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Recapping the NFL, colleges, gambling, TV and Florida (of course): The update for Oct. 10

So there is not much to add on the Texans that we did not already address yesterday. It’s not like we expect anything different, but Bill O’Brien sounded like a broken record after the game.

What should be concerning is the lack of actual change. As we mentioned yesterday, this is three blowout losses in their last six games. The Texans do just fine when they play inferior opponents. But quality teams with better coaching staffs are consistently embarrassing them. You would like to see progress. That doesn’t necessarily mean wins; it does mean do not get blown out. The Vikings are a legitimate contender playing at a high level. There would have been no shame in a loss. But a complete, utter dominating blowout? It is the same old story. We have seen it before. And we have heard it all from O’Brien before as well.

Around the NFL: This happened to Gary Kubiak when he was in Houston. Hopefully he is OK…Dak Prescott continues to impress and the Cowboys continue to win.

And yeah, it is probably finally fair to start wondering if Prescott should keep the job.

Tom Brady’s back, and he wasn’t playing around.

TV update: Round 2 of the Presidential debates was last night. It was about what you would expect. At this point, can we all quit calling them “debates” and just call them what they are? Candidate reality TV?...Westworld episode 2 was not as explosive as 1, but it moved the story forward. Expect a full review later this morning.

Gamblin’ update: So we were 3-0 in colleges; 2-0 on NFL. I’m not good at math, but that’s pretty good. Hope everybody cashed this week. Two small plays on the CFL game today…Calgary -9 and over.

College football recap: The big news, of course, was the demise of the University of Houston. The Cougars were soundly beaten by Navy.  The final was 46-40, but in reality, they could have played another four quarters and Navy still would have won. They outplayed the Cougars in all three phases, and UH played right into the type of game Navy needed to play. Gone are UH’s playoff hopes, faint to begin with. Likely gone, too, is  UH’s shot at another New Year’s Day bowl. And gone is the aura of invincibility they had built under Tom Herman. The UConn loss was a bit of a fluke. This one was not. It makes the Louisville game look like a certain loss. It also brings into question games against Memphis and a potential matchup with South Florida in the championship game, should UH even get there. As it is, they would need Navy to lose twice just to win their division. It was a bad, devastating loss on all levels. A promising season could easily devolve into disappointment and the Miami Beach Bowl, even though they did not drop that far in the polls….As for the Longhorns, the disappointment is already there. They dropped to 2-3 after losing to Oklahoma. It’s hard to imagine Charlie Strong surviving the season…Texas A&M remained the lone bright spot. The Aggies won in double overtime against Tennessee, 45-38. They will likely get a nice boost in the polls today. They are 6-0 with  bye week before taking on Alabama. The Aggies will have to play their best game to have a chance against the Tide. Most notably, Trevor Knight will need to be flawless. But after an off-season of turmoil, Kevin Sumlin has A&M right in the thick of things.

So you probably need some cheering up...Unless you are an Aggie or Cowboy fan, you probably did not have the best weekend. But you did have a better weekend than the folks in the path of the storm, so there’s that. This guy did not let a little bad weather keep him from getting a penis Harambe reference on TV. (Story is safe for work. The video is NSFW). Ah, Florida. Big storm and you guys are partying on the beach with your 3-year-old. As an aside, there are some things people find hilarious that I just don’t get. Crying Jordan memes. Harambe jokes. Yet they apparently are not going anywhere. So enjoy.

Some more to laugh at: At least I found this funny. Not a great week for people in jobs I did at one time. You already know about this guy. Now a professor at Arkansas goes fan boy  on Bret Bielema and gets arrested…


“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. An entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy sh– we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

— Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, Fight Club





3 Comments on Recapping the NFL, colleges, gambling, TV and Florida (of course): The update for Oct. 10

  1. Love your web site Fred! Keep up the great job!
    I do have couple questions.
    Do you think Houston still a possibility of making to a big New Year Day bowl if they can win out rest of the season?
    When will the Texans get rid of Billy O and gm Rick Smith?


  2. Yes on UH, but they can’t lose another game. After what we saw Saturday, I am not so sure that’s likely. And on the Texans….the bottom would really have to fall out. Even then I doubt they would do it. They just extended Smith and remember how patient they were with Kubiak…


  3. Great update. I’ve been very staunch in my opinion that considering keeping Prescot as the starter when Romo is healthy was non-sense but I’m starting to question myself. Good to see that you’re starting to consider the idea so I know I’m not joining the crazies. The Texans continued inability to run the ball is alarming but not surprising. Awesome 5-0 weekend. Got to lay some action on my trip to LV this weekend and it was nice to be able to cash some tickets. Ran bad in cash games (20ish hours-AA once, KK twice) but won 1 daytime tourney and cashed the other one. Thanks for the trip tips. Can’t wait to go back again.


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