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  • 6 months Houston Texans 53 Man Roster Prediction, 2019 Version 2.0 Houstonpress
    On Sunday, after another sweltering morning of practice for his squad, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien met with the media to give his daily state of the union on this year's version of the team. With several positions up for grabs, and a handful of players still trying to ... more
  • 6 months Health Must Be a Priority for the Astros Houstonpress
    This Astros team is one of the best we've seen, many believe better than the 2017 team that won the World Series. With under two months of the regular season left, they have a chance to set some pretty substantial franchise records and position themselves for home field advantage throughout ... more
  • 6 months Savarese Fight Fit Will Host Self-Defense Series To Benefit Crime Stoppers of Houston Houstonpress
    What’s better than the moment an assailant realizes you took a self-defense class from heavyweight champion Lou Savarese and three-black-belt martial artist DeMarkus Jones? Nothing is better. In a city where one in 19 people are likely to be involved in either a violent or property crime, this valuable know-how ... more
  • 6 months Heat and Hurricanes in the Heart of Houston Summer Houstonpress
    In case you decided not to leave your air conditioned home over the past few days, it's been hot outside. Like really hot. In fact, it reached 101 degrees for the fourth straight day, the first time we have seen temperatures like this since the summer of 2011 when we ... more
  • 6 months Houston Texans at Training Camp Midway Point — 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    As quickly as Houston Texans training camp began a couple of weeks, here we find ourselves, already about a dozen or so practices in, and on the calendar we are suddenly halfway through camp. So with the week long trip to Green Bay (described by the voice of the Texans, ... more
  • 6 months Upon Further Investigation, TEA Appears Ready to Oust the HISD Board Houstonpress
    Looks like the Texas Education Agency is about to put the Houston ISD board out of our misery. Unless it asterisks its findings and finds more reason for delay, the state seems poised to give the boot to that rambunctious group of elected officials — some of them liars, meddlers ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Trade For RB Duke Johnson Houstonpress
    In what was about as busy a week as a team can have on the field early in training camp — travel to Green Bay, multiple practices with the Packers, planning for and playing a preseason game — the Texans managed to accomplish some things off the field, too, namely ... more
  • 6 months The Slow and the Furious: Freeway Closures Again This Weekend Houstonpress
    For weeks and weeks Houstonians have dealt with freeway closures...make that years and years. Fortunately, most are at night when the majority of us are sleeping. But, often, they will seep into the daylight and you realize vampires really can exist in sunlight. This weekend brings a pair of annoying ... more
  • 6 months Breaking Down the Astros Schedule for the Stretch Run Houstonpress
    After clobbering the Rockies for the second straight day, the Astros head into the final 47 games of the season with a commanding 10-game lead in the AL West, a virtual tie with the Yankees for the best record in the American League and only a half game separating them ... more
  • 6 months NFL Preseason Week 1: Texans-Packers — Four Things To Watch For Houstonpress
    A few years ago, in 2015, with the Texans toiling though training camp as the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks, the team took a trip to Richmond where they scrimmaged with the Redskins for a couple of fight-filled days of practice. It got so bad between the two teams that ... more
  • 6 months 5 Best Bets This Weekend in Houston: Rent, Dude Perfect and Brainbloom Houstonpress -Movies
    It's a throwback weekend in Houston, and we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rent over at The Hobby Center, and 21 years since Jeff Bridges donned a bathrobe and elevated the status of White Russians in The Big Lebowski. We've also got a trippy outdoor installation in Brainbloom at MFAH, ... more
  • 6 months Greinke Debut All About the Offense Houstonpress
    Zack Greinke's debut as a Houston Astro didn't exactly go the way he wanted. But, he still managed to pick up the win thanks to an offensive explosion from one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball as the Astros downed the Rockies 11-6 in a game that looked more ... more
  • 6 months NFL Draft Round 3: Where Texans Draft Choices Go To Die Houstonpress
    When it comes to drafting, signing players, and general assembly of an NFL roster, over the last decade or so, the Texans probably rank right about where they seem to rank in nearly every on-field metric over that time — somewhere smack dab in the middle of the league. Right ... more
  • 6 months Texans Training Camp In Green Bay: J.J. Watt Squishes a Kid’s Bike Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans' first day of inter-squad practice in Green Bay is in the books. The Texans and the Green Bay Packers locked horns on Monday morning for what was reportedly some spirited sessions, including Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson laying some overzealous lumber on some Packer receivers and nearly ... more
