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What Should Newcomers Know About Houston’s Sports Teams?

Posted on · We conclude Houston Matters’ annual guide for newcomers by discussing the general state of Houston’s pro sports teams, including a preview of the upcoming Houston Texans season, with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower.

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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]

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Sports Monday: How Can the Astros Compete with New AL Powerhouses?

Posted on · This past Thursday was trade deadline day in Major League Baseball – there was a dizzying array of major trades which, among other things, appear to have reinforced a long-developing changing of the guard in the American League, as two teams the Houston Astros will see a lot of in the coming seasons have risen […]

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How Does Being a Houston Sports Fan Affect Our Collective Psyche?

Posted on · The Houston Astros probably won’t lose 100 games this year, but they’re likely to lose 90. The Houston Rockets’ disappointing early playoff exit has been followed by a disappointing off-season, missing on free agents, and losing roster depth. The Houston Texans lost so many games in a row last year they dismissed their coach, and […]

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Gaelic Football in Houston, what is it?

Posted on · For the last three years Houston has had it’s own Gaelic Football Team, called the Houston Gaels. Gaelic Football, is a sport native to Ireland that’s sort of a cross between rugby and soccer. Tomorrow night the Houston Gaels is playing an exhibition match at the BBVA Compass Stadium, after the Houston Dynamo take on […]

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Electricity Deregulation, ROTC Programs, Crafters & Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, March 10, 2014

Posted on · Back in 1999, state lawmakers voted to deregulate electricity in Texas. The idea: to break up monopolies, provide for competition, and in so doing, drive down consumer costs while ensuring reliability. But is that what has actually happened? Former Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy explores the complexities of electricity deregulation in Texas in the […]

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The Texas Medical Center, Your Veterinary Questions, and Houston Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, March 3, 2014

Posted on · The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world. It’s really a city unto itself. On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the state of the Med Center, and welcome your questions for its President and CEO, Dr. Robert Robbins. Among our topics: just what we mean when we say “Medical […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 11, 2013

Posted on · Ah, applying to college. The SATs and ACTs, the application forms, the essays, the waiting…and waiting…and waiting. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn what Houston’s high schoolers and parents need to know about how to get into college, from a Houston-based university admissions officer, and a Greater Houston-based college consultant, who helps students find, […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 4, 2013

Posted on · It’s okay. You can admit it. You just now realized there’s an election tomorrow, and, well, you haven’t really been paying attention. Yeah, there have been the requisite ads on TV and the radio – you’ve been tuning them out. Look, we get it. You’ve been busy. And frankly, those political ads can wear you […]