Texans fans create online push to bench Schaub


by Shern-min Chow / KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 9:15 PM

HOUSTON -- With social media you can go from hero to zero in a matter of hours. Embattled and embarrassed Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has become one of the latest examples.

It just gets uglier every time you see a Houston pick-six. After the fourth one this past weekend, the Bench Matt Schaub movement is growing. In fact, that's the name of a Facebook page started by Aaron Bruce in Pearland.

He and his wife started it just a week ago, after the Seahawks debacle. Within 24 hours, the page gained 2,000 likes.

A week later, by San Francisco game time, it had 7,300 likes. By Monday after work, there were 11,990 likes.

Bruce pointed to one of his favorite posts. It was a picture of an angry J.J. Watt. The defensive end is captioned saying, “Yep, I’m gonna kick Schaub’s [expletive].”

“That post got 110,000 views, 788 shares, and 3,716 likes,” Bruce said.

The 41-year-old diesel mechanic isn't shy about flying his colors.

“Fans, I think, should have some kind of say,” Bruce said. “We do support the team. We do have a backup quarterback for a reason.”

But over at the Stadia sports restaurant, the quarterback was getting a little back up.

“I still think Schaub is the quarterback for them,” said Mike Curry.

Curry’s son Cody agreed.

“They don't have a better option right now,” Cody said.

Some figured fans are making things worse for Schaub.

“I think it puts a little bit of edge on him, to have your own city booing you and burning your jersey,” said Luke Neri. “It has to take a toll.”

The bar does have a special Texans shot for when Houston scores a touchdown, but since San Francisco dominated Houston 34-3, bartender Shelby Thomason said she didn’t make any of those drinks last night.

“We don't have a drink yet for a pick six but if they lose this weekend, we might definitely have to do something,” said Stadia Senior Operations Specialist Chris Kuhfeldt.

Marva Gavins echoed, “I think it’s the QB. They need a new QB.”

Folks "liking" that option kept rolling in.

The page had 13,000 likes by the time the 10 p.m. news aired.

One of the most popular posts showed a picture of an exhausted President Obama speaking into a phone, “Yes Matt, bench splinters are covered by Obamacare.”