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TheRealJoker
12-14-2007, 02:10 AM
The Around the Horn guys were still trying to discredit Mario's draft status last week and switched their pick from Bush (their unanimous pick after the draft...other than Michael Smith who picked Mario and practically got booed off the panel) to Young and claimed its not how they play on the field...its that the team needs star power LOL!!!

The Texans just sold out their 59th consecutive game and i've never seen the Houston crowd get behind any player in Texans history like they've gotten behind Mario since the New Orleans game after the bye week. Tonight everyone was chanting "MA-RI-O" everytime he got a sack or made a tackle and he literally got a standing ovation after the game from the fans when he left the field to chants of "MA-RI-O". If that's not star power WITH on-field results then I dont know what is!!!

Couple that with the fact he's 22 years old and is STILL learning how to properly rush the passer plus he's proven his toughness last season playing with plantar fasciitis over the last half of the season with pain so bad he couldn't even practice and had to take pain shots before every game and I am not trading Mario for Vince, Reggie, or whoever else the media claims should've went # 1 in 06 over the guy they labeled a bust before he played a down.

ALL HAIL SUPER MARIO!!!

PS: The coolest thing ever was hearing the Super Mario video game music played after his last solo sack.

austintexanite
12-14-2007, 02:17 AM
:mario3: :mario2: :mario:

Ckw
12-14-2007, 02:53 AM
Mario showed a lot tonight. For one of the first times I saw a flawless spin move out of Mario that almost got him a sack. I saw a great juke, stumble, and then he picked himself up to sack Cutler. He just looked in the zone. Just keep your head on straight Mario. Don't get full of yourself. :texflag:

Oh yeah and I watched that Around the Horn you are talking about. It was so dumb. At least Mariotti gave Smith props for predicting Mario Williams would be a good pick.

euro-Texan
12-14-2007, 03:54 AM
As far as this game goes, It wasn't just the recorded sacks that got my attention. Mario looked like he was a step away from 5 or 6 more. Cutler will have will be hearing that nintendo music in his sleep for several weeks. BTW Will Demps played his ass off tonight! I need to go to the Demps=Answer post to finish this....

IlliniJen
12-14-2007, 04:03 AM
The Around the Horn guys were still trying to discredit Mario's draft status last week and switched their pick from Bush (their unanimous pick after the draft...other than Michael Smith who picked Mario and practically got booed off the panel) to Young and claimed its not how they play on the field...its that the team needs star power LOL!!!

The Around the Horn guys are as close as you can get to being mentally retarded without having an extra chromosome. Are they kidding me? "Star power?" How about results on the field? That show is complete garbage.

I questioned the pick. I thought we need a spark on offense and Busy was the way to go. My mind wasn't changed last season. But Mario has flipped the switch this year. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 3 1/2 sacks tonight?! If he doesn't get to go to the pro bowl, there's just something horribly wrong with the NFL.

I think we need to petition the Texans to wear all battle red every damn game. Super Mario needs his red overalls!

kastofsna
12-14-2007, 04:32 AM
i will gratuitously take this opprotunity to point out that i was right about Mario Williams all along.

euro-Texan
12-14-2007, 04:54 AM
i will gratuitously take this opprotunity to point out that i was right about Mario Williams all along.

That was you? So who were the other three?

Maddict5
12-14-2007, 05:13 AM
Mario showed a lot tonight. For one of the first times I saw a flawless spin move out of Mario that almost got him a sack.




1st q when cutler threw deep (incomplete) to marshall, right? that was a pretty sweet move alright.. tried another one later but not as effective- i dont know about everyone else but i love watching our D play cos of mario- every snap i look for where he is pre-snap and follow him.. hows that for an 'unsexy' pick

GlassHalfFull
12-14-2007, 07:30 AM
We stopped by the Texans Shop in Budweiser Plaza last night when the game was over and bunches of people were buying blue overalls and big, puffy white gloves. I think you will see lots of fans in the stands at the next game dressed as Super Mario!! Kudos to whoever thought of stocking a Super Mario costume in the shop.:mario3:

thunderkyss
12-14-2007, 08:33 AM
Just wait until Mario starts getting the Calls he deserve.

