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Are You Ready For Some Houston Texans Football

September 8, 2010 25 comments

WE LOVE US SOME FOOTBALL!

This is our favorite time of the year. Football season is here, throw in the fact that hunting season is upon us as well and you have the perfect storm for outdoors and sports enthusiasts.

This past weekend College Football cranked up and it did not disappoint. There were upsets, nail-biters and the BCS already has a problem on their hands with Boise State knocking off Virginia Tech. Great start to the NCAA Football season, oh and not to mention, Texas A&M won!

The NFL starts up this weekend, actually tomorrow and all we can say is – it’s about time!

Now, it is no secret we are BIG Houston Texans fans and we are expecting a lot out of them this year. So we wanted to do a big post about our predictions and what we think needs to happen for them to have a good year and solidify the Texans first playoff berth. Then we found an article titled “Our Year” on Houston Press that did the job for us. Why write something on your own when you can just steal it, right?

Written by Sean Pendergast, (great Twitter follow @SeanCablinasian) a weekly contributor to Houston Press and one half of the Sean & John Show on 1560 The Game, “Our Year” puts the Texans Franchise and the 2010 season in perspective.

With a little history:

There’s certainly been plenty of hand-wringing and talk-radio angst over the Texans’ 49-79 record. But fans cast their votes on the team by spending money on game tickets and parking and food and gear. And the fans are still showing up.

Amazingly, they have shown up despite the following historical data. (Warning: If you love the Texans, these numbers will test that love.)

• At no point in their history have the Texans been three games over .500. Ever. Translation: Texans fans have not, for even one week, had a tangible reason to feel great about this team.

• In the eight years the Texans have been in existence, they’ve been over .500 for a total of 11 weeks. That’s it. Peyton Manning had that knocked out in one season by Thanksgiving last year. Translation: Texans fans can practically count on both hands the number of weeks they could even feel slightly good about this team.

• Since 2002, the Texans’ first season in the NFL, every team has made playoffs except for three: the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions and your Houston Texans. Translation: It’s never good to be mentioned with the Detroit Lions in any sentence.

The Pendergast Method:

So now it’s on to the 2010 season. If indeed the Texans are going to make the playoffs, let’s roll with the assumption that they’ll need to go 10-6, something they haven’t done in franchise history. Appropriately enough, in a season in which they have to shatter precedent, the schedule includes five of the six teams that the Texans have never beaten in their eight years in the league — Baltimore, the New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington. (Minnesota is the sixth team; it’s probably a good thing they don’t get a crack at all six.)

The Texans’ overall record against the slate of opponents they’ll face in 2010 is 22-55 (and 13-35 against their division opponents, whom they will obviously face twice).

Being a Texans believer in 2010 involves a lot of blind faith. Can the Texans finish 10-6? Sure, they can. In breaking down the schedule, I have a little thing that I call the Pendergast Bucket Theory, wherein I categorize each game, putting them into three probability buckets. They are as follows:

To a 10-6 Houston Texans Record:

So where do the games on the 2010 slate stack up in the Pendergast Bucket Theory? Glad you asked, young grasshopper. Here you go:

Must wins, 6: @ Oakland, vs New York Giants, vs Kansas City, vs Tennessee, @ Denver, vs Jacksonville

Coin flippers, 7: vs Indianapolis, @ Washington, vs Dallas, vs San Diego, @ Jacksonville, vs Baltimore, @ Tennessee

Steals, 3: @ Indianapolis, @ New York Jets, @ Philadelphia

So the formula to get to the postseason is pretty simple — the Texans need to go 5-1 against the “must wins” (easily the part of the formula with which I’m most uncomfortable; none of those games are lay-ups), 4-3 in the “coin flippers” (split the home games, split Jacksonville and Tennessee on the road, beat Washington — very doable) and win a “steal” game (I’ll go with Philly as the most likely).

If the Texans follow that formula, that equates to 10-6, which would have been good enough for a playoff berth in 2009. (Of course, in 2008, 11-5 wasn’t good enough for the Patriots to make it, but that’s because San Diego won the AFC West with an 8-8 record. That’s obviously not the case this season; 10-6 should get it done.)

It is a fantastic article and a MUST read for Houston Texans fans, for all football fans for that matter. To be honest, in an effort of holding up the integrity of this blog, anything we would have put together on the subject wouldn’t hold a candle to “Our Year” Will The Texans Make It To Playoffs. Great job Pendergast – we don’t think it could be said or broken down any better.

