KEEPING IT RAHEEL

Raheel Ramzanali: Some good follows on Twitter for Astros season

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Twitter makes everything better. I know we all have our issues with Twitter and the negative crap it brings out in people, but to me it’s all about who you follow and who you engage with on a daily basis that can make your daily experience a blast. This rule is incredibly important when it comes to sports Twitter. Fans are passionate and will be unreasonable when it comes to their teams so finding the follows is key. That’s why I want to highlight some cool accounts I follow for discussions, info and more when it comes to our Houston Astros. I apologize if I left any out.

  • @JuliaMorales - Julia is the best in the business when it comes to reporting and she takes no breaks on Twitter before, during, and after games. Her Twitter game is even more impressive because she’s doing it while working on the AT&T Sports Net broadcast. Now most Astros fans are already following her, but in case you’re not, you need to ASAP.

  • @BrianMcTaggart - If you like Tids and Bits then you’ll love Brian’s Tidbits. Brian has been covering the team since 2004 and is a tremendous beat writer for MLB.com. Again, I know most Astros fans follow him, but just wanted to be sure to include the great McTags.

  • @LinkCalhoun - Calhoun is the king of gifs. If there’s something gif worthy from a game then this man will have it up and giffing within a minute. Calhoun isn’t just an Astros follow so get ready for gifs from across the sports world.

  • @pmclellan - Patrick McLellan LOVES the Houston Astros. He loves them so much that he joined forces with @AstrosCounty to host the wildly popular fan podcast Lima Time Time. Pat is super active during the games and will also work in some daily observations to breakup your timeline from the nonstop Texans content during the offseason.  Oh, he’s also a Clements High School alum so shout out to the Rangers fam out here making a difference in the world.

  • @AstrosCounty - Shout out to the Thickie Don for putting out great Astros content for years and years. He’s the other half of the above mentioned Lime Time Time podcast and also runs AstrosCounty.com. The Don is also writing for The Athletic now so that’s super cool.

  • @AstrosFuture - You love a good prospect? You love a good Astros prospect?! Well, this account is for you then. Jimmy Price keeps you up on everything happening in the farm system and what players are doing with daily updates. Want more than just tweets? His website has very thorough breakdowns of all the guys at AstrosFuture.com.

  • @HouCounterPlot - The Archbishop provides the perfect blend of humor and content during the games and is an institution on #AstrosTwitter. Bonus: click on his link in the bio.

  • @AstrosOptimism2 - He was once @AstrosOptimism, but after he forgot his password and got locked out of his account, he became @AstrosOptimism2.  Okay, I’m not sure if that’s the case, but that’s what I’m hoping it is. My man optimism sat through the dark years like everyone on this list and came out for the better.  

  • @DrewShirleyShow - Houstonians might remember Drew from his days on TV here, but he’s now one of the most active members of #AstrosTwitter. His blend of insight and snark makes for a great follow during games and while you need to pass some time on Twitter.

  • @AstrosGuy - When he's not dominating with beer tweets, AstrosGuy is providing leadership to the #RootRootDrink movement during games. Follow him for good Astros content and the latest brews. 

  • @ChivesMcGee - The only reason you shouldn't follow Chives is because of his endless love for Seattle based rapper Macklemore, but his Astros enthusiasm makes up for it. Chives is also up on the latest news so he adds way more than just Astros talk. 

  • @WillMoriarity86 - There was a time when I would see Will every day in person - Now I see him every day on Twitter. Will responds to every tweet you send his way and isn’t shy about voicing his opinion so get ready to interact with him during games. I know I missed a bunch of other good follows, so please send me your suggestions on Twitter! @The_Raheel.

 

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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