Root for the Astros



If you are a sports nut like the rest of us, this is the best time of the year.

The high school football and volleyball teams are just beginning to get into high gear. The Texas Longhorns lost a football game Saturday that will have the national sports media talking about it for several weeks and the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans are about to launch the 2018 NFL season.

All I can say to secondyear Longhorn coach Tom Herman is welcome to Austin and Texas Longhorn football. No one said it was going to be easy at the 40 acres.

If you like baseball and the Houston Astros you know that the race for supremacy in the major leagues is getting hotter and hotter by the day. Last year, the Astros had a double-digit lead in their division about this time in their journey to the World Series title and didn’t have to work hard until they got into the playoffs. This year it’s different.

The Astros are playing about as well as they did last year but this time they are getting fierce competition in the American League’s West Division from the Oakland Athletics who are highly improved and are just 2 1/2 games behind the Astros as the season winds down toward the playoffs. Houston has not been able to breathe easy in the last few weeks as the Athletics have matched them with victories down the stretch.

Just as I write this piece on Tuesday the Astros have won their last three games in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games and still can’t shake the A’s who have remained 2 1/2 games back. It looks to me like the race for the division is going down to the wire.

I have to say I was very pleased to see how the Pleasanton Eagles came out and took care of business Friday night against what I think was a pesky San Antonio Edison football team.

It took only two passes for Eagle quarterback Johnny Zamora to hit his first touchdown pass – to Dalton Hobbs of course – that led to an easy 42-15 victory.

My compadre here at the Express, Leon Zabava, was very excited with what he saw Friday and says the Zamora to Hobbs connection is only going to get better as the season progresses.

I have to say that as talented as the Eagles are this year, they will have their hands full in District 15-4A with the likes of Beeville, Boerne, La Vernia and Gonzales.

All those teams except Gonzales won handily Friday night and appear to have exceptional talent. We’ll know a whole lot more as the season progresses.

Go Astros!

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