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Very Superstitious: Can You Actually Help Your Team Win?

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , on December 8, 2012 by 30daysout
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Arian Foster (23) of the Houston Texans is pretty good.

The answer to the question posed in the headline is: no. But it’s fun to think that maybe, there’s an all-powerful force somewhere guiding the universe and making sure the planets revolve around their life-giving or death-dealing stars, who says “Yeah, if Bubba doesn’t brush his teeth on game day his team will win.”

However, on every game day for every sport, there are probably thousands of people who believe that something that they may do or not do, something they may say or not say, or even something they may think or not think, will help their team win. Or lose.

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What do you think? This?

The most casual observer – usually a non-sports fan – would most likely say people who nevertheless have  sports superstitions are just plain nuts. Yeah, but it’s fun and it takes our minds off that nasty day in November when our candidate would have won if we’d just worn our red sweater to the polls.

So, on Monday, our hometown team the Houston Texans are gonna face the mighty New England Patriots in cold Foxboro, Mass. The gamblers and pundits will tell you the upstart Texans are underdogs, despite having the better record (11-1) vs. the Patriots’ record (9-3), etc. The Texans haven’t lost a road game this season, but they will play in a place where a visitor hasn’t won in December since 2002.

You will hear the TV announcers say that on Monday night. Of course, if you place too much stock in that stuff then you are really no better off than those guys who think that red sweater is a key to their team’s victory.

Super Bowl

Or this?

Naturally we want our hometown Houston boys to win, but we realize (hope) it’s gonna be a heck of a game either way. So this morning we’re at the supermarket to purchase some adult refreshment for the weekend and we see our team’s logo on a famous brand of beer. It doesn’t help that this particular company is running a commercial about fans and their stupid superstitions … to hell with that, let’s drink that stuff on Monday night!

Ha, we’re gonna help our boys win! We’re going to overcome that formidable Patriots mystique with some Texas mojo of our own.

But wait, just down the aisle there’s another display – the same brand of beer, with a different logo: Super Bowl XLVII (what number is that? Somebody please email the answer)! Hmm, what would be a better choice? Drinking a beer with my team’s logo, or swilling the same exact beer with an ever more hopeful Super Bowl logo?

Well, we bought our beer and really, we’re gonna have it all gone by Monday night. So we have to make this brutal choice again on Game Day. Life is hell sometimes.

MP3: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

MP3: “The Autumn Wind” with John Facenda

MP3: “Lombardi” with John Facenda

MP3: “Pain Is Inevitable” with John Facenda

MP3: “Be Savage Again” with John Facenda

MP3: “A Golden Boy Again (Up She Rises)”

MP3: “November” with John Facenda

MP3: “The Pony Soldiers”

MP3: “75 Seasons Suite”

Our own Texans fight song, by George Kovacik and Jeff Balke of Orange Is In, this blog’s house band.

MP3: “What It Was, Was Football” by Andy Griffith

MP3: “Backfield In Motion” by Mel & Tim

MP3: “Flyin’ Helmets” by Kyle Turley

MP3: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” by Hank Williams Jr.

And do you remember Faith Hill? Of course you do. Sorry, we love this!

Ah! Football Time!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by 30daysout

Will Arian Foster (23) run away from opponents and send the Houston Texans to the Super Bowl? We hope.

Even though professional football’s season started earlier this week with the Dallas-NY Giants game, everything gets under way in earnest this Sunday with a full slate of pro games across the country.

Colleges and high schools teed it up last weekend, so with the kickoff of the pro season we’re definitely into football – and fall, no matter what the weatherman says.

For our part, we’ll be rooting for our hometown Houston Texans who apparently have a good chance to go to the playoffs and beyond this year. We’ve been down this road before; high expectations have a way of blowing away in a Texas blue norther. So we’ll see. Go Texans.

We like dose New Orleans Saints (Who Dat?) and the good ol’ Green Bay Packers; they should make things interesting this season. And in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots, always a couple of powerhouses, could be challenged this season by the Ravens and the upstart Texans.

Can Peyton Manning conjure up his old magic with a brand new team? Will Tim Tebow get a chance to pull off an upset again this year? Do you think we can take a look at Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill’s smoking hot wife one more time? Please?

