Houston Sports: Weighing the pros and cons of being a fan

Astros infielder Jose Altuve with fans, a Houston Sports success story (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Astros infielder Jose Altuve with fans, a Houston Sports success story (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Fans cheer on Astros infielder, Alex Bregman, an icon for Houston Sports (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Fans cheer on Astros infielder, Alex Bregman, an icon for Houston Sports (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Pros of being a Houston Sports’ fan

Okay, Houston Sports fans! You can breathe a sigh of relief because we are now at the start of the pros of being a Houston Sports fan in this era. Some of these you already feel. But there are others that will make you proud.

1) Three championship-caliber teams

Aside from Boston and maybe Philadelphia, how many American cities can you name that have all their sports franchises that are capable of winning a championship? Anyone? Anyone? To be honest, I can’t name anybody. New York’s top team are the Yankees. Los Angeles has the Rams and Dodgers as championship contenders. Chicago might have a Bears team that could compete for the NFC crown while the Cubs are battling a loaded NL Central. Dallas currently has a Stanley Cup contending team while the Cowboys are gearing up for their fans saying this year is the year. Miami? Pittsburgh? Denver? Yeah, maybe one or two teams will make the playoffs for each city.

So where does that leave us? All three of our teams have what it takes to win it all. The Texans are building to becoming an AFC contender while the Rockets have one obstacle in front of them to win the NBA Finals. The Astros are still planning to never settle and taking it back. I mean my gosh people. Houston Sports are becoming a commodity in the Lone Star State. Other cities would kill to want to be in our shoes when it comes to that. Sure, we might not be as marketable as other cities. But when you have three teams emerging as playoff entrees, there’s no reason to be highly disappointed.

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2) National Recognition

Obviously, the fact that people are talking about us good or bad is such an achievement. Plus, people outside Houston are seeing our teams play and show how good we can be. The biggest achievement, of course, comes from the Astros. We have had multiple appearances on ESPN’s nationally televised games over the past few seasons. Earlier this year, ESPN covered the first two games of the Astros home series against the Yankees. What did the viewers see? Houston defeating a Yankees’ team expected to contend for the crown.

This is a big accomplishment considering that the Astros were the worst sports organization in history not too long ago. Sure, we like listening to Todd Kalas, Geoff Blum, and Julia Morales on AT&T Southwest. But to see ESPN covering our games from the Crawford Boxes of all places has been really positive for the Astros.

3) Superstars and MVP-Caliber Players

Oh sure, every team could say this guy is worthy of being the MVP. But really? Where else do you find a city with multiple guys that could win MVP? Jose Altuve and James Harden already have their MVP awards. But we can see MVPs for Deshaun Watson, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, and Deandre Hopkins in the near future. If the NFL were really honest, J.J. Watt should’ve been MVP on two different occasions.

People say Houston isn’t as big of a market to play in. But recently, marketable cities don’t play a factor in determining the MVP race. Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers won the NL MVP last year and there’s a chance Milwaukee might have another one soon with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Russell Westbrook took the NBA MVP honors in 2017 and Oklahoma City only has one professional sports team. I’m only throwing this out there mainly because it doesn’t matter what city you play in. Houston has players that are capable of owning the league in the MVP category or placing within the top five. We should be glad they’re on our side.


I know I’ve always said that we’ll win more titles and I still feel that way. But sometimes, even in

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defeat and the sad days of a loss, we have to look around and realize how fortunate we are to be fans of three really great teams in this city. Sure, we’re going to be disappointed if expectations aren’t mad, or angry if some jerk tries to strike us in the heart with a bad comment. But at the end of the day, we’re proud to be Houstonians rooting for are teams.

So while we may be down because of the Rockets’ lack of effort in the playoffs right now, we know that they’ll be back in future years to contend for titles and still bring us joy. We may have a hard time trying to see how the Texans’ new additions will fit on our team. But they’ll be vying on a journey to reach the ultimate prize. We know that an Astros loss here or there during the regular won’t matter for most of the season because there’s always tomorrow.

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So would you rather move elsewhere or continue to embark on living in the best sports city in Texas right now? I think I’ll stick around like always.