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Trading Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence would take heart, soul from Houston Astros

Trading Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence would take heart, soul from Houston Astros

By Denton Ramsey

 

First, there were talks of Hunter Pence being traded before the deadline.

Next, we were informed Pence wasn’t on the trade market and would remain in Houston this season.

Now, Pence talks are once again heating up and the Phillies appear to be the front runners to land the coveted and speedy right fielder.

In addition, there are talks of Astros center fielder Michael Bourn to the Cincinnati Reds.

And all this trade talk with teams for Class A prospects in return?

Houston’s offense, as bad as it may be, centers around Bourn and Pence.

Without those two, the last-place Astros are certainly doomed not only now, but for a couple tough years to come.

Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time Houston teams have broken fans’ hearts.

In fact, I can think of four players on two teams just within the past year: Shane Battier (Rockets), Lance Berkman (Astros), Aaron Brooks (Rockets), and Roy Oswalt (Astros).

To a certain degree, my inner-coach is telling me to quit browsing the news stories online surrounding potential trades of guys like Bourn and Pence.

But at the same time, it’s infuriating to think the team is even CONSIDERING parting ways with those two; without them, the Astros are destined to lose 120 or more games.

That record in and of itself would make the record books for the most regular season losses by a Major League Baseball team in the past 40 years.

Houston, we have a problem…

 

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

LeBron James and company need to take a trip to Humble county

LeBron James and company need to take a trip to Humble county

By Denton Ramsey

After Coach K and Team USA restored basketball in America to glory gold, I expected more out of the players who donned the red, white, and blue.

More specifically, I expected more from Miami’s big three in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Instead of humble losers, I saw childish whiners.

Instead of NBA superstars, I saw elementary school temper tantrums.

And instead of the prior respectful and smiling duo of James and Wade, I saw a couple of runner-ups making excuses for losing to the deeper and more talented Dallas team.

I know that we scrutinize these players and games like Charlie Sheen would study drugs on a blonde’s rack, but nothing will change unless the thrice-burned trio in Miami change their heated and selfish ways.

Especially LeBron.

Until then, all we can do is speculate.

And from here, the future of guys like James really don’t appear too bright after all.

Maybe at least a year or two in college truly would have helped “the king.”

Then again, that’s just my opinion…

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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Duke Basketball: Regardless of Latest Setback, Blue Devils Will Bounce Back

Now that No. 1 Duke lost a game on the NCAA hardwood this season, ESPN analysts and all the other guys looking for an angle on a story can shutup about the Blue Devils going an entire season undefeated.

Not losing an entire game throughout and entire basketball season, especially in the hoops haven that is the Atlantic Coast Conference, is damn near impossible.

And don’t start talking about the Connecticut women.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right here and now: men’s and women’s NCAA basketball are two completely different sports, and should be viewed the same way.

Honestly, why does the NCAA lump men’s and women’s college basketball records into one giant category as if it were one and the same?

That’s not a slam against women’s basketball by any means; we don’t compare college baseball and softball stats and records do we?

Enough already!

Trust me when I say that coach Mike Krzyzewski and his always-changing, always-in-the-hunt Blue Devils will and are still one of the best teams in the nation.

Face them in March, and you’ll be heading back home before you know it.

In the same breath, watch out for Florida State this season as well.

I hate to admit it, but the Seminoles have already pulled out some pretty big wins this year—with key victories over both the Baylor Bears and Duke Blue Devils in the past month—and appear to be bracket-bound, regardless of it only being mid-January.

Regardless of how strong and solid Florida State will be down the stretch this season, I can guarantee you that Duke will bounce back.

Coach K can likely now breathe a sigh of relief after the Blue Devils’ latest setback as well, using the loss as both a learning tool and inspiration for his young and talented team as the season wears on.

Sure, Duke will drop a few notches in the rankings after Wednesday night’s road loss.

But the path to March Madness is a long and windy road, and I really won’t be surprised if the Blue Devils own one of the four No. 1 seeds as the race to Reliant Stadium’s Final Four has truly already begun…

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com


Houston Rockets Need Healthy Aaron Brooks to Truly Compete in NBA’s West

From injury-plagued players to defensive flaws, the Houston Rockets have received a bitter dose of all the negative what-ifs NBA managers can nightmarishly imagine.

And then some.

Yet amazingly, those same Rockets are 16-20 overall—despite dropping three straight games—with a legitimate chance of making postseason play.

Trust me when I say that no top seeded team in the Western Conference will want to face the Rockets in an opening round best-of-seven series.

I’m smelling upset already, and it’s only early January.

However, I digress.

We’re here to talk about Houston’s present predicament and what the future holds for this team.

After a 110-95 drubbing at Orlando on Friday night, one major piece of the Rockets’ puzzle remains courtside, nursing a re-injured ankle.

That missing and mandatory piece to Houston’s 2011 hopes and dreams?

Aaron Brooks.

Sure, losing Yao Ming for the season was a shot in the foot (no pun intended); but an NBA team lives and dies based on it’s point guard.

Without Brooks, the team appears nearly lifeless.

But thanks to guys such as Shane Battier, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola (just to name a few), the scrappy Rockets have managed to remain afloat in a highly-competitive Western Conference.

