Events happening in H-Town during Super Bowl week

Super Bowl week is just around the corner and if you want to be a part of the festivities leading up to the big game, but can’t attend Super Bowl 51 there’s going to be a whole bunch of stuff going on in Downtown Houston beginning Saturday, January 28 and its going to be LIVE!!

What I personally recommend checking out is Super Bow LIVE, which is a FREE nine-day family-friendly fan festival in downtown Houston celebrating Super Bowl LI. Anchored in Discovery Green and encompassing more than 750,000 square feet, approximately the size of 13 football fields, Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon features live music and
performances, interactive exhibits, great food and a 90-foot tall virtual
reality trip to Mars.

Although a bit pricey, but if you can afford it I would hands down check out the NFL Experience at George R. Brown Convention Center while you’re out and about in Downtown. To simply put it NFL Experience is an NFL themed interactive theme park and is heaven for NFL fans. Trust me and thank me later.

I’m personally looking forward to the NFL Experience and all the multiple concerts happening throughout the day for nine days straight on multiple stages at Super Bowl Live AND Discovery Green. Talk about a music festival mixed with a sports festival! Head to http://www.housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live for a full schedule of artists performing and let me know who you’re looking forward to seeing perform!

For art lovers like myself, there will be a couple of pop-up shops open in Downtown for a limited time. Check out www.downtownhouston.org for more information.

I would also check out local news sites, www.chron.com and Visit Houston for official Super Bowl LI guides.

Be sure to download the official Super Bowl LI app, follow @HouSuperBowl on Social Media and visit the official website of the Houston Super Bowl for any information on the big event.

2015 NFL playoff-clinching scenarios

Here are your 2015 NFL playoff-clinching scenarios heading in to week 17:

AFC:

SEED                 TEAM                                DIVISION        RECORD
1.                        New England                        East                 12-3
2.                        Denver                                 West                11-4
3.                        Cincinnati                             North                11-4
4.                        Houston                               South                8-7
5.                        Kansas City                         West                 10-5
6.                        N.Y. Jets                             East                   10-5

STILL ALIVE:
7.                      Pittsburgh                             North                 9-6
10.                    Indianapolis                          South                7-8

ELIMINATED:
8.                     Oakland                                West                 7-8
9.                     Buffalo                                   East                  7-8
11.                  Jacksonville                           South                5-10
12.                  Miami                                      East                  5-10
13.                  Baltimore                                North                5-10
14.                 San Diego                             West                 4-11
15.                  Cleveland                              North                3-12
16.                  Tennessee                           South                 3-12

CLINCHED:

New England Patriots: AFC East + first-round bye
Cincinnati Bengals: AFC North
Denver Broncos: Playoff berth
Kansas City: Playoff berth

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1. NE win or tie OR
2. DEN loss or tie

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers

Denver clinches AFC West division with:

1. DEN win or tie OR
2. KC loss or tie

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1. CIN win OR
2. DEN tie + CIN loss or tie OR
3. KC loss or tie + CIN loss

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1. DEN win + NE loss

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:

1. CIN win + DEN loss or tie OR
2. CIN tie + DEN loss OR
3. DEN loss + KC win

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Kansas City clinches AFC West division with:

1. KC win + DEN loss

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

New York Jets clinch a playoff berth with:

1. NYJ win or tie OR
2. PIT loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

1. PIT win + NYJ loss

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston clinches AFC South division with:

1. HOU win or tie OR
2. IND loss or tie OR
3. HOU clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over IND or clinches strength of schedule tiebreaker over IND

Houston clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over IND if one of the following teams wins or ties: CIN, NE, NO, NYJ, SD.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division with:

1. IND win + HOU loss + IND ties HOU in strength of victory tiebreaker and clinches strength of schedule tiebreaker over HOU.

