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    July 15, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Jimmy Smith Makes It Five Ravens Arrested

    We've seen this Harbaugh Brothers movie before. One Harbaugh has a team that jumps out to a huge lead, only to see the other brother's charges come storming back to make it a contest. We saw it in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, John's Ravens taking a huge lead in the third quarter only to see Jim ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Browns WR Josh Gordon Needs Help Badly

    Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are less surprising than others. Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are sadder than others, too. Then there are Fantasy Crime League updates involving Browns wide receiver and native Houstonian Josh Gordon, which are sadly not very surprising (a ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Another Ravens Running Back In Trouble With The Law

    The Baltimore Ravens have made frequent trips to the police blotter pay window during this 2014 offseason. This we all know. Now, if you're a member of the Ravens' coaching and public relations staff, the team's crime spree has been a nightmare, with frequent distractions and with press conferences ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    As It Turns Out, the NFL Wasn't That Into Johnny Manziel

    In the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, as they make their way across the countryside as perpetual fugitives trying to keep their heads attached to their torsos, the Hound and Arya Stark lay down to sleep by a small campfire. As is her ritual each night before getting to rapid eye movement, ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Movie Review of Draft Day (Featuring Texans RB Arian Foster)

    The NFL Draft has grown into a monster business. There are literally hundreds of websites, pundits, and magazines making money hand over fist on the (intelligent sounding, but in the end largely random) speculation on which teams will draft which college kids. Smoke, mirrors, and the Wonderlic, bab ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League: Bengals Get On The Board! (It Was Just a Matter of Time)

    Every team is susceptible to a lull in their season, and sometimes that lull comes at the beginning. Slow starts happen. For some teams, they are a harbinger of things to come. The slow start isn't so much a lull as it is just a fraction of a bigger pile of underachievement. For some teams, though ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    NFL Fantasy Crime League Update: Baltimore RB Ray Rice Indicted

    Atlantic City casino. Video footage of an NFL running back dragging an unconscious girlfriend from an elevator. Rumors of a violent scene between the two. Indeed, in this 2014 offseason's NFL Fantasy Crime League, the first crime of the season, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's assault on hi ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Gary Kubiak Lands On His Feet In Baltimore

    After Gary Kubiak's time as Houston Texans head coach ended abruptly and somewhat ignominiously on a Friday morning in early December, speculation begun in earnest during the holidays as to what Kubiak would choose to do next. An interview with the Detroit Lions for a head coaching job that eventua ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    NFL Playoffs: Early Super Bowl Futures Odds, Who Has Value?

    In theory, when it comes to wagering, the NFL Playoffs should be one of the prime handicapping junctures on the wagering calendar. Think about it -- there is no need to factor in the week to week motivational differences, letdown possibilities, and (at least for the first weekend of the playoffs) ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 9. Jacoby Jones

    Recent history has not been kind to the Houston Texans when it comes to either former Baltimore Ravens coming to Houston, or the Texans cutting players loose and seeing them wind up in Baltimore. The Ed Reed saga was chronicled in detail in the most recent "King of Content" post -- Hall of Fame car ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Jacoby Jones' Deal With The Devil Ends In A Pool Of His Own Blood

    When sports figures go from a career of anonymity or ineptitude to sudden stardom, a lot of people in my business go looking for reasons. Why has Eli Manning been largely average (and kind of dopey) for his entire career and yet strung together two of the most courageous postseasons in NFL history ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Ravens 30, Texans 9: Big Plays, Penalties and Offensive Ineptitude Give Baltimore a Blow Out Win

    Greg Gumbel, who called the Texans-Ravens game for CBS said at one point late in the game after the referee tossed his flag, "And another flag." His attempt at sarcasm was well meaning, but the joke was on the Texans Sunday as they fell 30-9 in Baltimore. The two teams combined for 24 penalties (acc ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Trent Richardson Traded To The Colts: The Death Of The Highly Drafted Running Back

    In both Major League Baseball and the NBA, trades are fairly commonplace, not only during the offseason, but in season as well. The trade deadlines in each sport are well known by fans and generally viewed as important dates on the respective calendars for each sport. That's where the NFL has alway ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    2013 Crimesman Trophy: Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

    College football fans of recent years will always remember October 15, 2005. It was an unbelievably scintillating afternoon of college football that included LSU knocking off Florida, an overtime thriller between West Virginia and Louisville, and the historic "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Joe Flacco Has A New Contract: Next Big Thing Or Next Cautionary Tale?

