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  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Rick Perry: King of the Awkward Twitter Pic

    The other day while combing through Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter feed (we make our own fun, don't judge) we were jolted by a shocking revelation. Perry, the man with the best head of hair in professional politics, the guy who will burble every advantage in a debate but still manage to pose for a great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Best Tweets from Texans Fans During Game-Time TV Outages

    Disgruntled football fans took to Twitter Sunday and Monday to lambaste satcasters DIRECTV and Dish Network for storm-related interruptions to the Texans game. Most satellite setups struggle to maintain a perfect signal in bad weather conditions, prompting customers to upgrade receivers and dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The 10 Best Texans-Washington Rapper Tweets

    The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action. And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    12 Highly Entertaining Indie Artists On Twitter

    Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to see what our favorite m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Other City of Houston Tweet-Along Opportunities

    The Houston Police Department has held a couple of "Tweet Alongs" where officers report on their activities on the beat, tagging them #HPDTweetAlong. The most recent was a rather uneventful night shift. It got us to thinking that there are plenty of opportunities for the city to better engage the wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Florida State Asking Fans To #AskJameis On Twitter Did Not Go Well

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    DQ Strong: Texans Begin Campaign To Raise Money In Honor Of Teammate

    Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma back in June, Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry has been undergoing treatment back in his home state of California. While he's been away, though, he's remained in the thoughts of his Texan teammates, particularly those along the of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    MLB Trade Deadline: Fake Trades Overshadow Real Trades

    If you live in Houston, there's a decent chance you didn't notice that the MLB trade deadline yesterday was pretty damn awesome. With 12 trades involving a total of 37 players, with the defending World Champions among the key sellers, with the Oakland A's looking to corner the market on starting pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Athlete Twitter #FF: Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid

    When you're the third pick in the NBA Draft, there are a ton of expectations. Even with the relatively mitigated risk of the rookie wage scale, fans in the city that drafted a player are expecting some sort of return on the team's investment in the player, and on their investment in season tickets. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    NFL Rookie QB Update: Mettenberger Sucker Punched, Manziel Smitten, Madden Ratings Reaction (VIDEO)

    At the risk of sounding like Chris Berman (which bis a horrible risk to take, nonetheless...), there's an old lyric in the Eagles' iconic hit "Hotel California," you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. It rings true for so many things, not the least of which is the status of "S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    LeBron Watch 2014: NBA Cities Everywhere Held Hostage

    This is what happens when you have a league imposed maximum salary on a player whose true worth is at least two to three times that amount --- in a league where that star player is worth about 25 to 30 incremental regular season wins--- and, when that player is a free agent, the league will stand st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Internet Satire: Germany Destroys Brazil 7-1

    For 63 straight matches, Brazil's national soccer team had gone without a defeat on its home turf, going all the way back to 1975. That's an impressive streak, nothing to be taken lightly. So if you're going to see the streak end, at least do so in historic fashion, I suppose, and that's exactly w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    An Easy Guide to The Box's 97.9 The Concert

    Secret shows in Houston don't always stay that way. It's also not a secret that 97.9 The Box has been making quite certain its focus on local rappers is heard vociferously. Last year, the first edition of 97.9 The Concert featured a number of who's who in the local rap community. Propain, he of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    When Tweeting Goes Bad: Mocking #Jadapose Hashtag Spreads on Twitter

    A 16-year-old girl named Jada gave KHOU and interview Tuesday night about an alleged rape that went viral on social media. According to the teen she got raped at a party and then people began talking about it and sharing pictures on social media. Police are still investigating the incident, accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Brand Building on the Internet in 2014 Is an Interesting Phenomenon

    If you're a celebrity, you establish your brand in any number of ways. Perhaps, you have a YouTube channel with made-from-scratch videos or snippets of your television appearances. Maybe you have merchandise that you sell, or blog posts that you write. And ultimately, the engine in 2014 is social me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Fifteen Best #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave Tweets

    A big part of the satisfaction we get from watching sports is about witnessing greatness, experiencing that jump to a higher place when we know we are watching something special. Tim Howard gave that to all of us here in America on Tuesday afternoon. In a 2-1 losing effort against Belgium, an effo ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 5, 2014
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    June 3, 2014

    The 12 Most Ironic Tweets From Aaron Hernandez's Twitter Account

    "We lead the world in computerized data collection!" -- Artie Bucco, The Sopranos Before social media, before the internet, hell, before computers, there was a time where the "fingerprint" we left behind was essentially hand written documents, stories from loved ones, and yes, our actual fingerprin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Journey, Morrissey and More

    Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 23 Don't. Stop. Believing. Three words that on their own are somewhat unremarkable, but when put together form the foundation of one of rock's best feel good anthems. Journey isn't a one song band by any means, but ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 22, 2014
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    May 21, 2014

    David Lebovitz Talks About His Latest Book, My Paris Kitchen

    When I joined Twitter some years ago, it gave me suggestions for people to follow based on my interests. One of those people was David Lebovitz, and while I wasn't acquainted with his work at the time, I was fascinated in the way of a non-stalkerish yet avid Twitter follower by his seemingly idyllic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Highlight Reels and Twitter Handles for All 10 Houston Texans Draft Picks

    For the Texans, the road back from 2-14 began this weekend. Truth be told, it began back on New Year's Eve with the decision to hire Bill O'Brien as the new head coach, effectively giving this team an infusion of tough-mindedness and effectively suturing the aftereffects of the Kubi-ectomy that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    "Delino DeShields, Jr. Hit In The Face With 90 MPH Fastball" Twitter Montage

    I like to be out in front of this blogging process early in the weekend, and have a post or two in the bag ready to go Monday morning by the time I'm done with breakfast on Sunday. That process requires staying on top of the action throughout the day on Saturday. So Friday night, word began to spre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Deplorable Oklahoma City Thunder Fans Tweet About Patrick Beverley and "Karma"

    There aren't a whole lot of things that are off limits for sports fans. Buying a ticket allows you to engage in every form of jackassery that doesn't harm somebody else. Social media allows you to directly interact with not only fans of other teams, but the actual players from those teams as well. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Namaste! Arian Foster Returns to Twitter (And Is Reportedly Healthy)

    Last season went sideways on a lot of Houston Texans, and if we count "the season" to include the month or so after the season as well, perhaps it spun out of control for none moreso than running back Arian Foster. Think about it -- with fans, the perception of Foster went from "quirky, uber-produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Twitter Wars: Richard Sherman Takes On The World

    It was a polarizing moment, maybe the most polarizing moment of the NFL season (not involving Richie Incognito talking about running a train on one of Jonathan Martin's female relatives), but I loved Richard Sherman's promo that he cut on Michael Crabtree after the NFC Title Game in Seattle. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Terrible Weather Makes for Good Instagram Pictures

    Glad this wasn't a Monday. The winter is giving us a sign that it's not ready to go yet, causing highway grief as well as power outages, close to 30,000 people were without power early this morning according to various reports. Freezing rain pelted roofs throughout Houston and we even got a little t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Your Two-Steppin' Guide to the Rodeo Cookoff Bands

    As one of the biggest entertainment-based enterprises on the planet, not just in Texas, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one of the few local events that people halfway across the country and around the world travel to see. As such, its concert calendar has become increasingly crowded with pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Astros Pitcher Jarred Cosart Picks A Bad Day To Tweet A Gay Slur About Justin Bieber

    They say timing is everything. When you consider that the Astros are coming off of a third consecutive season with more than 100 losses, when you consider Jim Crane is the perceived scourge of the town in the Great Comcast Standoff of 2014, and when you consider that Missouri and soon-to-be NFL de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Media Tweets and Images From Sochi May Be More Entertaining Than Actual Olympics

    Russia allegedly spent more than $50 billion for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the most ever spent to prepare for the Olympics. Yet, the reports from the site of the games are not exactly what you call favorable. It has mostly the media that is sending back reports of all sorts of things most west ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Summer Is Coming: Browns WR Davone Bess' Arrest Tells Us Crime Season Is Nigh

    I don't know that anything positive comes out of one human being shooting another human being, other than the killer (if caught) being put behind bars before he can kill several more human beings. However, when Aaron Hernandez did the perp walk from his house to the police car last summer in the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Lessons In Twitter: How NOT To Troll a Radio Personality On Twitter

    In case you haven't heard (or don't read the tag at the bottom of each of these posts), I just recently started up at a new job working afternoon drive co-hosting with Rich Lord on SportsRadio 610. So far, so good, the show is evolving, and I'm extremely happy with my new employer. CBS (owner of 6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    PenderCast, The Epilogue: Readers Add Broadcast Feeds To My Revolutionary New Football Network

    People laugh at some of the ideas that I threw out there in my post yesterday where I constructed my own version of ESPN's Megacast for the college football national championship game. Yes, most of the ideas were tongue in cheek, generated for a chuckle (except for GambleCast, which I truly think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 8. Twitter

    I heard someone recently say (and my apologies in advance for not recalling to whom to give proper credit) that Twitter will be to the Internet what the Internet was to the computer. A game changer, the prism through which we consume all things digital content and communicate in rapid fire blurbs wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    City Council James Rodriguez Gets in a Fight on Twitter

    Yesterday the Houston City Council passed some pretty important law regarding payday loan lending. And then things got really interesting when District I City Councilman James G. Rodriguez took to Twitter to let everyone know his feelings on the subject. Obviously when a politician wants to be an as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 16: Bearded Schaub's Revenge!

