Mar 16, 4 years ago

Astros Rebuilding: Behind the Analytics

Astros Rebuilding: Behind the Analytics

Here’s a great article by the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich about how the Houston Astros have tried to rebuild using databases & analytics. Maybe the biggest breaking news in the article is GM Jeff Luhnow’s affection for Dav…

Mar 14, 4 years ago

Old School Houston Rocket Walt Williams [Video]

Old School Houston Rocket Walt Williams [Video]

Check out a little old school Rockets from ’01 with Walt Williams showing off his musical skills in studio. In his Reel-Time Rockets segment, Jeff Hagedorn tries to learn a thing or two from the Wizard. I’m the guy behind the camera who p…

Mar 13, 4 years ago

A Tribute to Dr. Frank Jobe

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Baseball’s Game Changer Baseball lost a pioneer this week.  Perhaps nobody has done more for baseball than one surgeon.  There’s an operation called… Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction while using the palmaris longus tendon.  Nobod…

Mar 11, 4 years ago

Babe Ruth Wanted to Integrate Baseball

Babe Ruth Wanted to Integrate Baseball

In this New York Times article, Babe Ruth’s 97 year old daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, talks about how her dad wanted to integrate baseball.  She said Babe wanted to manage and, as a manager, he was going to bring in black ballplayers well befo…

Saying Goodbye to Owen Daniels

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Back in ’06, in what was the best draft in team history, the Houston Texans picked up Owen Daniels in the 4th round.  It was Kubiak’s 1st draft & Casserly’s last.  Mario Williams, Eric Winston & Demeco Ryans were drafted in the 1st 3 …

Mar 10, 4 years ago

McDonald’s All-American Justin Jackson [Video]

McDonald’s All-American Justin Jackson [Video]

Justin Jackson is considered by ESPN the #1 high school small forward in the ’14 basketball class. Jackson is the 1st ever home-schooled McDonald’s All-American. I had a chance to visit Justin & his family at their Tomball home for Fo…

Mar 9, 4 years ago

A look at Patrick Beverley

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Here an article by the Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech on the Rockets new Junkyard Dog.  Patrick Beverley made his way out of a tough part of Chicago & took the hard road to the NBA. Dwayne Wade says he wanted Beverley on the Heat….

Mar 6, 4 years ago

Carlos Correa Feature

Carlos Correa Feature

Several key components of the Astros future are in Spring Training but the guy everybody is talking about is shortstop & #1 pick of the ’12 draft, Carlos Correa.  Would GM Jeff Luhnow consider moving him quickly through the organization? T…

Mar 6, 4 years ago

Jermaine Taylor ready for Season Opener

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Jermaine Taylor’s injury forced him to miss last year’s playoffs for the Dynamo but he’s working to be as good as new this year. Here’s a link to an article from MLSSoccer.com on Taylor about his comeback….

Biggio Hall of Fame Snub

Podcast Kiss of Death (from January) The high & mighty baseball Hall of Fame voters for some unknown reason decided they needed to make Craig Biggio sweat one more year.  Any of us who watched Craig Biggio knows he sweat MORE than enough over hi…

Mar 5, 4 years ago

Jack Pardee & Gamblers/Cougars Legacy

Jack Pardee & Gamblers/Cougars Legacy

Podcast Kiss of Death As I watched SMU head coach June Jones pace the sideline against U of H late last year, I couldn’t help but think about what he & the entire Houston Gamblers staff did nearly 3 decades ago… and just a couple hundred yard…

Mar 5, 4 years ago

Houston Athletes Generosity

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HST Holiday Podcast Final Take What a heartwarming week it was for our Houston pro athletes & one that makes me incredibly proud these guys represent our city. Brian Cushing gave a family in need a $1,000 gift card for groceries, two $250 cards f…

Mar 5, 4 years ago

End of the BCS

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Kiss of Death The BCS, as we know it, came to an end a few weeks ago.  Like everybody else, I’m pumped to see a 4 team tournament. I think the right number is still 8 teams, but we’re making  progress. At some point, we need to discuss the issu…

Astros Owner Jim Crane

Astros Owner Jim Crane

Changing Titanic’s Course Since Astros Owner Jim Crane took over, he’s taken a lot of hits.  We all know about the TV deal but wasn’t that really Drayton’s mess?  We all know they’ve been the worst team in baseball his 1st 2 seasons, …

Mar 5, 4 years ago

David Aymond’s North Shore Legacy [Video]

David Aymond’s North Shore Legacy [Video]

Here’s my video highlights from North Shore’s 10 year championship anniversary pre-game tribute.  It starts with current Texan & North Shore alum Earl Mitchell. HST Podcast Final Take: March 4th Houston area high school football lost…

Mar 4, 4 years ago

Daryl Morey’s Sloan Analytics Conference

Daryl Morey’s Sloan Analytics Conference

Every year the Sloan Analytics conference gets more & more attention. Rockets GM Daryl Morey is the brains behind it. This article on SI.com has 50 NBA notes, quotes & anecdotes from the conference. There’s plenty of interesting argumen…