Houston Texans to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

The Houston Texans will officially be on HBO’s 10th season of “Hard Knocks”, titled as “HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS.”

The season will debut in August and the first episode will be on Tuesday, August 11 on HBO from 10 to 11 p.m. ET. The season will have five hour-long episodes debuting on Tuesdays and the season finale will be on September 8.

If you have never watched a full episode of “Hard Knocks” (like myself), the show displays an exclusive behind-the-scenes look on the team, players and coaches during training camp.

“This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we prepare for the 2015 season,” says Rick Smith, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager.

Multiple story lines go into training camp this season for the Texans, including second year head coach Bill O’Brien, the QB battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, JaDeveon Clowney’s health, and many more.

But the biggest star attraction HBO will have their eyes set on is the reining 2014 Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt. What better way to get Watt more star time and publicity than through “Hard Knocks”?

Plus I’m sure no Texans fan and NFL fan has forgotten the intro “Hard Knocks” used for Watt when the 2014 featured team, Atlanta Falcons, came to Houston during their training camp for preseason practices: (:10 second mark)

 

For those concerned about the show being a distraction to the team and the Texans’ opponents gaining an advantage, don’t worry because Texans founder, chairman and CEO Bob McNair made it clear neither will be a problem. (via John McClain on Twitter @McClain_on_NFL

“It’s not going to be a distraction for us,” McNair said.

“We’re not going to give anyone a competitive advantage.”

There will be a 30-man NFL Flims crew shooting 1,500 hours of footage at Texans training camp, and camera and sound crew will have unlimited access to player and coaches meeting rooms, training rooms and practice fields.

I know I’m not the only one who is extremely excited for not only Texans training camp but also “Hard Knocks” being at camp as well. Going to be awesome watching behind-the-scene exclusives about my team on the Emmy Award winning TV series.

 

 

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On this date: featuring Muhammad Ali and Eddie Johnson

-On this date 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston by knockout in the first round.

Ali’s knockout of Liston was timed right at a minute.

Not only was the knockout impressive, but it would go down as one of the greatest iconic moments in sports history with Ali standing over Liston.

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-Also on this date 18 years ago, Eddie Johnson of the Houston Rockets hit the game winning buzzer beater giving the Rockets a 95-92 Game 4 victory over the Utah Jazz in the 1997 Western Conference Finals.

 

James Harden joins elite company after Game 2 performance vs. Warriors

Despite the devastating 99-98 loss in Game 2, Houston Rockets guard James Harden racked up a stat line that only few have done in NBA history.

James Harden became only the sixth player in history to have 38+ points, 10+ rebounds and 9+ assists in a Conference Finals game. Harden joins Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Lew Alcindor and Charles Barkley.

Harden also joins Hakeem Olajuwon and becomes only the second player in Rockets franchise history with at least 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a Conference Finals game.

Harden finished the game with 38 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.

Clutch NBA playoff performances on this date

-On this date in 1988, two NBA legends and Hall of Famers in Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins combined for 81 points in a eastern Conference semifinals game 7 dual.


-On this date in 1995, Houston Rockets forward Robert Horry hit the 17-foot jump shot to give the Rockets a 94-93 Game 1 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

James Harden keeps rising in the record books

Houston Rockets guard James Harden was named to the 2014-2015 All-NBA First Team for the second consecutive season and his third All-NBA appearance (All-NBA Third Team in 2012-2013). Harden joins Hakeem Olajuwon (six) and Moses Malone (Four) as the only Rockets players to earn multiple All-NBA appearances. (via press release)

View the entire press release on Rockets.com

Harden is joined by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

James Harden also is the first player in NBA postseason history with at least 300 points, 100 assists and 30 three-point field goals made in the first 13 games of a postseason. (via @ESPNStatsInfo).

NFL announces date for Super Bowl LI

The National Football League today announced the official date for Super Bowl LI to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium as February 5, 2017. (via press release).

“We are excited to now know the date, and the Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee is proud and eager to lock in the countdown to kick-off,” said Host Committee Chairman Ric Campo. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase Houston as the forward-looking, global city that it is, as well as come together as a community and have a great time.”

 

“We are thankful our good friend Bob McNair and the other NFL owners are returning the Super Bowl to the best venue in America,” said host committee Honorary Chairman James A. Baker, III, the 61st U.S. Secretary of State. “We plan to return that favor by hosting a celebration with our special Houston flair, and we are already deep into the preparation for it.”

This will be Houston’s third time to host the Super Bowl (1974, 2004) and second time hosted at NRG Stadium (previously named Reliant Stadium).