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Houston athletes as Halloween candy

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In the spirit of Halloween I thought I would compare some of Houston’s sports stars to the various types of candy one might expect to receive on Halloween night. As with our sports stars, some types of candy always bring the excitement, while others never make it out of the bottom of the bucket.

Astros

Jose Altuve – Snickers. A 3 tool MVP player. Chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. You just aren’t the same without it.

Alex Bregman – Sour Patch Kids. A sour exterior followed by an oh so sweet interior. Impossible to quit once you start on them.

Justin Verlander – M&Ms. A gold standard of candy that never seems to age.

Carlos Correa – Three Musketeers. Is solid but more forgettable than you would hope.

Texans 

JJ Watt – Gummy Bears. You think that eventually they would get boring, but they consistently deliver and are ultimately lovable.

Deshaun Watson – Pop Rocks. Deliver that kick of excitement just when you need it.

DeAndre Hopkins – Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. Simply the best. You know its good but it is always even better than you thought when you bite into it.

Will Fuller – Butterfinger. Disappointingly brittle.

Rockets 

James Harden – Candy Corn.Is the face of Halloween candy but no one actually likes it.

Chris Paul – Hershey Bar.A known entity that commands respect but is likely to be melted by the end of the night.

Carmelo Anthony – Candy that has been sitting in a drawer for 3 years.You think “Hey candy is candy how bad can it be?” You take a bite and realize you have made a huge mistake.

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Carlos Beltran missed out on his first opportunity to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this week, and we discuss how his involvement in the 2017 sign-stealing scandal may have played a role.

Plus, are we seeing a turning of the tide with national baseball writers and their opinion of the Houston Astros?

Bob Nightengale wrote this about Carlos Beltran and the Hall of Fame recently:

But we’re really going to ignore all of that and admonish him for participating in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Really?
Are we going to do the same with everyone who played for the Red Sox and Yankees during those years, too, when they were fined and disciplined for the illegal use of Apple Watches and dugout phones to relay signs?
Should we hold that against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, who obviously didn’t benefit from the sign stealing as a pitcher, but didn’t tell his teammates to stop it?
Enough already.
We’re not talking about performance-enhancing drugs here. Sign stealing has been going on for the past 100 years. There are teams who have used hidden cameras for years. Team employees flashed signs from outfield seats and scoreboards.

Check out the video above as we break it all down.

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