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    November 18, 2014

    Texans-Browns: Individual Player Ratings, Offensive Line Dominates

    While I wouldn't call myself a true sports "analytic," I do dork out over statistics. Always have. Back in the day, for true stat geeks, numbers were like nudity. There was no internet, so you had to work to find statistical information, and the team-by-team numbers in the weekly issues of The Sport ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The Desolation of Rods: With Release of Harris, 1560 Has Shed Nearly All It's Talent from "The Game"

    Almost three years ago, I wrote a story about how a local upstart sports talk station was waging a kind of David versus Goliath war against corporate-owned stations, and doing it with wit, attitude and creativity. No one argued that the group of young hosts and creative staff assembled by what was t ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Gambling! Lines on First 10 Big Games of College Football Season Released

    It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments. For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelat ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    NBA Retro Zapruder Of The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

    In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    1560 The Game Goes Local With Clanton, Wessling in the Afternoons

    Since 1560 The Game's parent company Gow Communications purchased Sporting News Radio and eventually partnered with Yahoo to form Yahoo Sporting News Radio, which was, incidentally, not long after our cover story on the rebel independent, a lot of changes were made at the station and we will fully a ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    5 Examples Why National Signing Day Is Overhyped Lameness

    There's the hat trick, where Mr. College Football Recruit (who often turns out to be a bust) tries to do the fake-out thing with which hat he'll put on his dome; the flip-flopper who can't make up his mind; and, if you happen to choose the Georgia Bulldogs, the token puppy. Today (a.k.a. the first ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Sports-Talk 1560 Loses Another Veteran: Lance Zierlein Calls It Quits at The Game

    Photo by Jeff BalkeZierlein (left) with his now former co-host John Granato.​In what feels like the dismantling of KGOW 1560 The Game, long-time morning show co-host Lance Zierlein announced via his Houston Chronicle blog that he would be turning in his microphone and leaving the station eff ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    NFL Owners Celebrate New CBA, Now They Just Need The Players To Sign It

    Or is it?​ "I'm pleased to report that the definitive agreement that we've negotiated with the union, the owners approved it today by a vote of 31, with one abstention, and I'm quite pleased. It's a 10-year agreement." -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair on a conference call Thursday night I ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    More NFL Owner Premature "Celebra-culation" As Lockout Rolls On

    ​So, the NFL owners ratified the proposed collective bargaining agreement on Thursday afternoon. Instead of following up that approval with a brief, measured statement from commissioner Roger Goodell (an appropriate follow-up since the deal is not done until the players approve it), the owners ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Six Horrible Ceremonial First Pitches -- A Video Anthology

    When a wookie outthrows you.....​I preface this post, a post where I'm about to ridicule people for making awful ceremonial first pitches at professional baseball games, by saying that I would dread throwing out a first pitch at a baseball game. I would be a nervous wreck all day long leading ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    10 Observations About The Rockets 2011-12 Schedule

    Clutch pulls in late for the earlier home start times​I have to admit, when I saw the headline that the NBA would be announcing its 2011-12 season schedule, I chuckled out of confusion a little bit. I mean, do you really want to remind your hardcore customers (and trust me, those who care abo ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Cam Newton Punks Jeopardy Contestant (With VIDEO)

    As game shows go, I like watching those that I feel like I could win. Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, and the old Match Game are just remedial and random enough to where I could see myself celebrating on the set. Along those lines, I've never gotten into Jeopardy, mostly because I don't know ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Roger Clemens Goes All Tony Soprano and Dodges the Feds

    Separated at birth?​"Can you really not be aware we've been building a RICO case against Tony Soprano for five f**king years? And then you blow this popcorn fart?" -- Federal agent to local prosecutor in Sopranos episode "Soprano Home Movies" In the eight or so years that we got acquainted wi ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Women's Soccer World Cup -- Getting My Japan Hate On, 1980's WWE Style (w/ Video)

    We sports hate you, Mr. Fuji.​I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to the finals of the Women's World Cup for soccer this Sunday. Three reasons: 1. I'm American, and Sunday we have a chance to be the best at something. If it were tiddlywinks, I'd watch. 2. I have a 13 year old daughter ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Christian Lopez, Overtaxed Yankee Fan, The Sequel (Where He Becomes A Charity)

    Christian Lopez: Now sponsored by the champagne of bottled beers​That's it, you win, Christian Lopez. I give up. You all remember, Christian Lopez, right? (It's only been like 24 hours since I last wrote about him. Please tell me you remember.) Just in case, Lopez was the ample Yankee fan wh ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Yankee Fan Catches a $13,000 Tax Bill Off Derek Jeter's Bat

    One of these guys is thrilled to pose with the other.​Growing up, the dream of many a young boy is to catch a significant souvenir baseball at a game. If you're a young lad who grew up watching the New York Yankees this past decade and a half, I would imagine that catching a ball, any ball, of ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    7 Reasons Transformers 3 Made Me Want to Kill Myself

    It stinks!​Yes, I try and keep it sports-related in this space as much as I possibly can. That's what I've been asked to bring to the table on Hair Balls and that's where my area of expertise lies. However, sometimes there is confluence of circumstance so powerful that I must stray from sports ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Red Sox Fan Gets to Second Base (The Good Kind -- w/ VIDEO!)

