Friday, July 26, 2013

Has Houston beat Dallas in the big Texas rivalry? 273 reasons why

Houstonia Magazine declares Houston winner in the H-Town vs Big D rivalry

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It might be time to close down I-45 somewhere around Centerville because Houstonia Magazine is going to have Dallasites coming our way with pitchforks. The new Houston-centric magazine has declared Houston the winner in the two cities' long standing rivalry in its upcoming issue.

“After painstaking research, much weighing of evidence, and one trip to Big D by our staff in a van, we can conclude with reasonable certainty that this age-old squabble is no more," Houstonia editorial director Scott Vogel said in a statement.

The magazine declares Houston the winner in its upcoming issue "273 reasons the rivalry’s over and we won" which it says is a fun, near-surgical examination of the many forces—cultural, social, culinary and more—behind Houston’s rise to both national and international prominence.

It certainly appears Houston is getting more positive headlines than Dallas in the national media as of late. In fact, I don't ever remember the city getting any positive attention much at all in the past. I got excited when Houston was nuked in Will Smith's 1996 popcorn flick Independence Day just because the aliens considered the Bayou City important enough to destroy!

Part of the reason I originally started this very blog was to showcase positive stories about Houston. Then I got involved in media gossip and probably ruined that goal.

I was thinking the other day why Houston is getting more glowing national reviews now. Here is what I came up with:
- Bill White bringing Katrina refugees here (random factoid: R.E.M mentioned Houston in a song because of this if that matters to you)
- Electing an openly gay mayor with Annise Parker (that caused the national media to take interest)
- The fact Houston is actually a positive economic story while Detroit is filing for bankruptcy
- Beyonce?

Back on topic, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt is the Houstonia cover boy as you can tell in the two advanced covers I received from the magazine.

“Watt’s Inside,” Peter Holley’s interview with the 24-year-old Watt, offers a revealing look at the superstar’s Wisconsin boyhood, his commitment to expanding after-school programs in low-income neighborhoods, and of course his newfound fame, both the perks (money) and pitfalls (fans camping out on his lawn).

You'll be able to find the new issue on store shelves July 29th.

houstoniamag.com

UPDATE
Houstonia Magazine's marketing team was everywhere on this one. Here are broadcasts from Houston and Dallas public radio about the rivalry:
- KUHF's Houston Matters - The Houston/Dallas Rivalry (contentious debate between Houstonia and  D Magazine editors)
- KERA Dallas - Big D Vs. H-Town: 5 Reasons Why Dallas Rules

Music writer William Michael Smith sent me a great little number Mickey Newbury - If You Ever Get To Houston ( Look Me Down).

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18 comments:

  1. WTF??? Whoever the *bleep* wrote and thought this article to be true has got to be really messed up in the head, not that they have a head in the first place. I don't see how even ONE reason could qualify Hell-Town better than Dallas. We have a TV show named after us, TWO of them in fact. What does Hell-town have for a TV show? None. That's right, none. Also, our football team the Cowboys have won FIVE Super Bowls. Granted things aren't great lately for them, but we are still BETTER than the old Oilers and the new Texans. Don't even get me started on the Ass-tros. Last place losers. Worse than the Cleveland Indians. About the only good in Houston are the Rockets. Then again those back to back championships had Hakeem and Clyde Drexler on them. I didn't see Yao Ming work out too well.

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  2. Dallas is about as relevant as JR in the 80s. America's team is not the Cowboys. The Rangers can't win a world series. Mark Cuban is the most exciting thing about the Mavericks.

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    1. We're relevant enough that YOU always have to try and get 1 up on us and publish crap like this! "Look we have the biggest football TV now and we have 2 na na na na na" The rivalry is ONE SIDED. We don't have to prove anything. We don't need attention. We are not jealous.

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  3. Houston will NEVER and I mean NEVER be on the same scale as Dallas. Not when it comes to sports, night life, single-life, housing and just overall sexiness of the city. When people OUTSIDE OF TEXAS are asked to name a city in Texas... DALLAS will ALWAYS BE NAMED FIRST! WHether the Cowboys suck or not they will ALWAYB be known as America's team. The Texans haven't done enough yet to prove they are a better franchise. PERIOD! The night life in Dallas is even better. Dwight Howard won't even make the Rockets a formidable team. Whoever wrote that article was OBVIOUSLY born and raised in Houstn and had the IQ of a leaf.

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  4. America's team IS the Cowboys even though I'm a Texans fan. The Astros have NEVER won a world series either and hasn't even come close. And The Rockets coach, whoever he is, is not the most exciting thing about the Rockets. The ONLY thing exciting about the Rockets is the signing of Dwight Howard. I guarantee that will be the only happy day the Rockets will have in this town. His signing is about as relevant as Charles Barkley's signing in the 90's. Yea... exactly!

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  5. Dalass rulz huston droolz

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  6. Here's how this rivalry has always looked to me...

    Houston: "We're awesome! Houston is so much better than Dallas! Dallas sucks! We're #1! Dallas only wishes it was as good as Houston!"

    Dallas: "There's a rivalry?"

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    1. I could take this and flip it.

      Growing up in Houston, I never heard anyone talk about Dallas.

      When I got to Baylor, there were a bunch of DFW dudes in my dorm and they started trash talking Houston as soon as they found out I was from there. I didn't get their animosity because I didn't even know anything about Dallas. They told me Dallas talk radio even had discussions about how much Houston sucked.

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  7. Dallas is way-cool; Houston is NOT! Dallas women rock; Houston women are sweat-hogs!!!!

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  8. All I can day about Dallas is that it's the most racist town I've been in.for years I worked there and always and never failed to find it.ive also worked in the deep south,Louisiana,Mississippi,Alabama and Georgia,for great lengths of time and I bet it's there but I never saw it,Dallas may have or had great sports teams but that alone shouldn't make it a great city,certainly not better that Houston.

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  9. why are all the people from Dallas becoming so defensive, its called Houstonia Magazine they are in the business to make money, so they are going to print what will make them money.If y'all are so worried about this story you can always start your own magazine and title the article, "273 Reasons Dallas is better than Houston"

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  10. Look at all these Dallas people living in the past! Dallas is Houston's little bitch. There are more people in Houston, and there's a reason for that. Also, Houston is the biggest city in the U.S., land wise. Most of all, the people of Houston are so much more friendly that Dalla(para)sites! That's what Texas is all about, friendliness. All I've ever seen from Dallas is a football team of convicts that can't let go of the 1980's, people that are so ready to rub your nose in all their tacky glitziness that Dallas is famous for! Dallas, get over it and recognize! Houston will always be a step up!

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    1. Y'all need all that space to squeeze the fat people in.

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  11. Houston will always be better no questions asked.

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  12. Awwwwwww how cute. Houston put us in their widdle magazine. I love you anyways Houston. I have family there. I LOVE ALL OF TEXAS YOU BASTARDS! Get over it. Be happy with who you are but shut the hell up. Its always Houston doing the chirping. Up here, I don't give a rats ass! I'm just in awe of how shameless and CHILDISH this "rivalry" is. If you are so badass, you wouldn't need to plaster it all over a magazine (which you wrote, about yourselves). Stop beating your chest. I'm embarrassed for y'all.

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    1. Actually I'm flattered to be your "rival". Its kind of sweet that y'all picked us. No matter what, We are TEXAS

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  13. Hey where is ESPN Houston at?

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