Our favorite team has wrapped up yet another week of OTAs, and we're inching closer to the start of the 2015 NFL season, but until the Texans take the field, we've still got some stuff to salivate over.
Our hometown Astros remain one of the best teams in MLB (sheesh, it's been a minute since we could say that), and they're in Toronto taking on the Blue Jays this weekend, hoping to extend their lead over the rest of the AL West. The Houston Dash welcome the Portland Thorns this evening, while the Houston Dynamo are off again until the 20th.
In other sports news, the French Open Women's Final took place this morning with American Serena Williams battling Czech Lucie Safarova for the title. Additionally, Britain's Andy Murray continued his battle against Serbia's Novak Djokovic for a spot in the Men's final tomorrow against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. The American Bryan brothers compete against Croatian Ivan Dodig and Brazilian Marcelo Melo for the Men's Doubles title, while Belgian Kim Clijsters and American Martina Navratilova battle Americans Lindsay Davenport and Mary Joe Fernandez for the Women's Legends Doubles crown, and the Frenchmen Guy Forget and Henri Leconte take on Frenchman Mansour Bahrami and Dutchman Paul Haarhuis for the Men's Legends Doubles crown. At the end of today, as many as 5 Americans could hold French Open titles, or as few as 1. Let's hope for the former.
Of course, today is a great day for sports worldwide because those of us who like horseracing can watch American Pharoah attempt to claim the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes this afternoon. The soccer/football fanatics around the world will of course be tuning in to see whether Messi and Barca can send Xavi out to pasture with a win, while Andrea Pirlo and the rest of Juve will be aiming to bring the title back to Italy. Those of us who retain interest in the NBA after the Rockets fell to the Warriors can tune in to watch LeBron James and the Cavaliers attempt to even the series. And those of us learning to like the idea of ice sports can watch the Blackhawks at the Lightning tonight. Here's to hoping Chicago goes up 2-0 on Tampa Bay!!!
Of course, SNOT isn't just about sports, and our comments here run the gamut from music, movies, TV (complete with a cameo from Dwight Howard), books, recent news, food (Tru, I'm looking at you), and just about everything else. There are a few basic ground rules, of course, like don't insult someone's mama, don't insult someone's cooking, don't insult someone's cat, but this is your open thread, so make of it what you will.
In the tradition of S.N.O.T., there's got to be a music recommendation, so I'm going to leave you with Pino Daniele's Il Sole Dentro di Mi, from his 2009 album, Electric Jam. Daniele, who passed away this January from a heart attack, leaving a gaping hole in Italy's rock, jazz, blues and jazz genres.
I will also leave you with Daniele's hallmark song, a tribute to his native Napoli, entitled Napul' è.
With that, ladies and riff raff, your weekly SNOT is open. Comment away below!!!