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    March 20, 2014

    The Texans Have a New Coach and Have Cleaned House, Yet Rick Smith Is Still Around

    Why is General Manager Rick Smith still with the Texans when others have been dismissed?

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    December 13, 2013

    The Oilers, Buddy Ryan, Las Cruces, and Me

    I was at a Holiday Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico the night Buddy Ryan threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride. Sitting on the bed, eating fast food, watching the Oilers and Jets on Sunday Night Football. And I knew things would never be the same. I'd been in Europe for most of that football season, working ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 14: Thursday Night Self Mutilation Edition

    In Houston Texans seasons past, the running joke was that each season would have around two or three [sarcastic exaggeration font enabled] "biggest games in the history of the team." Hell, even 2013 had a couple of them early in the season with the home loss to Seattle and the road thrashing at the ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    With the Texans At Rock Bottom, It's Time To Clean House, Bob.

    "We suck." -- Andre Johnson, Texans wide receiver And with those two words, Andre Johnson proved himself to be the most lucid and honest voice that matters inside the entire Texans football operations hierarchy. We suck. Indeed. You thought four straight games with a pick six from your starting ... More >>

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    November 3, 2013

    Case Keenum: a) A Star Is Born, Or b) The Texans Will Always Be The Texans

    Has there ever been an odder night at Reliant Stadium? A thrilling star-is-born first half by UH's Case Keenum, which seemed to rock the stadium to its core, ended with coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field and taken to the hospital. The Texans -- for whatever reason -- then reverted to their fr ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 6: Last Schaub Standing

    I finally finished watching Breaking Bad this week. I was about three years late to the party in watching the show, and then a week or two late in watching the series finale. I don't know if Breaking Bad wrests the title of "Best Series Ever" from The Sopranos for me yet. Rewatchability is a huge ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Seahawks 23, Texans 20: Congratulations, You've Been Schaubed

    I'm not generally a fan of doomsday predictors. I like them only marginally less than rose-colored glasses wearers. I tend to prefer reality and the reality is the Texans have a serious problem. Before you start shouting the name of the current starting quarterback or the perfect-haired play caller ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Ravens-Texans Week 3 BATTLE-DRINK: Dierdorf Loves Suggs

    Well, either the CBS decision makers have a hell of a sense of humor or they're the biggest trolls in television administration, because less than a year after one of the most tweeted about broadcast performances of the Texans' 2012 season, Dan Dierdorf's Week 7 slurp-fest of a returning-from-Achill ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Texans-Chargers: Top 5 Plays That Sparked Monday's Comeback

    The margin for error is microscopic when trailing by 21 points midway through the third quarter in an NFL road game. Even one hiccup is usually enough to derail hopes. That's the situation the Texans found themselves late Monday night. But somehow, they pulled themselves out of it and opened the se ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Texans 31, Chargers 28: A Tale of Two Halves as Texans Win on Tuesday Morning Football

    Nearly three hours after the late start, the game was still in doubt, but that was a massive improvement over where the Texans were about two hours earlier. The Chargers took at 28-7 lead on the Texans in the third quarter only to see the Texans come flying back and pull out a 31-28 road win on a ki ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Five Reasons Brian Cushing's Deal With the Texans is the Right Thing to Do (and the Right Time to Do It)

    The Houston Texans and inside linebacker Brian Cushing agreed to terms Tuesday on a six-year extension to Cushing's current deal which came up at the end of the 2013-14 season. Had the Texans not signed him before the end of the season, Cushing would have become an unrestricted free agent. The Texan ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Miracle Fruit and Miracle Fundraisers for People in Need

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a class on Wednesday, August 28 to introduce intrepid diners to miracle fruit. The miracle fruit, whose scientific name is Synsepalum dulcificum is native to West Africa and has recently experienced a bit of a revival in interest due to its popularity ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: Let The (Preseason) Games Begin!