  • 6 months All Quiet in the Atlantic as We Enter Peak Hurricane Season Houstonpress
    The tropical Atlantic has been mostly quiet since opening hurricane season 2019 in June. Aside from Hurricane Barry and Subtropical Storm Andrea, there hasn't been much in the way of activity in the basin. This, however, is not unusual. The majority of tropical weather occurs between mid-August and mid-September, so ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Upscale and Established Afton Oaks Houstonpress
    Prestigious, upscale and established are just a few of the words that best describe the tony Afton Oaks neighborhood, according to Lew Faraclas of Hellenic Bros., LLC. "Its very close proximity to The Galleria, Loop 610 and State Highway 59 make it one of Houston’s most sought-after communities," says the broker ... more
  • 6 months Four Final Thoughts on the Astros Trade Deadline Deals Houstonpress
    Last week, the Astros pulled off a shocking blockbuster deal adding Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. It was the biggest in a series of moves on trade deadline day, one in which the Astros dominated the news. After a weekend in which ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans’ Releasing D’Onta Foreman Houstonpress
    I suppose we should have seen this day coming when Bill O'Brien was asked about D'Onta Foreman after the running back's 2018 return from the PUP list, and the head coach's answer was "Can he carry the ball more than two times in a row without having to go get a ... more
  • 6 months Filmmaker Alyssa Rachelle Explores the Cultural Influences Behind Gumbo Houstonpress -Movies
    The lights were dim in the DeLuxe Theater as guests sat around banquet tables and stared intently at the screen. Projected in front of them a woman and a chef moved through the tight, hectic space of a restaurant kitchen as line cooks prepped for the evening’s guests. The two ... more
  • 6 months Run. Hide. Fight. And Silence Your Smartphone. Houstonpress
    Last week's false report of an active shooter downtown was frightening. There are so many places for a suspect to hide and — had it occurred in the tunnel system — so few ways for a victim to escape. That fear has been overshadowed by the events of this weekend, where ... more
  • 6 months What If The NFL Offseason Looked Like the NBA Offseason? Houstonpress
    Late last week, the Houston Rockets had the press conference for their latest splashy offseason move. In fact, the trade for Russell Westbrook might be the splashiest Rockets move since the trade for James Harden in October 2012, which is saying something considering this is a team that brought in ... more
  • 6 months Traffic Snarls Expected Along 59 South Between Newcastle and South Rice Houstonpress
    Imagine we're all just living inside a giant video game and, with every road or lane closure, the TxDot gamemaster has put its foot down to redirect our path. Let's just say that GM is doing a little Riverdancing this weekend, setting up some nasty surprises on US-290, I-45 in ... more
  • 6 months Rumors of Active Shooter in Downtown Houston Unfounded Houstonpress
    Late Thursday afternoon, August 1, reports were coming in on social media about an active shooter in the downtown tunnel system, near the Esperson Building, or near the intersection of Bagby and McKinney. However, according to the Houston Police Department, those rumors were determined to be unfounded. The investigation into ... more
  • 6 months Ranking Texans 2019 Opponents By Most Prominent Former Texans On Roster Houstonpress
    One thing you can always count on in the NFL from season to season — rampant roster turnover. With contracts not being fully guaranteed, and players hitting free agency (for the most part) after just four seasons, roster construction is a practically year-round endeavor. As a result, there are very ... more
  • 6 months Astros Land Ace Greinke in Last-Minute Trade Deadline Blockbuster Houstonpress
    Astros' Twitter was in high gear leading up to Wednesday's Major League Baseball deadline. As 3:00 p.m. local time approached and the Astros hadn't made any significant moves to land a starting pitcher (or a reliever), fans began to get restless. A few even called for GM Jeff Lunhow's head ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts On Johnathan Joseph’s Pay Raise From the Houston Texans Houstonpress
    It was shortly after the lockout of NFL players ended during the summer of 2011. The league was once again open for business and free agents could sign wherever they chose to do so. The Houston Texans were coming off a 2010 season in which their defense, specifically their secondary, ... more
  • 6 months Houston Texans 53 Man Roster Prediction, 2019 Version 1.0 Houstonpress
    Amidst the return fo the sweltering Houston humidity over this past weekend and on Monday morning, the Houston Texans wrapped up their first five practices of the preseason. On Tuesday, the players will get a day of rest, while the coaches will gather at NRG Stadium to begin sifting through ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Central Park in East End Revitalized Houstonpress
