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It's a very common trick to act too cool to like something. Clearly, this is his feeble attempt. I wouldn't worry about it. Nobody reads that schmuck anyway.

However, he wasn't forced to rate Toyota Center the second best arena in the NBA (to Staples Center), but with better food than Staples. So, even while he bitched, he still gave props.

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What's-his-name will check himself when ESPN stops writing him paychecks.

And ESPN will stop writing what's-his-name paychecks when people stop talking about him. So don't talk about him.

By the way, are there any sports commentators (aside from Bob Costas) who aren't total jerks?

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I actually like his articles.

He gave us some credit... he gave us pretty good marks too when he wrote his superbowl article. Also, some of his remarks he comes about honestly.. Traffic this week was horrendous.. especially around the Galleria area. Reading his article, he seemd like he had a good time overall.. he just wishes that good time wasn't in Houston.

He is a big Boston fan. He loves that city and any sports team from that city. Anybody that reads him regularly knows this and knows that he deosnt try to hide his bias.

So yah.. take his articles for what they are.. and just realize that anyone that reads his articles normally (regulars on ESPN.com)also know of his continual bias.

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It's not only him. Other people don't like Houston as well. Some of these people that posts on here bashes Houston, too. Lord knows sometimes I do, but I want Houston to get better. We're the 4th largest city in the nation and don't even get credit for that.

Bill Simmons is a pain in the ass, but you have to listen and read his articles about Houston, maybe we, the city may learn something.

I know you can't please everybody, but they need to address these questions to the people and make a survey for Houston residents, and tourist. Why you hate Houston so much? And what can the city do to improve this matter?

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Simmons is very, very tired. I knew before this weekend that he was coming and I already knew what to expect. more complaining. Did any of the rest of us get to go to the All Star game (MLB & NBA) and the Super Bowl? Probably not. Plus he doesn't even live in the Northeast anymore, he's out in LA. LA surely doesn't have any sprawl. he's a joke, you can tell from his articles, he spent most of his time in hotel bars and yet still found time to rant about nothing useful. His references and comments are always just plain out annoying.

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These are all good points. This guy's schtick is to delicate flower and moan. So, he attempts to delicate flower and moan to be funny. Actually, he had very few real gripes, as Hwy 6 pointed out. Sounds like we're making progress.

Plus, he's bitching that H-Town got 4 big events in 2 years? Sounds like a compliment to me. I don't care how you write it, that sounds good.

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Yeah, as I have said before on here, I would love to have a 3-4 AM cut off on Friday/ Saturday nights. Right now wouldn't be the best time because of the strain on the police force. However, i severely doubt there would be enough supporters for this to ever change.

Is it the Texas Legislature or Houston City Council that can make these rulings?

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It's not only him. Other people don't like Houston as well. Some of these people that posts on here bashes Houston, too. Lord knows sometimes I do, but I want Houston to get better. We're the 4th largest city in the nation and don't even get credit for that.

Bill Simmons is a pain in the ass, but you have to listen and read his articles about Houston, maybe we, the city may learn something.

I know you can't please everybody, but they need to address these questions to the people and make a survey for Houston residents, and tourist. Why you hate Houston so much? And what can the city do to improve this matter?

No matter want any city does not everyone will like it or be impressed. Many people like it here though, for example Peter Jennings, or Jim Rome. Bob Hope loved it here and brought it up on the Carson show before. Ask your self why Avery Johnson, Robert Horry, Mario Ellie and others players for other teams in TX still make their main home here in Houston. I know Houston needs to improve on many points and is improving on many areas. Our city is creating a nice momentum over the past five years. I don't mean to rant but your always so damn cynical and pessimistic in majority of your post I have read.

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As was stated by a couple of columnists (national) the week of the Super Bowl, never take a writer seriously who whines incessantly about "having" to attend an event that tens of thousands would love to attend not only free of charge--but while earning a pay check.

While there are many things that Houston needs to improve, the standard "sprawl and traffic" take during a sporting event (nez, mega-event) is pretty flimsy.