    On December 16, the Baltimore Ravens lost their third game in a row, 34-17 to the Denver Broncos in Baltimore to drop to 9-5 on the season and virtually clinch a relatively ho-hum four seed in the AFC. On that day, their starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, completed 20 passes on 40 attempts for 254 l ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Jacoby Jones' Revenge Tour 2013 Continues With A Sports Illustrated Cover

    Oftentimes in football when things go inexplicably right, and virtually every time things go horribly wrong for one's football team, we like to credit/blame the "football gods," mythical, karmic beings who can go from savior to grim reaper faster than you can say "Kubiak." Well, if the "football go ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Super Bowl XLVII: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    "Ain't about redemption. Ain't about that. It's a business. The Texans gave me my chance out of Lane College, and now I'm a champion." -- Jacoby Jones On a night where the only thing standing between Jacoby Jones and the Super Bowl MVP award being a yeoman's performance from Joe Flacco was the seco ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Super Bowl XLVII: Five Prop Bets And Game Prediction

    We are about there now, that time of the week leading up to the Super Bowl where everybody is getting antsy and we all just want the game to get here. I've been on Radio Row in New Orleans the better part of the last three days (humblebrag alert!), and all the signs of "anticipation fatigue" are set ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    The Harbowl, Colin Kaepernick, Ray Lewis Dominate Super Bowl Media Day

    On Tuesday morning the sports media world centered itself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Super Bowl Media Day, with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers diving into the days' orgy of interviews on the stadium floor. Media from all over the world were present to ask players the toug ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Football! NFC and AFC Title Game Best Bets

    Last weekend, when we were down to eight teams left standing in the NFL playoffs, on my radio show I placed the remaining starting quarterbacks into three distinct "buckets": ELITE (3): Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning These three all were secure in their legacies regardless of the outcome ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Texans-Bengals: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, Playoff Edition

    In the grand scheme of things, none of us really wanted to be there at Reliant Stadium on Saturday. Yes, the NFL is awesome, and we love our Texans, and it was (cue hokey Clay Walker voice) football time in Hoooussston!! But up until the time Christian Ponder was scrambling around the Texans' defens ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Texans-Bengals, Act III: Same Names, But New Identities

    After a season of lofty hopes and expectations of a home AFC Championship game, the Texans find themselves in the exact same spot they were one year ago. They're the number three seed in the AFC playoffs, opening at Reliant Stadium against number six Cincinnati. The Texans thrashed the Bengals, 31 ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    NFL Playoff Scenarios: A Guide To This Sunday

    Week 17 of the NFL season is upon us this weekend, and while there are still plenty of moving (or potentially moving) parts left to be slotted, the one thing we are sure of is that in the NFC the Atlanta Falcons will have a first round bye and home field throughout the playoffs. The Texans have to ... More >>

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    October 21, 2012

    Texans Romp Over Undermanned Ravens 43-13 As Records Fall

    They weren't the boldfaced, awe-inspiring ever-dreaded Baltimore Ravens of old - too many injuries, and old age, have ravaged that line-up - but they are still wearing the purple and black that has intimidated NFL offenses for years. Not today in Reliant Stadium, though. The Houston Texans didn't ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Aggies, Texans, LSU: Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Helping Impoverished Greek Soccer Teams

    Ironically, I lead into this weekend's football bets with a story of a poor Greek soccer team trying to stay afloat financially. Courtesy of the Soccernet area on Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    AFC Playoff Projections, Week 7: First One Onto The Colts Bandwagon!

