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Rapaport brings popular podcast to Warehouse Live on Saturday

Miachael Rapaport will be at Warehouse Live on Saturday. Ronald Martinez/BIG3/Getty Images

Saturday Aug. 18 Warehouse Live will play host to actor and outspoken sports fan Michael Rapaport. The Manhattan native will be in town to record an episode his podcast and will be featuring a local Houston celebrity as well.

His aptly titled podcast, I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast, is released weekly and has been in syndication since 2015. Co-hosted by Gerald Moody, the show’s approach is an in-your-face, no-holds-barred sports podcast that also covers a wide array of topics ranging from current events to movies and music. Rapaport is no stranger to controversy, and demonstrates his willingness to skirt the line on taboo subjects in practically every episode.

Rapaport’s entertainment career has spanned over two decades in the film and TV industry. His iconic, gruff, New York personality shapes the tone of the show on its own, providing the listener with an open and almost personal connection to every episode recorded.

His latest episode, released Aug. 14, tackled everything from Tiger Woods’ most recent performance at the PGA Championship, to President Donald Trump’s former aide, Omarosa Manigault’s latest allegations against him. It then steers into friendly dating advice for Philadelphia 76ers second year point guard Ben Simmons, before lambasting Chicago’s mayor for his perceived inability to control the city’s infamous gang violence problem. It’s an unfiltered roller-coaster production with a conversational feel.

While the direction of the show itself on Saturday promises to be a mystery, the guest host for Houston is anything but. Local rapper Paul Wall will be joining Rapaport on stage to bring a little local perspective from a fellow sports fan.

Tickets are still available for $28 advance, and $32 the day of the show.

 

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Texans fall to 1-6. Photo by Getty Images

Don't you worry, son. It will all be over soon.

- Teddy KGB, Rounders

The Texans horrible season continued on Sunday when they were soundly beaten by the Green Bay Packers. The Texans got some garbage points to make the score look better late, but they were never in this. They could not run the football, and even though he had a receiving score, maybe it's time the David Johnson experiment ended. Aaron Rodgers ate their souls with four touchdown passes and the Texans fell to 1-6. Five thoughts on the game:

1) First impressions? Not so much. For the seventh time this season, the Texans failed to score on their opening drive. They had ONE touchdown last season on their opening drive, week 17 against the Titans. While Bill O'Brien still gets a lot of that blame, Tim Kelly is now 0 for 3 as an OC. Whoever takes over next season has to fix this. Especially against good teams, the Texans simply can't afford to get down early. They were down 21-0 at the half and never had a real chance.

2) There is good news! Hopefully this lets the team know that there is no chance of anything this season. With the trade deadline looming, any veteran not named Watson or Tunsil should be available for draft picks. It remains unlikely they will do anything, but they have some pieces that might bring a return. Hopefully they no longer think the season can be salvaged.

3) They really aren't close against good teams. The little things continue to be a problem. Key penalties to hurt drives; untimely failures on third down. The offense has to do a better job staying on the field, because the defense just is not good enough to stop solid offenses. Things got worse when their best corner, Bradley Roby went out with injury. Overall, the Packers were better on both sides of the ball, and they made the Texans look bad throughout. The Texans needed some breaks to go their way in order to be competitive, like what happened last week against Tennessee. That didn't happen, and they were never in the game.

4) They won special teams! They blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that helped make the final score a little closer. They also blocked a kick last week. Other than their overpaid kicker (who missed a field goal), the special teams have been solid. Their punter might be the best player at his job on the entire team. So there's that. A positive, right?

5) The future? Meh. The Texans get the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots next, so they should have a chance at some wins, but they could also lose to all three of those teams. And with no high draft pick reward at the end of the year, there is little left to play or root for in this season.

With nine games left, you would like to think there was something left to care about. But if it isn't over yet, it's as Teddy said: It will all be over soon.

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