They were holding him all night, even when they doubled him.

When we start getting those calls, and teams really start trying to compensate for him, Amobi, TJ, Cochran, Demeco are going to cause some real HAVOC.

jerek
12-14-2007, 08:47 AM
That was you? So who were the other three?

Present and accounted for. :texflag:

Errant Hothy
12-14-2007, 08:52 AM
Just wait until Mario starts getting the Calls he deserve.

They were holding him all night, even when they doubled him.

When we start getting those calls, and teams really start trying to compensate for him, Amobi, TJ, Cochran, Demeco are going to cause some real HAVOC.

They were holding him on his second sack, and it STILL didn't even matter.

Mario on the post game show was classic. Signing the praises of Jethro Franklin and Richard Smith, and blinding Deion with the diamonds in his ears.

All Hail Super Mario!!! Indeed.

V Man
12-14-2007, 09:04 AM
i will gratuitously take this opprotunity to point out that i was right about Mario Williams all along.

That was you? So who were the other three?

Present and accounted for. :texflag:

I was number 3

alphajoker
12-14-2007, 09:06 AM
The Around the Horn guys were still trying to discredit Mario's draft status last week and switched their pick from Bush (their unanimous pick after the draft...other than Michael Smith who picked Mario and practically got booed off the panel) to Young and claimed its not how they play on the field...its that the team needs star power LOL!!!

The Texans just sold out their 59th consecutive game and i've never seen the Houston crowd get behind any player in Texans history like they've gotten behind Mario since the New Orleans game after the bye week. Tonight everyone was chanting "MA-RI-O" everytime he got a sack or made a tackle and he literally got a standing ovation after the game from the fans when he left the field to chants of "MA-RI-O". If that's not star power WITH on-field results then I dont know what is!!!

Couple that with the fact he's 22 years old and is STILL learning how to properly rush the passer plus he's proven his toughness last season playing with plantar fasciitis over the last half of the season with pain so bad he couldn't even practice and had to take pain shots before every game and I am not trading Mario for Vince, Reggie, or whoever else the media claims should've went # 1 in 06 over the guy they labeled a bust before he played a down.

ALL HAIL SUPER MARIO!!!

PS: The coolest thing ever was hearing the Super Mario video game music played after his last solo sack.

I heard that on TV...I bet it would have been bada** to hear it in person.

sakebomb
12-14-2007, 09:09 AM
I thought the Super Mario music was great.

It was a very fun night. The team is really looking up. To bad we have had all of the injuries and turnovers or we would be looking at a legit shot of making the playoffs.

brip
12-14-2007, 09:33 AM
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t75SjNC0gg

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dImtYvSUKc

Mr. White
12-14-2007, 09:38 AM
I've been on board with the pick since day one. Doubts have crept up along the way, but I'm glad that he's proved us wrong.

Everyone who ever piled on should congratulate themselves now. We finally pissed him off enough to really break loose.

powerfuldragon
12-14-2007, 09:54 AM
i'm pretty sure i heard the crowd chanting "mario" (ala vs. KC) thru the tv.

infantrycak
12-14-2007, 10:55 AM
Just wait until Mario starts getting the Calls he deserve.

They were holding him all night, even when they doubled him.

When we start getting those calls, and teams really start trying to compensate for him, Amobi, TJ, Cochran, Demeco are going to cause some real HAVOC.

Very true. Now that Mario is getting press maybe they will finally call the holding that has been going on all season. He has caused a number of false starts because they can't hide those, but the holding has been almost criminal and uncalled.

