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Astros aided considerably by Texans to make Houston a baseball town

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) scrambles against Indianapolis Colts before he was benched in the Texans’ 27-20 loss on Thursday in H-Town.
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) scrambles against Indianapolis Colts before he was benched in the Texans’ 27-20 loss on Thursday in H-Town. AP

Drayton McClane no longer owns the Houston Astros - he does still own Baylor - but his claim that Houston is a baseball town actually looks the part.

SELF IMPORTANT NAME DROP ALERT – The Texas buhlionaire triumphantly claimed to me in Astros’ spring training in 2001 that Houston “is a baseball town,” he said.

At the time, he had guys like Bagwell and Biggio, and the Houston Texans didn’t exist.

A strong case can be made the Houston Texans don’t exist today. What they are throwing out there now is an embarrassment to the Oakland Raiders, but certainly continues the proud tradition of pro football in Houston.

I came to Houston for the first of a four-game in four-days stretch for a book I will be publishing next year about Texas football. What I found with the Texans is terrible. “Luv Ya Blue” has been replaced by “Oh God You’re Bad Red and Blue.”

H-Town is all about the ‘Stros these days, for good reason. They’re good. And the local football team is simply terrible because they cannot find a suitable replacement for Warren Moon.

The best QB in Texans’ history remains Matt Schaub. That hurts to write.

The Indianapolis Colts were without the pride of Houston Stratford High School, quarterback Andrew Luck, and on Thursday night started Matt Hasselbeck, who is so old he actually beat the Oilers in the ‘60s. The Colts defeated the Texans 27-20.

The Texans are 1-4. The 2016 Texans’ draft party should be rockin’.

Watching the Texans play the Colts on Thursday night at NRG Stadium was sad. Say whatever you want about Houston and its traffic, its air quality and its impressive disregard for zoning “laws,” but these people deserve a better football product than the professional teams in Houston offer year after year.

After the loss, I asked Mr. Loves the Media, Texans running back Arian Foster, the absolutely loaded question if the Texans’ problem is simply a quarterback issue.

“You can write whatever you want, man,” Foster said.

OK - twist my arm.

Then I asked him if this was his most frustrating time as a member of the Texans.

“No,” he said.

Let that sink in.

This team needs Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Matt Hasselbeck.

The Texans appear to be incapable of winning, and are going to blow it for this town’s beloved all-time Mr. Good Guy, defensive end J.J. Watt. Driving around town and walking around the tailgate scene before Thursday night’s game and it’s apparent the only member of this team is J.J. Watt.

By the time this team finds a QB, his prime could well be gone.

The Texans started Ryan Mallet at QB, but essentially benched him in favor of Brian Hoyer in the first half. They have some decent players on defense in Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and Brian Cushing. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins looks legit, too.

The Warren Moon-sized elephant in the room is they have no quarterback. Mallet can’t play. Hoyer is an another ish backup.

I asked Mallet after the game if he sensed the collective frustration from everybody that is invested in this team.

“Only people I care about are in this (locker room),” he said.

That should win a lot of friends.

The guys he cares about in the locker room aren’t dumb - they know the score. Until this reality changes, Houston is a baseball town.