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
It remains one of the most controversial headlines in Houston media history and it had nothing to do with politics or social justice or pandemics. On June 1, 2005, the Houston Chronicle ran a story that covered nearly the entire front of the sport...
5 days ago | Travel
In the height of a raging pandemic, I drove to north Texas to buy a canoe. Let me explain. My brother-in-law is an outdoorsy guy. Eric and his family live in Austin in a beautiful house that backs up to the city's green belt. My wife and I would v...
8 days ago | Traffic
Mayor Sylvester Turner called it a "paradigm shift." Council member Michael Kubosh said he would have been "shocked" if this were brought to council "20 or 30 years ago." On Tuesday, the city took a first baby step toward making Houston, a histori...
9 days ago | Weather
As if 2020 weren't already cruel enough, the widely respected hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University released their updated hurricane season forecast on Wednesday, and it is a doozy. According to the report, a combination of near histo...
10 days ago | Sports
The start to the NBA restart has been a success. Plenty of exciting games and, most importantly, no new cases of the coronavirus. The Rockets have started 2-1, including a rather dead-legged loss to Portland on Tuesday night. But, even with the so...
15 days ago | Sports
The NBA has laid dormant since March 11 when the league halted play due to the impacts of COVID-19, most specifically the infection of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. At the time, the Rockets were sixth in the Western Conference standings, a game-an...