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  • 5 months How “SNL” and “SCTV” alum ruled ’80s Comedy is a Wild and Crazy Story Houstonpress -Movies
    Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ‘80s Changed Hollywood Forever By Nick de Semlyen 352 pp. $27 Crown Archetype The ‘80s were a unique time in the history of movie comedy, when stars like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, and Chevy ... more
  • 5 months Astros Winning Despite Mounting Injuries So Far Houstonpress
    As Aledmys Diaz limped off the field following the aggravation of his hamstring, a sinking feeling began to creep in for Astros fans. The team with the best record in baseball was beginning to feel the sting of injuries. Jose Altuve had already missed several weeks on the IL, George ... more
  • 5 months NFL Schadenfreude: Rooting For Bad Training Camp Storylines For Texans’ 2019 Opponents Houstonpress
    The Texans began Organized Team Activities (better known by their acronym OTAs) last week, and they continue this week. I gave you some observations after the session that was open to the media, and certainly there are many reasons for optimism, or at the very least, enthusiastic curiosity. However, around ... more
  • 5 months Move Over Southfork, Feast Your Eyes on These Texas Ranches For Sale Houstonpress
    If you've got a taste for bourbon and branch, like to watch the sun set over the back 40, and have a closet full of cowboy boots, then maybe it's time to find a working ranch to hang that hat. Southfork Ranch, made famous from television's Dallas, isn't on the ... more
  • 5 months Ranking the Houston Hamstring Injuries In the Past Year Houstonpress
    It's Monday, it's Memorial Day, and I want to take a moment to say "Thank you" to all of those who are currently defending our country, have previously defended our country, or are related to those folks. Today, more importantly, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to ... more
  • 5 months Harden All-NBA First Team, Tucker Left off NBA All-Defense Team Houstonpress
    The NBA named its All-NBA teams this week including the All-Defense Team and the All-NBA Team. These awards are voted on by the media and represent much more substantial consideration than the All-Star team, which is voted on by fans. All-NBA teams are in fact important enough that they can ... more
  • 5 months With the XFL On Its Way, Let’s Relive the Magic of the USFL’s Houston Gamblers Houstonpress
    Earlier this week, the XFL announced officially that June Jones would be the head coach and general manager of Houston's yet-to-be-named franchise. Houston has been down the "alternative spring league to the NFL" road before, with the Houston Gamblers in the old United States Football League back in 1984 and ... more
  • 5 months 5 Alternate Routes to the Beach This Holiday Weekend Houstonpress
    While Houston has already enjoyed weather in the 90s this year, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer for most of the country. That means backyard cookouts, pool time and beach trip getaways for the extended weekend. Being an hour from the Gulf of Mexico certainly has its ... more
  • 5 months Four Reasons the Houston Texans Should Pursue DT Gerald McCoy Houstonpress
    Big ticket free agency in the NFL occurs in March, the NFL Draft occurs in April, so needless to say, the opportunity to materially improve your football team dwindles significantly once May rolls around. Yet, on Tuesday, the Tampa Buccaneers, smushed up against the ceiling of the NFL's salary cap, ... more
  • 5 months First Day Observations From Houston Texans OTAs Houstonpress
    After rookie minicamp last week, which is essentially the NFL's version of freshman orientation, the sixth version of the Houston Texans under head coach Bill O'Brien got cracking in full force yesterday, with MOST of the veterans returning to the field for the first session of Organized Team Activities (OTAs, ... more
  • 5 months Not Calling Up Yordan Alvarez in the Minors is Justified…for Now Houstonpress
    If you don't pay much attention to the Astros minor leagues (and you wouldn't be alone), you may have missed the sensational start at Triple A Round Rock by young Cuban outfield prospect Yordan Alvarez. If you're wondering why we care given how good the Astros are at the moment, ... more
  • 5 months A Student Haircut Prompts a Call From Parents For a New Dress Code Committee in Pearland ISD Houstonpress
    Parents in the Pearland Independent School District, still upset by how an assistant principal dealt with an African-American junior high student whose haircut violated the district dress code, are planning to try to address PISD trustees at their regular meeting tonight on a wide range of concerns about the district's ... more
  • 5 months Houston XFL Franchise Introduces June Jones As Head Coach/GM Houstonpress
    As reported last week, the XFL made it official in a Monday morning press conference in the VIP area of TDECU Stadium — June Jones will be returning to Houston as the head coach and general manager of this city's XFL team. Former Houston Dynamo president and current commissioner and ... more
  • 5 months Rockets Twitter Account Suspended for Copyright Violations Houstonpress
    If it wasn't bad enough that the Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, ending what felt like a rather promising season, on Monday, their Twitter feed was shut down for copyright violations. Insult to injury, apparently. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Rockets along ... more
