In a not so surprise move, Gary Kubiak finally got canned after nearly a decade as the Houston Texans Head Coach. After years of frustration, tentative plays and botched draft picks, fans finally demanded Kubiak’s head. They got it.
Texan’s sweet-natured owner Bob McNair supposedly “did his homework” recruiting O’Brien who has been described as an “offensive coach.” Pundits are counting on the fact that O’Brien has a gift for mentoring young quarterbacks. Even McGloin credits his making it to the NFL to O'Brien's help. Except that McGloin is barely in the NFL – he’s with the Raiders. It could be time for a Texans intervention.
The problem? O’Brien is untested in the NFL in the only position that counts – Head Coach. O'Brien is only 44 -years old and worked for the New England Patriot’s Bill Belichick, first as an assistant from 2007 to 2011 and later as the offensive coordinator when the Patriot’s lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
O’Brien left the Pats two years ago to take over at Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Penn State was crippled with a bowl ban and emotional crisis after the loss of Joe Paterno and the horrendous headlines about Sandusky. O’Brien lead the Nittany Lions to a ho-hum 15-9 record (10-6 in the slow -paced Big Ten). Heaven forbid the Texans get a college coach from the SEC that might be better prepared.
It is highly doubtful that O’Brien can take a lot of credit for the offensive successes of the New England Patriots. With a cagey, brilliant and iron-fisted Head Coach like Belichick plus a once-in-a-lifetime talented quarterback like Tom Brady, it seems less than likely that O’Brien was the talent behind the talent.
A local Houston sports analyst eager to jump on the O’Brien bandwagon claimed that O’Brien is ”tough” was not “not afraid” to “get in a quarterback’s face,” citing dressing down of Tom Brady on the sidelines one Sunday. Big deal.
John Harris, a writer for the Houston Chronicle and O’Brien’s classmate at noted football university Brown (cough, cough) told an anecdote about O’Brien’s commitment to studying for one economics exam as proof that he will turn the Texans around. Frankly, Harris seems to be laying it on a bit thick.
Houstonians were weary with Kubiak’s “that’s on me” press conferences, moping around the sidelines and oddly shoe-blacked unmoving hair. He became a source of irritation for desperate Texan fans. But this fleshy, Big 10 yankee who went to Brown hardly seems like the solution. 15 and 9...in the Big 10. Really?
Long-suffering Texans fans who have put up with Head Coach Gary Kubiak's constant mumbling, his "buck stops here" scripts, his crappy coaching, crappy recruiting, his bizarre love-fest with medicore quarterbacks David Carr and Matt Schaub, his shoe-black dyed hair, losing attitude are FINALLY VINDICATED.
Owner McNair finally grew a pair and fired his lameness - Kubiak. Of course Kubiak leaves the Texans saddled with Schaub's contract and cap burden in 2014. Oh well. Good riddance.
How about Bill Cowher? How about John Gruber? Tony Dungy?
Left-leaning dingleberries are in a bloody lather over
the name of the Washington D.C. football team. Bob Costas, Mike Francesa, some Native
Americans, and (of course) the community organizer in chief, among others, are offended by the “Redskins” moniker. And on their planet, giving offense is akin to a capital
offense. They have a natural right
to go through life free of being offended.
If someone’s beliefs offend you, Muzzle
him! If someone’s body odor offends
you, Off with his arms! To be offended is to be entitled to make
change without question. Make no
mistake, the effort to change the name of the Redskins is just the
beginning. No doubt, the Kansas City Chiefs are next, but the
name of just about every NFL team is offensive to someone—either because it
causes disgust or because it is not as “inclusive” as it should be.
The New England
Patriots, for example, are defined by the logo on the side of their helmets
as Revolutionary War soldiers; and when they score a touchdown, some dude in
Revolutionary garb fires a musket. But
we are constantly told by the loony left that pacifists can be patriots every
bit as much as violent people. Thus, to
be genuinely inclusive, the New England team
should be re-named the Americans.
Even worse is the team in western New
York, which is named for a racist white man known for the
slaughter of hundreds, if not thousands or tens of thousands of animals unique
to North America. What a terrible message to send to our
children, and to undo this damage we would do well to change the name to the Buffalo Buffaloes. Likewise, the Wisconsin
team no doubt gives offense to the folks from PETA and all vegetarians
everywhere. “Packers”—which conjures
slabs of meat torn from innocent animals—could be changed to Green Bay Gardeners—both inoffensive
they call the team the “Texans,” but let’s face it: this name –which refers to
white people—consciously excludes large segments of the population. For example, there are all of those
Mexicans—both legal and illegal—from whom Texas was stolen. And in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there
are the numerous Black Americans who relocated from New
Orleans to Houston. Thus, a sensitive renaming of the team would
be the Houston Afro-Texicans or
something like it. (Thank goodness the Houston team is no longer
called the “Oilers” — Can you imagine the screaming from the left for a team
named for evil petroleum?)
