When the Lights Went Out in Houston: The Problem With the Houston Texans

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Failure is defined by not achieving a stated goal or result. Usually, a failure occurs when lots of resources, be they tangible, such as money or time spent; or intangible, such as thinking and planning, do not coalesce and produce the desired goal or result. When failure is present, it leaves more often than not a bad taste in everybody’s mouth that toiled and strived to make that result happen. A lot can be learned in failure and that’s where the Houston Texans are at this point. Their failure sits at the intersection of hubris and overestimation.


In my humble opinion, when the Houston Oilers left Houston after the 1996 season, it was a curse on professional football in this city. The late K.S. “Bud” Adams, the longtime owner of the Oilers, decided to relocate the team to Nashville because the Astrodome, which makes me nostalgic to this day, was crumbling in multiple areas and needed a renovation. Adams wanted a new stadium and, because the city wouldn’t finance one, he took the Oilers and left.

Personally, it ripped my heart out. The Oilers were my heart and soul and had been a fixture of this city for 30 years. For Bud Adams to leave because he wanted a new stadium and force an ultimatum on Houston was just heartbreaking. Six years later, the Texans were granted to be the NFL’s 32nd franchise. To be fair, the failures of the Texans really begins with the franchise’s start in 2002 and not just with the current administration’s missteps, because the Texans were an expansion team. They not only got the #1 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, they were allowed to pick from the waiver wire, which are unclaimed players, of the 31 other teams.

That inaugural year, the Texans selected David Carr, who was a quarterback out of Fresno State, and waiver wire pickups, such as Aaron Glenn and Tony Boselli. This is where the problems begin to me. Tony Boselli was an All-Pro and perennial Pro Bowler in his younger days, but, he was past his prime just like some of the other waiver wire pickups. He was supposed to anchor the offensive line, but, he was injury-prone and David Carr got beat up like a piñata behind a weak offensive line. His beatings carried on for 5 painful seasons before the Texans then drafted Matt Schaub with the 90th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Schaub not only wore the same #8 that David Carr did, he got thrown around like a rag doll and made late game interceptions that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Then, between signing undrafted players such as Case Keenum, journeymen such as Ryan Fitzpatrick and failed draft picks such as Brock Osweiler, the Texans won division titles (2012, 2015, 2016) and had playoff appearances (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). Nonetheless ineffective quarterback play and middling defensive play led to either just making the playoffs and losing in the opening round or not making them at all.


Then, in 2017, the future arrived and his name is Deshaun Watson. He was the 12th pick in that year’s NFL Draft. He has the brain, arms, and legs that have given stability and dynamic qualities to the quarterback position. But, of course, being cursed by the ghosts of the Oilers and the Texans being the Texans, he doesn’t have the right offensive line. He is always running for his life.

And why is that you may ask? Good question!!!


It is because of Bill O’Brien. Bill O’Brien became the Texans’ Head Coach in 2014 and has been making questionable coaching decisions and now, since being promoted to the General Manager position as well, personnel decisions, he traded away DeAndre Hopkins (who since being drafted in 2013, has been one of, it not the top Wide Receiver, in all of the NFL.) The Texans have Laremy Tunsil, who is regarded as one of the top Offensive Lineman in football. He protects Deshaun Watson’s blindside, but, the rest of the line is plenty of question marks. The Running Back position, which was once a strength with Arian Foster, is now manned by the oft-injured David Johnson, who was acquired in the Hopkins’ trade, and Duke Johnson Jr., who was probably 4th on the depth chart in Cleveland. This doesn’t even take into account the mediocre defense regardless of having All-Pros in J.J. Watt and the now-departed Jadeveon Clowney. Speaking of Clowney, he was traded for two underwhelming players and a 3rd-Round draft pick this year. This is exactly why coaches shouldn’t be General Managers! Coaches coach personnel and General Managers get you the best personnel to win championships. It’s almost impossible to do both jobs, with only Bill Belichick having sustained success. That’s why you have one person do each job. It’s just that simple.


The Texans, in 18 years as an NFL franchise, have not shown the aptitude or the attitude, that successful franchises, such as the New Orleans Saints or New England Patriots, possess. They have had the draft picks, free agents, and trades that could have propelled them to excel like the aforementioned teams, but, stubbornness and pride have stunted that growth. At this stage, Bill O’Brien has to let go of his ego and the Houston Texans can turn around the maddening inconsistency that pervades this franchise.


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The End of the World Podcast with Derek Erik: Teaser

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Bounce That Booty Like a Basketball

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Amidst all the chaos of the COVID-19 Virus, we hope this video will allow your mind to escape all negative thoughts for a few minutes.

Get a good laugh watching Maverick Postgame host, Justin Platt, learn to dance with the Colorado Mesa University Mavettes Dance Team captains, Tianna and Bri.

