Archive for September 17th, 2018

Magic Numbers

There are 21 members on the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate. 11 GOPers and 10 Dems. 2 of the GOPers are from Texas. It ought to be an interesting week in the Lone Star State.

Justin Verlander has 269 strikeouts and Gerrit Cole has 260. When was the last time an Astros pitcher had 200 plus strikeouts in a season?

The magic number to clinch the AL West for the Astros is 9. Now what the heck is a magic number you ask? This is what is on the internet:

“the number that, at a late stage in the season, signifies the combination of wins for the first-place team and losses for another team that will allow the former to end the season alone in first place.”

Here is how Commentary figures it out. The Astros are 94-55. The second place A’s are 90-60. The A’s have 12 games left. If they win all their remaining games, they will end up at 102-60. If we win 9 games, we will end up at 103 total wins to the A’s 102. Tada! The magic number. Got it?

Commentary thinks Sen. Ted Cruz folks are creating fake rage to gin up their turnout. I am talking about outrage over Willie Nelson doing a gig for #BetoForTexas.

Commentary was a Sen. Ted Kennedy delegate at the 1980 Democratic National Convention held at Madison Square Garden. One evening session, Willie Nelson led off the proceedings by singing the National Anthem, well sort of. Here is from the LA Times:

Wearing a black T-shirt, running shoes and his signature red-kerchief headband, country music star Willie Nelson sang an edited version of the anthem at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden. He left out “rockets’ red glare,” avoided the high notes and twisted a few phrases. Most of the delegates, especially those from Nelson’s home state of Texas, didn’t seem to mind, however.

I remember Willie signing that version well. Let’s say, 38 years ago, maybe? I really don’t think his politics have shifted too far right since then.

H-Town City Council Member Dave Martin, who is also Chair of the Council Committee on Budget and Finance, says he has asked Marty Lancton, President of the Firefighters Local 341, to testify before his committee and explain the finances of their Prop B. Marty hasn’t taken CM Martin up on his invitation.

Maybe CM Martin will settle for Marty’s Op-Ed which was in yesterday’s Chron here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Vote-for-Prop-B-to-give-Houston-firefighters-the-13232552.php.

How about this tweet:


Brian McTaggart‏ @brianmctaggart 1h1 hour ago

4m4 minutes ago


Astros are 94-55, so they need to go 6-7 to win 100 games, 7-6 to match last year’s record, 8-5 to tie franchise record of 102 wins and 9-4 to break it.

Dallas Keuchel in 2015, the season he won the Cy Young Award, had 216 strikeouts of course.

4 ½ game lead with 13 remaining. 6 homies and 7 roadies. Replica rings tonight!


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