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Football, Emmys, weirdness and more: The update for Sept. 19

The Texans took care of business yesterday, beating the Chiefs and getting off to a 2-0 start. The day could not have gone much better for Houston, as the Colts fell to 0-2 with a loss in Denver.

On top of that, Thursday’s opponent, the mighty New England Patriots, will likely be down to a third string rookie quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. Although as usual, Bill Belichick has confidence in him.

Defensively, the Texans have been fantastic over the first two weeks. In fact, J.J. Watt thinks they can become special. They will get a serious test on a short week Thursday night, no matter who is taking snaps for the Patriots. Watt, meanwhile, is racking up sacks at a historic rate. At 2-0 the Texans have a one game lead over 1-1 Tennessee and a two game lead over the winless Colts and Jaguars, who continue to be a disaster.

As for the other NFL teams of interest, Dak Prescott was efficient as the Cowboys took down Washington, and the Saints fell to 0-2 in a 16-13 loss to the Giants.

For those who are panicking over 0-2 or gloating over 2-0, keep in mind two teams started 0-2 and made the playoffs last season, including the Texans. Three teams started 2-0 and missed the postseason.

Poll position: UH continues to stay just outside the top 5 in the AP Poll, sitting at No. 6. Texas A&M took a big jump to No. 10. Texas took a hit after the loss to Cal. That UH-Louisville game in November is looking bigger than ever as the Cardinals destroyed Florida State and moved way up in the polls.

Gratuitous Astros update: The Astros dropped one in Seattle yesterday. The Astros are three games out of the second wild card spot.

Betting recap: Were were 1-1-1 on our big plays; Texas Tech covered, the Saints came nowhere near going over, and the Dolphins pushed at plus-7 if you were able to get it at that. Overall, we were 4-3-1 on the plays we listed as possibilities. One of the losers was Kansas, who we would have never played, but hey, the computer spit it out so we will count it against the record. Not a great week but not a disaster either. Also, if you played the “Tepin wins” trifecta in the Woodbine Mile, you were a winner. If you tried to beat her (as I did), you were not.

Emmy winners: Sunday night, the Emmy winners were announced. I was so happy to see Tatiana Maslany win best actress. She is the star of Orphan Black and plays several different clones, and is simply amazing. Credit to the voters for getting that one correct. Rami Malek was also a solid choice for Mr. Robot. The show has fallen off this year but last year it was certainly worthy and he plays a wonderfully creepy character. And who would argue with Game of Thrones as best show? More often than not the Emmys get it right.

Not so good: A few people asked how Saturday’s 10k went. I set a personal record for slowest 10k ever. My knee gave out about a mile in and like a stubborn SOB I refused to quit halfway. I had to work extra hard to keep from doing more damage, and that made it a full on disaster. I was the last one to finish the race, which is pretty damned embarrassing. (I did start about five minutes behind the field and did not technically finish last, but still. Not a good feeling to have that truck following you, waiting for you to finish so they can close the course.) Regardless I did manage to complete the whole thing thanks to some nice people from the Houston Striders running club who ran the last bit with me and pushed me to the end. I’m still feeling it today but hopefully the knee will recover in time for me to get back on the horse next Sunday for the Run Houston-UH event. I can’t be any worse than I was Saturday. Still, as bad as it was, it was a very nice race and props to the Astros and HPD for putting on a good event. The volunteers were very nice. Other than the hideous personal result, it was a good experience. I was embarrassed, but I’m motivated to keep trying.

And some weird stuff to start your day: A beef jerky drone? OK…And even the old people in Florida are a mess…Oh, and here is your standard “Canadian man fights off bear with a wine bottle” story…


“Mike, I learned it from you. You always told me this was the rule. Rule number one: Throw away your cards the moment you know they can’t win. Fold the f—ing hand.”

— Gretchen Mol as Jo, the worst girlfriend ever, throwing Mike McD’s words back at him in the incomparable Rounders.


6 Comments on Football, Emmys, weirdness and more: The update for Sept. 19

  1. Jared Gallier // September 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm // Reply

    Quickly becoming one of my favorite sites. #degenstrong


  2. Thanks for checking it out. We have a lot of cool stuff planned moving forward.


  3. Jared Gallier // September 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    Sounds great. Shameless request on my part, not Houston specific. A short post or part of post on what vegas poker rooms you prefer would be great. I’m headed out in a couple of weeks for the first time in a long time.


  4. Might not be a bad idea to just do a Vegas primer for a slow day. I will see what I can do.


  5. So I had some time today and went ahead and put one together…


  6. Hey Fred,
    Love the site. Keep it up! Been listening to you guys for years since I was at UH listening to you guys during the lunch hour. Thanks for all the work and effort and the teaching (with sports-betting) you guys do!
    I was tempted to bet the over on the Saints/Giants game like you had mentioned but held off since Saints have been a different team on the road.

    That being said, with them at home this Monday night vs. Falcons, you recommend the +53.5 over or is it fools gold?


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