At its most recent pay per view event, UFC 173, UFC did a live gate of around $1.7 million. They pulled in another God knows how many million on pay per view from fans watching at home. UFC does a few dozen events (some pay per view, some on regular television) every year. The bottom line is Dana W ... More >>
Johnny Manziel has been America's sporting obsession for the better part of the last 18 months. To wit, this is like my 50th blog post centered around Manziel during that timeframe (conservatively estimated, by the way), and just as many have been about the reaction to Johnny as there have been ab ... More >>
Branding. It's a huge buzzword in this day and age. With some many different ways to market yourself, build an audience, be memorable, branding is key to growth. Good branding is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth. I blog at least once, sometimes as many as three tim ... More >>
Competition for attention on the American sports landscape is fierce. The first tier sports like football, basketball, and baseball dominate with their billion dollar television deals and prime placement on Sportscenter. It's not easy being on the second tier. Yeah, soccer, golf, and a few others ... More >>
Did police entrap gay dudes looking for sex in Memorial Park?
When news broke Sunday about Johnny Manziel and his alleged five figure payday for affixing his signature to 1,600 Aggie football items, the sports world went back into overdrive. Kevin Sumlin prepped for Aggie media day, the university hired attorneys, bloggers wrote, screamers yelled, and Vegas we ... More >>
These new Texans tailgating songs are guaranteed to give you a winning season.
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! DRUG ADDICTED SON DIVIDING FAMILY Dear Willie D: I have to lock my bedroom door at night to ... More >>
The above image is exactly what we imagine you say when you see the weekly headline announcing the best things to do in sports this weekend. You're all, "FUCK YEAH, MOTHER EFFER! IT'S TIME FOR SPORTS! WOO!" Then you read about the things we have to offer and you're all, "YEAH...wait, what?" That's ... More >>
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A few years ago during the dog days of summer, in an attempt to fill air time with not much else going on, ESPN came up with this gimmick segment called "Who's Now?" Basically, they matched up various sports figures in a bracket style tournament and then had random celebrities (sports and Hollywood) ... More >>
A couple weeks ago, I launched the maiden week of my new fighting league, the Fan Fighting League, dedicated to bringing you the best in pro sport fan fights from around the globe. Week 1 gave us a quartet of Buffalo Bill fans taking on an entire section of New York Jet fans with very mixed results ... More >>
"We live in a cynical world, a cynical, cynical world..." said a very smart man once. Maybe it was Nietzsche, or Elmer Fudd. Artifacts like the Olympics -- both the summer and winter variety -- have grown boring and stale. TV giant NBC is getting torn to shreds for including haircut Ryan Seacrest ... More >>
Since the days of Hulkamania, I've been a wrestling fan. That's not slandering anybody who gave up on the attraction or entertainment aspect after the second-generation boom in the late '90s, that's just me once again self-deprecating while tossing off a few knife-edged chops in defense. Take that, ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
In entertainment, everything has a logical arc. Whether we're talking about a television series, a radio show or a particular personality, they all have a shelf life as to how long they can remain compelling, a shelf life with a beginning, a middle and an end. The end is rarely pretty, and perhap ... More >>
Each Wednesday (almost), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. It has gotten dark. Th ... More >>
And are there Mexican Jews?
