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    November 12, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings v 3.0: Judgment Day Shakeout

    We are three weeks into the brave, new world of not only having a road to a College Football Playoff, but having some degree of transparency on that road, and let me say that I've generally enjoyed the weekly release of rankings for the playoffs so far. It's given our radio show some decent Wednesd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings, Our First Judgment Day Is Nigh

    Prior to and even after the inception of a college football playoff (which would be given the creative proper noun name of College Football Playoff), the naysayers said that expanding the postseason to four teams would cheapen the regular season, that games would become less meaningful. And as anyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Defense Is Leading UH and Rice To Win After Win

    The Houston Cougars throttled USF 27-3 on Saturday. The Rice Owls demolished FIU, getting the 31-17 win. Both teams move to 5-3 on the season and both are 3-1 in their respective conferences. It was the third straight win for UH, the fifth straight for Rice. And both teams return home for key confer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    If you followed my picks last season (and God forbid, used them as your own picks), then you know exactly how painful the hit was by the end of the year. In fact, you're probably cursing me and contemplating exactly how you can dismember me without getting arrested while you stand in the welfare lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets (Including Colts-Texans!)

    In betting, there are weekends where you're looking to score big, where even finishing at or slightly above .500 feels like a slight disappointment, like a running back who left yards on the field. Then there are weekends like last weekend. Saturday was utter chaos, like the last 45 minutes of a T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Where To Watch Out-of-State College Football

    College football fans just can't hold a candle to their NFL counterparts. It's hardly anyone's fault but the alumni associations that charge bars an arm and a leg to host their watch parties, but with Houston's transplant culture the way it is, it's probably harder to get five Northwestern fans in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Gambling! This Weekend's Best NFL and College Football Bets

    I love football, but I hate football. As you may have seen earlier this week, I gave out the Seahawks as one of my top season win total plays for 2014, taking the UNDER on 11 wins. I also, on my radio show, picked the Packers as the winners in the NFC North and an OVER for their win total. So natu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    These Aren't Your Father's Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls had one of those special seasons last year. A 10-4 record. A conference championship. A second straight bowl game. The defensive unit improved greatly. The offense found ways to score points, usually behind a pounding running game. That was 2013. Players graduate, assistant coaches tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Check out our slideshow of the Texans welcoming Jadeveon Clowney. On Texans Radio on Saturday, covering Day 3 of the NFL Draft with my buddies John Harris (smartest football guy I know) and Ted Johnson (3-time Super Bowl winner, great on the radio himself, and all around good guy), I made the comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Gambling! 2014 Heisman Odds Are Out!

    With the off week between the AFC and NFC title games, the opportunities to wager are precious few, so sorry, there will be no "Best Bets" this week. I know that after my 0-2 performance this has to disappoint many of you who have been fading my picks all year and gaining financial independence. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Bill O'Brien Not the Only New Coach in Town as Houston Dash Make First Hire

    The Houston Dash, Houston's new National Women's Soccer League team created on December 13, have only a few short months to get a team together from scratch before their inaugural game in March. The first order of business was to find a head coach. Monday morning, they officially announced Randy W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Thanksgiving 2013: Believe It Or Not, I Am Thankful For Idiots

    The tendency for many in my business, those who have a broadcasted voice and a platform, is to preach to the ne'er do wells and the meatheads, preach that they stop with their chicanery, stop with their self destructive behavior, stop with their narcissism. Truthfully, I never get why my peers do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Cougars Versus Temple: A Quick Preview

    This week the Houston Cougars leave the friendly confines of Reliant Stadium for the City of Brotherly Love. There they'll face the Temple Owls in the first ever American Athletic Conference game. They're playing at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. So here's a brief l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Congrats To The University Of Texas On An 8th Straight National Title In...

