"Bob, could we buy the dome and turn it into a barbecue joint?" "If that's what it'll take to keep you here, Wade, it shall be so."
As Texans fans, we're pretty damned lucky in some respects. One that doesn't get mentioned a whole lot is ownership. While some other teams have owners who cannot keep from meddling (you know which ones I'm talking about), we have an owner who knows how to leave well enough alone. In fact, he does this so well, that whenever he does make a public appearance, it's rather a newsworthy event; like Groundhog Day or something.
Or at least Yahoo seems to think it is. Unlike every February 2nd, the appearance of Uncle Bob is actually interesting. What does an appearance by Bob McNair portend? My guess, it portends he wanted to say something.
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On Houston hosting another Super Bowl:
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says civic leaders should orchestrate efforts in trying to land the Super Bowl, and that the team should have little involvement.
On Wednesday, Harris County Sports Convention Corp. chairman Edgar Colon said the county and Reliant Park plan to bid on the 2017 Super Bowl.
''That's fine,'' McNair said Thursday after the Texans' morning workout. ''It's really a city effort, and it's a big effort, so I'm glad there are some people interested in jumping in there and getting something started.''
I'm not going to pretend I know how bidding for a Super Bowl works, but I was always under the impression that the city was mostly responsible for bringing in the Super Bowl. He also says that having a winning team would help improve the odds for the Bayou City. So, you know, no pressure or anything.
On what to do with the Astrodome:
The Harris County commissioners will look at the consultants' recommendations at a meeting June 26. McNair says the process of deciding what to do with the Astrodome and Reliant Park are still ''very preliminary,'' but he's happy to see some progress.
''Certainly, something needs to be done with the Astrodome,'' he said. ''It's just gone downhill. That's fine. I'm glad the commissioners will be looking at it. If they deem it the right thing to do and want to submit something to the voters for them to make a determination, that's fine.''
My guess: McNair wants to turn the Astrodome into the largest paintball arena on the planet. Although I've been wrong before.
On the new rules changes:
The NFL voted to make thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, a rule that's drawn criticism from the players' union.
''I don't think there's a legitimate complaint,'' McNair said. ''We're for player safety, and I thought that's what the union was for. I don't know why they're complaining.
''What's happened is, from a technology standpoint, you have padding now that's very light, very thin and is more protective than what we've had in the past,'' he said. ''I don't think it will have much impact on a player's performance. If everybody is having to wear the same equipment, then it's equal. I don't see that as being bad at all.''
So the players are concerned about safety, but their union gripes about additional protection? Sense...this makes none.
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