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Sports Injuries

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    The Texans' Toughest Opponent May Be Under Their Feet

    With about three minutes to go in the first half of the season opener between the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, the Redskins faced a daunting third down and 16 yards to go. The sellout crowd in NRG Stadium was already abuzz from DeAndre Hopkins's 76-yard touchdown just minutes before, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Texans Draft Woes Continue, Louis Nix III Heads To Injured Reserve

    It's too early to tell if the Texans last couple draft classes are cursed, just not that good, or some combination of those two things. The one thing that is undeniable is that, on the whole, it's hard to find another team in the NFL (certainly a team that is 2-1 and favored to win in Week 4 at hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Cracks in the Foundation: Pop Warner Football Participation Drops Dramatically

    With the discovery of the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encepholopathy) in football players, many of whom saw their lives spiral out of control then ending in suicide or violently, we might have seen the beginning of end of football in America, at least as we know it. As the CTE research con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    UH Quarterback's Career Over Due To Concussions

    PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Rub Some Dirt on It and Get Back Out There: The NFL Avoids Getting its Hands Dirty With Concussion Litigation Settlement

    Scott Fujita, who played linebacker in the NFL for 10 years, has an essay today in the New York Times regarding the settlement the NFL reached with its former players (roughly 4,500) over the "concussion litigation." Fujita expresses some mixed emotions about it. But one point stark point remains: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Texans-Cowboys: Final Preseason Odds And Ends, Latest 53 Man Roster Prediction

    On Tuesday, the Texans made their final set of moves to get down to 75 players before they head up to Dallas on Wednesday for the game Thursday night, placing wide receiver Alec Lemon on the injured reserve list and placing nose tackle David Hunter and wide receiver Mike Smith on waiver/injured rese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Scottie Pippen Alleged Assault Victim Apparently the Worst Flopper Ever

    There has been an increasing call by fans and people inside the NBA to do away with flopping. Suggestions have ranged from monetary penalties -- which the league initiated before last season -- to technical fouls and even suspensions. Flopping is lame and has a way of killing the momentum of a game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Possibly Coming to a Texas High-School Football Field Near You: Only One Full-Contact Practice Per Week

    Last Thursday, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, filed House Bill 887. If enacted, the law would limit middle-school and high-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week. "Like most people, I'm influenced by the stories I read and the news I see. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Owls Soar Over Falcons and Triumph in Armed Forces Bowl

    It was strange watching the Rice Owls players celebrate on the field following their 33-14 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force on Saturday at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Strange because the Owls were only 7-6 on the season and they were acting like they'd just won the mythical national championsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Next Five Games Will Test Young Rockets Starting Tonight Against the Lakers

    With a serious tragedy behind them and injured players starting to return to the line up, the Rockets dive into a string of games against contenders and Texas rivals this week that will add yet another test to the young team's season. First up is the LA Lakers, in town tonight at Toyota Center. Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Youth Concussion Crisis: Big Changes Coming to Kids' Football

    On Wednesday, Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football organization, announced some rule changes that could significantly alter how the overall game is played. During Pop Warner practices, players are no longer permitted to line up more than three yards apart during blocking and tackling dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Exotic Prop Bet Mania: Profiting Off The Madden Curse

    When the average sports fan hears the word "wagering," for the most part they equate it with football and basketball, betting on spreads and total points scored. But if you read my work in this space, you know that the occasional prop bet is a fun diversion and oftentimes a chance to have more long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Summer Ott: Memorial Hermann Hires The Michael Jordan Of Preventing & Treating Youth Concussions

    Memorial Hermann now boasts the Michael Jordan of concussion expertise: Neuropsychologist Summer Ott, Psy.D, has been brought on board to head up the Sports Concussion Program at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann. Along with her deep knowledge of head trauma caused during a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Five Jobs Even Riskier Than Texans' QB, Such As Spinal Tap Drummer

    If you didn't read our Texans' game wrap -- and you should, it offers positive thoughts for the team's future this season -- you might not know that Matt Leinart, the backup quarterback playing his first game as a Texan because starter Matt Schaub had a season-ending injury, suffered his own season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    It's Official: Matt Schaub Out For The Year; Your New Backup QB Is...

