RTC: Ballentine and 'Irrelevant Week'

July, 14, 2014
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Training camp approaches. The Texans haven't announced dates yet, but it'll begin at the end of next week. Many thanks to NBA free agency and the World Cup for keeping us all amused in the mean time, and you while I took my last bit of time away over the past couple weeks.

So, uh, did anything happen in the mean time? Nothing? Oh, ok.

Texans rookie Lonnie Ballentine spent last week with Mr. Irrelevant festivities, as he was the 256th and last pick in this year's draft, writes Jay Paris, a freelancer for the Houston Chronicle. More about what exactly that means in this story. "He was on the Irrelevant Week tab, a philanthropist bunch that delivers as many smiles as Mickey Mouse. 'I had no idea how big of a deal this was going to be,' Ballentine said. Irrelevant Week, founded in 1976, is the cornerstone event of The Foundation for the Undefeated, a nonprofit organization that tells stories of those with perseverance, hoping to inspire others. 'Ballentine is the ideal Mr. Irrelevant,' said Paul Salata, the Irrelevant Week founder and former NFL player and receiver at the University of Southern California."

Here's a fun feature by James Palmer of CSNHouston.com. He asked Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson what his unicorn shoe was -- the one sneaker he'd never been able to get his hands on. The Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers. They are, um, a little pricey.

Clifford Pugh of Houston's Culture Map is not a fan of the Texans' and Houston Rodeo's joint proposal on what to do with the Astrodome. He says it looks like a third-rate Stonehenge with a tiny Astrodome in the middle. The city needs to execute a plan before the Super Bowl returns.

And yes, I'll have some more thoughts on Andre Johnson and the Texans later today.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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