  • 5 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Meyerland the Resilient Houstonpress
    What happens if you love, love, love your neighborhood, but Mother Nature has thrown a few nasty curveballs? When it comes to the residents of Meyerland, they're using every trick in the toolbox to rebuild with resilience, aided by initiatives at the grassroots, city, state and federal levels. The rewards ... more
  • 5 months Four Thoughts on the Texans’ Releasing TE Ryan Griffin Houstonpress
    It was probably going to happen even without a broken window punched out in a Nashville hotel, but the Houston Texans decided on Friday to move on from tight end Ryan Griffin. Even before his arrest on the second night of the draft in Nashville last month, the Texans had ... more
  • 5 months 4-Alarm Fire at Greenridge Place Apartments (with video) Houstonpress
    A fire broke out around noon on May 17 at Greenridge Place apartments, 3000 Greenridge near Westheimer in The Galleria area. The fire began on the north side of the apartment complex on the bottom floor and quickly moved up to the second floor and then the third floor. A ... more
  • 5 months In the End, the Rockets Were Never As Good As the Warriors Houstonpress
    Phil Mickelson had Tiger Woods. Andy Roddick had Roger Federer. Sometimes, your best isn't good enough because an all-time great is in your way. Such is the Rockets in the era of the Golden State Warriors. It has been the stated goal of GM Daryl Morey and others within the ... more
  • 5 months Chris Paul’s Contract Is Veering Into All-Time Bad Houston Contract Territory Houstonpress
    When the Rockets traded for Chris Paul in the summer of 2017, with one year left on his deal, we all knew that there would be a long-term contract extension coming after the 2017-2018 season. Also, we all knew that the deal would be a max deal, and it would ... more
  • 5 months The Possible Ripple Effect of Corbin Martin For the Houston Astros Houstonpress
    After a bit of an uneven start to the season — not terrible, but not World Champion material really — the Houston Astros appear to have straightened things out, and are proceeding to rip ass through the American League. Currently, they're riding a 10-1 streak in their last 11 games, ... more
  • 5 months 2019 NBA Draft Lottery: Rocket Fans, Zion Williamson Is Coming to the Southwest Division Houstonpress
    Well, it appears that our Houston Rockets just can't catch a damn break. Even when they're sitting at home, licking their wounds, preparing a plate of nachos while getting ready to watch Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, they can't catch a damn break. Last night, at NBA headquarters, ... more
  • 5 months 10 Things I Told My Daughter About Abortion Houstonpress
    On days when my wife works at the hospital and has the car, the kid and I hike about quarter of a mile to her elementary school. This is her favorite place to ask me Important Questions™… probably because she realizes at that point I’m only 40 percent awake and ... more
  • 5 months Injuries, Demotions No Problem for Juggernaut Astros Houstonpress
    In the past week, Jose Altuve has been sent to the injured list with a strained hamstring and starting pitcher Colin McHugh was demoted to the bullpen after several rough outings. Under normal circumstances, losing a your perennial all star second baseman to injury and a starting pitcher to performance ... more
  • 5 months June Jones Named Head Coach of Houston’s XFL Team Houstonpress
    In February 2020, Houston will get a second professional football team as the yet-to-be-named XFL team will begin play in TDECU Stadium over on the University of Houston's campus. That's been known for quite some time. What's been unknown has been who will be named to coach and run the ... more
  • 5 months Houston By the Neighborhood: River Oaks 3.0 Houstonpress
    If your idea of entertaining is having friends over for pizza and board games around the kitchen table, then River Oaks might not be for you. But when it comes to throwing a bash for 200 of your closest friends, there's nothing better than one of those magnificent swankiendas with ... more
  • 5 months Mother’s Day Brings A Break In The Weather and the Last Day of Comicpalooza Houstonpress -Movies
    Comicpalooza closed out its third and final day at the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday capping off a weekend filled with Game of Thrones actresses, video game championships, panels for all things creative, cosplayers and sword fighting. On Mother’s Day, fans were rewarded with a break in the weather ... more
  • 5 months Wrapping Up the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championships at Comicpalooza Houstonpress
    Comicpalooza and ESPN brought the inaugural Collegiate Esports Championships to Houston with a spectacular live studio arena and a Twitch stream viewed by thousands. The event was the first of its kind and the first major esports tournament hosted by ESPN's recently developed esports division. Over three days of match ... more
  • 5 months J.J. Watt Crushes Commencement Speech at Wisconsin Graduation Houstonpress
    J.J. Watt's journey from Pewaukee, Wisconsin to three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards is one of the more jagged, inspirational stories you'll hear. It included a stop along the way as a walk-on for the Wisconsin Badgers during which he helped paint railings in Camp Randall Stadium in ... more