    ....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    2013 Crimesman Trophy: Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

    College football fans of recent years will always remember October 15, 2005. It was an unbelievably scintillating afternoon of college football that included LSU knocking off Florida, an overtime thriller between West Virginia and Louisville, and the historic "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Gambling! Lines on First 10 Big Games of College Football Season Released

    It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments. For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Adventures in Twitter: Notre Dame Keyboard Thugs vs Recruit Eddie Vanderdoes

    So the Eddie Vanderdoes saga finally came to an end on Tuesday. If you're asking yourself, "Who is Eddie Vanderdoes?" give yourself a gold star, because if you have no idea who Vanderdoes is, it means that you're not immersed in the borderline creepy minutiae and overzealous voyeurism of high schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Georgia Safety Suspended Because He "Smoked a Blunt" (His Words to Police)

    As the college football calendar goes, we are smack dab in the middle of that late spring "soft spot" in the schedule where spring practice is a solid month in the rear-view mirror, the school year is wrapping up and summer school (for most places) is still a few weeks away. If idle hands are the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    How Beyoncé Microwaved The News This Week

    Here's how a major announcement would roll in the life of Brando: short, quick, brief moments of celebration, smug congratulations and thank-yous from people before the realization that only douches do that sort of thing and I'd be captain of their army. And nobody wants to hitch a ride on that tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets (Including Bears-Texans Prediction)

    Election season is over, and in my home state of Connecticut, Linda McMahon is left to pick up the pieces of her second failed campaign for Senator. 100 million pieces to be exact. According to the Associated Press, the wife of WWE patriarch Vince McMahon spent nearly $100 million on her two faile ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 13, 2012

    Top 5 Liars in College Football History -- A List Dedicated to Bobby Petrino

    Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'. This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fello ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    For St. Patrick's Day: 10 Notable Irish Texans

    This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades. As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world. Like these ten: 10. Matthew McConaughey His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The School That Holds The Record For First-Day License-Plate Sales In Texas Is...Ole Miss?, the private company that offers Texans vanity plates of all types, sells a lot of school plates. Plates for th eUniversity of South Carolina just went on sale (and no, you can't get COCKLUVR even if you're a rabid Gamecock fan). They've been doing it for a while now, and have compile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: UH Sticks It to Notre Dame By Stealing Top Recruit

    We know we said National Signing Day is an overhyped mess, but don't tell that to the keening and wailing Notre Dame fans who are screaming pogue mahone to the UH Cougars. UH swooped in at the last second and stole the coveted wide receiver from the Irish, to whom he had given a verbal commitment w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Houston Texans Grieving Process 1.0: At Least We're Not in Louisiana!

    Ha-ha!​Forty-eight hours have come and gone since Sunday, and the Texans' loss to the Baltimore Ravens is still maddening and painful. How does one process the anguish coming out of a sporting event in which your team had every chance to win the game and put themselves one step away from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    9 Notable Texas Deaths of 2011: Football, Gay Rights & Fodder for JFK Conspiracists

    Texas gives to the world, and eventually the people who do the giving die. Such was the case in 2011, when at least nine notable Texans joined the Choir Invisible, the Great Majority, the dead. Without them, there would no Weed-Eaters, and perhaps the greatest college football/politician scandal ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Texas A&M and SEC Make It Official

    ​Finally putting an end to unrelenting speculation, rumor and hand-wringing from colleges, media and sports radio, the Southeastern Conference formally accepted Texas A&M University into its conference Sunday, ending A&M's tenure in the Big 12 and leaving the future of that conference very muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Football! The Weekend's Best Bets (w/ Token Palin & Brown Hand Guy Videos)

    Still dreaming of Glen?​In the quest to have my posts appear in the list of most viewed, certain weekly topics that I do have a ceiling. For example, this Friday post during football season where I give my best bets likely only appeals to a certain degenerate segment of society (despite how am ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Odd sare Brian Kelly won't look like this Satruday night​As I get ready to drop some more decidedly mediocre wagering knowledge on all of you this weekend, I have one quick thought to share with you on the opening weekend of the NFL season: This time last season, these were your starting quar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Sorry, Aggies: College Station Gets a "D"

    Kazan is gonna be pissed.​Aggies may love their College Station, but the Daily Beast doesn't: The national Web site gives the city a "D" in its rankings of America's smartest college towns. College Station, you're no Cambridge or Berkeley. On the bright side, you're not South Bend, either: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Football Legend Eddie Robinson: A Biography Wasted

