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  • 19 hours Three Times The Houston Texans Should Have Used The Franchise Tag Houstonpress
    So, here we are, one day into the two-week period during which NFL teams can place the franchise tag on one (and ONLY one) of their free agents, and in Houston, the anticipation grows — when will the Texans place their franchise tag on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? Once it ... more
  • 20 hours Who Shot Karma in the Head and Threw Her in a Dumpster? Houstonpress
    A two-year-old pitbull named Karma who was found in a dumpster somehow miraculously alive after having been shot in the head is recuperating while local authorities — aided by now a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest  — are looking for who did this to her. Karma was ... more
  • 2 days Setting the Odds On the Jadeveon Clowney Contract Saga Houstonpress
    It feels like just yesterday that the Houston Texans made Jadeveon Clowney the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and yet here were are, five years into Clowney's NFL career, with three Pro bowls in his back pocket, trying to figure out what the future holds for ... more
  • 2 days Breaking Down the Final Weeks of the Season for the Rockets Houstonpress
    Two months. Twenty-five games. That's what remains for the Houston Rockets before the postseason. After a few days off for the All-Star break, it appears the team will, for the first time in months, be at full strength with the return of Clint Capela after a 15-game absence with a ... more
  • 2 days Heavy Metal Heroes Accept Get “Classy” Houstonpress -Movies
    While he thinks the word “crazy” might be stretching it a bit, guitarist Wolf Hoffman does understand that what he did at Germany’s 2017 Wacken Open Air Festival (the world’s largest annual gathering of heavy metal fans) might have some questioning his sanity. That’s where his band Accept staged an ... more
  • 2 days Houston By the Neighborhood: History Lives On in These Century Old Homes Houstonpress
    There's much to lament when historic structures fall to decay, neglect or the wrecking ball, but that only makes preserved gems from a century ago all the more precious. A quick glance on reveals at least 40 such properties, ranging in price from $79,000 for a 560-square-foot home to $2.5 ... more
  • 3 days NFL Franchise Tag Preview: The Six Most Interesting Cases For Texans Fans Houstonpress
    Of the three major sports that we have here in Houston, the NFL is the one that does the offseason the best, and the Houston Texans are easily the team in whose offseason fans are most interested. It helps that, this offseason, general manager Brian Gaine has a first and ... more
  • 3 days Weather Week: Odd, Chilly, Gloomy Few Days Ahead Houstonpress
    Forecasting Houston's weather never gets boring. The sheer size is one thing. It could be 75 in Clear Lake and 50 in The Woodlands. Then add in the unpredictability of weather this time of the year and trying to figure out what is going to happen over the next 24 ... more
  • 3 days Climate Change Symposium: Will Houston Become Beachfront Property? Houstonpress
    Why should Houstonians care if a glacier in Iceland, almost 4,000 miles away, has officially died out? "There's a direct connection. In a weird way we are very much connected to this," says Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology at Rice University, who says NASA scientists predict that the melting of continental ... more
  • 6 days HISD Trustees Vote Against Taking a Break, the Superintendent Search Continues Houstonpress
    Probably the only surprise in last night's Houston School Board vote on whether to suspend the search for a new superintendent — they didn't by the way — was that trustee Sue Deigaard abstained, saying she wasn't going to be part of the racial divide that has developed on the ... more
  • 6 days Where Does the Road To WrestleMania Lead After Houston? Houstonpress
    Long-term storytelling is hard. We've been hustled a bit by the "golden age of television," but the truth is for every Breaking Bad or The Sopranos there's a Heroes or any number of shows that exist but you've never come across. But the thing that episodic dramas have going for ... more
  • 6 days Five Things to Expect From Houston Weather in the Spring Houstonpress
    There is a joke often made about Houston that we really only have two seasons. There's one season just called "hot" and another called "less hot." That's an exaggeration, of course, but we don't have the kinds of changes you see in other parts of the country. There aren't the ... more
  • 6 days Roger Clemens: “Justin Verlander Can PItch As Long As He Wants” Houstonpress
    In the pantheon of trades in Houston sports history, given that it directly impacted a world championship in 2017, and given that the subject continues to perform at an elite level, the Justin Verlander trade from August 31, 2017, stands above the rest. Since arriving in Houston shortly after Hurricane ... more
  • 7 days Weekend Weather: The Heat is Back On for a Few Days Houstonpress
    As forecast, it has been a beautiful, cool work week. With highs around 60 degrees and lows in the upper 30s under sunny skies, it certainly has felt like a normal Houston winter. But, similar to last week, that is about to change this weekend. For Valentine's Day, it should ... more
