Oh, U that was bad

Del Olaleye: I committed sports treason and paid for it

Watching an important game in a bar? It might work for you, but a bad move by Del. Revelry on Richmond / Facebook

I broke one of my Cardinal rules and I paid for it dearly. I’ve made it a point to not watch games that mean something to me around other people. I really don’t like being around people in general but when you throw a meaningful sporting event into the equation my annoyance with anyone breathing reaches new levels. From time to time people will ask me if I want to meet somewhere to watch a game and the answer is always no. I believe myself to be pretty calm and not reactionary in most aspects of life. Miami Hurricanes sports would be the exception. So what happened on the afternoon of March 15 is something I deserved and I’ll never allow the situation to happen again.

I’m partly a victim of circumstance. The Raheel and Del show on ESPN 97.5 was ending as the Oklahoma vs Rhode Island round of 64 game was coming to an end. We just so happened to be doing a show at a sports bar. The game went into OT so I decided to hang around at the sports bar to watch the finish. By the time that game ended the Miami Hurricanes game was about twenty minutes from starting so I made the decision to stay and watch. That was a mistake. Loyola-Chicago was the opponent and the trendy pick to pull an upset. The game was back and forth throughout and wasn’t decided until Loyola hit a game winning three with 0.3 remaining. I can’t remember the last time one of my favorite teams lost that way, certainly not in a game with that much importance. The loss was bad and the hour and a half drive home to stew was worse. The results aren’t really the point though.

I deserved that loss. I deserved for it to be that type of loss. Never break away from your sports-watching traditions. I don’t really care about Oklahoma or Rhode Island. Did I need to stay to watch that crappy game just because it went to overtime? The clear answer is no. For my troubles I got to sit through a game where every flaw I’ve witnessed throughout the season for my favorite team became magnified in the final seconds. It just so happens I got to sit through it with all my closest friends (we aren’t all that close and most weren’t my friends) as well. During the explosion of emotion after the Loyola shot went through net, two people threw the “U” in my face. I’ve seen rival fans and opposing players do that on TV. I’m pretty much numb to seeing that. It had never happened to me before. It was just the topper to a crappy 2.5 hours.

Never again though. I’d rather keep track of a game on gametracker than sit through being calm in a situation like that. There were no pillows to throw after a bad possession or a place to yell after giving up an open shot. No steps to sit on silently to calm down (these are all things that I do by the way). Pretending to be normal blows. Watch your games the way you want to watch them. If any person in life your asks you to watch an important game in a way you’re not accustomed to, you should ask yourself this question. Do I really need those people in my life? They clearly don’t have your best interest in mind. I paid for my high crimes against sports. Don’t suffer my fate.

I committed sports treason and I got a deserved punishment. The death of my team’s season. Watching that game in my rightful place at home doesn’t change the outcome but I know watching in public didn’t help.

I was clearly at fault but….

“Hey, Miami guard who might be a lottery pick, how about you make a bleepin free throw?”

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Houston's winning streak moves to six

Eighth-inning rally powers Astros to series sweep over Rangers

Yuli Gurriel brought in the go-ahead run late in Sunday's game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Winners in the first three games of this series and their last five games overall, the Astros continued their climb towards the A's for first place in the AL West. They completed the four-game sweep, ending a successful homestand on a positive note before heading on the road.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 2

Astros' Record: 24-17, tied for first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Brooks Raley (2-2)

Losing Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez (1-2)

Astros strike first, McCullers Jr. goes six scoreless

After the Rangers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Houston grabbed an early lead off the bat of Alex Bregman. He provided the third single of the inning, a one-out RBI to put the Astros in front 1-0, a score which would hold steady for a while. Another run didn't come across until the bottom of the fifth when Houston would load the bases with one out when Carlos Correa would get an RBI groundball to double the lead to 2-0.

Lance McCullers Jr. did well with the small lead, backing up his recent eight-inning gem with a quality start against Texas. He allowed a couple of hits each in the third and fourth but would erase the runners with no damage allowed. The Rangers threatened in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double before the runner moved to third on a wild pitch, putting him in a great position with no outs. McCullers Jr. would come away unscathed, finishing the inning and his day by retiring the next three batters. His final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 95 P.

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First out of Houston's bullpen was Andre Scrubb, and he would not fare as well as the Astros starter. A leadoff single turned into a two-run game-tying homer, making it 2-2 before Scrubb would sit down the next three in order. Still tied in the top of the eighth, Brooks Raley had a terrific inning, striking out the three batters he faced.

Houston rallies ahead in the eighth for the four-game sweep

The top of Houston's order mounted a threat in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with one out to try and regain the lead. Yuli Gurriel would come through with the go-ahead at-bat, getting a sac fly to put the Astros back in front 3-2. A two-out walk loaded the bases again, setting up Chas McCormick to provide two insurance runs on a two-RBI single.

Myles Straw added one more on an RBI single, making it a four-run game at 6-2 heading to the ninth. Enoli Paredes made his long-awaited return from the IL, appearing for the first time since April 8th to try and close things out in the ninth. He tossed a scoreless inning, finishing off the four-game sweep, extending Houston's winning streak to six games, and keeping them in step with Oakland for the AL West lead.

Up Next: After a day off on Monday, the Astros will begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday. They'll kick off a three-game set in Oakland against the A's at 8:40 PM, an exciting matchup to determine who will head into the weekend atop the division. While Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.08 ERA) is the expected starter for Houston, Oakland has not yet determined their rotation for the series.

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