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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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Yordan Alvarez's homer in Wednesday's game gave him 100 RBI on the season. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Winners of three straight, six of their last seven, and eight of their last ten, the Astros had the chance to move yet another game closer to clinching their playoff spot if they could secure the series with a win against the Angels on Wednesday. Even though it looked as though they were headed towards a loss in extra innings, they would ultimately come out ahead.

Final Score (12 innings): Astros 9, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 91-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yimi Garcia (4-9)

Losing Pitcher: Sam Selman (0-1)

Garcia goes six shutout innings

Although he didn't have swing-and-miss dominance in this start, Luis Garcia could still capitalize on a struggling Angels offense and post a shutout quality start against them. He allowed three walks and three hits throughout his outing but stranded all of them while getting outs on balls in play. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 79 P.

Alvarez reaches 100 RBI as Houston's offense keeps rolling

That performance had Garcia in line for the win, as two homers handed him a 3-0 advantage which he held. Houston once again used early offense to take a first-inning lead, as a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve turned into a monster 456-foot by Yordan Alvarez, pushing him to 100 RBI on the season. The score held at 2-0 until the top of the fifth, when Jason Castro led that frame off with a solo homer to extend the lead to three runs.

Extras in Anaheim

Phil Maton was first out of Houston's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but a single, double, and walk loaded the bases with no outs to put him in a jam. A lineout kept the runners put for the first out, but a single and a walk would make it a one-run game and left the bases loaded as Maton would get pulled.

Kendall Graveman entered to try and stop the bleeding, but after a force out at home to put that within reach, Jack Mayfield came through for Los Angeles with a go-ahead three-run double, giving the Angels their first lead of the series at 5-3. In the top of the eighth, a walk by Alex Bregman brought Alvarez back to the plate, and he would nearly miss a game-tying homer and instead got an RBI-single to make it 5-4.

Alvarez would still come in to tie the game, hustling home from second on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel to knot things up 5-5. Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he sat down LA in order with two strikeouts. Still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly came in to force extras, and despite being shadowed by the winning run on the bases after a leadoff single, retired the next three batters to send the game to the tenth.

Astros keep battling and take it in the twelfth

Jake Meyers took second base as Houston's free runner in the top of the tenth, but he would go nowhere as the Astros went down in order, giving the Angels another chance at a walk-off. Instead of giving Shohei Ohtani a free pass immediately, Houston would let Blake Taylor throw two balls to him before giving him the intentional walk.

Taylor then gave up a single to load the bases with no outs, and after getting a force out at home for the first out, Yimi Garcia would replace him. Thanks to a great play by Chas McCormick, giving him multiple in the game, the Astros would live to see another inning as he would make a great catch in right field and then throw out Ohtani at home.

In the top of the eleventh, a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel moved Aledmys Diaz to third, but that's as close as Houston would come, leaving them stuck at five runs. After Garcia retired three more batters in the bottom of the eleventh, the game moved to the twelfth, where Houston would get back in front on an RBI single by Jake Meyers, then padded the new lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve, who would also score on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it 9-5. Josh James came in and wrapped things up in the bottom half as Houston secured the series victory and reduced their magic number to two against Oakland and three against Seattle.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game series, and the last time these two teams will meet this year, will be an 8:38 PM Central start on Thursday. The expected pitching matchup is Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.59 ERA) for Los Angeles and Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.11 ERA) for Houston.

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