When two teams face off in a major playoff game, it's customary for sportswriters and other media to bash the rival city--a tradition that existed long before the Internet invented "trolling." Shoot, we talked a little smack at Cincinnati ourselves before the Texans-Bengals game on Saturday.
Teams from Texas--all former members of the Southwest Conference, yup--went 5-1 in the pre-New Year's college football bowls. Only TCU, playing last and latest in Saturday's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, marred the state's perfect record.
The best and biggest game is yet to come, when Texas A&M plays Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Friday. But for now, here's how we ranked the other bowls.
How much has the NFL pecking order in Texas changed over the last two years? On Sunday, Tony Romo and the Cowboys missed their chance to finish with a winning record and get in the playoffs, while the Texans finished 12-4 to repeat as AFC South division champions. But it felt like Houston fans were having a worse day.
As a recent study of hotel booking trends pointed out, us Texans prefer to vacation in Texas. Since our last roundup of the state's most notable lodgings was in 2004, I thought it was high time to revisit the subject. So I drafted a list of 44 hotels that have opened or undergone significant renovations in the last 8 years. I then winnowed that list down and booked rooms (anonymously) at 24 properties across the state to determine my favorites. Although my full reviews will be available next week (the November issue goes live on TexasMonthly.com on Wednesday and hits newsstands on Thursday), I wanted to go ahead and share my ten favorites (plus the five that nearly made the cut) . . . .