Sunday, October 22, 2017

How to Watch a Ball Game - II

Unlike the night before, we were glued to the television last night watching our Houston Astros defeat the New York Yankees four to zip to win the American League Championship and a trip to the World Series.  
We did fast-forward through a bunch of commercials, and paused the TV for smoke and potty breaks and to put the dogs to bed, but we watched every play of the game start to finish and well into the post-game celebration.
One thing I did not hear mentioned on TV that is the Astros became the first team in history to win both the American and National League Championships.  The only other team to compete in both, the Milwaukee Brewers won the ALCS in 1982, but lost the NLCS in 2011.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

How to Watch a Ball Game

The Houston Astros came through last night, defeating the Yankees 7 to 1, and tying the American League Championship at 3 to 3.  
I can attest that it was a great game - Verlander was super - undefeated in post season play, and an ERA of .056, and the Astros offense finally started hitting balls where the Yankees fielders weren't lurking.  
But did I watch the game?  
The answer is yes....and no.
We started the game, watched the first couple of scoreless innings, then switched over to watch an episode of Chicago Fire that we had recorded earlier in the week.  Switching back to check progress at every commercial, we caught the entirety of the three run inning five, then, after watching last night's episode of Blue Bloods, we were back in time to see Judges homer in the eighth, and Altuve's reply in the bottom of the inning along with the three additional runs the Stros scored for good measure.
It couldn't have worked better if we had planned it - somehow, the timing just worked.  All in all, a very satisfying way to watch the game.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Game Six

This afternoon is game six of the American League Championship Series.  The Stros won the first two here, then dropped three in New York.  Now they are back home for game six and (hopefully) game seven.  Winning at home isn't a lock, but history says the home team wins the series 55% of the time.
I saw a very sincere middle-aged lady tell David Paul on TV that God told her in a vision that the Astros would win the World Series.  I hope she is right.  I'm not that confident, but I did dream last night that all nine Astros got to bat in the first inning today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our Guys Won

They dropped another playoff game in New York, but the Houston Rockets came through in California.
 After watching last year's NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors receive their championship rings, the Rockets came from way behind after three quarters to win by one point - 122 to 121.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Character Flaw

Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm a weak person....
A couple months ago, I posted that I was trying to get back into the habit of wearing my hearing aids. It started out all right, but then life intervened.  
  • First it was Hurricane Harvey and the flooding we sustained.  
  • Then it was the cleanup. 
  • Then came the allergies that have had my head stopped up for days. 
Besides, I hear well enough to get by most of the time - well, some of the time, anyway.
Damn! I'm running out of excuses.
I need to try again.
Maybe tomorrow.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Our Houston Texans won yesterday, and a loss by Jacksonville later in the day has us tied for the lead in our division going into our bye week.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to set rookie records, but what may have been the coolest thing he did on Sunday was show up at the stadium wearing a Houston Oilers jersey with Warren Moon's number one.