    The Houston Texans have made it official, placing quarterback Matt Schaub on the injured reserve list, meaning he's out for the rest of the season. The Matt Leinart Era begins Sunday. And if Leinart gets hurt, or plays utterly Leinart-ly, and T.J Yates blows it? Your new backup QB is Kellen Clemens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    The Peyton Manning Saga -- A Very Special 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Everyone wants The Beard​"Peyton Manning's not going to let (the Colts) draft Andrew Luck." -- Phil Simms "I don't talk to Phil. Phil doesn't talk to me. He did text me after that, saying 'Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.' I wrote back, 'Phil I don't know what you're talking about.' He ... More >>

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out: Bell Ringing

    Further studies at UCLA sounded the alarm about concussions and their treatment

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out

    Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Concussions: Avoidance, Protection and Better Helmets

    Daniel Kramer​Justin Landers, head athletic trainer at Katy High School, leads me to a secret stash of football equipment. The attic-like room, which is only accessible by one skinny wood ladder, is floor to ceiling and wall to wall with hundreds of helmets and shoulder pads. Landers combs th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Cover Story: Concussions in Youth Sports: Is The Risk Worth It?

    ​Kayla Meyer was a normal kid growing up on the family farm in New Prague, Minnesota, where she used to ride horses around the property. But now, the 14-year-old can no longer ride or even attend school on a regular basis after receiving two concussions in ice hockey. Ali Champness, too, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    More NFL Drama: 75 Former Pros Suing League Over Concussions

    Former Texas Longhorn Raymond Clayborn (24) and 74 fellow NFL retirees are suing the league.​The National Football League has been, for the past few years, one of the biggest proponents of concussion awareness. Now, all of that cheerleading may bite them in the backside. The Associated Press ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    The Final Play

    After traumatic knee injury, Case Keenum has one more season to prove his talents.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Owls Baseball Falling Prey To Injuries

    John RoyalMichael Ratterree makes the throw to first for an early out on Saturday​The Rice Owls are not in a good place. One could sense that on Saturday afternoon when the Owls took the field only to find that day's scheduled DH, Shane Hoelscher, taking throws at third base instead of Anthon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Owen Daniels Gets Paid

    Owen Daniels gets his contract​It's been quite an odyssey for Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels these last few years. The highlight of his Texans career thus far has probably been his trip to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2008 season. Since then, to say O.D.'s journey has been star-cros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The So-So Year In Cougar Sports: 25 Things From 2010

    The year in UH sports​Since I'm taking a look at the sports year that is about to come to an end, I thought I would focus on the Houston Cougars, one of the teams that I cover for the Press. So... 1. The men's basketball team shocked the students, alums, administration, fans, C-USA, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    County Judge Emmett Separates Shoulder, Will Miss Eagles Game

    Ed Emmett sidelined​Blatantly ripping off the Barack Obama basketball injury, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's office has announced that he, too, is on the injured-reserve list. Emmett separated his shoulder in an early-morning tennis game today and will likely require surgery, spokesman Joe S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets

    Does not look like fun​Before I get into the Best Bets for this weekend, a public service announcement for those of you traveling to Singapore any time soon. They still cane people there. Just ask former Florida State tight end Kamari Charlton. He is over in Singapore as you read this helping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Case Keenum Faces The Future

    Photo by Red Rooster Facing down a defense is the easy thing now​The Houston Cougars knew they were going to have to eventually make the transition. They just weren't counting on that transition coming during the middle of this season's third game. But it was during the second quarter of the Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    The Catastrophe That Is Your Houston Astros

    Optimism -- not in the cards​The Houston Astros made some much-needed moves last week, dealing Roy Oswalt for a bottom of the rotation starter and some prospects and sending Lance Berkman to the Yankees for some middling prospects.There are problems with the deals -- with all of the money Drayton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Geoff Blum Joins Baseball's Stupid-Injury List: Here Are 11 Others

