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    October 27, 2014

    The Rice Owls Are The Best Football Team In Houston

    The most entertaining football team in Houston is not the Houston Cougars. The most professional football team in Houston is not the Texans. The best prepared, and easily the most motivated, football team in Houston is the one that plays in Rice Stadium, the Rice Owls. Most of Houston ignores the O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    If you followed my picks last season (and God forbid, used them as your own picks), then you know exactly how painful the hit was by the end of the year. In fact, you're probably cursing me and contemplating exactly how you can dismember me without getting arrested while you stand in the welfare lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Lou Holtz Retiring From ESPN, Six Moments That Capture His Television Career (w/ VIDEO)

    I am a Notre Dame graduate, class of 1991, and I say all the time that I owe at least seven of the ten best memories I have from college to Lou Holtz. Holtz was the head football coach at Notre Dame while I was there. He arrived in South Bend in 1986, a year before I got there. (Hint: One of us arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 12: Rock Bottom, Jaguars vs Texans

    Back in my younger years, I was quite the pro wrestling aficionado (as opposed to now, when I am...well, still quite the pro wrestling aficionado), and while my favorite wrestling organization was the WWF (and still is WWE), I would watch the weekly shows on cable for a handful of other companies -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Texans-Colts BATTLE-DRINK: Five Running Backs, Two Lucks

    Here's me channeling an NFL player... After a September and October that included two Texans road trips, three Texans home games, a trip to College Station for Alabama-A&M, and a trip to South Bend for Oklahoma-Notre Dame, the bye week came at a good time for me. Yes, that's right, last weekend's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Worst College Football Weekend Lives Down To The Hype

    For me, college football is one of those things in life that gets the "pizza pass." You know, the old saying that "even bad pizza is still pretty good." Well, that's college football. Even a bad weekend of college football is still pretty good, because, hell, it's college football! Well, this past ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 15, 2013

    La Fisheria

    The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Summer Session: Low Alcohol for High Temps

    Back in the summer of '93, I got heat stroke. And a concussion. It was my first summer in Houston, after 10 years in Indiana, with its average July high of 83. I was playing an all-day soccer tournament out in Bear Creek Park, its freshly-razed expanse offering no respite from the brutal sun. I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Adventures in Twitter: Notre Dame Keyboard Thugs vs Recruit Eddie Vanderdoes

    So the Eddie Vanderdoes saga finally came to an end on Tuesday. If you're asking yourself, "Who is Eddie Vanderdoes?" give yourself a gold star, because if you have no idea who Vanderdoes is, it means that you're not immersed in the borderline creepy minutiae and overzealous voyeurism of high schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Adventures In Vine: Notre Dame Recruit Flushes Nick Saban Down The Toilet

    For the second time in 24 hours, college football recruiting, Notre Dame football, and social media have met at an unique nexus that shines as much of a light on the virtual lack of barriers in communication in 2013 as it does on the principals themselves. Meet Elijah Hood. He is a five star runn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    College Football National Signing Day: Ole Miss Signs This Year's Annual "WTF" Class

    Go back and look at the historical data in the recruiting database, and the top ten classes each season generally include the same cast of university characters -- some permutation of USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, with a generous smattering of Michigan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Notre Dame Football Recruit "Catfishes" Himself In Lie About A Campus Visit

    Sometimes the sports gods have a sense of humor. For example, a player named Nomar Garciaparra (and the multiple "ar" sounds in his name) landing in Boston, with the natives' ridiculous accent, is funny to me. Sometimes the sports gods are cruel. Refer to the entire sports history of the city of Cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Aggie Mailbag: "Sean, you are whats (sic) wrong with this country."

    Before I get into this post, in the spirit of having to cater to the lowest common denominator of what is a rightfully proud and mostly sane Aggie fan base, and because it's about to get a little uncomfortable up in this beeyatch once this post is done, allow me to get this disclaimer out of the way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast, Drunk Betty White Edition

    Saturday night, given the choice between staying at home with me to watch the annual Denard Robinson Tear-Notre-Dame's-Heart-Out-And-Show-It-To-Them-Apalooza (and experiencing the corresponding remote control throwing that goes with it) and going out to dinner with her girlfriends to a nice restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Allen Pinkett Suspended 3 Games For Having The Backs Of Dudes Suspended For 1 Game

    "I've always felt like to have a successful team you've got to have a few bad citizens on the team." Allen Pinkett, in an interview last week with 670-WSCR in Chicago Last week, on the way to the airport to hop a flight over to Dublin, Ireland, so that he could handle his weekly color analyst dutie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Football Is Back! Texans Preseason Week One: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    At this point in the season, it's more about effort than execution. We're all rusty, even the media. Hell, Saturday night alone one local sports anchor mistook Keshawn Martin being the rookie wide receiver who was suspended last year instead of DeVier Posey (tweets deleted), the Houston Chronicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Booze, Nostalgia and RPGs: Redstone Meadery Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks

    My dork resume is long and varied. Much more so than its professional counterpart. Band, debate, drama ... the list goes on and on. For the purposes of this article, we're going to focus on the RPG bullet. I haven't been much of a gamer since I had kids of my own; the little bastards always want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Top 5 Liars in College Football History -- A List Dedicated to Bobby Petrino

    Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'. This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fello ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    DEFCON Dining: Spanish Village

