Another Day, Another Houston Athlete Commercial (w/ J.J. Watt VIDEO!)
On my radio show a couple months ago, I posed the question to my co-host John Granato "What if there were a list of '25 under 25' for sports?"
Granato, as he does most of the time, wondered what in the hell I was talking about, so I explained it.
You know how they have those lists in business journals and financial magazines where it's titled like "40 under 40," and it's a story listing the forty biggest power brokers in the business world (or sports world, or whatever world the publication in question focuses on) under the age of forty? Well it's one of those, but for sports figures under the age of 25.
(For the record, I abhor lists like this because, at age 44, they make me feel completely inadequate. I'm highly educated, pretty intelligent, and I think I have a high "go getter" motor....and every day I wake up so I can get paid to giggle at Aaron Hernandez jokes on the radio, which is awesome, until you see a list that touting a college classmate whose head you held over the toilet after 20 beers and now he's gone and invented the Slingbox or taken a company public or some shit like that.)
So you see (and Granato eventually saw) what it is I was proposing -- the 25 most influential sports figures under the age of 25.
I brought it up because Houston may very well have, at the very least, two members of that list!
(The actual list may need to be a post in the near future.)
James Harden turns 24 next week. J.J. Watt turned 24 in March. Without having sat down and scribbled out the list, I can't say with certainty, but I'd be shocked if both didn't make the list. I would have been shocked if both hadn't made the list back in June when I raised the topic, and I'd be even more flabbergasted now, and the proliferation of commercials involving both only validates my point.
Of course, we discussed James Harden's latest advertising effort in great detail in this space late last week with the extended version of his satirical panty dropping jam, which is awesome. If you haven't seen it yet, go click it. (According to multiple sources at Harden's kids' camp on Monday, there is an autotuned version of it coming out soon, as well. That's nice, but I'm old school. I'll always love the raw version more.)
And that brings us to ol' number 99 from your Houston Texans.