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Saturday, January 16, 2016

What Is Your Gun Defense Plan?

From Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Many gun owners are making it clear they are convinced that the Federal government is coming to take guns away from private citizens. They contend it will begin with laws making it illegal to own guns. They further assert that if it happens, they will refuse to give up their guns, and the Federal government will be forced to attack private citizens to forcibly remove their firearms. 

Do the gun defenders have the guts to fight force with force?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

One of OUR Guys

If you are a fan of the Houston Astros, Sunday, July 26, 2015,  is a day to celebrate. This is the day when one of OUR guys - the FIRST member of the team ever, is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The great Craig Biggio takes his place in Cooperstown among the greatest players of all time.
This may seem insignificant in this world rampant with turmoil, but this is a day to celebrate the good things. If you love baseball, and especially if you are an Astros fan, you understand, because success has been rare for OUR team.
This is one for the good guys, and Craig Biggio is truly one for the ages, and for Astros fans, he is OUR guy.
Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie', 'The Avery Appointment', 'Between the Fuzzy Parts'.

He also writes about baseball for Climbing Tal's Hill, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeat.

He lives in Central Texas with his wife and family.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Houston Colt .45s: The Forgotten Team

A few weeks ago, I was talking with one of the artists at Salado Glass Works in Central Texas. I was wearing my Houston Colt .45s cap, and he said:

"So, you're into guns?"

"No," I told him. "This is a baseball cap."

"Really?" he said. "I've never heard of a team with that name."

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fantasy Strategy: Winning Without Picking First

What is your fantasy strategy if your team is low in the draft order? Are you one that gives up if your team picked last or you don't have a good draft? How do you stay competitive throughout the season?

"I'm picking last. How can I have a good team?"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Pace of the Game: Is Baseball Too Slow?

The pace of baseball games has been a recent topic of discussion. Some say the games are too long, slow, and boring, and potential fans may be put off because of the way games are conducted. Others say the pace is fine, don't change a thing. Another point of view suggests some changes, while making the case for leaving some procedures as they are.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chris Burke: An Astros Legend

Long-time Astros fans surely remember Chris Burke and the heroics he provided during the 2005 playoffs. Although Burke only played for the Astros for parts of four seasons, his place in Astros lore is secured by one legendary swing of his bat. Chris Burke was the hero in one of the most spectacular moments in Astros history.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Astros Have Too Many Catchers

The recent trade that added Evan Gattis to the Astros leaves the team with an unusual problem. They have too many catchers. What are they going to do with all of those guys? By the time the season starts, they’re going to need to shave it down to two or three at the most.

Read this article at Climbing Tal's Hill.