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Chris Baldwin

In his more than 15-year journalism career, Chris Baldwin has worked at traditional newspapers and online publications, covering everything from the World Series to New York City politicians to Justin Timberlake. Baldwin helped guide from a near-startup to an established, respected brand that drew 3.5 million unique reader hits per month and recognition from the New York Times. He served as CultureMap managing editor until 2015.

Baldwin went to Michigan State before the Spartans got really good in basketball and he credits Michigan Journalism Hall of Famer Gloria Olman with teaching him to always write the truth, fearlessly. He won six national Associated Press Sports Editor awards in six years at the Asbury Park Press (NJ) before moving into the online world.

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Strong Wants Texas A&M

Charlie Strong shows absolutely no fear of Texas A&M: Rivalry renewal buzz a big win for Texas

By Chris Baldwin

Charlie Strong had a struggle of a first year at the University of Texas. His Longhorns stumbled and bumbled to a 6-7 record — and put on a historically pathetic performance ...

Old Man Saves The Rockets

Anthony Davis dumbly dissed as Old Man Point Guard goes Ricky Rubio and saves the Rockets (for now)

By Chris Baldwin

Pablo Prigioni has so much basketball wear on his tread that if Carfax did used point guard reports he'd be listed as definite don't buy. There is no ...

Jose Altuve's Blingy Opener

Jose Altuve serves notice to Mike Trout: No reason Astros leader can't go J.J. Watt — and grab all the bling

By Chris Baldwin

The Voice That Drives The Astros rings out through the clubhouse. Most of the reporters are gone chasing deadlines and Jose Altuve's relaxed and letting it fly. "Where's ...

Jose Altuve's Gift Swag

Jose Altuve walks away with crazy swag on Opening Day: Given new car and impressive bling for batting title

By Chris Baldwin

It's good to be the Houston Astros Hit King. Jose Altuve picked up some serious swag from the Astros for his batting title 2014 season. And he could not ...

Inside Tony Romo's Houston Visit

Tony Romo proves to be an annoyingly good guy in his Houston visit: Duke's Justin Bieber only brings love

By Chris Baldwin

Tony Romo walked into NRG Stadium like he owned the place — and then did the one thing he could do to annoy Houston Texans most. He played nice. In fact ...

Duke Referee Bias

Duke gifted dubious Final Four berth by referee bias, Gonzaga choke: Houston robbed of true March Madness

By Chris Baldwin

Mike Krzyzewski gingerly makes his way down the tall ladder, most of the net clenched in his left hand. There are two little knots of white net left up there ...

Houston's Private School Star

Houston's top private school finally gives phony Duke a hoops star worth loving: Justise Winslow & trash talk joy

By Chris Baldwin

Graduates of the St. John's School — the elite private school in Houston that perennially ranks among the best in the country — are supposed to become CEOs of Fortune 500 ...

Rout Madness

Crazy handstand man Mark Few need not fear Duke — or even Kentucky: Gonzaga's Polish big man lessons rock

By Chris Baldwin

Mark Few is finally showing some real personality, with an "unauthorized" locker room clip of him pulling off a celebration handstand making the 52-year-old longtime Gonzaga coach go viral in ...

Jim Nantz Defends Houston

Jim Nantz defends Houston from vocal, clueless critics: Is CBS star now the University of Houston's No. 1 alum?

By Chris Baldwin

Jim Nantz stands just to the right of center court in the sunken broadcast position of Houston's raised playing floor NCAA Tournament setup. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is on ...

Houston's New Indoor Park

Astrodome indoor park plan gets a new powerful push: Voters' will ignored in Save the Dome frenzy

By Chris Baldwin

The Astrodome's received another powerful endorsement in the fight to keep the hulking, rotting Houston landmark standing. The Urban Land Institute just released a report recommending unanimously that the ...

J.J. Watt's Andre Fear

J.J. Watt fear: Andrew Luck instantly better with Andre Johnson — pressure on Texans D intensifies & No. 99 wears down

By Chris Baldwin

J.J. Watt is no longer the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, but the burden on him only keeps growing. Watt must continue to prop up the Bill ...

Ryan Mallett Shows Big Guts

Big Balls! Johnny Manziel only wishes he had Ryan Mallett's guts: Inside Bill O'Brien's risky QB carousel

By Chris Baldwin

Whether Ryan Mallett is a true starting quarterback in the NFL remains very much in question. But there's no doubting Mallett's guts and nerve anymore. Not after Mallett ...

George Springer Concerns

George Springer must avoid Bryce Harper Syndrome at all costs: New additons aside, Astros' fate depends on it

By Chris Baldwin

The last image the Houston Astros left behind before hitting spring training is George Springer frozen in a head first slide for second base. It remained fixed above general manager ...

Andre Johnson Dissed

Andre Johnson utterly disrespected by Texans: Keenum proved No. 80 still rules, now he'll win big elsewhere

By Chris Baldwin

The Greatest Texan Ever is on the way out the door, pushed there by a ridiculous and utterly disrespectful reimagining of his role in Houston. Andre Johnson will all but ...

James Harden's Ballsy Kick

James Harden's ballsy kick to LeBron James' privates swings MVP: No Jeremy Lin help, big win cements truths

By Chris Baldwin

It's the kick heard around the NBA, a shot to the groin from one MVP Favorite to another. For a moment amid the delicious din of the Toyota Center ...

QB Ryan Mallett All In

Ryan Mallett shows his heart's completely with Texans in hospital visit: No drama free agency

By Chris Baldwin

If a man wears his heart on his sleeve — or his head for that matter — Ryan Mallett clearly remains all in on the Houston Texans. The impending free agent quarterback ...

Jeremy Lin Trade Blunder

Jeremy Lin trade failure still haunts Rockets: Dumb disrespect fuels Daryl Morey's trade deadline bungling

By Chris Baldwin

Goran Dragic jets off to Miami to live the South Beach life, grinning all the way. Daryl Morey keeps trading by reflex, knowing his sycophants and fanboys in the Houston ...

Arian Foster's Twitter Rival?

Texans QB mocks Seattle's worst play call disaster: Arian Foster finally has a real Houston sports Twitter rival?

By Chris Baldwin

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett joined the rest of the free world in mocking the worst play call in NFL history. "Somebody tell Beast Mode I'll give him the ...

Tom Brady Uses Katy Perry

Cheat master Tom Brady uses Katy Perry dumb luck to steal Super Bowl: Rob Gronkowski only pure winner of Classless Bowl

By Chris Baldwin

It looks like another giant meteor of karmic justice is crashing down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Seahawks wideout Jermaine Kearse makes a juggling catch on his ...

Olivia Munn Helps Rob J.J. Watt

Olivia Munn helps Aaron Rodgers rob J.J. Watt of his rightful MVP: Hollywood fakery not QB bias decides things

By Chris Baldwin

The kidding about J.J. Watt's standing in the quarterback obsessed NFL starts early on the NFL Honors league award show. "I'm kind of surprised they put you ...

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