So go read it! It will make a Houston Texans believer out of you…or give you ammunition for the “how they will not make the playoffs, again” argument. Either way, we highly recommend it!

Click Here for full article: “Our Year” Will Texans Make It To Playoffs?

Not to completely ride the coattails of Sean, here is THE BACKFILL’s record prediction for the 2010 Houston Texans:

1 Sun, Sep 12th, 2010 Indianapolis Win

2 Sun, Sep 19th, 2010 at Washington Win

3 Sun, Sep 26th, 2010 Dallas Win

4 Sun, Oct 3rd, 2010 at Oakland Win

5 Sun, Oct 10th, 2010 NY_Giants Loss

6 Sun, Oct 17th, 2010 Kansas_City Win

7 Bye

8 Mon, Nov 1st, 2010 at Indianapolis Loss

9 Sun, Nov 7th, 2010 San_Diego Win

10 Sun, Nov 14th, 2010 at Jacksonville Loss

11 Sun, Nov 21st, 2010 at NY_Jets Loss

12 Sun, Nov 28th, 2010 Tennessee Win

13 Thu, Dec 2nd, 2010 at Philadelphia Win

14 Mon, Dec 13th, 2010 Baltimore Loss

15 Sun, Dec 19th, 2010 at Tennessee Win

16 Sun, Dec 26th, 2010 at Denver Win

17 Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011 Jacksonville Win

That’s right…no miss print, your Houston Texans are going 11-5 this year and taking a franchise first playoff spot! You heard it here first.

Sean Pendergast article [“Our Year”]
2010 AFC Champs [Houston Texans]
Twitter Feeds: Sean Pendergast [@SeanCablinasian] and we have to give out the 2nd half of the Sean & John Show, John Harris [@jharrisfootball] he is another great follow, highly skilled and educated on NFL and NCAA Football.

Categories: Sports

ESPN Enters Two Hosts As Competitors In The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series

August 10, 2010 1 comment

Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 were the two late entries into the STIHL Timbersports series. Ok, so they just tried out some of the events in a Stihl Timbersports expedition on the ESPN campus.  Needless to say, from the looks of it Golic wanted to do everything and Greenberg…well, not so much.

Both hosts wanted to know why they had been sent to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS exhibition set up in the parking lot on the campus of ESPN.

Greenberg stood in nice jeans and a button up shirt, eating a bowl of yogurt mixed with cereal. He stared at the logrolling pool, the 40-foot speed-climbing trees and lumberjacks holding axes, and asked the question aloud.

“Why am I here?”

Golic wore shorts, an Under Armour shirt and a huge smile. He was on a mission from the moment he stepped into the parking lot to find out why ESPN wouldn’t let him try any of the chopping or sawing events. Once it was confirmed that he’d only be allowed to try the logroll and speed climb, he frustratingly asked the same question.

“Why am I here? I want to use an ax.”

Full Article: Making a splash – Polar opposites Mike and Mike try their hand at a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS exhibition

STIHL’s promotional communications manager Roger Phelps (follow on twitter @uphelpsr) who was in attendance for this spectacular showing of athleticism, was kind enough to give THE BACKFILL a behind the scenes look at what he got to experience first hand on the ESPN campus.

Every now and then you get to do something with the job that is just plain fun.  That’s the way it was when we headed to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol CT to produce a special demonstration of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The event is part of our 25th anniversary celebration and ESPN invited STIHL to bring a demonstration to their campus to give their employees a chance to interact with their second longest running program. Joining us were STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® athletes Mike Sullivan, Dave Jewett, Will Roberts, Nathan Waterfield, Katie Rick and Shana Martin. The goal was to give the ESPN folks a taste of all the disciplines featured in the show.

ESPN rolled out the welcome mat, flying our flag center of campus and publicizing the event with signs and intra-office emails. Our first guest was the team of the Mike & Mike morning show. Mike Golic and Mike Green watched the demonstrations, provided commentary on the skill of the athletes, and then got in to the action taking on the speed climb and log roll. Both commentators had a great time getting involved in the events, and walked away with a new found respect for the competitors in the sport.

Our film crews were on site and clips can be seen at stihltimbersports.com or our Facebook page. We will also be incorporating elements of this event into our show that will air in September.

In the afternoon we set up demos and interactive event for the ESPN staff. STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Competitors demonstrated their skills across the eight disciplines while taking questions from the crowd about their equipment, training regimen, and the development of the sport over the years. We later opened up the venue to the large crowd of ESPN staff to attempt the different disciplines for themselves while learning more about the techniques of the sport. Sportcenter.com staff joined us as well and took on the log roll challenge.

