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Primetime Texans, Baylor missing the point, UH and pizza, scary clown warfare: The update for Sept. 22

By FRED FAOUR

Programming note: The Blitz will broadcast live from Baybrook Mall today from 4-7. Drop by and say hello.

The Texans get the primetime stage tonight when they travel to New England to take on the Patriots. It’s not something that has gone well for the Texans in the past. (Letterman’s jackets, anyone)?

These won’t be the same Patriots, however. Tom Brady is serving the dumbest, most overhyped suspension in sports history. Jimmy Garappolo is nursing a bad shoulder and likely won’t play. Rob Gronkowski may or may not play (this report says he might). If the Texans are ever going to beat New England, now is the time.

Still, it’s a road game. In New England. It will be a tough test for Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense. While Vegas has the Texans as slight favorites, the reality is the Patriots should still win the game.

But if the Texans want to have a special season and truly take that next step, a win tonight would go a long way. A 3-0 start would be huge for a team with playoff aspirations. A loss? It would not be a killer. This is not a game you would have penciled in as a win before the season.

But that’s why predictions are just guesswork. And how this one plays out is anyone’s guess.

News and notes:  The Texans will be without Braxton Miller. …It was Brock Osweiler’s experience against the Patriots that got Bill O’Brien’s attention…J.J. Watt weighs in on Thursday night games. 

Shocker: Texans fans won’t be surprised by this news about Arian Foster.

Wrong answer: Jim Grobe is in a tough situation, trying to sift through the ashes of a terrible scandal while still keeping Baylor competitive. But blaming the media for taking a question out of context and calling them “unprofessional” is completely missing the point. His original answer was simply ridiculous. Whether he knew Oakman by seeing him or not is immaterial. The answer should have been “I would not recognize him if I saw him, but if he was indeed in the locker room, that’s something we will address and not let happen again until his case plays out in the courts.” That would have been the right answer, coach. The professional answer. Grobe is not just a football coach; he is trying to raise a program — and frankly an entire school — above the stench that Art Briles left behind. There is simply no room for error, and this was a big one. Baylor needs to do everything it can to distance itself from the Briles regime. This was a major fail.

Tip for my UH friends: If you are going to San Marcos for the Texas State game, get there early and have a pizza at Pie Society. In all my travels and all the places I have been, I have never had a better pizza. You’re welcome in advance…Meanwhile, while the Cougars should win, expect Greg Ward to play and the Cougars to take this one more seriously than they did Lamar. Texas State is not an easy out.  (Speaking of which, I expect Texas State to cover the 36.5. Tom Herman won’t run up the score on a friend and the Cougars have to come back in five days for a revenge match against UConn.

One other early play: Will have the official betting guide tomorrow, but really like Utah -2.5 against USC.

The Astros keep doing what they need to do: They finished off a sweep of the Oakland Athletics yesterday.  They are just a game out of the second wild card. There is little margin for error, and the Astros continue to find ways to win. It should be an exciting run to the finish.

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Let this guy haunt your day.

You guys are clowns: Well, this guy is. Creepy clowns are going to take over the world. This must be stopped and stopped now. And no, I do not have coulrophobia. Clowns are a direct threat to our freedom and society in general. We must meet this threat head-on and with all weapons at our disposal.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

“You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f—ed up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f—in’ amuse you?”

— Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas

(Because of course after that last story, right?)

 

 

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