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Arian Foster notices when Boston columnist rips “terrible Texans”

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Players often say before big games that they’ve tuned out the media and are focused solely on the upcoming opponent. But as Texans running back Arian Foster prepares to face the Patriots on Sunday, he’s very much paying attention to what the media say about the Texans.

Specifically, Foster noticed that Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy ripped the Texans in a column that said the Patriots essentially have a second bye week with the Texans coming to town.

“Could this get any easier? I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place,” Shaughnessy wrote. “The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans.”

So Foster decided to turn that quote into bulletin board material by making an image of those words his new Twitter avatar. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has said New England’s regular season win over Houston doesn’t mean anything, but Foster clearly wants his teammates to know that some folks in New England believe the Patriots are about to win another blowout. We’ll see on Sunday if the Texans can prove Shaughnessy wrong.

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57 Responses to “Arian Foster notices when Boston columnist rips “terrible Texans””
  1. vancouvernfl says: Jan 7, 2013 4:53 PM

    This news broke 5 hours ago… You are soo behind.. RG3 has a torn ACL too… still waiting for you to post that

  2. DubZ480 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:54 PM

    To be fair, Houston were terrible last time out and didn’t do much on Sunday or any game since the Pats beat them down to change perception.

    That still doesn’t change the fact that Foster is a beast. The problem is Shaub, aka Romo 2.0

  3. f00sballfan says: Jan 7, 2013 4:57 PM

    Where is Bane when you need him?

  4. zimaman says: Jan 7, 2013 4:57 PM

    boy oh boy

    there digging pretty deep to find something to light a fire under their butts

    great keep wasting yout time reading the Boston Papers (no one does anyway) and you’ll get blasted again by the Patriots

  5. cardoso says: Jan 7, 2013 5:00 PM

    Almost no Patriots’ fan likes Shaughnessy. But seriously Arian, reading beat writers’ columns?

    Getting destroyed in the first game and not wanting to go home should be motivation enough, it’s not like anyone in the Pats’ organization gave anything but praise. Just leave the jackets at home and be ready for a good game.

  6. dwheel79 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    Jets 2010…. Keep talkn..

  7. gg206 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:06 PM

    That’s the same Dan Shaughnessy that incorrectly proclaimed that the Red Sox would be be alive another day during a rain delay during 2011 game 162. Good to see that he’s learned his lesson to avoid presuming stuff.. NOT!! I was indifferent about this game but just because that turd decided to type up that garbage I’m rooting for Houston now..

  8. sbelig says: Jan 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    Shaughnessy is an airbag. And Foster can get upset about it for all I care. Its all noise. That’s why they strap em’ on and play the game. It ain’t Shaugnessy Foster has to run through. It’s Wilfork. And Big Daddy is a man of few words.

  9. themightyhoustontexans says: Jan 7, 2013 5:09 PM

    It stings because it carries so much truth. The Texans haven’t really shown up 4 weeks before the playoffs and then they can’t punch it in after four trips into the red zone against the Bengals.

    Houston has to go out there and earn that respect.

  10. badintent says: Jan 7, 2013 5:10 PM

    @vancouvernfl
    The really much more important news is that Sports Center is reporting that Clemons has an ACL and is done. Hawks will have to zone blitz more to get Matty on his butt. Has Luongo been put on the next plane out of town ? No hockey riots for 2014 EH ?

  11. mikecal645 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    I don’t think I have ever met anyone in this area that actually likes Dan Shaughnessy. He’s awful, stopped reading his articles a long time ago, I have no idea how he still has a job.

  12. southpaw2k says: Jan 7, 2013 5:14 PM

    oh look! Dan Shaughnessy said something arrogant and stupid! Never saw that coming a mile away!

  13. rc33 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:16 PM

    Shank does not qualify as a “folk in New England.” He is a hack; no one pays him any mind around here.

  14. bigblue5611 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:17 PM

    Texans will be in this game and have a good shot at winning. Let’s also point out that Brady has been horrible in the post-season since 2007

  15. lowleadman says: Jan 7, 2013 5:18 PM

    While I hate to give bulletin board material to any opponent, Foster has to understand that no one reads Shaunessey and hasn’t for about a decade. He is a non factor, closely related to the other Boston Buffoon from the Herald who’s name shall remain unspoken, but Boston fans know who I’m talking about.

    Houston, you are a good football team. It should be a good game

  16. jetsflyinghigh says: Jan 7, 2013 5:20 PM

    this situation is eerily similar to that in which the jets faced in 2010. i still think the pats will take this game, though.

