Oh, what a funny business the NBA is. And nothing is funnier than the league's free-agency season, when Monopoly money is tossed at players who either a) deserve it; b) probably have photos of your GM doing unimaginable things; or c) happen to have the names Jeremy and Lin. You see, free agency is ... More >>
"The spotlight is 10 times brighter and 10 times hotter than I thought it was two months ago. I guess I feel like Justin Bieber or something. I never thought it would really be that way." -- Johnny Manziel, 2013 SEC Media Day Irony, thy name is Johnny. For the last three weeks, former NFL players ... More >>
Johnny Manziel's last two summers, the one we are in now and his post-Heisman summer of 2013, have not been drastically different in terms of extracurricular activity. Lots of travel, lots of booze, lots of really good looking women, and plenty of Instagram moments, some fairly innocuous and some ... More >>
Curren$y, Young Roddy, Corner Boy P Warehouse Live April 20, 2014 There were no egg hunts going on at Sunday night's Curren$y show. Instead, fans were all about the Easter grass. Celebrating a double-stack of holy days (Easter and 4/20, stoners' very own Hallmark holiday), the young hip-hoppers who ... More >>
I was at a Holiday Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico the night Buddy Ryan threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride. Sitting on the bed, eating fast food, watching the Oilers and Jets on Sunday Night Football. And I knew things would never be the same. I'd been in Europe for most of that football season, working ... More >>
If I learned anything from the NFL Network's A Football Life: Houston '93 documentary about the 1993 Houston Oilers, it's that sometimes you need to look to the past to realize that our perspective of the present may be a tad warped. All season long here in Houston, the narrative (which has gradual ... More >>
As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.
Touring the old favorite
The Reliant Astrodome was -- is -- the Eighth Wonder of the World. Generations of Houston-area kids spent their days dreaming of playing on the field under that massive domed ceiling. It's one of our city's last non-NASA ties to the space program, this UFO-like structure in the middle of a modern co ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Felicia Moon, the ex-wife of Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, knows how to enjoy a trail ride, if the Waller County Sheriff's Office is to be believed. KHOU says Moon, 55, was arrested Monday night near Hockley for having public sex with a man we presume to have been at least for the moment ... More >>
The Super Bowl seems to be running out of stadium-sized performers who can attract eyeballs (the Black-Eyed Peas?), and this year they're hoping that faded scandalist Madonna will do the trick. It's not like they haven't been desperate before. In the early days of the event, producers regularly tu ... More >>
This year's winners have art, passion and history on their side. And now they'll also each have a check for $2,000.
Yesterday we wondered why Texan fans are looking forward to the NFL playoffs, given the painful memories our town had when the Houston Oilers were here. But each year brings new hope and, after all, the Houston Texans have never, ever lost a playoff game. Not in ten years. Coming up with five awfu ... More >>
John RoyalA despondent Matt Hackett lays on the ice after Hamilton gets the winning goal in the second overtimeOnly twice in AHL history had a team had to go to a game seven in a playoff series after grabbing a 3-0 series lead. But things change. And when a team from Houston is involved in ... More >>
You may have noticed that TxDOT has been re-running classic ads from their 25-year-old "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign. It's part of a contest to pick the best. The ads tend to work best with musicians; Stevie Ray Vaughan is the classic, of course, but Willie Nelson and George Strait also shine. ... More >>
Mythical euphemisms and Hispanic panhandlers
Backfield in Motion
The Art Guys share 25 years of "drawings, proposals, failed schemes and pipe dreams"
Aliens to the Rescue
Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Black Madonna (5309 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden will be signing Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumph of the Black Quarterback. He'll be joined by former Oiler Warren Moon. We don't have any excerpts fr ... More >>
One of Ken Lay's many legacies: the families whose lives were disrupted by the fall
They'll run. They'll catch. They'll tackle. Women's professional football ramps up (again) in Houston.
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
For 14 years, Doug Sanders ran Houston's most celebrity-filled golf tournament. Then he was accused of sticking his hand in the till. Now he wants to come back.