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Houston Texans News: July 1, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

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USA World Cup 2014

The ultimate USMNT vs. Belgium hype video is here -
Spend your time before the U.S. plays Belgium watching this video on a loop.

USA vs. Belgium, 2014 World Cup preview: USMNT hoping to upset impotent Red Devils -
Belgium have yet to find their free-flowing best in Brazil, and the United States will look to take advantage.

Jozy Altidore 'ready and available' for USMNT vs. Belgium -
The USMNT will have their star striker available to some degree against Belgium.

Houston Texans News

NFL Star J.J. Watt Trains Like 'Rocky' to Bring the Houston Texans a Title | Culture News | Rolling Stone
The notion that nice guys finish last is total bullshit. Just look at Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt. He's the hard-working, team-first...

Foster Named Most Overrated Texan; Brooks Most Underrated " CBS Houston's Pete Prisco took some time during the NFL doldrums that happen at the end of June to look at every team in the NFL and name their most overrated and underrated players on each team.

The Top 5: Stories of 2014
What are the top five most read stories of 2014?

Offseason Wrap: Reason for optimism - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
July is upon us tomorrow, the month in which NFL players are mostly off until training camp's rapid approach. This holiday week let's wrap up the...

Around the League

Quotables: Joe Montana says Seahawks could be 'dynasty' -
Arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history has high opinions of the defending champions.

Lane Johnson Suspended: Eagles Offensive Tackle Will Reportedly Miss First Four Games - Bleeding Green Nation
According to Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has tested positive for PEDs and will miss the first four games of the 2014 NFL season.

Are the Lions up to the challenge of fixing Matthew Stafford? -
The Lions are going all-in on Matthew Stafford. What will it take for him to fulfill his enormous expectations?

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Mariners 10, Astros 4: McHugh roughed up, Springer goes DEEP - The Crawfish Boxes
Monday did not find the Astros covering themselves in glory.

Astros Roster Moves: Villar optioned to Triple-A; Williams designated for assignment - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros didn't wait for an off-day to make major roster moves. Jonathan Villar optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Jerome Williams tells reporters after today's game that he was designated for assignment.

Report: Astros plan to call up Hernandez, Chapman, and top prospect Santana - The Crawfish Boxes
The Houston Astros are reported to be in the process of calling up top prospect Domingo Santana; along with infielder Enrique Hernandez and reliever Kevin Chapman.

NBA Free Agency 2014: Rockets pitch to Carmelo Anthony revealed - The Dream Shake
The Rockets will meet with Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle has the details of their pitch to him.

NBA Free Agency 2014: Rockets interested in Kyle Lowry - The Dream Shake
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets are interested in signing Kyle Lowry. Could the former Rocket come back to Houston?

Houston Rockets will pursue free agent Paul Pierce, reports say - The Dream Shake
We aren't even two hours into free agency, and the Rockets have already been connected to another player. This time, it's Paul Pierce.

Texas recruiting update: It is what it is - Burnt Orange Nation
Speculation, speculation, and more speculation.

Recruiting Rankings: Quality vs. Quantity - Viva The Matadors
We're taking a look at the recruiting rankings for Texas Tech and the Big 12 and try to break down the quality vs quantity argument associated with the ranking system.

Q&A with Aaron Fitt - Frogs O' War
Baseball America's college baseball guru stops by to discuss TCU's brilliant 2014 season and what 2015 may have in store...

The big 2014 Baylor football guide: History is of no consequence -
In today's Big 12 a sentence like, "survive an upset bid in Austin, and Baylor could be positioned well for another conference title run," actually makes sense. The Bears have some worries in pass defense, but aren't far from another championship.

Introduce Yourself: Good Community Hunting - Good Bull Hunting
We're trying to build our community and we'd like to meet you.

Mighty struggles yield mental toughness. Why the Houston Dynamo are poised to bounce back. - Dynamo Theory
What moves can the Houston Dynamo make right now? Is there any hope ahead? The answer is not exactly what you might think. Then again, maybe it is.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Do you have any concerns about J.J. Watt being marginalized in Romeo Crennel's scheme? #TTTQ