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Jermaine Every: A few things on my brain this week

Jose Altuve will be around for a long time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

This was one of those weeks in which my ADD wouldn’t allow me to write about one thing. It’s also a week in which the diarrhea of words coming from my keyboard had to be kept at a respectable number because I don’t want to overdo it or bore you guys either. With that said, read on…

This Astros regime gets it

Gone are the days of Drayton McLane and Ed Wade putting Band Aids on gushing gashes. We are now living in the Jim Crane/Jeff Luhnow era. There’s already a title in hand, and they’re built to win over the next two to four years and maybe more. Jose Altuve’s contract extension is further evidence that the Astros’ new regime truly gets it. He’s proof that hard work pays off.  Doesn’t hurt that he’s extremely humble and seems embarrassed about the attention he gets. Keeping the greatest Astro ever around for the foreseeable future shows commitment to keeping this team competitive. Remaining competitive is a tricky deal. It can often backfire with disastrous results. With that said, they also know they can’t keep everyone. Dallas Keuchel is more than likely in his last season as an Astro, but they’ve acquired Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and have some nice pitching prospects to fill the void. George Springer wasn’t happy about his arbitration case was going to go, or when he was brought up to the main roster. He and the team settled on a two year deal worth $24 million dollars to avoid arbitration, so I imagine he’ll be testing the free agent waters as soon as he’s eligible. They’ve also brought guys up when they’re ready (not past their prime), and have traded prospects for proven MLB talent. If those aren’t signs they “get it,” I don’t know what else to tell you to convince you.

Who’s house?!?

The University of Houston Cougars men’s basketball team came within a couple made free throws and a Christian Laettner-type 3-pointer from making it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. My heart goes out to Devin Davis. Many will point to his missed free throws that could have iced the game as the reason why they lost, but there were several other reasons why they didn’t win (like the inconsistent at best refs). They’re going to lose their best player in senior guard Rob Gray, but Coach Kelvin Sampson has two of the ESPN Top 100 recruits coming in next season, as well as a couple JUCO transfers. After notching the school’s first NCAA Tournament victory in over 30 years, I can see the Coogs making it back next season. I really hope this propels them back to prominence. Houston is a fertile recruiting ground for basketball. Here’s to the Coach Sampson bringing that program back to the national spotlight.

David beat Goliath

The 1980 U.S. Men’s Hockey team beating the Russians, University of Houston stopping U.C.L.A.’s streak, Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson…now we can add 16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County mollywhopping 1 seed University of Virginia in the men’s NCA basketball tournament to the list of improbable upsets. No. 16 seeds were 0-135 before Friday’s stunning upset. Not only did they pull off the impossible, they did it in grand fashion. The final score of 74-54 showed how the Retrievers were able to beat the Cavaliers’ pressure defense, cause turnovers themselves, and score at will. The beatdown was so convincing, they spent the last three to four minutes celebrating while the game was still going on. They lost in the next round to Kansas State 50-43 in a game theycamethisclose to winning. A play here, a play there, and we’d be talking about a 16 seed in the Sweet 16! Let that sink in for a minute! I don’t want to become a prisoner of the moment, so I’ll leave you with this thought: Wait a couple years and look back on this game. If it still holds itself in that high a regard, which I believe it will, then we have the greatest upset in the history of sports.

There’s so much more I could go on and on about, but I’m told I only have so much bandwith here. However, fear not! I’m always available on Twitter, and recently partnered with Craig Koshkin on The Sideline podcast as well (episode 39 was our maiden voyage). So if you have any questions, comments, concerns or criticisms, get at me. I’d love to hear from everyone. Even the haters because I love y'all too.

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All bets are off in Vegas. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas this Sunday for the South Point 400. This track is one of the many mile and a half bullrings that we see on the NASCAR schedule. It is known for how hard it is to get on to pit road so look for the possibility of speeding penalties. Another thing to look out for is the heat. As we all know it gets hot in Las Vegas in September, this will make the track much more slippery and there is a good chance that there will be tire problems. It should be a good race though, and I am looking forward to seeing who moves on as the round of 12 begins.

Last week, Kevin Harvick went on to his ninth victory of 2020 as he continues to tear through competition. In the closing laps he and Kyle Busch battled it out in one of the best races we have seen all year. The race was different from what we usually see at Bristol as there weren't very many wrecks and there were a lot of cars that went a lap down as there were only six cars on the lead lap. A few people were critical of the racing last week which personally I didn't understand. This race had everything you would want it to, two of the best drivers in the sport going for the win.

There was news a plenty this week in the NASCAR world. It all started on Tuesday when it was announced that Ross Chastain would take over the #42 Camaro for Chip Ganassi in 2021. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as he had driven for them in the Xfinity Series. He was lauded as the early candidate when Larson was suspended and many were surprised when he wasn't named the replacement for this year. But in the end, it all came full circle and the driver we all thought would get the ride ended up with it. Personally, I like this move. Ross has more than proved he is capable of running up front and winning in the Xfinity Series and now he is going to get the opportunity of a lifetime in decent equipment.

The other big headline this week was the announcement that Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan would be purchasing the Germain Racing charter and starting their own team in 2021 with Bubba Wallace as the driver. This is a HUGE deal for NASCAR as arguably one of the most recognizable brands in the world is coming on board. These rumors had been persistent over the last few weeks and many questioned the validity of the reports until it was confirmed on Tuesday that this was happening. More than likely what we will see with this new team is that they will receive cars from the former Levaine Family Racing team and technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing. This will also be the first time that a driver will own a team while driving for another team since Dale Earnhardt did it when he owned DEI and drove for Richard Childress. This will certainly be a huge boost for Bubba as he will now get the funding he deserves. Look out for this team going into the future.

As the week went on the rumors got even crazier as it was reported by Adam Stern that NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway were in talks to run a dirt race! This was a huge surprise to me as there was hardly anything to suggest this was even an idea. This truly came out of nowhere. This isn't really all that new to the track as it hosted a World of Outlaws race back in 2000 but never has there been a full-on stock car race on the dirt there. It will be interesting to see if this comes to fruition in the next few weeks.

The driver that I have winning this week at Vegas is Brad Keselowski. Over the last few times they have been coming to this track, he has been nearly untouchable. He has four top fives, six top tens and a victory back in 2018. His lowest finish here has been seventh! He has just been phenomenal here and I look for that to continue. This would be big for Brad if he can win considering that would put him through to the next round, and he won't have to worry so much about the unknown next week at Talladega. I look for Brad to take his Mustang to victory lane come Sunday.

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