The Rant of an NFL Orphan

The NFL season is just around the corner and for many pro football aficionados it is a joyous occasion, it’s hard for this football fan to get too excited. Why?

I grew up in Houston and rooted passionately for the Oilers until Bud Adams uprooted them in 1996 and relocated the team to Tennessee. After my 4 years at Texas, the source of my football jones became my Longhorns.

Yes, the NFL came back to Houston in ’02 in the form of the Texans but it isn’t the same. It’s hard to have loyalty for a team which was founded during one’s adult years.

I certainly don’t wish the team ill, but it is difficult for me to get behind this team despite the seemingly faux enthusiasm of the “longtime” Texans fans here.

It’s blasphemous to say in this Texans’ town but it is far easier to root for the former Oilers, the Tennessee Titans. Especially since they have noted UT legend Vince Young.

As an NFL Orphan this is what I’m reduced to, cheering for individual players. For example Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) for his character and unwavering faith, Tom Brady (New England) for his on-the-field greatness, Peyton Manning (Colts) for his dedication to his craft, Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) for playing against the odds.

It’s almost like I’m reduced to a variant of Visa’s lame Olympics motto: Go World!

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Super Bowl 41.5

File this post under the “there are more important things to worry about” category.

This Sunday the 2 best teams in the NFL (Colts and Patriots) will clash in what I have dubbed “Super Bowl 41.5”.

It promises to be a great game between the 2 best teams in the NFL (though as is the case with heavily hyped contests, it’ll probably be a blow out), not to mention the subplots.

Peyton v. Brady, Belichick v. the World, et al.

So what football fan wouldn’t love to watch this clash of titans? Well football fans in Houston will not be able to tune in to this one, why?

For the simple fact that CBS is giving us the epic matchup between Texans and Raiders, arguably two of the worst teams in recent history. Yes I know I’m in Houston and all those “long time” Texans fans want to watch their team belly flop week in and week out so they can complain all week long on the local sports radio stations.

Yeah I suppose I can go hit up BW3 and catch the Colts-Pats or if the NFL was my religion I would have bought the NFL Sunday Ticket, but CBS is it too much to ask for a choice in the matter?

They don’t call him Captain Comeback for Nothing

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Jim Harbaugh, aka Captain Comeback

Harbaugh earned this nickname while playing for the Indianapolis Colts back in 1995. He was the toast of that town back when Peyton Manning was trying unsuccessfully to beat Florida, though it is safe to say that Manning now has the key to the city.

Jim Harbaugh ended up as head coach at Stanford prior to this season. Before the start of the season he called USC one of the best teams ever (“Harbaugh: USC one of best teams ever”)

Well today Harbaugh’s unranked Stanford Cardinal upset the #2 ranked Mighty Men of Troy in classic Captain Comeback Fashion: “Stanford stuns Trojans”

Anyone else remember Harbaugh’s exploits with the Colts?

Here here for upset wins, they are part of what make college football great and this season has been spectacular.