The Miami Dolphins have been busy remodeling their stadium because $425 million doesn’t spend itself, and the heat and humidity that is part of the Dolphin Experience (the part that makes up for the fact that the team hasn’t won a playoff game since five stadium names ago) has finally come to the attention of the ownership. Which inspired Chris Biderman of USA Today to wonder if such a radical approach to sunstroke prevention might not be the kind of goodwill gesture the 49ers might take up for Masonry Oven Stadium. This would surely change the ambience at the old yard at a time when the 49ers should be very acquainted with shade in the current colloquial sense (that means they ought to be used to catching hell from fans and experts alike). It would also be an admission by club president Jed (Man O’The People) York that his Taj isn’t quite as Mahal as he has always wanted people to believe.
Although the Houston Texans begin full training camp July 30 as the AFC South defending champions with 17 returning starters, third-year head coach Bill O'Brien knows there is a lot to accomplish before the season begins. At the top of the to-do list is getting their tall and expensive young quarterback, Brock Osweiler, familiar with his new teammates, including three first-round draftees at wide receiver. They are DeAndre Hopkins (2013 first rounder), who caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns last year; Jaelen Strong (2015 first rounder) and this year's No. 21 overall selection Will Fuller, a speed burner from Notre Dame. In the third round, the Texans added Braxton Miller, a converted quarterback from Ohio State whose athleticism was obvious this spring.