  • 7 days Handicapping Houston Texans Odds on Re-Signing Their Own Free Agents Houstonpress
    Beginning on March 11, at 11 a.m. Houston time, NFL teams can begin negotiating with the representation for free agents that are not their own, which means that other teams can, in plain English, begin putting their greasy mitts on YOUR guys. Now, in years past — years like, say, ... more
  • 7 days Houston By the Neighborhood: Walkability Scores Houstonpress
    Seattle-based Walk Score does the numbers so we don't have to. Their algorithms measure businesses, theaters, parks and destinations within one mile of any address in the United States, awarding extra points for those amenities that are within a quarter of a mile. The Redfin-owned company also ranks properties based ... more
  • 7 days For The Oscars, It’s Time To Give The Viewers What They Want Houstonpress -Movies
    They could try going back to the show's original format, which was a banquet held at places like the Biltmore and Ambassador hotels. These programs averaged about two hours in length, had lots of booze, and were pretty laid back. Problem is, you just described the Golden Globes. ... more
  • 1 week To DH or Not to DH: MLB Should Look to Houston for Answers Houstonpress
    Baseball is a game that, perhaps more than any other, relies on tradition as a means of perpetuating itself. The fact that very few changes have been made in professional baseball over 100 years means there can be realistic comparisons between players from different eras with at least a modicum ... more
  • 1 week Four Thoughts on the Texans’ Release of WR Demaryius Thomas Houstonpress
    It's been fun watching Houston Texans second year GM Brian Gaine do his work in trying to construct a Super Bowl winner here in Houston. Certainly, there were hits (his first draft class, with no first or second round pick) and misses (Aaron Colvin), but perhaps the most encouraging sign ... more
  • 1 week “That’s How You Get Trump in 2020” is Stupid Emotional Blackmail Houstonpress
    Welcome to the next presidential election cycle. It feels like when we used to get a new “Saw” movie every year, but more painful and nonsensical. Currently, a variety of quirky characters are already auditioning to be the next president, including Texas’ own Julian Castro. Consequently, the vitriol has begun ... more
  • 1 week Rockets Season Feels a Long Way from 2017-18 Houstonpress
    Through 55 games in the 2017-18 season, the Rockets had lost 13 games. That included a long stretch without Chris Paul and another batch of games without James Harden. Even Clint Capela missed a handful of games. So, it wasn't as if they were at full strength, rolling over everyone ... more
  • 1 week DeAndre Hopkins Named NFL’s Best Offensive Player By Pro Football Focus Houstonpress
    He may not be the most irreplaceable player on the Houston Texans (that would be Deshaun Watson), and he might not be the biggest icon in franchise franchise history (that would be J.J. Watt), but wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is the team's best pure football player. This is something I've ... more
  • 1 week Weather Week: More Ups and Downs For Valentine’s Week Houstonpress
    From spring to winter and back again, Houston's February has been a bizarre roller coaster of unseasonably warm  weather followed by periods of cold, gray days. This past weekend, a week of highs in the 70s were transformed into a cold damp couple of days with temperatures never climbing out ... more
  • 1 week Opening Night for the Alliance of American Football — 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    When the NFL season finally ends, as it did a little over a week in Super Bowl LIII, there is normally a sadness that comes over me that there will be no more football until the late summer. Yeah, there's the combine and the draft, and there's spring ball in ... more
  • 1 week Rockets, Astros Now Available on Streaming, But It Will Cost You Houstonpress
    The cord cutters of the world have scored another victory. It was announced this week that streaming service fuboTV has acquired the rights to broadcast AT&T SportsNet, the home of the Rockets and Astros as well as other local sports programming, on its network. Until this week, AT&T SportsNet remained ... more
  • 2 weeks How Your Television Became the Best Jukebox in Town Houstonpress -Movies
    The best jukebox in town isn’t in a funky dive bar filled with interesting or questionable characters. It’s not in a forgotten corner of a smoke-filled billiards hall overrun with wannabe pool sharks. The best jukebox in town is the TV in your living room, den or bedroom. Last weekend ... more
  • 2 weeks Rockets NBA Trading Deadline: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The NBA trade deadline is superior to all other deadlines because of the wild flurry of activity leading right up to what was, this year anyway, Thursday's 2 p.m. end to trades for the 2018-19 season. As usual, the Rockets were active, though perhaps not in the way that some ... more
  • 2 weeks When HydroDog Partners With Three Little Pitties, Everybody Wins Houstonpress
    If April showers bring May flowers, what's the yield from all these winter showers? Mud, muck, dirty paw prints and stinky, smelly dogs. We know your pooch doesn't mind — for them all smells are good smells — but give your sniffer some relief by heading out to a mega ... more