No matter who you’re pullin’ for, we suggest you enjoy some football this fall.

Until 1996, Houston’s football team was the Oilers. Here’s a taste of that freakin’ Oilers fight song.

And this one is done by George Kovacik and Jeff Balke of Orange Is In, this blog’s house band.

We understand you may not necessarily be a Houston Texans fan. We don’t know why, but we understand anyway. So for those few of you out there who are not Texans fans, here are some other favorite football songs for your listening pleasure.

MP3: “The Autumn Wind” with John Facenda

MP3: “Lombardi” with John Facenda

MP3: “Pain Is Inevitable” with John Facenda

MP3: “Be Savage Again” with John Facenda

MP3: “A Golden Boy Again (Up She Rises)”

MP3: “November” with John Facenda

MP3: “The Pony Soldiers”

MP3: “75 Seasons Suite”

MP3: “Luv Ya Blue/Houston Oilers No. 1” (excerpt)

Listen to Lil’ Wayne’s “Green and Yellow” Green Bay Packers fight song

MP3: “Big Bad Earl” by Tom Cantrell with Dink and the Ooettes

MP3: “Let’s Get Fired Up” by Zig and the Gaboon Gang

MP3: “What It Was, Was Football” by Andy Griffith

MP3: “Backfield In Motion” by Mel & Tim

MP3: “Who Dat?” by Trey Banks and J. John

Listen to and download “Go Pack Go! 2011” by Garbage

MP3: “Flyin’ Helmets” by Kyle Turley

MP3: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” by Hank Williams Jr.

And do you remember Faith Hill? Of course you do. This is the best thing she’s ever done!

Go Texans! (Houston Texans!)

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by 30daysout

Andre Johnson hopes to be a big factor against the Ravens.

UPDATED – With more video and MP3 goodness!

Are you ready for some football – playoff style? We in Houston sure are: our hometown team the Texans made history this year by not only achieving the playoffs for the first time in their 10 years as a franchise, but they also won this first-ever playoff game.

So now the H-Town boys are gonna face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and of course the winner of that game will go on to play for the AFC Championship and the right to go to the Super Bowl.

Tim Tebow and the Broncos may have the Lord on their side, but the Texans have some talented musicians in their corner. And we’re not talking about country hat-hack Clay Walker – we mean serious rappers like Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire. Here you go, have a little taste of this:

If the Geto Boys were still around, everyone in Baltimore would be really frightened. Ah well. Here’s another one, I honestly don’t know who the hell created this but the video is WAY better than the music.

This one is called the “Texans Red White and Blue Song” and from the looks of it, it’s officially sanctioned by the team. But we could be wrong.

No music to speak of here … just cheerleaders!

Until 1996, Houston’s football team was the Oilers. Here’s a taste of that freakin’ Oilers fight song.

And this one is done by George Kovacik and Jeff Balke of Orange Is In, this blog’s house band.

We understand you may not necessarily be a Houston Texans fan. We don’t know why, but we understand anyway. So for those few of you out there who are not Texans fans, here are some other favorite football songs for your listening pleasure.

MP3: “The Autumn Wind” with John Facenda

MP3: “Lombardi” with John Facenda

MP3: “Pain Is Inevitable” with John Facenda

MP3: “Be Savage Again” with John Facenda

MP3: “A Golden Boy Again (Up She Rises)”

MP3: “November” with John Facenda

MP3: “The Pony Soldiers”

MP3: “75 Seasons Suite”

YouTube: “Get On Your Knees And Fight Like A Man” by Petra (to Tim Tebow footage)

MP3: “Luv Ya Blue/Houston Oilers No. 1” (excerpt)

Listen to Lil’ Wayne’s “Green and Yellow” Green Bay Packers fight song

MP3: “Big Bad Earl” by Tom Cantrell with Dink and the Ooettes

MP3: “Let’s Get Fired Up” by Zig and the Gaboon Gang

MP3: “What It Was, Was Football” by Andy Griffith

MP3: “Backfield In Motion” by Mel & Tim

MP3: “Who Dat?” by Trey Banks and J. John

Listen to and download “Go Pack Go! 2011” by Garbage

MP3: “Flyin’ Helmets” by Kyle Turley

MP3: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” by Hank Williams Jr.

