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Commentary is not going to say much about the $135,000 Matthew McConaughey is getting from UH for giving the commencement speech next month. That sounds like a lot of dough considering UT told the Chron that they don’t pay their commencement speakers.

UH isn’t the only one to fork out the big bucks. From the web: “Katie Couric got $115,000 to speak at the University of Oklahoma’s ceremony — although she did donate it to a cancer center at the University of Virginia in honor of her late sister. And Rudy Giuliani’s 2005 address at High Point University in North Carolina reportedly cost the school $75,000 in a contribution” to a charity of his choice.

A California university gave singer Tony Bennett $110,000 and another handed over $75,000 to William Shatner. Author Toni Morrison picked up $30,000 from Rutgers.

I think I also read somewhere that Hillary Clinton received a six-figure fee from a Nevada university for speaking at a commencement event.

I am thinking that Coog Nation and H-Town are not going to get all worked up over the McConaughey fee. It is going to be interesting to see if he gives a $135,000 speech.

I mentioned the 1965 Yankees yesterday. Johnny Keane was their new skipper in 1965. Who was their skipper in 1964?

#HoustonPotholes are certainly not an April Fools’ joke. Here are the latest tweets:

Bill King retweeted
RiderBabe52 ‏@RiderBabe52 17h17 hours ago
@BillKingForHou Just moved here from Chicago. These R NOTHING. Just little holes. U R Correct thou. Holes S/B fixed.
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Sarah Carrion ‏@Sarah_Keep_Fit 17h17 hours ago
@BillKingForHou Yes I am sitting in a shop now replacing two tires I got 6 months ago. The culprit? Potholes!!!

Well Bill King still owns the #HoustonPotholes conversation.

This is a nice diversion from the Indiana and now Arkansas discriminators. I am talking about baseball and LGBTers. Check this tweet:

MSN ‏@MSN 4h4 hours ago
Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend buy tickets to fill stadium on LGBT Night http://bit.ly/1NBhmJF

Here is how the story starts out:

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend, Eireann, promise to buy empty seats for LGBT Night in Oakland this June.

When the Oakland A’s announced they would have an LGBT night on June 17, some season ticket holders said they didn’t want to go to the game. Enter pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend, who said they would buy any tickets for the game that no one wanted so the stadium would be full. Eireann Dolan, it seems, has two moms. She did not want to waste the opportunity to support them.

Nice and classy!

Tags put this out yesterday on the team naming a closer:

Luke Gregerson has the tools to be a successful closer. He gets ground balls, he’s durable, he doesn’t walk many batters and he has the type of determination that’s needed on the mound when the game is on the line.

The only thing Gregerson is lacking is much experience pitching with a lead in the ninth inning, but the Astros will give him a chance to add that to his resume this season, as manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday that the veteran right-hander would begin the season as the team’s closer.

“We’ve got a good bullpen, and I let them know recently that Luke’s going to pitch the ninth,” Hinch said. “We’ll sort out the other roles as we go.”

Gregerson and reliever Pat Neshek were two key offseason additions to an Astros bullpen that has a Major League-high 73 blown saves over the past three seasons.

Yogi Berra of course was the skipper for the Yankees in 1964 of course.

The roster is now set. Jon Singleton has been sent to Triple A. I’m ready!

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