Nothing ruins a supposedly humorous article than the author coming off as whiny and soft. "Oh, poor you. You had to attend the Super Bowl, Major League All Star Game, World Series, Big XII Championship game, Gallery Furniture.com Bowl (actually, the Houston Bowl) and the NBA All-Star game in a 24-month span in the same city. Oh, poor you! Poor, baby. Would you like a back rub? A secruity blankie?"

I've come to like a good Houston bashing. They tell me a lot about the psyche of the person, whether they're being serious or not. Just don't come off as whiny. Makes me not respect your sh**.

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Alcohol regulations all come from Austin. To get through there, you would have to get through the minefield of Baptists, MADD mothers, law enforcement groups and anyone else who doesn't like alcohol. I'm not even sure that the restaurant associations would be big on it. If the law allows alcohol till 4 am, there would be pressure to stay open that late so your competitors don't beat you, and many owners don't want to do that. I would bet that most like it just the way it is.

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And the 2 AM curfew is pretty standard in the overwhelming majority of US cities. There are exceptions, and most all of them are tourist friendly cities (not saying it's good or bad, just how it is).

Frankly, I don't see why you need to have an alcohol curfew at all. A person could wake up at three in the morning, have a half bottle of Jack Daniels and go out cause mischief if that's what he's hankerin' to do. Penalizing bars seems to be a copout.

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It's his business if he doesn't like Houston, but the least he can do is explain just what is so awful about the place instead of just making snide remarks and complaining. Somehow I really don't think sprawl or getting shot is really such a big issue to a journalist that just has to take a taxi or a limo to his hotel downtown, then hang out at parties. If you can't find something to appreciate in other cities, and you are so sure that your own town is just God's little acre, then you really need to find a job that doesn't require much travel.

And if he thinks you come here to gain weight, that's probably because we have one of the best collections of good restaurants in the country, so I hope it's true.

A friend of mine made a good point, that garbage commentary about Houston like this only comes from sports writers. I wonder why that is?

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Look, we all know that if he was actually somebody, he would have done more than stalk MJ from his dinner table for several hours seething over the idea of an invite to play spades.

This guy is a nobody. I actually suprised his "black superbowl" comment hasn't stirred up more attention.

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Look, we all know that if he was actually somebody, he would have done more than stalk MJ from his dinner table for several hours seething over the idea of an invite to play spades.

This guy is a nobody. I actually suprised his "black superbowl" comment hasn't stirred up more attention.

Jeebus:

I agree. The guy is what my dad used to call a "professional whiner will travel".

Wouldn't it be great to be able for any of us to suspend our self esteem and do what he does? ^_^

BTW: if we wait around long enough, the "black superbowl" crack will probably come back and bite him on the ass.

B)

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I did like his comment about not pushing back the 2 am last call. That last call thing bugs me, I know other cities have them to, but still, it's annoying, 2 am is kinda early for a Friday night.

That was the only dissing comment that made sense in the whole article. We agree with each other there. But his dissing Houston for sprawl, traffic and violence after living in L.A. lost his credibility and caught him in his baby crib crying for attention when no one will feed him.

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What comes across in this article is that what's-his-name is a nobody who can't get invited to the best parties, meet famous people or afford the best accomodations.

Therefore, he's trying to shame and bully his way into having insecure Houstonians pick up his bar tabs and provide him with free hotel rooms, meals, transportation, etc. . It's an old game, but I've seldom seen it so artlessly done. "Be nice to me, or I'm gonna tell everyone that Houston sucks." It's called extortion.

I've got three words for him, and they're not "Welcome To Houston." <_<

And ESPN? Please send a professional journalist next time.

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What comes across in this article is that what's-his-name is a nobody who can't get invited to the best parties, meet famous people or afford the best accomodations.

And from his picture I'm lead to think Mommy & Daddy has picked up his tab all through life. How ironic that in real life, he's left out in the cold waiting for a guy named P-nutt for tickets to an exclusive NBA party. What a winner.

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How important is this guy in the NBA or sporting journalist that people would follow with what he says?

People who have been to Houston will find its good and bad (like any other city) and decide for themselves. If he doesn't like it here he shouldn't have taken the assignment. But yet, the first thing he did was moan and groan about how awful Houston was?

Does he whine about the cabs in NY? or the traffic in L.A.?

