If you’re reading this, you’re probably a sports fan, so I don’t need to explain to you the importance of sports in our lives. However, I do think that sometimes we, as sports fans, go through moments of self-awareness, maybe even a crisis of confidence, where we ask ourselves “Are sports TOO important to us?”

That’s for each of you to decide, but sometimes looking to the clarity others have about their fandom can help, and with that said, I want to share with you a call we got from Larry in Stafford on our show yesterday afternoon. You all know Larry — he’s a diehard Texans fan, a smart sports fan, and damn, he can cut a promo that would get him a top of the hour slot screaming at Chris Jericho on Monday Night RAW.

Hell, Larry even has a catchphrase! … AND I’LL HOLLA…..

Larry, like a lot of us, is also a parent who is raising kids in a world where we need a common ground, a common language to communicate with them. For a lot of us, that language is sports. For many of us, the best shared moments of our lives with parents included sports as the backdrop. I know teams don’t think of this when they make moves like trading for Deshaun Watson, but it’s just a fact of life — sports don’t just matter to a lot of us, sports are a lifeblood, a metaphor, a bonding agent.

Larry was at the Texans’ draft party with his 10-year-old son when the Watson trade went down, and he called our show Friday to tell us what it was like to share that moment with him. For me, as a father of two sons (ages 17 and 19) who both IMMEDIATELY texted me as soon as the Texans logo popped up on the screen at pick #12 (both texting “Pop, they’re getting Watson!”), Larry’s call to our show NAILS it — sports are REALLY important to us, and you know what? That’s perfectly fine.

Take a listen to Larry’s call. A, it made me reflect and smile and, above all, thank all of the football gods that the Texans made a move for a quarterback…..


Listen to Sean Pendergast on “The Triple Threat” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays on SportsRadio 610.


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