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Texans' message to fans: Buzz off

August 30, 2009|Mike Penner

The beers at Houston's Reliant Stadium this season won't necessarily taste great, but they will be less filling.

In an effort to cut down heavy drinking at games, the Houston Texans quietly reduced the size of beer cups from 24 ounces to 20 while keeping the price -- $7.75 -- the same.

Tony Wyllie, the Texans' vice president for communications, said the move to a smaller cup was also a way to avoid charging fans a higher price during difficult economic times.

"If we'd served 24 ounces this year, the price would be higher," Wyllie told the Houston Chronicle. "Honestly, it was more of a responsibility decision. It wasn't a business decision. . . . We as the Texans wanted to do the most responsible thing."

It was also a money-making decision. Now fans wanting to get the same buzz as last season will have to buy more beers.

Trivia time

Who was the first player ever drafted by the Texans?

Those snaps better be good

In professional sports, $100,000 isn't what it used to be.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes $100,000 every 3.6 snaps of the football. Alex Rodriguez makes the same amount every six pitches he sees, LeBron James every 21.2 minutes he plays and Tiger Woods every 11.2 holes he plays.

At the same time, it takes the average American nearly four years to make $100,000.

That makes paying $7.75 for a 20-ounce beer a tough go.

It must be the aqua

After Serena and Venus Williams joined the Miami Dolphins ownership group, Serena was asked whether she and her sister, who both have their own clothing lines, would try to redesign the Dolphins' uniforms.

"We were thinking that we'd love to, but we love the uniforms," she replied. "They look so cute right now. Maybe we can add to it, but what they have right now is really cool."

Trivia answer

Quarterback David Carr.

And finally

From Conan O'Brien: "The White House is denying rumors that President Obama has plans to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods. Although Obama is planning to ask Tiger if the government can borrow 300 trillion dollars."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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