Are you like me?

You can't wait for Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association to get started once again.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench the size of King Kong or Godzilla (whichever you fancy) into our lives.

One thing that it has ... or should I say, will bring to professional sports once again is whether these guys can take care of themselves and not contract the disease that by many accounts originated in China.

What a strange time we live in right now. And for those who survive this pandemic, it's a time that we're always going to remember.

But sports are going to make it that more memorable I hope.

To be brutally honest with you, if our Houston teams didn't have a fight in this upcoming MLB season and the conclusion of the NBA season, I would not be writing this column.

It has been quite a long time since I did produce a sports column. To be brutally honest ... again ... I decided that there was no use in having a sports page once high school athletic activities were cancelled. 

The Journal-Spectator reports on young amateur athletes and their events so if they were not playing, there was no sense in attempting to put an entire page together of sports bi-weekly. We would have failed miserably edition after edition. I thought once we have enough content gathered for one WJ-S edition, then we can put a sports page together. That has not happened often since March when Wharton County and cities like Wharton signed disaster declarations.

But, here we are at the beginning of July and now have these nice stories to share with our readers.

The professionals

I hope my analogy makes sense. The restart of the NBA season and the Houston Rockets for me is like the appetizer, MLB and the Houston Astros the main course as they look to win a World Series again, and the NFL season the dessert. I don't expect much from the Houston Texans, but it's sweet that they will likely play a schedule.

And remember there are no fans coming to these NBA and MLB games. The pros will be playing through deafening silence. This is going to be so strange.  

Now that all NBA games will be played in Orlando, Fla., only the teams that had a chance to make the playoffs are playing once again. There were eight NBA teams told to stay home since they were already mathematically eliminated so they’re not playing in Florida.

The Rockets are the sixth seed with a 40-24 record, which is 9.5 games back of the L.A. Lakers (49-14), who have the top seed.

This is the schedule: July 30 – Aug. 14 (completion of regular season with seeding games) Aug. 15–16 (play-in tournaments, if necessary) Aug. 17 - Sept. 30, 2020 (playoffs) Sept. 30 – Oct. 12 (NBA Finals).

Houston has not won a championship since back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.

For the Astros, their 60-game season, like everyone else, will begin on July 23 and end Sept. 27. They will play all these games in 63 days. How strange.

The postseason will begin Sept. 29. The World Series on Oct. 20, and a potential Game 7 on Oct. 28.

Why do I think the Astros are going to win besides being so talented? Because many critics are asking why a 60-game season and that you can’t determine the best team based on this many games. A MLB season is comprised of 162 games. The Astros are going to win because, like 2017, many think their title is a sham because they were caught cheating. The 2020 season will be won by Houston because many again think that this is not a real champion. That's a perfect place for the Astros.

No matter what happens, the Astros won’t have the chance to win at least 100 games in a season for the fourth consecutive year. This team is still that good, trash can or not.

It was for the Rockets when they won their NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, with the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan playing baseball. Many discredit Houston, but not me. 

It's really going to be a memorable summer and fall, with the NFL all mixed into this. I'm hungry for professional sports, but it’s strange how it’s literally all coming together.

Albert Villegas is the managing editor for the Wharton Journal-Spectator and East Bernard Express. 

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