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  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE All-American Hot Dog (1/person) for this hour at this location
    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

    Stop by for a 20% discount on white gear for this hour in preparation for Liberty White Out on Sept. 7

    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappadeaux

    Friday, September 12

    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE cup of Shrimp Gumbo (1/person) for this hour at this location, dine-in only

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, September 19

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 2715 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

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Vandermeer's View: Pro Bowl format delivers

Posted Jan 27, 2014

The NFL knew it had a 'problem' with the Pro Bowl. That's why we had a new format this year, various rules changes and different 'sellable' neon team colors to give the whole thing a new look.


The NFL knew it had a 'problem' with the Pro Bowl. That's why we had a new format this year, various rules changes and different 'sellable' neon team colors to give the whole thing a new look.

I never had an issue with the game. I was also fully aware that this was a facsimile of real football and it's just a chance to have one last look at your favorite players before you put them in mental storage until next season. The league likes it during Super Bowl bye week to capitalize on reflex Sunday night television viewing. While I still prefer it after the Super Bowl as an after dinner mint to the season, it's hard to argue with ratings success.

I also thought it was nice to have the Super Bowl participants in the game and virtually the entire national media in Hawaii to kick off the off season. But that's just me.

The basic challenge with the game is that you can't play this sport properly in an all star situation. Not even close. Baseball is the one sport in which a group of players can get together and play the game hard and correctly with almost as much strategy (other than not wanting to waste pitchers) as a regular season situation. Basketball is somewhere in the middle.  And don't get me started on hockey.

But this year's Pro Bowl was better than most, won by Team Rice 22-21 over Team Sanders. The players and coaches I talked to really liked the spirit around their teams and felt like it was a lot more competitive than past years.

Sure there were enough turnovers ( 6 picks, two lost fumbles, out of five total) to fill an entire regular season weekend but who's cares? We want to see play making in an anything-can-happen atmosphere and that's basically what we got. And we're willing to sit through a scoreless third quarter as long as the game goes down to the wire, thank you.

The television ratings for this game will continue to rival the other major sports' marquee events. That the NFL's much maligned all star event can even compete with the World Series and NBA Finals is simply amazing. It's also the reason why it won't go away despite getting frequently ripped by national media.

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