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As it turns out, there was no angry mob at Schaub’s

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The story about angry fans outside Texans quarterback Matt Schaub’s house was a good one, a perfect narrative around which to comment on the importance of sports in our lives and fan behavior in general.

The only problem: It wasn’t exactly as dramatic as it sounds.

The Houston Police Department is sending out word that the story is not as it was first conveyed.

Contrary to some reports, there was not a group of ‘angry fans’ outside the Schaub residence on Monday,” the department said in a statement sent out via Twitter. “A family member reported seeing a suspicious male in the driveway of the residence taking pictures. Police were not called to the home. No other information to release at this time.”

While the idea of a pitchfork- and torch-wielding mob furious about four straight weeks of pick-sixes didn’t turn out to be true, the fact that the story was so easy to believe might be the most depressing part of the whole chapter.

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52 Responses to “As it turns out, there was no angry mob at Schaub’s”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2013 11:29 AM

    Watch it happen now. :)

  2. petehemlock says: Oct 9, 2013 11:29 AM

    The story was a Schaub.

  3. xlichamps says: Oct 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    No, the most depressing part of this is how quickly the media blew it out of proportion.

  4. primenumber19 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    Who said it was a mob? The report was 2 seperate fans, and one instance was confirmed by police. Classic police move to deny accusations no one is making to obvoscate what actually happened.

  5. realfootballfan says: Oct 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    Who actually believed it? I saw that headline and scrolled right past it.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    Yeah, seriously. The fact that we can envision someone taking sports too seriously and doing such a thing IS the depressing part.

  7. cjjones5656 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    The suspicious person in the driveway taking pictures was just a Real Estate Agent. Schaub is getting everything in order in preparation for next year……..in Tampa.

  8. texansfan13 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    Sounds more like a peeping tom or paparazzi than an angry fan.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    *Obfuscate. Love the vocab, BTW

  10. truths4all says: Oct 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    Now that the NFL and the politically correct Houston PD are involved, it makes perfect sense that the story is not totally different and downplayed as no one involved wants Philly, Viking, Seahawks, Redskins, 49er, or Jets type crazy fans to be acknowledged and recognized to be living in Houston.

    The reason the initial report was so easy to believe is that type of story has already taken place in other NFL cities, so why not Houston as well?

    The truth is probably closer to the initial report and it just got sanitized.

  11. offroger76 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:36 AM

    True or not – Yates, let the dogs out.

  12. ravenseers says: Oct 9, 2013 11:38 AM

    It must to have been a Realtor updating his portfolio, maybe he’s got a tip the property will be available soon :)

  13. 87hollywoodhorn says: Oct 9, 2013 11:39 AM

    WHAT MORE COULD THEY WANT!?!

  14. skoobyfl says: Oct 9, 2013 11:39 AM

    I’d worry more about the guys on the football field if I were him.

  15. petedutcherjr says: Oct 9, 2013 11:39 AM

    cjjones5656 says
    “The suspicious person in the driveway taking pictures was just a Real Estate Agent. Schaub is getting everything in order in preparation for next year……..in Tampa.”

    As a Tampa fan I could live with that.

  16. iBreezeit.com says: Oct 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    Probably Tramaine Brock cuz he forgot to get Shaub’s autograph on his football for the 4th consecutive pick return record

  17. hummer53 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    So now I think Schaub should be investigated by NFL security for spreading a false story to the media.

  18. r8rsfan says: Oct 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    Pundits, scribes and so-called experts: Why let the truth get in the way of a good story? Harbaugh is right.

  19. zam0854 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:42 AM

    Isn’t the majority of Texas “pitchfork and torch welding” anyway? Could have been a funeral procession.

  20. ravenmomma says: Oct 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    With the loons that walk among us in today’s society, it is very easy to believe that this happened or could easily happen. Let’s face it, every fan base has their lunatics…case in point, logicalvoicesays. Perfect example of a mental institution missing a patient.

  21. riggo08 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:46 AM

    It was just a DMV employee swapping out his license plates. The Texans ordered him new personalized “PIC 6″ plates.

  22. mshawn75 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:46 AM

    Gotta love that on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show they said the Houston Police Dept confirmed the story. Rumor mongers.

  23. jimmysee says: Oct 9, 2013 11:46 AM

    Maybe they thought it was Charles Schwab’s house and they were coming for investment advice.

  24. elgranderojo79 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:47 AM

    If the perpetrator had just worn next weeks opponent’s jersey Schaub would have never seen him.

  25. rmfields says: Oct 9, 2013 11:47 AM

    Schaub is a headcase. I wouldn’t be surprised if he manufactured this story himself to try to get sympathy.

  26. frankrizzo51 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:48 AM

    Still scary.

  27. ubepunkedagain says: Oct 9, 2013 11:53 AM

    The police covering up and trying derail the negative perception around Houston.

  28. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    I think most people in Houston figured this was a hoax of some sort.

    1) No witnesses.
    2) No statement from Schaub.
    3) No police report.
    4) “Angry fans” were mysteriously gone before police arrived.
    5) The radio guy who “broke” the “story” is a complete moron.

