Hi 91 /Lo 71
|Volume 68, Issue 3,
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Parking woes tarnish Houston's crown jewel
The Longest Yard
The time has almost come when sports fans will forget about possible
player strikes in Major League Baseball and resume dancing to a new
The San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants will kick off the season Sept. 5.
Texans our Texans
Now that football has finally returned after six long years, Houstonians again have something to believe in -- the Houston Texans.
The Texans have had a bit of a rough go in the preseason.
The infant team dropped its first game to the Giants during Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio, 34-17 on Aug. 5.
But the team bounced back to defeat the New Orleans Saints 13-10 in its second game just five days later.
Since then, The Texans lost their next two games, the first going to the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-9, and then to the Miami Dolphins, 24-3.
The Texans' sanctuary:
Although Houston's game against the Dolphins ended in horrible defeat, it marked the christening of Reliant Stadium.
The $449 million monolith of football glory wasn't able to avoid roadblocks.
Traffic going to the stadium before the football game resulted in heavy
congestion and some fans missing kickoff. Authorities continue to
Changes include eliminating pay parking from around the stadium. The
Metropolitan Transit Authority also got involved and will offer shuttle
David Carr: superstar
The Texans' leading man continues to improve with every snap he takes.
Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft from Fresno State, has produced fairly impressive statistics through all four preseason games.
Against the Giants, Carr completed 9-of-17 passes, totaling 96 yards
in only 30 plays against the Giants, including the first touchdown pass
Carr completed 8-of-15 passes for 123 yards against the Chiefs.
But his touchdown-to-interception ratio (1 to 3) is a little troubling.
Considering he's just a rookie, it wouldn't be out of line to expect
at least one interception per game during the regular season, but he's
Since Saturday's debacle against the Dolphins, the Texans' administrators
have been searching through waivers, hoping to build a better team
The Texans have claimed three players so far -- Cameron Spikes, a guard, tight end Jabari Holloway and defensive tackle Shawn Worthen.
The Texans have one more dress rehearsal before the real show begins.
Houston will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7 p.m. Friday in Reliant Stadium to finish the preseason.
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