  • 5 months From Malawi With Love: Local Artist Designs Custom Furniture That Gives Back Houstonpress
    People come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes they're just agents of change, reminding us of dormant potential; others keep us focused on our path and goals; some will guide and teach; and then there are those difference-makers who share our mission and remain in our hearts and lives ... more
  • 5 months The Mother of Dragons Comes to Houston and Meets The Rockets, Beyonce, and Hundreds of Comicpalooza Fans. Houstonpress -Movies
    The Rockets fell to the Warriors Friday in front of a queen from the Game of Thrones and the Queen B. Emilia Clarke, known for her pivotal role of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Beyonce Knowles, known for her pivotal role in our lives, sat courtside as ... more
  • 5 months Comicpalooza Gaming Panels Focus on Streaming, Charity, Gender Diversity Houstonpress -Movies
    As always, this year's three-day Comicpalooza extravaganza was so much more than a fan-art market and cosplay convention. The highlight of the annual event continues to be its informational, inspired and entertaining panels and speaking events. One of the industries receiving more attention at this year's conference than in previous ... more
  • 5 months With Clutch Gaming, Rockets Tapping Into Houston’s Growing Esports Market Houstonpress
    With their in-house esports franchise, Clutch Gaming, Tilman Fertitta and the Rockets hope to capitalize on a rapidly growing global market, while leading the industry's growth in Houston. In 2019 the global esports industry is expected to top $1 billion for the first time. After decades of failed leagues, bad ... more
  • 5 months Entire Area Under Flood Watch Through Saturday Houstonpress
    After a wild round of thunderstorms Tuesday, Wednesday and much of the day Thursday were quiet with only small pockets of light rain falling around the region. It is expected that heavy rain and thunderstorms will begin filtering into the Houston area late this afternoon and early into the evening ... more
  • 6 months Woman Convicted of Animal Cruelty. Pets Starved to Death After She Left Them Behind. Houstonpress
    When Jamica Roshawn Chambliss moved out of her Fondren Road apartment in 2016, she apparently wanted to travel light. Or she was very forgetful. Or maybe she meant to return but couldn't because she was being held captive somewhere? In any case, the 42-year-old woman left behind two dogs, a ... more
  • 6 months Flood Risk Continues Through Saturday Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, things were mostly quiet in our area while central and north Texas were hammered with rain thanks to a slow moving cold front. After Tuesday, when certain areas northeast and southwest of downtown received up to 10 inches of rain, it was a welcome break. But, there is ... more
  • 6 months Warriors Beat Rockets, but Lose Durant: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Rockets missed a golden opportunity on the road in game five of the best of seven Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday. The Warriors were down both Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the fourth quarter and the Rockets were unable to get a win in Oakland, losing 101-97 and ... more
  • 6 months KMCO Says a Failure in a Piping Component May Have Caused the April 2 Gas Leak and Fire Houstonpress
    While an investigation is still continuing, a spokesman on behalf of KMCO released a statement Wednesday saying that the April 2 gas leak and fire at its East Harris County plant that caused the death of one employee and critically injured two others may have been caused by a piping component ... more
  • 6 months Houston Texans Are Underdogs To Defend Their AFC South Division Title Houstonpress
    Well, those last two games between the Texans and the Colts in 2018, both at NRG Stadium, both Colts wins, one in Week 14 of the regular season and one in the playoffs, made quite an impression on the odds making community and the betting public. At least, that appears ... more
  • 6 months NFL Draft Experts Give Houston Texans’ 2019 Draft Dismal Grades Houstonpress
    I will preface this post by saying that I think one of the silliest things in the sports world are NFL Draft report cards that are doled out THE WEEK AFTER THE DRAFT. You may respond by saying "But Sean, we need to hold our general managers accountable! They MUST ... more
  • 6 months Flood Threat This Weekend in Southeast Texas Houstonpress
    Tuesday's rains, which were particularly heavy southwest and northeast of Houston, are just the start of an extremely wet end of the week. Our city's weather pattern, which included something called a capping inversion that acted a bit like a giant umbrella for the area, has changed allowing Gulf moisture ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Win Game Four, Even Series: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The most anticipated series of the playoffs has lived up to the hype. Even when the Rockets led by 17 points in the fourth quarter, it felt like a close game. Like the previous three, game four ended within two possessions. Fortunately, the Rockets managed to come out on top ... more
  • 6 months Four Undrafted Free Agents That Can Make the Houston Texans’ Roster Houstonpress
