In what the Houston Chronicle rated as front page news yesterday, the Houston Texans were named by Forbes magazine as the 10th most valuable pro sports franchise in the world. Their value is rated in excess of $1.1 billion. Despite their complete lack of substantial achievement on the field, their new stadium, merchandise sales and fan friendly game day experience placed them in the top ten. I found this pleasantly surprising and see it as a great segueway to a playoff spot this year. The article also lists the top individual earners in sports. It is an interesting read.