GlassHalfFull
12-14-2007, 11:12 AM
The Debriefing had props for Mario and Texans Chick

Mario Williams. FanHouse's Stephanie Stradley sure picked a good time to go off on the media for their treatment of Mario Williams. Last night, on the first nationally televised game in Texans history, Williams racked up 3½ sacks on Jay Cutler (and did so while wearing stunning red pajamas), pushing his total on the year up to 13, just half-a-sack short of league leader Patrick Kerney.

Williams, despite some early struggles, has developed into a full-fledged stud at his position. Meanwhile, neither of the guys that the Texas were criticized for not taking, Reggie Bush and Vince Young, can say the same thing. Not yet, anyway.

Hindsight's 20/20 and everything, but ... the second-guessing might not be so easy to do if the initial criticism wasn't so harsh as well.

Sage Rosenfels has a decent game, and Andre Johnson was fantastic working underneath. The run game made all the difference in the world, too ... Ron Dayne and Darius Walker combined for 24 carries and 133 yards, while Selvin Young and Travis Henry managed just 18 carries for 61.



linky (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/12/14/the-debriefing-schrutebucks-xxix/#cont)

Double Barrel
12-14-2007, 11:47 AM
The Debriefing had props for Mario and Texans Chick

Mario Williams. FanHouse's Stephanie Stradley sure picked a good time to go off on the media for their treatment of Mario Williams. Last night, on the first nationally televised game in Texans history, Williams racked up 3½ sacks on Jay Cutler (and did so while wearing stunning red pajamas), pushing his total on the year up to 13, just half-a-sack short of league leader Patrick Kerney.

Williams, despite some early struggles, has developed into a full-fledged stud at his position. Meanwhile, neither of the guys that the Texas were criticized for not taking, Reggie Bush and Vince Young, can say the same thing. Not yet, anyway.

Hindsight's 20/20 and everything, but ... the second-guessing might not be so easy to do if the initial criticism wasn't so harsh as well.

Sage Rosenfels has a decent game, and Andre Johnson was fantastic working underneath. The run game made all the difference in the world, too ... Ron Dayne and Darius Walker combined for 24 carries and 133 yards, while Selvin Young and Travis Henry managed just 18 carries for 61.

linky (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/12/14/the-debriefing-schrutebucks-xxix/#cont)

What is lame is that we've been on Sunday Night Football multiple times, which is clearly a nationally televised game (19-10 anyone?). These fools do not know what they are talking about. Hindsight is 20/20 for everyone.

threetoedpete
12-14-2007, 11:54 AM
i will gratuitously take this opprotunity to point out that i was right about Mario Williams all along.

Well I wasn't certain all long. I'm certianly bowing and scraping this morning. 299, 4.66 doesn't grow on trees is all I knew for fact. He's a stud. Ten more years to go. Might catch Michel Strahan. Gonna be fun to watch the race is all I know.

Hagar
12-14-2007, 12:03 PM
Before the last years draft I wanted us to take Vince or trade down. I knew I didn't want Bush and Mario wasn't even an option in my eyes. When they announced the Mario pick, I did some research and came to like the pick.

With Mario's slow start this year, I got real disgruntled and started to question the validity of picking Mario. I questioned Mario's desire to play the game. Mario wasn't firing off the ball hard, he had poor technique and really didn't show a lot of desire.

Since the start of the regular season until now, Mario has really turned things around. The guy looked like an animal out there. Firing off the line, hard charging and unstoppable.

Congrats to Mario, looking good!

:marionaner:

Wolf
12-14-2007, 12:13 PM
Secret Challenge mode

Successfully complete the game. Start the cleared game file, then pause the game while at the world map and press L, R, L, R, X(2), Y(2). If you entered the code correctly, the message "Welcome to the Secret Challenge mode" will appear. Similar to the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES, Secret Challenge mode will not let you backtrack in certain levels. To indicate whether a level has a Secret Challenge version, the new right arrow icon will be lit in the top right corner of the map screen.

http://www.cheatcc.com/ds/newsupermariobroscheatscodes.html


Kubiak went old school for Mario before the game

austintexanite
12-14-2007, 12:15 PM
Last night was a glimpse of what we can see from Mario for the next 8-10 years.

