When he took over for the retiring Jim Calhoun back in September of 2012, University of Connecticut then-interim head coach Kevin Ollie concluded his introductory press conference with some very prophetic words: "I want to just say that we're gonna take the stairs and not the escalator because the ... More >>
After nearly ten months of talk, the rematch is finally here. Alabama. Texas A&M. College Station. Saturday. And while, in the grand scheme of things, we still know relatively little about either team , one thing has been immutably hammered home, starting with my column from the Monday after the Ri ... More >>
Old school wrestlers from back in the territory days, before WWE swallowed up the wrestling universe piece by piece and became a billion dollar publicly held company, will tell stories about fans (mostly in small backwater towns, where the average IQ was slightly above that of a turnip) who would ge ... More >>
Nobody does "self-congratulatory disguised as congratulating others" better than the ESPN, and if that's the soap box that I have climbed atop today, then you know it must be time for the ESPYs! For years, the Wednesday after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was known for one thing: it was t ... More >>
I've said it many times in this space -- we are all dorks. I don't mean we all have pocket protectors and pull our trousers up to an unreasonably high waist level (or even use the word "trousers" instead of the hipper, cooler "pants"), I mean that we all obsess over something, obsess to an extent t ... More >>
In news that when transcribed sounds like some sort of weird mix between a scene from Inception and a webcam installed in Vince McMahon's brain, William Moody, an actual trained mortician turned wrestling manager by the name of "Paul Bearer" and longtime WWE manager of the legendary Undertaker, died ... More >>
Brantley Gilbert Reliant Stadium March 2, 2013 The specter of Honey Boo Boo hovered over Brantley Gilbert Saturday at RodeoHouston. If one single human being apart from the not-so-pint-sized TLC reality star who embodies the word "redneckognize," it's the man responsible for the song "Kick It In th ... More >>
When it comes to playoff time in the NFL, we know tensions can run high. They especially run high when you root for one of the chokiest of choking dog home teams in recent history, and yes, I'm looking right at you, Atlanta. On the heels of the Falcons' most recent playoff collapse, a 28-24 home lo ... More >>
A lament for lost carnage - and coherence.
I don't know that any television product has changed the way we visually consume it more times than professional wrestling. For a majority of its history (which I am counting as the period from "dawn of time" until around 1978 or so), syndicated television was basically a weekly commercial for whate ... More >>
Since the days of Hulkamania, I've been a wrestling fan. That's not slandering anybody who gave up on the attraction or entertainment aspect after the second-generation boom in the late '90s, that's just me once again self-deprecating while tossing off a few knife-edged chops in defense. Take that, ... More >>
Although the wrestling boom of the late '90s is a fading memory, the absurd mix of sport and theater continues on in bingo halls and arenas across the country. Every night, under the bright lights, someone is trying to avoid being hit with a steel chair. It should come as no surprise that there are ... More >>
Pau Gasol: The closest he'll get to Rocket red.On November 23, the Texans signed quarterback Kellen Clemens to take over third-string duties. On December 4, the Texans signed Jake Delhomme and two days later they cut Clemens. I never thought there would be a less satisfying era for a Houston ... More >>
Hopefully more shining and less Hudson this yearSome of you mistook my piece on Monday as my not being excited for the Final Four this weekend in Houston. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am incredibly excited to have the event here in our town, for a couple reasons: 1. I'm a Con ... More >>
We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>
Let's get ready to....examine life!!!I'm working on my 2009-2010 NBA Preview which should be done by tomorrow. I hope that some of you will cut me slack given that a whopping three games will be in the books by the time it gets posted here on Hair Balls, including the Rockets opener against the L ... More >>
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
Nikki Araguz, formerly Justin Purdue, clashes with family over her late husband's legacy.
Not as good as Tom Gordon. Who?I'm not sure if the back-burnering of Ken Griffey, Jr.'s sudden retirement yesterday speaks more to the magnitude of the Jim Joyce/Armando Galarraga aborted perfect game fiasco or just how far the perception of Griffey as a sure-fire lock of a future Hall of Famer h ... More >>
We guess Hunter S. Thompson was right -- the Kentucky Derby really is vile and depravedI'm not sure what it says about the type of summer we're going to have here in Houston when an embedded video of 30 hornets wrecking a shop and mass-murdering 30,000 bees in a blog post about the Kentucky Derby ... More >>
Ever since the sultry stories of Tiger Woods' "other life" started to leak out after Thanksgiving, the attempts to rebuild Tiger's image have gone from predictable.... ...to even more predictable.... ...to downright creepy.... (Can I coin the phrase "Nike-rophilia" for the act of using a dea ... More >>
The biggest story locally this week has probably been the Astros hiring of Brad Mills. While some see it as the dawning of a new era for the Astros, I for one am sad to see the pageant that was Star Search 2009 end.So many memories...watching Drayton and Tal parade all ten candidates around...hea ... More >>
Daniel KramerDo people still watch professional wrestling? We stopped watching when the Rock left to make awful mummy movies and Stone Cold Steve Austin started fighting women instead of other dudes in black Speedos. That, and we graduated high school. Nonetheless, World Wrestling Entertainm ... More >>
Stone Cold is hot, but The Condemned's hypocrisy is not
Heavily padded football movie hits all the familiar notes
The year in review
How deep is this Toyota subsidiary's love of hip-hop?
Bavu Blakes rides into town on Blazing Saddles
The Rock tries on Joe Don Baker's shoes for size, and they don't quite fit
The WWE floods Houston with Bad Blood
The Voodoo Organist brings his Beelzebub blues to town
Wrestlemania X-Seven enters the ring
Bound for the World Wrestling Federation or not, these folks learn to take their lumps at Texas All-Star Wrestling