    When Peyton Manning and the Broncos stormed back with 35 unanswered points in the second half of their 35-24 Monday night win against the Chargers this week, they accomplished a few things: 1. They tied an NFL record for the largest comeback win by a road team in NFL history. 2. They evened their ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Preying On UH's Misery

    I was asked on a Miami radio station on Thursday if I thought that the Dolphins had any chance of beating the Texans on Sunday. While firmly of the belief that the Texans will throttle the Dolphins by more than two touchdowns, I had to leave the door slightly ajar for a Dolphins upset, and I did so ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Baltimore Ravens Just Now Finding Out Jacoby Jones Can't Catch

    As fans and media, many of us fancy ourselves to be experts in our sports of choice. When a questionable move is made by the brass for our favorite team (or any team, for that matter), we openly mock the general manager who made the "ludicrous" decision in question, and then go on Twitter and talk a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Jacoby Jones Finds A New Home (A Lot Like His Old Home)

    After being waived by the Texans last week and subsequently visiting the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens within the last few days, the Jacoby Jones Era is officially underway in Baltimore (although some Texan fans would argue it started back in January) as the sixth-year wide receiver inked a ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Texans Offseason Blueprint: Five Moves Needed to Become AFC Favorites

    ​If Sunday's AFC championship proved anything, it's that the Texans with T.J. Yates were a legitimate threat to reach the Super Bowl. The same Ravens that the Texans so thoroughly dominated in Baltimore one week earlier (save mostly-unforced turnovers) had the title in Lee Evans's grasp and o ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Football! AFC and NFC Title Game Best Bets!

    You can't spell "elite" without E-L-I. Really, you can't​We interrupt this Texans-grieving for an update on the Alabama tea bagger and my AFC and NFC title game picks! (I'm pretty sure when my parents sent me off to college, they didn't think I'd be typing that sentence in my job.) The main c ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Move Over Stagger Lee, Jacoby Jones Has Something Dumber!

    A bigger "oops" than Rick Perry​Last Friday, John Granato and I were breaking down the keys to the Texans' playoff game in Baltimore on our radio show on 1560 The Game. For the Texans to win the game, I thought it would be crucial for them to get a big play in the return game from either Danie ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Ravens 20, Texans 13: Historic Season Ends From Self-Inflicted Wounds

    Looking ahead to the fall, finally​In the big picture, the Texans were playing with house money. With little playoff experience and on a third-string rookie quarterback, this shouldn't rank high on the list of Houston football collapses. This wasn't the Oilers in Denver and Buffalo, circa 199 ... More >>

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    January 15, 2012

    The Dream Is Over: Texans' Stout Defense Can't Overcome Team's Mistakes

    There is sadness in Houston​Inspiring defense by the Houston Texans, which included a clutch goal-line stand, couldn't overcome the team's mistakes as they fell 20-13 to the Ravens Sunday. T.J. Yates threw three interceptions on passes that should never have been thrown, and Jacoby Jones disa ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Texans-Ravens: Five Keys to Pulling Off the Upset

    The lack-of-respect narrative for the T.J. Yates-era Texans may finally be changing. Of the four playoff underdogs this weekend, the Texans ( 7.5) are labeled by oddsmakers as the second-most likely to pull an upset. The only team higher, San Francisco ( 3.5), is playing at home. The newfound resp ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Texans Fans: 5 Reasons to (Try to) Hate Baltimore

    On the other hand....​The Houston Texans travel to Baltimore Sunday for the biggest game in franchise history, a game that could take them to the AFC championship. So we need to build up a big hatred of Baltimore, right? Turns out that's not so easy to do. Five reasons to hate Baltimore and ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    The Five Most Annoying Tweeters During a Sporting Event

    When the Texans were putting it to the Bengals on Saturday, the streams of twittering Houstonians were likely filled with posts about the game. Like people who tweet during any live event, there were insightful moments, irritating moments and downright stupid moments. Reading Twitter was like going ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Texans-Bengals: Five Matchups to Watch, and a Prediction

