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A quiet day on the sports front, but things are about to heat up. The Houston Cougars host Louisville tomorrow night in a game that still means a lot for the Cardinals. The Texans will travel to Mexico City on Monday night to play the Oakland Raiders in a game that means a lot for both teams. At some point, the Astros will make some kind of off-season splash.
The Texans remain a bit of an enigma. Yes, they are 6-3, but they have shown nothing offensively, have been badly outscored for the season and have the fewest points scored in the AFC. We keep waiting to see progress from the offense, yet if anything they have regressed. Still, a winning record in the NFL is nothing to sneeze at.
We have had some great contributions on this over the past couple days. Jayoff288 had a fun look at how Bill O’Brien reacted when asked about his putrid offense. Lamont Mann wrote about the war going on between fans over Brock Osweiler. Both articles are spot on. A win over the Raiders would go a long way to guaranteeing a playoff spot. But what will happen if they get there? Time remains for the offense to improve. But we need to see something. And Monday Night would be a good place to start.
As for the Cougars, Greg Ward, Jr. is banged up. Backup QB Kyle Postma is out for the year. They are getting healthy at some other key positions, but without Ward at 100 percent it is hard to see them getting it done against Louisville.
Kick in the teeth: U.S. soccer continues to be an enigma of its own. Last night’s trouncing by Costa Rica has them 0-2 in this round of World Cup qualifying and already has people calling for Jurgen Klinsman’s head. Again. It’s almost a certainty that the panic and meltdown will continue. But Klinsman’s teams have a way of looking like garbage early in qualifying, then turning it on and getting in anyway. We just aren’t that good at soccer, folks, no matter how much we want it to happen.
Gambling plays: Delta Downs, what’s that flower you have on…Could it be a faded rose from days gone by? OK, pathetic, I know. There will be a full gambling guide for Jackpot Day, probably on Friday, but maybe as soon as today. As much as Sam Houston is my home track, Delta is where I cut my teeth as a handicapper. Confidence is high. As for football, liking Old Dominion -8 at Florida Atlantic quite a bit. Also looking at SMU plus 13 against South Florida. The Ponies have played solid football since stunning UH. Also will keep an eye on Florida plus 13.5 against LSU. If it gets outside 14, I might play that. One solid play tonight: Toledo-Ball State over 66.
Rockets red glare: The Rockets travel to OKC tonight to take on the Thunder. Should be a fun game. Check out the Chron’s preview here.
Before we get to the shame bells: A Game of Thrones update. This one involves rumors of a prequel. I’m in!
OK, let’s get on with the shaming…
Droning on…This guy caught his wife cheating by using a drone. His reaction is priceless (and NSFW). Not sure how to feel about this one. Should the wife have been screwing around? Probably not. But people are going to do what they do. Spying with a drone? Almost seems worse. Regardless, pick which one you wish to shame.
Shame bell 1.
Methinks thou protest too much: The anti-Trump protests are kind of silly. You can protest by voting. If you don’t like the result, well…that’s America. This isn’t youth soccer where everybody gets a trophy. In any competition, there is a winner and loser. (Except sometimes in the NFL and a lot of time in soccer). I did not vote for the guy and am not a fan. But the people have spoken, so he is our president. Let’s give him a chance to dial back on the hate speech. But if you are going to protest…at least be someone who voted against him. That was not the case with all of the 112 people arrested in Portland yesterday. Half of them did not vote.
Shame bell 2.
Sponging away: Apparently the Russians are just now discovering Spongebob Squarepants. How is this still a thing? Are kids still watching in America? My guess is nyet. But they thought enough of it in Russia to paint him on one of their stars. Wonder if the Russians know the characters are all gay? (Not that there is anything wrong with that. In fact I find some of it damned clever). However, I thought the Russians frowned upon such things. Make up your mind, guys.
Shame bell 3.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“OHHH, It will be just like a sleepover, except we’ll be sweaty and covered with grease!”
— Spongebob Squarepants