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    June 27, 2014

    Summer Of Johnny II: Hall of Famers Not A Fan Of Johnny Football

    Johnny Manziel's last two summers, the one we are in now and his post-Heisman summer of 2013, have not been drastically different in terms of extracurricular activity. Lots of travel, lots of booze, lots of really good looking women, and plenty of Instagram moments, some fairly innocuous and some ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Ben Tate Signs With Cleveland (w/ Vine of Tate Barking)

    On Saturday, the inevitable finally happened. The Ben Tate Era in Houston ended. In one of the most easily forecasted transactions of the offseason, Tate finally agreed to become a Cleveland Brown. And while this move finally gets Tate out from underneath Arian Foster's shadow, and it finally giv ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 16: Bearded Schaub's Revenge!

    We are officially at the point where we can start counting down to the end of the 2013 NFL season...the seemingly interminable, blight on Houston football history that's been the 2013 NFL season. The end is near, thank God! Go back to Week 1's BATTLE-DRINK game, and it reflects a much simpler time ... 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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    December 3, 2013

    Patriots-Texans Epilogue: How To Lose A Game In 10 Plays

    It's often said the difference between a 6-10 and 10-6 team in the NFL is a small handful of plays. Sitting at 2-10 on the season, the Houston Texans' problems certainly transcend more than just a play here and a play there. That much is obvious. But at 2-7 in games decided by one score or less, th ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Patriots 34, Texans 31: The Harder They Fight, the Harder They Fall

    There is only one kind of victory in football, the kind that finds you ahead on the score board when the game is over. In the Texans latest loss to the Patriots, 34-31 on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, there seemed to be progress, but the result was the same as the Texans dropped their 10th straight gam ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Jags 13, Texans 6: The Chase for No. 1 Begins

    As the clock ran out on the ninth loss in a row, perhaps the most embarrassing loss in franchise history and the clear metaphorical (if not actual) end to a miserable season for the Texans, one thing became crystal clear: it's time for the Texans to pack it in. What started as a hopeful run to the p ... 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 22, 2013

    Dear Fans, Please Don't Boo The Texans Because They're Sensitive Little Children

    Ben Tate and Owen Daniels are upset the fans booed the Texans on Sunday. The offensive players didn't like that they had to go to a silent count on offense because of crowd anger. The fans should always be quiet and supportive, others say. Some of the thinking is that Texans fans are stupid. That ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 11: DeAndre Hopkins' Weenie Roast

    In last week's BATTLE-DRINK post, I wrote the following: As we head into Week 10 with the Texans taking on the Arizona Cardinals, all of a sudden we have squares devoted to Gary Kubiak's health, the jumbled running back roster, a quarterback non-controversy-that-some-people-are-trying-to-make-a-con ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 10: Randy Bullock Bullies Your Liver

    We are at the mathematical halfway point of the Texans season, and the team sits at 2-6. It's funny how this weekly BATTLE-DRINK game, if you go back and look at each week, in an odd way sort of weaves the tapestry of the entire season. You can see how all the storylines and futility have evolved we ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Texans-Colts BATTLE-DRINK: Five Running Backs, Two Lucks

    Here's me channeling an NFL player... After a September and October that included two Texans road trips, three Texans home games, a trip to College Station for Alabama-A&M, and a trip to South Bend for Oklahoma-Notre Dame, the bye week came at a good time for me. Yes, that's right, last weekend's ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    BCS Roundup: Missouri Learns The "Kicker Lesson" The Hard Way

    How fragile is a college football season? Well, let's ask the University of Missouri. Heading into Saturday night's home game against the 21st ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the fifth-ranked Tigers were one of three teams that theoretically controlled their own destiny in getting to the BCS Nat ... 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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    October 7, 2013

    49ers 34, Texans 3: Mad Matt Beyond Schauberdome

    If anyone thought last week's loss to Seattle was rock bottom, think again. That loss was a mere night in the drunk tank. Sunday night in San Francisco for the Texans was more like having your stomach pumped after being found unconscious covered in your own vomit. In one week, the Texans went from n ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Why Schaub's Latest Blunder Is His Brad Lidge Moment In Houston

