Three fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. Trouble in Houston – Somewhere in the dungeons of the underworld, Bill O’Brien is laughing at the mess that he left behind for the Texans to mop up. At this point in time, I think that we are all coming to the realization that it wasn’t only O’Brien’s mess to clean up; it was also the man himself, Cal McNair’s. One strike is one thing, two is another. First, it was trading arguably the best receiver in the NFL for a 2015 stand out without telling your franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson. But now the sheer lack of communication between Watson and the ownership team has gotten out of hand. I personally thought it was obvious who the Texans should hire, and so did Deshaun Watson. Cal McNair hired Nick Caserio without even knocking on Watson’s door to let him know. I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up one morning and see “Deshaun Watson traded” pop up on my phone.

2. The new captain in town – A player who has always been labeled as a stat-stuffing scorer has erupted out of the gates this NBA season as a way-too-early All-Star candidate. His stats are without a doubt impressive; he is averaging 22.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per contest. If he was just another dude in a Knicks jersey, then these early year stats would be impressive; however, we know he can put up insane numbers with the flip of a switch. What we don’t know, though, is if he can lead a team through an 82-game regular season, or in this year’s case, a 72-game regular game season. To most fans’ surprise, he has finally found his voice in the locker room and set his young counterparts up for a successful season. His name? Julius Randle.

3. Streaks have been broken – If someone were to tell me that the Steelers were to score 37 points and lose, I would have scoffed at them. If someone told me that Big Ben Roethlisberger would throw for 500 yards and lose, I would have laughed in their face. I guess Kevin Stefanski’s Zoom meeting warriors in Cleveland just had the revenge factor on their side. With their 48-37 win over their blue-collar rival, the Cleveland Browns have snapped an 18-year playoff drought that was viewed as one of the more embarrassing playoff droughts in NFL history. To go even further, the Cleveland Browns claimed a playoff road game victory for the first time since 1969. For the sake of the Dawg Pound in Cleveland, I hope that the Browns can snatch up the most elusive monument on their horizon: a Super Bowl bid.