HoustonFrog
12-14-2007, 12:18 PM
Rome just jumped on and said he really admires Mario and what he is doing after everyone, including himself, was just killing him. Good to hear national talk.

ensign_lee
12-14-2007, 12:19 PM
PS: The coolest thing ever was hearing the Super Mario video game music played after his last solo sack.

How did I miss THAT?!?! That really happened?

infantrycak
12-14-2007, 12:30 PM
With Mario's slow start this year, I got real disgruntled and started to question the validity of picking Mario. I questioned Mario's desire to play the game. Mario wasn't firing off the ball hard, he had poor technique and really didn't show a lot of desire.

Not addressed to you in particular, but this is a classic example of why fans should not try to get in player's heads and make assumptions about desire or heart. Mario has just gone through the game slowing down process. Instead of thinking about what the coaches want him to do he is now deciding what to do.

BigBull17
12-14-2007, 12:34 PM
How did I miss THAT?!?! That really happened?

That was the coolest thing ever. Me and my friend were freakin out to the music.

Maddict5
12-14-2007, 01:10 PM
What is lame is that we've been on Sunday Night Football multiple times, which is clearly a nationally televised game (19-10 anyone?). These fools do not know what they are talking about. Hindsight is 20/20 for everyone.

maybe he meant marios first game on primetime with the texans?

Maddict5
12-14-2007, 01:13 PM
Well I wasn't certain all long. I'm certianly bowing and scraping this morning. 299, 4.66 doesn't grow on trees is all I knew for fact. He's a stud. Ten more years to go. Might catch Michel Strahan. Gonna be fun to watch the race is all I know.

i was kinda the same.. i always supported it but had my little doubts now and again.. love watching our D because of him now though (not to mention meco and co):d:

Brandon420tx
12-14-2007, 01:40 PM
i will gratuitously take this opprotunity to point out that i was right about Mario Williams all along.

Present and accounted for. :texflag:

I was number 3


http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21868&highlight=Official+Mario

Bwahahahahahahaha!

Remember the welcome Mario avatar you made Jerek?

Texan_Bill
12-14-2007, 01:54 PM
LMAO!! Jim Rome is talking about Mario and said "Mario was hounding Jay Cutler, like he owed him money"


"Class act, great player"

HoustonFrog
12-14-2007, 01:54 PM
Rome just gave a shout out to Mario again and and said "Speaking for the entire world, sorry we villified you" and made you out to be horrible before you stepped up on the field. He is playing like a faster Dwight Freeney. AND he is playing better than Bush and VY. Despite all the heat he has never lashed out or demanded an apology. You are a beast on the field and a class act off..............

LMAO!! Jim Rome is talking about Mario and said "Mario was hounding Jay Cutler, like he owed him money"


"Class act, great player"

Beat me to it..Word

Texan_Bill
12-14-2007, 01:55 PM
Rome just gave a shout out to Mario again and and said "Speaking for the entire world, sorry we villified you" and made you out to be horrible before you stepped up on the field. He is playing like a faster Dwight Freeney. AND he is playing better than Bush and VY. Despite all the heat he has never lashed out or demanded an apology. You are a beast on the field and a class act off..............

You're killing me Frog.......... Great minds, I guess

HoustonFrog
12-14-2007, 02:03 PM
You're killing me Frog.......... Great minds, I guess

That's what I'm thinking:)

Brandon420tx
12-14-2007, 02:12 PM
PS: The coolest thing ever was hearing the Super Mario video game music played after his last solo sack.


(on how it felt to hear the crowd chanting his name during the fourth quarter) “That was awesome! It was amazing to hear my name being said like that right behind our bench. One thing that was big was after that third sack, I don’t know if any of you noticed, but I heard the Super Mario music. I got crunk off of that. I appreciate whoever did that. I heard that music. It was just all amazing!”

http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=4043

jerek
12-14-2007, 02:35 PM
http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21868&highlight=Official+Mario

Bwahahahahahahaha!