    The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... 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 9, 2013

    Texans vs. Chargers on Monday Night Football: Five Players to Watch

    NFL football is back...finally. For football fans, the wait for game 1 can be difficult, but when you live in Houston and your summer is filled with another year of bitter disappointment courtesy the Astros, it's positively excruciating. As if to torture us just a little longer, the NFL scheduled th ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Texans-Cowboys: Final Preseason Odds And Ends, Latest 53 Man Roster Prediction

    On Tuesday, the Texans made their final set of moves to get down to 75 players before they head up to Dallas on Wednesday for the game Thursday night, placing wide receiver Alec Lemon on the injured reserve list and placing nose tackle David Hunter and wide receiver Mike Smith on waiver/injured rese ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Saints 31, Texans 23: Offense Shines, But Can They Stop The Big Plays?

    The result by itself doesn't matter. Despite losing to the Saints, the Texans had a mostly good day from a big-picture standpoint. They put up nearly 500 yards of offense (496) against a competent opponent. They came out without any significant injuries. Andre Johnson looked better than ever. They ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Texans 24, Dolphins 17: Five Things We Learned

    It's not regular season football by any stretch, but we've reached the two preseason weeks where starters appear for more than a cameo and meaningful trends can be deciphered. In the case of the Texans and Dolphins on Saturday night, that comprised much of the first half. For the home squad, result ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Texans Training Camp: What Stood Out On Opening Weekend

    First impressions are tricky business in NFL training camps. With pads off, contact limited and many veterans still rounding into shape, the cream may not instantly rise. Nonetheless, premature analysis comes with the territory during the unofficial start to the NFL season. It's especially the case ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    The Way Too Early Crack at the Texans' 53-Man Roster

    Each year on his nationally syndicated radio show, Jim Rome holds a little thing known as the Smack Off. I know many of you already know what that is (I've written roughly 10,000 words on the topic in the past few years), but briefly, for those who don't -- it's the annual show where he invites the ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Ten Questions to Answer at the Start of Houston Texans Training Camp

    It's deep in July and it doesn't feel like anyone should be talking about football, but thank the sports gods, training camp opens today for the Houston Texans down at Reliant Stadium. The real action begins Friday with the first workouts, but just seeing players and coaches getting back into the sw ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    This, Not That: New Tunes to Replace Some Tired Old Texans Tailgating Songs

    My family and I have been Houston Texans season ticketholders since Game 1, that celebrated and gratifying franchise opener (Texans 19, Cowboys 10), and we've always taken seriously our tailgating privileges. Texans fans tailgate better than most, including the North Texas delusionals who do it u ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Texans-Colts: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card, "Andrew Luck Comes Home" Edition

    Heading into this past Monday night, there was about as wide a chasm as there could possibly be riding on the outcome of the Texans' game with the New England Patriots. With the Colts having knocked off the Titans 27-23 the day before, the possible consequences of Monday's outcome were as follows: ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Texans-Bills: NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card, "Judgment Day" Version

    According to Wikipedia, "Judgment Day" is defined as the following: In Christian theology, it is the final and eternal judgment by God of every nation. The concept is found in all the Canonical gospels, particularly the Gospel of Matthew. It will purportedly take place after the Resurrection of the ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Arian Foster's Projected 2012 Workload: An Historical Perspective

    "He can handle it, I know that. You never know how the season's gonna go, and what it's gonna take to win each week. We're giving Arian some breaks at practice during the course of the week, but he looks fine to me. He's holding up fine. He hasn't missed any time, other than the time we've given him ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Texans 31, Broncos 25: At Long Last, Houston Has Its 3-0 Start (Four Reasons Why)

    Borrowing a famous analogy from Wade Phillips's father, Bum, the Texans have knocked and beaten on the door of the NFL's elite for three straight Septembers. In 2010, a 2-0 start came crashing down in an embarrassing home loss to Dallas. In 2011, they nearly improved to 3-0 before the defense unrav ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Texans 27, Jaguars 7: Power Game Makes Long-Awaited Return

