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Mike Florio lays out glaring mishandling of Deshaun Watson's defense

Tuesday on NBC Sports, Mike Florio spells out the biggest problem he sees with how Watson's camp is handling his defense. Florio recognizes that Watson has a great attorney in Rusty Hardin, but he feels they are doing a poor job with crisis management, because Watson is getting crushed in the battle of public opinion.

Mike Florio's surprising tactic

Also, Florio explains what he would do if he was asked to represent Deshaun Watson at this point in a legal capacity. Mike, a lawyer himself, says he wouldn't take the case unless Watson passed a lie detector test. He goes on to say that many other lawyers wouldn't find it critical to believe their client, some attorneys just do it for the paycheck. But in this case, the PR component that the lawyer would be attached to could reflect badly on the attorney and not just the client.

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This is a tasty burger. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

If a person isn't a real Houstonian until they have favorite places for staple foods like burgers and Tex-Mex, then Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has officially embraced his new home.

In an interview that occurred during the Thursday, August 11 broadcast of the Astros game against the Texas Rangers, YouTube announcer Scott Braun asked Verlander if he found any food in Houston that he couldn't get in Detroit.

"I like Nancy's Hustle's burger," the pitching ace replied.

Indeed, what's not to like? The Nancy's burger — a double patty cheeseburger with chopped onions, pickles, and aioli on a housemade brioche English muffin — has been a staple since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Here it is, as captured by Houston food influencer Abbas Dhanani.

Beyond its deliciousness, Verlander's affection for the burger makes a certain amount of logistical sense. The EaDo restaurant is only about a mile from Minute Maid Park, and it stays open until 11 pm, making it a perfect post-game treat.

Nancy's co-owner Sean Jensen tells CultureMap that he and chef-owner Jason Vaughan consider Verlander and his wife, supermodel Kate Upton, to be regulars. "They have always been supporters and super nice when they visit," he writes in an email.

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