Brian Barefield

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Correcting A Mistake

Rockets Defeat the Jazz 118-98 to Go Up 2-0 In the 2019 NBA Playoffs

“Never let a mistake become a problem. Correct the mistake and you will solve the problem,” is what my late Pastor Steve Crampton from Bissonnet Baptist Church use to tell me all the time. The Rockets learned from their mistake they made last year in a game 2 loss and took care of business this year by defeating the Utah Jazz 118 – 98.

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Happy to Be Home: Astros sweep A’s and Yankees to go 6-0 at Minute Maid Park

Back in the summer of 2011, I was deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. When you are scheduled to be in a warzone for a certain amount of time, the military grants you leave, which is a vacation in civilian terms.

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The Unsung Hero: Eric Gordon Is An Intricate Part of the Rockets Success This Season

With less than a week left in the 2018-19 NBA season, the Houston Rockets are looking to secure the number three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. If the cards fall right they may even be able to move up behind the Golden State Warriors for the number two spot if the Denver Nuggets have a couple of setbacks and Houston wins out. The Rockets needs to stay in that spot to avoid an early matchup with the 2018 NBA Finals champs Golden State Warriors.

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No Doubt: James Harden Is On Pace to Win His Second NBA-MVP Award

There was a pretty big game on Wednesday night between the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. It was a showdown between two of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Bucks have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the Rockets are in a dogfight for third in the West behind Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. But that’s not why there was a sold-out crowd at the Fiserv Forum in Wisconsin.

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Houston Texans Surprise United Airlines Passengers and Employees at George Bush International Airport Terminal

United Airlines passengers and employees receive surprise visit from the Texans

The off-season in the NFL is normally a time for rest, family time and workouts to get prepared for a rigorous schedule that begins with training camp in July and runs through the end of the year. But for Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph, linebacker Dylan Cole, and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, it was work as usual. Just not their regular day jobs. Along with their mascot Toro and cheerleaders, the players teamed up with United Airlines at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for a meet and greet with airline personnel and customers.

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Great Run Comes to an End

Prairie View A&M loses to Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game of the 2019 NCAA tournament

As I stepped on the illustrious campus of Prairie View A&M University in the fall of 1997, I will never forget that sense of pride and family atmosphere I felt run through my body. It was like the spirits of the “Unknown 8” (The first known class of the Alta Vista Agriculture & Mechanical College for Colored Youth who enrolled and began their studies March 11, 1878) was walking with me. Until you have been on the first state supported college in Texas for African Americans and the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state, you won’t know the jubilation of screaming out, “Who Ya Rooting For” at all sporting events.

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Streak Busters: Golden State Halts the Rockets Win Streak at Nine Games

It’s not often that a game that starts at 8:30 pm in the middle of the week will get so much attention, but then again this was no ordinary game. The Golden State Warriors were in town to take on a Houston Rockets team that has seemed to have their number this season. The reigning champs had lost three in a row to the Rockets coming into this game with Houston defeating them in Oracle 118-112 last month without James Harden, who was out with a sore neck and flu-like symptoms.

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Clear the Launching Pad

The Rockets have taken off since the All-Star break by winning six in a row

Don’t look now, but the Houston Rockets have quietly put together a quiet six-game winning streak. Their second longest streak this season. With all the attention focused on James Harden’s 30-point plus game coming to an end against the Atlanta Hawks, the Rockets have just gone about their business by making up ground in the Western Conference. They are currently in third place in the playoff standings and that means a lot from a team that was in 14th place earlier in the season.

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It Had to End One Day

James Harden’s historic scoring streak comes to an end against the Hawks

“You can’t guard James Harden one-on-one,” says Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce. “He’s an elite talent with elite skills and it’s more about the work, make him work,” he says in his post-game press conference.

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Getting the Band Back Together: Houston Welcomes Back Center Clint Capela to the Starting Lineup

In 2014, one of the best hip-hop duos known to date, Outkast, reunited to play dozens of venues around the United States including Coachella, which is the biggest summer music festival around. It had been nearly 10 years since Big Boi and Andre 3000 had been on stage, but once they hit that stage it was like they never had a layoff.

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