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real
09-26-2007, 10:46 AM
http://www.ajc.com/falcons/content/sports/falcons/stories/2007/09/25/schaub_0926.html

Shaub's departure was a classic Falcons scenario: A three-year apprentice to Mike Vick, he helps grease the wheels to a trade just ahead of the Vick dogfighting scandal. The Falcons cancel their insurance policy about the time their drapes catch fire.

There is plenty to worry about from the 2-1 Texans' perspective entering the close
of the season's first month. They will come to Atlanta with a busted up offense: Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson and leading runner Ahman Green knee-sore, receiver Jacoby Jones in a sling, center Steve McKinney out for the year.

One thing they don't seem concerned about is Schaub being blinded by a need to prove to Atlanta what it's missing.

"He'll handle it like a pro, like he handles everything else," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don't see that kind of kid. I don't see him going down there trying to prove a point by any means. He'll be going down there to try to play his position and give us the best chance to win."

"For him," seconded Schaub's father, Dale, "he's just playing another team on the schedule. He's not coming here seeking revenge or anything like that."

Not that there is any real cause for a spiteful return. Schaub was sitting behind the NFL's highest-paid player, the owner's bosom buddy. Absent the premonition that the feds were going to start digging up Vick's property, Schaub had to consider a change of scenery.

Even after the Vick indictment and plea, why would Schaub want any part of following that? "I was glad he got a fresh start with a new team, and wasn't trying to take over someone else's team," his father said. Dale and Debbie Schaub have lived in Marietta since the time Matt began his college career at Virginia, brought there as a director of customer operations for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Heck, the most difficult thing about leaving Atlanta for Schaub was convincing his fiancée to abandon a great job in finance. But it turns out there is money to be made in Houston, too. "I'm loving Houston and being here," he said.

Sunday's game won't decide whether the Schaub deal should live in Falcons infamy. That is a long-haul load. You could go a little crazy playing compare-the-QBs on a weekly basis. While both lost on Sunday, the Falcons' Joey Harrington actually had the statistical edge over Schaub — whose two interceptions were like free gasoline to Indianapolis on Sunday. For the season, Harrington has thrown for more yards (760-688) but has a slightly lower completion percentage (68.8-75.9) and quarterback rating (90.6-100.9).

Two glaring differences between the them: Schaub's Texans are 2-1 while the Falcons sit 0-3, and Harrington has suffered 14 sacks to Schaub's five.

And there is the difference in perception. While the Falcons brought in Byron Leftwich to compete for the job, the Texans have anointed Schaub their cornerstone.

"He was tested Sunday," Kubiak said. "He had some guys running in and out of the huddle who haven't been in there very much, and, boy, he handled them well.

"I think this kid is only going to get better. He was 27-of-33 Sunday. He made some great plays taking some shots. Yeah, he made some mistakes, but he gave us a chance to win. He keeps doing the things he's doing, our team is going to get better also."




Back in Houston Monday, Schaub was enjoying a preview of a skit song that will debut on Houston sports talk radio later this week. To the tune of Jimmy Dean's 1961 release "Big Bad John," the new Houston hit titled "Big Bad Schaub" begins:

"Ev'ry Sunday on the field you could see him arrive

He weighed 237,

stood 6-foot-5

Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip

And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip

to Big Schaub.

Big Bad Schaub."



There is more. It's a pretty good read.

Double Barrel
09-26-2007, 11:37 AM
Nice article. Thanks for posting. :thumbup

I don't see Schaub a the kind of player that seeks revenge, either. He left ATL on good terms, and it was just business. I think the real losers in all of this are Falcon fans. Sucks to be them right now.

Hervoyel
09-26-2007, 11:49 AM
I remember in 2002 when the Bills came to Houston and it looked like the Texans might win that game. Then Jay Foreman started playing like a bonehead and racked up a badly timed penalty or two. It really cost us the game and you just knew he was pushing too hard to try and show up his old team.

That kind of thing is understandable but there's really no place for it.

I don't expect anything like that from Matt Schaub.

Specnatz
09-26-2007, 11:51 AM
Nice article. Thanks for posting. :thumbup

I don't see Schaub a the kind of player that seeks revenge, either. He left ATL on good terms, and it was just business. I think the real losers in all of this are Falcon fans. Sucks to be them right now.

After watching the espin town hall I am not sorry for some of those fans what so ever.

This article was very well done and it is an enjoyable read. Schuab seems to have his head firmly screwed on straight and that he will not get caught up in any of the crap that some writers will try and portray about he is going back and he wants to beat them. Most of the time it is all bullcrap.

Double Barrel
09-26-2007, 11:53 AM
After watching the espin town hall I am not sorry for some of those fans what so ever.

Somebody was just telling me about that (I didn't see it). Pretty bad, 'eh?