    In the National Football League, there is a certain pecking order to what exactly moves the needle on a roster. Sure, the franchise quarterback is at the top of the list, and after that are the highly drafted, highly compensated star players. However, the glue of a roster tends to ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Broadacres in the Rice/Museum District Houstonpress
    The notable families who live in Houston's historic Broadacres subdivision are there to stay; don't expect much turnover among these stately mansions along the tree-lined boulevards near Rice University. The area is certainly wrapped in history; it is one of only 11 Houston neighborhoods designated on the National Register of ... more
  • 6 months Four Things the Rockets Must Do to Win Game 4 Houstonpress
    After the win over Golden State in overtime of Game 3, it became quickly clear there are some things that probably won't happen again. For one, the Warriors had never lost a game in which Draymond Green had a triple double until Saturday. More critically, it is unlikely that Steph ... more
  • 6 months J.J. Watt Charity Classic Raises Over $1 Million Houstonpress
    J.J. Watt's comeback from football's medical rock bottom has been scintillating to watch and experience with no shortage of triumphant returns, the most astounding of which, of course, was Watt's own return to the first team All Pro squad in 2018, with 16.5 sacks. However, underrated in its return was ... more
  • 6 months Texans Sign Safety Jahleel Addae To Fill Secondary Void Houstonpress
    On Thursday morning, I posted about five burning questions I had for the Houston Texans' brass with respect to the roster and some of the areas that still needed to be addressed. The third question was this one about the safety position: How about a safety to backfill the mass ... more
  • 6 months Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Long Shot Houstonpress -Movies
    Title: Long Shot Describe This Movie In One Weird Science Quote: DINO: Tell me something: what's a beautiful broad like you doing with a malaka like this? Huh? LISA: It's purely sexual. DINO: ... No shit. GARY: She's into malakas, Dino! Brief Plot Synopsis: Wheezy beardo fans old flame. Rating Using Random ... more
  • 6 months The Five Biggest Traffic Headaches to Come in Houston Houstonpress
    We all hate the traffic situation in Houston. It's brutal and annoying and with population on the rise, it is likely to only get worse. But, that's only part of it. Because we are right at the start of several massive construction projects that are going to slow things down ... more
  • 6 months 5 Good Things About Donald Trump (Yes, Really) Houstonpress
    Donald Trump has done a few good things. To be clear, he’s done mostly bad ones. He’s more personally corrupt than Chester A. Arthur, more surrounded by criminals than Ulysses S. Grant, and more shamelessly duplicitous than Richard Nixon. I believe the only reason we have not seen a national ... more
  • 6 months Grading the Astros After Month One Houstonpress
    It's early. REALLY early. At least in terms of the baseball season. But, the Astros have had a very solid start to 2019 and continue to ping pong back and forth with Seattle for the lead in the AL West. At the moment, that lead (or lack thereof) means exactly ... more
  • 6 months Five Burning Questions on the Houston Texans’ Roster Following the NFL Draft Houstonpress
    In the NFL offseason, when roster building and repair is at its peak, there are generally three ways in which teams go about executing their makeover plan. For the 2019 offseason, two of those methods are on the books. The land rush of free agency took place in March, and ... more
  • 6 months Explore How Architecture Has Been Preserved In Galveston’s Historic Homes Houstonpress
    We already were excited about the return of clear blue water to Galveston Island, though everybody knows it won't last long. Just as much of an attraction, and certainly more dependable, is the upcoming Galveston Historic Homes Tour. It's the 45th go-round for this annual backstage pass to privately-owned homes, ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Go Down 0-2 to Warriors: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    There were times in game two when the Rockets were within double digits of the Warriors and it seemed like a miracle. In the first half alone, the Rockets were down as much as 14 points, had 13 turnovers and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. That doesn't even count an ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: New Green Spaces on the Horizon Houstonpress
    "They paved paradise. And put up a parking lot." Not only did Joni Mitchell have a gift for lyrics, but she also was a keen observer of the decline of our natural surroundings. So isn't it wonderful when those wrongs get righted through the planning of new green spaces? Here's ... more
  • 6 months Jury Takes 4 Minutes to Convict a Woman in Dog Cruelty Case Houstonpress
    A Houston judge has sentenced a 45-year-old woman to six months in jail after a jury took just four minutes to find her guilty of cruelty and the neglect of the two adult dogs who were in her care. A veterinarian who testified said neither had enough water, food or ... more
  • 6 months Harris County DA’s Office Plays Hard Ball With ITC, Files Criminal Charges Houstonpress
    Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC), whose Deer Park refinery tanks caught fire last month in an accident that shut down local schools and the Houston Ship Channel for days, has been hit with five environmental criminal charges by the Harris County District Attorney's Office. DA Kim Ogg announced the measure, saying ... more
