week 4: The Weekend In Tweets, Vines, and YouTube

    We're still waiting, college football. Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniatur ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting Of Postseason Ban With A Paterno Love Fest

    I will admit, I was glad when the NCAA handed down their stiff punishment to Penn State a few years ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sure, the massive scholarship reductions and multi-season bowl bans hurt a bunch of coaches and student-athletes that had literally nothing to do with J ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    The Big Ten Is Terrible, So Maybe The Longhorns Would Fit Right In

    Back in 2010, when the wheels of realignment began to slowly grind college football's conference structure into the made-for-TV, geography-agnostic menu of fabricated rivalries, rumors abounded that the University of Texas would get the ball rolling by joining forces with the Big Ten. Largely a Mid ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    College Football 2014: Jameis Winston's Heisman Highlight Reel Begins (VIDEO)

    College football is back, and for this we should all be grateful. It was quite the opening weekend over the holiday! The season kicked off with an unexpected Thursday night beatdown by the Texas A&M over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, launching the career of Kevin Sumlin's next Heisman T ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Out With The Old: Bill O'Brien Era Begins With Staff Changes

    Of all the things that dictate success of a coaching regime, especially with a first time NFL head coach, the one thing that may be most important (and is almost certainly the most underplayed) is the assembly of a coaching staff. You are who you roll with, who you surround yourself with, and in an ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    The New Guy In Town: Your Required Bill O'Brien Reading And Viewing

    This morning out at Reliant Stadium, perhaps already in the books by the time you read this, the Texans will introduce now former Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien as the third head football coach in their franchise's history. As the head coach for the professional football team in the la ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    It Begins, O'Brien/Manziel: New Year's Eve's Perfect Texan Storm

    At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Bob McNair Rushing To Repeat The Mistakes of the Past

    The saying goes that he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. And with the Texans supposedly on the verge of hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, it's more than evident that Bob McNair has wiped the past from his mind. O'Brien is the current IT boy of the coaching world. A Bill Belichi ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Congrats To The University Of Texas On An 8th Straight National Title In...

    ....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Pope Quits? Popes Don't Quit!

    The world was rocked and shocked with the news that George Ratzinger, 85, was quitting his day job. Sure, 85 seems a reasonable age to retire, but the thing is that Ratzinger also goes by the name Pope Benedict XVI, and popes, to put it simply, don't quit. Borgias have tried to get them to quit an ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    College Football: National Signing Day 2013, A Decade Of Cautionary Tales

    Beginning bright and early Wednesday morning, 18-year-old football players far and wide will finalize in writing their plans on where they will ply their trade for the next three to five years, causing high blood pressure in adults three times their age coast to coast and dragging the fax machine in ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Penn State's Bill O'Brien Wins Bear Bryant Award

    "I feel like I'm a mentally tough guy right now. I feel like I'm the right guy." -- Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien on the day he was hired, 1/8/2013 Selecting the recipient of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for the best head coach of a given college football season has generally been a p ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets And The World's Weirdest Lawsuit Victory

    For this week's random person with newfound wealth via frivolous lawsuit or dumb luck, we go to northern China and a fellow by the name of Jian Feng. Until recently, Feng was married to the love of his life, an unnamed (in the article, at least) beauty who had also recently given birth to their daug ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Bye, Bye "Jer": Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to Minimum 30 Years in Prison

    During the trial of convicted pedophile and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, it was revealed that he would send actual love letters to one of his numerous victims, denoted in the case as Victim Number 4. The creep factor on these letters was off the charts, and they were all p ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Charlie Weis Celebration Practice Video Edition

    This week's tale of gambling riches comes from Branford, Ontario, where locally their version of the lottery is actually an NFL parlay card of sorts, where if a player picks 15 games 100 percent correctly, they will win a sizable six-figure payout. In Week 3 of the NFL season, a man named Gino DiFe ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    2012 College Football Media Days, From Best to Most All-Out Painful

    A few years ago, ESPN anointed the various college football media days as the unofficial start to the season. We get it. Folks are starved for some mutha-effing football so placing an artificial start date on the season and posting previews and interviews is going to get media outlets a hell of a l ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    If Any School Deserves The NCAA Death Penalty, It's Got To Be Penn State