No less offensive is the name of the team from San Francisco, which
seems inoffensive but is far from it.
Anyone who has read Dana’s Two
Years Before the Mast knows that the despoliation of California
began before 1850 (largely because of the need for leather in the Northeast United States).
Cattle were free-grazed and slaughtered for their hides on vast tracts
of land under the auspices of Mexicans held in thrall to immoral
landowners. More specifically, W.T.
Sherman tells us in his Memoirs that
the 49ers were so crazed with ripping gold and other minerals from the rich
soil of California that they abandoned their ships in San Francisco Bay (there
were hundreds of them). Sherman himself
was tempted to do the same.
The 49ers lived in lawless camps and were notorious
for abusing the Chinese and Native American populations. They even used hydrological mining, which
caused serious erosion. In short, the
49ers were human locusts. Given that the
team is headquartered so far west, a better, more innocuous name for the team
would be the San Francisco Sundowners.
Make no mistake: the attempt to change the name of the
Redskins is just the beginning in an America where giving offense is a capital
offense. No doubt, some cogent
left-wing objection will be found to the names for other teams. Cleveland Browns (strange color reference); Miami Dolphins (victim of tuna fishing);
New Orleans Saints (attempt to push
Christianity); New York Giants
(mocks little people); New York Jets
(implement of war)?
I am writing this as a less-than-proud supporter of the
Houston Texans since the NFL voted to accept McNair’s $700 million offer for
the 32nd NFL franchise in 1999.
The History of the Franchise
The birth of an NFL franchise. The year was 1999. Despite my reservations, the Texans hired Washington
Redskins G.M. Charley Casserly to be the Executive Vice President & General
Manager. I attended luncheons during which Casserly enthusiastically spoke
about the new Reliant stadium and described his “roll up his sleeves” mentality
as he prepared to get ready for the business of football (even though Casserly
more closely resembled the main character of a J.K. Rowling novel who played
quidditch). I stood by as they rolled out the name and logo bypassing
suggestions like the “Apollos” (sounded like a 1950s Motown group), the Colt
45's, the Energy, the Roughnecks, Roughriders, Roustabouts most of which sounded
like imprisoned hooligans or biker gangs.
I looked the other way when Dom Capers was hired as head
coach. By 2002 Texans finished 4–12; and by 2005
they completed their worst in the league record of 2–14. Of course, at
that time, the prudent decision would have been to fire everybody – EXCEPT Casserly?
Go figure. Then even more questionable decisions were made – making Broncos
offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak the head coach. Nobody checked to see if
Kubiak was responsible for the Broncos success or if Kubiak was working FOR Mike
The Texans went on to give pretty boy QB
David Carr an $8 million bonus, and
instead of recruiting Reggie Bush or Vince Young, the Texan’s used their draft
pick to snap up…Mario Williams. Whatever. By the end of 2006, Reggie Bush and
the Saints played for the NFC Championship and Vince Young had won the
Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Casserly resigned in June. Meanwhile Mario Williams finished with 4.5
sacks and 47 tackles while suffering from a really bad foot wart. Watching Mario
wander around the field for an entire season was frustrating to say the least,
causing a long-time Texan fan to comment, “Time to throw a tent over Mario’s circus.”
By 2007, Matt Schaub replaced Carr, and Mario
started playing again, but the Texans finished last in their division. In 2008
Texans were 8-8 and acquired Andre Johnson.
Kubiak Under the Radar
A full four years after hiring Kubiak,
the Texans finally had a 9-7 winning season in 2009 (the first in franchise
history) and instead of firing him for his 4 -year lull and stupid play-calling,
the Texans re-signed head coach Gary Kubiak to a contract extension through
In 2010, the Texans finally made a good
decision - hiring Wade Phillips. The addition of Wade Phillips made the Houston
Texans the first NFL franchise in history to have a Defensive Coordinator who
was a better head coach than the head coach in title only, Gary Kubiak. By
2011, under Phillips' recruiting ability and superior guidance (plus the
additions of draft picks J.J. Watt, Brandon Harris, Roc Carmichael, Brooks
Reed, and Shiloh Keo) the Texans defense rose from 30th to #2 in the league.
Texans went 10-6 in 2011 and won the AFC South. In 2011, the
Texans repeated their AFC South title with a 12-4 record.
While Schaub was on IR in 2011, his
stats were good (both before and after his recovery) but Schaub lacked the leadership,
brains and consistency to be classified as an “elite quarterback.” Sadly, the Texans
seemed to believe if they paid him like an elite QB he would become one… so they
inexplicably signed Matt Schaub to a 4-year, $62 million extension in September of
2012. One word: overpaid.
This Season & Schaub's Future
So welcome to 2013. The Texans hardly
look like a playoff team. We have a Head Coach with a head full of hair colored
with shoe black who acts more like an assistant offensive coordinator, and a
quarterback who can’t call plays and holds the record for most consecutive pick
6’s. Sadly , we're only in the first half of the season.
