Jason Cohen

Senior editor Jason Cohen has written for Texas Monthly since 1995 (and texasmonthly.com since its very first iteration). His 1997 story “The Ice Bats Cometh,” about minor league hockey in Texas, was the basis of his book Zamboni Rodeo (Greystone Press, 2001). He also penned the magazine’s first-ever Matthew McConaughey story, in August 1996. The co-author of Generation Ecch! (Fireside Books, 1994) and co-editor of SXSW Scrapbook (Essex/University of Texas Press, 2011), he has also written for such publications as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Details, the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, Portland Monthly, and Cincinnati magazine. His 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on the band Hole prompted Courtney Love to yell at him from the stage at Lollapalooza in Austin, while his 2007 profile of the Portland strip club Mary’s won a Sex-Positive Journalism Award. As one of the two primary writers for the TM Daily Post, Cohen wrote approximately 500 stories for Texas Monthly in 2012. He has been a blogger since 2002 and been known to maintain as many as five Twitter accounts.


Ice on the Block

If your goal is to own a pro hockey team, Tom Hicks has a deal for you: He’ll sell you the Dallas Stars for a mere $300 million—and throw in the prospect of an NHL-destroying lockout at no extra charge.

The Joy of Sacks

Drew Brees’s parents don’t look forward to seeing him get thrown to the ground on national TV each week. But they sure do love having an NFL quarterback for a son.

Who's Next?

San Antonio’s Marshevet Hooker is not just any old high school sprinter; she’s an Olympic gold medalist in the making. Meet her and nine other women we’re betting will lead the new Texas—and the world.

Play Bawl!

Yes, yes—come playoff time, the Houston Astros have a history of reducing grown men to tears. But thanks to Jeff Kent, this season could be different.

A Dinger

Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker talks about second baseman Jeff Kent and a budget like the New York Yankees’.

Miner Threat

Why would a mere mortal want to step into the outsized shoes of UTEP’s Don Haskins, the only Texas college basketball coach ever to win a national championship? To win another NCAA title—and Billy Gillispie thinks he can.

Hoop It Up

Texas basketball legend Don Haskins on his 38 years courtside with UTEP and the Miners’ prospects under new head coach Billy Gillispie.

Rockets Man

Houston Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson on new head coach Jeff Van Gundy, Yao Ming, and the game.

Don’t Look Yao

Led by the NBA’s most inadvertently colorful coach, this year’s Houston Rockets are so much more than an excuse to see a certain ninety-inch-tall Chinese import.

Lost in Translation

Hollywood often fumbles the sports movie—but it could get back in the game right here in Texas.

Yes in My Backyard

To say that the private prison in Eden doesn’t creep out
the locals is an understatement. They’re downright
thankful for the place.


A West Texas road race, the Super Bowl of six-man
football—and, arguably, the world’s first rodeo.

Cold Play

The Astros couldn’t quite make it. The Cowboys have hit the skids. No wonder the state’s attention has turned to … hockey?

College Try

Does it matter if college athletes graduate?