    If ever a major collegiate football program deserves the so-called NCAA death penalty, it's got to be Penn State. The myth of Joe Paterno and his ethical football program has been blown out of the water, and the least the NCAA can do is put this program out of the misery of college sports fans. For ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky Will Not Testify, Defense Rests In His Trial

    BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys? JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? BOB COSTAS: Yes. JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys. -- No ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    4 Disimprovements Outgoing A&M AD Bill Byrne Made to Aggieland

    "Dollar Bill" won't be receiving a paycheck from Texas A&M any longer because on Tuesday, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne announced his retirement. A few weeks earlier, Aggie president R. Bowen Loftin said that Byrne, who held the job for nearly ten years, would "transition" out of his position, ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky's Wife Nearly Runs Over a Reporter (w/ VIDEO)

    It's been awhile since we've had a Jerry Sandusky update, and frankly since there's no Web site that's able to track his whereabouts GPS-style (at least not one that we as citizens have access to), it's probably best for everyone that when news breaks regarding the alleged pedophile that I volunteer ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky's Ill-Advised Statement on Joe Paterno

    On Sunday morning at 9:25 a.m. EST, legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was pronounced dead at the age of 85 after losing a swift battle with lung cancer. As you all know, Paterno had spent the waning moments of his existence as one of the more polarizing figures in sports as colle ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Cougars Dominate Penn State and Run Away with the TicketCity Bowl

    The Houston Cougars didn't just win a football game yesterday. They didn't just win a bowl game yesterday. The Houston Cougars went out and defeated a ranked team from the almighty Big 10, and they did so in a convincing fashion, downing the Penn State Nittany Lions 30-14. The Cougars put 17 poin ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You 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 >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Cougars and Lions and Cats and Aggies: Oh My, It's Time for a Little Bowl Action

    There's probably nobody happier to see this college football season come to an end than the players for the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), unless, of course, it's the players for the Texas A&M Aggies (6-6). Then again, with the way their hopes and dreams came crashing down to the ground at the sta ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, College Bowl Special: UH, UCLA & An Aggies Loss

    Hopefully will not include "NAPA Know-How" ads.​In the second part of my ongoing series "Sean phones it in on the Hair Balls blog during his vacation week," here are six picks I really like for the upcoming week of huge (and not so huge) bowl games. Have I mentioned that I'm 56-38-1 this year ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Top 10 Sports Moments of 2011

    More rings than LeBron James and Chris Bosh combined. ​Think about it: Eliminate the Astros and Houston had a year worthy of holding down multiple spots on this list that encompasses athletic accomplishments both inside and outside of the best U.S. state. 10. The Rise of the Houston Dynamo Th ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Coogs to Aid Penn State's "Healing Process" in TicketCity Bowl

    Get ready for child-rape questions, Coogs.​See more pics of the Cougars journey to the TicketCity Bowl in our slideshow. One of the more ridiculous things to come out of the entire appalling Penn State child-rape scandal is the notion of football as part of the Healing Process. The Healing P ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    A Very Special BCS Edition of 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    For the first time in the history of my Texans fandom, their bye week left me with a palpable void. Sure, I love having NFL football in this city, even bad football is better than no football, so the bye week always feels a little weird. However, this season's team is a little different. If the Te ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Sandusky Confirms In NBC Interview: He "Likes Young People" (w/ Interview VIDEO)

    Last night on NBC's new Rock Center program, retired Penn State defensive coordinator and ousted human being (Yes, I am ousting him from the human race.) Jerry Sandusky did a phone interview with Bob Costas which accomplished the nearly impossible -- it made Sandusky infinitely more deplorable and c ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Stanford, Wisconsin & Other Bullies

    Not seen at Camp Randall.​Nobody likes a bully. Unless, of course, that bully can win you some money! Through the first ten weeks of the college football season, in my mind, four BCS conference college football teams have set themselves apart as "bullies" of the college football world, meanin ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Three More Penn State Stories to Cap Off the Worst Week Ever

