Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 6/22/12
Five things I'm thinking about this weekend while wondering when somebody's going to make a TV show about Houston. 1. Something that seems true (and totally is): There is no reason not to get Dwight Howard if you can. Obvious, right? Apparently not. Seems there is a sentiment floating around out there that signing Howard for this next year would be pointless because even if the Rockets got him in a trade, he's in the last year of his contract and he would never sign a longterm deal with Houston anyway? First of all, says who? Have a little self-confidence, Houston. We have a Trader Joe's now. More importantly, however, is this question: Is it better to have Dwight Howard than to not have Dwight Howard? The Rockets have been stockpiling assets for exactly this kind of situation. They don't have a single unexpendable asset, whether it be a player or a draft pick. This is an opportunity to get a franchise player, and doing everything they can to make that happen should be a no-brainer. 2. Something that doesn't seem true (but totally is): This new college football playoff is little more than a disposable bridge between the old BCS and a 16-team playoff. This new thing -- a four-team tournament selected by a committee -- is already loathed, and it hasn't even been approved by the presidents yet. This is because it still leaves too much up to subjective criteria like polls and a selection committee. Now that we have collectively crossed the playoff threshold, the only logical end to this is a 16-team playoff. There are 13 conference champions, but a 13-team playoff would be unwieldy, so you add three at-large bids and there you go. This will happen within 10 years, because it is the only way to address the fundamental beef people have with college football's championship, which is that it is not decided on the field. 3. Something that is neither true nor untrue (but is fun to talk about): If Dwight Howard does decide to sign with the Rockets, he should definitely rent. As we all know, it is a crazy tempting time to buy real estate if you can get a loan for it (I'm assuming this would not be a problem for Howard). Further, your dollar goes much farther in Houston than most other major cities. However, to really reap the benefits of the State of Texas' lack of state income tax, you need to avoid its high property taxes. This would be especially true if you thought you'd only be here for a year. So be skeptical when you see the "My sister-in-law works for a real estate company and she said she heard Dwight Howard is buying a house in West U" posts on the message boards, is what I'm saying. 4. Something that recently happened: The NCAA banned 10 men's basketball programs, including Connecticut, from the NCAA Tournament for failing to meet its academic requirements. What academic requirements, you ask. Well, the APR, of course. Don't you remember your APR scores from college? I do. I did well in Western Civ (940), not so well in College Algebra (770). Wait a minute. Do you even know what APR stands for? Academic Progress Rate. And you're telling me you have no idea how it is calculated? It is a way of measuring how many of a school's athletes are (a) retained and (b) on pace to graduate. What about transfers? Oh, it starts getting kind of complicated when you start talking about those. Best to not worry about that. All you as a fan really need to know is that the NCAA is getting tougher on academics. Because that three-week basketball tournament they hold in the middle of the spring semester every year? That's only for teams that are serious about school. 5. Something that is about to happen: The reboot of the TV series "Dallas" is going to make us all wish there was a show called "Houston." I have seen the first three dizzying episodes of the new show and I'm not going to say whether it is good or bad. It is, however, exactly what you're expecting. I don't know if Dallas people are all elitist, phony backstabbers, but that is what a lot of Houstonians seem to think, and for a relative outsider to the whole thing it is enough to make you wonder if art imitates life or if it is the other way around. If art imitates life, I don't think a TV show about Houston would be all that interesting. It would be one man sitting in his non-moving car on 290 flicking cigarette butts out the window and banging on the steering wheel before finally giving up and going to a head shop.
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