    Writing about Central Park is like watching sand slip through the fingers. Savvy buyers are quickly snapping up properties in this neighborhood, part of what's called the "East End Revitalized" market area, and getting a lot of bang for their buck. Of the ten or so homes on the market right ... more
  • 6 months Clowney and Watson Rankings In NFL Top 100 Revealed, What Does It Mean? Houstonpress
    The NFL has unveiled over two thirds of its annual Top 100 list, with players 30 through 21 set to be made public tonight on the NFL Network. You can go see who the first 70 players named have been thus far on the NFL's website, but as you know, ... more
  • 6 months Four Observations From the Houston Texans’ First Practice In Pads Houstonpress
    On Saturday morning, we got two things that we hadn't seen thus far at Houston Texans training camp. One was a completely unwelcome scourge, and the other was fully welcome anytime. Unwelcome was the scorching heat, after two days of unseasonably hot-but-not-surface-of-the-sun-hot temps, Saturday was a scorcher. Fortunately, the Texans ... more
  • 6 months Houston Outlaws Announce Home and Away Schedule for 2020 Season Houstonpress
    The global Overwatch League (OWL) recently announced more details about its plans to host home and away matches (similar to those implemented by traditional sports) beginning in the 2020 regular season. The OWL is the official professional esports league for Overwatch, an extremely popular and relatively new title from game ... more
  • 6 months Re-HOUnited: Westbrook Joins Harden, Rockets Officially Houstonpress
    Russell Westbrook was all smiles on Friday at the Rockets official press conference welcoming the former MVP to the team. With all the questions about how they will play together looming both inside and outside the Toyota Center media room, Westbrook admitted their biggest challenge will be figuring out how ... more
  • 6 months Four Transportation Alternatives Not as Widely Discussed Houstonpress
    It's difficult to imagine a city-of-the-future styled Houston with flying cars and transporter technology like in Star Trek. In truth, however, it is pretty tough to imagine the Bayou City with any kind of modern transportation options even now halfway through 2019. Progressive is not exactly the word you would ... more
  • 6 months Five Observations From Houston Texans Training Camp Day 1 Houstonpress
    For the first time since 2016, the Houston Texans opened training camp on Thursday right here in Houston. There was no road trip to West Virginia this year, but there was unseasonably cooler weather on Thursday, and by unseasonably cooler, I mean "below 95 degrees, and not really humid at ... more
  • 6 months Astros Have Tough Decision to Make When Correa Returns Houstonpress
    An embarrassment of riches. That's what the Astros have in their lineup already, but when Carlos Correa finally returns from his rib injury, which is expected Friday at St. Louis for an interleague series with the Cardinals, it will leave GM Jeff Lunhow with a move to make and a ... more
  • 6 months Five Burning Questions For Houston Texans Training Camp Houstonpress
    For people whose lives revolve around the National Football League — yes, I am raising my hand — our long nightmare is finally over. Starting this morning, at NRG Stadium, there will be players in uniforms and helmets trying to win a job in the NFL and/or preparing for the ... more
  • 6 months Pablo Cruise Set Sail with a New and Bigger Engine Houstonpress -Movies
    One of the more interesting aspects of pop culture is when a musician or band whose songs have not graced the charts in years (sometimes decades), suddenly has an unexpected resurgence. It could be from a song well-placed on a movie, TV, or video game soundtrack. Or a remake. Or ... more
  • 6 months Predicting Where Houston Texans Land In NFL Top 100 Houstonpress
    One of my favorite signs that the NFL season is upon us, aside from the obvious one that training camp begins on Thursday across the street from NRG Stadium, is the annual reveal of the NFL's annual list of the Top 100 players for the upcoming season, as voted upon ... more
  • 6 months Rating Fear Factor For Each Texans Injury List Announcement Houstonpress
    Houston Texans training camp begins on Thursday morning, and there's really nothing that can dampen my enthusiasm. Jadeveon Clowney will likely be absent, in the midst of a contract standoff with the front office, a front office that actually consists right now of a five headed general manager, and neither ... more
  • 6 months How Often Should You “Keep an Eye on the Tropics” During Hurricane Season? Houstonpress
    From June through the end of November, mentions of hurricane season are frequent along the Gulf Coast. Media outlets urge us all to stay wary of any tropical weather and pay attention as things can develop quickly. This was evident recently with Hurricane Barry, which didn't even form into a ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Audubon Place is Outlandish, Cultured and Walkable Houstonpress
