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Houston Sports Awards

How many times in his career did Nolan Ryan strike out 300 or more batters in a season?

54 years ago today, The Beatles made their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Thanks to my good friend Edgar, Commentary attended the inaugural Houston Sports Awards last night at the Hilton Americas. The greats were there including Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Hakeem Olajuwon, George Foreman and Jose Altuve. Commentary got to briefly visit with a number of folks there including Scrap Iron, The Rocket, and Dan Pastorini. I also got up close to the World Series trophy – finally. That was cool. It was a very nice event. I am glad I went.

The Trib has a story today on the GOP purger-in-chief and here is how it starts:

With little to lose in his own primary this year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is finding his risks lower on the ballot by taking sides in three races against state representatives who have directly or indirectly challenged him on ethics issues.

That headline is a quote from Omar Little, a dangerous character in The Wire. Legislators and governors aren’t royalty, and most of them aren’t gangsters, either. But the logic still applies: Winning is sweet, but losing a fight against someone with power breeds trouble in the future.

If Abbott’s candidates win, he’ll have a strongman’s claim on the state Legislature; cross Abbott and risk your seat. That could be an effective threat for the 181 Senate and House members who take their legislative seats 11 months from now.

If he loses his bet, he risks adding to his reputation as a chief executive the Texas Legislature won’t follow. And the 181 will discount his threats.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/09/analysis-you-come-king-you-best-not-miss/.

I wonder if Abbott will go zero for three on these races?

And this from the Chron:

Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick is not too pleased that Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock has agreed to star in a movie about former state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose 13-hour filibuster helped stall an anti-abortion bill in 2013.

“It saddens me that Sandra Bullock agreed to play Wendy Davis in a movie called ‘Let Her Speak,'” Patrick said in downtown Austin, just miles from where Bullock once owned a home.

When a member of the audience doubted it, Patrick assured the crowd it was true.

“Sandra Bullock,” he repeated. “I used to like her.”

But Patrick said he’s already taking steps to keep Bullock and film crews out of the Senate chamber to recreate the filibuster that raised Davis’s statewide profile. Davis ran for governor in 2014 and lost to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“And by the way, if I have anything to do with it, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot, because they’ve already disgraced it once,” Patrick said. “They’re not going to do it a second time.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/dan-patrick-texas-sandra-bullock-wendy-davis-movie-12562808.php.

Nolan Ryan struck out 300 or more in a season 6 times of course.

Dollar Dogs will be moving to Tuesday Nights this season.

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