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What the media won’t tell you about true motivations behind negative Astros coverage

This week, LA Times writer Bill Plaschke wrote an Astros hit piece, blaming the team for the Dodgers only having one championship since 1988, that didn't come with a COVID-shorted season. Meaning, the insecurity of Dodger fans regarding the 2020 championship is driving so much of the hate for Houston. And he's not the only one, media outlets from across the country are taking shots at the Astros knowing that bagging on the team for 2017 still drives traffic to websites.

And what's crazy is we have Yankee fans, like Stephen A. Smith, coming out and saying stop talking about the cheating, the Astros swept the Yankees and are clearly a better team. But somehow Dodger fans feel differently. It might have something to do with not having to get through the Astros to make the league championship series each year.

Be sure to check out the video above as we shoot down these tired and often factually incorrect swipes at our beloved Houston Astros. The hypocrisy that is being spewed can't go unchecked.

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James Harden returned to Houston Monday night and lost to the Rockets in double overtime. After the game, Harden complimented the maturation of the Rockets young players, and had some nice things to say about Houston.

Harden has a player option and can opt out after the season, which has some Rockets fans wondering if he would consider returning to Houston and taking over as the team's primary ball handler.

Plus, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has said he wouldn't rule out Harden returning at some point.

Be sure to watch the video above as we break down all the angles involving a potential fit for James Harden with Houston's young core of players, and much more.

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