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    June 16, 2014

    Facts & Fiction About a Wild Houston Appreciation Weekend

    Someday, when I'm old and pretty much still a sarcastic short man, I'll explain to my kids why Drake, a guy from Toronto who at every single walking turn gives out praise and love for Houston -- got a day named in his honor. How he came to Houston, threw a free concert, almost got their father kille ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Gambling! Ranking Every NFL Head Coach Since 1978 Against The Spread

    In a perfect world, as relates to sports, our emotions should probably be driven by primal reactions -- love, hate, winning, losing. Geography certainly plays a role. My hometown team is playing its arch rival, I should want them to win because they're my team. It should all be very simple and basi ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Wade Phillips: "The Texans Should Draft Johnny Football"

    With the annual "Hey, it's that time of year from February through NFL Draft, so take it with a grain of salt" caveat firmly attached, dare I say that the Johnny Manziel Express train to Houston in early May is picking up steam? We asked several of our guests (whose opinions matter) on Radio Row la ... 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 16, 2013

    Colts 25, Texans 3: The Long, Painful Road Home

    The Texans have never won in Indianapolis. Never. On Sunday, the status quo was thoroughly maintained with a 25-3 loss at the hands of the lackluster Colts. The Colts hadn't scored a first half touchdown in like 10 games (probably more like three, but that last sentence fragment may be the most dram ... More >>

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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 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 >>

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    December 13, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: "Texans New Head Coach" Odds Are Out!

    Before the 2013 NFL season started, you could get odds on which head coach would be the first one fired this season. (I have no idea what it must feel like to have people betting on your employment status, but it's not for me to be the moral compass of wagering. The odds are out there, and therefore ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Let the House Cleaning Begin: Gary Kubiak Fired By the Texans

    You knew it was only a matter of time, but after 11 straight losses (including 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars) the Texans finally pulled the trigger and fired Gary Kubiak. In the meantime, Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach. The Texans say the search for a new permanent coach is already u ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Lack of Accountability Plaguing the Houston Texans Organization

    In his weekly press conference on Monday, Texans coach Gary Kubiak bristled at the notion that there is no accountability with his team. "I can promise you there is accountability," he said. "If I think, on our football team, that something needs to be done, then I'll do it." In this case, he was re ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Houston Texans Free Agents: Priority And Return Likelihood Ratings

    After winning the BCS national title this season, Nick Saban was asked how long he is able to enjoy the taste of winning before moving onto the next season. Saban, in his typical understated, serial killer tone, said that he basically takes one day and then it's onto the next season. Well, if you'r ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Still Depressed About the Texans? Bad Lip Reading the NFL Is the Cure

    Some you are moping around the city still upset about the Texans loss. I hear you on the sports radio all angry and frustrated and depressed. Sad Texan fan is sad. But time to buck up there, Jimmy sadface. The season for the Texans is over and it's ok. Now, you don't have to even think about the Sup ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Texans-Titans: The 10 Best Playoff-Clinching Rapper Tweets

    Houston has a professional football team. That professional football team is called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them; some are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media; one is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of them are rappers. Like last week and every oth ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Texans-Jets: The 10 Best Rapper Tweets From Monday Night Football

    Houston has a professional football team, called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them; some are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media; one is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of them are rappers. Like last week, we perused Twitter during Monday night's game a ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Waiver Wire Guide: Where The Texans May Look For Help

    Yes, the Houston Texans had a game last night. Yes, they won (28-24). No, it's probably not worth extensive discussion. Aside from the very small handful battling for the remaining roster and practice-squad slots, there wasn't much to be learned out of the preseason finale with the Vikings. Sean Pe ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    5 Sports Figures Who Follow Absolutely Nobody On Twitter And Why

    Someday, if they ever come up with a graduate degree in social-media forensics, I'm going to back to school and get my Ph.D, because I am of a firm belief that you can learn a lot about a person by the way they utilize and conduct themselves on Twitter. For example, if you have, say, 4,359 follower ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Houston Texans 2012 Preview Time: Our Bingo/Drinking Game Card, and Are the Texans "The Real" or "The Jobroni"?

