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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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After the big offensive showing to take the opener on Thursday, the Astros entered Friday's game at Globe Life Field against the Rangers just one win or Angels loss away from securing their spot in the playoffs. Here is how the game unfolded:

Final Score (10 innings): Rangers 5, Astros 4.

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

Winning pitcher: Brett Martin (1-1, 1.98 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-3, 3.05 ERA).

Urquidy goes seven while allowing two

The Rangers would strike first in Friday's game, getting a two-out solo home run against Jose Urquidy in the bottom of the second to grab the early 1-0 lead. Urquidy did relatively well on the night, though he would allow another solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Those were the only two runs he allowed, working in and out of some trouble throughout the game on his way to finishing seven innings. His final line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 98 P.

Houston grabs their first lead late

Unlike their hot night at the plate the night prior, it took the Astros until the fifth inning to get on the board. It came after Carlos Correa hit a leadoff single, then came all the way around to score on an RBI-triple by George Springer, making it a 1-1 tie at the time.

After the Rangers went back in front 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on their second solo homer of the night, Alex Bregman would tie it up again with a solo home run of his own, making it 2-2. Houston would get their first lead of the night in the top of the eighth, with Altuve working a leadoff walk before scoring later in the inning on an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel.

Rangers get the walk-off to keep Houston waiting for playoff bid

After Urquidy, Blake Taylor would take over on the mound in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the Rangers in order for a scoreless inning to hold the one-run lead. Still 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Houston turned to their closer, Ryan Pressly. After two quick outs, he would allow a game-tying solo home run, making it 3-3 to postpone Houston's celebration at least another inning as the game headed to extras.

In the top of the tenth, Jose Altuve was placed on second as the free runner. He advanced to third on a groundout to start the inning, then scored on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it a 4-3 lead for Houston. Enoli Paredes would load the bases before Texas would tie the game on a sac fly in the bottom of the inning, keeping runners on second and third. Houston made the change to Brooks Raley to try and extend the game another inning, but instead, the Rangers would get the walk-off win, spoiling Houston's chance to clinch their playoff spot themselves with a win.

Up Next: The third game of this four-game set will get underway at 6:05 PM Central on Saturday. On the mound for Texas will be Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87 ERA), and, as of now, the Astros still have Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 4.24 ERA) listed as their starter.

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