  • 6 months Five Ways to Fix the NBA Officiating Problem Houstonpress
    No one should put the blame for the Rockets loss in game one on the officials, not entirely. If there were a percentage of blame to go around, the Warriors probably merit 50 percent, the Rockets 40 and the refs perhaps 10, maybe 20 if you are really steamed about ... more
  • 6 months Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Owe Bernie Sanders a Damn Apology Houstonpress
    Elizabeth Warren is the candidate on many people's lips right now as she cuts through the political noise with some incredibly popular policy announcements. She’s come out with an inventive proposal to cancel student loan debt and provide immediate relief to around 95 percent of Americans. Frankly, the fact that ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on the Texans’ Exercising Will Fuller’s 5th Year Option Houstonpress
    This Friday is the date by which NFL teams need to exercise the fifth year option on their draftees from the Draft Class of 2016. Most of the decisions are fairly obvious, and several teams had already made their decisions prior to this past week's 2019 NFL Draft. The Houston ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Adding Seven New Faces In 2019 NFL Draft Houstonpress
    There was a lot of speculation over how Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine would handle his first draft with any real draft equity. Last season, he was without a first and second round pick, but this year he had not only one first round pick, but TWO second round ... more
  • 6 months Rock Hall Wrap Up Houstonpress -Movies
    On Saturday night, HBO televised its coverage of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place this past March 29 at the Barclays Center in New York. And while hardcore music geeks pine for the time when the event was televised live and uncut, this ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Fall in Game One to Warriors: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors 104-100 in Oakland Sunday afternoon in game one of the Western Conference Semifinals. The game was not without controversy. Chris Paul was thrown out in the final seconds of the game after picking up his second technical foul and Coach Mike D'Antoni ... more
  • 6 months Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin Arrested In Nashville Houstonpress
    Back in the day, I used to have a gimmick that I executed in this blog during the NFL offseason called the "Fantasy Crime League." It was a tongue in cheek homage to two things — the feverish need for NFL fans to have anything fantasy sports related to which ... more
  • 6 months Houston Texans Draft Alabama State Tackle Tytus Howard With 23rd Overall Pick Houstonpress
    Up until Thursday evening, it had been practically two years to the day since the Houston Texans had the opportunity to use a first round pick in the NFL Draft. The last time they had a pick in the first round, it was their former GM Rick Smith moving up ... more
  • 6 months Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Avengers: Endgame Houstonpress -Movies
    Title: Avengers: Endgame Describe This Movie In One Lyric From "Sun King": THE CULT: This is where it all ends. Brief Plot Synopsis: They couldn't protect the Earth, so you can damn well sure they're gonna avenge it. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: 4.5 Melllvars out of 5. Tagline: "Avenge ... more
  • 6 months Prepare Yourselves: I-10 Closed All Weekend West of Houston Houstonpress
    Other than your garden variety construction on area freeways, the last few weeks have been relatively quiet when it comes to construction. Quiet for Houston, anyway, which is in a near constant state of flux when it comes to traffic. And certainly this is the calm before the storm as ... more
  • 6 months Latin Wave: Che Guevara, a Baby-Face Serial Killer, and Mexico City’s History Houstonpress -Movies
    What is it about people behaving badly that elicits such fascination? In the news we gravitate toward stories about evil-doers and even some of the most compelling movies were inspired by real-life criminals: Goodfellas, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street. That fascination for true crime is apparently universal because ... more
  • 6 months Five Best Prop Bets on the 2019 NFL Draft Houstonpress
    If you live in Houston and you're a fan of the Texans, then you already know that our long, citywide nightmare is about to end tonight — after two years, the Houston Texans will (barring a trade out of the first round by GM Brian Gaine) have a pick in ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Win Series Over Jazz: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Utah Jazz employed every form of defense they could think of, all meant to slow down the Rockets and, more importantly, their MVP, James Harden. Yet, in the end, it was their inability to score that cost them. With 1:32 left in game five, the Rockets led 94-93. The ... more
  • 6 months Weather Weekend: Like Easter, but Warmer Houstonpress
    The much ballyhooed storms overnight Wednesday mostly fizzled in the Houston area despite causing flooding and spawning tornadoes in other parts of the state. Most of the city received about a tenth of an inch of rain or less. And while we could use a little more rain, the skies ... more
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