All I read that he did in that interview was watch people and drink. He didn't ask any locals about good bars (Geeze, Mr. don't you watch "$40 a day with Rachel Ray where to go when out of town?!)

;)

I'm sure the Northeast is SOOOOOOOO perfect in everyway. While everyone is freezing their butts (can I curse here?) off, we had a little mild winter.

While Northeasters can be a bit harsh, some of us still have the Texas hospitality.

Did we forget, obviously someone didn't read the fattest city in the nation. Hey buddy we're number "5".... say it with me... "5"....not one ONE or TWO! ..Number one is Chicago! and oh yea L.A. is somewhere in that last too!!

As the old saying goes, "Welcome to Texas, now that you have been here, get out!" ;)

I doubt MJ could care about this guy!

Personally I didn't care for the NBA All Stars game or the people.

If the NBA is the "Black Superbowl" It was Bryant Gumble who said, ""Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don

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Up until last November, pubs in London and the rest of the UK closed at 11:00pm.

And London is not exactly bible belt central.

Of course now it's 24 hour drinking if you can find it. Just watch out for the freaks in SoHo.

I think it's in several UK cities aswell. There was a story in this weeks Manchester Metro news on the front page. Entitled "Whatever Happened to 24hr Drinking Turmoil?". Some politicians predectited binge-drinking anarchy. According to the story there has been a drop in violent alchahol related crimes. It's to early to tell if this new law will have a negative impact, several cities are being closely monitored though.

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BayouCityGirl:

I'm sure the Northeast is SOOOOOOOO perfect in everyway. While everyone is freezing their butts (can I curse here?) off, we had a little mild winter.

And that's my #1 reason for loving Houston so much. Our winters! I see news footage of those people all bundled up from head to toe, white sky, white all around and I sit back, smirk and say, "that's right!" All winter long we've maybe three of what I call "coat weekends".

Last weekend was misery to me. It zapped any life or energy right out of me. I hate cold and gloom. I wish the game had come on one of our 70 degree, clear sky weekends, which we've been having pretty frequently all winter. But that's what I love about Houston, it can be cold and dreary one day, but you know sun and warmth is just a day or two off. The folks in the Northest have no end in sight until well into spring. No thank you!

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Look, we all know that if he was actually somebody, he would have done more than stalk MJ from his dinner table for several hours seething over the idea of an invite to play spades.

This guy is a nobody. I actually suprised his "black superbowl" comment hasn't stirred up more attention.

What comes across in this article is that what's-his-name is a nobody who can't get invited to the best parties, meet famous people or afford the best accomodations.

Therefore, he's trying to shame and bully his way into having insecure Houstonians pick up his bar tabs and provide him with free hotel rooms, meals, transportation, etc. . It's an old game, but I've seldom seen it so artlessly done. "Be nice to me, or I'm gonna tell everyone that Houston sucks." It's called extortion.

Bill Simmons is the equivalent of an opinion writer, Not a sports journalist... He doesnt have to be factual, he writes based on what he fants and how he feels. His "Thing" is to be funny by being sarcastic and slightly mean and by basically saying nothing is a good as Boston. Perhaps part of his articles are out of jealousy.

You guys are way too much up in arms over this fellow and the fact that y'all are complaining about nitpicky stuff such as "getting tickets from pnut" or "bully insecure Houstonians into picking up his bartab".. and calling him a nobody.... ? And he's the jealous one ?? You're no better than him.

Plus, he's bitching that H-Town got 4 big events in 2 years? Sounds like a compliment to me. I don't care how you write it, that sounds good.

RedScare has it right. Read between the damn lines.

Houston is doing just fine in the sports world and as a host city and this amusing "Houston bashing" article proves it.

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I agree with Hwy 6 on this.

I don't mind the bashing; I see it as a compliment. You don't bash Oklahoma City because nothing's happening there right now. Same with Charlotte, NC or dozens of other cities.

But the writer feels the need to get all up in arms for "having" to consistently have a good time at events in Houston.

If your schtick is to bash, then bash. Just don't be whiny. Hard to really get into your stuff when you sound whiny--especially if you reside in LA, which has problems almost identical to Houston's.

