Us lifelong Houston Sports fans have had our share of great players and moments but rarely have we had all the teams good at the same time. In fact, outside of the fall of 1993, I can’t even remember a time where I felt my football, basketball and baseball team all were either title contenders or on the right rebuilding path.
Fast forward to 2014 and outside of the CSN Houston debacle we are entering what should be a golden era in Houston Sports. For decades, the local fan has always played the “we are cursed” card but in reality it has been a combination of poor owners and questionable front office decisions in hiring coaches and managers.
Our two best franchises the Rockets and Dynamo are both in win now modes with Championship rosters and front office personnel in place. The Texans and Astros might look like a mess for several different reasons but the future looks bright for both franchises. Almost as soon as the Astros finally made a World Series, the team went into a free fall and finally bottomed out last year on the major league level.
During these past three seasons of pure embarrassment at the Major League level, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow has been stockpiling good, young, exciting players at the expense of the Major League team. These “kids” all have a shot at being regulars, in some cases STARS, and should bring the kind of excitement only found with a young promising roster not seen around here since the early 1990’s.
This past season, the Texans were a good quarterback and a competent head coach away from seriously competing for a Super Bowl these past three years. While bottoming out at 2-14 seems like the end of the world, a new coaching staff and the number one pick can immediately push the Texans back in the mix in a weak AFC, with the talented core group of players already in place.
We as Houstonians can only dream of duplicating the run the city of Boston has been on this past decade, but for the first time in maybe forever we have a punchers chance of all the teams actually getting it together and being good at the same time. For now enjoy the Rockets run and the Dynamo’s hot start and we will see what the summer and fall brings.