As we settle into the first week of what I'm choosing to label as the Texans' 2015 season (since the alternative is knowing that there's no football until September 13), we've had several tidbits to chew upon and plenty of things happen in Houston-land.
Our Rockets are up on the loathed Mavericks (we really just loathe the entire Metroplex, and that's A-OK) 3-0, which is a wonderful and glorious thing and should be praised 24/7. The guys take on the Mavs again tomorrow at 8:00 pm Houston time, when they will hopefully sweep the series, putting us into the second round and forcing my colleagues to eat dirt (this is always a good thing, Dallas people are arrogant hypocrites).
Meanwhile our Astros are putting together quite the season thus far. Perhaps the knowledge that their fanbase can finally watch the games, they've gone 8-6 and are in the middle of a road series in Oakland this weekend before heading down the west coast to spend three days hopefully inflicting misery and suffering upon the Padres (well, more misery and suffering than any non-resident of Texas already bears). Last night, the Astros bullpen decided to make it interesting and give up four runs in two innings. Luckily, we scored five, but I don't need excitement in my life, 'Stros. I need victories.
The Dynamo are welcoming Sporting KC this evening, hoping to improve upon their 6th place standing in the early part of the season. The Dash are in Boston this weekend, challenging the Breakers. The Dash are currently second in the NWSL, behind only the Portland Thorns, so not a bad season thus far, ladies.
Meanwhile, our guys have been lifting weights, getting to know one another (roster churn is a beautiful thing), and supporting the city. Next weekend sees J.J. Watt's Charity Classic, and it will be interesting to see the team camaraderie, since so many new guys are here. Ben Jones, Shane Lechler, JJo, Swagg, Nuk, and the others will reprise their roles, and new guys, like Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Mallett (not necessarily new, but he wasn't here for last year's) will get in the spirit of things. It'd be nice to see Cushing participate this year, too.
Additionally, unless you've been living under a rock (or not visiting us regularly here at BRB (shame on you)), you know that by this time next week, we'll know at least three of our new shiny draft picks. Knowing that y'all (not, I, though) are draft fanatics, don't hesitate (I know you won't) to call out draft predictions, win-loss predictions, stat predictions, et. al. That way we can come back this time in 2016 and see who has a real live crystal ball, and who's just a new-fangled version of Madame Cleo, fleecing poor saps out of their hard-earned barbeque, beer, and cowboy boots.
The wonder of S.N.O.T. is that this truly is a place to talk about just about anything (within site rules, ladies and gents). Feel free to chit-chat about music, movies, TV shows, books, magazine articles, recipes, etc. Out of respect for the late, great, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was recently (and belatedly) inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band, Double Trouble (and the recent weather we've had), I leave you with a song.
Alrighty, then, your S.N.O.T. is open! Feel free to comment, nicely, to one another below.