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Archive for August 2nd, 2017

The ‘Stros are on pace to win how many games?

Some folks are not happy that the H-Town Police Chief went to Austin to oppose the bathroom bill. Same for some H-Town City Council Members.   Playing to the base, I guess.

They are not supposed to be masterpieces. I found this funny. From the Chron:

Is a traffic control signal cabinet a thing of beauty or a blight to be beautified?

In Houston, the answers are yes and yes, because this city has plenty of room for public art and two thriving art communities that don’t mix much.

In some ways, these communities’ stories read like a classic tale of haves and have-nots: The highly educated types who traffic in art history, abstraction, minimalism and conceptual work some people wouldn’t consider art at all versus the self-taught street artists, a tight-knit group whose often brash works are more widely seen and wildly popular.

Their culture clash veered toward a head-on collision early this week after the visual arts website Glasstire dissed, generally, the mini murals by street artists that have appeared at more than 170 Houston intersections since 2015.

“When have you ever looked at a blank electrical box on the street and thought, ‘Gee, I wish someone with moderate artistic skills would paint a toucan on that?'” sniped Glasstire founder Rainey Knudson.

Comparing the mini-mural program to the “Cow Parade,” a fundraiser that brought dozens of precast cow sculptures to city streets 16 years ago, she suggested that the plain steel traffic boxes are “natural” elements of the urban landscape that should be left “invisible.”

“People aren’t necessarily asking for decoration in their lives,” Knudson wrote.

Members of the street art community felt blindsided by the criticism. Some agreed the program has produced some bad art. So, for that matter, Knudson conceded, have commercial art galleries and fairs.

Here is the article:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Houston-s-MiniMurals-Beauty-or-Blight-11725567.php.

Who cares? I also liked the cow parade. Oh, well.

The Chron’s Brian Smith dissed the ‘Stros front office for not making a big trade. He really enjoyed it when Dallas Keuchel called out the front office. Here is from David Barron’s piece on Keuchel:

Dallas Keuchel, one of the mainstays of the Astros’ long slog from the depths to the top of the American League standings, said Tuesday he was disappointed that management was unable to swing a deadline deal Monday and said the players are now determined to “win for each other.”

Keuchel was blunt and quick to the point in his reaction to general manager Jeff Luhnow’s inability to land a significant player upgrade prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.

“I’m not going to lie. Disappointment is a little bit of an understatement,” he said. “I felt like a bunch of teams really bolstered their roster for the long haul and for a huge playoff push and us just kind of staying pat was really disappointing to myself.”

The 2015 Cy Young Award winner said that while the Astros players are confident with their current roster, “Good teams can always be great and great teams can be legendary. At the end of the year you want to be the only ones left, and it (the lack of reinforcements) is a little disappointing for sure.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/Dallas-Keuchel-disappointed-in-Astros-lack-of-11725573.php.

Brian Smith added this:

Dallas Keuchel said what needed to be said.

From the Astros’ clubhouse. As one of the main voices on the American League’s best team.

Kudos to the Cy Young winner for his unfiltered honesty and speaking the truth.

And this:

For Keuchel to publicly say that, it means other Astros are thinking and feeling it. And it reminds me of what a key Astro said more than a month ago, when the team was the best in MLB and the frenzy of the trade deadline was just a tease.

“They’re crazy if they don’t make a trade this time.”

No guts no glory.   You have to give up top prospects to get great players. We were not willing to pull the trigger. We were not willing to give up prospects. Prospects?

Commentary will say it again. Bad karma. That’s what happens when a front office becomes money grabbing, price gouging, and greedy. There are baseball gods watching.

The ‘Stros are on pace to win 105 games.

That’s all I have to say.

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