"I think we are a contender, so that's no surprise to me. I guess they got tired of losing money out there, putting our over-and-under too low, so they're getting more realistic." -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair trash-talking the oddsmakers when asked about the Texans' status as favorites in the AFC South
I am really hoping that quotes like the one above are signs of a subtle "trash-talking" heel turn for the venerable owner of our hometown team. You've got to love Bob McNair taking revisionist umbrage with the sports books in Vegas supposedly shortchanging the Texans on the total in their season win total prop bet in years past.
Never mind that just two seasons ago, with Vegas setting the number at 8.5 (and the wagering "juice" amount skewed heavily toward the over), the Texans went out and laid a six-win dud that nearly got Gary Kubiak whacked.