DAVID GONZALEZ AND DUSTY VANDENBERG
By Jayme Lamm
YOU ASK ANY ATHLETE THE BEST PART OF THEIR PROFESSION AND THEY’LL LIKELY SAY THE FANS. But like athletes, not all fans are created equal. Some are more hardcore than others. Some wear brighter t-shirts, host bigger tailgates, have bigger “man caves,” have had season tickets for generations, travel to away games or just plain yell louder. Houston fans are intense and we love it. Speaking of intense, meet two of Houston’s biggest superfans.
DAVID GONZALEZ (“Houston Maul”) | Age: 40
Favorite Houston team: I can’t just pick one. Each one is a different experience.
Best thing about Houston sports: The experience – the tailgating for Texans and Dynamo and everything pregame
Favorite all-time Houston athlete: The #34
Best stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium
Favorite sports memory: I have so many. Probably when Charles Barkley threw a basketball at Shaq’s head and tackled him.
DUSTY VANDENBERG | Age: 22
Favorite Houston team: The Coogs Best thing about Houston sports: The mascots!
Favorite all-time Houston athlete: Craig Biggio
Best stadium: Astrodome (the next 20 minutes were spent rattling off some of the best moments in the Astrodome and some of Dusty’s favorite experiences)
Favorite sports memory: Probably in the car listening to the 18-inning game in 2005 with Milo Hamilton’s call of Chris Burke’s walk-off homerun