Houston Texas: It’s much bigger than sports.

When it comes to the Sports World many don’t respect the city of Houston’s local teams. You turn on ESPN and hear about the Houston Rockets lack of a defense from last season. You read an article online talking about how the Houston Astros are in a slump and are now in deep trouble. The whole nation knows all about the controversy the Houston Texans faced at their QB position over the years. We cant leave out how the University Of Houston Cougars are so dominate in college but cant get respect and be moved into a division that actually means something. With all of these so called problems this city faces in the sports world we had to face an even bigger problem for this beautiful city. Hurricane Harvey made sure to steal all the spotlight and make all of Houston’s sports problems go away due to major flooding. Houston faced so much damage and heartache that people had no time to worry about the small things in sports. One thing that is hard to understand unless you live in this city is once the water cleared and the tears stopped falling we all got hard at work to rebuild the city we love. The beauty of it all was us fans were not alone in this mission.

Sep 10, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) waves a Texas state flag during player introductions before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Each organization from this city has taken on the phrase Houston Strong to let the fans know they are not alone. This tragic thing has also hit close to home for many of the athletes we love to cheer for. The Houston teams have helped from players donating money to the rebuilding process, to passing out food and water to families in need and even by bring a spark of joy to a city that really needs it. Now the whole nation heard about Houston Texans DE Superstar JJ Watt raising over $37 Million dollars and the Houston Sports owners and players making very generous donations. The one thing I want to speak on is the Sports side, the side that was lost for a few days due to the city being in a hectic state of mind. The Houston Rockets had already made a trade for PG Superstar Chris Paul and bolstered their roster with defensive payers like SF PJ Tucker, PF Luc Mbah a Moute and bringing back the veteran hammer C Nene. The city got a jolt of excitement once SP Justin Verlander waived his no trade clause so he could join the young and talented Houston Astros. These 2 teams have so much potential to be something amazing and truly compete for a championship. The Houston Rockets are stacked on offense and defense and with trade rumors swirling all around the NBA the Rockets may get another jolt of excitement if they can work out a trade for New York Knicks SF/PF Carmelo Anthony. The Houston Astros won the AL West Division and was the first division win in 16 years for the city. This team seems to amaze the city with 2 ace pitchers in Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander while having a dominate offense that can score at will.

Sep 17, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Astros celebrate on the field after defeating the Seattle Mariners to clinch the AL West at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The other two organizations in Houston play a game that will forever rule in this great state of Texas. The game of Football is popular all weekend from the Friday night light at a high school game, to the College game day games and ends with the Sunday NFL games. The Houston Texans have always been a fan favorite in this city no matter if they are winning or losing. The fans here in Houston just love to support their boys every night. Texans fans got a glimpse of a bright future after seeing Texans Rookie QB Deshaun Watson get his first career Touchdown and Win as the starter vs The Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans still have a lot of questions on the offensive side due to WR/TE injuries and the Offensive Line having many questions on if they can protect Rookie QB Deshaun Watson without the help of OT Duane Brown (Holding Out). The excitement will stay with this team as long as Watson stays at QB and keeps making amazing plays. The last local team I want to show love to is The University of Houston Cougars. This college football team is truly fun to watch and stacked with talent for a team stuck in the . If you don’t believe me why don’t you just take a look at the most disruptive defensive player in college right now Cougars Nose Tackle Ed Oliver. When you look at the numbers its kind of scary because this man is only 19 years old right now in his Sophomore year but was an All-American with 22.5 tackles for loss in his freshman year last season. The UH Cougars were supposed to lose a step once they lost Ex-Coach Tom Herman to The University of Texas but these young men look hungry. These young men look to make a difference for this city and show the Nation why they deserve to be moved to a division that lets them keep growing and playing at a high level.

Sep 16, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Cougars do their pre-game cage sway before their game against the Rice Owls at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

The one thing the Nation doesn’t see from this city is that we like to be public enemy number 1. We always hear the negative stories from multiple outlets about our team. I do note that some remarks are true and hard for some fans in this city to hear but I also know the passion this city has for their teams. We could easily have a local media source join in on bashing our teams when we our down like the New York teams have. We could be like Los Angeles fans and only show up to games when we know a team is having a winning season. The thing about this city that many don’t understand is this is hardwired in our DNA. Its a Texas thing to help the next man or woman up in a tough time. The way fellow strangers and neighbors helped save lives during a hurricane is kind of a way we support our teams. We had the Astros be called “The Lastros” by everyone in the MLB for over 3 seasons but we believed in the dream that the team had to build from the farm up. Now we have a world series team that is ready to compete with anyone. We have had about 18 QBs since the Houston Texans have become an NFL team for this city back in 2001 but we never gave up on them. The fans now have a young QB in Deshaun Watson to bring hope to a team with so much talent on Offense and Defense. The Houston Rockets gave this city the only taste of a championship with back-to-back titles from the 93-94 season and the 94-95 season. The Rockets have a loaded roaster anchored behind James Harden and Chris Paul ready to make a splash in the Western Conference. The UH Cougars were supposed to fall down and crumble when they lost 2 big time head coaches in back to back years. This teams will to play was supposed to burn out once they failed to join a different conference in College Football.

Sep 14, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

This city seems to always find positivity during a dark time.  One thing you can count on is our teams give us fans hope and us fans give our teams the support they deserve. You can ask any Houston Sports fan and they will truly tell you after Hurricane Harvey they found some type of hope thanks to our local teams helping out as if they were just an average joe like one of us. When you move here to Houston the traffic may be one thing that drives you mad but the hospitality from one Houstonian to another is truly a beautiful thing. We are all one! #HoustonStrong

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