It's gotta' be tough to see the face of your franchise going down in flames from self-inflicted crimes. I'm sure there are lots of frustrated fans in ATL right now, so I would not be shocked if the Texans face a very hostile crowd this weekend.

NitroGSXR
09-26-2007, 11:57 AM
Instead of bringing out the Bulls to tackle their players, let's bring out pitbulls and sic'em on their players on the big screen. I'm talking about our pregame thingthat they always show on the TV. The bulls come roaring out of the gate and start tackling playersand stuff.

WOOF WOOF! GO TEXANS!

Goldensilence
09-26-2007, 12:10 PM
Wondering if We'll see a few we miss you Matt signs from the ATL fans.

I honestly wonder if it'll get any hype from the media.

Malloy
09-26-2007, 12:43 PM
Heck, the most difficult thing about leaving Atlanta for Schaub was convincing his fiancée to abandon a great job in finance. But it turns out there is money to be made in Houston, too. "I'm loving Houston and being here," he said.

HE said? Schaub or the fiancée?

It's ok Schaub, we love you, and apparently some other guy loves you just a little bit more :)

Specnatz
09-26-2007, 01:33 PM
Somebody was just telling me about that (I didn't see it). Pretty bad, 'eh?

It's gotta' be tough to see the face of your franchise going down in flames from self-inflicted crimes. I'm sure there are lots of frustrated fans in ATL right now, so I would not be shocked if the Texans face a very hostile crowd this weekend.

Seriously, there was one lady there with her child who is (guess) about 8 years old and they Boo'd the Humane Society spokesman. They also yelled out some nasty things that espin had to use the dump button on. The only reason those people still love Vick is because of the color of his skin and that is a travesty.

I could not stomach to watch the whole thing because all I could think of is that Society as a whole is in trouble with people like those in the Audience.

IonSen88
09-26-2007, 03:10 PM
After watching the espin town hall I am not sorry for some of those fans what so ever.

Please don't confuse Vick groupies with Falcons fans.

Shaft75
09-26-2007, 03:12 PM
Please don't confuse Vick groupies with Falcons fans.

I thought they were one-in-the-same.

IonSen88
09-26-2007, 03:17 PM
I thought they were one-in-the-same.
Why? Going to our MB, seeing a Falcons forum and a Vick forum should speak for itself.

Texan_Bill
09-26-2007, 03:32 PM
It's gotta' be tough to see the face of your franchise going down in flames from self-inflicted crimes.

C'mon DB, Ray Buchanan's crime was vicimless....

GuerillaBlack
09-26-2007, 03:52 PM
HE said? Schaub or the fiancée?

It's ok Schaub, we love you, and apparently some other guy loves you just a little bit more :)

Is our QB gay?!?

Malloy
09-26-2007, 06:21 PM
Is our QB gay?!?

Prolly not, but the original quote were either the result of horrible writing or, there's some real man-love going on. Not that I care. If Schaub win games he could be the second coming of Ghengis Khan, and I would still be a fan :)

Double Barrel
09-27-2007, 10:20 AM
Is our QB gay?!?

He seems pretty happy to me....not that there's anything wrong with being happy.

:user: oh, you mean that gay!...whoops!

Lucky
09-27-2007, 11:05 AM
Is our QB gay?!?
This is Matt's fiancée. Looks like a woman to me.

http://www.loveliestvillage.org/journal/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/laurie.jpg

Double Barrel
09-27-2007, 11:23 AM
This is Matt's fiancée. Looks like a woman to me.

http://www.loveliestvillage.org/journal/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/laurie.jpg

I'd be 'gay' - in that happy sort of way - for her. :shades:

hobie
09-27-2007, 11:39 AM
I'd be 'gay' - in that happy sort of way - for her. :shades:

You are sooo close to just saying what you really want....I'd be 'gay' is a start DB, and in time you'll be comfortable enough to come out completely.

Double Barrel
09-27-2007, 11:43 AM
You are sooo close to just saying what you really want....I'd be 'gay' is a start DB, and in time you'll be comfortable enough to come out completely.

You can try to sweet talk me all you want, but for the last time, it's an exit only.

"Gay" used to mean 'happy' before you people hijacked the word.

Specnatz
09-27-2007, 12:14 PM
This is Matt's fiancée. Looks like a woman to me.

http://www.loveliestvillage.org/journal/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/laurie.jpg

For her I would come out of the closet and tell everyone I am a full blown lesbian dyke.

Not that there is anything wrong with that. :specnatz:

False Start
09-27-2007, 12:30 PM
Wow , Matt is a lucky dude if thats really his chick . :thumbup

Malloy
09-27-2007, 01:35 PM
I would pull her into the closet :)

Arh.. a thread ruined, my job here is done :)

GuerillaBlack
09-27-2007, 03:51 PM
This is Matt's fiancée. Looks like a woman to me.

http://www.loveliestvillage.org/journal/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/laurie.jpg

Not bad Matt.