  • 2 weeks Reviews For The Easily Distracted: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Houstonpress -Movies
    If The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot had any other title, Krzykowski likely wouldn't get near as much shit as he's surely going to. If audiences can get past their initial disappointment that the movie isn't all (or even mostly) Hitler and Bigfoot killing, they may be able to enjoy his movie on its own terms. ... more
  • 2 weeks Simone Biles Wins Athlete of the Year at Houston Sports Awards Houstonpress
    In Houston, we are currently living in a golden age of team sports. The Astros are a year removed from a world championship, the Rockets are coming off a Western Conference Finals berth, and the Texans won the AFC South this past season. There is massive star power on all ... more
  • 2 weeks Houston By the Neighborhood: What a $500,000 Property Looks Like Today Houstonpress
    Ready to buy your first home, next home, or an investment property and your budget's set at a cool half a million? Here's what you can get in and around the Houston area for $500,000. Hint: the results include cleared land, midcentury tear-downs, a Montrose townhome and — restoring our ... more
  • 2 weeks Weather Weekend: Winter Returns Houstonpress
    It has been downright muggy around here this week. High temperatures have hovered in the balmy upper 70s with clouds and occasional drizzle. We even set a record minimum temperature of 68 degrees this week. It has not been what anyone, even those of us along the Gulf Coast, would ... more
  • 2 weeks Lots of Opportunities For Rockets Before and After Trade Deadline Houstonpress
    With Daryl Morey, you never know. The Rockets GM often approaches the NBA trade deadline like a kid playing NBA Live. And more often than not, he has pulled off a deal that stunned onlookers even when his opponents knew his reputation as a wheeling and dealing wizard. This Thursday ... more
  • 2 weeks Houston Texans Announce 2019 Coaching Staff, New QB Coach Houstonpress
    On Tuesday afternoon, the Houston Texans announced their full staff of assistant coaches for the upcoming season. To no one's surprise, since the cat was out of the bag several days ago, former tight ends coach Tim Kelly got his expected promotion to offensive coordinator. That move, its significance and ... more
  • 2 weeks Houston ISD Board Members Caught on Camera in a Toxic Team Building Retreat Houstonpress
    We knew they didn't get along. Anyone watching one of the Houston ISD's school board meetings in the last year could tell you that. Even after a public apology for their inability to work together in a civil manner, certain trustees haven't been able to resist the urge to unload ... more
  • 2 weeks The Easy Fix To Make This the Best NBA All-Star Game Ever Houstonpress
    The 68th edition of the NBA All-Star Game is coming up on Sunday, February 17, but perhaps even more highly anticipated than the game itself is the second edition of the playground-style draft of all of the players named to the All-Star team, which this year will be, thankfully, televised ... more
  • 2 weeks Facebook’s Four Most Annoying Commenter Behaviors Houstonpress
    From privacy issues to Russian propaganda, Facebook hasn't exactly been the most popular social media entity lately. But, still millions of people visit it regularly to catch up on friend gossip, post pictures of their dinners and wish relative strangers happy birthday. For all the knocks it has taken, Facebook ... more
  • 2 weeks Super Bowl LIII: Patriots 13, Rams 3 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    In the eight Super Bowls prior to last night in which the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick combination participated, the largest margin of victory for either side, the Pats or the opposition, had been eight points, and that was last season when the Eagles and Nick Foles knocked off New England. So ... more
  • 2 weeks Weather Week: Spring Weather Continues Houstonpress
    It's the first week in February and the weather in Houston as per usual unpredictable. A low pressure system moved through the region over the weekend leaving the area gray, cloudy and pretty damp. Only moderate amounts of rain fell, but it was a pretty gross few days especially given ... more
  • 2 weeks Texans To Promote TE Coach Tim Kelly to Offensive Coordinator Houstonpress
    For a head coach who won nine games in a row at one point this past season, and led his team to an 11-5 record, Bill O'Brien has, at best, an odd relationship with the Houston Texans fan base. I suppose a 1-3 career record in the postseason is an ... more
  • 3 weeks Five Good Prop Bets For Super Bowl LIII Houstonpress
    It's almost here, just two days away. It's Super Bowl LIII, or as I like to call it "Christmas Day for degenerate gamblers." There is no more gambled upon event each year than the Super Bowl, with an estimated $6 billion slated to be wagered this year, and that number ... more
  • 3 weeks Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Miss Bala Houstonpress -Movies
    Miss Bala might have succeeded if Hardwicke and company had leaned into the weirdness of the premise or done anything to deviate from the depressingly linear plot. ... more
