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Sorry about the lack of updates recently, but I’ve just been too busy preparing for my finals and closing out the semester that I really didn’t have any time to read or update this blog. I’ve finally completed another semester of dental school and if all the rumors are correct, this was suppose to be the hardest semester. So I’m hoping the coursework load will be going downhill from here, but who knows if it is or not. I’m just excited that I get two weeks off from school and I get to spend it with my friends and family. Most of my family already live in town so we’re just heading up north a bit to visit with them on Christmas day. Other than that, I’ll be catching up on some reading as well as some much needed sleep!
What about ya’ll? Do you have any plans for the holidays?
It’s my favorite time of year again. Football season. I can’t wait for the season to kick off tonight with New Orleans playing against the defending champions, Green Bay.
College football started last week and I’m happy to say that the Houston Cougars defeated the UCLA Bruins in their game opener. You may remember that last season our star quarterback, Case Keenum, was injured in the game against UCLA and all our hopes and dreams went down the drain with him. Fortunately, from the way he was playing last Saturday, he picked up where he dropped off and I’m ready for another season filled with optimism and hope. Dare I say it? I think this is our season, both for the Texans and the Cougars. *Knock on wood*
Who are you rooting for now that football season has officially kicked back into gear?
For those of you that hate my NFL weekly posts, you’ll be happy to hear that this will probably be my last football related post for the year.
It’s a little early to call it quits on the Texans, but short of a miracle, it’s very unlikely that they’ll get into the playoffs. We needed the Colts to lose on Thursday Night Football against the Titans. That didn’t happen. We needed the Jaguars to lose against the Raiders on Sunday. That didn’t happen. We needed to win against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. That didn’t happen. The stars just haven’t been aligned for the team this season and it looks like another season where we don’t make the playoffs.
Once again, the Texans do what they do best, instill their fans with hope and then crush it. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more evil in this world than hope. Because it makes you think that you have a chance that you can somehow pull it off, but really in the end you’re just screwed.
The Texans were down 21 points and it looked like the game was over, but somehow, miraculously, they decided to show up to the game and play some football. They made the necessary stops and then the offense caught fire and we were tied. And there they go injecting me with hope and optimism when I thought the game was over. The game went into overtime with the Ravens winning the coin toss. It doesn’t look good for the Texans, but they make the necessary stops to give the offense a chance to win the game for us. And then what happens? During the second play of the drive our quarterback throws a pick six and the game’s over.
I want to know how much heartbreak can a fan take before they’re pushed over the edge. Because I feel like I’m free falling over a cliff right now without a parachute and no landing in sight. Just take a look at some of the losses we had this season:
Week 9 against the San Diego Chargers – The Texans are driving down the field for the game winning touchdown when a pass bounces off the knee of our best WR for an interception by the other team resulting in a 23-29 loss.
Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars – The Texans have battled back from behind to tie the game. There’s a few second left on the clock and the Jaguars throw a hail mary. Hail mary never works, right? Wrong. Our CB knocks the ball down right into the hands of a Jaguars player who walks it in for the TD. We lose 24-31.
Week 11 against the NY Jets – The Texans once again came from behind to take the LEAD with 45 seconds left on the clock. We need our defense to make a few stops, but they can’t do that. Instead, the Jets bring the ball all the way down the field and get a TD in 45 seconds for a 30-27 win over the Texans.
Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles – We have the lead going into the fourth quarter, quite a rare treat for the Texans. But then they forget how to play football and lose the game 24-34.
And then we finally arrive at Week 14 against the Ravens. And you already know how the game turned out.
I honestly don’t know how they do it, but week in and week out they just find new ways to lose games in the most unexpected way. And it’s killing me. I just can’t see how anyone can survive after all the heartbreaking, gut wrenching, close calls we’ve had. It’s been a tough season and I hate to see it over, but I’m throwing in the white flag. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still watch the three games they have left this season and I hope they win out so that we can at least get back to 500. Other than that though it looks like I’ll have to wait another year, go through another off season that will fill me up with that evil thing known as hope, and see if maybe 2011 will be our lucky year to get a playoff berth.
