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The first World Series was played in 1903. Who were the two teams who played in the first World Series and who won it?

When the Trump shutdown happened Friday night, Trump and GOP leaders immediately went to their base and played the “illegal” card. It was all about “illegals” they whined. Their base doesn’t want a DACA deal – period. There is just too much hate in that base. I don’t see a deal on DACA happening, but I hope I am dead wrong. There is too much hate in their base.

The H-Town Mayor’s press secretary got some press run over the weekend. Here is part from the Chron by Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris:

(Darian)Ward joined former mayor Annise Parker’s staff as press secretary in 2014, and Turner has kept her on in the same role.

And this:

Former mayor Parker said she was unaware Ward was conducting personal business on city time during her tenure.

“As far as I’m concerned, that’s a fireable offense,” she said. “The work I was aware that she was doing was acceptable, which is why she kept her job, but this is unacceptable.”

Parker added that she did not authorize Ward to use footage of her in a promotional video for “My First Million.”

“Women face all of the same challenges that male entrepreneurs face, but they also have to contend with some issues around how women are socialized and access to capital that was actively denied women for many, many years,” Parker says in the video.

Ward also used footage of Parker skydiving.

“She certainly didn’t have permission to use my images for commercial purposes,” Parker said Friday. “The skydiving day was with members of my senior staff — on the weekend and at personal expense — and that segment has been edited to imply a connection to Darian’s project that did not exist.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Records-Top-Houston-city-official-used-public-TV-12511477.php.

Rebecca Elliott of the Chron tweeted this a couple of days ago:

A top aide to Houston’s mayor used the city’s TV station to film and promote personal projects, sent hundreds of personal business emails from her city account and lied about doing so in response to a records request. She hasn’t been fired.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.  Commentary doesn’t think the Mayor will let her go. Folks know where Commentary is on this. Just put her on the campaign payroll as a consultant or something.   Sigh. Oh, well.

Ken Hoffman of CultureMap put this out a couple or so days ago:

Got an email from my friend Chip Namias. I met Namias when he was media director for the Houston Oilers. Namias commanded the press box at the Astrodome like Sinatra at the Sands Hotel. He put the “beat” in beat writer. He was ruthless and respected.

No sportswriter, not even the “General” John McClain, dared take a bite of fried chicken in the media dining room — unless Namias said it was okay. Namias eventually moved to Los Angeles; he’s a big deal in the movie publicity business.

Namias wrote: “I went to an event at the Grammy Museum last month honoring Clive Davis. With his legendary musical career spanning so many genres, during the Q&A, I asked him, if he could only bring two albums to a desert island, what would they be? His answer: Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits and The Best of The Mamas and the Papas.”

Davis is indeed a legend in the recording industry. He was instrumental in the careers of dozens of superstars, including Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, and many, many more. But with all due respect, what does he know about music? He’s certainly wrong about picking desert island albums.

The obvious answers (mine): the Beatles’ legendary album, 1, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 20 Greatest Hits.

Then again, I could be wrong, too. So I asked some Houston A-Listers: If you were going to a desert island (or in a couple of these cases, prison), which two albums would you take with you?

Here are some of the responses:

SportsMap 94.1 FM talk host Charlie Pallilo: “I’m bringing Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volumes I & II — terrific range of style, and a Long Island guy to boot. Then I’d take Beatles 1. It’s all the Beatles’ Number One hits, maximizing content.”

ABC-13 anchor Gina Gaston: “I’d bring Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, because I can sing along with every song on the album. And, I’d bring Kirk Franklin’s God’s Property to keep my spirits and faith uplifted.”

Channel 2 anchor Rachel MacNeill: “My two albums would have to be Bob Marley’s Legend, and Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down. Legend because I’m Jamaican, which means I’m never too far from my island nation. Every song helps me visualize home, soothing me on even the most stressful days. I picked Lionel Richie because I think he’s one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. The songs on Can’t Slow Down bring back so many happy childhood memories. I’m biased, though. My son’s name is Lionel, so I guess that makes me a super fan.”

Houston Chronicle football writer John McClain: “I hate to agree with Chip [Namias] on anything, but he’s right about Rubber Soul. The Beatles shaped my youth. As for the White Album, I traded my collection of baseball cards to my younger brother for it. Gave him Mantle and Mays rookie cards, among many others, for “Rocky Raccoon,” and “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?” It was worth it at the time. Now? Well, I’d have a valuable baseball card collection worth lots of money.”

Houston Astros President Reid Ryan: “U2’s Joshua Tree, because that’s the band that reminds me most of my high school and college days, and they’re one of the world’s best. Also George Strait’s 50 Number Ones because it reminds me of Texas. It’s got a lot of songs and they’re all great.”

Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg: “It’s impossible to choose, but for the purposes of your cruel little hypothetical, I would say Lucinda Williams’ West, and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. What does it say about me, that the only two albums I would ever hear again for the rest of my life are sung by people who can’t sing? Maybe that I’m a writer.”

Here is the entire read: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/01-19-18-ken-hoffman-houston-celebrities-albums-beatles-willie-nelson-billy-joel-U2/#slide=0.

I would have to go with the Beatles “1”, but I don’t know how long I am going to stay out there so I would want to have tunes from the female persuasion, so I would also pick Carole King’s “The Living Room Tour” album.

A lot of folks in the USA (including some in my family) don’t like Tom Brady because I guess he wins a lot. He makes for a more interesting Super Bowl. I have to give him that.

The Boston Americans (now Red Sox) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 8 games (5-3) of course in the first ever World Series back in 1903.

I was at my Dad’s this past Saturday and we watched on the MLB Network the two-hour 2017 World Series highlight program. Watching that will never get old.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. #SpringerDinger.

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