Thank you to Gary Kubiak and the Texans

Thank You!

In keeping with my belief in invoking the "Attitude of Gratitude" - I want to make a special post just to say thank you to Gary Kubiak and The Texans (staff and players).

The November 3rd, 2013, Sunday Night Football game was electric for two quarters!

It was breath-taking to see Case Keenum connect with Andre Johnson THREE TIMES for touchdowns. Our fanbase had been so starved for that kind of a game. Our beloved mantra of "8 - 80" had to be revised this week to say "7 - 80".

But it was a thing of pure joy to see Case slinging the football around and connecting with all the talented players that our franchise has collected over the years.

I'm thankful for :

1 ) all the awesome comebacks that Matt Schaub orchestrated for us for so many years.

2) having Wade Phillips orchestrating our Defense

3) having a talent like Case Keenum to bring joy back to Houston's Red Zone

4) having an NFL team in Houston

5) having a classy owner and franchise

6) having Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, DeVier Posey, Garret Graham, Duane Brown, Chris Meyers, JJ Watt, Antonio Smith, Brian Cushing, Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, and a number of other talented Texans players who have brought joy to our households just by being themselves

7) Kubiak not having had any heart issues

8) The Texans organization for taking the best care of Coach Gary Kubiak in his moment of need

9) the fans here and around SBN who have bothered to take the time to post kind wishes for our Head Coach

10) having an awesome stadium that houses the football games that I love to watch


There are certainly other moments where we could have done better. That will always be the case. And there will probably be people who will say that the Texans should have sucked it up and "won one for Coach Kubiak". But I'd like to revel in the fact that my Houston Texans team is made up of MEN and not machines.

I think that it's possible that even our professional players might hesitate just a half second or two wondering how their coach is. Or possibly one or two players had a flashback to a family member who got taken away by an ambulance. Or confusion about the direction of the play calling. Any of those things could have given a professional just enough of a millisecond to pause and not be focused on the task at hand.

I'm proud that my PRO football team is made up of MEN and not machines.

I've never seen or heard of a PROFESSIONAL football team that lost their coach at half time. Sure the Colts lost Chuck Pagano last year to a very harrowing bout with cancer. But the Colts also didn't have Coach Pagano get carted off the field on a stretcher at half-time. The Colts players AND STAFF actually had time to prepare for the change in coaching. Our players and staff had no such luxury. Wade, who had been enjoying the luxury of just focusing on making the defense better, now had to multi-task and take in info about the offense and monitor both sides of the game -- possibly three sides if you count special teams. Dennison who had specific requirements to feel like he'd accomplished HIS job now had to make ALL the calls for the offense and not just some of them.

This might be the difference between an open book exam and a closed book exam. Suddenly you're on your own and you don't have an internet connection to do your research with. Sure you had some GENERAL idea of what you'd be required to do but you maybe expected more time to get acclimated to what was being expected of you. Or another analogy could be like if you once had learned to drive a stick shift car then went to automatic transmission. Then suddenly your automatic has to go to the shop and you're thrust into a situation where you have to drive a stick shift where there is little room for error because the Colts are just THAT good of a team.

If the Colts had been any lesser of a team, then the Texans might have been able to pull off the change in coaching. But on November 3rd, this was not to be.

I heard that many of the Colts players didn't even know that Kubiak had collapsed until AFTER the game. That's not their fault. But I almost wonder if they thought to themselves that the Texans had called it a game at halftime -- thinking that The Texans had won it and didn't need to show up for the 2nd half of the game. Little did the Colts realize that the change in the Texans was most likely caused by the change in coaching.

Realistically, taking over a ball game would involve some logistics that would require at least ONE dry run. I'm proud of how valiantly our team and staff took on the challenge before them. If The Texans play their cards right this can only make them stronger in the future.

I saw Joel Osteen in Reliant Stadium -- a row back from George H W Bush.

Osteen often says that every challenge is an opportunity for improvement.

"Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence. Your challenges may become your greatest assets."
Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

I found this quotation among a treasure trove of others that professional football players and teams could totally benefit from here at this site

I also found this quotation -- also from Joel Osteen about gratitude.

"One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.."
Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

=) so remember to keep up the love for our amazing football team.

We are really so blessed in so many ways.

Thank you to Gary Kubiak and the Texans!


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