Archive for January 2nd, 2018


Everyone knows that Commentary is a loyal “Today” show viewer. I think I have mentioned that I have Jane Pauley’s photo from the 1970s with her John Hancock hanging in my office. So, congrats to Hoda Kotb for getting the co-anchor chair this morning. Nice pick!

Commentary doesn’t have much more to report on 2017 and there isn’t much to say about 2018 so I will do what others have been doing the last 24 hours. I will make a couple of predictions. First of all, I am thinking the Chron will grab the Pulitzer Prize for their Harvey coverage. It was one of the biggest stories of the year and the Chron’s coverage was excellent. Just saying.

My second prediction.  The ‘Stros will repeat. Why not?   Who has a better baseball team?

On the Texans, A lot of folks including Commentary are rooting for Tiffany Smith.

Yesterday was one of those freaking cold days that you only go out if you have to. I had to run a couple of errands so there. So, I had the flat screen on and I am one of those when surfing the flat screen that when I come across a favorite movie I set the remote down and watch. “Serendipity” with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack is one of those flicks that can get my attention quick and it got it yesterday. It has a good ending. Also on the gets my attention list is the “Godfather” trio, yes III included. “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact.” “Cast Away”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Forrest Gump”, “Wizard of Oz” of course, “Mama Mia”, “Blazing Saddles”, “The Searchers”, “Rio Bravo”, “The Alamo” with John Wayne, “Jaws”, “Con Air”, “Twister”, “Titanic”, “Die Hard” all of them and “Notting Hill” to name a few.

A friend of mine had a problem with “Cast Away” because the Tom Hanks character never opened one FedEx box. Hey, it’s the movies.

In “Serendipity” Jonathan Trager who is played by John Cusack makes reference to the movie “Cool Hand Luke” and it got me to thinking. How come we never see on cable the flicks from that great film era like “Bonnie and Clyde”, “The Wild Bunch”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, and “The Sting”? Just asking.

I finally got to see “Bridge of Spies” yesterday on the flat screen and you should too.

AP had a piece the other day about the best games of 2017 and I was at one of them here:

LONG BALL: Ten innings. Seven home runs. 5 hours, 17 minutes. 25 runs. The Astros topped the Dodgers 13-12 in Game 5 of the World Series , a game in which no lead, or pitcher, was safe. The teams combined for 28 hits and used 14 pitchers. In a game in which the long ball reigned, it was a simple single off the bat of Alex Bregman that brought home Carlos Correa for the winning run. “The best game ever, for sure,” Correa said.


Bill Kelly‏ @billkellytexas 5m5 minutes ago


Replying to @MarcCommentary

Correction to the Game 5 summary: Rookie Derek Fisher scored the winning run. He came on as a pinch runner for Brian McCann in the 10th. Correa was “in the whole” and jumped up to signal Fisher to slide, then sprinted to Bregman. As Tags says, ‘I was there.’

The best tweet I saw after we rang in the New Year was Tag’s, who said last year the ‘Stros won the World Series. Was it last year?

Commentary hasn’t been to Vegas in like 15 years. I used to go once or twice a year.   I pretend to gamble these days on the bowl games. I am glad it is pretend. I am getting murdered on my picks.

As we get ready for next season, always remember that homefield advantage in the playoffs is important. This past postseason we won 8 of our 9 postseason games played at The Yard and only 3 of 9 played on the road.

Dallas Keuchel turned 30 yesterday.


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