I’m back! (well, not really.) I’m currently in the midst of an intense and brutal two weeks of finals with just one more left tomorrow. And then I’ll officially be done with my first semester of dental school. (yay!) I honestly can’t believe how fast this past semester has just flown by. At times it still feels like I just started orientation.
Anyways, I figure ya’ll were missing my weekly updates on the NFL and the Texans so I thought I would pop in and give you an update on it. To put it simply, the Texans have been doing what they do best all season long, which of course means they’ve been breaking my heart. The majority of the games they’ve played this season, they had a chance to win it, a chance to close the deal and move one step closer to the playoffs, and what do they do? Find new ways to lose. They’re given a golden opportunity to win, and they just throw it away and lose the game. Sometimes I’m left scratching my head thinking how in the world did they manage to lose that game, but somehow every week they just find a way to lose the game.
I think the most upsetting thing is that they give you hope. They make you think that they have a chance of winning the game and then they destroy that hope right in front of your eyes. I mean we would go into the fourth quarter with the lead and all I’m thinking is ‘wait a second, I think they might just pull this off and walk away with the win’. But then reality kicks in and all of a sudden instead of being up by seven we’re down by three and the next thing I know time is running out and once again they lose the game. If there’s anything I learned from watching them this season, it’s that hope is an evil thing. You’re all happy and excited one second and then they pull the rug out from under you and you fall flat on your face and you’re in a terrible mood for the rest of the week.
Of course once again, the Texans are sitting at 5-7 and they’re still in the playoff picture. That is to say, that they still have a chance of making it into the playoffs. And there we go again with this false hope and sense of security. Because once again, I’m thinking ‘hey, we’re still in this. We still have a chance.’
Now, the only way the Texans are going to get into the playoffs is if they win the division. Right now we’re sitting two games behind the Jags who are at 7-5 and one game behind the Colts who are at 7-6. In order to win the division though, the Texans will have to win out the rest of the season, which is a lot easier said than done. And then we’ll need a little help from some other teams.
Which is where the Oakland Raiders come in. In the final four weeks of the season, the Raiders are playing both the Jags and the Colts and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it would make me to see the Raiders win. We need the Colts to lose one more game and the Jags to lose two. If Oakland could win those two games and with the Texans playing one final game against the Jags, we could potentially make it into the playoffs. All three teams will end up at 9-7, but we have the tiebreaker over the other two teams so we’ll win the division. Again, a ton of ifs, a lot of hope, and I’m trying to brace myself and not get too excited, but I just can’t help but be optimistic about it.
No game for the Texans today, but I’ll be tuning into the Oakland Raiders vs Jacksonville Jaguars game.
The Houston Texans play tomorrow on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. This is probably our biggest game of the season. It’s the hardest team we have left in the schedule, and if we don’t pull out with a win in this game, then we can officially say our season is over and we can move on to what I like to refer to as Texans’ playoff, the NFL 2011 draft.
Wow. I honestly can’t believe it’s already NOVEMBER! It’s insane how fast this semester has flown by. When dental school first started I thought it would go by so slowly, but when you have 2-3 exams every week, time just flies and before you know it, you’re in the home stretch.
The NFL season has been moving by pretty fast too and we’re officially over the hump and into the second half of the season. The Texans are heading into their eighth game with a 4-3 record, which isn’t terrible, but isn’t great either. I had this crazy rant typed up on Monday that I was going to post today, but after having the week to cool off and reevaluate the situation, I think I’ll just wait and see how the guys do today before I post that. I’m already annoying my friends with my crazy rants about the Texans so I’ll save ya’ll the trouble of having to read it. Hopefully we’ll regain our momentum after that horrendous game against the Colts on Monday. (At least the Raiders won last Sunday! 2 game winning streak!)