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Archive for June 8th, 2010

Remember back in the 1980s when the proponents of gambling and horse racing convinced the Lone Star State Legislature and the voters that we needed racing here in the state because it would be great for the state’s economy and create thousands of jobs?   High powered lobbyists were hired.  The most well connected put together groups to apply for the rights to build and operate the tracks.  Well, it has all kind of fizzled.  Apparently there is not enough handle or action so to speak.  Check out today’s Chron.   It turns out we’re not much of a horse racing state after all.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett struck back sort of by penning an Op-Ed in today’s Chron on his proposal for an Elections Administrator for Harris County.  Check it out.  I don’t have a problem with what he is proposing.  In reading the piece I don’t see anything between the lines.

In baseball speak, “BP” means batting practice, which is a ritual conducted before games – except Sundays – in professional baseball.  Congrats go to the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League for doing away with BP in protest of BP’s oil spill mess.    They don’t want any association with BP.  From now on, it will be called “hitting rehearsal.”  The Manatees are the Single A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

One of the big sport stories in the Lone Star State these days is the possible demise of the Big 12 Conference.  The PAC 10 and Big Ten conferences are looking to gobble up a few of the Big 12 members like Nebraska and UT.   High powered Austin lobbyist Buddy Jones has been retained by someone associated with Baylor University to muster up legislative support to make sure Baylor catches a ride on Longhorn coattails.  I don’t have a problem with that just as long as it doesn’t take away from solving our state’s budget problems or doesn’t become an issue in this year’s race for governor.  Of course, I wonder if we’re going to have to call for a special prosecutor to make sure Baylor President Ken Starr isn’t cutting any special deals with members of the legislature.

The ‘Stros top draft pick in last night’s amateur draft was Delino DeShields, Jr., the son of 13-year MLB vet Delino DeShields..  In 1993, DeShields, then a member of the Expos, was traded by the Expos to the LA Dodgers.  Who did the Expos get in return?

Last year’s number one pick, Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals makes his highly anticipated MLB debut tonight in our nation’s capitol against the Pirates in front of an SRO crowd.  Good luck!

A pitcher named Pedro Martinez of course was traded to the Expos for DeShields in what many that wear the Dodger Blue rate as one of the lousiest trades in their history.

I’m sure MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is feeling a little upbeat this morning after watching The President tell Matt Lauer that Bud made the right call on the Galarraga imperfect game.

We have 104 games left and 11 games out.  The only good thing about last night’s game was ….. well, nobody got hurt.

 

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