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I am really surprised everyone is so up in arms about this article. I personally like Bill Simmons and have been reading his columns for years. He's funny (or at least I think he is). Is he writing serious hard-hitting journalism? Absolutely not.

Ok, so maybe he's not that fond of Houston. So what? A lot of his gripes were legitimate. Staying in the Galleria for a major event downtown? Bad idea. Why have we had three major sporting events in the last two years? I think it might have just a little something to do with the fact that we just constructed 3 brand new sports facilities.

He wasn't here to find the cutesy little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that's sooooo good and you simply must go to at your earliest convenience. He wasn't here to go shopping at the Galleria. He wasn't here to visit a new exhibit at the museums. He wasn't here to take in a show at Numbers. He wasn't here to be immersed in Houston culture.

He was here for the NBA All-Star game and write a humorous take on his experience. That means going to bars downtown, going to exclusive parties, going to the Saturday night All-Star activities, going to the game, waving to celebrities and recounting a humorous take of Roger Clemens' kid (maybe??) getting shut down by Snoop Dogg's posse. That's what he did and it worked.

Yes, he has a Boston bias (and a Clippers bias) and so what?? I have a Wisconsin sports bias. Who cares? Actually, I typically skip his overtly pro-Boston articles because they're so redundant. If you follow sports, you probably have a bias. That's what makes watching sports fun.

But if we're getting upset about a sports columnist saying a couple less than great things about Houston, take a step back. He came to the All-Start game in Houston. He said he absolutely would not going to the Super Bowl in Detroit. If you read between the lines, he actually had a decent time here.

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No matter want any city does not everyone will like it or be impressed. Many people like it here though, for example Peter Jennings, or Jim Rome. Bob Hope loved it here and brought it up on the Carson show before. Ask your self why Avery Johnson, Robert Horry, Mario Ellie and others players for other teams in TX still make their main home here in Houston. I know Houston needs to improve on many points and is improving on many areas. Our city is creating a nice momentum over the past five years. I don't mean to rant but your always so damn cynical and pessimistic in majority of your post I have read.

Nick Van Exel who has never played for the Rockets also lives in Houston from what I understand. So do Mike Woodson (Clippers, Rockets player, Hawks coach...), Sam Cassell, Jaclyn Smith, Kings X, Kenny Smith, ZZ Top, Beyonce's family, then there's a celebrity chef who used to cook for Schwarzenegger and Michael Jackson who fled Los Angeles to move to Houston...

I got more of a tongue-in-cheek impression from Simmons' article, more or less. I was more infuriated with LA Times writer T.J. Simers over his 2004 Super Bowl brain farts and actually e-mailed him about. He kept referring to Houston as "Yahooville" in a rather non-friendly way and I sent him facts where Houston and L.A. are quite similar...so Los Angeles ought to be "Yahooville" as well.

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I am really surprised everyone is so up in arms about this article. I personally like Bill Simmons and have been reading his columns for years. He's funny (or at least I think he is). Is he writing serious hard-hitting journalism? Absolutely not.

I haven't heard too much about this dude. Which cities other than New York, Miami, or L.A. has he ever said anything good about when it came to hosting a Super Bowl or All Star Game? (I'm only assuming he likes those three cities and no place else in America).

Ok, so maybe he's not that fond of Houston. So what? A lot of his gripes were legitimate. Staying in the Galleria for a major event downtown? Bad idea. Why have we had three major sporting events in the last two years? I think it might have just a little something to do with the fact that we just constructed 3 brand new sports facilities.

(don't 4get the World Series) :P

It's true that we wouldn't have had these events if our teams were still playing in the Astrodome and Summit. But we proved over and over again that Houston is capable of hosting big events like the one we have. And we're about to host a lot more, too. Expect an MLS All-Star Game, MLS championship game, NCAA national basketball championship, another Big 12 championship, maybe even an NHL All Star Game should we land an NHL franchise in the near future. And I truly feel that Houston deserved every one of those events.

Yes, he has a Boston bias (and a Clippers bias) and so what?? I have a Wisconsin sports bias. Who cares? Actually, I typically skip his overtly pro-Boston articles because they're so redundant. If you follow sports, you probably have a bias. That's what makes watching sports fun.

