Was watching the Sunday night game, Case Keenum’s big party where he threw three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson and the Texans had a 21-3 lead at the half. Texans were flying high, Keenum looked like a real gunslinger and they had a chance to get right back into the hunt.
Then Michele Tafoya came on and said Coach Gary Kubiak of the Texans had collapsed. You didn’t think too much of it. Maybe he fainted, whatever. He was sitting up so he’d be fine, maybe have to go to the press box for the rest of the game.
Then the people surrounding him didn’t move. And he didn’t get up. And they showed him on a stretcher being taken to a hospital. No news on Coach Kubiak.
During the second half, someone mentioned the team didn’t know whether Kubiak was still alive. They were totally in the dark. No wonder they didn’t play so well in the second half.
Tonight, there’s talk that Coach Kubiak may have had a “mini-stroke“. Um, as someone who had a parent who had suffered a pair of strokes, there’s no such thing as a “mini-stroke”. Its a big deal. This morning, the Texans GM (whomever that is) was talking about Kubiak going back to work this week. Uh, no. BSP will be glad if Coach Kubiak can retain everything he was doing before.
And as little care is shown by the NFL and league offices over the health of players and coaches, Coach Kubiak should be glad this happened with superb medical staff in one of the best cities in the world to have circulatory issues. You don’t think so? Consider the lifestyle of an NFL coach. You’re at work at 6am, leave work at 9pm or later, depending on your team schedule. What would have happened if he had been in his office, late at night, when he’s likely to be there by himself? There are small blessings in an event like this, but that’s one of them.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Coach Kubiak. And while we’re at it, we hope for a speedy recovery for Coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos from his recent heart surgery. While there’s nothing to like about the Broncos, John Fox is a hell of a coach, and it was definitely not good news to hear he was going to Denver.
These guys are people, not robots.