    There's a reason why we ridicule Charlie Brown every time he falls for Lucy's tired "No really, this time I promise, I'm going to hold the ball in place while you kick, Charlie Brown!" We do it because we don't think it's humanly possible for people to fall for the same old tricks again (and AGAIN). ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Texans 20, 49ers 9: Five Things We Learned (Including Linebacker Controversy?)

    Check out the rest of our photos from this weekend's preseason Texans game. It was brief and incomplete, but Saturday offered the first glimpse of how the Texans (2-0) may stack up with the league's elite. Houston starters played for essentially a full half against the Niners, a team known for its ... More >>

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    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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    July 6, 2012

    Foster's Vegan Announcement Adds to Texans' Quirkiness

    Officially a vegan now. We'll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) July 6, 2012 We've all known Arian Foster to be a rather unique guy. He's a bit of a philosopher and poet. He tweets about eastern religion and plays random pick ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Value Added: Arian Foster vs. Mario Williams

    The Texans are facing an offseason unlike any other they have ever seen in their ten years of existence. For the first time ever, General Manager Rick Smith, Coach Gary Kubiak and owner Bob McNair have to figure out how to keep together a very good lineup of players and, gasp, even make it better. F ... 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 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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    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    5 Signs You're Dangerously Starting to Think It Just Might Be the Texans' Year

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself.​You have tried. You have told yourself you've been down the road before, and each time your hopes and dreams have been cruelly dashed. But you can't help it -- you are, once again, letting yourself become optimistic about the Texans. But this year th ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Texans 24, Jaguars 14: It Wasn't Pretty. Thankfully, It Doesn't Have To Be Anymore

    Photo by Marco TorresMark Schaub, the new Cam Newton​To know the Houston Texans is to know drama, at least from a historical standpoint. Offensive explosions -- both from the Texans and their opponents -- fueled both spectacular wins and crushing collapses in 2009 and 2010. In the end, the ups ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Houston Says: Make the Call on Suspicious Activities, Or Just Things You Think Are Suspicious

    The city of Houston has put up a new Web page called "Make the Call." Our federal, state and local governments are working hard to keep us safe, but we all play a role in securing our public spaces. You are the first line of defense in protecting our fellow citizens, public spaces as well as our ec ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Texans 34, Colts 7: In Role Reversal, Defense Picks Up Offense

    Photo by Marco TorresMatt Schaub encountered the odd concept of relying on his defense.​It took just 12 game minutes for Wade Phillips and his new-look defense to show why this year's Texans could be different from their once-promising predecessors. Matt Schaub wasn't himself early on, air-ma ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Texans-Colts: Five Things to Watch

    No Peyton, no chance.​With Peyton Manning out for Sunday's opener and potentially the entire year after undergoing a second surgery on his neck, the narrative for Houston changes from a statement game to one of trends. That is, there should be no way to actually lose, or for the final score t ... More >>

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    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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    July 29, 2011

    Wade Phillips Is Back, And He's Dancing! (w/ VIDEO)

    "Happy to do a solid, bro," Jesus replies​Yesterday, on my radio show at high noon, when the Texans' roster of free agent signings consisted of three re-signings of their own free agent backups on offense, I invoked prayer to help find what was clearly a disabled or trapped Wade Phillips. I as ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Thursday NFL Free Agent Update: Is Wade Phillips Still Missing?

    What's more glamorous, dude: New York or Houston?​As I type this, it's 4:36 p.m. on Thursday and the Texans' free agency activity still can be summed up as follows: 1. Backup offensive tackle Rashad Butler 2. Backup wide receiver Jacoby Jones 3. Backup Matt Leinart No cornerbacks, no safeti ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Hey Texans, Has Anybody Checked On Wade Phillips?