Houston has an extremely tough road ahead, as the Rockets’ January slate has got to be one of the toughest in the league—with battles against teams such as the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs.

Regardless of the dangerous stretch of games that loom, Houston has plenty of time to make some major noise in the West before the playoffs begin.

First and foremost, though, the Rockets need a healthy and rejuvenated Brooks returning to the NBA hardwood…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

Andrew Luck: The Next Big Thing in Houston, Texas Behind Roger Clemens?

My best friend made a profound, yet true, statement when we were talking about college football the other day.

Andrew Luck, the star-studded quarterback who led Stanford to a remarkable 12-1 bowl-winning season this year, could be the next big thing in Houston, Texas behind only—say, for example—Roger Clemens in the very near future.

Luck, who spent his pre-collegiate gridiron days at Stratford High School in Houston, has announced that he will return to Stanford for another season—but he absolutely has the NFL in his future.

Which could and will very likely put him in the ranks of Clemens in terms of Houston’s Lone Star State pride and popularity.

But the question remains: Will Luck’s return to Stanford bring the Cardinal another winning season, and possibly a chance at the BCS National Championship?

And when Luck does make that jump to the NFL, will he truly become Houston’s next “big thing?”

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

Goodbye LA, Hello World: Green River Ordinance Right on Track with “Out of My Hands”

Goodbye LA, Hello World: Green River Ordinance Right on Track with “Out of My Hands”

By Denton Ramsey

Hailing from the Lone Star State and playing all around the globe, Green River Ordinance has got to be the best band you’ve never heard of.

With absolutely amazing acoustics and an overall Collective Soul sound, these Texas musicians rock the waves from their first track to their final note in “Out of My Hands.”

From Outside to Endlessly, these guys are the next big thing in music. Think Sister Hazel with a twist of Matchbox 20.

Speaking of Sister Hazel, GRO (as the band is known by their fans) recently played on the Rock Boat.

“It’s a boat full of real music lovers,” GRO lead singer Josh Jenkins told The Dallas Morning News. “We’ve experienced, since the boat, a lot of people coming to shows that had been [on the cruise]. These people tell their friends about you and offer up their homes. It’s just a different level of fans.”

A different level of fans for a different kind of band; and what a great band GRO is.

So what does Jenkins consider to be GRO’s genre?

“We’re definitely a pop-rock band,” Jenkins said. “The 90’s were a huge influence on us.”

And what a great time period to be influenced (by some of the best musicians ever, at least in my opinion).

A question many ask the band, and one I have seen in both reviews as well as radio interviews, is “Why the name Green River Ordinance?”

To put it simply, the band really just thought the name was cool.

“That was just something that Jamey [Ice] and Geoff [Ice] had before I joined the band,” Jenkins said. “It was on a sign in their garage that said ‘Green River Ordinance Enforced.’ It was just peculiar and odd, so it kinda stuck.”

Green River Ordinance is actually a reference to a law that prohibits door-to-doors sales, but regardless of the name’s history, these guys are truly Southern comfort.

“I think it’s inevitable for us to have a Southern twist, being from Texas,” Jenkins said. “We believe our personality comes out in the songs we wrote for the record. Since we were 16, we’ve gone through so much as people. These songs are like babies you give birth to.”

If that’s the case, GRO has some oh-so-sweet offspring, and I personally love every song on the album.

To quickly introduce the band to the general public, the fivesome includes Jenkins (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jamey Ice (lead guitar), Geoff Ice (bass), Joshua Wilkerson (guitar) and Denton Hunker (drums).

“My dad was a Deadhead,” Jamey Ice told Texas Music. “He’s the one who bought us guitars and took us to lessons.”

The parents of GRO’s members have every reason to be proud of their boys; and with a truly sweet album on their hands, it’s only a matter of time before Green River Ordinance becomes a household name.

“We want to write music that’s real, for sure,” Jamey Ice said. “But we also want to write music that’s hopeful.”

“Out of My Hands” is all that and then some, with a bit of real and a dose of hope mixed together in a guitar-induced sound that will have you hooked in no time…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

Houston Aeros Remain Hot, Pick Up Back-To-Back Wins Over Rampage

Houston Aeros Remain Hot, Pick Up Back-To-Back Wins Over Rampage

By Denton Ramsey, Houston Aeros Writer/Columnist

Despite skating on cold ice, the Houston Aeros are on fire.

The Aeros picked up back-to-back wins this past weekend in San Antonio, first in a come-from-behind overtime W on Friday night before taking a 2-0 win over the Rampage on Sunday afternoon.

With their latest pair of wins, the Aeros are now 5-4-0 on the young AHL season and have now won three games in a row on the road.

Houston’s penalty-kill was once again remarkable, as the Aeros prevented the Rampage from gaining any momentum when San Antonio had an extra attacker on the ice.

In net, Anton Khudobin played a phenomenal game in garnering a big shutout over the Aeros intra-state rival Rampage.

With the wins, the Aeros also now lead in points in the 2009-10 Lone Star Faceoff.

Houston returns to the ice on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Toyota Center with the Aeros hosting the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05 p.m.

As usual, Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on 1070 AM KNTH in Houston with Joe O’Donnell calling all the action; the Aeros-Bulldogs game may also be viewed online through ahllive.com.

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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