    If he can dream...​The last time the city of Houston hosted an NFL playoff game -- or even had a team playing in one -- it came under very different circumstances than what will transpire Saturday afternoon. Unlike the 10-6 Texans, who slide into the playoffs on a 3-game losing streak, the 12 ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Texans, Saints and Tebow! This Weekend's NFL Playoff Best Bets

    PLAYOFFS?!?!!? Oh, yeah​So is Houston ready for some playoff football? How about we go through the Reliant Stadium checklist for Saturday's game with the Bengals to find out. Notifications to season ticket holders to be in their seats 30 minutes before kickoff? Check. Colored placards in sea ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Texans-Bengals Part 2: Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong

    In national NFL circles, the apparent lead storyline for this weekend's Wild Card opener seems to be Cincinnati's opportunity to atone for their December 11 collapse against the Texans. Upon a closer look back, it's Houston that has the most to make up for. The clash in Cincinnati wasn't an exampl ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    NFL Week 17 Viewing Guide -- What in the Blue Hell Each Game Means

    "College football has the best regular season of any sport, and the lack of a playoff is one big reason why." -- Bill Hancock, Executive Director, Bowl Cartel Championship Series That's my favorite inane argument against a college football playoff -- that somehow the existence of a playoff cheapens ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans/Bengals -- 4 Winning Plays That Never Would Have Happened in 2010

    T.J. Yates is on a roll.​Sunday morning, about an hour before the Texans and Bengals kicked off, I was driving to the grocery store with my girlfriend Amy to pick up some "Texans watching" supplies -- chips, sandwich paraphernalia, beverages, etc. (Xanax no longer necessary this season.) Unsol ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Texans 30, Browns 12: Five Things We Learned

    Photo by Marco TorresUnmask yourself, Texans fan​When Gary Kubiak wins a replay challenge, you know it's your day. It was that and then some for the Texans on Sunday, who cruised past the Browns and moved to 6-3 on the season. It's the first time the franchise has ever been three games above ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Texans/Browns -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTough day for Colt McCoy​The Texans beat the Browns soundly yesterday by a score of 30-12, and for the first time in the history of the franchise, your hometown team is three games over .500. The Texans have never tasted this rarefied air before, so I don't really know w ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    More NFL Owner Premature "Celebra-culation" As Lockout Rolls On

    ​So, the NFL owners ratified the proposed collective bargaining agreement on Thursday afternoon. Instead of following up that approval with a brief, measured statement from commissioner Roger Goodell (an appropriate follow-up since the deal is not done until the players approve it), the owners ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ravens 34, Texans 28: It's Not Remarkable, And It's Not A Near Miss

    Gary Kubiak: Change that "H" to an "N"​If the Texans franchise has any hope for the near future, owner Bob McNair had better not frame Monday's stunning overtime loss to Baltimore as more evidence that the team is "close". That was the rationale in 2009, when the Texans finished 9-7, but were ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Good Lord: Are The Texans About To Make A Playoff Run?

    Beat the Ravens, and things get interesting quickly​Nothing hurts our head more than calculating NFL playoff scenarios, with the possible exception of getting hit directly on the skull by a 50-pound block of ice. So we will leave those calculations to more-obsessed people, but we do know this ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    College Football and NFL: Weekend's Best Bets (One Day Early)

    Brett Favre: Readying the "elbow tendonitis" excuse?​If you're keeping score at home, it was not a pretty week for society. In no particular order, in the last seven days, the following occurred: -- Much like the self-handling of his own Johnson (and we have the pictures to prove it), Brett Favre ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans-Cowboys -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresYour face-painting will be in vain!​It's the preseason and we must remember that the Dallas Cowboys are making a return trip to Reliant Stadium in about a month, so let's not get crazy over what the Texans' 23-7 manhandling of the Cowboys on Saturday night means in the big pic ... More >>

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    November 8, 2008

    Texans-Ravens: Just Why Exactly Is Houston Favored to Win?

    Despite losing 28-21 to the Minnesota Vikings last week, and despite losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub for about four weeks, and despite losing leading tackler Zac Diles for the season, and despite playing the team with the NFL’s second-ranked defense, the Houston Texans are still favored to ... More >>

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