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    July 24, 2014

    Houston Texans Sign Tyson Clabo, So It's Probably Safe To Make Wild 53 Man Roster Picks

    Completely and utterly sucking the previous season has its privileges in the National Football League. As a fan of the Houston Texans (if you are one), you may already know this, and if you didn't know this, you will find out repeatedly throughout the preseason and the early part of the regular se ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Houston Texans: The Truth On Tom Savage's Chances For Success

    Mathematically, the most certain way (or more accurately, the least uncertain way) to acquire a franchise quarterback in the NFL is to choose one with the first pick of the draft. For the third time in their franchise's history, the Houston Texans had the first pick in the NFL Draft last Thursday. ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 29, 2014

    Texans Tracker: Cross Off Teddy Bridgewater and His Skinny Knees

    This latest update to the Texans Tracker is evidence of at least three things: 1. Having authored four entries now (out of nine total) on the graphic, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is dominating the silly season of baseless, mind-numbing conjecture. He's just flat-out consistent, with one every wee ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Texans Tracker: Peter King Gives Us the Most Absurd Update Yet

    If this were every other year, we'd be around 48 hours away from the NFL Draft, with all of the conjecture, smokescreens, and posturing set to expire this weekend. But it's not every other year. It's 2014, and in 2014, where the draft has been moved back two weeks so the NFL can usurp more of the c ... More >>

  • News

    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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    March 19, 2014

    NFL GM's Ranked In Order of Tenure (Sorry, Texan Fans)

    On the surface, the word "loyal" feels positive, and that's because at its core, loyalty is a noble trait that comes from a good place in one's heart. However, in business (and really in any walk of life, but especially business), loyalty has to be based on merit. It can't be blind, nor can it be b ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Houston Texans: 2014 Free Agency Dashboard

    As the Texans make moves amidst a coaching regime change, I think it makes sense to look back at what has necessitated all of the movement that's gone on in the organization in the last few months. Certainly, indecisiveness and questionable decisions by the previous coaching staff contributed great ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    Houston Texans 2014: The Purge On Kirby Continues

    Red Wedding, final seen of The Godfather, last episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos....quite frankly, for the Houston Texans, I'm running out of television and movie analogies where multiple people get whacked. So here goes... (SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't seen and eventually desire to see The De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Offseason Blueprint: Four Priorities For The Texans

    The early time of death was surprising. But with a painful illness that we already knew to be fatal, perhaps it's a relief for everyone involved. No, we certainly didn't expect the 2013 Texans to become the worst team in the NFL at 2-14. But after the 11-1 start in 2012 that ended with a collapse t ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    One Fool's 2014 Houston Sports Predictions

    With 2013 giving way to 2014, it's time for a few predictions that will, more than likely, be way off the mark. But what the hell, that means I'll be just like the rest of my sportswriting brethren. So... PREDICTION ONE: CSN HOUSTON The next status conference in bankruptcy court before Judge Marv ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Falling Below The Pendergast Line

    Back in the day, there was a Major League shortstop named Mario Mendoza. Mendoza played parts of nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico (excellent town name, by the way), Mendoza was known as one of the most proficient glove m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Blame Gary Kubiak All You Want, But Rick Smith Shares the Responsibility for the Texans Failure

    So Gary Kubiak's been fired and it looks like Wade Phillips is coaching himself out of a job. But truth of the matter is that Bob McNair could con Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy into taking this job and that still wouldn't be enough. The problems with this team go far deeper than Gary Kubiak and his inab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK: The Interim Wade Phillips Era Begins!

    After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Jadeveon Clowney Gets Speeding Ticket, Texans' NFL Draft Big Board Thrown Into Disarray

    For a seemingly benign Thursday night game in early December between two bottom feeding NFL teams, the Texans-Jaguars game last week wound up having some far reaching ramifications. First, the end result (and certainly the penalty littered path leading up to that end result) was the trigger event f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Bob McNair's Press Conference To Address The Firing Of Gary Kubiak

    We all knew that Gary Kubiak's firing was coming eventually, but very clearly we didn't all know when it was coming, because the assumption was that Texans owner Bob McNair would wait until after the season to drop the news on Kubiak that his services would no longer be required. Instead, on the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Gary Kubiak Fired: The Kubiak Era Is Finally Over