I'm biased to Houston, but it doesn't mean that I think we're the only good city in America. There may be people that read his columns and never been to Houston. Why would you want to travel here if you took his article seriously and really thought Houston was the way he depicted it?

But if we're getting upset about a sports columnist saying a couple less than great things about Houston, take a step back. He came to the All-Star game in Houston. He said he absolutely would not going to the Super Bowl in Detroit. If you read between the lines, he actually had a decent time here.

I wish he could have come out and said that if he really did.

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I haven't heard too much about this dude. Which cities other than New York, Miami, or L.A. has he ever said anything good about when it came to hosting a Super Bowl or All Star Game? (I'm only assuming he likes those three cities and no place else in America).

(don't 4get the World Series) :P

It's true that we wouldn't have had these events if our teams were still playing in the Astrodome and 8?Summit. But we proved over and over again that Houston is capable of hosting big events like the one we have. And we're about to host a lot more, too. Expect an MLS All-Star Game, MLS championship game, NCAA national basketball championship, another Big 12 championship, maybe even an NHL All Star Game should we land an NHL franchise in the near future. And I truly feel that Houston deserved every one of those events.

I'm biased to Houston, but it doesn't mean that I think we're the only good city in America. There may be people that read his columns and never been to Houston. Why would you want to travel here if you took his article seriously and really thought Houston was the way he depicted it?

I wish he could have come out and said that if he really did.

Houston is plenty capable of holding major sporting events. But like I said, a lot of it has to do with having new facilities. Every new baseball stadium that opens gets an All-Star game. Typically, the Super Bowl is held in warm weather climates (miami, nola, san diego) so Houston fits that. Except when it was here, it was 50 and rainy. Rather crummy weather for the NBA all-star game, too. The weather isn't quite as reliable here as it is in Miami or San Diego. Look at the next four: Miami, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami.

But yes, Houston has done fine. The reviews for the Super Bowl here were actually good, and it angers me that we didn't get another shot when they just awarded the 2010 Super Bowl a month ago.

One more thing on Bill Simmons. If you're taking it seriously, you've probably never read the guy's articles and probably deserve whatever quick-judging opinion you have. If you had read him more, you'd also know that he went to the J'Ville SB last year and hated it much more than Houston. Here's what he said last year:

If anything, the past two days made me appreciate Houston's performance last year, a city that faced the same logistical problems and conquered many of them. I don't think Houston should have hosted a Super Bowl either, and those last two days were a certifiable train wreck. But at least they had enough hotels. At least there were a decent number of cabs. At least there was a recognizable downtown area. At least they had the Light Rail, with the bonus that you might get to see some drunken pedestrian bouncing off it. Houston was 10 times more prepared than Jacksonville is right now.

Or this as well:

Best hotel: The Adams Mark Hotel

This is like handing out the award for "Most enjoyable Creed album" -- there isn't an upscale hotel in this entire city. But the Adams Mark seems like the nicest one. Although the Hilton has the best late-night bar scene. Still, nothing like the scene at the Icon in Houston last year.

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Best hotel: Houstonian (okay I am not biased because my family memeber owns it ;P)

How many times can he say "at least":

"But at least they had enough hotels"

"At least there were a decent number of cabs"

"At least there was a recognizable downtown area."

"At least they had the Light Rail, with the bonus that you might get to see some drunken pedestrian bouncing off it"

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http://www.infidelguy.com/ftopicp-341003-G...GOP_conven.html

I don't care what color people are!

I hate it when people have to lump race into any type of topic like sports or culture. We're PEOPLE!!!

Jimmy the Greek got into biggg trouble saying something like that.

That blacks are better athletes and that Houston is a lousy city are both cliches, which writers resort to when they can't think of anything better to write. That doesn't mean though that there isn't an element of truth to some of it, just that it's exagerated for the sake of getting a cheap reaction out of an audience.

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OK, BCGirl, take your blood pressure medicine and calm down. Simmons won't be writing about Houston for "at least" 2 more years when the NCAAs come to town. Schultz is right. The guy makes a living as a smartass. This is the price we pay for being in the limelight. People take potshots at you. It is a form of flattery. Would you like it better if Simmons had NO reason to come here?

