BY FRED FAOUR
Programming note: Tune into today for What Are The Odds Wednesday on The Blitz from 4-7 p.m. on ESPN 97.5 in Houston, the ESPN 97.5 app or online at espn975.com. This will be your last chance to catch the A team this week. A.J. Hoffman’s fight is Friday night, so he will be off tomorrow and Friday. (Get your tickets and gear here). Michael Pearson will be filling in as we broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington in preparation for the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith fight. If any of my Metroplex friends are free Thursday night to watch UH and the NFL hit me up.
Bill O’Brien is looking back for once.
The Texans play the Chiefs this week, which is a big step up in class from Sunday’s win over the Bears. The Texans lost two home games to the Chiefs last year, falling in the opener and getting drilled 30-0 in the playoffs. That game started with the Chiefs returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown followed by a complete Brian Hoyer meltdown.
This Texans team looks a lot different, but the memories remain. While Bill O’Brien is not a big “look back” guy, even he admits you have to in this case. (Here is a hint; he says they have to play better and coach better. We’ve never heard that from him before).
All systems go for Cougars: UH had all its big dogs back on the practice field and look to be 100 percent for Thursday night’s game in Cincinnati. (By the way, for UH content, Joseph Duarte of the Chronicle is on top of everything. Follow him at @Joseph_Duarte on twitter).
Not much left to say, version 27.0: Yes, the Astros played the Rangers last night. Yes, the Astros lost. Will probably be cutting and pasting this again tomorrow as the Astros continue to descend closer to the .500 mark.
For my three hockey friends (the rest of you can skip down): Team USA held on for dear life to beat Finland in its final tuneup for the World Cup of hockey, which starts Saturday. USA built a 3-0 lead, then had to hold off a furious rally for a 3-2 victory. Team Europe will be the first opponent for USA and it is a must win in a short tournament…The Las Vegas team has a name, but no one will tell us. Safe money appears to be on Desert Knights.
Donald Trump, Stephen King and Cthulhu walk into a bar: And hilarity ensues. Well, not really hilarity. But Cthulhu had fun with it.
Why I love Canadian women: This marijuana story is so perfectly Canadian. Read down to the end for the best part — which is why Canadian laws are pretty cool too.
With a tip of the cap to the Astros?
— William Shakespeare