    After nearly eight seasons of sub .500 football, briefly elevated by two division titles, and multiple new standards set for hitting tock bottom this season, the Gary Kubiak Era ended on Friday morning as owner Bob McNair announced that he had fired the now former Texans head coach this morning. Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Kevin Sumlin and the Texans: Buyer Beware

    Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin may one day be a great NFL coach. He's a strong leader with an innovative offense, glowing personality and enormous local buzz -- all at only 49 years old. It's easy to see where the hype comes from. There's also the concern, however, that Sumlin isn't even among the curre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Colts 27, Texans 24: Weird Game, Coach Collapses, Bad Kicker and Another Loss

    In the long train of abuses and usurpations -- to borrow a phrase -- that is pro football in Houston, Texas, Sunday night's loss to the Colts probably isn't in the top 10, but it did have one thing in common with all the others, it was seriously heartbreaking. Fortunately, one of the hearts that wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2013

    UPDATE: Texans Coach Gary Kubiak Hospitalized After Collapse

    Update: Texans general manager Rick Smith told NBC after the game Kubiak "had an episode" where he was lightheaded and dizzy, but his vital signs are stable, and Kubiak is responsive in the hospital, and might return to work as soon as Monday. Just as Texan fans began to celebrate a fantastic first ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Ed Reed Is A Texan! Raven Fans Sound Off

    "@TwentyER -hope the rumors are true! Would love working with U. #hurricanepower." -- Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) on Twitter Wednesday night Last Thursday began with tweets from the Houston Texans team account touting that owner Bob McNair's private jet had just gone "wheels up!" to go retrieve free ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Assessing The Texans' Damage

    "Wheels up! GM Rick Smith is on his way to pick up free agent S Ed Reed in #Texans chairman & CEO Bob McNair's private jet!" -- @HoustonTexans, Thursday morning The Texans' Twitter proclamation about Rick Smith's early morning travel schedule on Thursday served a dual purpose, providing a symbolic ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Your Texans Cheat Sheet (Cap Numbers, Restructure Candidates, and More!)

    Back in the day, when I used to have oodles and oodles of idle time on my hands during prime game-show watching hours (that's code for "back in college"), Wheel of Fortune was a staple of my game-show dance card. (For the record, Tic Tac Dough, Joker's Wild and Price is Right -- the Sopranos of game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Texans Rewind: I Found a 2008 NFL Preview Magazine, Man Alive Was the Texans Defense Bad

    On our radio show on 1560 The Game this past Monday, John Granato and I were breaking down various aspects of both the Texans 26-13 win over the Panthers and the preseason in general. The topic was the defense, specifically Whitney Mercilus and the various ways that Texans defensive coordinator Wade ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Texans 26, Panthers 13: Five Things We Learned

    It takes looking at just one final box score to show the relative importance, or lack thereof, with early preseason scores. Patriots 7, Saints 6. So the Texans' thorough road dismantling of a capable Carolina team may not signal much, particularly considering most first-teamers played less than a ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Houston Texans Re-Sign Their Long Snapper -- The Jon Weeks Game Lives!

    "Best job ever." There are certain jobs in the world of sports where we often apply those three words. I'm not talking about the highest-paying, highest-profile roles like quarterback of an NFL team, point guard of an NBA team or cleanup hitter for an MLB team. Those really are the best jobs ever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: A Madden Cure for the Texans?

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Houston Texans 2011 Preview: The Jinx Is Back, Baby

    ​Stop me if you've heard this before -- I am very optimistic about the Houston Texans' upcoming season. I know, I know. Crazy, huh? Last year, in this very space, I called for a 10-6 season in 2010 (a logical if not glacially moving projection considering the three previous seasons went 8-8, ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Five Things to Watch Tonight Against the Vikings

    At least this shouldn't happen tonight.​It's the final game of the 2011 preseason tonight with the Texans' backups taking on the Minnesota Vikings' backups in the newly inflatable-roofed Metrodome. If you're the Texans, I suppose the good news is that you're traveling to Minnesota in September ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Tough night for Dick Vitale​My fingers are still recovering from the lengthy (eight printed pages!) live blog I did last night here on Hair Balls, but the day after the draft necessitates some post-draft analysis. I've now had a day to sleep on it, and without further ado, a few post-draft tho ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Ahman Green -- Setting The Record Straight