IND ties HOU in strength of victory tiebreaker and clinches strength of schedule tiebreaker over HOU if BOTH of the following occurs:

1. All of the following teams win: ATL, BAL, BUF, DEN, MIA
2. OAK win or tie + PIT win or tie as long as both teams don’t tie

NFC

SEED                 TEAM                                DIVISION        RECORD
1.                         Carolina                            South                   14-1
2.                         Arizona                             West                    13-2
3.                         Green Bay                        North                    10-5
4.                         Washington                      East                      8-7
5.                         Minnesota                        North                     10-5
6.                         Seattle                             West                      9-6

ELIMINATED:
7.                        Atlanta                         South                      8-7  
8.                        St. Louis                       West                      7-8
9.                        Detroit                           North                      6-9
10.                      Tampa Bay                   South                      6-9
11.                      New Orleans               South                       6-9
12.                      Chicago                      North                        6-9
13.                      Philadelphia                East                          6-9
14.                      N.Y. Giants                 East                         6-9
15.                     San Francisco             West                        4-11
16.                     Dallas                          East                          4-11

CLINCHED:

Carolina Panthers: NFC South + first-round bye
Arizona Cardinals: NFC West + first-round bye
Green Bay: playoff berth
Seattle: playoff berth
Minnesota: playoff berth

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with

1. CAR win or tie OR
2. ARI loss or tie

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Arizona clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1. ARI win + CAR loss

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

1. GB win or tie

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Minnesota clinches NFC North division with:

1. MIN win

*information obtained from ESPN and CBS Sports

Campus Recreation to host Pro Football Pick’em

Do you think you know the NFL? Are you one of those fans who can predict the outcome of a game before it kicks off?

Well here’s your chance to prove your knowledge! University of Houston Clear-Lake’s Campus Recreation is giving you a chance to predict the winner of each game per week for a chance to win a prize for that week.

The game is called UHCL’s Pro Pick’em, and just like any pro pick’em game you’ve played before, the rules are pretty simple:

  1. The object of UHCL’s Pro Pick’em is to accumulate as many points as possible by correctly picking the winning team in each of the games played each week during the 2015 NFL Season.
  2. Each time you correctly pick the winning team in a game played during the 2015 season, you will receive one point in the standings for this event. Please note that no points are awarded for games that end in ties. The points earned by each participant will be tallied, and the participant who finishes with the highest point total in the standings among all participants will win the “Weekly Prize” for that week.  These weekly totals also add towards your final total for the “Grand Prize”, which is the overall point’s leader at the end of the regular season.
  3. The deadline for submitting picks during each week of the 2015 season will be every Thursday by 5 p.m. All picks for a given week must be submitted before that deadline to be considered in connection with the congruent week.

So now you’re probably wondering okay how do I get started, how do I participate and where do I get the form to make my picks?

How to play:

  1. You MUST be a UHCL student or a faculty/staff to be able to participate
  2. Pick up your UHCL Pro Pick’em sheet from either the Fitness Room, located in SSCB #2.103, or the Student Life Office, located in SSCB 1.204. You can also print out the form from the weekly email that will be sent out.
  3. Follow the directions on the top of the form to correctly fill it out.
  4. Once your form is completed, you may turn it back in in either the Fitness Room, Student Life Office, or electronically to campusrecreation@uhcl.edu by 5 p.m. every Thursday.

Pretty simple right? For more information you can contact Campus Recreation by either emailing Campus Recreation at campusrecreation@uhcl.edu or by visiting Campus Recreation online.

 

JJ Watt reveals daily diet and nutrition intake

ESPN’s Houston Texans affiliate Tania Ganguli recently released an article about JJ Watt’s nutrition habit and his daily diet.

According to Ganguli, Watt consumes around 9,000 calories PER DAY! That is how much I consume probably in a month.

The 9,000 calories consists a mixture of around 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts and 13 avocados.

Watt also broke down part of his diet in an interview with Fox Sports’ Jimmy Traina couple of months ago. In the interview, he stated that he eats two breakfasts per day, which consists a total of 10 eggs, hash browns, whole wheat pancakes, banana, orange juice, water, apple, oatmeal and a wheat toast.

Watt stated the reason behind his diet change was because his body was lagging in the energy/fuel that he needed based on how much he worked out.

“My body was was grabbing for something that wasn’t there,” Watt said. “It was trying to fuel itself with no fuel.”

Truthfully, I’m not surprised Watt consumes these many calories per day because of his work ethic and his workout regiment.

With Watt being one of my role models, I would’ve never thought I’d use his motivation for diet since I need to increase my calorie intake.

“Literally, if I’m not working out, I eat the whole time I’m not working out,” Watt said. It’s exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food.”

 

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.

 

 

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).