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Texans players, coaches share in Ike's devastation


Texans players, coaches share in Ike's devastation
HOUSTON - Holes in the Reliant Stadium roof are visible from the street. Only shreds remain of the giant Houston Texans banners that had hung outside. The nearby practice bubble is deflated. FEMA relief trucks rumble by as shaken players and coaches try readying for an upcoming game.


And to think this part of southern Houston is Shangri-La compared to other nearby areas blasted by Hurricane Ike.

That quickly becomes evident during a Tuesday afternoon drive with Texans backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels. Without the luxury of working traffic lights, we began our tour in the famed Galleria district where linebacker Morlon Greenwood lives. He weathered last weekend's storm inside a condominium that "swayed back and forth like a boat at sea" while lashed by Ike's powerful gusts.

Our next stop was a quick one. There wasn't much to see in desolate downtown Houston besides police barricades erected after windows from towering office buildings were blown out.

We headed west toward River Oaks, the posh neighborhood of Texans owner Bob McNair. Ironically, a man who became a billionaire through the energy industry has no electricity at his house.

Rosenfels then steered toward his own residence in the Houston suburb of Bellaire. Maneuvering his black BMW around debris strewn in the road, Rosenfels didn't have the luxury of parking in his driveway. The space is occupied by the SUV of Texans kicker Kris Brown, whose family is staying with Rosenfels until their power is back.

Rosenfels himself was a post-Ike gypsy. Rosenfels said the hurricane initially turned his neighborhood into a "war zone" with downed lines, ripped roofing, uprooted trees and flooding that turned the street in front of his house "into a river."

Rosenfels and his family spent Saturday night at the home of Texans punter Matt Turk until he also lost power. Rosenfels then took his wife, 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter for a Sunday night hotel stay three hours away in Austin, Texas. Roesenfels drove back Monday after learning his electricity was restored.

Despite such inconveniences, Rosenfels considers himself lucky compared to what other members of the Texans have endured let alone residents in the devastated Galveston area roughly an hour away.

"I'd say only half the team and only two of the coaches have power," Rosenfels said. "I've heard about teammates who had to move their families into closets during the storm."

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Added: September 17, 2008

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