Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 12/11/11
Wow. Sunday's miraculous comeback against the Bengals was the biggest win in the history of the Texans franchise and the name T.J. Yates will live forever in Texans lore. Overcoming the absence of Andre Johnson and a very shaky first half, Yates led the team down the field on the final drive for the game winning touchdown. Credit must also go to the Texans' defense which could have easily allowed the game to become a rout, given the three turnovers committed by the offense. The Texans, in the 10th season of existence, are finally a playoff team and division champions to boot. It has been a long, nearly 17 year wait for Houston NFL fans. The last time a Houston team was in the playoffs was January 16, 1994 when Joe Montana and the Chiefs beat the Oilers at the Astrodome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Congratulations to Baylor's Robert Griffin III for winning the Heisman trophy Saturday night. (I still think it's time for the Touchdown Club of New York to expand the award to include the best defensive player in the country somehow). Just wondering: has any city had more Heisman winners play professionally for its teams than Houston? I count seven winners which have come through our town; Matt Leinart, Ron Dayne, Eddie George, Charlie Ward (Rockets), Mike Rozier, Earl Campbell and Billy Cannon. That doesn't include Andre Ware who, of course, won the Heisman at the University of Houston. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Has there ever been a busier week in the Houston sports scene? Let's seea major Rockets trade was near completion before it was negated, brought back to life and then flamed out for good; the Astros hired a General Manager; the University of Houston lost its coach to the Aggies and, oh by the way, the Texans playing for their ever first playoff appearance. The last time all three local franchises were constantly in the news at this level was the mid 90's when the Oilers, Astros and Rockets threatened to relocate if new venues weren't built. One did. With regard to the Rockets trade fiasco, could David Stern's meddling have come at a worse time? Just as the NBA is trying to recover from a lockout, the commissioner inexplicably decides that negating a major trade without a valid reason is somehow good for the league. Let's see, a rogue employee here, a lock-out there, throw in a nixed trade and you have a league that has slipped a few notches on the credibility scale. It's also why a league should not be running a franchise. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kevin Sumlin, the first black head coach at the University of Houston, is now the first African-American head coach at Texas A&M. The exact numbers are actually difficult to determine but, according to web reports, in 2005 there were just three black head coaches at the Football Bowl Subdivision Level (formerly known as Division I). This season 17 black head coaches were running programs. Whether that's significant progress is up for debate, but the numbers are changing. Prior to the 2011 season alone, seven black head coaches were hired, including Mike Haywood who was fired by Pitt before ever coaching a game due to a personal incident. There are 119 Division I programs.
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