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State of Texas team power rankings - Week 1

Ed Oliver and the Cougars are near the top. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Power rankings are all the buzz and with tonight’s College Football Season rankings being released, I wanted to do a power ranking of all teams across all the sports in Texas!

  1. Houston Texans (NFL) - I don’t feel good putting the Texans over the Cougars in the first ever power rankings, but I have to based on the five-game winning streak. I know the Coogs are also riding a five-game winning streak, but beating the Jags and Dolphins handedly put the Texans in the No.1 spot.

  2. Houston Cougars (AAC/FBS) - Gosh, that Texas Tech loss stings so much right now. The Coogs have dismantled teams with an offense that will give any defensive coordinator nightmares and a defense that has Ed Oliver on it. The UCF vs UH title game is going to be so much fun to watch.

  3. Texas Longhorns (Big 12/FBS) - That was a rough defensive night for the Longhorns. They controlled their own destiny in terms of CFP rankings, but they were outplayed by a Cornelius. How do you not figure it out that the QB is going to keep it on every short yardage situation?! The Longhorns can still win the Big 12 and that journey restarts this Saturday against West Virginia.

  4. Houston Dynamo (MLS) - It was a disappointing season in the MLS, but your Dynamo won the U.S. Open Cup AND kept the Galaxy out of the MLS playoffs so that gives them a sweet ranking to end the season!

  5. Texas ATM (SEC/FBS) - Beating the Mississippi schools is a must if you want to do anything in the SEC West and the Aggies failed on Saturday. It was a tough spot, but I still have them fifth in the state because of marquee wins like Kentucky and only losing to Clemson by 2 points.

  6. San Antonio Spurs (NBA) - I mean they’re only 3-2 on the season, but the other Texas teams in the NBA are so bad that I have no choice but to put them up this high. I hope the Spurs have a good season and face-off against the Lakers in the playoffs so we can see if DeMar can exercise his LeBron East demons.

  7. Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Luka! Luka! Luka! Oh, they are also 2-4 on the season.

  8. Houston Rockets (NBA) - Carmelo is scoring and they look like like the Carmelo Knicks. Hard pass.

  9. MLB Free Agency (MLB) - Can’t wait for Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw to sign with the Astros.

  10. Texas Rangers (MLB) - Guys, stop trying to make everything about you. This World Series tweet was so dumb. Great stuff pointing out how big losers you are.

  11. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - LOLOLOLOLOLOL Amari Cooper for a first?!?!

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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