All of those celebrity shows you love to watch report on juicy gossip on the celebs. The celebs get pissed. But, do any of them quit going out in public? Of course not. They love the pub. And so do we. But, with the fluff pieces, you also get Bill simmons slapping us down. Comes with the territory. Deal with it.

Remember, Big Cities can take it. Small towns get their feelings hurt.

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I know you're right, and I've made exactly that "Big cities can take it" argument myself on this board many times in the past, but for some reason that article just really annoyed me. I think it was because he was just crabbing without really explaining what it was he didn't like.

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People that delicate flower about our city simply don't understand it, which means they haven't taken the time to do so. If I had a nickel for everyone in NYC who physically BALKED when I said I was from Houston...good grief, I'd be loaded. People up there don't get it, and don't want to.

That's okay! I love it here, it's my home, and they don't know what they're missing. Hey, I'm not the one who has to dig my car out from 10 inches of snow.

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But yes, Houston has done fine. The reviews for the Super Bowl here were actually good, and it angers me that we didn't get another shot when they just awarded the 2010 Super Bowl a month ago.

Me too

One more thing on Bill Simmons. If you're taking it seriously, you've probably never read the guy's articles and probably deserve whatever quick-judging opinion you have. If you had read him more, you'd also know that he went to the J'Ville SB last year and hated it much more than Houston. Here's what he said last year:

If anything, the past two days made me appreciate Houston's performance last year, a city that faced the same logistical problems and conquered many of them. I don't think Houston should have hosted a Super Bowl either, and those last two days were a certifiable train wreck. But at least they had enough hotels. At least there were a decent number of cabs. At least there was a recognizable downtown area. At least they had the Light Rail, with the bonus that you might get to see some drunken pedestrian bouncing off it. Houston was 10 times more prepared than Jacksonville is right now.

Still, nothing like the scene at the Icon in Houston last year.

That's just the thing. Why would anyone feel that Houston doesn't deserve these big events, especially after the job we did in 2004? I don't think any city was more prepared or put as much emphasis on the game than Houston did. Think of all the dfferent things that opened up with the deadline being the month before the Super Bowl that year. Light Rail. Hiltons America. Main Event. GRB expansion. Etc. Also, if you ask just about any unbiased dude, I wonder who they'd pick as to who the best host city was between Detroit, J'Ville, or Houston.

I think the dude really feels the way he wrote, which is quite frightening. Our city officials wanted to host these events to show the world how great a city Houston is. That we should have been hosting more of these events before in the first place. And that we deserve to host more. Bob McNair wanted the Super Bowl in 2004 because he wanted Houston to host it regularly with Miami, Arizona, Nawleans. (at least once every 5-6 years.) Quite frankly, I don't understand how articles like this help his case.

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OK, BCGirl, take your blood pressure medicine and calm down.

*Okay Redscare stop trying to anlayze me (which you failed at) and I'm not pissed. I was actually having fun with this subject before some people decide to post here and get it closed (ruining our posting fun for everyone)

Simmons won't be writing about Houston for "at least" 2 more years when the NCAAs come to town. Schultz is right. The guy makes a living as a smartass. This is the price we pay for being in the limelight. People take potshots at you. It is a form of flattery. Would you like it better if Simmons had NO reason to come here?

*Personally, I would care less. He's a nobody. Well I guess I'm not into sports and I don't care if he came here or not.

All of those celebrity shows you love to watch report on juicy gossip on the celebs. The celebs get pissed. But, do any of them quit going out in public? Of course not. They love the pub. And so do we. But, with the fluff pieces, you also get Bill simmons slapping us down. Comes with the territory. Deal with it.

*Well the most things celebs are pissed at really is reality TV. It takes their job away. Well they have to go out in public. They are human beings. They have everyday lives. I don't care if they are famous or not. To me they are just people. Not all celebrities love the public. Alot of celebrities are insecure and shy. I know of an actress who loves her work but won't deal with her fans because she is very shy. (she's not a big actress as far as fame goes) but she has performed on more sci fi then anything. It depends on the celeb and again they are just people. (Why do you sound so pissy in your post?)

Remember, Big Cities can take it. Small towns get their feelings hurt.

