Brian Barefield

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Almost Home: Houston Texans Prepare to Leave West Virginia

Talk to anyone whose job requires them to travel at least 15-20 days out of the month and they will tell you that they start to get a tingling sensation by the end of the week because they know it is time to go home. Most will reiterate how great their bed feels or how they only get good food from their regular spots at home, even though all Chick-Fil-A’s are the same. Side note: So is their excellent customer service, but I digress. That’s how most of the Houston Texans players feel as they wrap up the first part of 2018 training camp in West Virginia. They will make a quick stop in Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in their first preseason game and then it’s back to Houston.

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Let’s Go Camping: Houston Texans Training Camp 2018

As I walked down the aisles of the grocery store this afternoon, I could see a difference in the normal attire of the customers. I had become accustomed to seeing people aka fans wearing Houston Astros World Championships shirts up and down aisles. But today my eyes had to do some adjusting to something I had not seen in a while. It had me dazed and confused for a second as the stream of orange and blue had more hues of red in it. As my eyes focus clearly I realized why there was now an abundance of Houston Texans jerseys being worn by fans throughout the store.

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America’s Team: Team Fighting Cancer Wins Inaugural Championship

Houston – Do you remember when you were younger playing a game of tag at school? And there were always those couple of kids you just didn’t run after because they were too fast to catch. That is what over 6,500 fans in attendance got a chance to witness at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The American Flag Football Championship was played in front of a crowd that included Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Texans defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, and a host of other current and former NFL players who perused up and down the sidelines during the game. Yes, they were all pretty fast to catch.

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A Tradition Like No Other

Five Astros Named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in D.C.

In college, there was a young man who would drive over an hour every Friday just to make it to his parents’ house for dinner. You could almost set your watch by it because he had the same routine. Get out of class, pack up his vehicle, and hit the road no later than 4 pm. So, one day I asked him why he leaves campus every Friday to go home? He looked at me and said, “Our family tradition is to have dinner as a family every Friday night no matter what. We have been doing it for years.”

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Cole Tames the Tigers: Houston Astros defeat the Detroit Tigers in convincing fashion

Houston -- Gerrit Cole (10-2) made a resounding return from the bereavement list going 5 2/3 innings and only allowing 1 earned run in the Astros victory over the Detroit Tigers (9-1). The 2018 AL All-Star struck out 8 batters to bring his franchise leading total to 177 before the All-Star break.

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Today Was A Good Day

BIG3 opens league play in Houston, Texas

In the hip-hop community, there are a few lines from songs that are recognized worldwide. Lyrics that once you hear them can easily be associated with the person who said it.

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In the Blink of An Eye

Houston Astros go on a 12- game-winning streak to set up for a great season

When I was in school, we learned what a reflex blink was. It occurs in response to an external stimulus when objects appear rapidly in front of the eye. Older individuals use to say, “In the blink of an eye, your whole life can change.” Well, if you have blinked your eyes in the last two weeks, and I know you have because it’s an involuntary reflex, you can’t help but to notice how hot your World Champion Houston Astros have gotten. The Astros went on a 12-game winning streak (ended in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays earlier in the week) to remind the rest of Major League baseball that last year was not a fluke.

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Positive Influence

Fathers express how important it is being in their kids’ lives on a consistent basis

Growing up I loved playing basketball and football. On any given day you could find my brothers and I playing any one of those sports with the neighborhood kids. As we got older and started playing organized sports we noticed that we were missing something that other kids had on a consistent basis. No, it was not any special equipment they possessed that gave them the edge.

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Back to Where It All Started

Romeo Crennel is pulling double duty this season for the Texans

In 1977, a rock group who went by the stage name of Player wrote a hit song called “Baby Come Back.” Within that song was one of the most memorable verses that I am sure every man who has lost a good woman has sung on numerous occasions.

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So Close, Yet So Far Away: The Rockets come up short in their bid for the NBA Finals

In high school, I had the opportunity to play against Mike Miller from Willowridge High School that went on to play college football at Notre Dame and professionally for the Cleveland Browns. Here I was a pretty decent player matched up against an All American. Once the ball was snapped he came towards me with that blazing 4.1 speed and I immediately turned to try and run with him. The ball was thrown high and short.

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