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    September 22, 2014

    College Football, Week 4: The Weekend In Tweets, Vines, and YouTube

    We're still waiting, college football. Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniatur ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    2013 Heisman Finalists Named, How Did The Preseason Oddsmakers Do?

    Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    2013 BCS Shakeup: Who Would Be The Four Teams In A College Football Playoff?

    The BCS Title Game matchup is set and while it wasn't the matchup that was the most highly expected going into Saturday afternoon, it's a matchup between what most college football fans and experts see as the two most deserving teams in the country. As expected, Florida State played a game of "name ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    College Football: What If This Weekend Were The Last One Before a 4 Team Playoff?

    It's conference championship weekend, which means that we have a handful of teams still vying for spots in the BCS Title Game and BCS bowl games. As best I can tell, we are down to five teams who still have a reasonable to remote chance to get into the title game: Florida State and Ohio State cont ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: A Story Of The Worst Sibling Ever

    It happens for many families at Thanksgiving. What, on paper, looks like it should be a time to enjoy the company of relatives, maybe even reconnect with those you've lost touch with, turns into old wounds torn open. Fights, arguments, and an airing of grievances that would make Frank Costanza pro ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Johnny Football! 2013 Heisman Odds Are Out; Why I Won't Bet On Johnny

    2012 was good to Johnny Manziel, and 2013 is off to a phenomenal start. Of course, there was the 41-13 trouncing of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on January 4, where Manziel piled up roughly a billion total yards. But there's been so much more. Lucrative casino trips, lovely ladies, and Mardi Gras! ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    College Football: National Signing Day 2013, A Decade Of Cautionary Tales

    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 >>

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    December 4, 2012

    20 Fun Facts About College Football's Final Regular Season Coach's Poll

    College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    5 Things We Learned From SI.com's Fascinating 2012 Mock College Football Playoff Selection

    Since the largely money driven epiphany of the college presidents and power brokers of the Bowl Championship Series finally gave us the promise of a four team playoff beginning with the 2014 season, one of my many questions has been "Why do we have to wait until 2014?" I think I know the answer -- ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets -- "College Football Playoff, Get Here Soon" Edition

    It's the first weekend of December, and you know what that means -- a slew of college football conference championship games that, to the average college football fan, mean virtually nothing. Sure, will some teams win their way into automatic bids to BCS bowls? Yes. In the spirit of...well, spirit, ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Johnny "Football" Manziel: How Badly Did Vegas Miss On The 2012 Heisman?

    Any way you slice it, the "Johnny Manziel for Heisman" story (covered ad nauseum in this space over the last few days) is one of the most unlikely sports stories certainly of this calendar year and perhaps in the history of college football. Lightly recruited, undersized redshirt freshman quarterba ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    College Football BCS Race: And Then There Were Six

    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 >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Taking The Escalator" Edition (Also, Praise For UConn's Jim Calhoun)

    Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something. In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Cougars Looking for Clues But Finding None

    University of Houston offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt "resigned" last Monday morning, just a little more than a day after the Cougars' embarrassing 30-13 opening game defeat to Texas State. Thus it stands to reason that, sometime this morning, the Houston Cougars will be holding a press conferenc ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Cougars and Lions and Cats and Aggies: Oh My, It's Time for a Little Bowl Action

    There's probably nobody happier to see this college football season come to an end than the players for the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), unless, of course, it's the players for the Texas A&M Aggies (6-6). Then again, with the way their hopes and dreams came crashing down to the ground at the sta ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, College Bowl Special: UH, UCLA & An Aggies Loss

    Hopefully will not include "NAPA Know-How" ads.​In the second part of my ongoing series "Sean phones it in on the Hair Balls blog during his vacation week," here are six picks I really like for the upcoming week of huge (and not so huge) bowl games. Have I mentioned that I'm 56-38-1 this year ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    6 College Football Coaching Changes: From Shadiest to Slimiest

    UH's departed skipper makes the cut​From status-seeking coaches to wheeling-and-dealing athletic directors, the post-season shake-up of college football head coaches has been a bit curious. The top (lowest?) six moves are ranked here on a scale of shady to slimy ("mildly shady" being a 1 whi ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Year Just Past In Cougar Sports

    John RoyalCase Keenum was the Man of the Year for the Cougars​Yes, it's that time of year. That time of year when I take a look back at the year just past. On Friday, I looked back at the sports year for the Rice Owls. Today, let's take a look at the top 25 events, in no particular order, f ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Watch Out Big East, Here Come the Cougars

