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Another season opens!

It’s the start of another season! [Major League] Baseball, of course. Opening Day is today, Monday, April 6th, and hopes are high for another interesting year, maybe without a steroid dabacle even. Dare we dream? Indeed, it’s the stuff the Houston Astros are made of…dreams (for we have little else at the moment, but who knows what the future may hold).
With that said, it’s also time to introduce the Astros again. Since I love nicknaming the players to personalize things–and generally amuse myself–, this is how I will introduce the hometown team. Keep in mind, we’ll undoubtedly have changes as the season continues. There’s one coming soon when a “To-Be-Named” player actually gets a name from a freshly traded new start player. And, already a change has been made from the time I wrote this last night. ūüėÄ

Note: I realize some of the nicknames may be quite lame, some are new because of new player(s) and not having time to know/remember them yet, and some still need explanation. If you can’t figure it out, just ask. If you’ve a better name, do tell. I can’t remember / think of everything, you know. ūüėČ

The 40-Man roster of the Houston Astros aka ‘Stros is as follows:

#26 Doug “I’ve got you, Bro” cail! aka (?) [Doug Brocail]
#48 the Bird man! [Tim Byrdak]
#29 GG [Geoff Geary]
#11 The Comeback [Mike Hampton]
#22 The Hawk (?) [LaTroy Hawkins]
#38 He’s-got-potential aka Mo [Brian Moehler]
#44 [The] Wizard of Ohz [Roy Oswalt]
#51 Wild Man Wandy [Wandy Rodriguez]
#43 Give-me-a-sample aka (?) [Chris Sampson]
#47 VV [Jose Valverde]
#53 Dub-dub (W-W) [Wesley Wright]
?Late Add — “Hot Stuff” Ortiz [Russel Ortiz]
(God grant them good arms and hope the umps can see straight – ūüėÄ )

#55 Q-Ball [Humberto Quintero]
#14 Pudge [Ivan Rodriguez]
(Anything happens to these guys, we may be up that infamous creek without a paddle.)

Hurler’s Henchmen:
#17 Fat Elvis aka Bacon aka Sir Lance-a-lot [Lance Berkman]
#27 Ge-off! aka Blooming Onion(?) [Geoff Blum]
— PingMe Jeff! [Jeff Keppinger]
#3 The Hitman aka SweeetMat aka ?? [Kazuo Matsui]
#10 Miggy aka Tomato aka Tay-hay [Miguel Tejada]
(Double Play, Triple Play, any play will do…just catch that ball else we’re screwed!)

The Ball Chasers:
#21 The Rabbit [Michael Bourn]
#2 Mr. E (Mystery) [Darin Erstad]
#45 Mr. Lee aka Lettuce aka El Caballo [Carlos Lee]
#4 TheRook [Jason Michaels]
#9 Underpants [Hunter Pence]
(Circus freaks, unite! We need catches, people!)

Lance and Carlos (Peanut butter & Jelly / PB&J…named during a 2009 exhibition game)
which reminds me of the PB and Jelly song…”Peanut butter and a baseball bat!!” ūüėÄ

The bacon, lettuce and tomato reference combine to make BLT sandwich of hits (line-up reference made during 2008 season).

And, let us not forget our on-air announcers: JD and Brownie! (And, hopefully, GL, too!)

Woohoo! Go ‘Stros!!
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Friday Football Madness

A bittersweet night here..cold on the outside, and I feel fortunate not to be out in it. I actually roasted marshmallows tonight, which were a delicious dessert after turkey leftovers. The pill came in the form of a well-played football game.

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[Image: courtesy of  PearlandOilers.com]

The Pearland Oilers fought to the end, but just couldn’t quite get the win (score: 24-20). There are some great hi-lights / coverage to be seen via Sam’s blog at the Chronicle. Though the win would’ve been extra sweet, the boys have¬†played a great 12-2 season, and make their hometown proud.¬†Nods go to those tough North Shore Mustangs, who really know how to push their way into the end zone.¬† ūüėÄ

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Sunday Shout-Outs

What’s this: another entry? A real “two-fer”?¬†Isn’t today, Sunday, traditionally¬†supposed to be a day of rest? Could it be I’m under the influence of Tom B. and his prophetic¬†challenge? Actually, as amusing the latter can be, the truth is I’ve just more to say. As I stated in the last message, my mind has a bunch of thoughts in it. It’s a matter of organizing them into something readable. Anyway…

I’ve to send a shout-out to some sports teams that have all decided to win at the same time (woohoo!!!).¬† The Houston Texans won their game today against the floundering New Orleans Saints. It looks like the Dallas Cowboys are in for yet another win, too. The Houston Dynamo have won the championship game, and are now the best in American Soccer again. (Go big orange, and Yay, “na-na-mo”! Thanks to¬†Mama Stephanie and her precious daughter for getting that phrasing stuck in my head. LOL)¬† And, congratulations go to the Pearland Oilers for rocking their way through the first round of playoffs (as if there was any doubt). Will their nemesis North Shore fall this year? It’s definitely an uphill battle, as the latter is undefeated so far. But, the Oilers are persistent, and time will tell if they can persevere.

Basketball news? Don’t get me started with those Rockets without T-Mac. *holds back tears and raspberries* (I’d rather not mess up my screen, thank-you-very-much.)¬†There’s no baseball news as¬†it’s the off-season, and the only real trade issue (besides¬†those trades to make¬†the local team better) I’d like to see right now is another promotion within the Giants organization. Specifically, I refer to¬†minor leagues pitcher Adam Cowart. He’s about halfway up the ladder to the majors, currently on the San Jose Giants.¬†As¬†a key player for them in the playoffs this last season, he’s definitely on his way to the bigger and better. *smile* (note to self: I need to email his brother again…missing talking with that sweet guy).
Speaking of talking, it’s the visitor’s turn. Go ahead and comment. I dare you. ūüėČ

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It’s Football!

I start this entry singing for you – wait, don’t run away yet! – only virtually. ūüėČ

Sung to the tune of “We are the Titans” from the movie “Remember the Titans“:

We are the Tex-ans
The mighty Houston Texans
We stood up to Indy
And, almost took the win–yeah!
We are the Tex-ans
The mighty Houston Texans!!!!

(Okay, so the official songs may be better, but written with the same sentiment I’d wager.)

Though they encountered their first loss of the season, the Houston Texans had a heck of a game and kept those Indianapolis Colts (2006 NFL champs) on their toes to the very last seconds of the game(score: 30-24). Now, that’s football!

–Freebie of the moment–

Want some cool downloads or Texans stuff?
Click HERE for wallpaper, the Texans song (2 versions), and more

I know…short entry this time. I’ve more on my mind , but I’ve decided to save it for another entry. ūüėČ

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