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The above is what Texans running back Arian Foster is now using for his Twitter avatar. It is a cut and paste job from the article Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wrote yesterday in advance of next weekend's AFC playoff game between the Patriots and Texans. Shaughnessy is known for two things: being a troll while offending pretty much everyone, and making grandiose and hyperbolic predictions and/or statements that are honestly laughable.
Exhibit A: "The 2012-13 Texans? Pure frauds. The worst 11-1 team in the history of the NFL. These Texans have absolutely zero chance of beating New England here next week. And everybody knows that this is true."
Everybody? Really? Every single person? You can most certainly cross Foster off the list of "everybody" along with probably every member of the Texans team and staff.
Did the 2008 Super Bowl teach Shaughnessy NOTHING? When previewing that game, he bedazzled us with this gem: "Patriots-Giants also means we get to see the Patriots beat another Manning brother, this time in the Super Bowl instead of the AFC Championship."
How did that end up for them Dan-o? I forget.
But back to the Texans: "On Saturday, the Texans staggered to a 6-point win against a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 22 years. It was one of the ugliest games in NFL playoff history."
Again with the history comments - he has awarded the Texans with two of the worsts in history in one column - and surely we can all think of worse teams that won uglier playoff games.
A win is a win, and you can use Shaughnessy's own argument against himself, again thinking back to the 2008 Super Bowl when the Patriots couldn't even muster a win against a Giants team that had to win like 47 playoff road games to even get to the Super Bowl.
The Texans are surely out to prove they are not a fraud and can hang with the best of the best. They have had a rough end of the season (including a big loss in New England), but the playoffs exist for a reason, and certainly their chances of winning this game are greater than "absolutely zero."
I am originally from New Hampshire, and will be rooting for the Patriots. However, if they lose, they will prove Shaughnessy is the fraud rather than the Texans, and that's definitely a silver lining I can live with.
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Just in case the Houston Texans needed any more fuel for this weekend's upcoming AFC Divisional playoff game, Boston sports writer Dan Shaughnessy provided them with some.
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently changed his Twitter avatar to this quote taken from a Shaughnessy article written on Sunday bashing the Texans after their Wild Card win over the Bengals...
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster used what Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wrote as bulletin board material by posting it as a his Twitter profile picture as they get ready to play the Patriots this week. I’m sure this will fire the Texans up a little more. After getting dismantled by the Patriots earlier in the season, it will be interesting to see how they play...
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy obviously decided that his Monday column had to get people talking. And maybe even thrust himself in the conversation for Sunday’s Divisional round game between the Patriots and Texans.
Doing a well thought out, well reasoned column on why the Patriots would beat the Texans wouldn’t get the job done. So Shaughnessy goes with the most effective...
Many NFL pundits aren’t giving the Texans much of a chance in their return trip to New England this weekend, not after stumbling to a 42-14 loss less than a month ago. Texans running back Arian Foster is soaking in all the doubt, though, and using it as motivation for his rematch with the Patriots.
Foster, who is very active on social media, changed his Twitter avatar to a photo...
Texans running back Arian Foster bulldozed his way to 140 yards rushing Saturday in a first round win over Cincinnati.Fantasy Spin:The 32 carries Foster received were a season-high. Foster and the Texans play New England a week from Sunday. Foster was held to 46 yards on 15 rushes when he played against the Patriots earlier in the season.
Arian Foster of the Texans has a new Twitter avatar.
From Shaughnessy’s column yesterday.
Shaughnessy’s Column Used As Bulletin Board Material by @ArianFoster is a post from: Boston Sports Media Watch
HOUSTON (AP) -- Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
The Texans will next play at New England on Jan. 13.
Foster became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games.
The L.A. Lakers continue to disappoint fans, as they have lost 4 in a row for the second time this season. Fan frustrations are showing in every form of social media these days, as shown by a picture tweeted today by Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who tweeted a photo of teammate Arian Foster as [...]
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has seen it all, and his ability to diagnose opponents' strengths and tendencies is evidenced by the on-field instinct he displays.With the Houston Texans coming to town Sunday for a Divisional Round bout, Wilfork is preparing to defend the cut block. "That’s something that they do very, very well," Wilfork told...
After beating the Bengals 19-13 to open wildcard weekend for the second straight year, the Houston Texans (13-4) head into the divisional round as pretty heavy underdogs to the New England Patriots (12-4).
Though head coach Bill Belichick is inevitably sending a message that the 42-14 win in Week 14 means nothing now, Dan Shaughnessy has a different outlook in his column in the...
Couldn't stop Arian Foster. Couldn't make that one big play when it was right at their fingertips. And, in an ending so sickeningly familiar, the Bengals couldn't break one of the NFL's longest streaks of playoff futility.
Plenty of blame to go around for this one.
Andy Dalton overthrew an open A.J. Green in the end zone in the closing minutes, and the Houston Texans...
J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year.
Matt Schaub made his postseason debut a successful one when Foster's 1-yard touchdown in third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card playoff win over the Bengals on Saturday.
Now comes the...
THE GOOD: Houston's OffenseThe Texans scored just one touchdown in Saturday's game, but scored on five different possessions. That tells us that Houston moved the ball consistently all day, and stuck to its game plan: giving the ball to #23. Arian Foster ran for 140 yards on 32 carries, and scored the only offensive touchdown in the game. He also added eight grabs for...
After a bye week off, the Patriots now know who their divisional round opponent is — and they should seem pretty familiar.
It wasn’t all that lone ago (just under a month, in fact) that the Houston Texans traveled to Gillette Stadium for what was billed as a heavyweight matchup between two Super Bowl contenders. The end result didn’t nearly match the hype, as Tom Brady and...
HOUSTON -- With positive momentum long since departed and home-field advantage lost during a forgettable December, the Texans sought a fresh start Saturday, something to erase the stench of their collapse. While their offense, led by six Pro Bowl selections, failed to deliver convincingly, the Texans welcomed the timely return of their dominating defense and outlasted the Bengals...