Schaub’s contract has a “Sanchez clause” in 2013, in which the quarterback receives a fully-guaranteed base salary of
According to Mike Florio at NBC getting
rid of Schaub would “result in $14 million in dead money thanks to the
unallocated portion of his $17.5 million signing bonus.”
Florio wrote, “Though
the hit could be reduced to $3.5 million in 2013 with a post-June 1 designation
for the release, the other $10.5 million would apply to the cap in 2014. Moreover,
dumping Schaub would constitute an admission that the $22.4 million Schaub was
paid in 2013 was a mistake.”
Needless to say, Kubiak probably wishes to avoid the
appearance of yet another mistake since he has been skating by for 8 years.
So what happens in 2014 - will Kubiak
continue to prowl the sidelines looking like the booger- eating moron that he
is? Will the Texans pay Schaub another $10 million? Let’s hope not.
Obama continues to promote identity conflicts in order to
divert attention away from his pathetic scandals, failed foreign policy,
government shutdown and inability to negotiate with congress. The latest
manufactured crisis is pretending that the name of an NFL football team is
meant as a racial epithet.
So after Obama weighed in stating that if he were the team owner he would "think about changing" the team's name, the National Football League has dutifully cowed to the extortion of the political correctness police and will meet next month with an
American-Indian tribe. A random tribe of leaders with the Oneida Indians are apparently pushing for the Washington Redskins to change
the team name. Dan Snyder, the vociferous owner of the Redskins, has repeatedly
said that they will keep the name.
Of course, no one knows just who in the hell the "Oneida Indians" are and why they have an opinion about a Washington D.C. football team name. One can only assume that they must worship some sort of flatware.
were working on an empty stomach for 24 hours; 12 hours' work and then no food
all night. When I complained, my manager
assaulted me, kicked me out of the labor camp I lived in and refused to pay me
anything. I had to beg for food from other workers," said Ram Kumar Mahara, 27.
From The Guardian:
The Guardian conducted an investigation into the
deaths of Nepalese workers who were contracted to provide infrastructure to
prepare Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup game. A rash of deaths (about 1 per day over the
summer) was revealed - at least 44 workers died between June 4th and August 8 th (2013) with more than half dying of heart attacks, heart failure or "workplace
The investigation also reveals:
Evidence of forced labour on a huge
World Cup infrastructure project.
Some Nepalese men have alleged that
they have not been paid for months and have had their salaries retained to stop
them running away.
Some workers on other sites say
employers routinely confiscate passports and refuse to issue ID cards, in
effect reducing them to the status of illegal aliens.
Some labourers say they have been
denied access to free drinking water in the desert heat.
About 30 Nepalese sought refuge at
their embassy in Doha to escape the brutal conditions of their employment.
Bottom line –
one of the richest nations on earth (Qatar) is employing slave labor to build
infrastructure for a soccer game.
this is just one more reason for Americans to hate soccer. NFL football does
NOT use slave labor to build its stadiums.
In developed countries, sports typically
require a coordinated use of arms AND legs – American football, Basketball, Baseball,
Tennis, Golf, Cricket, Rugby, and Hockey. Soccer is a sport for toddlers and
pre-pubescent girls and is less fun to play than its cousin, kickball.
world nations, soccer games are a reason to riot. When was the last time you
remember a riot at a cricket game? In 2012 a riot at a soccer game in Egypt
killed 73 people.
Soccer is for
metrosexuals and children. Of course, the fact that soccer players all look like
the lead singer of Maroon 5 Adam Levine or a fashion model on the cover of GQ
does not help buoy sport’s machismo factor.
no equipment other than shoes and a ball. Perfect for third world countries who
can only afford one ball.
that most of the fans don’t know how to tell time. The clock counts up instead
In soccer, if
a player gets a bruised shin the player stops, falls down, screams, rolls around
and cries for 15 minutes. Contrast that tantrum display to the NFL Cardinal's player Rashad Johnson who
removed his glove AFTER the game and discovered that his finger had broken off.
wear …..scarves? How gay is that? What about the Miley Cyrus foam finger? The
Nothing happens for hours. It is mind-numbingly boring. Nobody scores and it can end in a friggin tie.
Why bother? Give everybody a participation trophy at the start of the match and
skip the rest.
Soccer is a
rejection of Western European values and American exceptionalism. In the State
of Texas, where the Houston Dynamo soccer team has built a new stadium and
achieved solid success, the Houston Latino fans actually rooted for Mexico and carried Mexican
flags to games.