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Houston Texans News: February 9, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

VanderMock 1.0
It’s time to dive into my version of what the Texans could do in the draft. This is all me.

Texans face uphill odds for playing Super Bowl LI at home - Houston Chronicle
One NFL season has ended, and it's already time to look forward to the next one.

Vince Wilfork attends For Good celebration, says he wants the Texans in Super Bowl LI - Houston Chronicle
Standing on the steps of City Hall on Monday, veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork expressed his hope for the Texans to play in the Super Bowl next year in Houston.

Astronaut in space helps kick off Super Bowl LI countdown in Houston - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
A video from the International Space Station on Monday began the countdown toward Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.

Around the League

MMBM: If Peyton Manning doesn't return to defend his title, he's a coward -
If you want to be Elite, you have to defend your title.

Peyton Manning abandoned his instinct to help the Broncos win a Super Bowl -
Peyton Manning has been the greatest quarterback in a generation. Now, he's just the most grateful.

The top 5 post-Super Bowl TV shows of all time -
The best episode to air after the Super Bowl is one you might not know did.

Cam Newton wanted to disappear. He should have known he couldn't. -
Newton's reaction to Sunday's Super Bowl loss was the culmination of a long week in the spotlight that finally got the Panthers quarterback.

Wade Phillips' Broncos defense did exactly what it was built to do -
The Broncos learned a lesson in their last trip to the Super Bowl: a great defense can take you places.

Von Miller is about to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL -
Once he and the Broncos get a new contract done.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 40 in 40: Michael Feliz - The Crawfish Boxes
2015 was a big year for Michael Feliz, even if the prospect hype around him doesn't reflect it right now.

Kevin McHale Joins Shaq & Barkley Tomorrow Night - The Dream Shake
Kevin McHale will join the set of Inside The NBA tomorrow night with Shaq and Charles Barkley for TNT's coverage of Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Buddy Hield's late-game heroics lifts Oklahoma over Texas 63-60 - Burnt Orange Nation
If only Buddy Hield weren't a Sooner...

Marcus Smart and Jeff Orr's Two Year Anniversary - Viva The Matadors
Two years ago today, Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan during a game at the Spirit Arena.

Glimmer of Hope: TCU Storms Back to Beat Oklahoma State, 63-56 - Frogs O' War
After another dismal first half, the Frogs completely flipped the script to pick up a much-needed Big 12 victory In Fort Worth tonight.

Baylor's 2016 Class - Part 2: Johnson, Texada, Don. Duvernay, Mims. - Our Daily Bears
Welcome to Baylor's 2016 Class Analysis. The purpose of this series is to give analysis, player comparisons, position predictions, and overall outlooks for Baylor's recent signees so that Baylor...

LSU Will Be A Mystery, And That's OK - And The Valley Shook
LSU is experiencing the biggest roster turnover in the Paul Mainieri era. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Aggie Hoops: Analyzing our mid-season struggles - Good Bull Hunting
Aggie Hoops has lost three of their last four, and the schedule doesn't get any easier moving forward. What's going wrong, and how do we fix it?

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma Sooners - Barking Carnival
At halftime, I entertained the idea. With 10 minutes left, I started to consider the possibility. 5 minutes to go, I even mulled over which celebratory GIFs I might use. Alas, none of it matters...