    This time of year, we are looking for signs that football is actually here. The Texans' open practices are nice, but rarely involve hitting, or even pads and helmets. There are Gary Kubiak soundbites on the radio every day, and that's all well and good. But until something that feels like real footb ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Let's Go Shopping At The Texans Clearance Sale!

    A few years ago, my kids were visiting from Chicago in the summertime, and we decided to head up to Dallas, for two reasons: 1. Eat lunch at the new-to-Dallas-but-an-old-friend-to-my-digestive-tract In-N-Out Burger 2. Take a tour of the still-fairly-new Cowboys Stadium, a/k/a "Jerry World" After ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Grading the Texans Season: The Good, The Bad and The Seriously Ugly

    Ultimately, the 2012-13 Houston Texans season will go down as a disappointment. An impressive 11-1 start gave way to a 1-3 finish, loss of home field advantage and second straight one win and out in the playoffs. Still, there were some bright spots for the team and some of the individual players thi ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Good, Not Great: Why Texans Need A Daryl Morey Approach To QB Position

    If good is the enemy of great, the Texans are in a lot of trouble as they map out a plan to break through their second-round ceiling. Owner Bob McNair and head coach Gary Kubiak are publically saying the happy, feel-good things. "We're very close," McNair said after the loss in New England, while K ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Songza: Can a "Musical Concierge" Match Your Mood?

    "Working? Relaxing? At the gym? Songza plays you the right music at the right time." Or so it thinks. I do a lot of weird stuff, Songza. As I write this, I am still nursing a swift kick in the feels after a brutally frustrating Sunday-evening Texans loss to the New England Patriots. Where is the ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, NFL Playoff Edition

    Best bets time and after going 5-1 last week, just in time for the holidays I might add, we are all even now heading into 2013! 50-50-2! People who are into hobbies like to talk about conducting those activities under optimal conditions. Skiers enjoy skiing with four feet of powder on a sunny day. ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    8 Texans Named To The Pro Bowl, Most In The AFC

    There was a time (largely, 2002 through around 2008) when the night the Pro Bowl rosters were revealed was a complete non-event for Texans fans. Well, times have changed, and Wednesday the Texans AFC best 12-3 record was mirrored by having an AFC best eight players (six offense, two defense) named t ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Gary Kubiak Won't Be Coaching for His Job Next Week, But He Should Be

    The narratives for the first two Texan losses wrote themselves, even if they weren't completely accurate. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are Hall of Fame quarterbacks and played extremely well. The Texans (12-3) had a few unlucky bounces on offense. The team didn't desperately need either game. None a ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Texans 21, Bills 9: What Stood Out From A Sluggish Seventh Win

    See pics of the Texans' win on Military Appreciation Day at Reliant Stadium. If the Texans had a trap game on their 2012 schedule, this appeared to be it. One week after a bye. Two weeks removed from an emotional matchup with long-time nemesis Baltimore. Seven days before an NBC primetime showdown ... More >>

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    September 23, 2012

    Texans Hang On For Win Over Broncos: You Thought This Would Be Easy?

    Just in case Houston Texan fans were getting accustomed to easy blowouts, the locals made sure to remind everyone that getting to an AFC Championship, much less a Super Bowl, isn't exactly a walk in the park. With about 10 minutes left in this game at Denver, though, it sure looked like that -- the ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    NFL Week 1: Schaub Gets Rich(er), Buffalo Gets Poor(er) -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Check out our slideshow of the Houston Texans' season opener against the Dolphins. Could Sunday have been any better? 80-degree day. Sun shining. Birds singing. NFL football back in our lives. Oh and someone left a whole book of Burger King coupons in the lobby of my building. SCORE! So yeah there ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The 2012 Season Preview: The Texans Will Be Super If...

