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Houston Texans Fans Boo Johnny Manziel

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I was definitely unprepared last night during the NFL Draft. If I was prepared I would have been live tweeting the ridiculousness at Reliant Stadium.

Let me breakdown my First World Problems yesterday:

I scrambled to leave work at 3 PM. The Pitts and Spitts tailgate team was kind enough to let me ride with them to Reliant Stadium, in their tailgate bus. I began boozing the moment I hopped on the bus. The struggle became real, after arriving to Reliant Stadium, and realizing there wasn’t a Port-a-Potty in sight. So, I walked in a random door at Reliant Stadium and ventured my way around until I found the head (sitting in traffic for an hour with a cooler full of beer, do the math).

After that short debacle, I made my way back to the bus to consume more beer. Because, $8 for a beer in Reliant Stadium is an utter joke.

Just when I think the hecticness (probably made that word up) was over, I pulled out my cell phone, and the screen might as well have said – “Dumbass, you should have charged me before you left.”

When it comes to First World Problems, there’s nothing worse than looking down at your cell phone and it’s running empty.

I played it cool, like it wasn’t bothering me, that I couldn’t look at Twitter to see what rumors were floating around about the draft. But deep down, it was eating at me.

Something tells me Johnny Manziel had a similar struggle last night when his name wasn’t called until the 22nd pick. He stayed composed and had on his poker face. Deep down, we all know that he wanted to take a golf club and start slamming it into the ground like Happy Gilmore when he misses a putt.

What was more surprising than Manziel getting picked 22nd overall, was the reaction inside Reliant Stadium whenever the showed him on television.

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When I walked inside Reliant and heard an eruption of boos, I thought there was a Matt Schaub sighting somewhere. I looked at the nearest TV and the NFL Network had their cameras zoomed in on Johnny Manziel. Everytime he was pictured the fans booed, and booed loud.

Houston Texans fans boo Johnny Manziel?

I listen to sports radio everyday, and for the most part it seemed as if there was an even split when it came to Manziel. Yeah, some people were totally against drafting this guy. But I didn’t think that there was that many Texans fans that were passionate about not drafting him.

On the other end of the spectrum, when Jadeveon Clowney was pictured, Reliant bursted into cheers.

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this reaction. I didn’t understand it all.

We’re talking about two players, one with off the field concerns that involved boozing and hanging out with hot blondes. The other with on the field concerns revolving around not wanting to play his junior year, because he didn’t want to get injured.

How could this city be so impartial to one over the other? Did Ron Jaworski get inside this city’s head? Is this city brainwashed by SportsCenter?

It’s beyond me.

When Roger Goodell said, “The Houston Texans select Jadeveon Clowney”, the stadium cheered wildly. As if we had got our savior. It was weird.

I left Reliant shortly after the first pick, not because of the fans, but because the draft party at Reliant was extremely unorganized. As I walked out to the parking lot to consume more beer on Pitts and Spitts bus I began thinking to myself – “I wanted the Texans to pick Clowney the whole time. Why does seeing so many Texans fans cheering for Clowney bother me?”.

Then it dawned on me. Houston is a conundrum. We’re the same fans that booed J.J. Watt and Mario Williams, when they were drafted. Yet we cheer as if Jadeveon Clowney was John Lennon.

The Texans play in Cleveland on November 11th. Here’s hoping Manziel’s poker face is no match for the Houston Texans pass rush.

My “first world” struggle is real.

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