    The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.​The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over, the Coogs' BCS Dreams Are No More

    Dandy Don was singing in the third quarter.​It's easy to blame the dual distractions of the BCS and Kevin Sumlin's future when trying to explain the Houston Cougars' (12-1) 49-28 loss to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11-2) in the C-USA Title Game on Saturday. It's easy, but it's wrong. It ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Coogs Versus Southern Miss for All the Marbles

    One more win and the Coogs are BCS-bound.​The distractions are there for the 12-0 Houston Cougars, the number six team in the BCS standings. Distractions like which BCS bowl game they're playing. Distractions like which team they're playing in that BCS bowl -- current projections being Michi ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Football! A&M-UT, LSU: This Weekend's Best Bets

    So yeah, about that "Bully Theory" from last week. Um, well, um....sorry? In case you missed it, I shared a theory of mine last week, and without rehashing the details it all led up to me telling all of you to take Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Stanford laying the points. The theory had a ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Did The Cougars Run Up The Score On Rice? Does It Really Matter?

    Photo by Fred TraskRun it up, says Case​I've got a friend who is just starting out as a sports agent. His sport is football. It appears that there's this pre-season list of college players that is put together by scouts that can be purchased by agents. And this list provides the pre-season ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    The Fake Referee Streaker (and 3 Other Famous Fake Sports Officials -- w/ VIDEO)

    Ray Stevens approves.​Perhaps you were among the millions of people that didn't have a family member playing in or a wager placed upon the UCLA-Arizona game last night in Tucson, which means that you were among the fortunate ones watching something else on television. Well, you were fortunat ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Best/Worst College Football QB Transfers: A List Inspired by Former Texas Main Man Garrett Gilbert

    Obviously, Garrett Gilbert is no Colt McCoy. Or Case McCoy. Or David Ash. Earlier today, the Texas Longhorns announced that Gilbert -- who filled in admirably for the injured Colt McCoy during the Longhorns' loss in the 2010 BCS Championship game...and that's about it -- is leaving the program. G ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Cougars Looking to Cage the Bulldogs

    The UH coaching staff hopes the team shows up for the complete game against Louisiana Tech.​The Houston Cougars don't want to start off another game like they did last week. A start where the opposition, a clearly lesser school, jumps off to a lead. A start that finds the team struggling to ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    Cougars Dominate First Half Against UCLA, Set Table For Perfect Season

    The UCLA cheerleaders probably weren't too happy after Saturday's game​The Houston Cougars did their best impersonation of the Houston Texans on Saturday. They dominated the first half, playing a fantastic two quarters that masterfully mixed their passing and running games. Case Keenum showe ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Prediction Mania! -- Weekends Best Bets and 2 Bonus Season Bets

    Yes, big things are predicted (again) for ND​I've never been one to just dip my toe in the water on anything. If there is a job to do, a party to attend, or a giant calzone to eat, you can count on me to go "all in" on whatever the task may be. So when we have our first full weekend of colleg ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Top 5 Best C-USA Football Games of 2011 (With Predictions)

    Case Keenum's comeback attempt starts September 3. ​Last week, Hair Balls broke down some of the best (as well as the worst) games of the 2011 football season involving Big 12 teams. Now, Conference USA, which just wrapped up its media days in Memphis, gets a similar treatment. Houston, tha ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    The Final Play

    After traumatic knee injury, Case Keenum has one more season to prove his talents.

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    April 27, 2011

    Cover Story: Case Keenum's Comeback Attempt

    ​The underdog role is a familiar one for Case Keenum. The University of Houston star quarterback won the 2004 Texas Class 3A Division I state championship, but only received barely-audible buzz from recruiters. Then, when he arrived at UH in 2006, he was buried deep on the depth chart behind ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    For The Final Four: 9 Musicians Who Love College Sports

    ​After weeks of anticipation and preemptory hand-wringing over where we're going to park on Washington Ave. this weekend, the Final Four is Finally here. As with any other time a marquee sporting event comes to Houston, you can count on some familiar themes in media coverage: Where to party, w ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Jim Harbaugh Situation -- It's Over (3 Winners, 3 Losers)