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Create Diamonds or Burst Pipes: The Pressure of Being a Black Man in America

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Not too long ago, I wrote a column for this amazing website illustrating how we as men, especially Black men, need to be more accountable to ourselves and to the women in our life.  While writing that column, I spoke about how my own immaturity, at times, was to blame for the lack of accountability in my relationships, especially the romantic ones, and how in growing and maturing, I, and other men as well, can be the best man for ourselves and for the women in our lives. I feel like the main problem as men, especially being a Black man, is the pressure that we are subjected to daily.  Before you can be the best for yourself and, later down the road for a partner, you must be balanced, fair, equitable, and able to handle pressure.

For starters, lets think about a submarine.  It’s not the sexiest of ships or even the most interesting thing about the ocean, but they are extremely useful and is always under a ton of pressure.  How is a submarine able to navigate its way near the bottom of the ocean and not implode inwardly? It is because the pressure of the ocean and the internal pressure of the submarine are the same.  Those pressures cannot be off by even the smallest amount or the submarine would be crushed.  This is the way as Black men we need to be.  We need to be just like submarines.  Whatever that is external happening in the world should match what is happening internally to us.  Black men need to have that pressure, which I view as passion and an internal drive, that wakes us up in the morning and fuels our fire.  The world has lots of things that cause pressure and we must be able to not let those things dim our light.

The problem still exists though, and is the one of facing so much pressure as a Black man.  It is ridiculous the number of things that we face internally and externally as denizens of this world.  Just waking up everyday with a fire in your belly and an internal drive is just not enough.  For instance, racism is a disease, Coronavirus notwithstanding, that still plagues this world just as much, if not more, than it did in previous times.  Not that long ago, I was watching an NBA game and one of the sideline microphones caught a fan telling one of the players, “Go back to Africa!!!” This past season, in the English Premier League, fans were barred from watching certain teams in person because of the racist vitriol spewed and practiced during games.  This doesn’t even delve deeply into the subject of police brutality.  It has been too many of our beautiful Black brothers and sisters who have been senselessly gunned down by callous and indifferent cops.  Racism still permeates our landscape and inhibits so much that we as Black men can do.  These attitudes stop certain people in charge from hiring you, which of course leads to you not being able to provide and we all know the pressure that comes from that.  A problem such as police brutality, can lead to fatal consequences, which then can fracture an entire family.

While racism is a pressure that is more external to the rest of the world, there is plenty of internal pressure in our own community, because America is a capitalist society, that means we have free-market principles.  These principles are wonderful in theory, but their execution has led to many Black men being disenfranchised and misrepresented.  Black men make sixty-five cents to every dollar White men earn on average.  This income discrepancy, coupled with the fact that taxes take anywhere from 15-20% of that sixty-five cents leads many Black men to earn only fifty cents out of every dollar of income.  So that means, a yearly salary of $50,000 gross income that a White man could earn will net that same Black man $25,000. 

Now, of course these numbers aren’t definite, but it paints a picture of how much money Black men are losing in a year for doing the same work.  Where does this discrepancy rear its ugly head? In our own community.  If you are only taking home $25,000 a year, you have no money left after paying for rent, utilities, car notes, etc.  That doesn’t even consider having kids and/or a wife that must be cared for and have provisions.  Since kids and/or a spouse come first, expenses must be shaved somewhere, and rent is the one expense that gets cuts first.  I grew up in Section 8 Housing, so, I experienced this first and foremost.  Once again, this leads to another problem. 

What do you do, as a Black man, when you want to rise to a higher level, economically and socially? The easier solution would be higher education, but the price of college and trade schools have risen dramatically and leaves you with a mountain of debt once finished.  A second solution would be to get a better job, but lots of jobs want someone with experience already.  Unemployment, before the Coronavirus pandemic, was around 10% for all Black people, but, around 15% for Black men.  The national average for unemployment before was around 8%, for Black men, which is almost double, though in a much smaller sample size.

So, how does a Black man provide? In some cases, it is illegal, as evidenced by the prison population being filled with almost 70% of Black men.  A huge number of Black men are in prison for drug-related crimes, whether it was hard drugs, cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, etc. which in many instances were sold to provide for their families. There are a good number of Black men in prison for using those same drugs because the pressures of life have overwhelmed them, and they turned to drugs for an escape.  It doesn’t help either that the opportunities for wealth in our community occur because other races and nationalities have businesses that help fund their community and deplete ours.

All these reasons are why there are extraordinary pressures on Black men, does not mean that Black men cannot overcome any of them.  Pressure can either burst pipes or form a diamond.  For most Black men, our lives have had many metaphorical pipes burst and it has dramatically and drastically hurt our lives and our ability to provide for our loved ones and ourselves.  In order to create a life that “shines like a diamond,” we must hold each other accountable and make sure we are supporting each other.  As friends and brothers, we must ensure that we are making the right decisions and utilizing the economic and financial resources we possess to the utmost.  No situation is hopeless and Black men must make stronger bonds and unions to ensure a stable future for our race.


Sources:

NAACP: Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

Wiki: Racial wage gap in the United States


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The Show: Every Sitcom Ever

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Sitcoms can be a bit formulaic, so I tried my hand at capturing one of those formulas.

