September 5, 2013 |
Matt Rhule wanted to make it plain. "Look, this is a much more important game," the Temple football coach said of Saturday's game against American Athletic Conference opponent Houston. "I remind our team that we were picked to finish ninth in the conference and we haven't played any conference games. So we're still seen as a ninth-place team. " Rhule has spent the last few months discussing the Owls' season opener against Notre Dame, which Temple lost, 28-6. However, Saturday's noon game at Lincoln Financial Field not only marks his first home game as a head coach.
October 19, 1989 |
It figures to rate with the all-time wipeouts, right up there with Custer's Last Stand and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Southern Methodist at Houston. SMU coach Forrest Gregg, whose 1-4 team is an incredible 57-point underdog, isn't painting a picture of false optimism. He knows the young, inexperienced Mustangs, coming off a two-year NCAA suspension, are going into a sword fight armed with a butter knife. "I don't get into point spreads, but (the 57-point line) doesn't surprise me," Gregg said.
September 24, 2012 |
UNION MANAGER John Hackworth hasn't had many opportunities over the last month to joke around. Mired in an eight-game winless streak, the Union entered Sunday's match against Houston at PPL Park on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. Granted, with six games to play that's almost inevitable, but there are still things this roster can accomplish and build on heading into an important offseason for the 3-year-old franchise. Not to mention that a win against a perennial power like Houston is not something that should be overlooked.
August 14, 1992 |
Pennsylvania Republicans head to Houston this weekend, hoping their limping party gets back in the race for president, but some are also hoping to get a Texas boost for themselves. It's called "having an agenda. " Just as Gov. Casey went to New York last month to push his anti-abortion views, and Democratic Senate contender Lynn Yeakel went to push her candidacy, there's a handful of Republicans headed to Houston mostly to push themselves: U.S. Rep. Thomas Ridge of Erie, who flirted with running for governor in 1990, is more than flirting now. Casey cannot seek re-election in 1994.
July 22, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Four men found living in "deplorable conditions" in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive after being lured by promises of alcohol and cigarettes so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said. Three of the men were malnourished and taken to a hospital after being discovered by officers responding to a 911 call about the home, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Sgt. Steven Murdock described the living conditions as like a "dungeon.
June 12, 1994 |
Rockets Fever broke into a cold, fearful sweat after Houston lost at home Friday night to fall into a 1-1 NBA Finals tie with the New York Knicks. The largest city in Texas has been through this kind of panic before, with the football Oilers blowing huge leads in playoff games, the baseball Astros posting one of the best records in the major leagues over the 1980s, but never making it to the World Series, and the Rockets losing in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. That's why the Rockets made a TV commercial a couple of weeks ago, one in which a fan with a radio to his ear all but throws himself off the ledge of a high-rise when the game announcer says, "But wait, Olajuwon was fouled!"
May 25, 1999 |
Leroy Burrell had an interesting problem to solve last summer. The 1985 Penn Wood graduate and former track gold medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games was deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He had just retired from competitive track and was seriously thinking about attending law school when someone brought up another idea: How about coaching? Timing is everything. So, when longtime Houston track coaching legend Tom Tellez decided to retire, he handed his coaching whistle to Burrell, who is now completing his first season as track and field coach at the University of Houston.
July 2, 2013 |
The 76ers could be a landing spot for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik in a trade, CBSSports.com reported Sunday night. The Rockets could make point guard Jeremy Lin and Asik available in trades as they pursue free-agent center Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. Houston is expected to sign Howard, meaning Asik would become expendable. New Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie was an executive with Houston for the last eight seasons. Last summer, the Rockets signed Asik to a three-year, $25.1 million deal when he was a restricted free agent with the Chicago Bulls.
October 15, 2012 |
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally put it all together. The reigning MVP set a career high and tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Packers played their best game of their so-far-inconsistent season, beating previously unbeaten Houston, 42-24, on Sunday night. Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes and James Jones had two, including a beautiful, diving one-hander in the fourth quarter for the Packers (3-3). Tom Crabtree had the other, a 48-yarder that Rodgers threw just before taking a hit from Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed.
October 20, 1989 |
Each time Houston scored against Temple in the Astrodome, the Cougar mascot dropped down and did push-ups. One push-up for each point. Just before halftime, Houston scored its 41st point and the mascot did 41 push-ups. In the third quarter, he did 48 push-ups, then 55. When the game ended, Houston was ahead, 65-7, and the Cougars had the best-conditioned mascot in the country. It was the second-worst defeat in Temple's dull football history. "I didn't think it was going to be that brutal," said a numb Jerry Berndt, the first-year Temple coach.