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Sports Monday: Checking in on the Rockets and Astros

Posted on · Other than the historic Super Bowl comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, what else has been going on in the Houston sports world? We check in on the Rockets and Astros — and the other recent developments in Houston sports — with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press.

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The Year in Transportation, Ask the Vet, and UH’s New Coach: Monday’s Show: (December 12, 2016)

Posted on · It happened in a flash — 2016 is almost in the books. It’s been a busy year for Greater Houston, so we’re taking some time this week to recap this past year’s biggest developments with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics and arts & culture and sports. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Texans Recap, James Harden Getting Overlooked and Astros Make Some Moves

Posted on · The Houston Texans will face the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City Monday night. The UH Cougars beat up on Louisville 36-10 on Thursday, James Harden’s stellar play is getting overlooked, and the Astros made a couple off-season acquisitions. We discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. […]

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Hate Crimes, SpaceCom and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (November 14, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. And, according to the Southern Poverty […]

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The Cougars Stumble as the Texans and Rockets Prepare

Posted on · SMU upset the UH Cougars 38-16 in college football Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016). We discuss what went wrong for the now 6-2 Cougars with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine, and joins us most Mondays to discuss developments in Houston sports. We also turn our attention to tonight’s Monday Night […]

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Texans Pull Off Comeback Win Over the Colts in Overtime

Posted on · The Houston Texans reeled off 17 unanswered points Sunday night to beat the Indianapolis Colts in overtime by a score of 26-23. Plus, the 11th-ranked University of Houston Cougars beat Tulsa 38-31 Saturday to move to 6-1 on the season. And the Rockets returned home from a preseason trip to China. Joining us to discuss those and other developments […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 10, 2016

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros’ computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what he […]

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Into Hibernation: Why the Man Behind Clutch the Rockets’ Bear is Stepping Away

Posted on · If you’ve been to a Houston Rockets game, you probably know Clutch, the team’s Rockets-jersey-wearing bear mascot, known for in-game stunts, skits – and the occasional pie in the face of a supposed fan of the opposing team. But what you might not know is that it’s been the same man inside the Clutch suit for […]

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Astros Get Some Revenge on the Royals

Posted on · The Houston Astros saw their season-high seven-game winning streak come to an end Sunday but did manage to take two out of three on the road (and by large margins) against the world champion Kansas City Royals this weekend (of course, the Royals are the team that knocked the Astros out of the playoffs last fall). […]