Rad Rich: That was a great article and a great primer for this season. I am passing this article on to all my friends ["No More Bull," by Rich Connelly, August 27]. Oh yeah, and you're hilarious.
So sorry: I just read your article "No More Bull," and I am so sorry that you have been so deeply and irrevocably wounded by the professional sport franchises in Houston. Your personal grief must be the reason for one of the most jaded and cynical articles I believe I have ever read about a steadily improving football team, and I grew up here with the Oilers. It is no secret that large-market sports teams line the pockets of the city's elite, but the team has also brought jobs (from stadium construction workers to pedicab drivers) and hope for success for those on the lower rungs of Houston's economic ladder. Hope that you seem determined to crush, molest and defile.
Relax, drink an $8 beer and enjoy being in the mecca of American football that is Texas. Wipe away those tears, Trouper.
Get a clue: I don't know what your expertise is, but football and the Texans are not it. You haven't got a clue what is going on with the Texans. Great teams are built slowly. They have stumbled out of the gate with Tony Boselli and David Carr, but they have since built a team with superstars like Mario Williams and Andre Johnson. The Texans will probably sell out every game this season. I know I have been on a waiting list for season tickets for three years and finally got the seats I wanted. The fans are great, and we are expecting great things this year. Please stick to what you know; you are completely clueless on football.
David Van Riper
Great stuff: You know, I get impatient with people who get impatient with the Texans. They're still a young team, and it's been fun watching them progress (even if it's not always as far as we'd hoped). I think they've got something with Gary Kubiak. Having said that, I think your article was well written and funny as hell. Holy shit!
Online readers weigh in:
To hell with the Texans and Houston: The stadium tax, the rent car tax and the hotel tax are Harris County taxes. Harris County is footing the bill, not Houston alone. I resent having to pay extra taxes when my car is in the shop. It is an outrage that visiting (not to the city of Houston) friends and family are hotel-taxed for the worthless Texans. Tax light beer and make the red-and-blue-painted fat boys in the end zone pay for their own stadium.
Comment by Uzi
Phony Texans: As a native Houstonian, I will never have the passion for the Texans that I possess for the Rockets and Astros. When someone asks me which NFL team I follow, I respond "Texans" by default, but at heart, I will always be an Oilers fan.
Why? Authenticity, or lack thereof. When Houston's newest NFL franchise was launched, I had the "privilege" of working on much of the team's marketing and advertising material, even before the team had a name. Working behind the scenes, I witnessed (and unfortunately played a role in) manufactured authenticity. I witnessed the corporate approach to a sports franchise, the creation of "rabid fans" of a team in its mere infancy. I attribute much of this falseness to Bob McNair but mostly to Jamie Rootes, who at the time was the team's marketing lead. The team blatantly stole marketing ideas from other sports franchises, in other markets, as opposed to letting something potentially beautiful — and distinctively "Houston" — develop on its own. It's an example of the smokescreen that is the Texans.
Comment by Bill from Houston
Harsh! There must be a huge market here of readers who are determined to pound the bejesus out of sports teams as motivation for them to improve. The beatings will stop when the morale improves? Way too harsh for me. I'll support our sports teams because they come with the territory I call home. Perhaps the Free Press Houston is less harsh.
Comment by Gary Packwood
The author of this piece is a joke: The statement about French whores and blowjobs made it clear that the author should be writing about Moulin Rouge or Chicago and definitely not sports. He has managed to amaze me, though. He has single-handedly written an article that is baseless about everything that means absolutely nothing to this season.
"Here we fucking go again." We have ourselves another writer who cannot get a gig writing for a reputable media source, writing about a topic that his wife has to explain to him. "Honey, what is a tight end?" Trust me, she has no idea, on or off the field.
Yes, that was baseless as well. Just mimicking your article and taking meaningless and tasteless stabs about a topic that I know nothing about.
I am hoping and praying that you wrote this article to get people fired up. A buddy of mine in from Atlanta showed me this article; otherwise I would have never even thought of reading the Houston Press for a meaningful sports article. When he came out of the bathroom with your article in hand, I knew he was delivering a piece of shit.
Write an article that has meaning for this season. Write an article that talks real football. Write an article that won't be used as toilet paper. Then, maybe people will take your career seriously and you will get a job writing about sports in a place where real sports fans read.
The Houston Press is cool, but not for sports. Some things are better left to the professionals.
Comment by Ozzie Ramirez from Houston
Baby Texans: I thought this article was pretty fairly balanced, which is not always the case with the Houston Press (especially not Richard Connelly). Guess what, Texans fans: The Texans suck. The pinnacle of their success is going 8 and 8. I hope they do well, but there is no reason to believe that they are going to not suck this year. They might be decent (9-7) if Matt Schaub had a complete season. Schaub has never had a complete season.
The most hilarious part of the venom-filled response to this article is that the Texans are, what, seven years old now? And yet somehow you are a Texans fan to the core of your soul? Really? I have boots older than that, and they aren't broke in just yet. Get back to me in 20 years.
Comment by Nate the Snake from Pearland
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In last week's cover story, "The Burmese Come to Houston" [September 3, by Mike Giglio], the surname of Sayid Alam was misspelled as "Alem."
The article also states that Burmese refugees last year moved from Houston to work at a Tyson chicken plant in Cactus, Texas. The refugees in fact relocated to work at a Swift meatpacking plant in Cactus.
The Houston Press regrets the errors.