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Ken Hoffman tees up on Joel Osteen, Post Oak Little League, and a Houston TV legend

Hoffman on Joel Osteen, Post Oak Little League, and a local TV legend

Joel Osteen preaching at Lakewood Church
How deserving was Osteen of the recent honor? Lakewood Church/Facebook
Post Oak Little League team Oklahoma winners field
The Post Oak Little League continues the streak today.  Photo courtesy of David Rook
Dave Ward
Local legend Dave Ward is back.  Photo courtesy of Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance
Joel Osteen preaching at Lakewood Church
Post Oak Little League team Oklahoma winners field
Dave Ward

I just did a spit take. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave Joel Osteen an award this week for his efforts in helping the community after Hurricane Harvey last year. Seriously?

Sure, Osteen eventually came around, but it took social media — with a solid dose of humiliation — before he opened Lakewood to hurricane victims. He was late to the party. I can think of 100 other people more deserving of city recognition.  

For Ward progress
Last week, I predicted that a longtime, now-retired news anchor would be returning to his old station. This week ABC 13 announced it has rehired “Anchor Emeritus” Dave Ward to host “Dave Ward’s Houston” segments on the weekend news. He gets back to work next month.

In a statement, Ward said, “I could not be happier to have this unique opportunity to reconnect with my viewers and KTRK colleagues as we explore the history of what I consider to be the greatest city in the world and connect with a new generation of viewers.” In the same statement, ABC 13 president Henry Florsheim said, “We all look forward to his unique storytelling and look at our city.”

Kiss-kiss, smooch-smooch ... whatever. (Eye roll.)

Another bold prediction
Since my prediction about Ward returning came true, let’s try another one. Wouldn’t it be interesting if a local station, one of the Big Four, started a 3 pm newscast?

Post Oak FTW!
The Post Oak All-Stars, representing the U.S. Southwest, play their first game in the 2018 Little League World Series August 16. They’ve got big time pitching and hitting. Plus, they wrapped up their regional title more than a week ago, and have been waiting in South Williamsport since August 11. The New England team was still fighting for their spot in the World Series on August 12.

Another edge for Post Oak: In Houston, our Little League starts with tryouts in January and league play begins in February. People in New England are busy trying to dig their cars out from 5 feet of snow while Houston kids are playing baseball.

They face the New England team from Coventry, Rhode Island at 6 pm on ESPN2. Tune in and watch them make us proud. My prediction: a 4-1 victory for Post Oak.