    Ahman Green in happier days​Admittedly, when I write in this space, there are very few specific people that I think to myself "Is so-and-so going to read this?" By and large, I just want my posts to be insightful or entertaining (or both). "Who is going to read this?" is something I rarely str ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Houston Texans 2011 Draft Summary, Including Best Porn Name

    Brandon Harris is no Cam Newtown​The Texans 2011 draft is over, and it had a decided Wade Phillips-ian flavor to it. Not that I'm complaining. With poor to mediocre drafts every year since the 2006 haul that produced five contributors (including three Pro Bowlers) for the current roster, some ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Texans Draft 2011 -- Defensive End Is The New Tight End

    Every rose has its thorn, such as Rick Smith​Last night, John Granato, Lance Zierlein and I were doing our annual NFL Draft show from Wild Wing Cafe in Katy. Like most seasons, we didn't have to wait very long for the Texans to make their pick. (Actually to be fair, the last few seasons, we've ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    My Trump Card To The Texans' NFL Draft Propaganda

    With first pick of draft, Texans choose...David Carr!!! Da!!!​Let me first say that I really like the Houston Texans' public relations staff. The group that we, the media, interact with on a frequent basis (and during the season, on practically a daily basis) are some of the best at what they ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Kareem Jackson, Cockfighting and Perception

    That's entertainment​"Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think its a college football game." -- Reemboi25 (Kareem Jackson's Twitter handle) Early March is the meaty part of the NFL's offseason relaxation calendar for players. The season has been over for a co ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    The Texans Promise To Address The Defense In The Draft. Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    Who will be the next Texans draft bust?​Guess what kids, according to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans are going to use this upcoming draft to address problems with the defense. Yeah, that's rather shocking news because, God knows, they've been ignoring the defensive end of the team ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    If More Gary Kubiak Is Inevitable, Why Not Just Sit Back And Enjoy It?

    Bob McNair: It's on him, now​"If there's a way to solve the problem without it being so traumatic -- and if you do it in a traumatic fashion, I believe it sets you back two years. So is your situation so bad that you think there's no other recourse and the only way you can solve it is to tear ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    The Year In Battlefight: 25 Thoughts On This Year's Houston Texans

    At least the Texans cheerleaders are worth watching​For some reason, there were many people out there who thought the Houston Texans were going to be a good team this year. Playoff good.I didn't read anything about Gary Kubiak getting a brain implant during the off-season, so I could never u ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Duane Brown -- I'm The One Guy Saying Something Nice About You

    Duane Brown: We're not jumping on the blame train​"I vow to learn from this mistake and be a better player and teammate because of it." -- Duane Brown In May, when the news came down that Brian Cushing had been suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the reaction among many ... 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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    April 26, 2010

    Game Time: Sure I'll Grade The Texans' Draft, Just As Soon As I'm Done Tweeting With Peter King

    Tweet this: The Texans are stone junkies for tight ends.​I admit I'm a total mark for Twitter. I'm not one of those people who has to tweet every little thing that happens throughout the day (unless there is some semblance of comedic value, and then I become to Twitter what Travis Henry becomes to ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Game Time: Texans Sign DeMeco Ryans, Their Dwight Shrute

    ​When a big sports news story breaks, my tendency is to spend about eight seconds internalizing it and wondering what it means to the subject of said news and what it means to me as a fan. From second number nine forward it's time to figure out other angles the news puts into play, what other pe ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Game Time: Inside The Mind Of The Houston Texans Fan

    ​Pretty much every social instinct I employ comes from George Costanza of Seinfeld fame.  (... and yes, the fact that it's been 11-plus years since the Seinfeld finale means I officially have to remind people who George Costanza was.)*"Whatever your instincts tell you to do, do the opposite." ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008
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    September 4, 2008

    Houston Texans Pancakes & Pigskins Rookie Breakfast

    Football fans enjoy a little elbow-rubbing with the team’s newest players

  • Music

    January 17, 2008

    Future Shock: the iTaser

    Listen to tunes while you tase

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    November 12, 2007
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    August 18, 2005

    Go, Shorties

    Twenty-one plays, 16 playwrights, scores of actors

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    August 11, 2005

    Oh, the Insanity

    dos chicas theatre commune's latest show tackles Quentin Tarantino, Christian puppets and necrophelia porn

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