Some old habits are hard to break, and as flawed as the old Bowl Championship Series (affectionately referred to and twisted into juvenile alternate acronyms as the "BCS") was, it still began to consume me right about this time every college football season. The BCS got a lot of stuff wrong, but on ... More >>
Late last week, in a federal court in California, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken confirmed everything any normal thinking person already knew about amateurism in collegiate athletics. It's a sham. It's a big lie. Division I basketball recruits and FBS football players are having the gravy sop ... More >>
The Mountain Goats Fitzgerald's June 21, 2014 For storied indie-folk group The Mountain Goats' second show in Houston in the past few years, fans got a toned-down version of the full band we saw the last time they were in town. Featuring John Darnielle, the guy behind all the words, and longtime co ... More >>
As the 2014 NFL Draft rolls up on us this Thursday, one of the top prospects for next year's draft continues to chip away at his draft stock brick by brick, through sheer stupidity, if nothing else. Last week came news that 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, apparently famished, went to a P ... More >>
When Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, he followed up his award winning season with an offseason that made it appear like he had purchased every cool auction item at a charity golf tournament. Courtside seats for the NBA playoffs? Check. Spring break trip to Cabo? Oh hell yeah. Care to ... More >>
Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Paul T. Bradley. Perhaps you've heard about ... More >>
Beginning bright and early Wednesday morning, 18-year-old football players far and wide will finalize in writing their plans on where they will ply their trade for the next three to five years, causing high blood pressure in adults three times their age coast to coast and dragging the fax machine in ... More >>
Who? Breye "7x" Kiser is best known as the driving force behind Provision, one of Houston's longest-running and most respected electrogoth acts. Kiser, like all great EBM frontmen, hits the stage like a bolt of lightning, holding court over the intense beeps and boops crafted by his wife Jen "Skully ... More >>
I suppose it was inevitable that Rush wrote a book. To move from long-form albums with intricate plot-lines and involved character development to a multi-hundred-page novel with the same isn't really much of a leap, after all, and prog has always been at least a bit about bombast. What could be more ... More >>
Election season is over, and in my home state of Connecticut, Linda McMahon is left to pick up the pieces of her second failed campaign for Senator. 100 million pieces to be exact. According to the Associated Press, the wife of WWE patriarch Vince McMahon spent nearly $100 million on her two faile ... More >>
As a Notre Dame alum and reinvigorated Notre Dame football fan, this November feels awfully strange. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, the Irish matter in November. For the first time since 1993, the Irish are 9-0. It's been a long, slow trip back to late season relevance, to be sur ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Let us be clear from the very beginning -- this member of the Rocks Off Aftermath team isn't the most storied fan of The Mountain Goats. Though we'd heard of the legendary John Darnielle before, out first actual exposure to his music was in 2007 with Heretic Pride, and we were so struck by the power ... More >>
Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, etc., etc., etc.Football-wise, the Big 12 (aka. Oklahoma and the nine others) is barely hanging on, now that Nebraska is in the Big Ten and Colorado bolted to the Pac-12. The 2011 season, which is just over a month away, marks the first time that ... More >>
Kenneth Page followed his peculiar dream from Texas to Florida.
When He Said began researching the music that came out the year we were born, 1983, we were taken aback by how much of this music has warped, shaped and informed our life. Pretty much all of the albums and bands that were prevalent that year are still on our turntables and playlists. Why just thi ... More >>
It's been difficult for the University of Texas to make the Top Ten in anything significant since Vince Young left, but they have finally accomplished it: They are a Top Ten party school, according to the Princeton Review. It was a close-run thing, though: UT came in eighth, nudging out the Univers ... More >>
A New Orleans boy in Houston ponders what nevermore may be
Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh stepped on a St. Joseph Hospital elevator and died. His death was gruesome and horrifying. But it wasn't unique.
Chicks who rock and Tourbaby take the Washington Avenue stage
Edmund J. Pankau trades on his hard-boiled private-eye image to attract clients and speaking engagements. To find out more about him, we resort to some Sam Spade work of our own.
HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?