    Two days are left. After eight long months away, that's all that remains before the most anticipated season in Houston football history finally kicks off. Even the 1993 Oilers, whose brilliant 11-game win streak ended with a home loss to Joe Montana's Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs, ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Reliant Offering Free Rides To Texans Games Again: Ride With Andre

    One more problem solved as regards the Texans: Getting to home games. It's maybe not as important as making sure Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson make it thought the season without missing a half-dozen games each to injury, but if you're a fan headed to Reliant you do want your experience to be as has ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    A Look Ahead To Texan Free Agency, And Why It Won't Involve Peyton Manning

    It was less than a month ago when I believed the Texans would consider making a play for quarterback Peyton Manning. But on the verge of the NFL's free-agent signing bonanza on Tuesday, it looks as though any Texans' changes will be on a smaller scale -- and rightfully so. It seems clear the Texan ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

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

    The scarcity of games on these NFL playoff weekends is a huge reason why wagering in the postseason can be a death trap of second-guessing for me. Fewer games on the board means there's way more time to focus (and, frankly, OVER-focus if there is such a thing) on the scant few games being played. ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Texans, Tebow and BCS Titles! This Weekend's 4 Winners and 4 Losers

    All right, this is starting to get ridiculous, football gods. First, you knock out Arian Foster for the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. Then you rob us of Andre Johnson not once but twice with injuries to each hamstring, forcing him to miss most of the season. Then you rip ... More >>

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    January 7, 2012

    JJ Watt & Pacman Jones Lead Texans To First Playoff Victory Ever

    JJ Watt's hands: Worth a number-one draft pick​A packed, loud and raucous Reliant Stadium crowd saw the highlight of rookie JJ Watt's life as the defensive lineman's incredible pick-six led the Texans to a 31-10 playoff win. Equally helping Houston's cause was Benglas corner Pacman Jones, who ... 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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    January 2, 2012

    7 Things from Sunday's Texans-Titans Game That Made Me Happy

    Well, the time for worrying is over. Soon Saturday will be here and the playoffs will be upon us, and as the great Bobby Knight once said, if the entire two-deep winding up in the hospital at some point is inevitable, why not sit back and enjoy it? So I'm done worrying about whether or not T.J. Yat ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans Celebrate: Twitter Pics From The Locker Room And The Team Plane

    ​It's been a long, long time since Houston has hosted an NFL playoff game -- Newt Gingrich hadn't even become Speaker of the House yet, for crying out loud, when the Oilers choked away a Dome game to the Chiefs in 1993. And the Texans, of course, have given fans plenty of despair and disappoi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Bulls on Parade: Ten Songs for Ten Texans Players and One for the Team

    ​This past weekend, not only did the Texans roll to yet another improbable win over the Atlanta Falcons, they seemed to find a battle cry in the song "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine. The song was played over and over inside Reliant Stadium and seemed to fire up linebacker Connor ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Texans 37, Buccaneers 9: Five Things We Learned

    Photo by Marco TorresIn the immortal words of Ian Dury: Reasons to be cheerful, part three​Were it not for the heartbreak of the past 10 years, week after week of uncompetitive football might get boring. As it is, the Texans and their legion of fans will take the wins however they come. The T ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Texans-Ravens: Five Things to Watch

    Photo by Marco TorresThe Texans face a tougher test this week.​"If the Texans are 3-3 after the first six games, then we'll be happy." -- Pretty much every same Texans fan The statement is a classic example of how the ebb and flow of a season can recalibrate expectations. The Texans are set u ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Raiders 25, Texans 20: One Step Forward, One Step Back

    Be sure to check out the rest of our pics from Sunday's game. When one step forward is immediately followed by one step back, perpetual mediocrity is the usual result. It has defined the Gary Kubiak era of Houston Texans football, and it reared its ugly head again on Sunday. Yes, the Texans (3-2) ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Houston Texans Game 5 -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (This Doesn't Go Well For Jacoby Jones)

