About Last Night

The View from TDECU Stadium September 5, 2015 The TV glow came back to Houston last night, October 8, 2015

The View from TDECU Stadium
September 5, 2015
The TV glow came back to Houston last night,
October 8, 2015

What a Night in Houston Sports!

Memory doesn’t serve up another moment exactly like the one that spotlighted Houston sports last night. At virtually the same time, and with all of them featured on national television, the Houston Astros, the Houston Texans, and the Houston Cougars all showed up to remind America of our Bayou City dedication to excellence in sports.

Well, two of them showed up, at least. And maybe two out of three “ain’t” all that bad!

Only the Texans fell short, losing 27-20 at NRG Stadium to the Indianapolis Colts and the long suppressed payback rage of former wide receiver great Andre Johnson. The absence of QB Andrew Luck didn’t stop the visitors, but the Colts made up for his absence with Matt Hasselbeck, who threw the two critical game-winning TD catches by former Texan Johnson. On the Texans side of what passes for an offense, the QB controversy between the again ineffective Ryan Mallett and his “too little, too late” reliever, Brian Hoyer did little beyond demonstrating again the fact that a benched Mallett is a sorely pouting Mallett.

The Cougars and Astros didn’t have QB controversies. Greg Ward pitched and ran to new TD records against SMU at TDECU Stadium on campus, scoring 4 times on runs that gave him 11 TD runs on the year and a new season record for UH QBs. Case Keenum held the old UH record with 9 rushing TDs, and Ward still has better than half a season left to play. The Cougars ran away from the Ponies, 49-28, to go 5-0 for 2015.

The Astros also don’t have a QB problem. But they do have two pitchers, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh, who have both now pitched the Astros to wins in their first two playoff games against the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. Last night was McHugh’s time as he worked 6 effective innings of the 5-2 win over the Royals in Kansas City in the first game of their best 3 of 5 NLDS competition. Jose Altuve’s 3 hits were the offensive fire kindling while homers by Colby Rasmus and George Springer were the hammers that the nailed shut the win.

The infamously referenced Houston victory curse was notably absent in the total final outcome of our city’s united parade fly-by past the nation’s short, but concentrated attention span last night, but we Houstonians are not naive to the angst that comes over us when we dwell too long on past experience.

And, as Yogi always said, “It ain’t…. (and you know the rest)!”

Of course, only two of the three big Houston simulcast games were played in our territory. The Astros were playing in Kansas City, but that doesn’t matter in this era of big screen HD TV coverage. We fans can be anywhere the media allows us to be – and have better, more dynamic views of any game that we could ever have from the best seat in the actual house.

Channel 2 conducted a pre-game survey of the support levels for the Astros and Texans, asking the viewers Thursday afternoon which TV game they planned to watch.

With about 6,000 people checking in on the question, support for the Astros was 53%; support for the Texans was 47%.

Too bad the Astros and Texans aren’t going up against each other on TV again next week. After last night, you wonder what the percentage break on the same question would be the next time?

At any rate, it was a night to remember.

Go Houston Cougars! ~ Go Houston Astros! ~ Go Houston Texans!

 And while we’re at it….

Go Rice Owls! ~ Go TSU Tigers! ~ Go HBU Huskies!

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2 Responses to “About Last Night”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    From September 26th through last night, the Astros have won 8 of their last 10 games–with eight of those last ten games on the road. I’m a little nervous about Scott Kazmir taking the mound tonight against Johnny Cueto, but if the native Houstonian can come through it would set up a perfect chance to wrap it up at home. Go ‘Stros and congratulations to the Cougars.

  2. shinerbock80 Says:

    Years ago, in pre-cell phone days, I took a tiny battery-powered TV to the Astrodome so I could watch a Rockets playoff game while attending an Astros game. The seats were field boxes along the first base line, and I almost got nailed in the top of the head with a line foul while looking at the little TV on the floor. Getting updates is much improved these days.

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