This is Steve Slaton. You might remember him and Pat White wreaking havoc from the backfield at West Virginia University. You might remember him being a 3rd round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2008 NFL Draft. You might remember him playing with the Miami Dolphins and/or the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL...but I doubt it. I definitely remember him being a highly rated running back in a couple of iterations of the EA Sports NCAA Football video games. But that's just me.
Now he's in culinary school, rushing to his new career in the kitchen. The homey Joey LoMonaco of The Dominion Post came to Houston to do a story on Mr. Slaton who is currently working at Underbelly, one of the dopest restaurants in town. You should give it a read, here. Shout out to an empty Underbelly. It makes shooting there muuuuuuch easier.
Ahead of the 10th Republican primary debate of the 2016 presidential election cycle, Ted Cruz made a pit stop at Mach Industrial Group here in Houston. He was introduced and endorsed by current Texas Governor Greg Abbott and embraced by hundreds of TrusTed sign holding supporters. There were lights, cameras, Secret Service and not much action. There were boos at the mention of "our current president" and cheers at the invocation of The Alamo. Then there was me, taking pictures and being quiet.
I've always thought of Dobie High School athletics as the Little Longhorns because they have an eerily similar resemblance to Austin's professional sports teams. I finally saw them in real life play and win a playoff basketball game against Hightower. Both Hightower and Dobie are currently out of the playoffs but Dobie made it to the regional final while being the 4th best team in their district. In other words, they weren't supposed to be there.
Atascocita boys basketball is ranked 5th in the country according to this USA Today national ranking. But I hesitate to call them the best team in Texas because at the moment that this is published, they have yet to play their semi-final game against Sam Houston in the state tournament. Last week, I photographed Atascocita's win over Klein Forest to advance to the regional semi-finals.
The road to the state championship has begun and teams from all over Texas are vying to win the crown. Earlier this week, I photographed a 4A class match-up between Sterling and La Grange. I spent a little time with Sterling last year before they went to the state semi-finals but the team looks a little different this season. Regardless, they advanced with an 80-59 victory over La Grange. On to the next.
I photographed a Harlem Globetrotters event at NRG Arena late last month for the Houston Press. After 90 years, the star spangled ballers are still up to their wacky shenanigans. The last time I saw the Globetrotters was probably at The Summit and I have to say that the show was just as entertaining in 1994 as it is in 2016.