It doesn't have to be this way, though. It is unhealthy to focus too much on the athletes we despise who've left, when the reality also includes several athletes that we still admire and even revere! So, in the spirit of positivity, I posted this poll last week, and the results are equally telling as Landry Locker's poll above:
First, let me address a few reasons why I chose these four former Houston stars:
#Penderpoll … the bizarro version of @LandryLocker’s “ex-Houston athlete winning a title” poll … which former HOU athlete are you MOST ROOTING FOR to win a title in their current home? @SportsRadio610— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) April 15, 2022
(NOTE: I have my reasons for THESE four. I know there are others)
1. First and foremost, Twitter only allows for four options in an online poll.
2. Some folks wanted the poll to be "Who are we rooting for to win their FIRST title?" — effectively eliminating any former Astros. I'm trying to measure emotion, not a thirst for rings, hence, the inclusion of Correa and Springer, two wildly popular former Houston athletes.
3. I included Chris Paul so that former Rockets would be represented in some way, plain and simple.
4. I did not include DeAndre Hopkins for two reasons. First, Hopkins continues to throw random shade at the Texans on social media. Not that it isn't deserved, but bro, turn the page. You're better than this. Also, Hopkins is on the same team as Watt, so including Hopkins felt somewhat redundant.
That said, the results here are interesting, on two fronts. First, J.J. Watt winning this poll should come as no surprise, nor should the wide margin with which he won. Watt is still Superman in this town, and the results of each of these polls probably is an indicator of where football still sits on the relevance meter, even with the Texans on track to finish with 4 or 5 wins next season.
Second, I found it interesting that Springer got literally eight times the support that Correa did. Springer was always one of the most likable Astros when he was here (and I'm guessing, even as a Toronto Blue Jay, he is still a delight), and Correa definitely had his ups and downs as an Astro, but I didn't realize Correa's not accepting the five year offer from the Astros would reflect like THIS on him. I'm assuming that's the reason for the difference.
Perhaps the most telling thing of all is the total number of votes. The "hate" poll got over 3,000 participants, while just over 700 voters in the "love" poll. Hate is still more fun on Twitter, evidently.
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