The standard piece for denoting how good your city is in regards to sports is recent championships versus recent moments of misery. Fortunately for Houston, the three major sports teams have combined for more promise and championships than outright misery.

Admit it, the city is on roll not seen since 1986 when the Rockets and Astros both found themselves within striking distance of titles. The Rockets knocked off the defending champion Lakers that year in the Western Conference Finals and the Astros were in arguably one of the greatest NLCS clashes ever with the New York Mets.

However, this may be the first time in city history where all three of its prominent sports franchises are viable. The Houston Texans, despite their current 2-3 record and inexplicable play calling at times, still have something they didn’t necessarily have in the first 17 years of their existence: a franchise quarterback (and bragging rights over the Cowboys).

The Rockets already have a mantra of Run It Back after landing Carmelo Anthony this offseason. One bum ankle from Chris Paul is probably what kept the Rockets from winning the franchise’s third NBA title this past June. As for the Astros? Well, the defending World Series Champions are out here hitting home runs, getting stellar pitching and doing things to convince their fans to spend $500 on beer.

Next Sunday, the calendar turns anew and hope begins for a .500 record for the Texans. The Rockets will be days away from starting off their season against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Astros (hopefully) will be looking at the potential start of the ALCS. Or even better, ahead in the ALCS.

Whether the weekend’s action lands you in a stadium seat, a local watering hole or tuning in with the knowledge that you can watch football anywhere with a VPN, the annual ritual that is an NFL Sunday is upon us once again.

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