    We are officially at the point where we can start counting down to the end of the 2013 NFL season...the seemingly interminable, blight on Houston football history that's been the 2013 NFL season. The end is near, thank God! Go back to Week 1's BATTLE-DRINK game, and it reflects a much simpler time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 13: The All-John McClain Edition

    Watching sporting events in the year 2013 is a different experience now than it was just five years ago. Yeah, if we're watching on television, we still have our play by play guy, our color analyst, and perhaps even a sideline reporter. Those people haven't gone anywhere. But now, even just in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 10: Randy Bullock Bullies Your Liver

    We are at the mathematical halfway point of the Texans season, and the team sits at 2-6. It's funny how this weekly BATTLE-DRINK game, if you go back and look at each week, in an odd way sort of weaves the tapestry of the entire season. You can see how all the storylines and futility have evolved we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Memories Of Doomed Astrodome Flood Twitter

    The plan to renovate the Astrodome didn't pass muster with the voters last night, but that hasn't stopped people from being heard in another way. The rejection of the $217 million plan makes it more likely than ever that the Dome gets turned into a parking lot. And so Houstonians have taken to Twit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 5: I Left My Liver In San Francisco

    Sunday night, the Texans take on the San Francisco 49ers, and I think of all the possible BATTLE-DRINK challenges, Sunday night games pose the most daunting one. Think about it, Thursday night games are all right because there's only one per year, and who's really focused on Friday at work anyway. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: The 10 Best Rapper Tweets From Sunday's Game

    Texans BIIITCH— slim thug (@slimthugga) September 15, 2013 Houston has a professional football team. They are called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them. Some of the people who like them are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media. One of those forms of social medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    The Seven Stages Of Chris Berman Twitter Hate

    It's indisputable that America loves its football. The boffo television ratings, the exploding rights fees for broadcasts, the jam packed stadiums every Saturday and Sunday, we just can't get enough. Our appetite for football is insatiable. On the first Monday of every NFL season, the league finds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Texans-Saints: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (Governor Christie's Pants Edition)

    They say the third preseason game is the one that's supposed to most closely resemble a regular season game. With most of the starters (the available ones, at least) playing a full half, the game against the Saints Sunday was supposed to give Texan fans a decent glimpse at what's in store for 2013. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (From What I Saw, Ahem, Channel 13)

    When you're the preseason television flagship for an NFL team, you'd better be on your game because you only get four opportunities to make it count. And let's face it, these aren't your normal broadcasting opportunities. Most fans are watching preseason games just to see how some of the obscure r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Instagram Account Is The Bizarro Johnny Football Account

    With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like, the argument can very easily be made that we know too much about athletes in this day and age. (Actually, the argument can be made that we know too much about everybody in this day and age, but this is a sports blog post, so stay focused, Sean.) So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: DJ Ipodammo, "Progressive, Weird, Contemporary, Sound Archeology"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    This is Not How You Do Twitter: A Refresher on Twitiquette for Business

    I read this tweet recently and I couldn't decide if it was genius or the most idiotic thing I'd ever seen. Do the #Rockets make the playoffs? RT for Yes FAV for No— NBA Follow Train (@Nbafollowtrain) July 23, 2013 See what they did there? They force you to either re-tweet them or f ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Virtual Reality

    Ten things we learned about the Internet From the Wendy Davis Filibuster.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: Twitter Keeps a Constant Vigil in the Pursuit of Free Agents

    In years past, news came slowly, sometimes at a snail's pace. Sports fans waiting for news on a trade or a free agent signing were relegated to the sports portion of the nightly news or, at worst, the morning paper. Press releases told of signings or trades and they made their way to news organizati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Royce White (@Highway_30) Is Saying Weird Things On Twitter Again

    "A lot of talk... 'Cut Royce', 'Trade Royce', only a few players with my skill set in the WHOLE league... everybody knows it. #RedNation" -- Royce White, 6/30/13 on Twitter And just like that Royce White sucked me back in. I was made aware of this tweet by my former intern up at the radio station, ... More >>

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