    If only someone warned this rookie about dress shirts​Astros utility player Geoff Blum popped his elbow putting on his shirt last week.Yes, that's right, putting on his shirt. Not his jersey. Not during the game. But his shirt. After the game. He's currently on the disabled list, and he might end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Game Time: Shawn Michaels' Most Memorable Moments (With Video)

    ​Professional wrestling is one of those things that, if you're a sports fan as a kid, you probably dabble in at some point. I think at one time or another all of my childhood friends went to the matches at the Hartford Civic Center; somewhere along the way, usually as a teenager or young adult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    "Free Brusty," Aeros Fans Cry

    Illustration courtesy Heather Galindo/The Third Intermission​It's safe to say that this season has probably not gone as Houston Aeros goalie Barry Brust intended for it to go back in September. Brust, who split the number-one goalkeeper duties with Nolan Schaefer for the Aeros the past two seasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    The Astros: Where Pitching Careers Go To Die

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​I don't know what Cecil Cooper has against pitchers, but it's really beginning to harm the team. The Astros put Wesley Wright on the disabled list yesterday. Chris Sampson, who recently came off of the DL, is pitching as if he's still injured, and he and Cooper had a clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    The Gloom Starts To Gather For The Astros

    With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, the Houston Astros are a listing ship quickly going under. The Astros just lost three of four games to the Chicago Cubs and have gone from surging toward first place to trying to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for third place.The latest disast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Astros Are Red-Hot...For Now

     Is it actually possible? Is it actually possible that the Houston Astros could climb into first place of the NL Central this weekend? Can it really be that we'll wake up on Monday morning and discover that the Astros will be in a position to actually start pulling away with the division le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    The Astros, Hanging On Despite Themselves

    The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and Thursday and Friday to get their record to 46-44. For a short time, the Astros were in a three-way tie for second place in the NL Central. And with the first-place St. Louis Cardinals coming in for three games starting tonight, there was a chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Astros' Solution To A Lousy Rotation: Add More Lousy Pitchers

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherOver the past two Astros games, Jim Deshaies has been talking about the Astros going to a six-man pitching rotation. And Deshaies has given a lot of reasons for doing this, but as much as I like JD, I'm a little disappointed in that, with all of his discussion about g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Backe's Back In The Rotation: Just How Bad Can The Astros' Farm System Be?

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher The oft-injured Hampton, injured againHere's some shocking Astros news. According to the Chron, Mike Hampton is going on the 15-day disabled list. Yeah, I know, who would ever think that Hampton would get injured. It's not like he missed two of the last three season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    That Other Sports Team In Town -- Who's Running It?

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherI know I've asked this question before, but I feel that it needs asking again. So, seriously, who's running the Houston Astros?I ask because it came out yesterday that Cecil Cooper has been pitching injured pitchers, even though he knows they're injured, because they say th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Who's Running The Astros These Days Anyway?

    The Houston Astros put closer Jose Valverde on the disabled list yesterday. And that's not too shocking seeing as how Valverde had a ball drummed off his leg last week and has been hobbling and blowing saves on just one leg.What's surprising to me is what Jesus Ortiz at the Chron reports. The team h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    UPDATED: Astros Doctor Can't Follow Tender, Delicate Team PLUS Spring Training Updates

    Photo by OakleyOriginalsThis may hurt a little. The Houston Astros signed Mike Hampton earlier this off-season. Mike Hampton has not pitched a complete season of baseball since 2004. And last season they signed Kaz Matsui who gets injured while standing still. Brandon Backe and Chris Sampson hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    UPDATED: Astros Doctor Can't Follow Tender, Delicate Team PLUS Spring Training Updates

    The Houston Astros signed Mike Hampton earlier this off-season. Mike Hampton has not pitched a complete season of baseball since 2004. And last season they signed Kaz Matsui who gets injured while standing still. Brandon Backe and Chris Sampson have had major arm surgeries. Carlos Lee is returni ... More >>

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