Houston Press: 50 reasons Texas is the best state in America 40. Willie Nelson. Beloved by the most stonered Austin dreamer to the most rigid born-again Baptist, and no one bats an eye when he racks up another weed arrest.38. Friday Night Lights. Not the book, movie or show — the real thing. High school football in small-town Texas is something everyone should experience at least once.26. If there’s an ethnic food that’s not available in Houston, it involves a very, very small ethnicity.11. Houston took rap and made it its own and gave it to the rest of you. You’re welcome.1. Texans are so damn charming when they brag about their state. (Um, aren’t we?) - Richard Connelly in a Houston Press blog post / Gawker rebuttal. Check it. Posted on April 10, 2012 by Tara Seetharam and filed under Sound Bites.