    An unbelievable week is not over yet.​I haven't gone back through history to see if this really was the worst week ever in sports, but I'm willing to take this week and, sight unseen, put it up against any other week in a contest for "worst sports week ever" and I'll bet I win. Death? Joe Fra ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Boom. Penn State Fires Joe Paterno (w/ a VIDEO chronology) & CNN Kicks ESPN's Butt

    They are...Penn State​"Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach, effective immediately." -- John Surma, Vice Chair, Penn State Board of Trustees Boom. Nothing is forever. We all knew there would be a day when Joe Paterno would no longer be the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Dan Shea, The Man Who Sued the Pope, Sounds Off on Joe Paterno

    Penn State and the Catholic Church​Bella figura can mean many things, but at its core is presentation...how one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Joe Paterno Will Retire at Season's End -- Not Good Enough

    Not so proud a claim now.​"The worst people. The twisted and demented psychos who kill people for pleasure, the cannibals, the degenerate bastards that molest and torture little kids." -- Tony Soprano, in response to the question "Who deserves to go to hell?" Exactly, Tony. People like Jerry ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Odd sare Brian Kelly won't look like this Satruday night​As I get ready to drop some more decidedly mediocre wagering knowledge on all of you this weekend, I have one quick thought to share with you on the opening weekend of the NFL season: This time last season, these were your starting quar ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Top 5 Worst Collegiate Conference Logos

    Seriously???​Congratulations to the fourth grader who designed the new Mountain West Conference logo! Yesterday, the Mountain West Conference unveiled its new brand identity as they head into a hoped-for (read: Boise State-led) future as a regular contender in BCS football as well as other m ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Longhorns Tumble in Playboy Party-School Rankings

    UT goes down.​Face it: UT has a lot of trouble with rankings, whether it's college football or Playboy. Sure, they sometimes (read: very rarely) come out on top -- Vince Young can lead them to a BCS title, Playboy can name them top party school in 2010 -- but mostly it's a series of disappoin ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    NCAA Day One -- Winners and Losers

    Need some downtime for the NCAA tourney? Try a vasectomy.​Yes, you read that headline correctly -- yesterday was "Day One" of the NCAA Tournament. Not Tuesday! Despite what the NCAA propaganda machine will tell you, the greatest single two-week period of sports during the calendar year is not ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    College Football Bowls -- This Week's Best Bets

    The color, the pageantry of college football​Since it's Week 17 of the NFL season, we're changing it up a little bit this week. I don't know about people who actually know what they're doing when it comes to wagering, but my experience with the NFL in Week 17 is that it's a good time to stay ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Ticket City, New Era Pinstripe? What Happened To The Real Bowl Games?

    What kind of name is New Era Pinstripe Bowl?​It's possible that I'm getting old and becoming one of those grumpy old dudes who think that everything was better during his day. That caveat out of the way, I've got to ask: am I the only one around here who remembers when the New Year's Day bow ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Texas Bowl Gets Baylor! And, Ummm, Illinois

    Texas Bowl 2010: The return of Art Briles​The 2010 Texas Bowl will give Houston a look at the surprisingly successful Baylor Bears, headed by former UH coach Art Briles. The good news: Baylor is breaking a 16-year bowl drought. The semi-bad news, in terms of the chances for a compelling footb ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    NFL, College Football, Twitter, Pancake Bites and Bestiality -- Weekend's Best Bets

    A regular Paul the Octopus​So last season I did these Best Bets posts on Fridays and made every attempt to conduct myself like an actual handicapper, coming up with reams of statistics and subjective observations to lead to a conclusion that I hoped made reasonable sense. End result? A predic ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Texas Bowl Takes A Step Up

    ​Houston's taste for college-football bowl games was soured pretty ferociously by the inanity of Mattress Mac's galleryfurniture.com Bowl. But its successor, the Texas Bowl, has proven to be a well-run, entertaining event that has drawn decent, energetic crowds without frantically papering the hou ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    College Bowl Preview: Picks By A Real Expert, The Finale

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    The Top Five Texas Cheerleader Scandals

    Several girls from Morton Ranch High School in Katy are the latest group of Texas cheerleaders gone wild. Apparently, the girls got a little carried away with their hazing. "When a girl (censored) in her pants and puts her pants on another girl's head, that's just disgusting," a sister of one of the ... More >>

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