    A week ago, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he'd have trouble sleeping after his team struggled in the run game on both sides of the ball - a concerning trend that began in the preseason. He should rest a lot easier this week. The Texans (2-0) physically demolished Jacksonville (0-2) up front Sunday ... 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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    August 13, 2012

    Football Is Back! Texans Preseason Week One: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    At this point in the season, it's more about effort than execution. We're all rusty, even the media. Hell, Saturday night alone one local sports anchor mistook Keshawn Martin being the rookie wide receiver who was suspended last year instead of DeVier Posey (tweets deleted), the Houston Chronicle ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Houston Texans: My Annual Way Too Early Guess at the 53-Man Roster

    On Sunday morning at the Texans' second day of practice of the young preseason, I was hanging out with my co-host John Granato watching the wide receivers go one-on-one against the cornerbacks in pass catching drills when Evan Koch of the Texans media relations team walked by and asked us who we tho ... 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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    December 12, 2011

    Texans 20, Bengals 19: Historic Season Doesn't Have To Stop With Division Title

    Photo by Marco TorresSign of the times​The popular opinion of the 2011 Houston Texans has been that while they were an inspiring story, injuries would prevent them from being a true Super Bowl contender. After Sunday, consider the latest in a long line of Texan myths officially debunked. Whe ... 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 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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    October 31, 2011

    Texans/Jaguars -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTexans battlefought their way to a win in Battle Red​"I still don't like them, and I have no respect for them at all. It was just the dirty stuff they were doing. I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. . . . I'm not going to get into names or anything ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Texans-Raiders: Five Things To Watch

    This Sunday, the Raiders come to town to take on the Texans in the first game of the "Andre Johnson Hamstring Injury" mini-era. In a way, this is like the beginning of the final season of The Sopranos when Tony got shot and was in the hospital in a dream state for like three episodes -- with Tony on ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Texans Release Slaton, Promote Ogbonnaya

    ​In what seemed like an inevitability in the preseason, the Texans finally cut running back Steve Slaton from the roster. Slaton was occupying the fourth running back position for much of the preseason behind starter Arian Foster, Derrick Ward and second year player Ben Tate. He was even sound ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Texans-Saints, Etc. -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Big winner: James Casey​The easy fall back after Sunday's 40-33 to the New Orleans Saints is to say "Same ol' Texans," and in a way, I understand. Red zone issues, fourth quarter brain farts (23 points allowed), the untimely turnover, same ol' Texans. But I choose to look at the glass half f ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Texans 23, Dolphins 13: Balanced Effort Exorcises Road Demons

    Andre Johnson: Good hands.​The long-standing reputation for the Gary Kubiak-era Texans has been that they fold under pressure. When teams hit them, they rarely hit back. They don't finish the job, especially on the road. In the season's second week, the Texans took yet another step toward exo ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Houston Texans Game 2 -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (And A Jennifer Lopez Appearance)

    2-0! (again)​I hope everyone had a good weekend of football. I was two plays away from going 6-0 on my picks, my alma mater finally won a game and the Texans are 2-0! On the flip side, college realignment struck a blow in my home part of the country, as the Big East that I grew up with essen ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Houston Texans: My Way Too Early Guess At The 53-Man Roster

    Everyone's favorite kind of guy​We all have that friend who not only loves to be right, but also loves to point out that they're right and then continuously remind you that he (or she -- yeah, ladies, you're guilty, too!) is right. They'll text, they'll tweet, they'll take screen shots of Spo ... 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 16, 2010

    Game Time: Mike Leach, Texans and Grounded Clubs -- Weekend Thoughts

    The Whalers can take it out of you​I'm two hours removed from a 5:00 a.m. flight this morning from Boston to Houston, so if this post is even remotely coherent we all have Rich Connelly and his ninja proofreading skills to thank. Because when you go up to Hartford for Whaler Fest 2010, there's no ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans: Seven Things To Watch In OTA's

    Photo by Mark C. AustinYou can't spell OTAs without Houston!! (And an 'A' from somewhere​My first Cushing-free football blog post in a couple weeks -- now I know how Pedro Gomez felt after Barry Bonds retired. "What the hell am I going to talk about???"Thankfully, the Texans start voluntary organ ... More >>

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