Fans of the Houston Texans have not watched their beloved team play a game since January 9, 2016, when Brian Hoyer saw fit to defecate all over the playing surface at NRG Stadium in front of a national audience.
That was every bit of seven months ago, friends. It was a dark time. A time when Brock Osweiler was still a member of the Denver Broncos, whether he wanted to be or not. A time when Andre Johnson was only on his second AFC South team. A time when Gary Kubiak was not even a head coach who'd won a divisional round game, much less a Super Bowl.
Feels like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?
Tonight, in beautiful Santa Clara, the forced sabbatical ends. Your Houston Texans will take the field in live game action, albeit in an exhibition game and without several starters. After not seeing anything resembling real Texans football in 218 days, that's reason to celebrate.
This is your first open thread for the Texans' 2016 preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Share your observations, thoughts, and musings about all things Houston, Texan, and/or 49er in real time in the Comments below.
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