Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all. But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the f ... More >>
Anybody surprised that Astrodome is going to be demolished and turned into green space hasn't really been paying attention the past 25-plus years. The Dome has been a doomed property ever since Harris County gave into Bud Adams' demands to destroy the heart and soul for the building so that he coul ... More >>
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 >>
Many moons ago, or one or two anyway, our friends over at L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound decided to evaluate Southern California's two main universities, USC and UCLA, using a set of music-oriented criteria and declare a winner. We're not talking matriculation either, though that's certainly part of ... More >>
In the campaign to save the Astrodome with the upcoming Proposition 2 referendum, someone has decided that just the thing to put it over the top is a bad Bruce Springsteen parody. Like, really bad. Monday, an outfit called "Jalapeno Pixels" posted a YouTube video called "My Dome Town," a four-and-a ... More >>
Ray Manzarek, the Doors keyboardist who brought both a light jazz touch and some seriously heavy piano-pounding to one of the most influential American bands of the late '60s and early '70s, passed away earlier Monday, according to CBS News. He was 74. By most accounts, including the one in Oliver ... More >>
Legendary Houston Cougar basketball coach Guy V. Lewis has been selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a very well-deserved honor for one of the finest basketball coaches ever involved with the game. It is also an honor that should have been bestowed long, long ago. Fans of the Cougars, fa ... More >>
Teaching fellows looking for raises.
One month before your friends began painting their Facebook profile pictures red in support of gay rights, a group of University of Houston English Teaching Fellows swapped their main photos to something of the same color: a shot of the Cougars' mascot, blazing red, with a bit of text underneath it: ... More >>
For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated for. It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the hom ... More >>
As lead vocalist for the '60s British Invasion band the Animals, Eric Burdon fronted what was perhaps the toughest R&B-influenced group from the era (sorry, Stones fans), and had a second incarnation exploring psychedelic music. In his collaborations with War, Burdon pushed the boundaries of impro ... More >>
The college football season ended last week, and it's safe to say that the season didn't exactly go as Rice (6-6) and the University of Houston (5-7) wanted. For Rice, things went a bit better. For the Cougars, things went a lot worse. So here are five things we learned about the Owls and Cougars th ... More >>
Houston Cougar running back Charles Sims is probably one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He's quiet, and getting more than a sentence or two from him in a media setting just isn't going to happen. In fact, when dealing with the press, Sims looks as if he'd rather face an entire opposing defe ... More >>
The Houston Cougars were huge favorites coming into Saturday night's game against the Texas State Bobcats. It was the Bobcats' very first ever game as a FBS school. But like the last time the Cougars played a game at Robertson Stadium before a packed crowd, the Cougars were embarrassed, losing 30-13 ... More >>
Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>
Simultaneous with the push toward bowl season every year, we have the college football coaching carousel that begins spinning around Thanksgiving and doesn't stop until around the time the bowl games end (or until around spring practice if your quarterback is trading signed memorabilia for tattoos). ... More >>
Even if you're one of the people who saw White Christmas at the Hobby three years ago, actress Carol Swarbrick says you'll still see some new things if you come to the latest version courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars. With a new director and choreographer, she says the dance routines are not the s ... More >>
Also known as the story of the Houston Cougars.The Houston Cougars got the 35-34 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday night. They had to come from behind to do so, battling back from a 20-point third quarter deficit and scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. And despite failin ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresCase Keenum (right, with ball) carving up the UCLA D Case Keenum, dressed in full gear for the first time since destroying his right knee, takes his first live snap in nearly a year. He rifles a pass to E.J. Smith for a gain of six. On the next play, number 7 tosses a f ... More >>
"Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that ... More >>
This has got to be a strange season that's coming up for Houston Cougar Athletic Director Mack Rhoades. His first year was spent settling into the city and the school as the football team went on an amazing ride. Last year saw the school introducing numerous new head coaches, including both ... More >>
Steve JansenThere are high hopes in Cougarland, thanks to Case Keenum(Note: The University of Houston athletic staff, citing potential game-planning advantages by opponents, did not allow photography during the scrimmage.) The Houston Cougars' scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Sta ... More >>
Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.Some three thousand people joined together in Houston on Sunday to take part in May Day rallies held all across the nation as the battle over immigration laws has taken center stage. Demonstrators blanketed the streets around Burnett Bayland Park as they flow ... More >>
Photo by GroovehouseSad Rocket fanHello everyone! Welcome to my blog post for today, also known as "Day Four of the Jim Rome Smack-Off Recap Hostage Crisis." That's right, based on feedback on my Twitter feed and the monster hits that our rogue "Smack-Off On A Mobile" have been getting, I k ... More >>
Hopefully more shining and less Hudson this yearSome of you mistook my piece on Monday as my not being excited for the Final Four this weekend in Houston. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am incredibly excited to have the event here in our town, for a couple reasons: 1. I'm a Con ... More >>
Menil presents Vija Celmins's early work.
Last week the Golden Hurricane, this week the Golden Eagles, what next, the Golden Slumbers?It's been a tough season for the 5-5 Houston Cougars. They lost their starting quarterback, Case Keenum, to an ACL injury in the season's third game, a loss to UCLA. They lost his back-up, Cotton Turner, ... More >>
The Owls season resembles a natural disasterThe season didn't start out this way for Rice. Sure they lost to Texas, but they were competitive and they stayed close for most of the game. They struggled against North Texas, but still got the win. The loss to Northwestern stung, but once again ... More >>
The Owls are working on their focus this weekThis post about Saturday's football game between the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars is brought to you by the word "focus," as in the Rice Owls need to focus on making their plays. And as in the word "focus" is the current term of choice for th ... More >>
Nope, Wile's not the new UH quarterbackWatching the Houston Cougars lose 47-24 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night was a bit like watching a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Things got off to a great start as the Cougars got the kick and drove 64 yards in eight plays behind the pinpo ... More >>
Nope, not the J-Lo kind of Back-Up PlanThe Houston Cougars are on their bye week. For most teams, this would be a chance to get some rest. To heal some injuries. To relax. To start focusing on the rest of the season. Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin isn't thinking this way, and his ... More >>
Is this where they got their UH-UTEP announcers from?I've got an idea for the Houston Cougars. Instead of wasting time going after beat writers for trying to find out health information on players, maybe they should instead use that valuable time for more important things. Like making sure the TV ... More >>
Today is the first day of the Shell Houston Open. If you remember, last year the first day had to be postponed because of some nasty winds that had blown into the Houston area. Suffice it to say that if there is a strong breeze in the Houston area on this first day of the Shell Houston Open, it's ... More >>
Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in Tetro.
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