Tom Sorensen

Short takes: Great things? ‘The Wire,’ Houston sports figures, fall, not Boston fans

What Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and other sports figures in the city are doing in response to a devastating hurricane is laudable.
What Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and other sports figures in the city are doing in response to a devastating hurricane is laudable. AP

I’ve yet to watch “Ray Donovan,” the greatest show on TV, because I’m binge watching “The Wire.” The Wire made its debut 15 years ago. Why wasn’t I informed? It was created by a newspaper reporter and is set in Baltimore. I spilled blood on those streets – a sidewalk more accurately – so I feel invested. The show is gritty and real and sometimes funny, too. …

▪  It’s great to see athletes open their wallets and their hearts for victims of Harvey. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander will donate $4 million. Texans owner Bob McNair and his team will donate $1 million, a donation the NFL Foundation will match. Houston’s J.J. Watt has raised an astounding $5 million, and growing. Chris Paul, the new Houston point guard, donated $50,000. …

▪  Why would fans of the Boston Celtics burn the jersey of guard Isaiah Thomas? Because he dared to get traded? I know sports-savvy Boston fans. But the one time I went to a game at Fenway Park the adult males sitting behind me did the wave, and criticized me for not joining them. Man, if you are an adult and need to do the wave, why not dispense with the preliminaries and throw a beach ball? Or, you know, watch the game. ...

▪  The NFL opens a week from Wednesday when the Kansas City Chiefs play New England. College football’s true opening day is Saturday and will feature such games as Alabama-Florida State and Michigan-Florida. The baseball races in the National League Central and American League East are intriguing, as are the Wild Card races, especially the race for the final slot in the American League. The U.S. Open is going on and NBA training camps open next month. Not a bad time to be a fan of sports.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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