Nov 20 2008

Was Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver’s Father Beaten by Houston Police?

Category: Houston,Pro SportsTim @ 12:43 pm

Disturbing news out of Houston today regarding Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver’s dad, Marvin Driver:

The father of a noted NFL player was in critical condition Wednesday, two days after an incident in which his family says Houston police officers beat the man while arresting him on outstanding traffic warrants.

Police said Marvin Driver, the father of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, was taken into custody about 1:30 a.m. on Monday. He was unresponsive when he arrived at the Southeast Jail on Mykawa, police said.

Family members say 56-year-old Marvin Driver was beaten by officers after being arrested at his mother’s house in southeast Houston.

Late Wednesday, Houston police spokesman Victor Senties declined to address specific questions regarding the allegations. But in a statement, HPD noted that the internal affairs division is investigating claims “that injuries he sustained following his arrest were the result of an assault on Mr. Driver by two HPD officers.”

Wait, he was arrested and left the house in good shape and arrived at the jail having been beaten? How did this all start?

The incident began late Sunday when Driver was dropping his brother, Winston Driver, off after the two had moved furniture, family members said.

Officers stopped Marvin Driver Jr. in front of his mother’s home, relatives said. An argument took place between police and Driver’s family, as well as between Driver and officers over the language police were using, according to the written statement issued by family members.

Police told relatives Driver was being taken to jail for the outstanding warrants, relatives said. “Later, the family found out he never made it to the jail,” the statement said.

Something is missing here. I’d like to believe that HPD officers are not roaming gangs of thugs that randomly beat individuals for no reason, there has to be more to this story. Quanell X has appeared on the scene to help the Driver family and had this to say:

Houston Activist Quanell X says Marvin Driver was taken behind a local gas station by police officers, kicked and beaten. Quanell X also said officers allegedly forced Marvin Driver to swallow something and allegedly taunted him by saying, “This is going to take you to Jesus.”

What? “Take you to Jesus?” Really, that’s what they said? Isn’t there video of the event from the police car? HPD does not comment on cases like this, but I’m very interested in their side of the story. From the sports perspective, the Packers are giving all the time and support Driver needs to be there with his father.

The Packers previously had planned to give Driver, their 10th-year veteran receiver, time off from practice on Wednesday and Thursday because the 33-year old has been dealing with several nagging injuries, but coach Mike McCarthy said Driver has “had a personal situation that has come up, and he’s dealing with that right now.”

McCarthy declined further comment but said he believed Driver would be back with the team in time for Monday’s game at New Orleans.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he has not spoken with Driver but was aware of the situation.

“This is a family in here, and we support each other,” Rodgers said. “It’s a difficult situation, and we’re just going to come behind him and pray for him and be there for him when he returns.”

All I can say is, my thoughts are with the Driver family and I hope for the speedy recover of Mr. Driver. I also hope for a quick resolution of the events of this case and the guilty be punished with the same level of intensity used in the beating of Mr. Driver. If this case is found to be an act of brutality, HPD will have a lot of explaining to do.

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Nov 19 2008

Houston to Host NCAA Final Four in 2011 and 2016

Category: Houston,Pro Sports,SportsTim @ 3:56 pm

Correction: the Final Four will be in Houston in 2011 and 2016, not 2010 as originally reported.

Great news for Houston sports fans today:

Reliant Stadium has been selected to host the men’s basketball Final Four in 2016, the NCAA announced today.

The national finals that year will be April 2-4 in Houston.

That’s great news. We hosted a regional final this past year and it went very well. Everyone who I spoke with thought Reliant Stadium worked as a basketball venue and the environment was great. The NCAA announced other cities who will be hosting the Final Four games as well:

In addition to New Orleans getting the 2012 event, Atlanta will host it in 2013, Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014, Indianapolis in 2015 and Houston in 2016.

The 2014 Final Four in Dallas-Forth Worth will be held at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium that is in the final stages of construction.

That will be a trick to host the games in an 80,000+ seat venue. Good luck Dallas…

In the past few years we have hosted the MLB and NBA All Star games, Superbowl XXXVIII, NCAA Regional Finals, Big 12 Championship game, Bowl Games, and the World Series. Now, all we need is a real football team and maybe we could host an NFL playoff game! Here’s hoping.

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Nov 17 2008

2008 Indianapolis Colts Most Valuable Player: Sage Rosenfels

Category: Houston,Pro Sports,SportsTim @ 8:33 am

Yesterday, Sage Rosenfels completed his campaign for team MVP; unfortunately, he was campaigning for the wrong team. So, I give to you the Most Valuable Player for the 2008 Indianapolis Colts: Sage Rosenfels.

