The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking and sizing up Houston's best sporting stuff for 2012 while always recommending Anchor Steam Christmas for quality holiday refreshment.
J.J., as in Watt.
As in the NFL's most dominate down-to-down irresistible defensive force. A once-in-two decades kind of manic season. A total package sort of season that measures beyond even the jaw-dropping stats and makes him a legit candidate for NFL MVP. That's a distinction only two defenders (Alan Page 1971 and Lawrence Taylor 1986) currently share. All in only his second NFL season. First and foremost the biggest reason for the Texans best-ever season. And some thought at the time he wasn't worth the No. 11 overall draft selection roughly 18 months ago. Those who now remain anonymous. And Watt's by far and away most impressive showing of his scintillating season comes when he was alone without family on Christmas and spends the day driving solo throughout the city visiting a series of HFD fire stations spreading some holiday cheer with those who risk so much. Total class act.
D.J., as in Hayden.
As in UH's senior defensive back thankful to still be alive. An against all odds recovery from a practice field injury that more resemble the aftermath from a high speed car wreck. A major vein that delivers blood from the lower portion of the body to the heart severed. Ninety-five percent fatal. But discharged six days later and returned to Robertson for the Senior Day send-offs.
Johnson, as in Andre.
As in the best all-time Texans once again a giant and returning to his usual ultra standard. Injury racked in recent seasons but no one in the AFC racks more receiving yards. And no one in NFL history with a better back-to-back than his 461 yards five days apart against the Jaguars and Lions.
Johnny Football, as in Jonathan Paul Manziel.
And Johnny Heisman. The first freshman to hoist in the near 80-year history of sport's most signature individual award. His first snaps since Kerrville Tivy inside a historically under-achieving program in the first year of complete coaching and scheming makeover. In A&M's first season inside the vicious almighty S-E-C and he pumps the highest octane season in the history of that knife fight in a ditch league. More than Herschel, more than Peyton, more than Tebow, more than Cam. In his first college campaign. From completely utterly off the preseason radar. The fact that Rice and A&M (reluctantly) were the only big campus programs in the state to offer a quarterback scholarship after his better-than-fiction high school romps only adds to the tale. That his Aggie head honcho and offensive coordinator failed to recruit him for UH is somewhat mind-numbing. But all now apparently forgiven. Dan Jenkins couldn't have crafted a better tale. Well, actually Dan Jenkins is the only scribe capable of crafting such a story. Other than Manziel.
James, as in Harden.
As in Rocketball's long long long long awaited franchise center piece. Just in time to start the regular season. An All-Star caliber talent that raises the production and profile and future of a franchise. Likely a magnet for upgraded playoff-level support personal. The exact sort Morey relentlessly shopped to acquire only to repeatedly come up empty. Given the extremely limited performance pool to evaluate Harden seems to possess the necessary skills and temperament to shoulder all Rockets expectations. And only 23 years old. And given the price - an unwanted one-dimensional scorer in his dying Houston days, a rookie, draft picks still to-be-determined plus the obligatory $80M guaranteed - what a bargain. A deal Leslie and Daryl punch 100 times out of 100.
Joseph, as in Gary.
As in Katy's high school football mastermind. Brings the title back to Titletown. His third in nine seasons as head honcho after consecutive titles in 2007-08. Now two his three streak to the throne undefeated. Five titles for the program since 2000 and seven all-time leaves the Tigers just one away from matching Southlake Carroll and Celina for the most in UIL history. Joseph wins this year with talent like Adam Taylor and Matt Dimon. And he's won with zero Division I recruits. The names change, he wins and wins and wins extra large.