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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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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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