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  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Latest Astrodome Proposal: World's Largest Indoor Park

    After the seemingly endless string of ideas for what to do with the rotting corpse we used to call the Astrodome, ranging from novel (leaving just the roof and putting a park under it) to the downright ridiculous (indoor snow skiing?), that latest from County Commissioners Court is said to harken ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    It's Back To The Future As The Rice Owls Seek A Conference Title

    The Americans had yet to get into space the last time the Rice Owls football team won an outright conference championship. Ike had yet to warn the world of the menace of the military-industrial complex. JFK was just another senator. U.S. tourists could still travel to Cuba. The Astrodome was just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    25 More Legendary Houston Music Venues

    When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... 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

    May 15, 2013

    PR 101: The Astros Could Learn a Lot From Other Houston Team Owners

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Photo-Mashing Old & Modern Houston, Volume 6: Astrodome Edition

    For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated for. It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Drayton McLane: Where He Ranks Among Astro Owners

    You won't have Uncle Drayton to kick around anymore.​Today's the day: The official announcement that Drayton McLane has found a buyer for the Houston Astros. McLane has been owner of the Astros for 18 years. In that time they've moved to a downtown ballpark (thanks, taxpayers!!), gone to a Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    The Drayton McLane Era -- Asking That One Question

    Plus: this. Minus: Tim Purpura​The end of the Drayton McLane Era as owner of the Astros is imminent. With today's announcement that local businessman Jim Crane's purchase of our hometown ball club, we can begin to evaluate the "Houston Astros, version McLane" in full. There are a handful o ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Sports Moments*

    *And the 5 most heartbreaking...

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Dome Tome

    Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Dogging the Dome

    An extensive investigation has uncovered secret plans for the Astrodome's future.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Five Memorable - But Not Necessarily Good - Astrodome Concerts

    Bobby Weatherford​It was (semi-seriously) billed as the Eighth Wonder of World, the brainchild of Judge Roy Hofheinz was the first domed ballpark and - for better or worse - ushered in the era of the homogeneous, multipurpose stadiums. The Structure Formerly Known as Harris County Domed Stadium si ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2005

    Fertitta's Dynasty of Dining

    Love him or hate him, Tilman has turned the region into the land of Landry's

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    June 3, 2004

    Thrilled to Death

    Riders may get more than they bargained for when they head to amusement parks this summer

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    King Kinder

    Rich Kinder has made a cool billion dollars since leaving Enron. Now he’s ready to take over the world, or at least the nearest pipeline.

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2002

    Fair Play

    A former Astros announcer threads together baseball history

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Playing Hardball

    Quentin Mease's drive to desegregate the Dome gave rise to a new black power in Houston

  • Dining

    August 31, 2000

    Combination Plates

    Legendary restauranteur Felix Tijerina mixed Mexican food and Texas politics

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    He's an Out-of-Comptroller!

    Former city tourism official accused of paying mom's nursing home bills out of agency funds

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office

  • News

    July 3, 1997

    Fast Eddie's Getaway

    Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • News

    October 3, 1996
  • News

    September 1, 1994

    Diamond in the Rough

    Need a baseball fix? Hop over to Beaumont for Kerfeld's Frogs