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John Granato: 28 things I want to see this football season

A healthy Deshaun Watson would be fun to see. Tim Warner/Getty Images

1. Deshaun Watson play all 16 regular season games and every postseason game

2. Four new teams in the college football playoff

3. Odell vs Kicking Net 2 - Revenge of the Net

4. The anthem controversy go away

5. Every Herm Edwards press conference

6. Someone on the Texans not named DeAndre has 60 catches

7. Nick Saban upset on the sideline (lock of the year)

8. Johnny Manziel win the Grey Cup (longshot of the year)

9. The NRG roof open one game (zero chance of happening)

10. Lamar Miller rush for 1,000 yards

11. UH in another New Year’s Day bowl game

12. Bill Belichick explain why he didn’t play Malcolm Butler in last year’s Super Bowl

13. Andre Hal say he’s beating cancer

14. The Big 12 finish in a 9-way tie for first and have no idea how to break it thus forcing them to pick up two more teams and actually have 12 because it’s stupid to have 10 and call yourself the Big 12 (note: I say 9-way tie because there’s no way I could put Kansas in first place and keep any credibility)

15. Bill O’Brien call a pass play that picks up a first down to ice a win

16. When Bill O’Brien calls three straight Lamar Miller off-tackle runs and the Texans have to punt with 1:30 to play and a 5 point lead, the Texans defense stops someone to win the game

17. Every Longhorn has clear urine

18. Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree scrap on the first play of the first preseason game

19. Tyrann Mathieu win comeback player of the year

20. English subtitles for every Ed Orgeron press conference

21. Malcolm Butler pick off a Brady pass in the final seconds of their playoff game and race 99 yards for the winning score which puts the Titans in the AFC Championship game against the Texans who won earlier that day

22. Deshaun Watson break the Texans single season touchdown passes record of 29 by week 10

23. The Aggies and Longhorns meet in a big bowl game

24. Nick Martin finish the season on the field

25. Bill Belichick explain why he let Malcolm Butler walk in free agency

26. J.J. Watt lead the league in sacks

27. A college football RedZone channel

28. The Astros win the World Series again























 

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Framber Valdez was dominant on Thursday. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Astros came into this game against the Rangers looking to take the finale of the 3-game series, and they did exactly that.

Framber Valdez had another classic performance, pitching seven innings while allowing zero runs and four hits. Valdez also recorded 8Ks and 1BB.

On offense, it was a big day for Yuli Gurriel who bounced back with 3 hits after going 0-5 the previous night. Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado both went yard, hitting 2 and 3-run bombs respectively.

Maldonado's came in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Bregman's put the Astros on top 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th.

The Astros added two more runs in the 7th after Bregman singled to drive in a run, and a sac fly from Aledmys Diaz.

Heading into the 8th inning, Seth Martinez took over for Valdez protecting a 7-0 lead. That lead wouldn't last long after Martinez allowed a couple of base runners and gave up 2 runs off a pair of singles from Nathaniel Lowe and Leody Taveras.

The Astros headed to the bottom of the 8th up 7-2.

After a scoreless bottom of the 8th, Rafael Montero came in to close the game out in the 9th.

Montero gave up a solo homer to Marcus Semien with 2 outs in the 9th before shutting the door.

Final: Astros 7, Rangers 3

Next up: Oakland comes to Minute Maid to play the Astros Friday night at 7:10PM.



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