Willie Mays

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and the Moral Scolds of the Baseball Hall of Fame

    I've been to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. It's a nice place, tucked in the middle of a small, picturesque town in a hard-to-get-to part of New York. You can get lost for hours in the museum, looking at the artifacts of the game's past, being amazed at how the game's grown, mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Why Is Ray Lewis Worshipped and Barry Bonds Vilified?

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced last week that he was retiring from football. ESPN immediately signed him to a contract to become one of their analysts on their nearly unwatchable pre and post-game shows. Commentators, many of whom appear to have never seen Lawrence Taylor play, stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Suspicious Minds: Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame Induction in Doubt Due to Steroids

    Baseball Hall of Fame voting brings out the stupid in many people, especially those people charged with casting the ballots. Amid cries of cheating and ruining the integrity of the game, a loud minority of the voters have made it clear they will never vote for any player who took PEDs. There are a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Cesar Cedeno And The Astros Career That Could Have Been

    I've written in the past that I loved watching Jeff Bagwell play baseball. He's the best all-around player the Astros have ever had; a superb hitter, base runner and a fantastic defensive player. I've never seen anybody who was better at turning the 3-6-3 double play and he was fearless when it came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Roger Clemens, Steroids, and the Baseball Morality Police

    There are still a lot of people upset about last week's Roger Clemens verdict. Sure, most of the people appear to be sportswriters and not actual tax-paying citizens, but that's beside the point. Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal and his baseball-reporting pals see the whole thing as a travesty of justice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    The All-Time Ultimate Astros Roster

    The Astros are celebrating their 50th season in major league baseball this year. The team's going to be rolling out the throwback uniforms on Friday nights, and they'll probably find other ways to celebrate their history before making a new start of it in the American League next season. I thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    30th Anniversary of "The Catch": 5 Other Great Catches in Sports

    Sorry, Everson Walls: It's not your day.​Thirty years ago today, Dallas Cowboy haters -- in other words, every right-thinking person in the world -- rejoiced when Dwight Clark of the San Francisco 49ers made what has gone down in history as The Catch to put the dagger in the Cowboys' title hop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Strange Vendetta Against Jeff Bagwell

    Should make the Hall of Fame today​Back when I was in law school, I was taught a basic strategy for handling a trial, or any type of legal argument. If you have the facts in your favor, but not the law, argue the facts. If you have the law in your favor, but not the facts, argue the law. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Carlos Lee Still, Somehow, Playing Outfield For The Surprisingly Despised Astros

    Rare photographic evidence of Carlos Lee running​This is turning out to be a bad week for the Houston Astros.With a chance to get their record to the break-even mark, the Astros were instead swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Wandy Rodriguez is injured and has to miss tonight's start in Atlanta -- th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: More on California Honky-Tonk Zelig Larry Hosford

    Photos by Charlie McGovernl-r: Ramsay Midwood, Kip Boardman, Tony Gilkyson, Don Heffington, Larry Hosford, 1998​ We've just listened to his duet with Larry Hosford on "Reno Is a Late Night Town," and Mike Stinson looks up and grins like he's just heard Dwight Yoakam is going to cut another one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Don't Forget Record Store Day is Saturday

    Well, it looks like the weather gods are laughing at Houston again, and have decided to ring in iFest with a good round of drenching rain. So if you'd prefer to remain indoors, don't forget Saturday is Record Store Day - there's even a Web site. Be a good consumer and help out your neighborhood musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    MFAH Buys A Piece Of Obama-Hope History

    Photo by fletcherwarrenAnyone who drives by the Breakfast Klub can see a giant version for free, but the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the institutions that has purchased a print of the famous Shepard Fairey "Hope" illustration of Barack Obama.The MFAH has also purchased a print of the ori ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    July 12, 2007
  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

    Is the Hag the greatest three-tool talent in country music history?

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007
  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    A Blighted Slough of Smells, Steel and Chemicals

    Touring bands sound off on Houston

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Out of the Park

    Second Ward slugger Aaron Trevio scores a scholarship and prepares to leave the barrio behind

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Shallow Pop

    Bernie Mac needs three more hits. He won't likely find one here.

  • News

    September 2, 2004
  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004

    Riding High

    Horsing around at the Houston Polo Club

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2002

    Fair Play

    A former Astros announcer threads together baseball history

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Playing Hardball

    Quentin Mease's drive to desegregate the Dome gave rise to a new black power in Houston

  • Culture

    December 7, 2000

    Bless the Blockhead

    How A Charlie Brown Christmas almost wasn't, then became a tradition

  • Culture

    October 26, 2000

    The Man of Ink

    Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero

  • Calendar

    April 1, 1999