  • 3 weeks Carmageddon Again This Weekend on Houston Area Freeways Houstonpress
    When you think about major traffic on Houston's freeways, there are a few spots that always seem to come to mind. Two of the absolute worst are a pair of interchanges: I-45/I-69/288 and 610/I-69. They have always been mind-numbingly catastrophic. One, a tangled mess of merging lanes going seemingly every ... more
  • 3 weeks Houston Texans: It’s Been An Interesting Week For The Coaching Staff Houstonpress
    Back in my pre-rado days, when I was out there on the streets selling some super dope telecom services, and I was promoted into a management position for the first time, I was given this piece of advice by my new boss, who was the Vice President of Sales for ... more
  • 3 weeks Ranking the Rockets Five Worst Losses of the Season Houstonpress
    On Tuesday night, the Rockets did the nearly unthinkable. They lost at home to a New Orleans team beset by injury and just days after their best player, Anthony Davis, demanded a trade. As one person pointed out on Twitter, a Pelicans team with Jrue Holiday and a group of ... more
  • 3 weeks Weekend Weather: Spring Invades Winter Houstonpress
    The first part of the week was rather chilly with temperatures staying mostly in the 50s and clouds building in towards the middle of the week. While other parts of the country are dealing with a polar vortex and plummeting temperatures, we are about to get decidedly warmer around here ... more
  • 3 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Category We Forgot Houstonpress
    Best Category We Forgot — Hair Salon By an overwhelming margin, the Houston Press Readers' Choice voters thought the No. 1 category we forgot was Hair Salon. And in almost identical numbers they said Salon Meyerland should be the recipient of that honor. We'll make sure to get hair salon ... more
  • 3 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Grocery Store Houstonpress
    Best Grocery Store: H-E-B at Bunker Hill Restaurants. Breweries. It’s a miracle no one has tried putting a waterslide in a grocery store yet, as eager as some companies are to try and make them destinations to visit instead of places we go out of necessity. You won’t find any ... more
  • 3 weeks Technology Privacy Issues Worse Than You Think, but Not the Way You Imagine Houstonpress
    We read about a new privacy breach involving technology virtually every day. Some company's accounting system was hacked. Another had their email lists breached. Facebook services ads you don't want and offers your messages content to vendors. Then, on Monday, it was widely reported that a bug in the Apple ... more
  • 3 weeks Astros Hall of Fame Highlights Our Shared History Houstonpress
    The Astros announced last week their intention to build a team Hall of Fame inside Minute Maid Park. When completed, it will be a long overdue nod to the tremendous history of Houston's professional baseball franchise. More generally, it's another acknowledgement of the long and fascinating history of the city ... more
  • 3 weeks Ranking The Five Teams Who Can’t Refuse Doing HBO’s Hard Knocks Houstonpress
    It's hard to believe that this coming summer's season of HBO's award-winning NFL training camp series Hard Knocks will mark four years since the NFL Films folks were infiltrating NRG Stadium and the city of Houston to chronicle every move of the Houston Texans in the summer of 2015. It seems ... more
  • 3 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Radio Station Houstonpress
    Best Radio Station: ESPN 97.5 Terrestrial music radio may be holding on by a thread thanks to streaming, but talk radio, particularly sports talk radio, continues to thrive. And perhaps there is no better story than that of Gow Media, the local company that started out with 1560 AM The ... more
  • 3 weeks Rockets In-Season Acquisitions Paying Dividends Beyond Injury Help Houstonpress
    In four games since joining the Rockets center Kenneth Faried is averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds. That is essentially double his output for the rest of the season with Brooklyn. Austin Rivers is averaging 11 points and 3.5 assists in his 17 games with the Rockets compared to 7 ... more
  • 3 weeks Five Matchups That Will Define Super Bowl LIII Houstonpress
    Last season, the only matchup that mattered for me at the Super Bowl was the subzero Minneapolis weather versus my nasty sinus infection. Well, it ain't exactly tropical here in Atlanta this week — snow is expected tomorrow... in Georgia... SNOW! — but it's freaking paradise compared to the Twin ... more
  • 3 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Radio News Houstonpress
    Best Radio News: News 88.7 FM It's not even close really. When it comes to news reporting on the radio in Houston, the absolute gold standard is Houston Public Media, the team of reporters and on-air news personalities for Houston NPR affiliate KUHF 88.7 FM. It's no wonder they have repeatedly ... more
  • 3 weeks Several Houston Police Officers Have Been Shot [UPDATED] Houstonpress
    Five Houston police officers serving a warrant in Southeast Houston were shot this afternoon and are being taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, police have reported. According to a tweet from Houston Police Chief Art Aceveo, several Houston police officers have been shot. He was proceeding to Memorial Hermann. ... more