  17. gregm5s7 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:21 PM

    1) It’s hard to beat the same team twice
    2) No team is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems
    3) JJ Wuahhaaaattt

    I expect the Patriots to win.

  18. peoplesfrontofjudea says: Jan 7, 2013 5:21 PM

    DubZ480 says:
    The problem is Shaub, aka Romo 2.0
    _________________________

    I started thinking last week (before the wildcard games) that there is a lot of similarity between the Texas and Ravens right now. For Schaub, like Flacco, the question had been whether he’s “elite.” For Schaub, like Flacco, the question has been answered…NO.

  19. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 7, 2013 5:26 PM

    And the Bengals would have beaten Houston had their offense shown up!

  20. jjarvis says: Jan 7, 2013 5:27 PM

    Boston (and I’m from there) has a higher proportion of blowhard know-nothing media people than the rest of the country combined. No one does it better than Shaughnessy (Ron Borges excepted) and in no sport does he sound more out of his element than in football. Just cover your ears and eyes and wait for him to go away.

    Arian Foster gives him too much credit.

  21. mrconnors says: Jan 7, 2013 5:33 PM

    Shank is doing this to jinx the Patriots. And I’m not kidding. He’s that kind of person.

  22. jboyxl73 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:33 PM

    Boston media has always tried to make trouble and grab headlines , that’s what they do and much if the reason why many stars that come to play here have problems with them cause after one bad game they will torture you to get you to say the wrong thing ,it’s a huge reason Belichick doesn’t say much

  23. footballchamp says: Jan 7, 2013 5:43 PM

    I’m pretty sure the folks in Boston don’t like or read that guy, right? But then again, after their last meeting, I’m sure Houston will take anything they can get to get going.

    I expect a good game, but give the edge to NE simply due to home-field. Pats have a history (Jets) of crushing a team at home only to lose to the same team in the playoffs. I’m sure the Texans are going to play tough.

    Either way, hopefully the games this week are better than last week.

  24. pef12 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:51 PM

    Arian, thanks for continuing Dan Schaughnessy’s career on life support. The only purpose for tripe like that was to get a reaction and some relevance.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:57 PM

    The Texans are the biggest frontrunners in the NFL; following closely by San Francisco and Atlanta. The first two MUST get leads on you so that they can exercise ball control and use their defenses to lean on you with a lead. If they have to come back against a decent team, forget it. Look at the SF losses, including what should have been two of them to St. Louis. When they’re not up by two scores, they’re not nearly as “formidable” on either side of the ball. Same with Houston, who’s looked poor over the past month for a reason. Had they been playing a team with a good QB, a competent TE who could catch and one with a halfway decent coverage LB (because Bengals fans know Maualuga is the antithesis of such) they would have lost that game Saturday. They’re going to get destroyed once again at Gillette.

  26. flash1283 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:08 PM

    dwheel79 says:
    Jan 7, 2013 5:01 PM
    Jets 2010…. Keep talkn..

    —-

    Denver last year, destroyed in the regular season destroyed in the playoffs.

    If the jets game is what Texans fans a grasping onto then they have already lost.

  27. frankiefiveangels says: Jan 7, 2013 6:10 PM

    Don’t take Shaughnessy seriously Foster he is a professional contrarian douchbag. I’m a Patriots fan but I don’t think this game will be a walkover for the Pats, I think Houston will show up this time and it will be a close game. Shaughnessy’s best column ever was when he called sports talk show callers “bloodthirsy shut-ins”, other than that he is tool.

  28. htowntexan says: Jan 7, 2013 6:11 PM

    Shaughnessy may not represent everyone in Boston, but his comments are in line with most posters from Boston on this site (and similar sites for that matter). class, class, class.

    pats destroyed the texans the first time, but I would note that the texans have a better record then the pats (13-4), have beaten more playoff teams (4), and just beat a team that everyone thought they would lose to. in the last pats game, everything that could go wrong for the texans, did go wrong. i doubt it will be the same this time. we’ll see on Sunday . . . .

  29. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 7, 2013 6:11 PM

    Do Boston sportswriters really have that terrible of a memory? Let’s change this up, shall we?

    “The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans.”

    “The fraudulent New York Jets are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Jets.”

    How’d that work out for ya? This is an excellent example of why most of the world hates Boston sports fans. So, so arrogant.

  30. axltcu says: Jan 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    @nyjalleffingday

    Quoting Dan Shaughnessy is the worst possible example to prove you’re point. He is by far the most disliked sports “writer” in Boston.

  31. kacapaco says: Jan 7, 2013 6:15 PM

    He can’t be serious. If the last beat down and the game being divisional playoff are not good motivators, Foster can’t be this lowly & take a homer columnist as motivator.

