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!"
October 22, 2014 |
THERE WERE times throughout Friday night's 31-10 loss to Houston when coach Matt Rhule's face appeared expressionless. For the first time all season, the Temple coach's squad looked overmatched. There were undisciplined turnovers, missed coverages and missed tackles on defense and, as Rhule said during yesterday's American Athletic Conference coaches teleconference, a lack of passion and excitement. "For us, it was an opportunity to play in that environment where there's expectations and there's something on the line," Rhule said.
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.
March 26, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Vince Velasquez crouched behind the mound and with his finger he etched a cross in the dirt. The Phillies pitcher said a short prayer and then reflected as he waited for another game to begin. Velasquez is competing for the final spot in the Phillies' starting rotation. But before each start, he pauses to remind himself who he is playing for. He thinks about his parents, who used their strong work ethic to push their son's baseball dream into reality. And the pitcher thinks about his two older brothers - Leonard Jr. and Christopher - both of whom followed their father, entered the Marine Corps, and served in Iraq.
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.
September 20, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Waving American flags and space shuttle toys, hundreds of people lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday as they watched the space shuttle Endeavour touch down in Houston on its way to be permanently displayed in California. For many, the experience was bittersweet, tinged with an aftertaste of having been cheated of something they believe should have been theirs. Houston has long tied its fortune to a mix of oil and NASA. Astronauts train in the humid, mosquito-ridden city.
October 16, 2003 |
If you want to try out for the Philadelphia Soul, the city's new Arena Football League team, you can travel to Memphis this weekend. Or go to Houston the next. Or just be a little patient. The team announced yesterday that it has scheduled tryouts in both of those cities for this month - and expects to have one in Philadelphia sometime next month, time and place to be announced. Team officials said they chose Memphis and Houston because the cities are at the center of football-playing hotbeds, the mid-South for Memphis, the state of Texas for Houston.
June 4, 1987 |
A top airport executive from Houston will become the new aviation director at Philadelphia International Airport, sources said yesterday. James DeLong, currently deputy director of the aviation operations and maintenance for Houston's aviation department, will become Philadelphia's new aviation director as of July 1, said sources here and in Houston. Mayor Goode was scheduled to introduce DeLong at a press conference this afternoon. DeLong, the No. 2 ranking airport exec in Houston, was recruited by Commerce Director Charles Pizzi after a six-month search to replace Howard W. Willoughby, who retired in April from the post.
September 6, 2013
Who: Houston at Temple When: Saturday, Noon, Lincoln Financial Field TV: 6ABC. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM) Records: Houston 1-0, 0-0 AAC; Temple 0-1, 0-0 History: Houston leads, 2-0. This is the first meeting since 1989. This is the inaugural American Athletic Conference game. About Houston: Cougars beat FCS Southern, 62-13. They ran for 372 yards, but they like to throw the ball and they do run a lot of plays ... They have 10 starters back on offense ... Last year they were 5-7 for Tony Levine, who took over for Kevin Sumlin (now at Texas A&M)