Photos by Marco TorresTrae Tha Truth and YelawolfYelawolf, Bun B, Trae Tha Truth, Doughbeezy, Dante Higgins, Gerald Walker & Cardo Warehouse Live April 29, 2011 10:54 p.m.: Let's do this first this time. Here's the thing about Yelawolf, and you may have noticed this already, but: He's a rapp ... More >>
Craig HlavatyCharlie Sheen's tour stop in Houston last night wasn't a wash-out, a bomb, or the expensive meltdown that most in town had hoped for. In fact, he was embraced at every turn by fans of all stripes, with men and women alike fawning over him like he was a surviving Beatle, or at lea ... More >>
Glory days, well they pass you by...."It's good to be in something from the ground floor, but I came in too late for that. But lately I get the feeling that I came in at the end, that the best is over." -- Tony Soprano In the first three minutes of the greatest television show of all-time, ... More >>
Yeah, it's Final Four weekend in Houston. We're all very excited. But a little secret (that's not very well kept) -- for me, the Saturday and Monday games are a mere buffer surrounding Wrestlemania Sunday, baby! This year is special because Houston's very own Undertaker (real name Mark Calloway, Wa ... More >>
Bryan McCarthy gets some helpBryan McCarthy, the Deer Park man arrested last week for illegally livestreaming sporting events on the Web, is getting some support. A Web-freedom group called Demand Progress says McCarthy's arrest represents "a radical shift" in federal-government policy becau ... More >>
Bryan McCarthy: Channel surfing can get you arrestedFederal agents today arrested Bryan McCarthy, 32, for running a Web site that illegally livestreamed NFL games, pay-per-view fights and other sporting events. The operator of channelsurfing.net was arrested at his Deer Park home without inc ... More >>
Angry Birds: As good a playoff-picking method as anyEvery Friday (Thursday some weeks) when I go to fish the lines for that weekend's football games off the Internet, I go to the same site. (Point of non-disclosure: I will not reveal the name of the site which I use to wager go to. Easily t ... More >>
Ever since YouTube has been around, high school kids have been posting videos of fights. And ever since law enforcement figured that out, they've been using the videos to make arrests since, you know, the evidence is pretty much staring them in the face. Latest example, via KHOU: Dobie High in Pas ... More >>
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayOf all of the Rap Round Table columns that have gone up, none generated more emails than this past Monday's "Which Rappers Would You Fight?" segment. Some people were pissed, some people were entertained, but most everyone had the same basic question: Wh ... More >>
The UFC starts the fireworks a day early with a Live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena bout between two heavyweight contenders
Bob Sapp, sticky and sweet?Everyone needs a hobby, an outlet, something to take the stress off. Meg White has taxidermy, David Arquette collects oversized left-shoes, and mixed martial arts big man Bob Sapp sings and dances. Sapp's been a mainstay in MMA for about eight years, and is known f ... More >>
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Houston's Mayalino swears a lyrical vendetta against fake rappers.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTry ordering a real Manhattan at your Golden Tee Palace.I found myself explaining to a friend last night that my entire philosophy and approach toward bars now that I've gotten older can be summed up by one question: Does it have a Golden Tee machine? If the answer ... More >>
"Bill's not worth a shit, I love him....not worth a shit, but I wanted...they were on my ass so bad. They said J's gotta have a 'Yes Man,' so to get this fucking stadium, I need to bring his ass in." -- Jerry Jones, Owner, Dallas CowboysI'm about to vent a little bit and be part of the problem I'm ... More >>
I'm not a huge UFC guy. I enjoy getting together with friends to watch the pay-per-view shows occasionally. I've gone on record saying that the first Frank Mir-Brock Lesnar fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is one of the five best sporting events I've ever been to live. Plus, BONUS, there i ... More >>
The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.
Photos by Paul KnightCertain bars have this game -- a machine, really -- that has a mechanical arm with a punching bag on the end, and when a person puts in money, the bag swings down, waiting to be belted. Usually it's a group of three of four guys playing, standing around the machine, and ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Lil Miss Sunshine,” Crew54 feat. Rochelle Terrell Wire To Wire Sadly, DJ AM and Travis ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. For some reason, our wi ... More >>
Double Down with twice the action at this uproarious show
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The host of Fear Factor and Man Show wont let stealing slide
What kind of world have we have found ourselves in when a soundtrack featuring the Velvet Underground, Moldy Peaches, and Sonic Youth covering the Carpenters is the best-selling record in America? Don't get me wrong – this is pretty cool stuff. Five years ago, if you would have said someone like ... More >>
A new pub on Westheimer that's lots of firkin fun for the whole firkin family!