Welp. I'm not so good at goodbyes. They're clumsy and awkward and the like. What's the ol' trite'ism? If we wave long enough, goodbye will become hello again? It's been quite the transitional period at SBNH of late, what with the departure of the esteemed Hakeemficianado Tom Martin in favor of the distinguished in his own right anti-Frank Bush crusader (and how!) Rivers McCown. It's with the utmost of mixed emotions that this is my swan song here at SBNH. Regrettably some of the weekend coverage had gotten a bit lacks, perhaps by a cocktail of me being stretched thin with my college football observational duties for unaffiliated sites and the desire to treat the weekend like, well, a weekend. That's not to say I didn't love every minute when opportunity afforded. Houston professional sports remain one of my passions, so expect to see me lurking around the phenomenal The Crawfish Boxes, a blog I'd read since I was a sophomore in college way back when, Tim/Rivers/Daniel/Matt's standard bearing Battle Red Blog, and of course Mr. Maritn & co.'s homage to Dork Elvis, The Dream Shake. Besides going to a few incredibly socially lubricated Columbus Crew games as an undergrad, I never gave two craps about football proper outside of the USMNT and my beloved Tottenham Hotspur F.C., though a huge tip of the hat is owed to Mr. Wise for his great soccer coverage and getting me compelled to actually watch/observe Dynamo in a non-MLS title game capacity. Bravo. Everyone here does phenomenal work (and those i had the pleasure to meet in person at our launch party are every bit just as great people as well) and know that the next generation of staff will only further raise the bar on what's already easily the best regional site under the SBNation umbrella. It's also worth Michael Jordan/Roger Clemens'ing and saying that this is just 99.9% farewell; who knows, maybe i'll be back around these parts in a slightly different capacity somewhere down the road.
Enough blabbering about me. You're here to help figure out what to watch today. Let's get on that:
- Pro Football -- Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans -- CBS, 12:00 -- As bad as Frank Bush (and our) years have been, take solace: that one-time local hero who we passed on in favor of the demigod that is Mario Williams is having a worse one. The Texans enter this one as slight favorites; let's scream at our televisions (and that awful, awful secondary) until they're off the snide.
--Pro Football -- Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons -- FOX, 12:00 -- No text here. Go watch the Texans, Osama. It's your civic duty as a Texan.
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--Pro Football -- Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears -- FOX, 3:15 -- Michael Vick is playing a lot like Madden 2004 Michael Vick where as Jay Cutler continues to be a poor man's Brett Favre sans dong pictorials (though, shoot, maybe Kristin Cavallari would have something to say about that).
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday
--Pro Basketball -- Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets -- FSHouston, 6:00 -- The Rockets are mad broken, but such is life as a Houston sports fan in 2K10. Hey look, Kevin Durant! Ex-Longhorn, good at life and stuff too! Be gentle, sir.
--Pro Football -- San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts -- NBC, 7:20 -- Hey look, a smug, self righteous, egotist quarterback... and Phillip Rivers! (See what I did there?) A matchup of a fringe playoff team and, well, another fringe playoff team. If you need your long weekend to crescendo into the week with football as he cinematic score, this is the pilot for your final descent.
--The Walking Dead -- AMC, 9:00 -- TV's best new show has just 2 episodes remaining in its inaugural season. Watch this (do it for me *tear*) unless you hate ownage, zombies, ownage, and more ownage.