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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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With a nod to Charles Dickens, October is the best of times (Astros) and the worst of times (Texans and Rockets) for Houston sports fans. At least this October.

October is the one month when all three of Houston’s major sports teams are guaranteed to be in full swing at the same time. It’s possible, if the Astros make the World Series that November will have all three teams in action, too. But let’s not jinx things.

The Astros start their playoff run Tuesday on TBS. Since the Yankees also play that day, also on TBS, we can assume the Astros will get the daytime slot, the Yankees in prime time. Now before Astros fans start screaming east coast bias, it really only applies to TV. Fun fact: no New York Met has ever won an MVP Award, and only one Yankee has won it in the past 37 years – Alex Rodriguez in 2005 and 2007. How’d that work out for him? Most important, a New York team has won the World Series only once in the past two decades – the Yankees in 2009.

The Astros could play as many as 15 more games in October, five in the Division Series, seven in the League Championship Series and three in the World Series before the calendar flips to November.

Meanwhile, the Texans plod on with three more games in October, and the Rockets have 11.

The winless Texans are at home against the Titans at NRG Stadium, on the road against the Jaguars and Raiders.

The Rockets, coming off the worst record in the NBA last season, have three games at home at Toyota Center and eight on the road.

This presents a problem of abundance, an embarrassment of riches, for Houston sports junkies. Who are you going to watch on TV? Which team will you pay to watch in person? Who are you rooting for the most? Whose jersey will you buy?

David Puddy is right, you “gotta support the team,” but who will own Houston this month?

What to do? If it’s true that nothing succeeds like success, and everybody loves a winner – it’s an obvious choice.

The Astros.

The Astros just completed their regular season with 106 wins, second most in franchise history, another American League West title, the best record in the American League and will have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Even though fans had high hopes for the Astros entering 2022, the team smashed everybody’s expectations. Vegas put the Astros over/under wins at 92 games. The Astros seemingly flew by that number during spring training.

They are the first team in American League history to win 100 games in four of their last five full seasons. Not even Babe Ruth’s Yankees of the 1920s and 1930s did that. This core of Astros has won five of the last six American League West titles. They’ve played in three of the last five World Series. This is a dynasty right before our eyes. We’re witness to greatness. How ‘bout them Astros?

What a season it was. Who could have figured that 39-year-old Justin Verlander, out of action for two seasons after Tommy John surgery, would have a career year, a ridiculously skinny earned run average and the overwhelming pick for the Cy Young Award? Jose Altuve would return to a .300 batting average, Cristian Javier would lead the team in strikeouts, Yordan Alvarez would finish No. 2 between Aaron Judge and Mike Trout in OPS, and rookie Jeremy Pena would slug 22 home runs, the same number as Carlos Correa? Remember last offseason and cries of “pay the man!” Some of a team’s best deals are the ones they don’t make.

Strap yourself in for an October to remember. The storylines are endless. There’s bad blood between the Astros and the Yankees, between the Astros and Dodgers, between the Astros and boo birds in every stadium not named Minute Maid Park.

It’s going to be fun.

As for the Texans, Deshaun Watson returns to action Nov. 4 against the Texans here at NRG Stadium. And we’ll catch up with the Rockets when the NBA season starts for real on Christmas Day. But until then … play ball!

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