The Houston Texans made two important debuts in Saturday's AFC wild card game. It was, of course, the first playoff game in franchise history. But it was also the first time the team appeared on NBC's telecast of NFL games. That's a lesser historical footnote, to be sure, though one that comes with a perk that may be new to lifelong members of the team: NBC's unique video introductions that allow players to give their names and alma mater.
Most of the team chose a standard intro. Andre Johnson repped "The U" and rookie T.J. Yates announced he attended the University of North Carolina. Members of the team's starting offensive line took a different tack. They gave the names of their elementary schools.
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Duane Brown told folks he was from Johnson Elementary in Richmond, while Wade Smith attended Wallace Elementary in Dallas. Chris Myers said he went to Howard Drive Elementary and Eric Winston, Bonham Elementary. And then there was Mike Brisiel. When it was his turn to give a shout out to his elementary school, the right guard gave his college, Colorado State, instead.
Unless he was some sort of Doogie Howser-like genius and bypassed grammar school in order to attend the Fort Collins university, Brisiel spurned his teammates. Evidently, they did not appreciate this.
On the NBC broadcast, play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond said the rest of the line fined Briesel for the Colorado State mention. Presumably it was a tongue in cheek sanction.
I'm so tired, but I can't fall asleep. This feeling is just so great, after so many years of heartbreak and false hope. To be there in person and experience the atmosphere was unreal, and I just can't stop replaying all the big plays in my mind. I think part of what makes this so special is knowing how much we as Texans fans have suffered over the years, but we were so happy to just have a team again, we kept our hopes up and remained optimistic no matter what.
What a terrific game, don't think I could have drawn it up any better than that. Overcame some adversity early, defense stepped up and made some huge plays, Arian would not be denied, Andre scored his first playoff TD and hopefully shook off the rust. Daniels only had 2 catches but they were both amazing. Crushed on a late hit on the first, and had to wrestle off that jackass for simultaneous possession on the 2nd. Hopefully he's OK, but at this point with OD limited Casey probably has more run after catch ability.
Yates struggled with accuracy and made a few ill-advised throws, but it was great to see him off the leash, throwing it deep and into tight windows. He looked confident and was back to feeling the rush perfectly and making great moves to avoid sacks. If he can get into a rhythm next game he might surprise people.
At the game following his TD, the scoreboard through up a pic of "J Watts"
LOL at the elementary school thing
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