10/15 - ALCS vs Houston. Game 1.

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I don’t hate the Astros like a lot of other people do. I mean sure, cheaters and douchey etc etc but it wouldn’t crush me if this is where the ride stopped. They are super good.

Of course, I’d really prefer if the ride ended with all of our guys shitfaced on a bunch of duckboats.
 

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I don’t hate the Astros like a lot of other people do. I mean sure, cheaters and douchey etc etc but it wouldn’t crush me if this is where the ride stopped. They are super good.

Of course, I’d really prefer if the ride ended with all of our guys shitfaced on a bunch of duckboats.
I'm similarly indifferent to the Houston Astros. But I went from "at least we eliminated the Yankees" to "this team might actually go all the way" in a cocaine heartbeat, so since the Astros stand in the way of a World Series appearance, they must be crushed into dust.
 

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This kicks off Friday night and then Saturday and then the Cowboys America's team invades Foxboro Sunday night. We're going to be dealing with a lot of Lone Star hype over the next week or so. I might not hate the Lone Star State right now, but I sense the irrational sports hate is building to the needed game time levels.
 

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Is an Astors fan here going to start a ALCS game thread in the Yankees game thread section, it worked so well last series, please do it.
 

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This kicks off Friday night and then Saturday and then the Cowboys America's team invades Foxboro Sunday night. We're going to be dealing with a lot of Lone Star hype over the next week or so. I might not hate the Lone Star State right now, but I sense the irrational sports hate is building to the needed game time levels.
Am I right in thinking the Bruins play the Dallas Stars this weekend, as well?
 

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Astros are formidable and the favorites. The wager should be asymmetrical. If they take it, we send tureens of piping hot clam chowder. If we sweep, Greg Abbott downs a steaming mug of STFU and puts Liz Warren in the governor’s office for one full month of legislative remediation. Ted Cruz must winter in Nunavut.
 

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I don’t hate the Astros like a lot of other people do. I mean sure, cheaters and douchey etc etc but it wouldn’t crush me if this is where the ride stopped. They are super good.

Of course, I’d really prefer if the ride ended with all of our guys shitfaced on a bunch of duckboats.
I mean, you kind of can’t hate the Astros for being cheaters when our manager led the cheating.
 

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The ALCS has traditionally been the more competitive series for us on our way to winning the World Series. It’s always the series that is the most stressful. 2018 was incredibly stressful even if the score line didn’t reflect it. I expect something similar this time.
 

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I can and I will. I’ve mastered intentional cognitive dissonance wrt sports. I love Cora. Fuck the Astros those cheating fucks
I’ve long since embraced the inherent irrationality that comes with rabid sports fandom. Whole thing becomes much more fun when you do.
 

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No. And Beltran led the cheating. Alex Cora is innocent.
I think "innocent" might be overstating his innocence. In today's Glob:

“On a personal level, [it was] tough to swallow, tough to hear it, because at the end I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation,” Cora said in June,
 

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I don't love Cora the way I loved Tito. I'm not really even sure I even like Cora... I have tons of issues with his managerial style but he's been great in the playoffs so I'm happy he's managing the team.
I live in Austin... lots of my friends here are Astros fans. The city is pretty evenly split for Rangers-Astros but since '17 the Astros fanbase has seemingly grown here, the way it strangely did in the first half of the "teens" for the Rangers. Basically they're a bunch of fair weather fans. And they're actually a bunch of assholes. They're fun to talk shit on during the games but they all seem to think that the Sox were helped by the umps and MLB in '18 to that victory and they haven't shut up about it. So fuck them all. Just crush them this time.
 

