ESPN recently came out with their “Ultimate Team Rankings” for 2009 in which each of the franchises in the four major sports are ranked in such categories as Bang for the Buck, Fan Relations, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, Players, Coaching, and Title Track.
The Houston Texans ranked #39 out of 122 franchises, and ranked second in the city behind the Rockets (#17), and ahead of the Astros (#68). Houston’s #39 ranking is up from #56 a year ago, mainly due to the Texans second consecutive non-losing season, and their strong draft and offseason.
Here’s the excerpt from ESPN, written by Morty Ain: (STORY)
Last Year's Rank: 56
Title Track: 67
Fan Relations: 25
Stadium Experience: 20
Bang for the Buck: 48
If everything is bigger in Texas, then everything about Reliant Stadium is Costco-size. Behold a tailgating experience that would drop Emeril to his knees: So many meat smokers fill the parking lot that it deserves its own Food Channel program. For a party that would make Blutarsky blush, fans flock to the Yellow Lot to shotgun beers every 30 minutes to the blast of an air horn. Inside, the stadium boasts four "Wow Wall" HD projection system towers and 1,600 TVs. A radio feed even follows fans into the bathrooms. Comfort doesn't come bite-size either: The Upper Deck Gridiron features extra leg room; fans are closer to the action than at the Astrodome; and 20,000 tons of air conditioning capacity turn Reliant Park into what may be the largest refridged space in Texas. Surprising then that stubs plus parking are about $12 thinner than average. A young, explosive team armed with Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson is poised to make the Texans contenders, though we caution: Are these fans truly hungry for anything?
The Texans hope to continue their climb up these particular rankings, as well as the AFC South standings. With a renovated front seven on defense as well as a potent offense, this could be the year that Texans fans will see their team play in January.