Houston Texans Game 2 -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (And A Jennifer Lopez Appearance)
On the flip side, college realignment struck a blow in my home part of the country, as the Big East that I grew up with essentially no longer exists after Syracuse and Pitt announced they'd be moving to the ACC. Probably not a big deal to a lot of you, but the Big East was a big part of my childhood and teenage sports-watching years.
Right now, I feel like "Wrestling is still real to me, DAMMIT!" guy as a I cry and thank Jim Boeheim and Jamie Dixon for their years of service to the conference:
Okay, now there were winners and losers this weekend, and here's who they were....
4. Vultures who drafted Ben Tate in fantasy leagues
Every fantasy football league has that one guy, your league's King Midas whose fantasy maneuverings result in lucrative gold every season regardless of how sensible or nonsensical the moves may be. (My fantasy league's Midas is my buddy Pat, whose team name is "Mr. Ass" and who has won the title, I believe something like 45 times in 15 years.)
Well, perhaps this season your league's Midas decided to take a swing four rounds too early on Ben Tate because of Arian Foster's balky hamstring. Well, Midas is well on his way to another league title again -- two weeks in, Ben Tate is third in the league in rushing and is the first player since Cadillac Williams in 2005 to start his career with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. Meanwhile, Arian Foster's hammy continues to act like Charlie Sheen -- unpredictable, annoying, newsworthy for the wrong reasons. For the sake of Arian Foster fans (a group of which I consider myself a part) let's hope Ben Tate's hamstring isn't Ashton Kutcher.
3. The Attitude Era
The Texans moved to 2-0 on the season, which is exactly where they were this time last season. They got there by beating the Indianapolis Colts and a below-average out-of-division foe on the road, like last season. However, in Week 2 last year you could see what a house of cards this team was as they needed a furious rally in the fourth quarter (and a little luck) to beat a mediocre Redskins squad that had spent the afternoon throwing the ball all over the Texans' defense (which would become a painful recurring theme throughout the season). We practically hid in denial behind the "good news" that the team finally closed out a close game and "found a way to win," knowing full well that this probably wouldn't work against anybody better than the Redskins. And it didn't. Yesterday was one of those "lunch pail" games. The defense forced crucial turnovers, bent but didn't break, and the offense did just enough to keep the Dolphins at bay all afternoon. In short, this is a 2-0 that appears to have some staying power.
2. Falcon fans getting some sense
I'll try not to act like I know all of the elements that go along with Falcons fans continuing to cheer for and support Michael Vick, because when you intertwine the beleaguered nature of the Atlanta sports fan with all of the racial and emotional elements that go into the Vick Experience, it becomes very complex. And at its core, I understand continuing to cheer for a sports figure who is no longer with your city if your memories from their time there are positive. It's why Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt get cheers when they return to Houston.
But the Vick thing -- I mean, he left Atlanta to go to prison for behavior that is about as sociopath as it comes short of killing people, leaving the franchise in a state of embarrassment and disarray. Total. Scorched. Earth. And still many Falcons fans cheered Vick, wore his jerseys. But last night when Vick left the game with a concussed skull, Atlanta fans were apparently booing him, or at least enough were booing to induce his pointing at the scoreboard as if to say "Who's winning?" Anyway, I'm not here to tell people how to feel about Vick, but the "common sense" part of me says his body of work, particularly in Atlanta, is boo-worthy, and I salute the booers.