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New York Jets fans having nothing on Houston

We discuss why some sports towns seem to perpetually underperform, and whether Jets fans should just get over the Aaron Rodgers injury, because — trust us — it could be a lot worse!


Some of the disappointments and setbacks Houston’s sports franchises have endured could rival those experienced by just about any other fan base.


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The main topic of conversation heading into the second week of the NFL season was an injury sustained at the end of the first one.

Last week, New York Jets fans, primed for the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era, experienced something Houston sports fans know well: a letdown. Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury just four plays and 70 seconds into his Jets career.

In the audio above, we talk with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and co-hosts the Bleav in Astros podcast, about how some fan bases cope with what they perceive as “sad-sack” franchises seemingly doomed to fail, and how Houston-area franchises either continue to reflect that personality or have overcome it.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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