  29. bsizemore68 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    So far every one has it wrong, it was Texas Senator Ted Cruz there to blame matt Schaub for Obama care, with a 5% approvable rating for congress Ted was looking for some love. Bill

  30. geodude11 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:57 AM

    The mob story must have come from the arithmetic challenged locals (schooled by FOX News). Saw stories yesterday and today. Mentioned one person with a camera and another with a big mouth. Granted, that is two too many. Somebody mentions Super Bowl in the off season and the fans take it as what is expected which is ridicules in the NFL today. It’s so early in the season even the 5 -0 Saints, Broncos, or Seahawks aren’t a lock to the Super Bowl. Inhale, exhale, inhale ………!

  31. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    Schaulb got off lucky. I wish I would have been there to show him a thing or two about throwing a football. I lettered all for years in HS and know alot about scooting good player. Shab just doesn’t have it.

  32. whatjusthapped says: Oct 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    It wasn’t an angry mob, it was Rick Spielman, GM of the Vikings looking for his next QB.

  33. ufanforreal says: Oct 9, 2013 12:16 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    Schaulb got off lucky. I wish I would have been there to show him a thing or two about throwing a football. I lettered all for years in HS and know alot about scooting good player. Shab just doesn’t have it.
    —————————————————–
    Maybe you should of paid more attention in spelling class and a little less trying to be a jock.

  34. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    ufanforreal –

    You have no game. I could beet you in a punt, pass, kick today or any day…but not Shawb.

  35. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 9, 2013 12:23 PM

    Reports of there being Texans fans anywhere prior to 2012 have also been verified as erroneous.

  36. dstroi says: Oct 9, 2013 12:25 PM

    @ma5terbla5t3r:

    What?

  37. wearethesteelers says: Oct 9, 2013 12:32 PM

    Texans PR attempt to garner sympathy for Schaub. It almost worked.

  38. albinorhino49 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:34 PM

    Hey Matt, for Holloween let the kids that come trick or treating at your house pick 6 candy bars out of the bucket. That would be hilarious.

  39. commonsensedude says: Oct 9, 2013 12:34 PM

    There were some suspicious characters at Schaub’s house but they were intercepted by the cops.

  40. marima07 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:38 PM

    mshawn75 says:

    Gotta love that on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show they said the Houston Police Dept confirmed the story.
    ———————————————
    They should have said ‘someone from the Houston Police Dept.’s Camp’ or ‘someone close to the Houston Police Dept. organization’ confirmed the story.

    Then we’d all know it was made up.

  41. devildog911 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    Breaking news:

    A Jacksonville Jaguars agent was spotted taking pictures in front of Matt Shaub’s house.

  42. CKL says: Oct 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    I’m glad it isn’t true if this isn’t PR, but there have been other incidents where fans have defaced athletes’ private property and/or invaded their private lives. It’s despicable. I love football but it wouldn’t even occur to me to try to do something horrible to an athlete for his performance on the field. Those type people need to get psychiatric help.

  43. bigbadal21 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:45 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r says:Oct 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    ufanforreal –

    You have no game. I could beet you in a punt, pass, kick today or any day…but not Shawb.

    I think a spelling test would be more appropiate.

  44. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    dstroi says:
    Oct 9, 2013 12:25 PM
    @ma5terbla5t3r:

    What?
    ___________________________________

    Look up the Punt Pass Kick competition. I won it, so you obviously have no game.

  45. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    In other news Matt threw his dog a bone, but the cat intercepted it, and took it straight to the litter box.

  46. granadafan says: Oct 9, 2013 12:55 PM

    Another pick 6 by Schaub.

  47. chrisbradley9 says: Oct 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    Now even fans are taking it to the house on Schaub. This guy really is in a slump?

  48. wmelch says: Oct 9, 2013 1:50 PM

    This is the single most hilarious occurrence in PFT history (not counting the Terry Bradshaw “incident”).

    PFT “reports” a story that did not happen. Then 270 crazed idiots comment on a story, spewing venom at people who do not exist. For you people that had all the acerbic comments to the non-existant culprits, is your day going better now that you had all that misplaced anger removed?

    I’ve included several of the most literary comments for your inspection.
    That’s crap. These “fans” are a disgrace
    Now, that is crossing the line and absurd beyond measure what the hell. Way too many loosers in this world.
    Stay classy Houston
    Loser’s…just like Schaub.

  49. tundratommy says: Oct 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Probably the same mob demanding that the Redskins change their name.

  50. mezanine10 says: Oct 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    This doesn’t change the fact that if/when Schaub gets hurt at Reliant Stadium, some idiots on the stands will be cheering about it.

  51. glb020971 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    Sport radio 610 is a joke just like our QB. Yes I am a Texans fan.

  52. bullsonparade1977 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:47 PM

    Man, never have I seen so many people turn on a guy. Granted he gets paid lot to perform at a certain level, but stop thinking that Houston is going to make superbowl with this guy and u won’t be so mad. If you lower your expectations where they should be then u won’t be so down on this guy. Can’t turn a turd into a candy bar. No matter how hard Kubiak or Smith try to force him down our throats.

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