Dan Shaughnessy calls Texans ‘fradulent’ in his column; Arian Foster uses it as his Twitter avatar

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Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy obviously decided that his Monday column had to get people talking. And maybe even thrust himself in the conversation for Sunday’s Divisional round game between the Patriots and Texans.

Doing a well thought out, well reasoned column on why the Patriots would beat the Texans wouldn’t get the job done. So Shaughnessy goes with the most effective way to accomplish his goal: writing a column centered on calling the Texans frauds.

Here’s how the column begins:

The 2012-13 New England Patriots just became the first team in NFL history to get back-to-back byes before advancing to the conference championship game.

Could this get any easier?

I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from Sunday. At Gillette Stadium.

Pass Go and collect $200. The Patriots are in the AFC title game.

With the column written and out in the interwebs, it was just a matter of time before it was “noticed” and people began to talk. But Shaughnessy’s ultimate goal was realized when Texans running back Arian Foster noticed and used his words as his Twitter avatar.

You just know Shaughnessy is eating all this up.


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