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Friday Night Lights
Texas’s Losingest High School Football Team Determined to Win

Oct 21, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

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.

Weathering
Drought Kills Lakeside Business

Sep 20, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

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

Aug 30, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

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.

The Case for Keenum

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

The University of Houston quarterback leads the nation in passing attempts, completions, and yardage, and he’s tied for the NCAA lead with 38 touchdown passes. But does he have what it takes to win the Heisman?

Purple Haze

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

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.

Beating a Dead Horse

Dec 1, 2010 By Jeff Beckham

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.

Rangers Win! Rangers Win!

Sep 30, 2010 By Jeff Beckham

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.

The Champs

Sep 30, 2009 By Jeff Beckham

How mixed martial arts went from what one senator called “human cockfighting” to an event that draws record crowds and millions of pay-per-view buyers.