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Here's who really deserves the credit for O'Brien getting fired

Give credit where credit is due. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Did you hear those cheers all over the city around 3-4pm? They were loud, joyous, and audible from anywhere in the Houston metro area. Word on the street is they could be heard as far east as Beaumont and Lake Charles, as far north as Huntsville and Livingston. Hill Country and Galveston were able to hear them as well. Bill O'Brien is no longer employed by the Houston Texans!

This has been a long time coming and way overdue in most people's opinions. He's set this franchise up for failure. Now he's left a flaming hot dumpster fire of a mess behind for the next regime to come in and attempt to clean up. But why now? Why was he finally fired after an 0-4 start this season when there were so many other reasons and opportunities to get rid of him before? I'll tell you why. More importantly, I'll tell you who I believe is responsible! Me! That's who!

Recently, I started writing a series of articles titled Not my job. It was named after one O'Brien's infamous soundbites saying "it's not my job to do that." In games, and losses, against the Ravens, the Steelers, and the Vikings, O'Brien demonstrated his lack of coaching acumen. There were things that worked that he'd go away from inexplicably, strengths that he wouldn't or couldn't accentuate, and basic football 101 things he'd fumble at the most crucial times. I tried to be fair and honest without crushing the poor sap, but he was such an easy target, I couldn't help but take shots.

Then there was the time I compared him to that one uncle or friend we all have. You know who I'm talking about. The uncle who talks a lot of crap, but can't take it when he's the one getting roasted (Exhibit A: yelling back at a fan at halftime who tells him he sucks). Or that one friend who thinks they know everything and will stubbornly struggle instead of asking for help (Exhibit B: hiring an offensive coordinator, but foolishly choosing to call plays yourself). At the end of March, I appealed for my candidacy to replace O'Brien and the following week I laid out a plan for his exit.

I would like to take this time to tell the city of Houston and Texans fans thank you very much since I feel personally responsible for the removal of the cancerous tumor known as Bill O'Brien. I have it on good authority that team ownership, the McNair family, happen to be big fans of my work and hardcore fans of Gow Media in general. Sources have told me they pay close attention to this website, as well as ESPN 97.5, and more recently 92.5 when they're out at their ranch. These sources have also told me that there will be an exhaustive search for the new head coach and general manager.

My name was tossed into the ring, but because they appreciate my opinions in the realm I'm currently in, they'd hate to lose my valued contributions on this end of things. I'd like to thank the McNair family for alleviating this city and franchise of the infected boil on the butt cheek of this city/franchise. They managed to lance and drain it before it became too cancerous. Too bad that it spread, or else it would be easier to overcome. Now we'll have to wait until the new hires are made to see what's next. Fortunately, things can't get any worse right? Let's look forward to what is to come and not what was.

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Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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