    Fun at the old ballpark.​Last weekend, the Boston Red Sox came into Minute Maid Park and pretty much did everything to the Astros they possibly could short of making sweet love to all of their wives and girlfriends. If you're an Astros fan, it was just another lost weekend in a litany of lost ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    The NBA Lockout X-Factor: Turkey (The Country, Not The Meat)

    I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about Turkey​On the surface, the NFL and NBA lockouts are the same thing -- owners are closing the doors on their own leagues so they can negotiate a more beneficial collective bargaining agreement with the respective players unions. However, as most ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Roger Clemens' Attempt To Convince Us Brian McNamee Is Satan Starts Today

    These two guys will not be going out for a beer together during the trial​"If Mr. McNamee's mouth is moving, he's making an inconsistent statement," Roger Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin during a recent hearing The doldrums of summer sports boredom should get a nice little B-12 shot (pun absol ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Biggest Loser, v 2.0 -- Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams

    Not well-played, Roy​I know when I unveiled the "Biggest Loser" feature several weeks ago, it was positioned as a way to broadly discuss nameless groups of people who engage in something stupid or deplorable. Mostly stupid. It was meant as a way to point out a general group of people doing on ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Joey Chestnut's Stomach Is an American Hero

    Joey Chestnut: Proud to be an American, where at least he knows he's free.​It's funny, about 25 years ago, right in the middle of my teenage years, I remember being figuratively beat over the head with constant reminders of "world hunger." If it wasn't the Band Aid video from a bunch of Euro a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Changing Stations: KGOW's Creative Team Packs Up, Pendergast Goes National

    KGOW's now former creative team of Frank Bullington (left) and Chance McClain (right)​If you have listened at all to KGOW 1560 the Game over the last month or two, you may have noticed some changes taking place that represent a distinct shift in the overall vibe of the station. Gone are the od ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Changes at 1560: Is KGOW Losing Its KAPOW?

    Our April 6 cover on KGOW.​In April, our cover story featured the irreverent, independent nature of local sports radio station KGOW 1560 The Game. It appears both of those characteristics may be on their way out as changes at the station inch them closer to the mainstream. Longtime program di ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011


    1560AM weaves pop culture, locker-room humor and irreverence into sports-talk radio.

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    March 21, 2011

    NCAA Days Three and Four -- Winners and Losers

    March madness underway.​Well, I'm guessing that this past weekend of basketball is not how the money people behind the Final Four's coming to Houston drew it up on the chalkboard. In a tournament that already had last year's regional darling Baylor on the outside looking in, the only two Te ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Four Myths About Super Bowl Radio Row

    ​I got to cross another item off of my list of radio career "firsts" this past week, attending my first Radio Row in Dallas for this year's Super Bowl from Monday through Wednesday. For someone that grew up on sports talk radio, the feeling I got walking around Radio Row was the same feelin ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Super Bowl Day One -- Jim Rome (Sort of) Calls My Show

    ​So this week, I'm covering my first Super Bowl. Radio Row. Sporting News Radio. Some national run. The whole deal. It's all very exciting, especially for someone like me who still doesn't entirely view what I do as "work." I've been at this radio thing now for going on four years, and I hav ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    NFL & College Football Best Bets -- It's Crime Time

    Lennie knows all, eventually​To some of you this may sound obvious, to some it may sound weird, and to some it may sound deplorable -- I wish I had time to watch more television. With the advent of episodic television on cable channels like HBO and Showtime, the ante has been upped and the ne ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas and 4 WTF Questions About Christmas Specials (w/ video)

    Yeah, my dad's kind of a jerk​First, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas (or Festivus or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate this time of year)! It's definitely a time to be thankful, and I want to use this space to thank everyone who clicks on my stuff here on Hair Balls and espe ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    NFL & College Football - Weekend's Best Bets (SEC Guy Podcast Gold)

    Who doesn't love college football? Right?​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to spend some quality time with their families. Me, my family is scattered all over the country, so when it came time to find some Thanksgiving dinner after my show yesterday, fortunately ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Greg Oden -- My Plea On Behalf Of Medicine

    Greg Oden has what it takes​Greg Oden likes to party. Greg Oden has been a blogger, and a pretty funny one at that. Greg Oden likes to dance...Soulja Boy...gettin' freaky...whatever. Greg Oden, back before he turned 70, was a pretty good basketball player, too. And did I mention Greg Oden ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Game Time: Colts vs Texans -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresThe Texans didn't need a big day from Matt Schaub​My 12-year-old daughter got braces last week. This made me feel really old. So how did I respond? Well, the same way that any self-respecting 41 year old with no money to buy a Harley Davidson but with access to a computer w ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Game Time: If You Want To Hear Richard Justice Getting Fired, Click Here

    ​If you are a celebrator of Christmas, you know what I mean when I say "that Christmas morning feeling" -- the giddy sensation when you wake up on December 25th, knowing that you made it through the 362 day grind since the last Christmas morning and today is the day that you get to open your p ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Pudge Ends His Career As An Astro, Chron Readers Learn Eventually

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​At noon yesterday, the long rumored and speculated-on demise of the Houston Astros baseball season was officially confirmed. Not so surprisingly, approximately five hours later, the long rumored and speculated on demise of the Houston Chronicle as a news-gathering or ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    The Upstart Sports-Talk Station Is Making Some Strides

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​We've been hearing this since 1560 The Game went on the air, but the time is finally coming.Pending one last final approval from the FCC, come some time next month, the station should be broadcasting a booming 15,000-watt signal from Katy that will cover the entire city. Th ... More >>

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    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

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    January 15, 2004

    Hotel Envy

    Greenspoint says it's just as good as the Galleria, darn it