Vince Young, the legend continues…
December 11, 2006 2 Comments
This is Vince Young scoring on a 39 yard run in overtime to beat the Houston Texans, the team who passed on him in the 2006 NFL Draft. That decision, it seems, is going to haunt the local franchise for a long time. It’s beginning to look like the Portland Trailblazers’ decision to pick Sam Bowie over Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan, 2 future hall of famers, but worse.
It’s worse because Vince is a hometown guy (Madison High) who wanted to play for the Texans. It’s worse because Vince had just became a Texas legend by winning a national title with the University of Texas (Hey Aggies, 1939). It’s worse because Young practically begged the Texans’ braintrust to draft him because they wouldn’t regret it. Well they didn’t listen to him.
The Texans’ braintrust (Casserly and Kubiak) is probably regretting not drafting VY. This braintrust doesn’t have egg all over their face, try a Don Juan taco (all the Austin people said, “Holla!”). David Carr is a nice guy and may even be good enough to hold field goals but VY he is not.
The events that transpired today at Reliant Stadium are quite possibly the worst outcome conceivable to the Houston Texans. Here’s a guy (Young) who’s playing in his hometown. A guy who wanted you to draft him. A guy who was drafted by Houston’s former franchise, the Titans. Worse yet, by the guy who took the Oilers from us, Bud Adams.
What an embarrassment this loss was to the Texans. To have the player they could have had, with all the stories associated with him (“Hometown hero drafted by hometown team”, “Local boy does good with Texans”), win the stinkin’ game by running for a 39 yard TD is an unmitigated disaster. I’d say it was like last year’s Rose Bowl but I don’t want to insult USC.
Since the Texans were formed I have not been excited about the team though I reside in Houston. To me a hometown team is one you’ve been cheering for since childhood. I was 25 when the Texans were formed so they’ve never been my team and as of today they will never be my team. I’m going back to my hometown team, the Houston Oilers now the Tennesee Titans. They are my team, Houston, you can have the Texans.
The only reason I will ever go to a Texans game is to root for the Titans (unless some free tix come my way). This is due in large part to Vince, but also because of the lousy product the Texans have put on the field. You can keep them, give me the memories of Alonzo Highsmith, Bubba McDowell, Bo Orlando, Drew Hill, Ernest Givins, Mike Munchak, Tony Zendejas, Sean Jones, Warren Moon, Al Smith, Gary Brown, and the expressive one, Jack Pardee.