Sage Rosenfels Colts MVP

You may ask, how can a guy who is not “officially” on the Colts roster earn such high praise? Let me present the evidence.

Exhibit A: October 5, 2008 – The Rosencopter

The Colts were facing a disastrous 1-3 start to their season and were 3 minutes and 50 seconds away from a sound beating at the hands of the Houston Texans. Just when Indianapolis fans were ready throw in the towel, on came Sage:

That’s right, Sage single-handedly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and rescued the Colts season. With reckless abandon, his love for the Colts shown threw as he spun high in the air; dropping the ball into the loving arms of Gary Brackett who scored a touchdown. But wait, that was not enough, Sage had do to more for his beloved Colts.

Sage bravely stepped to the line and rolled again to his left while extending the ball for anyone to grab. While it looked like he was trying to pass, we were not fooled. He bravely fumbled the ball and allowed the Colts to grab the lead from the Texans a few plays later.

But wait; there was still a chance for a come-back by Houston. That’s when Sage completed his masterpiece. He targeted Melvin Bullitt and threw the gameending interception to ensure the victory for his beloved Colts.

I know what you are saying, “Is that really enough for the MVP award?” With a loss, the Colts would have been 1-3 and living in the cellar of the AFC South, but is that really enough to pass the other 18 for MVP? Sage needed more.

Exhibit B: November 16, 2008 – 4th Quarter Glory

It was a hard-fought game and Sage had hidden his Colts love well. The battle continued back and forth for most of the game with the Colts finally taking the lead late in the 4th Quarter. That’s when Sage could no longer contain his love. With the Texans poised for a 4th quarter comeback, Sage spotted his favorite Colt receiver, Melvin Bullitt and drilled him with a perfect strike. Once again, Sage sealed victory for the Colts and propelled them toward the playoffs.

Bravo Sage, you are clearly the most valuable Colt.

PS. Perhaps you should move to Indianapolis today. Don’t wait, go now.

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Sep 18 2008

The Power of Twitter: Tweeting Over Hurricane Ike

Category: Houston,Sci/TechTim @ 6:54 am

Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area badly last Friday. When a massive storm hits an area of over 5 million people and leaves at least 2.2 million customers without power, communication becomes an issue. Phone (land and mobile) became suspect at best and those unfortunate to have cable as their phone provider were completely out of luck. Internet connections may have been there, but who had power to run computers? How was one supposed to let friends and family members know they were OK after the storm? How were we supposed to find out what happened to our friends and families?

The answer: Twitter.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Twitter works on a cell phone, a BlackBerry, or a computer. You post something when you can; when you have power, access, or just a working connection, and the message stays there for everyone to see when they have power, access, or a working connection.

During Hurricane Ike, I was able to let people know we received minor damage and that everyone was OK. At the same time, I got updates on the status of many people in the area who were in similar situations. Next, we started sharing news and information about the storm damage, where you could find supplies, how things looked from our side of town, and just random thoughts. By connecting with others in the midst of the storm, I felt a sense of power even though we had no power. Reconnecting with others gave me a tremendous psychological boost.

If you have not created a Twitter account, I suggest you do so. Tweet me timmda or this blog: misunder and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

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Sep 17 2008

Hurricane Ike – Video from Northwest Houston

Category: Houston,VideoTim @ 7:26 am

Houston is slowly returning to normal as many of us are regaining power following Hurricane Ike. The gas lines are still a problem, but more stations are opening and it seems that FEMA is getting its act together and getting supplies out to those who need them. It’s not fast enough, but things are looking up.

Here is a video I shot from my house on the northwest side of Houston during Hurricane Ike. We didn’t have the full power of the storm, but what we had was impressive.

In the end, only minor damage and 3 days without power. We were VERY lucky.

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Jun 06 2007

Houston Texans Anderson and Bruener to Graduate

Category: Houston,Pro SportsTim @ 12:03 pm

I saw this story in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle. Two Houston Texans players are about to graduate from college, Charlie Anderson (age 25) and Mark Bruener (age 34). I think these guys are the perfect example of the type of players the Texans are looking for; players who have a high level of respect for themselves and others.

Mark Bruener Houston Texans

Apparently, the NFL agrees with me because they are honoring Bruener’s efforts by presenting him with the NFL-N4A Continuing Education Award:

Washington holds its commencement this weekend, but Bruener can’t attend. He will be in Arizona receiving the NFL-N4A Continuing Education Award, an honor presented annually to a player who has completed his college degree while playing in the NFL.