Remember the welcome Mario avatar you made Jerek?

Hilarious! Funny too how that rumor of it being all about signability didn't really start to die off until Reggie started sucking so much.

Though I can't claim omniscience, because I went back and forth on Reggie for quite awhile (anywhere from would suck completely to being a junior Brian Westbrook just not #1 caliber player) and at least at the time of that thread being written, he has sucked a lot more than I stated he would. I was also wrong about Carr making it in this league. Oh well.:cowboy1:

YellerLotYeller
12-14-2007, 02:55 PM
Now we need a smilie of Mario doing the hula dance....

Errant Hothy
12-14-2007, 02:56 PM
"Aloha means Pro-Bowl!" right?

Thorn
12-14-2007, 03:06 PM
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, with Mario and Okyea we have the basics to build one of the greatest defensive lines since Pittsburg's Steel Curtain. Really.

kastofsna
12-14-2007, 03:08 PM
That was you? So who were the other three?
also when i say "all along" i mean since he was a freshman at NCState. carry on.

Brandon420tx
12-14-2007, 03:10 PM
also when i say "all along" i mean since he was a freshman at NCState. carry on.

Don't fret Kast, your represented in that thread I pulled out of the dredges.

Mike Kerns
12-14-2007, 03:28 PM
http://www.pete-online.us/Images/EatCrow.jpg

I'm doing my part...

I admit that I was in Camp Reggie %100. Even earlier this season I was still whining about it. Never has it felt so good to be so wrong.

This Crow tastes excellent...

:mario3: :respect: :mario2:

Fox
12-14-2007, 04:13 PM
Just wait until Mario starts getting the Calls he deserve.

They were holding him all night, even when they doubled him.

When we start getting those calls, and teams really start trying to compensate for him, Amobi, TJ, Cochran, Demeco are going to cause some real HAVOC.

Quoted for truth. I see Mario getting held all the time and it makes me furious because we never get those calls. Hopefully we start getting a few bones thrown to us there.

I love the Super Mario music when Mario gets a sack, great idea.

Watching Mario last night, he's not as quick as a Peppers or a Freeney, but he's not too far behind and he plays with much more power than either of them. If he can keep building on his game he has the physical skills to be a hell of a DE against the run and the pass for a very long time.

ensign_lee
12-14-2007, 05:39 PM
That was the coolest thing ever. Me and my friend were freakin out to the music.

Gosh dang it. I was in the Bullpen too. I guess I was too busy leading the cheers. D'oh. :cry:

Silver Oak
12-14-2007, 05:42 PM
just discussed him again on PTI.

Today, the quote of the segment was the quote "from draft bust, to Hall of Fame Bust"

These guys are going to hurt themselves if they keep backpedaling on their premature assesment of Mario.

Thorn
12-14-2007, 05:48 PM
These guys are going to hurt themselves if they keep backpedaling on their premature assesment of Mario.

LOL. I agree. I'm really happy to see Mario finally starting to show what he can do. But now that he's shown us, let's see what he does to Indy next week. If he can sack Manning a couple of times, then onward to the Mario alter.

I think it's really unfair of all of us to be judging the "Big Three" from last year so soon. All three of them need a few more years before we start labeling them. Even so, I'm guilty as hell of that anyway.

Kaiser Toro
12-14-2007, 05:50 PM
Mario had a special game last night, but it takes more than one to make a special career.

Count me in as one of the early adopters of Mario.

Double Barrel
12-14-2007, 05:51 PM
just discussed him again on PTI.

Today, the quote of the segment was the quote "from draft bust, to Hall of Fame Bust"

These guys are going to hurt themselves if they keep backpedaling on their premature assesment of Mario.

My hatred of ESPiN grows by the day. How they could possibly label Mario a "draft bust" when the dude hasn't even played two seasons is beyond me. (I feel the same about VY and Bush, even though I've never been fans if either player. It's just too soon to label them anything at this point.)

