Marc Vandermeer shares his take on the city of Phoenix for Texans fans heading to the Texans-Cardinals game.

With Texans back and forth on the road, it’s time for my editor-requested (i.e. mandatory!) Article on the road trip location. As usual, this is all done off the top of my head without any research.

I probably shouldn’t say zero research because I’ve been to Nashville a ton of times with the Texans and a few other occasions, including calling NCAA tournament games a thousand years ago.

It has always been a great destination city and is more popular than ever. I read an article in which residents complained that visitors who rent apartments for the weekend caused too much of a heckle for residents.

I don’t have the data but outside of Vegas it must be the bachelorette party capital of the United States. It feels like you can’t walk half a block without running into a pack of women, one with a sash and / or tiara indicating an impending marriage.

There are a billion country music attractions and I am unable to go through them all. One thing I love to do is go up and down Broadway and see all the bands in the bars. You can walk in, listen to a song or two, get a real feel for the band, and then move on to the next.

You will meet amazing musicians. It comes back to a point that I always love to do about music: talent doesn’t guarantee anything. In sports, talent will guarantee you at least some kind of try. In music, there are a lot of ‘Michael Jordans’ who will never leave the bar circuit. Don’t @ me, I know.

I will be releasing this next release for guitar lovers – the Fender Telecaster is the most popular model in Nashville. The Stratocaster may be the best selling ever, but the Telecaster has to be number one in Nashville. Personally, I play a Gibson SG and I have an acoustic Yamaha.

OK, enough esoteric musician points. The stadium is located just across the Cumberland River, on the edge of the city center. It’s as awesome a frame as you can find in the NFL. There is no shortage of things to do besides the game. The trip is well worth it and it happens every year, so go someday!

The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium, it’s November 28, as they host the New York Jets in Week 12. Kick-off is scheduled for noon CT. Click here for tickets.

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