*Take what? I don't think your making much sense here.

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I was watching Letterman last night and realized something: Thank God we're NOT New Jersey! You think we get bashed? EVERYONE from the east coast bashes Jersey - both in fiction and non-fictional media.

Could you imagine being the permanant punch-line for half the nation?

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Me too

That's just the thing. Why would anyone feel that Houston doesn't deserve these big events, especially after the job we did in 2004? I don't think any city was more prepared or put as much emphasis on the game than Houston did. Think of all the dfferent things that opened up with the deadline being the month before the Super Bowl that year. Light Rail. Hiltons America. Main Event. GRB expansion. Etc. Also, if you ask just about any unbiased dude, I wonder who they'd pick as to who the best host city was between Detroit, J'Ville, or Houston.

I think the dude really feels the way he wrote, which is quite frightening. Our city officials wanted to host these events to show the world how great a city Houston is. That we should have been hosting more of these events before in the first place. And that we deserve to host more. Bob McNair wanted the Super Bowl in 2004 because he wanted Houston to host it regularly with Miami, Arizona, Nawleans. (at least once every 5-6 years.) Quite frankly, I don't understand how articles like this help his case.

It all goes back to the "Why don't more people visit Houston?" discussion that has been chewed up on this board daily. Houston is very much on the rise. I've only been here for two and a half years and the changes have been absolutely dramatic, and a lot of that is due to the Super Bowl and other events. I think each and every one of us here could come up with 20 ways to improve the city, without any consideration for tourism, just for our own benefit. Bill Simmons has a few problems with Houston; so do a lot of us. But Houston is moving in the right direction and more development ITL and especially downtown will greatly improve Houston's image throughout the country and the world. Maybe Houston needs to act like there's a Super Bowl coming every year.

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I agree. I've long since said that there needs to be more bravado in Houston rather than the knee-jerk "woe is up" response to every supposed "observation" of what Houston is or isn't. I do enough traveling that 90% of these so called observations of Houston flaws are universal to American cities, including glorious New York. The problem is that people in Houston seem far too willing (or maybe it's just this site) to assume that any negative that is associated with Houston is unique to Houston.

Maybe because I'm not a native I don't understand that willingness to just accept this as valid without a closer inspection of what's being said and who's saying.

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I agree. I've long since said that there needs to be more bravado in Houston rather than the knee-jerk "woe is up" response to every supposed "observation" of what Houston is or isn't. I do enough traveling that 90% of these so called observations of Houston flaws are universal to American cities, including glorious New York. The problem is that people in Houston seem far too willing (or maybe it's just this site) to assume that any negative that is associated with Houston is unique to Houston.

Maybe because I'm not a native I don't understand that willingness to just accept this as valid without a closer inspection of what's being said and who's saying.

Agreed.

I don't think my quality of life has materially changed since Bill Simmons angled for a laugh at my hometown's expense. If others think that my observations were too harsh, maybe they should chalk it up to my "Houston Bravado". :P

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The guy has some nerve to write smack about Houston 3 days after he had a book signing at Borders. He's starved for attention...trying to get his name out there, just like a journalist in the heat of battle, etc. It comes with his job, he wants to make a little more coin...I don't blame him for trying, although I can still dislike his ignorant conclusions. His tactics are cheap, desperate and inconsistent. At this point, I'd love to see an Astros/Red Sox series next year. I will be on Main with my plastic cup full of victory beer, and he will surely find his way back to Houston writing about how he bumped shoulders with Tara Reid at the Icon.

What a great Simmons story that would be.

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The guy has some nerve to write smack about Houston 3 days after he had a book signing at Borders. He's starved for attention...trying to get his name out there, just like a journalist in the heat of battle, etc. It comes with his job, he wants to make a little more coin...I don't blame him for trying, although I can still dislike his ignorant conclusions. His tactics are cheap, desperate and inconsistent. At this point, I'd love to see an Astros/Red Sox series next year. I will be on Main with my plastic cup full of victory beer, and he will surely find his way back to Houston writing about how he bumped shoulders with Tara Reid at the Icon.

What a great Simmons story that would be.

Think he'll be dumb enough to do another book signing in Houston? :lol:

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