Battle Red Newswire: May J.J. Be With You, Always

Bob Levey

Man about town J.J. Watt takes over Houston this weekend. All that and more in this edition of the Battle Red Newswire.

Houston Texans News

J.J. Is All Around You

The new patron saint of Houston Sports has to be 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Watt has become a force of nature on and off the field. Houston teams won each game Watt attended over the weekend. Starting with the MLS' Houston Dynamo, who overpowered their rival Sporting Kansas City - 2-0. The win extended the Dynamo's undefeated streak at BBVA Compass Stadium to 34 matches (that includes ties), tying the MLS record. Thanks, J.J.

Later that same night, J.J. was courtside for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets were without all-world shooting guard James Harden, facing a possible first round playoff opponent in the Clippers. No matter. The Rockets rolled 98-81. The L.A. starters barely even played in the fourth quarter as a result of the blowout. Thanks again, J.J.

Finally, Minute Maid Park welcomed back Houston Astros fans, and bandwagon Texas Rangers fans, for Opening Night. Of course, J.J. threw out the first pitch of the Major League season. He even hit a few home runs in batting practice. For one night, the Astros looked like the team with the payroll over $100 million. The Astros defeated the Rangers - 8-2. Thanks once more, J.J.

Of course, J.J. wasn't the direct cause for these events. It's still great to see Watt embrace the City of Houston as much as he has.

Get in your hole!
Houston's major golf event was this weekend; once again it was only a blip on the radar without Tiger Woods on the course. D.A. Points was in attendance, winning the tournament with a final round score of 66, going 16 under for the tournament.

Around the League

Captain Obvious
Four quarterbacks that are backups or will be backups are in fights for the starting job in their respective situations. Kevin Kolb, Blaine Gabbert, Brandon Weeden, and Matt Flynn are all on the hot seat. More specifically with Flynn, he may be joining another quarterback battle soon (Editor's note: Kolb joined Buffalo and Flynn has been traded to Oakland).

National Defense
Robert Griffin III was photographed with the Commander-in-Chief yesterday at the NCAA tournament in D.C. While the President is a Bears fan, I'm pretty sure he was talking to RGIII about sliding more.

Light, Camera, Draft!
The NFL Network will once again attempt to not tip off the viewers at home before the pick is in on draft night. I was so worried about seeing a player on a cellphone and assuming he was being picked. It was my number one fear this offseason.

From Left Field


Good-bye Olympics, Hello NFL
Former rugby player and current British Olympic discus record-holder Lawrence Okoye wants to play in the NFL. Good luck. He hasn't played American football his entire life and wants to come off the street and take a job.

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