Jeff Beckham


The Complicated Simplicity of Fandom

When the U.S. and Mexico soccer teams played last week, it proved that fandom is more a state of mind than a state of place.

You Shall Know His Velocity

Tyler Kolek is a hard-throwing high school senior from Shepherd. And he just may be the first pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Texas’s Losingest High School Football Team Determined to Win

Scarborough High School, in Houston, has suffered through a 44-game losing streak dating back to September 2009. The team’s seniors could graduate without seeing victory. But the Spartans still rush the field every Friday night, hoping their luck will turn around.

Drought Kills Lakeside Business

When Lake Travis drops below 660 feet, visitor spending drops by up to $33.8 million, resulting in lost jobs and shuttered businesses. Carlos’n Charlie’s, a 500-plus-seat Mexican restaurant, is the latest casualty.

Getting Back to Normal

The West High School football team opened their 2013 football season Thursday night, another step for the town in moving past the devastating fertilizer plant explosion.

Becoming a Pro Soccer Player

Brek Shea on scoring goals, getting free cleats, and doing the faux-hawk. 

Damn Good Coaches

The best college football coaches ranked 11 through 20.

Beating a Dead Horse

Nearly 25 years after SMU received the death penalty, the Mustangs are finally on the trail to success. But an ESPN documentary reminds us how far the team had fallen thanks to ego, greed, and the religion of football.

Going Deep

What’s different about this Rangers team that earned them their first trip to the World Series? Everything.

That Championship Season

The Texas Rangers may not have won the World Series, but it was a year fans will never forget.

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Them

And the question on everyone’s mind is: Does TCU deserve a shot at the BCS title game?

Rangers Win! Rangers Win!

A manager who admitted using cocaine? Owners who declared bankruptcy? Something about Claws and Antlers? No, the craziest story line of the season is that the Rangers have finally earned some respect.

Purple Haze

The hip-hop inspired “purple drank” may have claimed its latest victim—former A&M defensive tackle Johnny Jolly of the Green Bay Packers—who faces prison time for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, a key ingredient.

The Big D

How a German Basketballer of the Year became the pride of the Dallas Mavericks.