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Mr. 3000: Biggio Joins the Club

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I’ve never been much into baseball but with my recent bouts of disinterest with the Rockets, I may be in the market for a new sport…

Craig Biggio secured career hits 2,998, 2,999 and 3,000 Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. And for good measure he also knocked hits 3,001 and 3,002 including an 11th inning single that started a rally that saw the Astros win the game 8-5 after Carlos Lee slammed a walk-off grand slam – with Biggio at third – to cap a magical night at the Juice Box.

Read entire article here.

Van Gonedy

RocketsLogo.gifThe Jeff Van Gundy era of the Houston Rockets has come to an end. The first round loss to the Utah Jazz, despite an early lead in the series, appeared to be the final straw. Van Gundy was offered another job (consulting) with the team, but reportedly turned that down.

The one thing that seemed to be missing during his tenure as head coach was the “clutch” that made Clutch City famous – a 44-44 (7-12 with Rockets) postseason record just doesn’t get the job done. Despite having some excellent players at his disposal over the past few years, they just never seemed to put it all together under Van Gundy. Critics have pointed to his work ethic in practice causing more problems than they addressed, as injuries were seemingly a larger part of his teams that any of the previous Rockets’ regimes.

The only name being mentioned as the next coach for the franchise is former San Diego Rockets player and current Portland Trailblazers head coach, Rick Adelman.

Free Football and Flowers for Mom!!!

TXcopperheads200wide.jpgWhat better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with football and flowers? What mom wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled to see gridiron monsters slamming into the walls in what has been called the “50 yard indoor war?” We are talking about Arena Football!

This Sunday at 3 PM the Texas Copperheads franchise of the Arena Football League’s af2 division will be playing host to the 0-5 Laredo Lobos at the gorgeous Berry Center in Northwest Houston. As a bargaining chip to entice Mom out on her special day, the team is offering FREE admission to all mothers, plus FREE flowers to the first 300.

If you have never been to one of these games, let me say that it is the absolute best professional sports value available. Not only are you up-close and personal with the players on the field, but you even get to go out on the field after every game to meet the players and coaches. You can take pictures, get autographs, and just hang out with the team. Plus, any footballs that land in the stands during the game (and there are a LOT of them) are your’s to keep. You may have to out-scramble the kids to grab it, but it makes one heck of a great souvenir.

Be prepared to clear a few dates on your calendar this summer because after your first arena game, you will definitely be back for more. When you come out, look for me and say “Hi.” I’ll be the one at midfield at the top of the first level wearing a headset and cheering myself hoarse for the Copperheads.

REJECTED

Some of you may recall how I went to the Houston Texans Cheerleader Tryouts a few weeks ago. I wanted to give you guys a non-glamorous update to say that I was promptly turned away before stepping foot into the tryout zone.

Me: (after being curtly rejected by a large man in a Texans polo shirt) But why can’t I try out? I’m a cheerful guy, right?
Big Man: (dry, flat tone) Sorry sir, no men are allowed for try outs at this time.
Me: (adamant… and marco too) When do you think they’ll allow guys to try out for the cheerleading squad?
Big Man: (dry, flat tone) Sir, I’m sorry but men are not allowed for try outs at this time.
Me: (waiting to see if he says “this has been a recording”)…
Large older man with Texans paraphernalia: (to Big Man) Can I go check out the girls too?
Big Man: (dry, flat tone) Gentlemen, I’m sorry but men are not allowed into the tryout zone.

A couple of the cheerleaders were out front signing posters. I asked if they would sign mine “To Paul… you were great last night!” But for some reason, they didn’t.

To Chavez...

Anyway, I’ll be traveling for the next 15 days to DC and then to LA for work as well as spending time during my off-hours promoting my new book. Oh yeah, I’ll tell Mom you guys said hello!

The 50-yard indoor war is about to kickoff again!

The Texas Copperheads begin training camp today at Berry Stadium in preparation for the 2007 arenafootball2 season. Players will report to camp today and undergo physicals on the same day. The first on-field sessions begin at 7 p.m. Camp will run through Sunday, April 1, with the final 22-man roster due on April 2. Media and fans are invited to attend any of the on-field sessions.

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Dynamo to play in Sugar Land?

It seems very possible thatSugar Land may become the future location for Houston Dynamo games. While the games are currently being held at Robertson Stadium at UH, the Dynamo are considering having a stadium built in the Sugar Land area, supposedly by the UH Sugar Land location. Having been in that area before, I can attest to the fact that there’s plenty of open space, making an ideal spot for a large sports venue.

However, I don’t think the current traffic situation can handle Dynamo games. After the Sweetwater exit on 59, the lanes cut down considerably, and I can only imagine the mess that would ensue on game days. I believe the lanes will be expanded soon, but even then I don’t think it makes sense to have people drive out that far to go to a game. I would expect the location to be within the city of Houston, not one of the four surrounding areas.

This would help out Sugar Land’s economy though. With the Houston Museum of Natural Science recently considering building a satellite location in the area, it looks like Sugar Land still has much untapped potential.

Copperheads move to Berry Center

TXcopperheads200wide.jpgThe Texas Copperheads have a new home. After a great season (11-4) at the Merrill Center in Katy with the National Indoor Football League (NIFL), the Copperheads made the move to a new venue (The Berry Center) (located off Barker Cypress Road) and a new league, the af2. The af2 is the developmental league for the Arena Football League (AFL.)

Head coach Bryan Blake has really beefed up the front office by adding former Houston Oilers head coach Ed Biles as Assistant Coach, former AFL all-time leading passer Todd Hammell as Offensive Coordinator, and three-time championship winning GM Gary Saunders.

The Copperheads kick off the 2007 home season on Friday, April 6th against the Florida Firecats. To get your 2007 Texas Copperheads season tickets or reserve a group outing in 2007, please contact the Copperheads office at (281) 392-5592 or visit www.texascopperheads.com.

The College Football Shuffle: Graham Leaves, Briles Stays

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As college football coaches look and act less like teachers and more like CEOs, the conclusion of football season is seeing a lot more hiring and firing than in years past. For ambitious coaches, revitalizing a losing program is sometimes less an investment than a stepping stone. After one year with Rice, first year Owls Coach and Conference USA Coach of the Year, Todd Graham has parlayed his success into the head job at Tulsa, where he coached prior to taking the job at Rice. It’s a bitter loss for Rice, who just signed Graham to a contract through 2012, and also lost offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to Alabama.

A little to the East, University of Houston head coach Art Briles, who lead a rejuvenated Cougar team to their first Conference USA Championship reportedly turned down an offer from the Minnesota Gophers in the wake of their unseemly firing of Glen Mason after his team gave up the biggest comeback in bowl history to Tech.

Another Bowl Loss for the Houston Cougars

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The Houston Cougars went down 44-36 to the South Carolina Gamecocks. A gamecock, if you didn’t know, is a “strong, colorful, and territorial type of chicken.” Knowing that only makes me feel marginally better. Exciting game, good finish, blah blah blah blah blah… another bowl loss is all it is to me. Sigh….

UH Wins C-USA Championship!

Congratulations Cougars! A great second half! It’s good to know that UH, the school I’ve been at for the last 4 years of my life, has won such an important championship. The win is even more enjoyable because it was on home turf.

I was amazed at how many people were parking to see the game today. As I was leaving campus, someone took my parking spot because the parking lot was full. Where I was parked was all the way on the other side of campus (Bauer), so I can only imagine the situation right now around Robertson Stadium.

The Cougars go on to the Autozone Liberty Bowl where they will play on Dec. 29.

More about the game on the UH site.

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