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Saturday Night's Alright for Commenting: May 16, 2015

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Friends, Romans, Texans fans, lend me your keyboards. It's time for the Saturday Night Open Thread on Battle Red Blog.

The calendar is inching closer to being able to see this every Sunday. Thankfully.
The calendar is inching closer to being able to see this every Sunday. Thankfully.
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The Texans continue their offseason team-building activities on Kirby, and OB remains OB. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading something about the UK General Elections, and I came across a quote

The BBC, which organized the debate, set the stage for fireworks by choosing to host it in Yorkshire, home to an ornery tribe of English people who combine the bluntness of Philadelphia with Texas's independent streak.

That just put me in mind of OB (and actually had me chuckling while at work, but I can totally spin this as work-related), and I wanted to share.

In other Texans news, we're getting closer and closer to (preseason) football games and welcoming the wholly-revamped 49ers to our house. Of course, we're all really looking to the beginning of the real season and having the Chiefs in our house, but this handy dandy countdown clock gives us a countdown to that event as well. In the meantime, we're going to devote ourselves to analyzing and overanalyzing any and all snippets of news that leak from NRG, while we bask in the wonder of air conditioning and traffic.

In Houston sports news, the Dynamo are welcoming the Portland Timbers at home, while the Houston Dash are off their bye and welcomed the Chicago Red Stars last night at BBVA. We'd have preferred a Dash victory, but the tie places them sitting at 5 points, good for a tie at 6th in the NWSL.

Additionally, our beloved Rockets are facing the Clippers tomorrow night. A win will send them into the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

The Astros are continuing a homestand against the Blue Jays before welcoming the Athletics, and then heading on the road to face the Tigers. The good guys currently sit first in the AL West (the loathed and despised Rangers are below .500 and 4th in the division, which fills me with immeasurable joy).

For those of us who like equine sports, the Preakness is today. American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, and, like clockwork, the press coverage is already hyping him up for the Triple Crown. Your local NBC affiliate began covering the event at 3:30, while NBC Sports Network began their coverage at 1:30 and will continue post-race coverage at 5:30.

Well, folks, I had wanted to share the wonder that is Scotsman Paolo Nutini a few weeks ago, but we don't do S.N.O.T. during draft week (thankfully, because I'm not sure my sanity would have held), and I shared the wonders of Zeppelin and Eros last week. I first discovered Nutini while working at Borders while in college and have loved his work since then. His most recent album, Caustic Love, includes this gem, "Iron Sky."

"Iron Sky" includes an excerpt and adaptation from Charlie Chaplin's speech in The Great Dictator. This is honestly the only Chaplin film I have ever been able to watch, and it was eye-opening to me to see how Chaplin was able to combine his usual comedic routine with a chilling commentary on what was going on in the era. Since this is S.N.O.T., and I've been told it's a little more free in these here parts, I've included a snippet of the film that has the full speech Nutini pulled from.

Additionally, Blues legend B.B. King died overnight Thursday, and as my mother's daughter, I cannot help but post my favorite song by the maestro.

With that, your S.N.O.T. is open. Be nice to each other in the Comments, y'all, or I'm sending Isabelle 'round to rough y'all up.