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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Plus: this. Minus: Tim PurpuraThe 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 >>
*And the 5 most heartbreaking...
Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.
An extensive investigation has uncovered secret plans for the Astrodome's future.
Bobby WeatherfordIt 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 >>
Love him or hate him, Tilman has turned the region into the land of Landry's
Riders may get more than they bargained for when they head to amusement parks this summer
Rich Kinder has made a cool billion dollars since leaving Enron. Now hes ready to take over the world, or at least the nearest pipeline.
A former Astros announcer threads together baseball history
Quentin Mease's drive to desegregate the Dome gave rise to a new black power in Houston
Legendary restauranteur Felix Tijerina mixed Mexican food and Texas politics
Former city tourism official accused of paying mom's nursing home bills out of agency funds
Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office
Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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