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Goodbye My Brother: A Farewell to Kobe Bryant

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I remember the 1997 NBA Western Conference Semifinals between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers very vividly.  I was 15 at the time and it was just two years removed from the Houston Rockets winning the second of their back-to-back NBA Championships.  Even though I was born and raised in San Antonio, I came to Houston in 1989, so, I was too young to be a Spurs fan like almost everybody is in the Alamo City.  At the time, I was a hardcore Rockets fan.  I was so much a Rockets’ fan that I my brother and I, who was just as hardcore a fan, cried when they lost to the Seattle Supersonics in the 1993 Western Conference Semifinals. 

Those 1997 NBA Playoffs led me to thinking my adopted hometown team could possibly win 3 titles in a 4-year span.  That hadn’t been done since the very same Lakers between 1985 and 1988.  To do that, they had to beat either a Jazz team, that has always been a thorn in the Rockets’ collective side or the venerable and league dynastic Lakers.  At the time, those Lakers were not the dynasty they had been in the 1980s with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy.  Nor were they the dynasty that they were at the beginning of the 2000s with a Hall of Fame worthy Shaquille O’Neal and the superstar version of Kobe Bryant.  This version of the Lakers was superstar Shaquille O’Neal and precocious rookie Kobe Bryant. 

Kobe had played that rookie season and did not resemble the Hall of Famer or one of 5-Greatest Players to ever play the game of basketball.  He had the same steely determination and nerves that us basketball fans came to know, love, and appreciate, but he hadn’t put together the whole package yet.  So, when he entered Game 5 of those 1997 Western Conference Semifinals, he came in during the last few crucial minutes of the game and went 0-4.  He was an 18-year old rookie and missing every shot in a situation against one of the best teams in the West, so this shouldn’t be held against him.  Every miss was an air-ball.  They weren’t even close air-balls either.  They were air-balls that just made him looked over-matched.  The Lakers lost that game and the series in that 5th game, which led to the Jazz playing and prevailing over the Rockets. 

It was an inauspicious playoff experience for any rookie, but it was one of the two reasons why I remember these playoffs so vividly.  Even though it wasn’t the best performance at any point of his young career at that point, Kobe still wasn’t intimidated nor overwhelmed.  He might have been over-matched because of his youth and inexperience in the NBA, but what I remember more than anything, was the fact that he walked off the court with his head held up high and a look that he was going to make up for that moment.  As we all know, he became a hero of my generation. 

Every time one of us took a jumper, be it on the court, threw trash in the trashcan, or a sock in the laundry hamper, we yelled “Kobe!!!”  He was even more revered than Michael Jordan was because he was OUR ERA!!! He had Sprite commercials, was a hip-hop artist, and everything he did, whether it was attending a hip-hop concert or hanging around hip-hop artists was our generation.  We grew up with Tupac, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, and so on and Kobe embraced us with open arms.  The fact that he became a Hall of Famer and arguably one of the five greatest basketball players of all-time was a matter of skill, determination, and steely nerves, but, his off-court persona was that he was one of us.

As I wrote this, I know there are some people thinking, “Why now?” It has been almost two months since Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and 7 other people tragically died on the helicopter flight to his daughter’s game and we are now dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic that has also tragically taken many lives.  This is as good a time as any to reflect while the world has time to slow down and deal with this pandemic. 

When lives are lost, it has become commonplace to accept death as normal.  So much loss of life on this planet can lead a person to be jaded and nonchalant towards death.  So, when someone dies, we sometimes don’t give it a second thought or really reflect on what that person means to us.  He or she is just gone, and life goes on. 

I wanted to reflect and truly give Kobe Bryant his “flowers,” so to speak.  I’m not a celebrity, so, I wasn’t able to go to the memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, or address the crowd like Lebron James did at the first game since his death against the Portland Trailblazers, or even get to seek his counsel like so many athletes did.  What I have been able and blessed to do though is to pen my version of a eulogy to him.  It took me these couple of months to truly put into words how he moved and influenced me. 

Watching him play basketball with a “never say die” attitude, scoring 60 points in his last ever NBA game, or seeing him rap in a Sprite commercial with my one of my favorite players of all time in Tim Duncan, I was always a fan.  When I play basketball to this day, whether in my head or out loud saying “Kobe” scoring after getting fouled or watching my brother parent my niece, I am reminded of my love and appreciation for him.  He was truly one of a kind and I want to give my final farewell.  I’m going to miss you Kobe Bean Bryant.  You were a brother and a great loss. 

I will always remember you.


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Amateur Hour: Chuck Jay

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Chuck Jay of Grand Junction band, Wave 11, comes on the show to perform his solo work ” Palisade Peach” and “With the Wild Things”.

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Amateur Hour: Dead Nancy

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In a special three song episode, Grand Junction metal band Dead Nancy comes to CMU to perform the songs “Universe”, “Sew the Sand”, and “Digital Purgatory”.

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Detective Goodguy: TRY HARD | One Take Scene

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The Try It! Trophies have gone missing, and it’s up to Detective Goodguy and his assistant Patty Cake to solve the mystery.

This seven minute long scene was all shot in one continuous take. We don’t mean to brag but it might’ve been in the first take. This short scene is the final project for my Intro to Film class, so if you enjoy it please give it a share!

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