June 1st, 2011
H-Town Showdown: #3 Houston Transit vs. #6 Houston Sports Teams
Welcome to our H-Town Showdown series. Our brackets are seeded and the contenders for the title are ready to go. On a bi-weekly basis we’ll present a new match-up. There will be four weeks of voting for each competition in each round. So rally up your friends, followers and fans. This will be a true test of attrition.
This week, we round out the “unknown” quarter of our bracket. As we collectively sat back and tried to decide what belonged in this portion, we found two things sorely lacking: Sports and Sport Utility Vehicles. Houston’s sports teams are what we send out into the great unknown (read: outside the Loop) to do battle for our pride. Houston’s freeways, highways, METRO and potholes continually take shots at our pride as drivers. In our perfect world, they matched up against each other and, as such, do battle today (and for the next three weeks).
Seed #3: Houston Transit
When you come to Houston, a transplant from another hometown, what’s the first thing you notice? The roads. The mega-highways. The cat-and-mouse chase of the daily commute. It’s inescapable… Literally so. “Mass transit” doesn’t exist. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The road systems in Houston are overwhelming and fearsome. We know people that are scared to visit us from the great outer space JUST BECAUSE they’re scared of the roads. Houstonians take pride in such fetes as conquering rush hour, straddling the massive pothole-turned-sinkhole or just something as simple as knowing how to get from 228 to 290 quickest. For as much as we as a populace say we hate them, they’re intertwined into our Houston-loving experience and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Photo courtesy of Sulla55)
Seed #6: Houston Sports Teams
We were really riding high there for a while, weren’t we. A roided up (allegedly!) Clemens was powering his hometeam to a World Series appearance. Parts of Phi Slamma Jamma reunited for an NBA title. The NFL finally came back to Houston. There have been a lot of great things that have happened in the Houston sports scene worth cheering about during the last 15 years. Let’s face it, those cheerful moments have been spotty at best… except for the Dynamo and Aeros (Calder Cup Finals GAME THREE TONIGHT!!). With the Texans in labor talk purgatory, the Rockets without a healthy big man, and the Astros doing… whatever it is they do these days, Houston hasn’t had much to rub in the faces of sports fans from other cities. That’ll all turn around, though. Our teams will always be with us (we miss ya, blue) and we’ll wear the jerseys with pride.
Voting Closes June 22nd at Noon
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