  • 3 weeks Five Ways METRO Can Improve Transit Through Rail Houstonpress
    METRO has been working on a long-term $7.5 billion plan that will re-shape transit in the Houston area over the next 20 years and it is asking for the input of Houstonians. Funny they should ask, because we've been talking about this sort of thing for quite some time. In ... more
  • 3 weeks Five Super Bowl LIII Storylines With Ties To the Houston Texans Houstonpress
    So you're a Houston Texans fan, and for the seventeenth time in the history of your fandom, you're getting ready to watch a Super Bowl that doesn't include your favorite team participating. It's a shame, and hopefully, that will be remedied someday. With Deshaun Watson as your quarterback, your chances ... more
  • 3 weeks Weather Week: Cold and Dry Ahead of Warmer, Wetter Weather Houstonpress
    This past weekend brought some pretty magnificent weather. It was a bit on the chilly side, but the sun was out and it was pretty lovely overall. This week promises more of the same for the first half of the week with clouds gathering toward the weekend. Monday will be ... more
  • 3 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Sports Fans Houstonpress
    Best Sports Fans: Houston Astros Fans It was not always easy to be a fan of the Houston Astros. There were those years where Minute Maid Park felt like a tomb and baseball felt like an elaborate pre-show for a fireworks display. But even in the most dreadful of seasons, ... more
  • 4 weeks Houston Highway Construction At DEFCON 1 This Weekend Houstonpress
    Strap yourselves in drivers. On second thought, don't strap yourselves in. Stay at home. Ride a bike. Take a walk. If you do have to drive, assume every freeway in Houston is filled with mutant zombies hell bent on eating your brains. May as well be considering the level of ... more
  • 4 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Dash Houstonpress
    Best Dash: Kealia Ohai An all star since her high school days in Utah and as part of the North Carolina Tar Heels 2012 champion team, Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai made it to the Houston Dash as the second overall pick in the 2014 college draft. A scoring leader ... more
  • 4 weeks Five James Harden Myths Debunked Houstonpress
    For the second straight year, James Harden is clearly the MVP of the NBA. With all due respect to the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Harden is performing, especially on offense, at a level we haven't seen since before the merger. He is breaking or matching records that were set more than ... more
  • 4 weeks Will DeAndre Hopkins Make the NFL’s All-Decade Team? Houstonpress
    As "highest honors" go, the NFL's All-Decade team is, in a strange way, simultaneously significant and flawed. It's significant in that, if you're one of the 53 players to receive the honor, it's undoubtedly a feather in your cap when it comes time for conversations about the Hall of Fame ... more
  • 4 weeks Weather Weekend: Winter is Here for a While Houstonpress
    The cycle of warming followed by a stout cold front and much cooler temperatures behind it continued this week. We had almost spring-like day on Tuesday with warm and muggy conditions. But that changed rapidly overnight. A cold front brought with it a fairly strong line of storms that dropped ... more
  • 4 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Beach Houstonpress
    Best Beach: Surfside Beach It's not particularly fancy, that's for sure. And if you're looking for a lot of other things to do, it probably isn't the best choice. But if you just want to hang out in a place that probably doesn't look all that different from previous decades, ... more
  • 4 weeks Re-grading Texans GM Brian Gaine’s 2018 Offseason and In-Season Moves Houstonpress
    As off-seasons go, this one should more closely resemble what Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine will become accustomed to during what is hopefully a long and successful reign as the architect of this franchise's roster. Last offseason was short on both resources and time, as the team was lacking ... more
  • 4 weeks Four Ways to Make Officiating Better Houstonpress
    New Orleans has, in recent years, become a remarkably safe place. That stands somewhat in contrast to years when crime levels were high in the Crescent City. In those days, fans streaming into the Superdome might have been concerned about being robbed on their way to see the Saints. On ... more
  • 4 weeks Best of Houston® 2019: Best Spay/Neuter Clinic Houstonpress
    Best Best Spay/Neuter Clinic: Snap Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic You can call them specialists. This isn't the place to take an injured animal but if you want competent, low-cost animal spay and neuter services (and basic wellness services), Snap Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is the place to go. As its ... more
  • 4 weeks Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson Named To 2019 Pro Bowl Houstonpress
    Ideally, down the road, Deshaun Watson will be named to several Pro Bowls as one of the actual three best quarterbacks in the AFC, and even more ideally, he will not have to play in said Pro Bowls, because the Houston Texans are playing in the Super Bowl the following ... more
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