  32. patfanken says: Jan 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    As painful as that Jet loss was back in the 2010 playoffs, Pats fans do get some comfort knowing that that loss in the divisional round, is likely to be the highlight for Jets fans this CENTURY. (and the 2nd biggest win in Jet history)

    What a joke of a franchise.

  33. rollobollio says: Jan 7, 2013 6:29 PM

    Texans are the worst team left in the playoffs.

  34. flash1283 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:30 PM

    htowntexan says:
    Jan 7, 2013 6:11 PM
    Shaughnessy may not represent everyone in Boston, but his comments are in line with most posters from Boston on this site (and similar sites for that matter). class, class, class.

    pats destroyed the texans the first time, but I would note that the texans have a better record then the pats (13-4), have beaten more playoff teams (4), and just beat a team that everyone thought they would lose to. in the last pats game, everything that could go wrong for the texans, did go wrong. i doubt it will be the same this time. we’ll see on Sunday . . . .

    Really, they have more wins. They have also played one more game.
    And stop with the “everything that could go wrong did”

    It went wrong because of NE. And now they have to deal with Gronk, just one more thing to worry about when they couldn’t stop Hernandez.

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:35 PM

    Shaughnessy does not normally cover football and is generally clueless about it. Don’t know why the Globe even allowed him to write about the NFL.

  36. tunescribe says: Jan 7, 2013 6:38 PM

    Please note, folks: Dan Shaughnessy is a baseball writer who believes footballs are stuffed with feathers and has a long track record of dumping on the Patriots. Pats fans take tripe less seriously than what brand of toilet paper to buy.

  37. flash1283 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    How’d that work out for ya? This is an excellent example of why most of the world hates Boston sports fans. So, so arrogant.

    Please , if a poll was taken NY sports fans win win the award of most arrogant all day.

    And stop with how did that work out with the jets crap.

    Or we can say how did it work out last year with the Broncos.
    Not to mention this is nowhere near the same Patriots team as 2010.

  38. mccourty1sland says: Jan 7, 2013 6:43 PM

    Dan Shaughnessy is hard to look at.

  39. edgerules says: Jan 7, 2013 6:48 PM

    Wow. Leave it to Arian Foster to need motivation from a stupid column by a homer hack.

  40. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:09 PM

    The only reason that moron ( I won’t even write his name let alone say it) has a job is because the globe is owned by the New York Times do of course they will promote someone like him and stand by him as a way of screwing Boston. There is a reason that paper loses millions of dollars every year. He is perhaps the worst sports writer ever

  41. tedmurph says: Jan 7, 2013 7:29 PM

    Dan Shaughnessy has made his whole career on this type of thing. It’s not about the sports story, it’s about making himself the story.

  42. xcerebus1 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    So he’s the one still reading Shaughnessy’s column? I use to work for the Globe and even I read the Herald sports page. Him and Ron Boring are the two worst writers on the east coast.

  43. richwizl says: Jan 7, 2013 7:45 PM

    The Patriots are on a mission and the Texans have the unenviable task of having to revisit the scene of their worst nightmare because of their failure to hold serve in the last week. It will be a competitive game, but the Pats usually take care of business in these situation. The only team that could prevent NE from winning another Lombardi is Denver; these are the two best teams in the entire league. I do, however, think the Ravens have a good chance of pulling an upset this Saturday.

  44. dalucks says: Jan 7, 2013 9:05 PM

    This game is on Gary Kubiak and Matt Schaub. If they are really franchise quality at their positions then they will find a way to win this game. They already are being paid like it without merit.
    You cannot have an All Pro running back, All Pro defense and a franchise quarterback on the same team in the salary cap era of NFL football. You cannot be a defensive, run first well balanced team then pay your quarterback 14 million to dink and donk along with completing and occassional deep pass off playaction. Last T.J. Yates went 1-1 last season and most fans thought Schaub was the difference in not reaching the Super Bowl. This season is Schaub’s oppurtunity to prove his worth to the team. If he loses to the Patriots and the Texans are 1-1 then this should be Matt Schaub’s last game as a Texan.
    Houston should put better use to that 14 million dollars and I do not mean resign Shaun Cody. 9.5 million can get you Greg Jenning or Mike Wallace or Dwayne Bowe. I like the Texans chance better with one of those wide receivers opposite Andre Johnson plus Owen Daniels with Arian Foster and T.J. Yates with Norv Turner calling the plays instead of another year of a conservative Gary Kubiak, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter plus Arian Foster along with Owen Daniels.
    This Sunday will be deliver or depart for Matt Schaub.

