Sports getting Houston excited!
Houston is the 4th most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the Southern United States with the population of 2.303 million in 2016. With a city that big, you can expect sports to be just as big.
You would only expect this huge city to have all major sports teams, but that is not the case for one sport. I can only imagine that when you live in Houston and you hear the word HOCKEY, you’re thinking “That’s crazy, hockey fans in Houston?” Houston did have a hockey team called the Houston Aeros, which was an AHL/IHL team. This could all be changing soon though. Now that Tilman Fertitta owns the Toyota Center, thoughts of more entertainment have occurred. Question is: will it be a new team that forms, just like the Las Vegas Knights? Or will they move an already formed team to H-town? There have been attempts in the past to get an NHL team here, but the numbers just did not work apparently. That is all in the talks though, there is nothing set in stone yet. After a recent interview with Tilman, he said he would love to add a hockey team to the Houston mix. Before this can happen though, he would have to get the opinion from Houston sports fans to make sure this idea would bring in revenue.
Houston Astros, a team name we have heard a lot lately. The Astros won the West Division during the regular season with a record of 101W-61L. Recently beating out the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, they now get a little break before starting the ALCS. GO ASTROS!! Here is a little recap of the games: In game 1 Altuve had 3 home runs. Game 2, Correa hit a home run bringing in 4 runs. Altuve had 2 more hits this game with Springer hitting a home run bringing in Keuchel to win the game 8-2. Game 3 was the first in Boston and it did not go so pretty, except in the first inning Correa hit a run Home run and Reddick brought Springer home. First inning was 3-0. After that, things fell through for the Astros and they ended up losing the game 10-3. On to game 4…. Altuve hit a double bringing Springer in for a 1-0 lead. In the 6th inning, its 3-2 Astros down. Top of the 8th, Astros at bat. Bregman hits a home run. Beltran hits a ball off the wall that scores a run to make the game 5-3. Game ends with a 5-4 win from the ASTROS!! Now on to the ALCS to face either the Yankees or Indians!!
The Houston Rockets have the 9th highest all-time NBA win-loss record percentage of .520 among all 30 current NBA teams. Tuesday October 17th starts the season off against the Golden State Warriors, the game is in California. The big news about the Rockets is that they are now owned by Tilman Fertitta, after he made the deal with Clutch City Sports and Entertainment to buy the Toyota Center for $2.2 billion. This deal was the largest in NBA history. On another note, Tarik Black has come back to the Rockets and they have also picked up Chris Paul.
The uproar with football right now, kneeling for the National Anthem! J.J. Watt says “We are a team we all stand together. We all care about each other in the locker room.” On a different note, the Texans have 2 key players out for the season. J.J. Watt is out for the season with a Tibial Plateau Fracture and Whitney Mercilus is out for the season with a torn Pectoral Muscle. That is a rough blow to the Texans, but we pray they heal soon and well. Houston has the 5th longest active consecutive NFL playoff appearance streak, 2 seasons (2015-2016). Deshaun Watson recently broke a record after getting his 10th touchdown pass, this was a franchise record for touch downs by a rookie quarterback.
Yes, even a Professional soccer team. The San Jose Earthquakes relocated here in Houston in 2005 becoming the Houston Dynamo. Annually, the Houston Dynamo put on a friendly game called Dynamo Charities Cup. They play against an international team with a portion of the proceeds from the game being donated to charity. This year they ended up losing to Cruz Azul 5-3, but this one gave a new meaning. This was the ninth annual Dynamo Charity Cup and the proceeds went to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. There is the women’s team as well called Houston Dash, where US Women’s National team player Carli Lloyd and Kristie Mewis play. This team has been around since 2014