The Heartbreaking (Loss) History of Houston Sports


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The Rockets loss on Friday is not the worst thing to happen to Houston sports teams
It's been a pretty dismal sports history for Houston. Things could be worse. Houston could be San Diego, a city with no major sports titles -- the Chargers won a few times back in the AFL days. Despite its destruction of the Oilers, the Bills won zero Super Bowls and the Sabres have accomplished nothing. That great Braves run of playoff appearances netted the city of Atlanta only one World Series victory, and the Falcons and Hawks are accomplished as the Texans/Oilers/Rockets while the city has run off two NHL teams.

But damn, it's still a pretty miserable time to be a Houston sports fan. The Astros are awful. The Texans look like they're positioning themselves to try and copy Kevin Costner's actions in Draft Day without realizing that was all fiction. And then there's the Rockets who can't make it out of the first round of the playoffs despite signing Dwight Howard to a huge contract. And of course, thanks to media rights being sold to CSN Houston, most of Houston can't even watch the Astros, Rockets, or Dynamo.

The good news, if any, is that the people of Houston don't have to worry about the Astros destroying the city due to a heartbreaking playoff loss for the next century or so. Nobody who watched the Texans last year believes this team is anywhere near close to returning to the postseason for a few years. And the Rockets won't be able to destroy any hopes for another year.

Still, at least we don't live in Dallas, and don't have to deal with Cowboys fans. It could be worse in that we could all be Cubs fans, and no matter how incompetent Texans management appears to be, the Texans are still better run than the Raiders. Les Alexander's not perfect, but at least he's not Donald Sterling. And no matter how bad and embarrassing the Astros are, at least we're not actually able to watch the games thanks to the debacle that is CSN Houston. So in that case, just be thankful for small favors.



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Didier_LeMan
Didier_LeMan

The offense worked best when Lin was running it. Watch those games again and see what happens when the he's got the ball. Then you'll get why there's a lot of frustration and defensiveness about Lin. Unless you prefer watching Harden play hero ball and defend like Gary Payton...

quintah
quintah

Shout out to all the Lin apologists out there. It will do you a lot of good when you're watching him come off the bench for another team. Did he blow the game where he had not 1, but 2 attempts at securing a ball that more than likely would have won the game for the Rockets? Maybe. Did he play well in game 5? Yes, but he was not the deciding factor; it was Howard. I saw someone taking stabs at Pat Beverly's D...yeah, honestly tell me you'll take Lin's D over Pat's. In that universe Lin doesn't: A) fall for the pump fake, B) get taken to the cleaners on a drive or C) fall to the floor. Right?


I think McHale sucks as an X's and O's kind of guy, but his assistants should have been working harder to make the proper adjustments in that case. Kevin is a player's coach much in the line of Rudy T., but the difference is that Rudy had Olajuwon and later Drexler, while all McHale has is Howard. Harden is a scoring machine, but I've seen better defense from a pinata (at least it sways). 


Rockets need a real point guard and a coach who does more than "stay the course". I believe Morey and the rest of the front office have what it takes to make the necessary changes so that the team can make a deeper run next year. After all, this is only year 1 of the Howard experiment in Houston.

Gaspar_Ramsey
Gaspar_Ramsey

Can't watch them without being held up by Comcast, so who really cares? 

atoznotnow
atoznotnow

"Jeremy Lin was useless in the clutch"? Is a bench player supposed to take over in the clutch? Jeremy Lin was not even in the game in the last play. Also, if McHale is a great coach and Beverley is next to god in defense, why wasn't Beverley guarding Lillard in the last play? Does McHale really know that the snake oil he is selling (Beverley's defense) doesn't really work? But, let's blame the Asian kid.

MoveToDallasCreeps
MoveToDallasCreeps

The new breed of bandwagon jumping Texans fan are the worst. Booing? Burning the quarterback's jersey in effigy because he lost a game? They're nothing but petulant little diaper babies, and don't deserve a winning team. The Oilers were never treated like this.

MoveToDallasCreeps
MoveToDallasCreeps

The new breed of bandwagon jumping Texans fan are the worst. Booing? Burning the quarterback's jersey in effigy because he lost a game? They're nothing but petulant little diaper babies, and don't deserve a winning team. The Oilers were never treated like this. Hell, for that matter, David Carr was never treated like that, and he was genuinely awful.

garcia_juan_mezcal
garcia_juan_mezcal

"Jeremy Lin was useless in the clutch." I am far from a Lin fan, didn't like the signing, nor do I believe he will (or should) be here next year. This said, despite his unfortunate decision at the close of game 4, and missed free throws in game 6, you have to look at both sides of Lin in this series. Clearly, we don't win game five without Lin. And you conveniently forget that Lin made a great hustle play and assist to Daniels for a critical 3-pointer in game three in Portland. I know it's easy to pile on, parrot the masses and scapegoat – a guy like you prefers to do that versus think for yourself – but Lin did have some positive moments in this series. Stop thinking like a child. There are shades of gray.

PDiddie
PDiddie

And with all of that ineptitude, the wealthy owners got even wealthier while the taxpayers foot the bill for their playpens.  Bud Adams is worm dirt, the Oilers have been in Tennessee for almost 20 years, and we're still paying off bonds on the poor old Astrodome.


Clue to the last living fans of Vince Lombardi: winning isn't everything. It might be nothing, in fact.


Meanwhile, somebody is slaving over one final mock draft.

Didier_LeMan
Didier_LeMan

It might also do you a lot of good to see yet another point guard McHale has wasted. And don't forget that Lin hit a 3 pointer at 0:48 that was negated by Asik's dumb foul. That would make it three games he was clutch. Also, I think he actually needs the ball in his hands to be clutch no? And of course, he needs to actually be in the game too. But the kid could win all FOUR games for you and you'd still miss the point. He held Lillard to 0 pts in 4th qtr but you still want to talk about Beverly's defense? You're like McHale but more useless.

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