I'm so glad that Marrio is stuffing a sock into the talking heads' pie-holes. It is evident that most of these guys lack any ability to evaluate players and project solid predictions of the future. They are nothing but a pack of bleating sheep that just react to the obvious.

Porky
12-14-2007, 05:54 PM
The second half of this season, Mario has been on a tear, and is playing like a guy drafted #1 overall. It's funny that when your high draft picks make impact plays, you win games. We need more of this from Mario.

3 1/2 sacks was very impressive, but even more impressive to me was that he was in the backfield all night long harrasing Cutler. He was a second or two away from having 10 sacks in one game. Cutler did a good job avoiding him, but not every time and Mario got his share. And this guy isn't a one trick pony either like a Freeny. He plays the run outstandingly. Teams are just going to learn to run away from him because he is too strong to be bullied around. What did he have 7 tackles? If he keeps developing his game, and is driven to be the greatest, the sky is the limit for this guy. It's how bad does he want it, because he has a very rare combo of size, speed and strength.

The1ApplePie
12-14-2007, 05:54 PM
I think they meant on PTI that people need to put the judgements away. Mario has dominated the past 5 weeks, but wasn't anywhere above average for the rest of his short career. They could label him the next football Jesus, and he could go back to 2006 form, like VY dropped back this year.

Fox
12-14-2007, 06:10 PM
I think they meant on PTI that people need to put the judgements away. Mario has dominated the past 5 weeks, but wasn't anywhere above average for the rest of his short career. They could label him the next football Jesus, and he could go back to 2006 form, like VY dropped back this year.

I think what's important about that stretch of play is that Mario has proven that he can consistently dominate. Before this, it was all speculation. He made some nice plays, played very well in multiple games, but hadn't really given us a solid foundation to reference in our beliefs that he could be a dominant player. You can point to these last 5 games and confidently say that Mario not only has the ability, but he has in fact played at a Pro-Bowl level against NFL talent, consistently. Obviously one season does not a career make, but Mario is going to play a large factor in getting and keeping Houston fans excited about watching this team.

Honoring Earl 34
12-14-2007, 06:33 PM
More Red Koolaid ... on the rocks .

http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80518b02

Leahmic223
12-14-2007, 06:35 PM
I think what's important about that stretch of play is that Mario has proven that he can consistently dominate. Before this, it was all speculation. He made some nice plays, played very well in multiple games, but hadn't really given us a solid foundation to reference in our beliefs that he could be a dominant player. You can point to these last 5 games and confidently say that Mario not only has the ability, but he has in fact played at a Pro-Bowl level against NFL talent, consistently. Obviously one season does not a career make, but Mario is going to play a large factor in getting and keeping Houston fans excited about watching this team.

Consistency is a young players enemy. I'll say it once and I say it again. None of them have proved to be consistent, Mario is proving that Bush and VY has yet to prove it...but you have seen flashes from both of them.

Not saying Mario should be given a pass, no he still has a lot of work to do. I'm just saying that young players fail to be consistent. Mario would have a good game...then disappear the next 2, then have a good one...then disappear...but now 5 weeks he has shown up.

Just like VY has yet to put together a string of games that are well played and Bush also(in the rushing yards department) I think eventually they will. But guys that win ROY are usually just the most consistent.

Also Mario is fun to watch. Last night I sat there and saw 3rd and 9 and I was excited. I am VERY VERY happy we have him on our team.

Dread-Head
12-14-2007, 06:43 PM
That was you? So who were the other three?


I've never had a bad thing to say about Mario and had his back when many in here called him a bust.

Silver Oak
12-14-2007, 07:21 PM
dammit! why do all have to be so rational and non-vindictive???

as fans, we have taken abuse and ridicule from irrational fans of other teams, and now Mario is beginning to shine brightly, and you all act your age and gracious in our victory!

:fans: