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Houston Texans Fans Boo Johnny Manziel

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.


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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  • Juan Grande

    That booing makes me proud and reaffirms my faith in our fan base.

  • Greg Hill

    What is the most important position on a football team? If you said qb you are correct. Does the Texans have a qb of any substance? No, with no hope in sight of making the playoffs. Good qb’s don’t get traded. You must draft one first. Three qb’s went in the first round and all three teams will finish with better records than Texans this year.

    • Hal Kaiser

      Is Rex Grossman a good QB? He led a team to the Super Bowl. Joe Flacco? He won the Super Bowl. I could go on, but underlying point is that if you have a top defense and a strong running game then all you really need is a QB who doesn’t beat you by turning the ball over. This is the formula the Seahawks used this past season. Trust me when I say that Russell Wilson would look nowhere near as good if not playing for a team that allowed only 14 or so points a game and features a battering ram at HB.

  • Greg Hill

    At some point during a game when you need a first down on 3rd and long or your team is down in the 4rh qtr your qb has to be able to make plays. Yes, turnovers are huge between winning and losing but there are many factors involved in winning qb play. Flacco outplayed P. Manning in Denver and had an excellent super bowl game his year and is now the highest paid raven. The seahawks scored 43 pts in their SB win. Not bad for your avg qb. Grossman played all his playoff games at Chicago in January where qb play is neutralized until he was forced to perform in the SB but failed miserably. Could Tebow have led the seahawks to the super bowl?

    • Hal Kaiser

      By your definition, yes Tebow could have gotten the Seahawks to the Super Bowl as all he did was make plays in the 4th quarter. Of course he stunk for 3 quarters and isn’t really the type of QB I am talking about. Can a guy like Ryan Fitzpatrick be good enough to get a team to the Super Bowl if he is relieved of the pressure of having to score on every possession and is simply told to not make mistakes? Absolutely.

      If your defense is capable of holding teams to under 17 points a game, it is rare that you will have to make plays in the 4th quarter.

      Again, Bears are a case in point. I’m a native Chicagoan. I watched every game of Grossman’s career as a starter with the Bears. 1) The Bears had to actually win enough games to host January playoff games, 2) the weather impact on QBs is overrated. Don’t believe me, look at Aaron Rodgers. The weather in Green Bay is significantly worse than in Chicago. That doesn’t stop him from lighting up the scoreboard.

      A top ranked defense (like the Seahawks this year, the Ravens last year, the Bears when Grossman got to the Super Bowl) makes it easy on a QB. 1) as mentioned, you can play within yourself and not have to try to put up points every possession, 2) the defense generates scoring opportunities through turnovers. The Texans were abysmal in this category last season.

      Going out and drafting a highly ranked QB then pairing him with a mediocre offensive line and a weak defense would have been pointless. I love what the Texans did in the draft. They upgraded significantly on defense and they upgraded the blocking on offense. Now they have a lot of options from a QB perspective – trade, develop Savage, take a QB in the draft next season.

      They might actually make the playoffs this year. Had they gone QB in the first two rounds, they probably would not have made the playoffs this year. A QB, particularly a rookie, cannot do it all by himself.

  • Greg Hill

    Hal, I was using your definition not mine and I used Tebow sarcastically. If Fitzpatrick for 16 games is the answer then why did Schaub who is the better qb fail in Houston? Next year after missing the playoffs, the Texans will be faced with the same problem. Yes, Rodgers plays well in bad weather but all hall of fame qb’s can play anywhere and guys like him are rare.