Archive for December 16th, 2014

70 years ago today The Battle of the Bulge began. It was the largest and bloodiest battle the US fought during World War II. My Dad was there as part of the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. I am proud of you Dad!

More reaction to Teddy’s Take that ran in Sunday’s Chron on next year’s H-Town Mayoral race. Kuffer has a lot to say and here is one of his observations:

I still think Sylvester Turner is the frontrunner right now, but it’s not insane to imagine a Pennington-Sanchez runoff, especially if Ben Hall can be serious enough to put a dent in his numbers.

I don’t want to argue with Kuffer on frontrunner designations. A lot of folks will have their takes and looking back, does it really matter?

In December of 1990, Mayor Kathy Whitmire was probably the frontrunner to win reelection and Bob Lanier won a year later.

In December of 1996, I don’t think a frontrunner was designated by then and Lee Brown won a year later.

In December of 2002, Bill White probably had name ID in single digits and certainly wasn’t considered a frontrunner but he got on TV early the next year and he won in December of 2003.

In December of 2008, Annise Parker was for sure a major contender but certainly not the frontrunner – she ran a good campaign and won in December of 2009.

It’s December of 2014 and if folks want to hand out frontrunner titles, I don’t have a problem with that but I wouldn’t take it to the bank today.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=64372.

On a related note, Teddy tweeted this yesterday:

Teddy Schleifer @teddyschleifer • 5h 5 hours ago
.@mmorris011 Commenters seems to have long memories — bringing up Turner’s loss in 1991, Huffman’s defeat of Bell in SD17, King in Kemah

Commentary really doesn’t think much of the commenters because they hide behind fake names for the most part. The commenters on Teddy’s Take had to get behind the paywall so they are subscribers so I guess they are local and are stakeholders so to speak so you have to pay attention to some of what they say – don’t you?

Name the MLB shortstop with the most dingers last season?

The Big Jolly fella tweeted the following yesterday:

David Jennings‏@dpjennings 1h1 hour ago
Who needs to pay for the @HoustonChron? @MarcCommentary copies and pastes entire articles. Must have been taught by @OfftheKuff. #hounews

Hey, all I can say is I have been a Chron hard copy subscriber since forever. I am the only one on my two block street that takes it during the week and one of two on Sunday. I might paste entire articles from the free site but rarely from inside the paywall – I think. Well maybe if it is one I think folks really need to see. Like yesterday I only put out parts of Teddy’s piece. Maybe folks that don’t subscribe might go out and pick up and pay for a hard copy because I might have gotten them interested. Oh, well.

OK, so I have access to Sirius in my ride and they have a channel for Christmas tunes and unlike the local 99.1 FM Christmas tunes, Sirius goes way back to the invention of the disc phonograph. I am talking old 78s, Yogi Yorgesson, Doris Day and Fred Waring.

Ian Desmond of the Nats of course led all shortstops with 24 dingers last season.

The team put out this yesterday:

The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free agent shortstop/infielder Jed Lowrie, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.

This marks the return to Houston for Lowrie, who was the Astros everyday shortstop in 2012 before spending the last two seasons in Oakland (2013-14).

Lowrie, 30, has been one of the most productive shortstops in the Majors over the past three seasons (2012-14). He has tallied 35 home runs and 155 RBI in that span while posting a .747 OPS, which ranks 6th among all shortstops. Lowrie’s best season came in 2013 while with Oakland, hitting .290 in a career-high 154 games with 80 runs, 45 doubles, 15 home runs and 75 RBI. His 45 doubles were an Oakland franchise record for a switch-hitter and ranked second in the AL overall. Among AL shortstops in 2013, Lowrie was first in doubles, slugging (.472) and extra-base hits (54) and second in OPS (.819).

Adding more pieces for sure.

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