And so another Astros season is in the books. Another season of good, and bad, of head-shaking stupidity and inexplicable thinking. Of outstanding individual performances and huge steps back. The team made the cover of Sports Illustrated, which projected the Astros would win the World Series in 2017 ... More >>
Rob Manfred was appointed the new MLB commissioner last week. And even as the news was announced, the speculation began as to what Manfred could do to improve the sport, being as how he's not old and ancient like Bud Selig, the man he's replacing. Not that he's asked me, but I have a few suggestions ... More >>
Much hyped Astros super-phenom George Springer made his major league debut Wednesday night. His big league promotion became known Tuesday night, and Astros fans greeted Wednesday with the same glee Buddy the Elf greeted the fake Santa at Gimbels. Sure the Astros lost Springer's debut game, but final ... More >>
When Reid Ryan signed on as the CEO for the Astros last year, it seemed a foregone conclusion his father, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, who had held the same job as his son but for division rival Texas Rangers, would join the Houston ball club eventually. That day came on Tuesday as the elder Ryan agree ... More >>
Back in the day, there was a Major League shortstop named Mario Mendoza. Mendoza played parts of nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico (excellent town name, by the way), Mendoza was known as one of the most proficient glove m ... More >>
Breaking the law is one thing, but breaking the law when you're in law enforcement is knocks it up to a whole other level. Add horses into the mix and crikey have you got a problem. Nine people had the first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested last week for allegedly running an ill ... More >>
Despite a last gasp of cold air last week, it's warm outside and getting hotter by the minute. For me, the best day of the year is October 1. It's the probable end to hurricane season in Texas (if not the ACTUAL end for the Atlantic), the NFL is in full swing and the NBA is about to launch training ... More >>
The weirdest episode (we hope) in the history of Kaufman County law enforcement took a major step today as a former Justice of the Peace and his wife were charged with killing the DA, his wife and another prosecutor who had helped convict him on a theft charge. Eric and Kim Williams have been charg ... More >>
The Houston Astros take on a new season in a tough division with things all-new — uniforms, owner, manager, team and rules — not to mention a new/old mascot. And road trips to Dallas.
David Eugene Clyde, one of baseball's great "What if?" stories, was arrested for DWI this weekend in Harris County. In his senior year at Spring Branch's Westchester High School in 1973, the fireballing lefty went 18-0 with an ERA of 0.182. Yes, the decimal is in the correct place there -- Clyde s ... More >>
Tonight's the night Astros fans. Tonight's the night the Astros can start snapping up free agents from throughout baseball. Tonight's the night Jim Crane, with all of the money he's saved by dumping the team's high-priced veterans last season and with all of the money's he's going to make off the te ... More >>
The tale of the two suspected illegal Guatemalan immigrants killed by a DPS sharpshooter perched in a helicopter took a turn Thursday when the Department said the truck they were in was barreling toward a school and had to be stopped. "The pickup truck continued to speed recklessly toward William ... More >>
There are still a lot of people upset about last week's Roger Clemens verdict. Sure, most of the people appear to be sportswriters and not actual tax-paying citizens, but that's beside the point. Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal and his baseball-reporting pals see the whole thing as a travesty of justice ... More >>
What in tarnation is going on in the schoolhouses on Texas's High Plains? The latest in the Shame Parade is Shanice Lambert, who looks much more glamorous on her Facebook page than in her Armstrong County mugshot. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, police in Childress accuse the 37-year-old teac ... More >>
The major league baseball season officially started last week when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners played two games in Tokyo. Most of the other teams open on Thursday, and the Astros get started on Friday when they host the Colorado Rockies. Thus, here are my predictions for this season. NATI ... More >>
For the third time since August, a cop in the Rio Grande Valley town of Edinburg has been terminated and faced criminal charges for varied forms of corruption. In the most recent case, in April of last year, 30-year-old Gilberto Montezano pulled over a truck driven by Miguel Guzman and evidently to ... More >>
Fresh off its Friday afternoon debut performance, the Josh Hamilton Redemption Tour made its second appearance on Friday night inside Katy's Merrell Center. And if Nolan Ryan and/or Jon Daniels were paying attention to anything said, then they should seriously be thinking about just how much money, ... More >>
So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>
A snow globe that makes senseWhen you think "Texas," you don't necessarily think "snow," unless your mind is drawn to fatal and tragic accidents during Super Bowls in cities that should never have them. But snow globes are an important aspect of the souvenir trade, so whether the places in q ... More >>
"Little roller up along first..."You can debate all you want about which sport is the best or most fun to watch, but one thing most sports fans can agree on -- regardless of the sport, there is nothing quite like a Game 7. Sometimes it's not about the amount of true action, nor about person ... More >>
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Leslie Aikens: Allegedly dealing cokeThe feds unsealed an indictment today against a 19-year veteran of the Houston police force accused of drug trafficking and taking a $2,000 bribe. Leslie Aikens, 46, was arrested at the end of his shift today. He is charged with aiding and abetting the p ... More >>
Cop Harry Kelley was the man to see for illegal arms and ammunition, feds say.A Kingwood man who was a veteran Liberty County police officer was sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally buying and selling police guns and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont announced. ... More >>
Guns along the riverA dramatic firefight broke out on the Rio Grande River early this morning when federal drug agents attempting to intercept two boats traded shots with cartel members on the Mexican side, the Department of Public Safety says. "A suspicious vehicle on the U. S. side of the ... More >>
TDCJ: Who's guarding the guards?A Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Alejandro Smith, 21, worked in Huntsville's Eastham Unit; police got a tip that he was "providing contraband to prisoners," the U.S. ... More >>
Let a veteran city help you out, MetroplexTonight begins what -- to fans of the Peter Sellers movie The Mouse That Roared -- will always be known as the "so-called World Series."It (the Series, not the movie) features the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. If you wanted a Red State/Blue ... More >>
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The youth movement begins....Maybe it was getting swept by the Texas Rangers, or maybe it was losing two of three games to the Kansas City Royals.Maybe it's that the Houston Astros are 2-8 for their last 10 games, or that through 70 games they are one of the worst teams in baseball with a r ... More >>
This is my second go round living in Houston. Prior to moving back here in the summer of 2007, the last time I was an H-town resident was between 1994 and 2001. As an Astro fan, that means I was here when the Bagwell/Biggio nucleus finally broke through in 1997 and made the playoffs, I was he ... More >>
Get ready for some highway excitement from the DPS!!As part of a new recruitment campaign, the agency is painting seven of its vehicles with detailed images of troopers in action. Recruiters will drive them to appearances around the state."These vehicles will be rolling billboards for DPS, featuring ... More >>
With baseball season due to start next week, I thought I should put myself on the line and make some predictions. I'm going to do the American League today. I'll follow up with the National League and postseason picks tomorrow, and I'll give a more in-depth look at the Astros on Monday. So here' ... More >>
ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I' ... More >>
ESPN is about to start on one of those stupid SportsCenter promotion things that has helped to make SportsCenter virtually impossible to watch. But over here at Ballz, we like stupid things - I'm sure that many of you think anything I write is stupid and virtually impossible to read anyway. So I'v ... More >>
The Astros' post-Biggio era begins with a lot of unanswered questions, but the biggest one of all is: Just how bad are things going to get?
Yes, "Art" made of fake bombs will get attention
The soap opera continues
The Alamo gets what it always needed: a happy ending
Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.
With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?
Congressional attempts to ax TV violence may put the First Amendment under the gun