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Brock’s back, Rockets rolling, TV news, trolling away, snakes and literally eating a bag of richards…The update for Jan. 3

Brock and roll?

Sick of Brock Osweiler? Well it looks like he will be back. Bill O’Brien hinted that Osweiler will start on Saturday against Oakland and certainly all indications point that way. (UPDATE: O’Brien announced Osweiler as the starter on Tuesday).

There was very little doubt because O’Brien screwed up by letting Tom Savage run a sneak play that got him injured. Now there is no choice but to go back to the Ostrich. Or giraffe. (Not really sure which one I like better).

Does it matter? Probably not. If Osweiler starts throwing picks, Savage will play, assuming he has cleared the concussion protocol, but he has not yet been cleared to practice. If not? The Texans should have enough to get by an Oakland team that now has QB issues to match the Texans.

It remains to be seen, but as of now it looks like this is the guy to carry the Texans to playoff glory.

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I’m back!

As for the game itself, the Texans should be able to get this win at home and move on to the inevitable conclusion in New England. But the Raiders are still very good, even if they have to go with Connor Cook at quarterback. Still, if the Ostrich can protect the football, the Texans should be able to advance.

Stop us if you have heard this one before…The Rockets picked up another victory last night, beating the Wizards 101-91. James Harden had “only” 23 points after his historic game against the Knicks. But yeah, throw in 10 rebounds and 10 assists for another triple double. Eric Gordon continues to be one of the finds of the off-season with 31 points off the bench. The Rockets played a sloppy first half, but came out firing in the third quarter, clamped down on defense and won the game. And don’t look now, but the Rockets are closer to the No. 2 seed Spurs (one game back) than they are the fourth-seeded Jazz.

And some people at UH wanted this guy...Lane Kiffin was a candidate for the UH job, and his ego is so big he was trying to line up assistants even though he was never offered it. Now he is being whacked by Alabama as play caller before the national championship game? Wow. Enjoy your time in Florida, Kiff.

Brief hockey update (skip it if you hate hockey): If you missed the Centennial Classic on Sunday, you missed superstar young American Auston Matthews scoring two goals as my beloved Leafs won their fifth straight with a 5-4 victory over Detroit in OT. Matthews is one of the few athletes I would pay money to see. And speaking of America, Team USA made the semifinals of the World Juniors with a way-too-close win over the Swiss, 3-2. They play Russia in the semis. Canada faces Sweden in the other one. This is a very cool tournament where you get to see the stars of the future playing for their countries.

TV update: If you aren’t watching Sherlock, you are missing out. Season 4, episode 1 aired Sunday, and it was amazing as always. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman guarantee amazing acting, and the writing is through the roof. Each season is only three episodes, all and hour and a half long. You owe it to yourself to get caught up. If you like clever writing and fantastic acting, this is your show…I binged The OA on Netflix this weekend. Was pretty well done until the last episode, which was borderline bizarre. Too many plot holes. Worth watching but curious what you guys think…

A friendly reminder: Comments are always welcome. Debate is especially appreciated. But we do have standards. Personal attacks, racist comments, general trolling and attempts to hawk your own web site will be deleted immediately and you will no longer be able to comment here. If you troll anonymously, your comment will be deleted. I want the site to be fun, and a place where we can argue with respect and have a little good-natured trash talk at times. If it is borderline, I will always give you the benefit of the doubt. And usually I do my best to warn people, so it is not like you won’t see it coming. I don’t want to make people sign up and agree to terms or anything like that. And feel free to rip me whenever you want. That’s part of the deal.

I also want to emphasize this has been a pretty rare problem. We have some great comments and regular commentators who are funny, make great points, point out errors in the stories so they can be corrected quickly and in general are cool people who add a lot to the site.

Sorry, but we do have standards. I put a lot of time and effort into this site, and will not let it devolve into what you see in a lot of places. If you are advertising or putting money in, you can say what you what. Otherwise, please adhere to these standards. We’ve had very few incidents, but we have many new people on the site and I felt a reminder was in order after having to ban a couple people this weekend.

Now back to the fun stuff.

It’s a snake-eat-snake world: What would a Tuesday be without a snake story?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could put all the snakes in one place with no food, let this happen to all of them, then only have to deal with one supersnake? That’s starting to sound like a bad movie plot, actually.

Eat a bag of d—s. Literally: Anyone who has been called into HR probably does not have a great story to tell. In most instances, working in HR is not a fun job; you have to protect the company and sometimes deal with people who are trying to get over. So you won’t be the most popular person in the building. This HR person in Texas is not happy about a Christmas gift. Of course she is suing. I must have a different view of “harassment.” But then that’s why I try to stay out of HR.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”

— Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

HOTTIE OF THE DAY

 

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In hopes of keeping the people happy, I am going to throw in the occasional hottie. There will be a twist, however. It will be based on weird google searches loosely related to one of our daily topics. So today? I googled “hot women with snakes.” This is what we get. Shame on all of us. Good thing we do not have an HR department here.

6 Comments on Brock’s back, Rockets rolling, TV news, trolling away, snakes and literally eating a bag of richards…The update for Jan. 3

  1. Love the Cryptonomicon quote. Are you a Stephenson fan?

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  2. yes I am! Seven Eves is my favorite of his.

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  3. Hey Fred,

    Why is Nick Saban getting a pass on this Kiffin situation? Due to history, we automatically will assume that Kiffin was in the wrong. We dont know what really happened but to just put this all on Kiffin is funny to me. I dont buy this he couldnt do both jobs bit to say the very least. I think there is more to the situation concerning Saban more than Kiffin. Kiffin is taking the brunt of the heat while media is giving Saban a pass he is always given.

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  4. Don’t get me wrong; I think Saban is a terrible person, too, and have been on record about that for years. He is to blame for hiring the guy in the first place. I think the reason you aren’t seeing more about him is Kiffin has not told his side yet. All that has come out is the recent article with him bashing Bama and the report he was not attending meetings. That’s pretty common in wake of a firing. Toss in the fact that he outright lied about the UH job and it’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt. I am not a fan of either one of them as people but there is not enough info to bash Saban for it. Yet.

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  5. I lived in and around Dallas for 20 plus years and was used to quality sports radio. Since coming to Houston, The Blitz is the only show that I can listen to without punching out. Your show is a variety and entertaining, while many of the other shows just don’t do it for me.

    I also enjoy the added content you have with this blog. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Thanks man. Yeah, Dallas has a pretty strong sports talk scene. I respect a lot of those guys. Appreciate you listening and reading.

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