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NFL Football, Week 15: Texans-Jaguars — Four Things To Watch For | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 15: Texans-Jaguars — Four Things To Watch For
If you're looking for a sure sign the Texans' 2017 season is virtually over, look no further than the two biggest topics this week surrounding the team. Front and center was the team's handling (mishandling?) of Tom Savage's concussion against the 49ers. Bill O'Brien was under siege from multiple sides...
Houston Press | December 15, 2017
Breaking Down the Rockets Toughest Two-Week Stretch of the Season So Far | Houston Press Breaking Down the Rockets Toughest Two-Week Stretch of the Season So Far
With nearly one-third of the season gone, the Rockets lead the NBA at 22-4, but as we recently pointed out, that doesn't necessarily make the best team in the league. If there were one solid argument to be made for them not being the best, it would be the relatively...
Houston Press | December 15, 2017
The Astros Look Forward to 2018 | Houston Press The Astros Look Forward to 2018
The Houston Astros are the defending World Series champions. That’s good. But now it is time to start preparing for the 2018 season. Spring training begins in February, and the Winter Meetings have just ended. Over the past several weeks, the Los Angeles Angels have acquired Japanese phenom Shahei Ohtani...
Houston Press | December 15, 2017
NFL Football, Week 15: This Weekend's Best Bets | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 15: This Weekend's Best Bets
Well, if you poke fun at other people's misery enough times, eventually the gambling gods will suck you into the "bad beat" vortex along with those sad humans, and I was reminded of that lesson this past weekend. (I can't say that I've LEARNED that lesson, because I am an...
Houston Press | December 14, 2017
County Attorney Vince Ryan Sues Big Pharma | Houston Press County Attorney Vince Ryan Sues Big Pharma
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan took on Big Pharma Wednesday, filing suit against drug companies, distributors, doctors and a pharmacist accusing them of engaging "in a campaign of lies, half-truths and deceptions to create a market that encourage the over-prescribing and long-term use of opioids." All the defendants do business...
Houston Press | December 14, 2017
NFL Verizon Deal Underscores Fans' Move from TV to Tablet | Houston Press NFL Verizon Deal Underscores Fans' Move from TV to Tablet
When talking about cord cutting, there are usually two camps. One grew up in an era when the TV was often the centerpiece of the living room. Many can remember when there were only a handful of channels and no remote control. The other has grown up with the internet...
Houston Press | December 13, 2017
What's the Weather Going to Be Like in Houston This Christmas? | Houston Press What's the Weather Going to Be Like in Houston This Christmas?
Last week Houston saw its first significant snowfall in nearly a decade. Some areas got nearly two inches of the white stuff. Now, northern transplants greeted our giddiness at the scene with a head shake and a knowing chuckle, but to those of us from Texas, this was a big...
Houston Press | December 13, 2017
The NFL's All-Injured Reserve Team Is Astounding and Depressing | Houston Press The NFL's All-Injured Reserve Team Is Astounding and Depressing
At one point during Sunday's game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney — the Texans' last bastion to potential 2018 Pro Bowl participation (not named DeAndre Hopkins) — went down in a heap holding his right hip. For Texan fans, given the injury...
Houston Press | December 12, 2017
HISD Considers Tearing Down 4 Schools and Starting From Scratch | Houston Press HISD Considers Tearing Down 4 Schools and Starting From Scratch
Four elementary schools in the Houston ISD were so badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey that school board trustees will vote Thursday night on whether they should be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. The estimated cost would be $126 million and the money would come from operations funds reserves and Tax...
Houston Press | December 12, 2017
Rockets Have Best Record in NBA, Are They Really the Best Team? | Houston Press Rockets Have Best Record in NBA, Are They Really the Best Team?
With its win over Portland Saturday — a very impressive fourth quarter comeback in Portland for their ninth straight victory — the Rockets took over the spot of the best record in the NBA, albeit by mere percentage points over Boston who has more wins but also more losses. The...
Houston Press | December 12, 2017
Dallas Beats Houston (at Light Rail), 5 Reasons We Should Follow Their Lead | Houston Press Dallas Beats Houston (at Light Rail), 5 Reasons We Should Follow Their Lead
The Dallas versus Houston debate may be old and worn thin, but there is one area in which Dallas is the clear winner going away (no, not plastic surgery): public transportation. More specifically, rail. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system is not only larger than Houston's METROrail (much larger,...