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallA thing of beauty is a joy forever.​For a long time, Spanish Flowers was my family's go-to Tex-Mex joint. It was one of the first Houston restaurants (of any variety) that my parents visited while house-hunting from South Bend, IN nearly 20 years ago. When my older bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Brew Blog: Bard's Original Sorghum Malt Beer

    Yes, there's an elephant in this picture. No, it doesn't mean anything. I have kids, remember?​I really wanted to like this beer. No, I don't have Celiac disease, or any other form of gluten intolerance. I did, however, recommend it to someone who does. I suppose I should have known better tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    KTRH All But Says Goodbye to News, Welcomes More Right-Wing Blather

    The Houston Chronicle's David Barron just reported that longtime KTRH news anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes are leaving the station in favor of new hosts Mike Patrick and Lois Melkonian. In case you need an introduction to Mike Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Sorry, Aggies: College Station Gets a "D"

    Kazan is gonna be pissed.​Aggies may love their College Station, but the Daily Beast doesn't: The national Web site gives the city a "D" in its rankings of America's smartest college towns. College Station, you're no Cambridge or Berkeley. On the bright side, you're not South Bend, either: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Rice Tries To Downgrade The Golden Hurricane

    Last week Notre Dame, this week Rice​The Rice Owls (2-6) didn't play football last weekend. They rested up, got some players back from injury, and got back to stressing that need to work on the fundamentals. And they watched this week's opponent go into South Bend and defeat Notre Dame on na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Houston Texans -- The Green Mile, 5 Winners and 5 Losers

    Texans fans: Enjoy it today, resume griping tomorrow​The Texans beat the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon 35-31 to move to 4-2 for the first time in the history of the franchise, and I for one am going to enjoy it. Seriously, try to stop me. You can try and bring me down with your texts and tweets and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Best Sporting Event I Ever Attended -- 10/15/88

    ND-Miami: No love lost​"This game was won by the Notre Dame spirit." -- Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz after Notre Dame's 31-30 win over Miami, October 15, 1988 Fact. Those eight words uttered by Lou Holtz encapsulate so much. In specific terms, it pays homage to the tradition and magic that wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Game Time: College Football Week 1 -- Ain't No Party Like a Boise Party

    Boise State is ready to rumble​Last night, as Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore gathered the Bronco offense in the huddle to concoct one final haymaker in their prize fight with Virginia Tech, guaranteeing we were going to see some sort of fantastic finish -- either a game-winning touchdown or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Why ND Will Win The BCS Title And UT Won't: 2010 Edition

    This is the year, we're sure​College football season FINALLY begins tonight. Our long national nightmare is almost over.With the kickoff comes the revival of our popular weekly series from last season, Why Notre Dame Will Win the National Title and UT Won't.Technical difficulties caused some glitc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Game Time: YouTube Rewind -- "Ram It", By The 1986 LA Rams (The Godfather Of Awful Team Videos)

    Try to forget. Just try​The year is 2010, and our society has advanced in so many ways. In a scant 20 years, we've gone from the ability to even own a cell phone being a luxury to being able to do everything from watch television, stream music, play games, and download porn on those very phones. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Game Time: Longhorns & Notre Dame -- The Last Two Independents

    Irish & Longhorns, together again​"in·de·pen·dent (nd-pndnt) - adj. Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant"For 123 years, the adjective "independent" has been as intertwined with Notre Dame football as the word "Catholic" has been to describe the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Game Time: The Decade's Five Most Lucrative Miracles

    ​First, I want to wish everybody out there a very happy holiday, and thank all of you who have read my stuff here on since I started up a couple months ago, especially those of you who leave comments (even if you think what you've just read is utter drivel, and you're telling me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Game Time: Review Of ESPN's 30 For 30: The U

    Whenever people ask me what the best sporting event is that I've ever been to, the answer is always an easy one: October 15, 1988...Notre Dame 31, Miami 30. It had all the critical elements of a personal "best sporting event ever" --- Heated rivalry? Check. Brawl before the game in the tunnel? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Game Time: Charlie Weis Getting Canned; Business Is About To Pick Up

    ​I remember my tenth grade Economics teacher Mr. Amstutz telling our class one time about how, whenever there's a recession or a depression, one thing that can "pull the economy out of the dumper is a good ol' fashioned WAR." Keep in mind, this is in 1984, when the United States versus Russia ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And Texas Won't, Part Ten

    ​This was a tough, tough week for the BCS title hopes of Texas. They played at, what -- 11 in the morning? (Again? What are these guys, some effete "Brunch Bunch"?) They played against some directional Florida school? While Oklahoma was exposing itself as worthless, therefore destroying UT's stren ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2009

    A Darker Look at Che's Revolution

    After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.

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    October 19, 2007
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    August 21, 2007
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    July 20, 2007
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    August 17, 2006

    Bragging Rights

    The Port praises itself, with omissions

  • Music

    September 9, 2004
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    January 18, 2001

    Puff It Up

    Anchors have feelings - and a flair for fashion!

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Debt Releaf

    Cigarette companies get crafty

  • News

    December 25, 1997

    Changing the Channel

    For years, homeowners, developers, environmentalists and the federal government have wrangled over a flood-control plan for Clear Creek. Now a compromise is in view -- but the creek's future is murkier than ever.

  • News

    December 2, 1993

    The Final Conspiracy

    Obsessed with a 30-year-old murder, JFK assassinologists go to court to silence one another