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Football Watch

By Mark Fagan, December 3, 2010, Sports

The Texans grabbed headlines as they posted their second-ever shutout, beating the Tennessee Titans 20-0. The Titans trotted out Florida Atlantic alumnus Rusty Smith behind center, and it was ugly. Texans' cornerback Glover Quin, who has been severely burned in the last two games, snagged three interceptions, and cool-headed wide receiver Andre Johnson landed a couple blows to the face of Titans CB Cortland Finnegan after he literally went for Johnson's throat. No suspensions were handed down, 'cuz we all know Finnegan had it coming. They face Mike Vick and his fighting Eagles in a huge Thursday night matchup (Dec. 2, 7:20pm, NFL Network).

The Dallas Cowboys lost a wild one, 30-27, at Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving vs. Super Bowl champions the New Orleans Saints and Westlake High's own Drew Brees. After having come from behind twice already and up 27-23, the Cowboys looked to close it out late in the fourth as UT-ex Roy Williams caught a ball in Saints territory only to have it ripped from his hands at the 11. Brees led NOLA on TD drives, and Dallas kicker David Buehler missed a 59-yarder to end the game. Still, the Cowboys are 2-1 under the helm of Jason Garrett and played with a heart lacking previously this season. This week the Cowboys travel to face an injury-depleted Indianapolis Colts team (Sun., Dec. 5, 3:15pm, Fox).

UT fans can finally put this dreadful season behind them. The worst thing about not making a bowl appearance: No more practice for this squad that clearly needs it. Where do I get my "Fire Greg Davis" T-shirt? Uh, duh, clearly at

Picks of the week: Last week I posted another solid outing going 2-1 against the spread, this week I'll take the Texans plus 9 in Philly. Call it a homer pick if you want, but it's hard to turn down those 9 points. In fact, I'm going exclusively with the points this week: the Panthers plus 6 in Seattle, Oakland plus 13 in San Diego, and Dallas plus 5.5 in Indy. The Cowboys could win this one without the points.

Area Bars and the Football Teams/Fans They Cater To:

Aussie's catered to Browns fans last year but is focusing more on the Texans and Cowboys this season. 306 Barton Springs Rd., 480-0952.

Bagpipes Pub & Eatery supplies the setting for Alabama Crimson Tide football fans. 9070 Research, 467-8700.

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub is the place to go if you're a fan of Tom Brady's tresses or his football team, the New England Patriots. Fittingly, the pub is also home for Notre Dame games. 204 E. Sixth, 494-1335.

Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill (both locations) is a straight-up Steelers bar. 6901 N. I-35, 454-2247; 214 E. Sixth, 469-0001.

Billy's on Burnet is the "unofficial Packers bar of Austin." 2105 Hancock, 407-9305.

Black Sheep Lodge has a good contingent of Saints, Redskins, Vikings, Texans, and Titans fans. USC and Ohio State lovers cheer on their teams on Saturdays. 2108 S. Lamar, 707-2744.

Cedar Door hosts USC and TCU supporters. Second & Brazos, 473-3712.

Cool River Cafe is the place for Nebraska Cornhuskers fans. 4001 W. Parmer, 835-0010.

Hog Island Italian Deli hosts Philadelphia Eagles watch parties. 1612 Lavaca, 482-9090.

Joe's Bar and Grill Attention Colt McCoy lovers, Joe's hosts fans of the NFL's Cleveland Browns. 506 West Ave., 473-0885.

Mangia Pizza Mesa is the official home for Auburn football. 8012 Mesa, 349-2126.

Pluckers North Austin is the official home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. 9070 Research, 533-9464.

Pluckers South Lamar is the official place to be for Michigan Wolverines games. 3909 S. Lamar, 443-9464.

Shoal Creek Saloon is the home of the Saints. 909 N. Lamar, 474-0805.

The Tavern sees a lot of Steelers and Ravens fans show up for NFL Sundays. 922 W. 12th, 320-8377.

Third Base Round Rock caters to Giants, Chargers, and Steelers fans. Arkansas Razorbacks lovers meet there on Saturdays. 3107 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/388-2273.

Third Base Southpark Meadows is the place to be for Saints, Vikings, and Steelers supporters. In the NCAA, it's Oregon State, Minnesota, and Texas Tech territory. 9600 S. I-35, 381-2273.

Third Base Downtown has a good following for the Texans, Saints, and Vikings and generally a "pretty mixed" crowd. As far as college goes, it's the official home for Illinois Fighting Illini and Florida Gators fans, as well as followers of Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Kansas. 1717 W. Sixth, 476-2273.

The Warehouse Saloon & Billiards sees a lot of Vikings fans, among others. I've also heard Dolphins and Bears fans have been known to congregate there. 509 E. Ben White, 443-8799.

Weirdos is a Chargers bar. 12408 MoPac N., 291-6703.

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