This is a completely biased and generally unfair argument in favor of New England’s dominance over Houston in ways that transcend the talents of Sunday’s AFC playoff opponents, and thus should not be viewed by any Texans fans, anyone hailing from Houston, nor anyone who’s even remotely fond of that city. Thanks. Next
OK, so this one is sort of football related. The New England Patriots had plenty of down years (some would argue most seasons before 2001 could be considered “down years”), but at least the team never left town. Houston is on its second NFL team, after the Oilers pulled up stakes and moved to Tennessee (Titans) in 1999. Next
Better historical figure
New England has so many historical figures, but we’ll go with Samuel Adams for this argument. Compare this patriot to Houston’s Sam Houston. We won’t debate each man’s historical significance, rather we’ll go by stuff named after them. An Army post is named for Sam Houston, which is cool. Also a racetrack — not as cool. But after consulting with Boston.com’s 99 Bottles blogger and beer expert Gary Dzen, there is no such thing as Sam Houston Beer, which obviously places the checkmark on the Samuel Adams side. Next
Better QB’s wife
Matt Schaub’s wife, Laurie, a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, was recently voted “Football’s hottest wife” on the fan site Fantasy Football Sideline. Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, (maybe you’ve heard of her?) came in third.
Without getting all Brent Musburgerey on you, we’ll just say that Mrs. Schaub is quite lovely, but we’re going to go with the international supermodel on this one. Winner: New England. Next
NBA teams: Head-to-head
Granted the Rockets would go on to have success in future seasons, but back in the early-to-mid ’80s, Houston’s NBA team made it to the Finals twice, in ’81 and ’86. Each time they were defeated for the NBA title by Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics.
In a memorable moment during the 1981 City Hall Plaza celebration, Bird made an R-rated comment about Houston’s Moses Malone, which was carried over live television. Next
Locally based movies
So many good movies have been set in New England, we’d list them all here, but there are space limitations with our content management system.
It’s much easier when listing Houston-based movies. There’s “Urban Cowboy,” “The Getaway,” and — well, not much else. Next
Locally based TV shows
“Cheers,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” — so many good ones set in New England.
As for Houston? Um — “Reba.” Next
From the popular music world, Houston has ZZ Top, Beyonce, Kenny Rogers, and Yolanda Adams. That’s a nice little list, but it simply doesn’t stand up to anybody’s local roster, which without even digging too deeply produces groups like Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, Boston, and James Taylor, not to mention scores more. Next
The 2012 Red Sox were horrible. But consider this: The 2012 Houston Astros finished with a record that was 14 games WORSE than Boston’s. They even got booted out of the National League this year (which isn’t easy to do). The Astros also gave us the most hideous uniform in Major League Baseball history, the rainbow-star 1970s era beauties shown here on the great Nolan Ryan. Next
Native celebrities? Three words:
Anna Nicole Smith Next
(We rest our case.) Back to the beginning
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