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Introducing Battle Red Blog’s Newest Writer

A new writer joins the misery.

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I’ve been a Houston Texans fan for as long as I can remember. My earliest vivid memory of the team was they drafted [sobs] DeAndre Hopkins 27th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. It’s quite painful, the timing of this all, writing my first article for BRB, getting teary-eyed thinking about how excited I was to experience the talent that was Nuk. 13-year-old me would’ve never imagined him not retiring as a Texan and being inducted into the Hall of Fame as one, let alone being traded, just seven years later…

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But now is not the time to get into the heart breaking, idiotic, inexplicable trade that occurred just days ago. Instead, a little bit about myself; I actually just turned 20 (March 21st), I’m from Toronto, and I go to school at the University of British Columbia.

That’s right, a Canadian Texans fan. I won’t blame you if I’m the first one you’ve ever met. Up here it’s all about maple syrup, ice hockey, and Tim Hortons, eh? But amidst all that Canadian greatness, I fell for the Houston Texans. It was Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing and yes, DeAndre Hopkins who showed me the light and stole me away from the beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Who knows, if that never happened, maybe I’d be “Maple Leafs Thoughts”. That sounds putrid. Never mind, I hate that.

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Anyways, I love everything Texans. Watching them on Sundays has decreased my life expectancy plenty, but hey, it’s been well worth it. I’m here for the highs and lows; the J.J. Watt pick-sixes and the 24-point blown leads. We, as Texans fans, know just how it feels to get excited over free agency, the draft or playoffs, just to be let down. Yes, this team’s success is out of our control, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less when we are disappointed by them.

So don’t worry. I can be your crutch, your outlet when you are pissed, your fellow fan who will change his Twitter handle to something related to the latest screw-up. We’re in this wild ride together.

So what can you expect from me? Well, what once was a blind passion for watching football for pure entertainment has evolved into a deep desire for analyzing the game. I’m by no means an expert, but I will do my best to provide you with in-depth breakdowns of our beloved Texans. I’m still learning, so bear with me, but I hope you will enjoy what I have to offer, and we can all learn together.

Lastly, I don’t think it would be a proper introductory article without talking about my love for one Texans player in particular. Yup, you guessed it. Jacob Martin. While I’m sure I’ll write about him more in the future, just know that I will senselessly defend him to the ends of the earth, and he is the one true saviour for the Houston Texans.

If you would like to hear more from me about anything Texans/NFL/Draft related, follow me at @Texans_Thoughts on Twitter.

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