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To wear or not to wear a mask in public? Here's a sports angle for you non-believers

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These are odd times we live in. The Ronaverse has changed the world. One thing is constant, however; we politicize everything, even something as simple as wearing or not wearing a mask. Somehow, this has become a controversial subject.

If you are one of those, "It's violating my rights" people, read no further. Feel free to not wear a seat belt, drive drunk and go 40 miles an hour over the speed limit. Oh, and recline your seat on an airplane. Run naked through the streets. Freedom, right? No one is going to change your mind, so this isn't for you. And neither is the mask. It is to protect other people. While experts differ on the effectiveness, every little bit helps.

I have chosen to wear masks in public. If I go to a bar, I order drinks or food with my mask, go out to the patio safely distanced, and remove the mask to eat and drink. Rinse, wash repeat. No problems. If I go into a store, it is on at all times. Pretty simple, right?

I have also decided to make it a fashion thing, and the cool part is you can do it and represent your teams.

Easy for you say Faour. You aren't a handsome. Your face scares children and old people.

That's true. Anything that covers up this face is a bonus. But even attractive people can look cooler. Just look at some of the other photos (not this one).

Show your support

Fred Faour

Whatever team you want to represent, the masks are there. My good friend Craig Shelton is making custom ones like this one. High quality, affordable and comfortable. (Hit him up on Twitter if you are interested). Also, all the team shops and sites like Fanatics are now making them available. We buy team hats, shirts, shorts, hoodies. Why not masks?

Yes, I also like anything that covers all of my face, like this one repping the Saskatchewan RoughRiders.

Go Riders, Eh.

I also have multiple Toronto Maple Leafs masks, but that's enough of my face. How about The Canadian repping Team Canada hockey?

The Val - with Dynamo's nose.

Fred Faour

Truth is, this is a great opportunity. If we need to wear the things, why not go sports? Astros fans can basically say "bleep you, haters" without saying a word. You can rep the Texans, Rockets, Dynamo, UH, UT, A&M, LSU, etc. And unlike me, most of you will look good in them. (See the photos of everyone else in this story).

Are they uncomfortable? Yes. Will they make a difference? Most likely. So why not embrace it and show off your support at the same time?

And exercise your personal freedom - to root for the team you want.

Gratuitous photo of Holly Seymour

Do we really need any other comment?

(Special thanks to Holly, Debbie the Texan and The Canadian for classing up this post and sparing you more pictures of me).

As an aside...beer!

Today marks the release of the Falcon 9 - first stage beer at True Anomaly Brewing in East Downtown. It is a Cinnamon Stout brewed by Tom Ahlstrom as part of a collaboration with myself, the brewery and Whitmeyer's Distilling. (I only had an idea for a cinnamon stout; Tom did all the important stuff. This is the non-barrel aged version and there are only about 300 or so available, and only at the distillery, so get by there fast if you want one). The second stage will be a full collaboration; this beer aged in Whitmeyer's Bourbon/Rye barrels and will be available later this year or early 2021.

The beer turned out great, so please drop by and grab one while they last. True Anomaly is located at 2012 Dallas Street in the heart of Houston's East Downtown.

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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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