And how about that Faith Hill?

Update: NFL playoff teams ranked in second week

Update: John Parr’s updated version of his 1985 hit “St. Elmo’s Fire,” now inexplicably “Tim Tebow’s Fire.”

This Just In: “Tebow Dance” from Bootsy Collins

 

Houston Texans Number One…yeah, baby

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 11, 2011 by 30daysout

For the first time since the song was written in 2001, it’s actually true. A dramatic last second, come from behind win in Cincinnati gives the Houston Texans their first division championship and first trip to the playoffs. Onward and upward. Sing it, Houston.

The Autumn Wind

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on October 9, 2011 by 30daysout

Raiders fan at Oakland-Houston game.

Before the start of the Oakland-Houston NFL game on Sunday, the crowd in Houston’s Reliant Stadium observed a moment of silence in memory of Al Davis, the Raiders owner and professional football pioneer who died the day before.

The Raiders then went out and won the game, 25-20, which came down to a last-second attempt by Houston to score and move ahead for the win. That didn’t happen, as Texans quarterback Matt Schaub scrambled out of the pocket four yards away from the goal line and seeing a defender coming in fast to drop him, flung a bullet into the end zone. That wound up being intercepted and ending the game.

But no matter who won, it was an incredible game – it was thrilling, exciting and entertaining, all you would want from a football game played at the highest level. That’s the legacy of Al Davis, and wherever he is right now I hope he’s very proud. (And I’m sure that bastard worked some supernatural stuff to help the Raiders win and to make it rain on our sorry asses as we staggered back to our cars.)

Yeah, it was a bummer to see the home team go down in the final seconds but no NFL game is a gimme, no matter what the prognosticators say. Our team is going to win again, and the Texans will have some good days too. I’m not a Raider fan by any stretch of the imagination and I don’t want to diminish the great effort by the Texans, but it kind of felt appropriate to have the Raiders win on this day. In a game hard-fought by both sides, they may have fought a little harder.

And it was a cool day because we got to meet Los Lonely Boys, the Grammy Award-winning trio that sang the National Anthem. Like I said, a great day.

MP3: “The Autumn Wind” by Sam Spence with John Facenda

MP3: “Lombardi” with John Facenda

MP3: “Pain Is Inevitable” with John Facenda

MP3: “Be Savage Again” with John Facenda

MP3: “A Golden Boy Again (Up She Rises)”

MP3: “November” with John Facenda

MP3: “The Pony Soldiers”

And hey, Los Lonely Boys!

“New” Song Alert!! “Houston Texans Number 1”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by 30daysout

The Houston Texans are 2-0 for the first time in the team’s history, and heading for 3-0 against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. I figured now was as good a time as any to pull out my Texans fight song. My musical partner (see Orange Is In), Jeff Balke, and I wrote and recorded, “Houston Texans Number 1,”  in 2000 before they even had the name “Texans.”

We had hopes that the team would adopt it as its fight song and we would all live happily ever after. However, they chose to go the route of popular country music star, Clay Walker (check out a sample). You win some, you lose some. Anyway, check out the tune and let us know what you think.

Unitas We Stand – The Music of Football Part 1

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by 30daysout

Texans must beat the Patriots this weekend for a shot at the playoffs - good luck, boys.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, you know what’s next – New Years?  No: it’s the Super Bowl.   It is time to start wondering who’s going to get into the elite circle of four teams that will participate first in the AFC and NFC championships, then the two that will advance to the big Super Bowl 44 in Miami on Feb. 7.  You gotta figure the Colts will be right in there for the AFC, so will the Chargers, the Bengals and the Patriots.  Over in the NFC the Saints, the Vikings, Eagles and Cardinals all look competitive.

There are a handful of teams holding slim dreams of making the playoffs, including our hometown Houston Texans.  In order for the Texans to make the playoffs all sorts of things need to happen, including a win over the Patriots this weekend, an attack on New York City by space aliens, Vince Lombardi coming back from the dead and possibly hell freezing over.  (Hey, it snowed in Houston a couple of weeks ago so the atmospheric conditions are certainly getting there.)

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