    ​Eddie Robinson was one of the greatest head coaches in the history of college football. He overcame the misfortune of being born a black man in the Deep South during the worst years of Jim Crow to produce at Grambling one of the great programs in all of football history. He won over 400 gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    NFL, College Football, Twitter, Pancake Bites and Bestiality -- Weekend's Best Bets

    A regular Paul the Octopus​So last season I did these Best Bets posts on Fridays and made every attempt to conduct myself like an actual handicapper, coming up with reams of statistics and subjective observations to lead to a conclusion that I hoped made reasonable sense. End result? A predic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Rice Tries To Downgrade The Golden Hurricane

    Last week Notre Dame, this week Rice​The Rice Owls (2-6) didn't play football last weekend. They rested up, got some players back from injury, and got back to stressing that need to work on the fundamentals. And they watched this week's opponent go into South Bend and defeat Notre Dame on na ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Chris Stewart: Klein HS Star Takes On Unique Challenge At Notre Dame

    Photo couttesy NDChris Stewart in Haiti, helping with earthquake relief​Chris Stewart was a highly recruited lineman coming out of Klein High School; he chose to go to Notre Dame.After a few bumps, he's thriving, and right now he's taking on a challenge no Irish football player has ever tried: Goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Game Time: YouTube Rewind -- "Ram It", By The 1986 LA Rams (The Godfather Of Awful Team Videos)

    Try to forget. Just try​The year is 2010, and our society has advanced in so many ways. In a scant 20 years, we've gone from the ability to even own a cell phone being a luxury to being able to do everything from watch television, stream music, play games, and download porn on those very phones. ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    What? Tom Penders' UH Team Had Trouble With Academics?

    Go to class!! If you can​Here's a surprise -- the University of Houston men's basketball program has been warned by the NCAA about poor academic performance, the Houston Chronicle reported. It's not surprising because of the absolute jaw-dropping notion that UH athletes might not be racking up GP ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Game Time: Saluting College Football's Greatest Liars

    If you're into bending the truth, ignoring the truth, spitting on the truth...really any misdeed against the truth, then this has been a pretty good sports week for you. Hell, it's been a pretty good run ever since Thanksgiving when Elin either rescued Tiger from the fiery wreckage of his Escalade ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Game Time: The Five Most Dominant Performances In A College Football Title Game

    The time for talking is almost over, and tonight we'll find out if the shrinking spread on this season's BCS Title game and the last minute rush by some to the Texas Longhorn bandwagon is a harbinger of things to come. Me personally, I think Nick Saban dials up some exotic blitz packages that give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Coogs Still In Transition As Conference Play Nears

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougar men's basketball team found just the way to go into the Christmas break, with a 105-81 win over the TCU Horned Frogs that was close for the first half of the first half, but then saw the Cougars move into pull-away mode. Kelvin Lewis was hot in the first ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    New Notre Dame Coach Wants A Piece Of The Longhorns

    ​Brian Kelly is the new football coach at Notre Dame, having left his undefeated University of Cincinnati for greener pastures.We're not sold entirely on him yet, but we haven't been entirely sold on an ND coach since Ara. Kelley does have an interesting resume -- he was involved in Massachusetts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Conference USA's Media Day Perhaps Not As Smooth As It Could Have Been

    ​"Media days" used to be a big thing in college football; reporters would fly in to town on a pre-determined day before the season and interview coaches and players. In some of the lower-echelon conferences, schools would gather in a central place to make it easier for reporters.Then came financia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Houston: Cradle Of Black Coaches

    College football is getting a lot of well-deserved heat for its lack of minority head coaches at its highest level, the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A).Of the 119 coaches at FBS programs, only six are black. And that's in a sport where, safe to say, there are plenty of black player ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 15, 2007

    Mexican-American Culture

    Wabs in knockoffs, men in masks

  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    Bet on Black

    Glory Road relives the season when college hoops smashed the color barrier

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Against the Odds

    No betting shows on one sports-talk station

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2005

    Run for the Money

    Catch the million-dollar babies at the TSU Relays

  • News

    January 1, 2004

    Harvard and the Boogeyman

    Will it be the Aeros' brawler or brainiac who gets to the NHL?

  • News

    March 17, 1994

    Adding Insult to Injury

    UH professors go for the goal of dumping athletics

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