Sunday, September 12, 2010

Snap Hyperbole with Don Banks

From Don Banks Snap Judgments column:

Indy entered the game 15-1 against division rival Houston from 2002 on; and until the Texans manned up and handled the Colts, they were going to forever seem like the expansion club that couldn't quite shed that label.

With the rate of turnover in the NFL, I don't really know how much, if at all, the Texans players care about this sort of thing. However, it's certainly a very happy day for Texans fans who have suffered through the lop-sided rivalry, so I'm all for giving this victory a little more prosey prose. However, Banks had to then go and make it all seem absurd and contrived with this needless histrionic description:

In a very real sense, this was Houston's Super Bowl.

In a very real sense, the Texans and their fans would not be satisfied finishing 1-15.
In a very real sense, the Texans and their fans would prefer to go 0-2 against the Colts and win the Super Bowl than go 2-0 and not win the Super Bowl.
In a very real sense, this was not Houston's Super Bowl.

7 comments:

Biggus Rickus said...

At least he didn't write that it was "literally Houston's Super Bowl."

Chris W said...

Oh snap!

Adam said...

Did Don Banks just get out of a coma from 2004 or something? Christ it's not like the Texans are the Lions or something. They are a good team and it would not be surprising to see them in the for reals Super Bowl this year.

Elliot said...

According to the Colts' own press release before the game, the last eight match ups between the Colts and the Texans were decided by 8 points or less.

It was a big upset, and a great win for Houston, isn't that enough without going over the hyperbolic lunacy line?

If the Texans go deep this year and *gasp!* even win the division, it won't surprise anyone who is more than a casual observer of the NFL.

Biggus Rickus said...

Peter will be surprised. But it won't have been unexpected. Houston might be a Super Bowl contender. But don't be surprised if they come up short. Favre.

Biggus Rickus said...

I meant Peter King. Are you not on a first-name basis with him? Oh.

Elliot said...

Peter King = Master of bloviation and rationalizing bad teams and coaches.