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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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The Rockets selected Jalen Green with the No. 2 pick. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images.

The city of Houston can finally rejoice as Jalen Green was selected as the number two pick by the Rockets at the 2021 NBA Draft. It was already suspected that the Rockets would draft Green from past reports. Shams Charania of The Athletic already reported that the Rockets narrowed their decision down to Green.

Green is an explosive shooting guard that can get in-and-out amongst the perimeter and paint. With the G-League Ignite, he averaged 17.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He is an excellent free throw shooter at 82.9 percent. Like James Harden, he is incredibly good at getting to the free throw line. Green has a good trigger from three by shooting 36.5 percent on 5.7 attempts a game. His mature status since high school has prepared him for the NBA.

"His down-hill playmaking is really hard to guard", as Joey Fucca, his ex-coach told TDS. "If he says he's going to get to the rim, good luck. He is very good at getting to the free throw line, he is also very explosive to finish above the rim. When his three ball is on, you're just going to have a long night. I wouldn't be excited to guard him."

Green has blistering speed with outstanding handles to blow by his defenders and score. Spectators have compared Green to a younger Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Bradley Beal, and Zach Lavine, which are superstar players. He is a particularly good midrange shooter underneath the perimeter, as he shot 35 percent on a small quantity of attempts in a shorter season.

"Jalen is a uniquely blessed guy. He's a transcendent athlete," as Rockets GM Rafael Stone said. "He can handle the ball, and he can shoot. Normally, people that athletic aren't as skilled. We think that combination of tools makes him an extraordinarily exciting prospect."

During his press conference on Thursday night, Green emphasized the achievements he wants to accomplish with the Rockets. Green even discussed his desire of being a better defender, as he wants to continue to get better. He has a great wingspan and lateral movement to stay with opposing players on defense and be disruptive in the passing lanes.

"They're going to say it's a great choice," Green said. "Rookie of the Year, All-Star, All-Defense, max contract. We're doing it big."

"Yeah, I think I can be that piece. I think I'm going to bring that dominant mentality, that defensive mindset…They already got a lot of star players"

As the draft continued, the Rockets sent future draft picks from the Wizards to land the 16th pick in the draft, which was 6'10 Alperen Sengun from Turkey. The 16th pick did belong to the Oklahoma City Thunder until Rafael Stone executed an interesting deal with Sam Presti.

"We did not think he would fall to us at 23, so we were really aggressive to try and move up all throughout the first round to acquire him," as Stone said.

Sengun's abilities on the court revolve around his post ups and skillful passing. He even maintains good feet along the baseline. In his press conference, he mentioned his passing skills can become better. There are clips of him looking impressive on shovel passes, passing the ball behind his back, and finding the cutting man towards the basket. Sengun looked good in double teams by showing he can still find the open man with his back turned.

While playing in the Turkish Super League, Sengun was an MVP at 18-years-old, averaged 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assist, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. He could be another huge figure next to Christian Wood on the court, and a safety blanket for the Rockets if they cannot bring back Kelly Olynyk.

Usman Garbua is similar to former Rocket Luc Mbah a Moute. He is 6'8 with a tremendous wingspan at 7'3 and can guard anyone on the court, which is 1-5. Garbua was seen guarding Kevin Durant in the Team USA vs. Spain matchup and had interesting battles. The Rockets will get a ton of energy out of the 19-year-old player. He knows how to run the floor in transition, so he can finish around the rim. As I see it, he could be on a defensive first team in the future as he matures more. Garbua will become a defensive nightmare against opposing players.

"I think he's the best defender in the world outside of the NBA, and he's just 19 years old," Stone said. "I think he potentially could be really, really impactful on that side of the ball."

As the Rockets made their last selection, they selected Green's AAU buddy, Josh Christopher from Arizona State. He impressed a ton of scouts during his draft workouts and scrimmage against other prospects. Christopher had a double-double during his third scrimmage, which was 16 points and 10 rebounds. He is a very shifty guard with a ferocious step back.

While playing with the Sun Devils, he averaged 14.3 points per game and shot 49 percent from the field. Just like Green, he loved the midrange opportunities, as he shot 49.6 percent underneath the perimeter. He is another shifty big body the Rockets will have in their back court at 6'5. Christopher is very good at rebounding and playing defense. Stone loves watching him in defensive one-on-one situations. Christopher has Sixth Man of the Year written all over him because of his stocky body type and upside.

Hopefully, the Rockets have an exciting summer league and training camp along with their season.

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