Zapruder Analysis Of Viral YouTube Guy Putting His Girlfriend In WWE Finishers

Categories: Sports, Whatever

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Joe Weller via YouTube
I was born 30 years too early.

As someone who's adapted his game pretty well to the social media/internet age (as well as any 46 year old I know), I always quietly believed this was the case. Now, I'll shout it from the rooftops. It's undeniable.

Here is why I am now screaming this....

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Adrenaline Junkies: Scariest Rides at the Rodeo Carnival

Categories: Rodeo

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Photo by Dan Kramer
It can be tough for adrenaline junkies to get their fix in Houston. Astroworld has been gone for 10 years now, and the nearest theme park is a few hours away (Kemah doesn't really count, though it can take an hour or more to reach in traffic on 45).

Luckily, we have the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RCS carnival to look forward to every year: Sparkling lights, fried everything and some of the best rides that don't require a two-hour drive.

Over a few days, we rode some of the fastest, tallest, scariest rides at the carnival. For y'all who are too terrified to ride or "don't do carnival rides," like several of my friends, read on for the scariest rides at the carnival:

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Texans Host Former Dolphins WR Brian Hartline

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Chris J. Nelson via Wikimedia Commons
On Monday, after our show was over, we were in our post show meeting in our program director's office when my cohost Ted Johnson openly expressed his frustration with how boring the Texans have been so far this offseason.

"Why don't they make any moves, man?" Ted asked, rhetorically. "It makes it so hard to cover this team for five hours a day on the radio."

Almost as if the radio content gods had heard Ted's plea, fifteen minutes after our meeting ended came the news that Andre Johnson and the Texans would be parting ways. One day later, it was the Texans' release of Chris Myers that carried us.

Ask and ye shall receive, Ted!

So with a couple longtime mainstays leaving town, it's about time the Texans begin the process of replacing them and/or upgrading the roster's talent level overall. To that end, they finally entertained a guest over at NRG Stadium on Thursday.

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What's the Next Step at Sharpstown High School?

Categories: Education

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LULAC Attorney Alberto Ruiz thinks there's more work to be done at Sharpstown High
In many respects, the latest dust-up/embarrassment at Sharpstown High School, in which students claimed Principal Rob Gasparello had hit them, has been resolved to the satisfaction of all.

Houston ISD investigated and cleared Gasparello saying that "HISD Police has concluded its investigation into allegations related to Sharpstown High Principal Rob Gasparello. No evidence was found to substantiate any of the criminal allegations and the principal has been cleared to return to campus."

By this week, at least two of the students involved have moved on to Liberty High School, an HISD charter school dedicated to serving recent immigrants with limited English. So presumably these kids are in a better place and whatever did or did not go on between any of them and the Sharpstown principal will not continue.

Attorney Alberto Ruiz, legal representative for LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) in Houston and San Antonio, was involved in the case, representing two of the students involved. He says he's happy that those two are back in school and can get on with their education.

But he continues to express his belief that something is wrong about the culture at Sharpstown and that it needs to change what he sees as ill-treatment of minority students, particularly Hispanic ones with limited English.

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Rice Fight, Never Die: Rice Owls Aren't the Team of Years Past

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John Royal
Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse holds just a little more than 5,000 people. It's a small facility built in 1950 (renovated back around 2008) that's a no-frills combination of seats and bleachers with a huge balcony overhanging one of the baselines. There's a big, ultra-modern video board over mid-court, but overall, walking into the building is like stepping back into a time warp when college basketball was an afterthought and not the huge moneymaking spectacle it is nowadays.

Yet over the past many years, watching a game in Tudor has been like sitting in a huge, empty aircraft hanger. Attendance has been near non-existent and student interest has been lacking. The place has been lifeless with souls scattered about watching an often hapless basketball team try and stay competitive in a mid-major conference that most of the time offered up only one team to the NCAA tournament, the since-departed Memphis Tigers.

