This week's Pethouse Pet of the Week has a lot to say about the Astros chances, Bill O'Reilly, and Houston sports fans.
Pethouse Pet of the Week
Name: Fritz, as in Von Erich, The Cat and "on the ..."
Ethnicity: I'm pretty diverse, mostly Terrier. That's me, Fritz the mix. I'm a little guy, I'll top out at 15-20 pounds.
Birthdate: January 3, 2017, still in my puppy years, specifically year. Young fellas like me don't like to be called "cute," but ain't I the cutie?
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
- Why are so many fans in a panic over the Houston Astros dropping three games at Yankee Stadium? The Astros are undefeated at Minute Maid Park this post-season, and I believe Games 6 and 7 are scheduled for, why lookee here, Minute Maid Park. We have the hottest pitcher in baseball throwing Friday night. That brings us to Game 7, and who would you rather be, the Yankees or the home team?
As Kate McKinnon said on Saturday Night Live last year, "I'm not giving up hope, and neither should you." Bottom line: Astros in seven, and then we're headed to the World Series where the Astros will have home field again. Hope is a beautiful thing.
This is the best of times for Houston sports fans. The Astros are in the thick of the World Series run, the Rockets are 2-0, both wins on the road, including the opener against the NBA champion Warriors, the Texans have finally found themselves a quarterback, and Burger King has new Spicy Chicken Nuggets, 10 for $1.49.
- There's nothing more fun than a media battle between ego monsters. Disgraced Bill O'Reilly went on Twitter to say, "Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go." To which Jake Tapper replied, "Low would be sexually harassing staffers and then getting fired for it - humiliated in front of the world. Now THAT would be low."
Ouch! Scoreboard for Tapper. Here's the thing, as Anthony Weiner is discovering and O'Reilly should learn — if you're involved in a dirty scandal, just shut up and go away. In Weiner's case, of course, going away isn't exactly his decision.
Two must-see shows on my calendar: Jimmy Buffett's stage musical Escape to Margaritaville continues its run to Broadway with eight performances, October 31 to November 5 at Hobby Center. Then Ringo Starr brings his solo tour to Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land on November 2. Starr previously played drums in a British rock band called the Beatles.
- Hurry up for this one: Half of all sales at Houston-area Chipotle restaurants will be donated to Texas Children's Hospital's Promise Campaign. Just mention the fundraiser when you get to the cash register. Let me tell you from experience, Houston has a lot of great things going for it, that kiddie hospital in the Med Center may be the most amazing one.