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Friday Night Lights are heating up

There is no better sports value to be found than Texas high school football and we have some of the very best teams and players in the nation right here in H-Town. This weekend will be the second round of the playoffs and will feature some of the top teams in the region.

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Some of the top area games:
Pearland vs Galena Park Northshore
Klein Oak vs Cedar Park
Klein Forest vs Leander
Cypress Falls vs Houston Stratford
Beamont Westbrook vs Fort Bend Marshall
Katy vs Memorial
LaPorte vs Brazoswood
Montgomery vs Yates
Barbers Hill vs LaMarque
Cy Fair vs Houston Lamar
Dayton vs Texas City
Brenham vs Sterling
Cinco Ranch vs Westside
Lamar Consolidated vs Nederland
Kingwood vs Fort Bend Hightower

plus many more!

Check Houston Chronicle high school section for game times and locations then you can say you saw the next generation of college and pro superstars while they were still playing for state glory and a letter jacket. The atmosphere is electric, the band fills the stadium with spirit, there is a nip in the air, the hot dogs are steaming, and you don’t have to worry about the person next to you being blizted on $8 beer. Go out and support these kids and have yourself a good time on the cheap. Don’t forget to check out game recaps at Lone Star Gridiron.

Photo thanks to Flickr user PhilipsPhotos

Cougars win opener in OT

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The University of Houston men’s basketball team opened the season tonight with an overtime win in Rhode Island. Oliver Lafayette hit a three pointer as time expired in the overtime period to seal the win for the Cougars and deliver Coach Tom Penders a satisfying victory over a team he coached to the Elite Eight in 1988.

Houston had big contributions from JuCo transfers Robert McKiver (33 points) and Marcus Malone (25 points) in addition to 20 from returning senior guard Oliver Lafayette.

The Cougars host Monmouth in their first home game of the season this saturday, Nov. 18th at Hofheinz Pavillion. They’ll face their first big test Dec. 17th against #16 Arizona, a team they upset in Houston last year.

Houston Chronicle, ESPN

GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAL!!!!!!

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Huge congrats to the Houston Dynamos on their rocking MLS victory this weekend over the New England Revolution. I’m not an ardent soccer/football watcher, but boy do I regret missing this match.

Anyone have any good futbol stories to share??

University of Houston Basketball releases 2006-2007 Schedule

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Tom Penders has done a lot to revive the spirits of UH basketball since taking over the reigns 2 years ago, posting a 21-10 season last year with wins against top 25 teams LSU and Arizona. This year promises similar opportunity with games against perrenial powerhouse Kentucky, conference-rival Memphis (which made it to last year’s Final Four), and a rematch with an Arizona team that will no doubt be looking for vindication for last years loss.

Houston Cougars Basketball Schedule 2006-2007

Houston No Longer A Potential Bid City for 2016 Olympics

Depending on your feelings toward Houston being a host for sports events, this may be good or bad news. According to the New York Times (registration required), the United States Olympic Committee (U.S.O.C.) has dropped Houston and Philadelphia from a list of possible bid cities to host the games in 2016. Still remaining on the list are Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Although I would like to eventually see Houston host the Olympic games, I don’t want to be anywhere in the area when it happens. Inevitably, there will be a massive influx of visitors that will make traffic conditions unbearable. Also, I’m not sure how many of the athletes will be able to cope with the heat. Summers here (especially July) are difficult even for those of us that are used to the weather.

But then again, it’s not like we can host the Winter Olympics. Unless the Olympic Committee is willing to bring in fake snow…

God really does hear prayers!

Astros seal $22 million deal with Clemens

Now let’s just hope he earns it.

Houstonian Pugilist Robbed

Despite a split decision draw on HBO’s primetime boxing against reigning super featherweight title holder, Marco Antonio Barrera, Houstonian Rocky Juarez appeared to this fight fan to be the clear winner. Barrera outboxed Juarez in the early rounds but to no avail. Although he landed more punches, they were weak and ineffective compared to the bombs dropped by Juarez. In the later rounds, it was all Rocky Juarez as the youngster’s tenacious attacks left Barrera gasping for air and holding on for dear life.

In the end, the judges must have been watching another fight as they saw fit to rule the bout a draw. The draw means that Marco Antonio Barrera retains his title and Juarez gains only the respect of the boxing world.

Rocky Juarez & Marco Antonio Barrera

Congratulations to the hometown hero, Rocky Juarez for beating the champ regardless of the decision.

Grand Prix of Houston

In case you’re wondering what all the exhaust fumes and noise is over at Reliant Center, it’s not a fleet of moving vans to cart Charley Casserly’s stuff from the Houston Texans Front Office.

No, it’s the Grand Prix of Houston, banished from Downtown to the Reliant Center parking lot.

This is a unique opportunity to see two world class racing events on the same weekend – Champ Car and the American Le Mans. The finest open wheel and sports car racing in America. The exciting Atlantic Series rounds out the race schedule. Motorsports is the fastest growing spectator sport in America and it’s coming to Houston!

The first Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston was held in 1998, and continued annually until 2001. Historically, this event is estimated to generate between $25-30 million in revenue for the city of Houston.
The Texaco/ Havoline Grand Prix of Houston was enormously successful, with over 200,000 fans from around the world attending the three day event.

So be sure to check out the Grand Prix Of Reliant Center’s Parking Lot from Thursday through Saturday… it’s Driveinacircletastic!

FREE sports fun this weekend!!

Copperheads PodcastThe Katy Copperheads Official Podcast is giving away tickets to the Copperheads game this weekend. They will be taking on Bozeman Sunday April, 30th at 3:00PM. The cool thing about this game is that Bozeman is one of the worst teams in the NIFL so it should be another great victory for the home team.

The Katy Copperheads are the brand new indoor football team right here in the Houston area. The field is only 50 yards long and is wall-to-wall fun. As everyone knows, we take our football serious in Texas and at least one of our local teams can claim to be at the top of their division.

Enough about the team… how do you get the tickets? Well, the podcast is giving away 20 pairs of tickets and the first 20 people to shoot an email to lonestargridiron@gmail.com with their name (as it appears on their driver’s license,) will be getting in completely free.

The games are played at the Leonard Merrell Center, not far from Katy Mills Mall. Come on out and support the winningest pro football team around and do it for FREE! Look for your very own HouDog doing the Copperheads podcast from the table between sections 113 & 114. Swing by and say “Hi.” See you there.

SPORTS – National Judo Championships

Gail Stolzenberg
National Judo Championships
George R. Brown Convention Center

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