So, after a 16 year on and off college career, Bruener finally gets to wear the cap and gown and the NFL decides to prevent him from attending the ceremony.

Now that shows the NFL’s commitment to PR…I mean education!


Apr 03 2007

Astros Opening Day 2007 – The Day After

Category: Houston,SportsTim @ 12:59 pm

Ah the sites, sounds and smells of baseball’s Opening Day.

I admit, I’m addicted. The bunting, the local high school baseball champions holding the American flag, Clay Walker performing the anthem and a mini-concert, the fly-overs and Golden Knights team (when the roof is open), the sound of Milo Hamilton inventing new names for players, the introduction of coaches you’ve never seen before, the 47 ceremonial first pitches, and the promise that this will be “our year!”

I love going to Opening Day. My boys and I have made it a tradition to attend this special game every year and we have a good string going.

Astros Opening Day 2007

Yesterday was no exception.

The game featured a lot of great baseball; Roy Oswalt pitching well, Luke Scot crushing a home run to center, great defense by Adam Everett and Chris Burke, and Adam LaRoche striking-out 4 times in a row (I don’t like that guy). Add to that a record crowd and you have makings of a very enjoyable Opening Day.

And so we come to the 9th inning with a one-run lead and the Pirates are down to their last out. The Minute Maid crowd is on their feet and screaming their lungs out. This is the moment we waited all off-season for; a chance to celebrate the beginning of the 2007 season in perfect fashion.

Then it happens, the bomb to left and the game is tied. The sound of 43,000 people gasping in horror is a very memorable noise. Morally wounded, the Astros go down in 10 innings 4-2 and the 2007 campaign is off with a thud.

Now what? Well, it’s only one game and for those of you who think the season is over, think of Yogi.

Here is what I saw yesterday. Great pitching from Oswalt. We take if for granted, but that guy can pitch. He had one sequence where he threw a 94 mph fastball and then a 66 mph curve that frankly is just evil.

The hitting was much better than last year. There were not a lot of strikeouts and a number of well-hit balls. I think this lineup is going to be interesting.

The fielding was better than I expected. Chris Burke made a couple of very nice catches and almost made a spectatular catch. Adam Everett showed his range by making a catch half-way into left field. That guy is amazing.

In the end, it’s only one game. I just wish we could have had the storybook ending to complete the picture. Even though we didn’t, I’ll be there with my boys next year ready to celebrate or lament again!


Jan 03 2007

Houston Texans DeMeco Ryans: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

Category: Houston,SportsTim @ 7:53 am

To say DeMeco Ryans had a good rookie year would be a huge understatement. He had an historic rookie year that resulted in his wining the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award:

DeMeco Ryans came into the NFL as Houston’s second choice to bolster its defense. He leaves his first pro year as the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The linebacker, chosen at the top of the second round of last April’s draft — 32 spots after the Texans made defensive end Mario Williams the first overall selection — was a runaway winner of the award announced Wednesday. Ryans led the league in solo tackles with 126, and his 156 total tackles were 33 more than the next-best rookie, Detroit linebacker Ernie Sims.

In fact, no rookie in the last 20 years had more tackles than Ryans, who was an All-American at Alabama in 2005. And Ryans had more tackles than any of the other five linebackers who won the award this decade, including Brian Urlacher and Shawne Merriman.

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Ryans is an absolute joy to watch on the field and this award is recognition for his unique talents:

The ease with which Ryans won the award might have been surprising. He received 36 of the 50 votes by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

Congratulations DeMeco and all Texans fans look forward to watching you play next year!

Rhymes With Right: [DeMeco has] become a fan favorite, with a winning personality and a genuine warmth shown towards the people of his professional home. And the great thing is that we know there is more to come from this kid, that he has yet to reach his full potential.


Dec 24 2006

Houston Christmas Present: Texans 27, Colts 24

Category: Houston,Pro SportsTim @ 4:08 pm

I got my Christmas wish, the Houston Texas beat the Indianapolis Colts 27 – 24 today thanks to some serious running by Ron Dayne. Dayne gained 153 yards and really put the Colts defense on their heals.

Ron Freight Dayne

Congratulations to the Texans and to Dayne. Your Deep Steel Blue Christmas just made me very happy!


Dec 19 2006

Congratulations Blogs of War: 2006 Weblog Award Winner

Category: Houston,Sci/TechTim @ 7:57 am

Congratulations to my friend, John Little on winning the 2006 Weblog Award for his Blogs of War site. John is a pioneer in the blogging world and has helped many of us start our own blogs. He continues to experiment with techniques to improve the reach of his blog while also refining his writing style.

This award is very well deserved and long overdue!

Congratulations John!


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