Archive for February 10th, 2014

The NFL PR Machine

Everybody knows that the NFL is a control freak when it comes to their image. Here is what they put out yesterday on Michael Sam’s coming out announcement:

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in NFL.”

Here is what some dumbarse unnamed NFL player personnel assistant said to a sports media outlet:

“I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet. In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It’d chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room.”

The NFL would be wise to get out in front of this and let every team know that the times they are a changing and their team and the NFL would be wise not to sit on the wrong side of history. If the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell allow dumbarse and backward comments to regularly and anonymously drip out of NFL front offices between now and draft day and in the process project an intolerance factor, then shame on the Commissioner.

Here is a suggestion for the Commissioner. Make it mandatory that every NFL club take all the front office employees into the team auditorium all at the same time and make them screen “42” and afterwards randomly select a handful of employees to each play out the role of the Phillies skipper and instead of dropping the N bomb, drop the gay intolerant F bomb – brotherly love my arse!

Of the 2013 ‘Stros 10 Opening Day starters, how many are still on the team roster?

The East End Rail underpass versus overpass debate certainly had political consequences over the past few years. Charges, accusations, and claims were made and the issue found its way into the forefront of recent political campaigns. Here is from today’s Chron:

Residents of Houston’s East End supported a 2003 transit referendum that included a light rail line through their neighborhood, but they balked six years later when they learned of plans for a large overpass – a “hideous monstrosity,” in the words of one community leader – that would cross freight rail tracks along Harrisburg.

Two years of often contentious negotiations ensued as Metropolitan Transit Authority officials responded to concerns that the overpass would split the neighborhood and inhibit redevelopment. With the city of Houston as peacemaker and financial partner, Metro shelved its overpass plan in 2011 and agreed to build an underpass, winning the wary support of residents.

But now, as work on the so-called Green Line nears completion, the discovery of a vast area of gasoline-polluted soil appears to have scuttled the underpass plan, reopening a wound that Metro, the city and the neighborhood thought had been healed. The city’s $20 million stake in the project is in question, and transit officials are seeking community support for a plan likely to send the light rail trains over the Union Pacific tracks rather than under them.

Here is what I don’t understand. At the beginning of this process, why didn’t METRO just dig a hole out there and test the soil. It certainly would have prevented a highly contentious debate. It probably would have also already had the line running today. METRO will play the blame game for now. Oh, well!

AG Abbott needs to stop playing fast and loose the with “Third World” lingo when talking about border communities. The fella has been the AG since 2003 so he might bear some responsibility for not doing anything while in office to stop “Third World” corruption. Using “Third World” terminology has racial overtones. If he knows geopolitical history he should know that “Third World” referred to those less developed countries. Last I heard the Rio Grande Valley has public schools, water systems, movieplexes, Luby’s, Whataburgers, car dealerships, colleges, universities, hospitals, nice hotels, libraries, and malls. OK, so they don’t have a major professional sports team – hey, but neither does Austin.

Last night CBS had a two and a half hour long tribute to The Beatles. No other band gets a TV tribute that involves Rock Hall of Fame members and Grammy winners. Walsh, Perry, Wonder, Lynne, Mayer, Urban, Keys, Legend, Stewart, and Lenox. As far as I am concerned it was a great two and a half hours – period.

Jose Altuve at second, Jason Castro behind the plate, Chris Carter in left, and Matt Dominguez at third all started last season on Opening Day of course and are still on the roster.

Spring Training opens later this week.

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