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Bill O'Brien is that one uncle or friend everyone has

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"You can't choose your family. They are God's gift to you as you are to them."- Desmond Tutu

"Everyone knows you can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends."- Unknown

Both of these quotes are true. Both should also be taken in context. Both can be proven wrong as well. You see, some family members are toxic and some friends are like family. I've experienced all of this in my lifetime. Then, there are those family members and/or friends that make you shake your head while wondering "how the hell did we get here with this fool?" I'm sure you've got a family member, or friend, or both that will give you headaches, confuse you, make you laugh at their stupidity, and question how they managed to live this long being that dumb or reckless.

This perfectly describes Bill O'Brien. He's managed to amass the kind of power and influence in the Texans' organization that would require a military coup, or a conniving genius. But is he capable of either? Some of his actions would suggest the answer isn't just a no, but a HELL NO! So what type of family member or friend is O'Brien? Here's a few examples:

That one uncle

Everybody has that one uncle. He's the most talkative at family functions. Usually, he's talking trash. He's always got something to say about everybody and what everybody is doing. He doesn't mind criticizing things or people, but when it comes to him, he will lose his mind if you turn the tables (snide remarks to honest post-game questions)! When he's the butt of the jokes or critical talks, he has been known to grab his malt liquor and go home angry (yelling at a fan at halftime while getting blown out by the Broncos). There will even be times when he gets drunk, starts randomly fussing about the most mundane things, then acts out (trading DeAndre Hopkins and Jadeveon Clowney).

The friend you distance from

There are friends you'll have that will test the power of the friendship in numerous ways. They will act like they know everything and be stubborn enough not to ask for help. You'll watch them struggle from afar, and they'll suffer rather than admit they need help (calling plays instead of getting an offensive coordinator). Sometimes, they'll even get a promotion at their job you know they attained by nefarious actions (named general manager 17 months after his guy, Brian Gaine, was hired for the same job). When their skills in the new position don't match the title, you wonder how can they live with themselves. Everyone in your circle knows they aren't good at it and take advantage of them (Hopkins and Clowney trades). Finally, you have to distance yourself from them in order to keep your own sanity and find a new avenue with new friends and opportunities (Mike Vrabel).


There are times in our lives in which we will encounter these kinds of people. Be it a family member, or a friend. The question is: how do we handle it? Do we have an intervention? Do we let them figure it out? Do we drop gentle hints and hope they get their act together? In this instance, O'Brien needs an intervention. The only people who can do so, The McNairs, are the same ones who've supplied him with all the ammo he needs to think he's Teflon. It's like a drug dealer having to bring the addict to rehab: it won't work or end well. Until then, we'll have to see if he will figure it out. Hopefully for Texans fans, I hope he figures it out soon.

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McCullers Jr. out-pitched friend and former teammate Dallas Keuchel on Father's Day. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

McCullers Jr. gives up two over six

That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

Astros complete the sweep to jump on top of the standings

Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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