#BLOCKED

Ken Hoffman calls out disgraced celebrity who blocked him on Twitter

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

You're serious? Bill Cosby went on Twitter to wish dads a happy Father's Day? How's that possible — he's in prison?

That was my reaction when I heard about Cosby taking to social media to issue a Father's Day message. Naturally, I went on Twitter, clicked on @BillCosby, to see for myself. Here's what I saw:

"You are blocked from following @BillCosby and viewing @BillCosby's tweets."

Whoa. Cosby is sitting in prison, convicted last year of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, with 60 more women on record accusing him of raping them over the past 50 years … and he's blocking me on Twitter?

Was it something I said? Clicking back, I may have called him "disgusting" and a "lowlife" in a column in 2014. He's still holding a grudge over that? To show you how long ago that was, at the time, only 20 women had come forward to accuse him of raping them.

I borrowed someone else's iPhone to see what Cosby posted on Twitter:

"Hey, Hey, Hey, it's America's Dad … I know it's late, but to all of the Dads … it's an honor to be called a Father, so let's make today a renewed oath to fulfill our purpose – strengthening our families and communities. #AmericasFavoriteDad"

Oh, the irony

Never has anybody been so out of touch with reality and tone deaf than Bill Cosby behind bars on Father's Day in 2019 — and his social media team. (Wait, perhaps O.J. Simpson going on Twitter last week and announcing "I got some getting even to do" is equally nuts. Simpson is free after spending nearly a decade in prison for robbery and kidnapping, or as Saturday Night Live put it, "really for murder." Less than a week after joining Twitter, Simpson has 772,000 followers.)

Obviously, Cosby does not have access to social media in prison but asked his spokesman to post his message on Cosby's Twitter account, which has 3.5 million followers.

"America's Favorite Dad?" That's crazy talk. I'm a dad, and many times I'm not even the favorite dad in my own house. I remember having a rare serious conversation about the Cosby case with my son when he was about 16 years old. I gave him advice about girls. I told him, the first step to get a girl to like you is easy … just be nice to her.

After that, I can't help you. I got nothing.

Cosby took a different route: knocking them unconscious with Quaaludes and raping them. He still calls himself "America's Favorite Dad?" No! That's how you end up disgraced, scorned, and in prison.

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Astros clobber Rangers to win series opener

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After dropping two of three in Seattle, the Astros entered the regular season's final series still waiting to clinch their playoff berth. Luckily their matchup favored them, with four games against the 19-37 Rangers, which they have done well against in recent years. Here are highlights from the opener:

Final Score: Astros 12, Rangers 4.

Record: 29-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.32 ERA).

Astros put up 10 on Lynn 

Houston had no trouble getting acquainted with the Rangers' new stadium, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a lengthy at-bat against Lance Lynn, Jose Altuve reached on a one-out single, then scored from first on a two-out RBI-triple by Alex Bregman. They'd double their lead in the next at-bat on an error, making it 2-0.

They extended that lead even more in the next inning, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning to set up a big three-run dinger by George Springer to straightaway center-field to make it 5-0. Bregman added two more RBI to his night in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on a leadoff single by Michael Brantley by hitting a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 lead. Altuve would push the total to double-digits in the top of the sixth, lifting a three-run home run of his own to make it a 10- lead.

Javier with a decent start, bullpen closes out the win

Meanwhile, Cristian Javier was doing well on the mound against the Rangers. He allowed just three baserunners through the first five innings, a double in the first, a hit batter in the second, and a single in the fifth. He would falter a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff single then a two-run homer, then later in the inning a sac fly, making it 10-3 before Houston would turn to their bullpen. Javier's final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 95 TP.

Luis Garcia would get the final out of the sixth then returned for the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff double that would score on a two-out RBI-double, making it a six-run game before Garcia finished the frame. Brooks Raley was the next reliever and notched two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

Josh Reddick gave Houston two more insurance runs, joining the home run barrage with a two-run homer in the top of the inning to make it 12-4 going to the bottom half. Brandon Bielak was given a low-leverage opportunity to throw in the bottom of the ninth. He erased a two-out double for a scoreless inning to wrap up the lopsided win, lowering Houston's magic number to 1.

Up Next: The second game of this four-game set between Houston and Texas will start Friday at 7:05 PM Central at Globe Life Field. The pitching battle will be Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53 ERA) for the Rangers and Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78 ERA) for the Astros.

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