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I don't love Cora the way I loved Tito. I'm not really even sure I even like Cora... I have tons of issues with his managerial style but he's been great in the playoffs so I'm happy he's managing the team.
I live in Austin... lots of my friends here are Astros fans. The city is pretty evenly split for Rangers-Astros but since '17 the Astros fanbase has seemingly grown here, the way it strangely did in the first half of the "teens" for the Rangers. Basically they're a bunch of fair weather fans. And they're actually a bunch of assholes. They're fun to talk shit on during the games but they all seem to think that the Sox were helped by the umps and MLB in '18 to that victory and they haven't shut up about it. So fuck them all. Just crush them this time.
Houston fans must cite this play first but what the hell else? And Ron Darling, Joe West, et al, easily called this fan interference. The series was long enough to probably have questionable calls even out. So, yeah, fuck those fans,
View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CKOt2T70SBg
 

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Astros are formidable and the favorites. The wager should be asymmetrical. If they take it, we send tureens of piping hot clam chowder. If we sweep, Greg Abbott downs a steaming mug of STFU and puts Liz Warren in the governor’s office for one full month of legislative remediation. Ted Cruz must winter in Nunavut.
Liz Warren would be a disaster for the working people of Texas. Especially anyone that depends in and around the energy sector.
 

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I don't love Cora the way I loved Tito. I'm not really even sure I even like Cora... I have tons of issues with his managerial style but he's been great in the playoffs so I'm happy he's managing the team.
I live in Austin... lots of my friends here are Astros fans. The city is pretty evenly split for Rangers-Astros but since '17 the Astros fanbase has seemingly grown here, the way it strangely did in the first half of the "teens" for the Rangers. Basically they're a bunch of fair weather fans. And they're actually a bunch of assholes. They're fun to talk shit on during the games but they all seem to think that the Sox were helped by the umps and MLB in '18 to that victory and they haven't shut up about it. So fuck them all. Just crush them this time.
Do Red Sox fans still congregate at Little Woodrows?

I used to go there back circa 2004 and early 2005 during my time in Austin.
 

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Astros are formidable and the favorites. The wager should be asymmetrical. If they take it, we send tureens of piping hot clam chowder. If we sweep, Greg Abbott downs a steaming mug of STFU and puts Liz Warren in the governor’s office for one full month of legislative remediation. Ted Cruz must winter in Nunavut.
This is a no politics zone. Go to V&N for that.
 

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Do Red Sox fans still congregate at Little Woodrows?

I used to go there back circa 2004 and early 2005 during my time in Austin.
It is. The closest bar to me is The Front Page on the east side. The owners and bartenders are both Astros fans but I can walk there. It'll still be fun.
 

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Houston fans must cite this play first but what the hell else? And Ron Darling, Joe West, et al, easily called this fan interference. The series was long enough to probably have questionable calls even out. So, yeah, fuck those fans,
View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CKOt2T70SBg
IOW: a bit of "cheating" that the Astros didn't get away with. That works for me.

BTW: I am "eh" on sign stealing. The were and punished, probably enough to offset the advantages of cheating. Otherwise, its the fault of the MFYs and LADs for not dealing with that possibility. The expansionTeam Nationals did!
 

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It's getting simpler the further we get into this.

We need four one game winning streaks over the next seven games. It starts Friday night!!!

Welcome to the 2021 American League Championship Series. Population: YOU!
 

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The Sox can lose this game and series painfully in a number of ways. Some may include inept management, poor decision making or just flat out bad luck. We all know this - YOU don't have to tell us what is going wrong and how horrible its all going to be. YOU certainly can do this but YOU don't need to. We are all watching the same thing.
 

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The Sox can lose this game and series painfully in a number of ways. Some may include inept management, poor decision making or just flat out bad luck. We all know this - YOU don't have to tell us what is going wrong and how horrible its all going to be. YOU certainly can do this but YOU don't need to. We are all watching the same thing.
But ... but ... but ... if we don't post about how pissed off we are each time an umpire (apparently) misses a strike call, or cite (after we see the results of a managerial move) how stupid Cora is, or flip through the pages of our vulgarity thesaurus to describe the opposing team ... how are we going to enjoy ourselves?
 

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The one thing that sucks (for me) about this series is that all 3 home games are on a M-T-W. Debating on whether or not it is crazy to fly out to Houston Friday, go to the game Saturday, and fly home Sunday.
 

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But ... but ... but ... if we don't post about how pissed off we are each time an umpire (apparently) misses a strike call, or cite (after we see the results of a managerial move) how stupid Cora is, or flip through the pages of our vulgarity thesaurus to describe the opposing team ... how are we going to enjoy ourselves?
I take exception to the last one, if we can’t find any and all ways to make juvenile attacks on the opposition then what do we have left? I need my tribalism fix.