It seems like so it occurred so recently. It’s so fresh in our heads. Matt Schaub steps back to pass and flings one right to Richard Sherman who returns it to the house for an easy six points. That one play was the season-changing play for the Texans. In a game they simply dominated from the outset, that one simple mistake sent them in a downward spiral towards the number one pick. And of course, Richard Sherman led the Seahawks the rest of the way, and the Seahawks finished the season with a thrashing in last night’s Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Larry Dierker (Houston Chronicle) says the Astrodome deserved a lot better.
The first time I saw the Astrodome crouched ignominiously in the shadow of Reliant Stadium, I was deflated. It looked so puny. Then, as I drove into the parking lot, up near what Astros owner Judge Roy Hofheinz modestly called the Eighth Wonder of the World, I was even more disappointed. It was filthy.
- Robert Emrich (MiLB.com) on George Springer playing in Houston in 2014.
- Mike Axisa (CBS Sports) takes a look at the all-time single-season Astros team.
- Astros tweet of the day…
I think the Astros will win a title before the Texans. Dave Trembley is adamant that the Astros will fight for a pennant in 2015. Agree?
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) February 2, 2014
- MoiseKapenda Bower (Houston Culture Map) says forget Lin and Harden, focus more on Howard.
Furthermore, Harden has experienced a decline in his per-game averages across the board. And while his effective field goal percentage (50.5 percent) is slightly better than it was during his first season in Houston (50.4 percent), Harden is shooting 3-pointers at a higher rate while getting to the free-throw line at a lesser clip compared to last season. In 2012-13, Harden posted a 3-point attempt rate of 36.4 percent and a free-throw rate of 59.2 percent; this season those numbers are 38.1 percent and 53.9 percent, respectively.
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) on Beverley and Lin’s big nights.
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on Beverley’s unique stat line.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
- Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) on the turning point for the Texans and Seahawks.
On the afternoon of Sept. 29, 2013, two football teams with similar Super Bowl aspirations took each other’s measure at Reliant Stadium. Each combatant had stumbled the previous winter in the penultimate round of its respective conference’s playoffs and each had returned for the new season humbled yet hungry to go further.
- Marc Narducci (Philadelphia Inquirer) on Doug Colman, new assistant special teams coach.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) asks if the Texans should be interested in Kirk Cousins.
- Texans tweet of the weekend…
Which offense had the most yards against the Seahawks this season? The #Texans with 476.
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) February 2, 2014