    John Wiley Link had big dreams when he purchased more than 3,300 acres southwest of downtown in the early 1900s, spending more than a million dollars on infrastructure to create the Montrose neighborhood. His vision was for mansions to line the Lovett, Montrose, Yoakum and Audubon Place boulevards, facing the ... more
  • 6 months Pair of Rookie Pitchers Rescue the Astros Houstonpress
    After retuning from the All-Star break, the Astros struggled to find the right combination of pitching to make up for shortcomings thanks to injuries. They tried to stick with Framber Valdez, which did not work. They tried an "opener" for the first time ever. Also, a fail. They were even ... more
  • 6 months Rating the Texans’ Head Coaching Match-ups in 2019 Houstonpress
    Each year since 2011, I believe, just before the start of the NFL regular season, I will do a preview of the Houston Texans' season using a method that I have (very creatively) titled the Pendergast Method. It's an evaluation of the season designed to essentially put games into one ... more
  • 6 months Marisnick’s Week A Turning Point for Team and Player Houstonpress
    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 one on either bench was surprised. It was ... more
  • 6 months Houston’s Five Most Important Athletes Houstonpress
    In saying "good bye" to Russell Westbrook on Tuesday evening, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti used an interesting choice of words to categorize Westbrook's significant to the franchise, since they moved to OKC from Seattle in 2008: The adjective "important" is an interesting one to use, because it ... more
  • 6 months Peter Yarrow on the Promise of Folk Music – Then and Now Houstonpress -Movies
    During the folk music revival of the early 1960s – which saw both older performers rediscovered and new ones step to the forefront of the genre – there was no bigger or more important venue than the Newport Folk Festival. And there were few acts with both the critical and ... more
  • 6 months Preparing for a Hurricane Evacuation Houstonpress
    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 from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama north to Arkansas. For anyone ... more
  • 6 months Rating Former Franchise Icons Acquired By Houston Rockets Since 1995 Houstonpress
    As the NBA offseason simmers down, and the MLB trade deadline approaches, we are reminded that we are very fortunate here in the city of Houston to be rooting for teams that are on the FUN end of the trades where a superstar player is changing teams and the team ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Announce Westbrook Trade: 4 Pros, 4 Cons Houstonpress
    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 deals. There has been, and will continue to be, ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts On The Houston Texans’ Madden 2020 Scores Houstonpress
    How do you know that a sports video game is the most important sports video game in the history of the gaming genre? Well, I would say that the annual release of the game being a major talking point on talk radio and among players is a pretty good start, ... more
  • 7 months Astros Finally Go to “Opener” With Injuries to Starting Rotation Houstonpress
    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 when a team feels like they have a ... more
  • 7 months Six People Most Affected By Texans’ Decision Not To Extend Jadeveon Clowney’s Contract Houstonpress
    Amid the predictable contractual outcome between the two sides, the saga between the Houston Texans and defensive end/linebacker Jadeveon Clowney took some interesting turns on Monday afternoon.  The 3 p.m. deadline for a new deal came and went, and to the surprise of virtually nobody, the Texans and Clowney did ... more
  • 7 months Houston By the Neighborhood: New Homes Replace Flea Market in Spring Branch Houstonpress
    What does Spring Branch mean to you? For parents, it's access to an award-winning school district that's worth paying a bit more in property values. For old school Houstonians, it's a region of phenomenal growth that saw tiny West Belt morph into the massive West Sam Houston Parkway/Beltway 8 — ... more
  • 7 months 50 Years After Apollo 11: Earthrise, A Giant Leap, and Mission Splashdown Houstonpress
    This week we continue our citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. There's tons to see and do, plus discover more events in the first two stories in our series (shown below). This week we've got massive celebrations at Discovery Green, stormtroopers at the Children's ... more
  • 7 months First Westbrook, Then Chandler…Is Iggy Next? Houstonpress
    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 now, Rockets GM Daryl Morey ... more
  • 7 months Who’s Making Amazon Prime Days Happen and What Do They Have to Do to Make You Happy? Houstonpress
    Surrounded by calls for work stoppages and strikes and following a highly uncomplimentary segment on the working life of its employees on Last Week Tonight with host John Oliver, Amazon is soldiering on with its two special Amazon Prime days starting today through Tuesday. Whether it was these factors or ... more
  • 7 months Mickey Gilley on Houston, Honky Tonks and Hollywood Houstonpress -Movies