    Be sure to check out the rest of our pics from Sunday's game. As we were driving slowly down Murworth to park in the Teal Lot before the Texans game on Sunday, my girlfriend Amy and I noticed a father with two boys (presumably his sons) around the ages of nine or ten stopped on the sidewalk having ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Texans 17, Steelers 10: No Longer Bullied, These Texans Are The Bullies

    See more pics from the Texans' third win in our slideshow. Led by a dynamic running game and relentless pass rush, the Texans beat and bullied defending AFC champion Pittsburgh to the point that Ben Roethlisberger compared the Texans to the Ravens. Wait, what? "That defense is physical," Roethlis ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Free METRORAIL Rides to and from Reliant Park for Texans Home Games

    ​Traffic around any sports stadium can be a serious pain on game day, so Reliant has teamed up with METRO to provide free light rail rides to and from Reliant Park for every Texans home game in the regular season. Free rides begin at 5:30 a.m. on game day and run until midnight. To promote th ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Texans-Jags Hail Mary (and 5 other plays) In TECMO BOWL Form! (W/ Video)

    On the cutting edge, 20 years ago​In 2010, by my calculations, there are really four legitimate ways for your legacy to be commemorated. They are as follows: 1. Bobblehead doll 2. Being spoofed on South Park 3. Being spoofed in West Coast porn (My character's name would be Stone Pendergasm, ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Giants 34, Texans 10: Another Tough Defense, Another Breakdown For The Houston Offense

    Texans: Let's not get physical​We knew the Texans' young defense could have games like this. A second disastrous performance in five outings for the supposedly-elite Houston offense, however, is incredibly concerning.The numbers are baffling. 195 total yards. 1.6 yards per rush with what had been ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Texans 30, Redskins 27: This Was The Game Great Teams Win, And The Old Texans Lose

    Arian Foster's a perfect 6-0​On the surface, it could seem silly to characterize a 3-point overtime escape in Washington as more of a season-defining moment than a blowout of rival Indianapolis. But when you consider where the now 2-0 Texans have been, that appears to be exactly the case.Ask New O ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans -- Business Is Good (plus my stab at a 53-man roster)

    Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs!?​At their core, the Houston Texans are a business, just like any other business, and they have customers -- you, the season ticket holders. The Texans have been above .500 for a total of eleven weeks in their history. I mean, let's face it, for the better p ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

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

    Oh, what the hell...go ahead and panic.​I keep trying to tell myself that the results of the Texans' trip to New Orleans last week didn't really count. Texans fans everywhere (and my liver) seem to disagree. New Orleans is one of a handful of places on earth that embodies the "too much of a ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Texans' First Pre-Season Game: Some Things Never Change

    Still baffled by the red zone​Preseason football games, I think we can all agree, are essentially worthless games for the fans. The final score means nothing. And a winning record in preseason doesn't translate to a winning record in the regular season. The games are important to the coaches an ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Game Time: Brian Cushing -- Saga of the Overtrained Athlete

    For he today that juices his blood with me shall be my brother...​ "It's not a lie, if you believe it." -- George CostanzaNo one could carry out a lie like George Costanza.If you watched Seinfeld, you remember the episode where George told his would-have-been in-laws, the Rosses, that he had a tim ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Game Time: Okay Rockets, It's Your Move In The "Summer Of Trying To Be Moderately Interesting" In Houston

    Photo by Daniel KramerYou're on the clock, Morey. Entertain us​"Can you really not be aware we've been building a RICO case against Tony Soprano for five f**king years? And then you blow this popcorn fart?" -- Federal agent to local prosecutor in Sopranos episode "Soprano Home Movies""Popcorn fart ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Texans Almost As Bad At Hitting Home Runs As Astros, Charity Event Reveals

    Videos and photo by Craig HlavatyThe guys who get paid to do it aren't exactly tearing the cover off the ball -- the Astros currently rank 24th in the majors in home runs. So it's nice to see some fresh meat in the oddly-shaped confines of Minute Maid Park, even if it does only benefit charity and ... More >>

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