We want to thank everyone who helped make this event possible including our production teams of Granite State Lumberjack Shows, Lumberjack Sports International and JM Associates. And of course our sincere thanks to our great hosts at ESPN.

 

Not only did Roger give us that take but he even spent a few minutes with us to answer 5 questions for a BACKFILL interview. 

1)  What is the best thing about the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and why should people tune in or make it to an event?

It really is the original extreme sports. I mean you can just imagine two lumberjacks sitting around the camp 100 years ago and saying “bet I can chop that log faster than you.” The thing I love about the sport is that the competitors are still doing it just for the love of the sport. While the prize money is good, they all have normal jobs and don’t make the millions that most professional sports do. I think that is what attracts fans to them. They are still real.

2) Who is your favorite STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitor, and why?

Nice try. There is no way you are getting me to go there! They are all great folks, and as the organizer I am completely impartial and have no favorites.

3) If you were putting together a team, what STIHL TIMBERSPORT Series discipline would Golic and Greenberg anchor for your team?

I would have Greenberg supplying the athletes with water. He didn’t seem comfortable with participating. Golic on the other hand would probably be my single bucker. He has the meat and the power.

4) Which Mike would you want to sit down and have a beer with and which Mike would win at “words with friends”?

I would really like to learn more about Golic’s sports career and what he is doing now. Greenberg appears to be a bit more cerebral, so he is my scrabble man.

5)What STIHL product should every man and woman have in their garage?

STIHL KombiSystem. 11 tools, one power head. Can’t go wrong there.

Bonus question: What blog is a must read for you, and what do you like best about it?; this may or may not be a loaded question.

For balanced journalism and objective product reviews, I would think that there really is only one choice, THE BACKFILL

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Categories: Sports, STIHL

Your Weekend Fill: Best Celebration Ever?

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

With the World Cup fresh in our memories we ask is this the best soccer celebration ever?

What about giving Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho Cinco’s creative celebrations a run for their money?

Categories: Sports, Weekend Fill

Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne Is “Likes To Fight Guy”

June 16, 2010 1 comment

The huge NCAA realignment, alignment, realignment story from last week has left a bad taste in the mouth of Aggieland.

Most Texas A&M students, alumni, fans and followers are upset or disappointed at the very least that the Aggies did not pull the trigger and head to the SEC.  This most likely caused an onslaught of emails, phone calls and text messages to Texas A&M brass, most of which was likely directed to Athletic director Bill Byrne.

Most likely reasons for such reactions:

1) A&M had chance to go to best conference in NCAA football and gain long-term stability
2) A&M fans wanted to go to the SEC to finally escape the shadow of the Univ. of Texas.
3) A&M fans are upset that Texas essentially dictated the conditions required for the Big 12’s survival.

He received one email he thought he would handle himself.

Email from fan:

Hey a–holes [edit]

I am a third generation aggie and class of ‘06. my family and I, including many extend family members have had season tickets at kyle field for up to 20 yrs.

We also tailgate spending a lot of time and money during the fall in college station. That all ended today

We are canceling our season tickets and will never again donate to the 12th man until there is all new board of regents minus Gene Stallings, a new ad, new president (that guy is a disgrace).

Dollar bill, I hope you have time to pull your tongue out of dodds butt to read this email

Sincere regards

[name redacted]

AD Bill Byrne’s response (allegedly):

Classy.

[Sports By Brooks]

Categories: Sports

College Football Realignment Song

June 14, 2010 1 comment

Current state of the NCAA realignment, via song/video.  Pretty good stuff.

*NOTE – Some explicit language and images

Song and video by: 1560 The Game

Categories: Humor, Sports

Your Weekend Fill: Front Flip Full Court Shot

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

WOW!

Guys over at Dude Perfect have been doing these videos for awhile. 

Ranch Edition

Camp Edition

Check them out: DUDE PERFECT – Not to mention they give back to the kids!

Oh, and the dudes attend Texas A&M University…BONUS POINTS!

Categories: Daily Fill, Sports

Texas Stadium Implosion While Jerry Jones Drops Bombs

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

More than 20,000 people gathered at tailgate parties and other spots Sunday to watch fireworks go off one last time over Texas Stadium before a ton of dynamite lit up the Dallas Cowboys’ longtime home and brought it to the ground. (continue reading)

Jerry Jones had this to say:

There is some TNT for you.  Umm…my bad Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow.  What i had meant to say…

Really Jerry?   Your know better than that!

Categories: Humor, Sports