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NAX: Two options beckon today, and one is hard hitting

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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:00 am

Ah, the age-old dilemma. What to write about today?

Now, let’s see. As I put fingers to keyboard, people are casting ballots in the major party primaries.

So, by all rights, I probably should be writing about how the balloting is going to affect the direction of our nation, our state and our county. Except I’ve been watching and reading all the campaign advertising and news coverage. Boring.

Besides, a lot of races won’t be decided by Tuesday results. In the fray for the Texas governor’s job, we likely (I’m going out on a limb here by predicting before the fact) will have a runoff between Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison and then a November confrontation between that winner and Democrat Bill White.

Forget the politics for now. Let’s move on to something that matters.

Yep, it’s March and that means baseball is breaking out all over. Spring training for the pros and early season for colleges and high schools has begun.

And I’m happy to report that I’ve already scratched the itch for some live action.

Happened to be in Austin the weekend that the University of Texas Longhorns opened their season with a three-game series against the University of New Mexico. Caught the middle game on Saturday and saw top-ranked UT lose a lead late and fall to 1-1 on the season.

Sometime late in the game, I heard an announcer make reference to the UNM coach. Holy cow. It’s a guy named Ray Birmingham, who has done a lot of coaching against Odessa College as the head man at New Mexico Junior College. I didn’t realize he’d moved onward and upward.

But more than that, he once was on the Odessa American writing crew when I was the sports editor. He left because the lousy hours of a sportswriter weren’t conducive to married life. So he went into coaching, which may be the only profession that has longer and stranger hours than writing about sports.

Anyway, Ray’s Loboes took two out of three from the ’Horns — and I’ve got another team to follow.

Meanwhile, I’m going to miss yet another chance to enjoy spring training in Florida. Years ago, I caught some games in Arizona and it was wonderful and relaxing. But there are too many conflicts, including the drafts for both of our long-running fantasy leagues that require constant checking in on a computer. So I’ll just miss another year rather than lugging around a laptop in the Sunshine State or going out and buying an expensive phone that is smarter than the owner so I could make my draft picks in a timely fashion.

But maybe the early disappointment will make later baseball fun more enjoyable. I can look forward to more UT games and once again anticipate catching the Round Rock Express live action.

And, yeah, I made the right choice in writing material. I can’t wait for baseball. As for politics, I’ll just be glad when it’s all done for another year. Enough said.

Odessa, TX

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