The Houston Texans will take on Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots in their second preseason game. It will be a good test for the Texans as the Patriots have set the bar for excellence in the National Football League. Hopefully, some of that will rub off on Houston as they get a chance to witness first-hand how a champion prepares for the season.
At last, the wait is over. Football is back. The Houston Texans opened the preseason against the Carolina Panthers in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday night (8/9/17). As is the case with most NFL preseason games, the Texans’ primary goal was to evaluate some of their younger talent and shake the rust off the veterans.
Although the Astros own the best road record in the Major Leagues at 38-15 and are averaging 6.89 runs per game on the road, they could not have been happier to return to Houston for the upcoming seven game homestand. Coming off a brutal nine game road trip (5-4), the Astros needed to be back in familiar territory to re-evaluate some late season issues that may cause some trouble as they make a run for the 2017 World Series.
The Houston Texans started training camp in unfamiliar territory. The franchise decided to hold the majority of their 2017 camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and it will be the first time in franchise history (15 years) that training camp will be held outside the city of Houston. There will be a total of fifteen training camp practice sessions that the residents of White Sulphur Springs can attend to see the reigning 2016 AFC South Champions. The Aug. 15 – 16 sessions will be joint practices with the Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots.
“It’s been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years.” These were the words spoken by current Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in a prepared statement as he announced his plans to sell the franchise. Alexander purchased the team in July 1993 for $85 million (currently valued at $1.65 billion) from Charlie Thomas. The sale of the team came right after the Rockets were coming off a grueling seven game series against the Seattle Supersonics and it came at a time when Houston was in desperate need of an identity.
The 2017 Houston Astros have been red-hot during the first half of this season. With a combined record of 60-29 and a commanding ten game lead over the nearest opponent in the American League (Boston Red Sox), they have a laser focus on the big prize, The World Series. And why not? Anyone who has watched the Astros this year has witnessed the equivalent to baseball dominance. They are the fourth team in America League history to reach 60 wins before the All-Star break. Only three other teams have accomplish this - the 1969 Baltimore Orioles, 2001 Seattle Mariners, and the 1998 New York Yankees.
Summer Kickoff: Carnival Cruise Line and Houston Texans Partner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
The Houston Texans are big and burly on the gridiron as they dish out fierce hits and mean mugs but get them around a group of kids and that tough exterior just melts away. With smiles spread wide across their face it was hard to tell who was having the better time at the first ever summer kickoff celebration of the Carnival Cruise Line and Houston Texans at the Boys & Girls Club of Houston.
“Growing up. We never had any famous athletes come back to talk to us. To see any players or former players you had to go to Baltimore or D.C. (Washington),” says the native from Frederick, Maryland. Standing at a solid 6’10, former Maryland Terrapins, NBA, and 2008 All-Euro League First Teamer Terence Morris is not hard to miss in any crowd. And on today he stands in front of a crowd that appreciates him more for his presence than his jump shot. Morris has teamed up with Play With Purpose Sports Non-Profit and the Woodlands United Methodist Church Summer Camp to help raise funds and awareness for underprivileged kids through Angel Reach.
The worst thing a baseball player can hear is the word strike. But on this night that word was what George Springer and all the Houston Astros players in attendance wanted to hear as they made strikes for children who stutter. Astros’ Outfielder George Springer brought along family, friends, and teammates to help raise money for underprivileged youth to attend Camp SAY at the Third Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit.
As I prepare myself to watch game three of the 2017 NBA Finals featuring the two best teams in the league, it got me to thinking about the NBA as a whole and why there are only two “Super Teams.” Which by the way get used to seeing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors for at least the next 3 years (I will explain that shortly). But as we approach the upcoming game with the bevy of extraordinary talent that will be on the floor (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, etc.), ask yourself this question, is there enough talent in the league left to form another “Super Team?”