    Anyone see Wade?​"I have so much more confidence. Generally, when you make any kind of change, you sort of hold your breath. You say, 'Boy, I hope this works out.' I'm not saying that here. It will work out. [Wade's] done it. He's been there. He's come in, he's looked at our film, we've talked ... 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 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Comment Of The Day: We Finally Learn What Our Jobs Are

    ​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 >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Confused Wade Phillips Is Confused

    Something occurred to me the other day as I was reading the sports ticker announcing that our own Houston Texans were hiring Wade Phillips as the new defensive coordinator and, in fact, keeping Gary Kubiak as head coach, in the face of a wave of anti-Kubiak gnashing of teeth. Have you ever had a f ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Wade Phillips: Selling The Excitement

    Wade Phillips: Can we bottle this charisma?​To: Houston Texans PR & Marketing From: Bob McNair Re: Selling The Excitement that is Wade Phillips All: Big days don't come much bigger than today, when we formally welcome the beginning of the Wade Phillips Era at Reliant Stadium. While you may b ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Gary Kubiak Deathwatch: He Is Risen

    ​Bob McNair's decision to retain Gary Kubiak -- yes, there's a Hitler video about it -- shakes at the very foundations of belief in a sane, logical universe. What kind of owner brings back Kubiak? The kind of owner who hires Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, that's who. Just think -- b ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Wade Phillips' Job Interview: Snickers, Crayons and Battlefighting

    ll Wade Phillips job interviews involve Snickers bars​"HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Eyewitness Sports has learned that Wade Phillips will be hired as the Texans new defensive coordinator." -- Bob Allen on Twitter last night, 1/4/11 "Noooo!!! Wait!!! I talked to Wade Phillips second cousin once removed! ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Houston Texans -- Home For Wayward NFL Coaches?

    Note: Google Images auto-fills a Wade Phillips search to "Wade Phillips confused"​When the final gun sounds on Sunday after the Texans game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the home team is either 5-11 or 6-10, change is coming for the Texans. At the very least, you'd have to think that Fra ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Dallas Cowboys Feel The Jason Garrett Excitement!!

    Hey, Wade Phillips: There may be an opening in Houston soon​The Wade Phillips Era is over in Dallas. And everywhere else, as a matter of fact. Multiple sources are reporting that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has axed Phillips in the wake of the highly entertaining rout by Green Bay last night. ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Dallas Cowboys' Latest Distraction Gimmick: Lap Dances

    Shoulda put this on the giant hi-def​What is it with Dallas football fans that makes a monstrosity of a football stadium want them to have public sex?First it was the boffing on the bathroom stalls. Now it's the front-row lap dance.This woman, obviously bored with whatever ass-kicking the Cowboys ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Texans-Cowboys Debacle 2010 -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    The Texans bombed big-time​In retrospect, we probably should have seen this coming. For all the talk about this being a different Texans team, about the Cowboys coming in as a wounded animal, about Wade Phillips being thrilled about the noon kickoff so he wouldn't miss the early bird special, has ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Texans & The Cowboys: A Five-Point Scientific Comparison

    ​Kickoff for the big Texans-Cowboys game (aka "Wade Phillips Farewell") is drawing nigh.We will have analysis from our sports guys today and tomorrow. We have already had the utter lameness of "trash talk" between the mayors. (What does this even mean, from KTRK: "It gives me a much better feeling ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Game Time: I Bet On The Cowboys This Weekend, And Now I Must Go Shower

    ​I'm not sure why I thought Sunday would be any different for the Dallas Cowboys than every other big spot that they've been in since Tony Romo was handed the keys to the Cowboy Cadillac (complete with big-ass steer horns as a hood ornament). I mean, were two spankings of a reeling Philadelphia Ea ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Michael Irvin Brings Dallas Cowboys Reality Show to Spike TV

    Are you a Dallas Cowboys fan? Are you disappointed with the way the season ended? Do you think that the problem might have a little something to do with head coach Wade Phillips? Or offensive coordinator Jason Garrett? Perhaps you're like Troy Aikman who thinks the problem is that Tony Romo spe ... More >>

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