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Erik Spoelstra has a new catch phrase: "Welcome to our team." It serves dual purposes, as far as I can tell. It both highlights and deflects the most obvious storyline about the ...(full article)

The NBA culture, unsurprisingly, gets pretty caught up in the moment. In just one season, guys go from heroes to scapegoats, from promising young talents to no-defense-playing gu...(full article)

The only thing bigger than high-school football in Texas is the caricature of high-school football in Texas that persists everywhere else. And so, as the dust settles from an elect...(full article)

It's troubling enough the Houston Texans reportedly have grown frustrated with Jadeveon Clowney's maturity; what's even more problematic is the context: The first round that Clow...(full article)

On Monday night JJ Watt and the Houston Texans lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23, but it wasn't really as close as the score indicated (Pittsburgh took control of the game ri...(full article)

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