Going out to Texans practice during the preseason is one of the more enjoyable parts of my job. Typically, it's well attended by fellow media members, so it serves in part as a decent social outing each late July and early/mid August morning. In fact, the first day of Texans' training camp is the c ... More >>
On November 5, voters in Houston might have extra incentive to hit the voting booth in an off-year election. For years, the Astrodome has sat, falling into disarray and becoming an eyesore and an embarrassment to a city that used that building to define progress decades ago. Plans have been suggeste ... More >>
Mitt Romney's years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism.
A new player for concertsThe Harris County-Houston Sports Authority agreed on a deal today to be the landlord for the Houston Dynamo in a new downtown stadium, an important -- but not final -- step on breaking ground. Dynamo president Chris Canetti tells Hair Balls the new facility won't jus ... More >>
Do those cries of poverty add up?Several things happened last week on the edges of the sports world that, while interesting on their own, are even more interesting when connections are made.For instance, early last week, the sports blog Deadspin published the financial documents for several ... More >>
The bonds are junk, but so are the teamsThe Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, the entity created to build new stadiums for billionaire sports owners, has found itself reduced to junk-bond status.Kind of like the Astros, Texans and Rockets, really.Hotel occupancy and car rentals -- the magic ... More >>
This ball is shaped funnyThe world's biggest sporting event might be coming to a stadium near you, that is, if you want it here more than everyone else. A reception was held at City Hall Thursday to announce that Houston is holding the top spot in the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2 ... More >>
Dynamo president Oliver Luck talked to media all morning about a new soccer stadium, what it will mean to the city and county and Dynamo fans, fun stuff like that. But when we spoke with him, he just wanted to talk about elephant sex. "What's the elephant gestation period, 18 months or something ... More >>
The greatest plan ever has been unveiled.Using absolutely no public funding, the city, by April 1, 2012, will get a 20,000 seat, $80 million Dynamo soccer/Texas State Southern University football stadium that will create a new section of downtown, which will undoubtedly boom with economic growth, ... More >>
Cue up the Queen, another one is biting the dust in Houston.Early Sunday morning (a/k/a An Ungodly Hour), that non-descript seven-story building at 2200 Post Oak, across from Maggiano's and Kenny & Ziggy's, will go boom.Streets nearby will be closed from 6 am until 9:15 am, although parking shou ... More >>
A master of self-defense thrived downtown for 33 years. Can he hold his own against the city's arena machine?
The politics behind the new arena
The Rockets rack up frequent flyer miles.
A new county study predicts an explosive minority population increase
Primary results make a hoax of Hotze
When political egos and a basketball star vow to beautify a derelict building next door to Enron Field, what do you get after more than a year? Nothing.
Les for the Money
Despite what the campaign says, that new arena will cost plenty
Forget Biggio, Bagwell, Bell. Move over, Barkley. The sports figure of the decade is...
Indictments are only an interim phase of the public works probe
Houston Endowment paid, so they had to come
When Sports Authority folks got around to estimating the worth of a "Port Park" by the ballpark, the numbers just kept getting bigger
Why was Crestwood suddenly elevated to VIP (very important pavement) status?
The scale model of the proposed baseball stadium is in place, but not much else appears to be
Downtown property owners say they were steamrollered by the Sports Authority
The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is a parody of a public body. But who's got time for the niceties of democracy when you're trying to keep Drayton McLane happy?
Big money, big lobbyists, big tax breaks. The Mills Corporation is bringing one of its "megamalls" to Katy, and it's hardly business as usual in the little town on the prairie.