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
Eventually, it happens to every team. The Rockets just didn't think it would be quite this soon. After eight seasons with winning records and trips to the postseason including the franchise record for wins in a season and two visits to the Western...
8 days ago | Sports
One of the best days of the year is opening day in baseball. After a COVID-shortened 2020 and a disappointing overall year for the Astros, even more anticipation was building over at Minute Maid Park. Which made it all the more of a bummer when th...
9 days ago | Sports
Besides the COVID-shortened 2020 season, 2021 promises to be one of the most interesting and difficult to predict seasons in quite some time for the Houston Astros. There is a mix of young talent and older experience throughout the lineup with hug...
11 days ago | Sports
Houston is not a city that is easy on sports fans. Considering some of the unbelievable sports misery lumped upon the shoulders of fans in Houston over the last year-plus, it's a miracle they remain committed to teams here. But, Monday night deliv...
16 days ago | Sports
Victor Oladipo had long cited his desire to take his talents to South Beach. After a half-season stay in Houston with mixed results, he finally got his wish on Thursday as the Rockets traded Oladipo at the NBA trade deadline to the Heat for guard ...
17 days ago | Sports
Virtually every analysis of the Houston Astros going into the 2021 season described the team in the same way. Despite the loss of George Springer in free agency, this was still a very good team at the plate and in the field. Their bullpen appeared...