    Jim Harbaugh: All that?​I'll go ahead and say it -- what's the big deal about Jim Harbaugh? Sure, I understand that he took Stanford to never before seen (by Stanford) heights of winning 12 games including a BCS bowl. I understand that he transformed the identity of the team in the process, t ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Houston Sports Stories in 2010 (Alternate Title: "Here Comes The Prozac")

    Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your party​Putting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    One Guy's Remaining Thoughts On 2010

    Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3D​As we head into the New Year, I thought I would look back at some of the things in 2010 for which I'm thankful, sports, and non-sports. 1. ESPN's 30 For 30.  ESPN does a lot of things wrong, i.e. the Brett Favre lovefest, The Decision, Col ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Texas Longhorns: The Most Laughable Report Card Ever

    Longhorns: Grading on the curve​There's an episode of The Sorpanos in Season 5 entitled (ironically so) "All Happy Families." Sopranos fans will remember the fifth season as the one where Tony and Carmela spent a majority of the season separated, so in turn, they also fought a lot. In "All Happy ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    UH Takes On Tulane With Some Very Untested QBs

    The Green Wave is not expected to bring much storm surge​The Houston Cougars might have lost 31-13 to the UCLA Bruins last week. And they might have lost quarterbacks Case Keenum and Cotton Turner for the season. But as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's home contest versus the Tulane Green Wav ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Houston Texans -- F the Cowboys (or #FDACOWBOYS on Twitter)

    cutline​Not long ago, I got into a brief discussion on Twitter with another radio personality whom I am forbidden to name whose name I don't exactly recall. I don't remember the crux of the tweet-versation (something having to do with blogs and the inherent evil that blogs possess to anyone over ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    UH Tries To Avoid Its History

    Deja vu all over again​A long time ago, in a football universe far, far away, the Houston Cougars were a dominant offensive force. Their run-and-shoot offense was putting up huge numbers on college teams nationwide. The team was regularly ranked in the Top 20, and though they had been on a probati ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Cougars Get Good Old-Fahioned Ass-Whipping From UCLA, Keenum Out For Year

    Where UH's BCS dreams go to die​The final score from the Rose Bowl on Saturday night was only 31-13, UCLA over Houston. But the loss was much, much worse than the final score, or the stat sheet, indicate. Sure the Cougars lost the game, but they lost more than just the game, they might have lost ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Houston Texans Turn The Corner -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Neil Rackers -- He's no Kris Brown​I shouldn't enjoy carnage as much as I do, but I have to admit that a few hours after Neil Rackers' 35-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, sending the Houston Texans to an improbable 30-27 overtime win over the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon, My ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    UH Takes On UCLA And Emphasizes Line Play

    The big uglies up front will be butting heads​The Houston Cougars have gotten the reputation, undeserved or not, of being a soft, finesse football team. When you pass the football, when you play the spread and go with one-back backfields, that can happen.  The Cougar players don't like this r ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    College Football & NFL -- This Weekend's Best Bets

    Reggie Bush has always been a cheater​I'll get to the Best Bets of the weekend in a second, I promise, but first some venting.Reggie Bush is rapidly moving up my most hated list.Not because he chose to attend Southern Cal instead of Notre Dame. Not because the defining play of Notre Dame's decade ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Houston Cougars -- An Early Lock of the Century

    That's a very big lock​I realize that my Best Bets for the weekend are usually a Friday thing, and rest assured after my fast start last week, no one is chomping harder at the bit to get back to the business of picking winners than me. (By the way, did ya see? 4-2, bitches! I know 6-0 and 5-1 are ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    UH, Rice Football Schedules Offer Some Intrigue, But Will They Attract Fans?

    ​Lost amidst the hoopla of the upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was the release on Tuesday of the football schedules of the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. And knowing Cougar fans the way I do, I'm sure they're already starting to form their excuses for failing to sell out the stadiu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    The Ultimate Menu For Your Texas-Alabama Viewing Party

    ​The BCS Championship is tonight. Have you made all your viewing-party plans?Any good viewing party needs a menu that supports the local team. If you're a fan of good college football, it's understandable that you might not be too familiar with the University of Texas Longhorns.Not to worry!! We'v ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Cougars Take The Easy Way Out With Next Year's Football Schedule

    Photo courtesy UH​If there's one thing I really hate about college football, it's when schools like Texas schedule FCS teams as part of their non-conference schedule instead of taking on some legitimate, top-flight competition. It's my belief that schools like Texas (you can toss in Florida, ... More >>

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