Houston Press | December 12, 2017
Bill O'Brien Names T.J. Yates Starting QB For This Sunday | Houston Press Bill O'Brien Names T.J. Yates Starting QB For This Sunday
If you're a media member covering the Houston Texans, you knew it was going to be a topical Monday morning the moment you got the email from the team that Bill O'Brien's weekly Monday press conference had been moved to the early 9 a.m spot. Indeed, there wasn't just the...
Houston Press | December 11, 2017
NFL Football, Week 14: 49ers 26, Texans 16 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 14: 49ers 26, Texans 16 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers
Around this time of year, if you surf your movie channels long enough, you'll stumble across a Christmas movie called The Family Man starring Nicholas Cage. In the movie, Cage plays a millionaire bachelor who leads an opulent, but emotionally barren life, so an angel (played by Don Cheadle — yeah,...
Houston Press | December 11, 2017
The 10 Most Read News Stories in the <em>Houston Press</em> in 2017 | Houston Press The 10 Most Read News Stories in the Houston Press in 2017
It should come as no surprise to anyone in Houston that a list of most read stories in the year 2017 in Houston would have to include Hurricane Harvey, climate change and whether our dams are going to hold. But Houston Press readers have eclectic tastes so there were also...
Houston Press | December 11, 2017
Houstonians Ask Houstonians Ask "Now What"? as NHL Approves Expansion to Seattle
It was just last month that the NHL coming to Houston seemed like a sure deal. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta met with the league in regards to getting a team, and he has stated to the media that he has an interest in getting a team in Houston. There’s also...
Houston Press | December 11, 2017
Where Will the Cougars Be Bowling? | Houston Press Where Will the Cougars Be Bowling?
The Houston Cougars are going to a bowl game this season. Which bowl game is still in question, and that answer won’t come until Sunday afternoon. It won’t be one of the glamorous big boy bowl games played on New Year's. It may not even be one of the middle...
Houston Press | December 10, 2017
NFL Football, Week 13: Texans-Titans — Four Things To Watch For | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 13: Texans-Titans — Four Things To Watch For
As I've mentioned here, once Deshaun Watson went down with his knee injury after Week 8 of the NFL season, I subconsciously stopped following where the Texans were in the standings. Two weeks and two losses followed that devastating injury, and I was even more entrenched in my denial of...
Houston Press | December 10, 2017
NFL Football, Week 13: This Weekend's Best Bets | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 13: This Weekend's Best Bets
On paper, this should be the college football weekend that most excites a college football junkie like me. It's the weekend of the conference title games, and since the advent of the four team College Football Playoff in 2014, this is by far the closest this weekend has served to...
Houston Press | December 10, 2017
Bitcoin Reaches $10k, Should You Care? | Houston Press Bitcoin Reaches $10k, Should You Care?
Digital "cryptocurrency" bitcoin surpassed $10,000 on Wednesday for the first time in its history. By comparison, at the beginning of 2017, it was only rated at $1,000, a pretty stout jump for the alternative currency that is accepted online for all manner of goods and services and has been criticized...
Houston Press | December 10, 2017
610/69 vs. 45/69: Battle of Upcoming Freeway Interchange Construction Projects | Houston Press 610/69 vs. 45/69: Battle of Upcoming Freeway Interchange Construction Projects
On Tuesday, a HAZMAT spill closed down nearly the entire interchange at Interstate 10 and the West Loop. Traffic was brutal for the tens of thousands of people who commute through that area during rush hour. The good news is that spill was cleaned up and the roads eventually cleared...
Houston Press | December 10, 2017
NFL Football, Week 14: Niners-Texans — Four Things To Watch For | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 14: Niners-Texans — Four Things To Watch For
"These are the times that try men's souls."  — Thomas Paine That quote was written by Paine back in the 1700s as part of a pamphlet in the "American Crisis" series of writings, in which Paine was trying to motivate American citizens to remain part of the Continental Army, no...
Houston Press | December 08, 2017
Another Year, Another High Profile Houston Cougar Job Search | Houston Press Another Year, Another High Profile Houston Cougar Job Search
Houston Cougars basketball coach Kelvin Sampson lamented his team’s attendance after last Saturday’s win over Arkansas. His hope, so he said, was that at some point people would come to see his team because they want to see the Cougars play basketball, and not because they want to go see...
