Monthly Archives: September 2012
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has taken college station by storm, and has quickly become the most popular man on campus. Manziel had a gutsy performance against Florida a few weeks ago, in A&M’s 1st SEC game. A few weeks later, against a familiar SEC foe, Manziel put on a show for the ages. Manziel threw for a school record 453 yards, and rushed for another 104 yards. Going into this season, we all knew A&M had a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball. A strong o-line, two good running backs, and some serious talent at wide receiver. What we didn’t know was how good this red shirt freshman would play. Manziel has not only played well, but he’s become the heart and soul of this young A&M team. Time will tell if he’s able to navigate this offense through the tough SEC schedule, but with Manziel taking the snaps, Aggies all across Texas are ready for the ride.
The Houston Astros appear to have their new manager, 3rd base coach for the Nationals Bo Porter, according to FoxSports.com. The Astros have a press conference scheduled for today, at 10am.
The Houston Texans might very well be the best team in the entire league, as they’ve raced out to a 3-0 record. The critics will point to their easy schedule so far, with their 1st two wins against the Dolphins and Jaguars. Now granted, those aren’t the best teams in the NFL, but all the Texans can do is beat the teams in front of them, and they have. What should impress critics, and excite Texan fans, is this past Sunday’s win against the Broncos. The victory was the first time the Texans beat Peyton Manning in his own house, and it reaffirmed the Texans position of not going after Manning this past offseason. Not only did the Texans beat Manning, but they rallied behind their own QB, after he took a cheap shot from Denver. And even when Denver mounted a small comeback, in one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, the Texans held strong, and held on for the victory. Matt Schaub had his ear torn off, Evander Holyfield style (not a bite though), and showed the toughness that seems to have infected the Texans. In previous years the Texans would’ve watched helplessly as Peyton Manning mounted a comeback against them, but these new Texans took the Broncos best punch (or cheap shot) and held on strong. Schaub and the Texans earned the respect of the Broncos, and should have earned the respect of the entire nation. I’m not saying Schaub is a pro bowl QB yet, but what I am saying is he reflects the attitude of this team. The Texans play nasty D, Cushing and Watt make the D as mean as it gets, and on offense the Texans line it up and pound it down your throats. These Texans are tough, and it seems like the Texans are just satisfied making the playoffs anymore, they seem to have their eyes on the big prize. And as of today, no team in the AFC looks better. The Texans will be challenged again, like they were in Denver. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New England are the big dogs of the AFC, and all carry a mental toughness with them wherever they go. But if the Texans showed us anything this Sunday, it’s that they to have a lot of fight in them.
The Rangers have fought for 5 and a half months for the AL’s best record, but all that fight comes down to the last 10 games of the season. Starting Monday, the Rangers start a 4 game series with the Oakland A’s. Funny enough, the A’s are currently 4 games behind the Rangers in the AL west race. After the 4 game battle, the Rangers have a 3 game series with the Angels, who are currently 6 and a half back on the Rangers. Then the Rangers finish the season on the road in Oakland, for a final 3 game showdown with the A’s. If the Rangers can win these next 3 series, they can lock up the west, and possibly home field in the AL playoffs. The Rangers can also knock the A’s out of the wild card race, meaning they wouldn’t see their division foe in the playoffs. The Angels also have wild card aspirations, and the Rangers can end their rival’s hopes this week as well. After several months of hard work, after 152 games so far, it all comes down to the last 10 days of the season. As Rangers manager Ron Washington would say, “That the way baseball goes.”