    Mickey Gilley is probably not into numerology. But there are two double digits that he brings up several times each during our interview: 83 (his age) and 17 (his Billboard No. 1 country music hits – the titles of most which he rattles off with ease). “George Strait has more ... more
  • 7 months Four Thoughts On Jadeveon Clowney Contract Deadline Day Houstonpress
    So I'm back after two weeks in the woods in upstate New York, and like any two week period on the sports calendar, there has been some things that have changed and some that have remained the same over the first half of July. An example of the former would ... more
  • 7 months Rockets Trade Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook in Blockbuster Deal Houstonpress
    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. In one of the craziest offseasons in NBA ... more
  • 7 months No GM in 2019? What the Hell are the Texans Doing? Houstonpress
    For years, it appeared that the Texans would never part with former GM Rick Smith. Through questionable drafts and failed free agent moves, he remained in place, quite literally at the side of beloved former (and now deceased) owner Robert McNair. When Smith stepped down because of his wife's battle ... more
  • 7 months The Dos and Don’ts of Rainy Weather Driving Houstonpress
    While it appears we will dodge a bullet when it comes to potential-Hurricane Barry, seeing a storm rumble through the Gulf of Mexico should not only trigger some Harvey-related PTSD, but remind us that during hurricane season, we often have to deal with bad weather. Forget the wind, water kills ... more
  • 7 months Soon-to-Be Tropical Storm Barry on a Path for Louisiana Houstonpress
    The disturbance labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone Two (eventually Tropical Storm, perhaps Hurricane, Barry) spent overnight Wednesday stumbling around the north central Gulf of Mexico remaining a rather disorganized blob. Forecast models, which had begun trending eastward in forecast tracks yesterday continued that overnight, some even putting a bulls-eye on the ... more
  • 7 months Four Keys to the Astros Second Half Houstonpress
    While the first half of the season actually ended about a week back, the unofficial start to the second half of the season begins on Thursday, just days after the All-Star game in Cleveland. With a seven-and-a-half-game lead in the division and only two losses separating the Astros and the ... more
  • 7 months Gulf Disturbance Expected to be a Hurricane at Landfall Houstonpress
    The forecast for what the National Hurricane Center has deemed Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 — what is likely to become Tropical Storm and eventually Hurricane Barry — remains rather uncertain Wednesday morning. The center of circulation is over water, but most of the thunderstorm activity is spread across a huge ... more
  • 7 months Astros Perform Well in AL’s Seventh Straight All-Star Win Houstonpress
    In a season where balls are flying out of ballparks at record pace and much of the discussion leading up to baseball's midsummer classic were about whether or not those balls are "juiced," the 90th annual All-Star game at Progressive Field in Cleveland felt a bit like a throwback. The ... more
  • 7 months Bregman Falls in Home Run Derby, Verlander to Start for AL in All-Star Game Houstonpress
    The Astros are well represented at this year's midsummer classic in Cleveland. On Monday, the league held its annual home run derby and Alex Bregman participated for the second straight year. Although he had a good outing with 16 homers in his first at bat, the man opposite him, Dodger ... more
  • 7 months Still Much Uncertainty Surrounding Gulf Disturbance Houstonpress
    The National Hurricane Center is giving an area of low pressure drifting south across the Florida panhandle a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next two days. The disorganized system will emerge over the eastern Gulf of Mexico sometime Tuesday and is expected ... more
  • 7 months Hot Listing: Travel to Provence By Way of River Oaks Houstonpress
    Just listed on the market is a new estate home that borrows the best from Provence, blending modern conveniences with antique chandeliers and marble mantles. On the lot once owned by Andrew Blackmore and Ruth Munson Blackmore, Jennifer Hamelet and her design-build firm Mirador Builders have created a stunning 8,116-square foot ... more
  • 7 months NBA’s Weeklong Free For All: Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    There have been moments in the NBA summer that have included cleverly executed plays, rim-rocking slam dunks and teams desperately trying to play defense in a league increasingly dominated by the other side. No, it's not the annual Las Vegas Summer League we are describing. It's the radical restructuring of ... more
  • 7 months Alamo Drafthouse Gets Ready for Once Upon a Time With Homework Series Houstonpress -Movies
    As the joke goes, when Quentin Tarantino was asked who he wanted to star in his ninth feature film, the reply was "Yes." So among the 176 actors appearing in the upcoming Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood, set to release July 25, you'll see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio ... more
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