Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
3 days ago | Sports
You could see it coming. When Jake Marisnick was plunked in the sixth inning of Tuesday's nights Astros vs. Angels game in Anaheim — a retaliatory strike for the the outfielder's violent collision with Angels cacher Jonathan Lucroy last week — no ...
4 days ago | Traffic
As Hurricane Barry rolled into the central Louisiana coastline over the weekend, no doubt many Houstonians were breathing a sigh of relief. While Barry wasn't exactly a blockbuster storm, it dropped dozens of inches of rain across a wide region fr...
5 days ago | Sports
On Tuesday, the Rockets announced the trade that sent Chris Paul and draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. The trade, which was first reported last week, was one of the biggest blockbusters in an offseason of massive deal...
6 days ago | Sports
A recent trend in pitching in baseball has been the "opener," a starting pitcher that goes maybe an inning or two before handing over the ball to a reliever, who is typically designated as the primary pitcher. It's typically stopgap measure used w...
7 days ago | Sports
The first ten days of free agency ended in a whirlwind for the Rockets who traded Chris Paul and draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for former MVP Russell Westbrook. We can get into the whole "will this thing actually work" soon enough. For ...
10 days ago | Sports
Less than two weeks into free agency, it appeared the Rockets had swung and missed. They attempted to land Jimmy Butler, who opted for Miami. Even second tier free agents found other homes while the Rockets managed only to retain their own. ...