Are Houston Sports Reaching DEFCON 1?

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Nov 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; General view of NRG Stadium before a game between the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It all started about a month ago with a text message from my brother…

“Are you worried about the Texans offense?”

It was the 4th of July weekend, and honestly, I wasn’t even trying to think about football. I had grand dreams of the Rockets signing LaMarcus Aldridge and being a point guard away from their third Larry O’Brien trophy. I was about to be camping on the Frio River and, as far as I was concerned, the fret of NFL offensive efficiency was miles away.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people (and movies) mistake the state of alert for the defense readiness condition, aka DEFCON. Contrary to popular belief, the levels countdown from mild-mannered, DEFCON 5; all the way down to

Facebook freaking out about Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert getting a divorce

nuclear holocaust, which enacts DEFCON 1.

Fun fact: The Cuban Missile Crisis was the highest confirmed DEFCON level we’ve ever reached at DEFCON 2.

And while this is a nice run through American military operating procedure, the real reason why I bring this up is my brother’s text. Should we be worried about the Texans offense? Should we care about what happens to the Rockets? After a couple of great games, and a couple of not-so-great games, can the Astros win the AL West?

Can the Astros win the World Series?

Let’s take a look at some pressing issues facing our beloved Houston sports teams and use the DEFCON scale to determine just how worried we should be:

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