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Rodeo By The Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs, and Truckloads of Twinkies

Categories: Rodeo

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Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Every year this city throw a huge boot-stompin' party called the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To get a better understanding of what it takes to put on one of Houston's biggest annual events, we asked the rodeo folks for some stats. From truckloads of Twinkies to a veritable army of baby chicks, here's what we found (mostly based on last year's numbers):


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D.J. Swearinger Under Investigation For Running Out On Truck Customizing Tab

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Photo by Aaron M Sprecher
Athletes like to trick out their cars. It's what they do. Well, many of them, at least. And if you're making that sweet second-round-pick cheddar, you want the world to know it.

Spinning rims, bass booming speakers, tinted windows, that's what's up, man! You don't want to be driving around in a Nissan Altima with no tint listening to AM radio (unless you're tuned into Sports Radio 610).

So with that in mind, we interrupt the mild depression and coping of the last two days (Andre Day and Myers Day) to bring you a little comic relief. Well, we hope it's comic relief. If it winds up with D.J. Swearinger getting arrested, we won't be laughing (that hard).

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Advocacy Group: Stop Charging Truant Students in Adult Court

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When it comes to truancy, kids are treated like adults.
"Texas currently prosecutes more than twice the number of truancy cases prosecuted in all other states combined," with cases filed in adult criminal courts -- uncommon among other states -- according to a report released Thursday by the non-profit advocacy group Texas Appleseed. More than 115,000 students were charged with truancy in adult court in 2013.

The Houston Independent School District, with an enrollment of 203,354, filed 20,715 truancy criminal cases against students and/or their parents in the 2012-2013 school year -- the third-highest rate in the state, according to the report. (San Antonio and Dallas ranked first and second, respectively.)

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USW and Shell Talked. Briefly.

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Lee Medley and the USW District 13-1 union members outside of the USW Hall in Pasadena.

Representatives from United Steelworkers International and Royal Dutch Shell were back at the bargaining table Wednesday and it seems they talked just long enough to decide they'll try this whole talking thing again next week.

That means the strike is definitely going on for another week, at least, which is rough news for those hoping it would be over by now.

The USW oil refinery strike, the first major oil refinery strike in 35 years, started February 1 and the USW members at Shell Deer Park, LyondellBasell and Marathon Texas City were some of the first called to walk out on strike by the national arm of USW. Since then USW has pulled out more than 6,000 workers at 15 plants across the country, including 12 refineries.

USW has been negotiating a national contract that the local union groups will use as guidelines for their contracts with the company. Shell is negotiating on behalf of the oil industry. They've been trying to hammer out a deal since January 21. So far, things haven't gone well.

Meanwhile, the tensions between the strikers and management have been ratcheting up. People have been crossing the picket line at Shell Deer Park since the second week of the strike. Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh says that 20 percent of the 800 union members have come back to work at Shell Deer Park. Lee Medley, president of USW District 13-1 that represents Shell workers, says that the number is closer to around 100. Either way, strikes depend on union members not crossing picket lines, as we've already noted, so this is a pretty big deal to the local union.


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Houston Will Miss Chris Myers

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For years, Texan fans seethed over the perception that Gary Kubiak was overly loyal to players. He was afraid to cut "his guys," many of whom he'd happily doled out extensions for sometime in the recent past.

Real or imagined (and honestly, like most things in life, the truth was probably somewhere in between), Texan fans believed this dynamic existed, so when they had to endure more bad seasons than good, there was a frustration level over why the Texans weren't conducting business like a "real NFL team."

Why can't they be more like the Patriots??? That was the lament. Well, you're getting your wish now, Texan fan. It's clear who's running the show at NRG Stadium, and there are no scraps in Bill O'Brien's scrapbook.

To wit, 24 hours after telling Andre Johnson he can seek a trade, now center Chris Myers is gone, released on Wednesday afternoon after his seventh season with the Texans.

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