  45. sanclementejedi says: Jan 7, 2013 9:26 PM

    The big question is …. will the Texans be wearing those cool varsity jackets?

  46. easywolf says: Jan 7, 2013 9:30 PM

    Dude, get off twitter and practice, you’ll have plenty of time for all that after New England steam rolls you on Sunday.

  47. patsfan13 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:17 AM

    The Patriots will let their play do the talking.

  48. ejudge44 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:58 AM

    If only Arian Foster knew that it’s usually Boston teams that use the Curly Haired Boyfriend’s words as bulletin board material…

  49. patpatriot7 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Since when is a reporter’s article “bulletin board material?” In fact, what is Foster doing scanning the Boston sports pages to begin with? Neither Coach Belichick or any of his players EVER trash talk publicly about another team or its players. In fact, he could make the team with the worst record in the NFL seem like they were a Super Bowl contender if they were the Patriots next appointment. Shank gets on the nerves of LOCAL fans and players, but now he’s doing it to their opponents! Ron Borges and John Tomase must be envious.

  50. bluebongzilla says: Jan 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    Just because Matt Schaub has thrown as many pick 6′s as touchdown passes in the last 5 games doesn’t mean that he’s a choker. Wait, yes it does. He’s living on borrowed time.

  51. bigblue5611 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:16 PM

    If Patriots lose It won’t be because of Schaub and the Texan offense. It will be because Brady and the over-hyped Pat offense will be shut down just like it has been the past 5 years. Funny how the Pat D gets ripped every year but somebody tell me what has Brady done in the past 5 years in a big playoff game or Super Bowl……..answer: nothing

  52. lanman11 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:55 PM

    What is strange about this is that the content of the Shaughnessy article was subscription based, at least on the web. Has Arian Foster paid his .99 cents to subscribe to the Boston Globe online? Did he actually do that? It’s not the money…….it’s the fact that he is THAT interested in reading what people like Shaughnessy write. Shaughnessy is part of a crew of morons that have been employed by the Globe for years, which I never understood. Every city has these guys. My guess at this point is that Shaughnessy may be right, because Foster clearly has his priorities all wrong…..

  53. flyrocket31 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:02 PM

    It’s just extra motivation. nothing more. Foster is going to run for 200+! GO TEXANSSSSS

  54. patsfan13 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    The Patriots lost their last two Super Bowls, by a total of seven points. Take away the super glue on the helmet, (just kidding, but a freak catch) in one game, and a dropped pass in the last one, but for bigblue above and other Giant fans, yes they won, but neither game was a blow out. so maybe they ought to use some common sense and stop bashing Brady. Eli will never have close to the career Bradey
    has had.

  55. bigblue5611 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    “The Patriots lost their last two Super Bowls, by a total of seven points. Take away the super glue on the helmet, (just kidding, but a freak catch) in one game, and a dropped pass in the last one, but for bigblue above and other Giant fans, yes they won, but neither game was a blow out. so maybe they ought to use some common sense and stop bashing Brady. Eli will never have close to the career Bradey has had.”

    ________

    Yeah would of, could of, should of. Giants would like to have a few plays back in both of those games and both games would be blow-outs. Point is Brady and that overrated offense put up a “big” 31 points in last 2 Super Bowls and were totaly inept and shut down. Yet all we here is how great Brady is and fact is he is not in the post-season

  56. gab1934 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:25 AM

    Well…. the Pats beat Huston…. and before that…the 49′ers beat the Pats… where’s the logic??
    Each game is a new game……..

  57. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 9, 2013 12:52 PM

    As has been stated earlier, in the first Texans v Pats game all the breaks went NE’s way. It happens that way sometimes. Some of it was self inflicted by the Texans, some of it was inflicted by Tom Brady and the Pats.

    On the 1st 3 TD drives by the Pats, the Texans commited penalties on unconverted 3rd downs that allowed the drives to continue.

    Kareem Jackson doesn’t fall on a fumble in the redzone and Hernandez scores the next play.

    JJ Watt makes an outstanding play to run down Woodhead and force a fumble…. right into the waiting arms of Brandon Lloyd for a TD.

    Someone said it earlier and its SO true. You’re never as good or as bad as you think you are. But when you start to believe you are… that when you get in trouble.

    You guys will have Gronk back but we’ll have to vital yet unheralded guys back, Garrett Graham, and Brooks Reed.

    I don’t do predictions, but I imagine this time it’s a closer game that comes down to the last few minutes. Maybe the same result… maybe not.

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