On this Week’s Episode of ‘Synonyms for Texas’…

douchetastic buffoonery

Actually, according to former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, that’s a synonym for Texans owner Bob McNair – or at least what he’s been up to (because he clearly hasn’t been up to putting together a competent team.)

It was with some puzzlement that I read the recent story about your donation to a political group opposing the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (“HERO”), a measure seeking to protect Houstonians from sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination.

“Surely,” I said to myself, “one of the NFL’s thirty-two owners, businessmen with more accumulated wealth than most third world nations and completely vested in the well-being of the society that afforded them such success … surely this man could not be a pants-on-head, cowhumping glue-huffer stupid enough to buy in on clearly outdated ideals of bigotry and intolerance?”

Sadly, however, it appears I must hide my livestock, because the facts do not lie. You have, indeed, donated $10,000 to a cause whose sole purpose is to denigrate a specific group of American citizens

And those are just the opening three paragraphs of Kluwe’s open letter to McNair.

I rarely favorably quote Dan Savage, but this is an exception to the rule.

Kluwe’s letter?

It gets better.

Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better.

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Its “The AL Wild Card Game.” Period.

The kid in me who suffered through many really ugly baseball summers at the Astrodome in the 1970s is giving a thumbs-up to the current incarnation of the team, which, surprisingly, has managed to make it into the playoffs this year.

Its also nice that my local minor league team is currently an Astros affiliate, so I got to see several of the rookies who put the Astros back on the map this year a few years ago.

Of course, true to form for a Houston team, they blew a big lead and managed to not win their division, instead sneaking in as the second wild-card team – something that didn’t even exist as recently as four years ago.

Still, the Astros made the playoffs.

On Tuesday at Yankee Stadium they will be the visiting team for the AL Wild Card Game.

Period.

Not…

Period

It is the AL Wild Card Game, not ‘the AL Wild Card Game presented by [an advertiser]’.

I could say some more, but I’ll just say: Insert Bill Hicks’ thoughts on marketers here.

Memo to Daley Thompson

Here are two accomplishments you should be always be proud of:

(1) You have one more Olympic decathlon gold medal than does the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist.
(2) You have one less ‘reality’ show than does the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist.

Pic of the Day: March 29, 2015 (Special ‘In Memoriam’ Edition)

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Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez, pitching for the Clinton Lumberkings against the Great Lakes Loons, at Clinton, on July 22, 2013.

He died yesterday, aged 20, from injuries sustained in a boating accident earlier in the year.