Houston Press | December 08, 2017
5 Keys to the Rockets Staying One of the Best Teams in the NBA | Houston Press 5 Keys to the Rockets Staying One of the Best Teams in the NBA
It's a common axiom that real basketball isn't played until Christmas. In fact, the spate of Christmas Day games is something of an opening day for the NBA despite the fact they will have been playing for two months by December 25. The Rockets are on the schedule for that...
Houston Press | December 07, 2017
New Rice Coach Mike Bloomgren Wants the Owls to be the Next Stanford | Houston Press New Rice Coach Mike Bloomgren Wants the Owls to be the Next Stanford
The Rice Owls went searching for a new head football coach ten days ago. But Mike Bloomgren targeted Rice two years ago. On Thursday, the two formally came together as Bloomgren was officially named as the new head coach of the Owls. Bloomgren was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator for...
Houston Press | December 07, 2017
NFL Football, Week 14: This Weekend's Best Bets | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 14: This Weekend's Best Bets
Before we get started on this week's picks, let's have one more moment of silence for all you Texans' backers out there that took the points — anywhere from six to eight points, depending on when and where you bet the game — against the Titans this past weekend. To...
Houston Press | December 07, 2017
Airlines Ban Smart Luggage! Wait, What's Smart Luggage? | Houston Press Airlines Ban Smart Luggage! Wait, What's Smart Luggage?
Several airlines including American and Delta are beginning to implement a ban of smart luggage and the lithium-ion batteries that powers these apparently smart bags. A bag may still be carried inside the cabin or, if it must be checked, passengers can remove the battery and bring that with them...
Houston Press | December 06, 2017
Three Finalists Named For 2017 Heisman Trophy | Houston Press Three Finalists Named For 2017 Heisman Trophy
During the early part of the summer of 2016, it looked like Baker Mayfield's 2017 season at Oklahoma wouldn't even happen. Because of conference eligibility rules that precluded walk-ons from maintaining an extra year of eligibility if they sit out a season after they transfer, Mayfield (who, after his walk-on...
Houston Press | December 06, 2017
Supreme Court Hears Arguments To Allow States To Legalize Sports Betting | Houston Press Supreme Court Hears Arguments To Allow States To Legalize Sports Betting
For as far back as there have been sports, there has been sports betting, in some share or form. In the United States, legal sports betting has largely existed exclusively within the borders of Nevada (save the random sports lottery cards available in a scant few other states). Nevada is,...
Houston Press | December 05, 2017
J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve Named <em>Sports Illustrated</em> Sportspeople of the Year | Houston Press J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve Named Sports Illustrated Sportspeople of the Year
It's been a while since Houstonians have been able to experience the on-field tour de force that was (and hopefully will be again, soon) J.J. Watt. Nearly two full seasons, to be exact. That dominant version of Watt was good enough to win three Defensive Player of the Year awards...
Houston Press | December 05, 2017
Cougars Blow Out Arkansas for Best Win of the Season. Where Were the Fans? | Houston Press Cougars Blow Out Arkansas for Best Win of the Season. Where Were the Fans?
The Houston Cougars and Arkansas Razorbacks played a basketball game on Saturday night at TSU’s H&PE Arena. It featured an improving Arkansas basketball team seeking to return to the spotlight of the Nolan Richardson era of the 1990s. The Houston Cougars are also an improving team coming off of two...
Houston Press | December 04, 2017
NFL Football, Week 13: Titans 24, Texans 13 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 13: Titans 24, Texans 13 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers
Well, there's no more rationalizing left to do, no delusional attempts to apply CPR to this Texans season and kid ourselves into thinking something completely unthinkable (like this team making the playoffs without Deshaun Watson under center) might happen. The Texans' 2017 season functionally ended on Sunday afternoon, 24-13 at...
Houston Press | December 04, 2017
Cougars Hawaii Bound for a Bowl Against Fresno State | Houston Press Cougars Hawaii Bound for a Bowl Against Fresno State
It will not be a White Christmas for the Houston Cougars. The football team instead heads out to Hawaii to play Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. This will be only the third time the Cougars (7-4) have played a game in Hawaii, and...
Houston Press | December 04, 2017