With the Texans back from the bye and back on the road, it's time for my editor-requested (that means required!) piece on the road trip location. As usual, this is all done off the top of my head with no research.
I probably shouldn't say zero research because I've been to Nashville a ton of times with the Texans and on a couple of other occasions, including calling NCAA Tournament games there a thousand years ago.
It's always been a great destination city and it's more popular than ever. I read an article featuring residents complaining that visitors renting apartments for the weekend are causing way too much of a ruckus for the locals.
I don't have the data but outside of Vegas, this has to be the bachelorette party capital of the United States. It feels like you can't walk half a block without running into a pack of women featuring one with a sash and/or tiara indicating an impending marriage.
There are a bazillion country music attractions and I'm incapable of going through them all. One thing that I love to do is go up and down Broadway and check out all the bands in the bars. You can pop in, listen to a song or two, get a real sense of the band, then bounce to the next one.
There are some unbelievable musicians you'll encounter. It goes back to a point I always like to make about music – talent guarantees nothing. In sports, talent will guarantee you at least some type of try-out. In music, there are many 'Michael Jordans' who will never make it out of the bar circuit. Don't @ me, I know this.
I'll put out this next take out there for the guitar enthusiasts – the Fender Telecaster is the most popular model in Nashville. The Stratocaster might be the best seller of all-time but the Telecaster has to be number one in Nashville. Personally, I play a Gibson SG and I have a Yamaha acoustic.
OK, enough of the esoteric musician points. The stadium is right across the Cumberland River on the edge of downtown. This is as great a setting as you can find in the NFL. There is no shortage of things to do in addition to the game. The trip is well worth it and it happens every year, so go for it someday!
The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on November 28 as they host the New York Jets in Week 12. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
Check out the best photos from the Houston Texans practice on Wednesday.