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Tuesday Happy Hour: BusGate 2011, Rangers Two Wins from the World Series, and Tebow Comes back

The Happy Hour is back and here to stay. Here is a list of stories that piqued my interest in the world of sports and occasionally there will be stories on culture and politics that will come up as well.

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne stepped in it big time and now Texas Tech University helped him fall face first. Tech released a statement early Monday evening refuting almost the entire story of  Byrne saying, “While incidents such as the ones alleged are inappropriate and strongly condemned by Texas Tech, it is no less wrong to condemn the entirety of our university, students and supporters by posting inaccurate information on the internet for the purpose of sensationalizing the actions of one or a very few. We are disturbed by the careless use of social media to share these inaccuracies.”

Just to recap, here is what Byrne tweeted that is at issue, not the shoe polished bus and fish bait.

From October 8th@bill_byrne Bill Byrne

Someone vandalized our buses in Lubbock. Excrement inside and outside of buses plus spray painted vulgarities on outside. Classy. 

And not to be outdone by the previous tweet, he responds to an Aggie fan on twitter a few minutes after the classy tweet.

@Bill_Byrne Bill Byrne 

@DaveNelAgDuck Highway Patrol has pictures and Lubbock police were contacted. Drivers cleaned buses. Bus 3 still reeks.
If he didn’t see what happened, why tweet about it? If there are pictures then where are the pictures? If an Athletic Director gets caught over dramatizing shoe polish on social media then should he apologize for accusing an entire school over an act that allegedly happened since innocence comes before being condemned as guilty in the eyes of the law? Some will act like Aboslute elitists about it and blame Tech, but Tech did condemn the actions. Are all Tech fans like this? No, but to be fair under the same reasoning we can say more violence happens at rock shows than anywhere else. The ugly truth is that people will make  complete fool of themselves from shoe polishing a bus and putting fish bait in a bus to condemning an entire fan base on twitter or facebook.  Keep it classy, fellas.
The Texas Rangers are two wins away from heading back to the World Series. Nelson Cruz hit the first walk-off grand slam home run in MLB Post-season history. The Rangers pitching staff out of the bullpen have pitched over 11 innings over of scoreless baseball. That is huge and needs to continue tonight at 7:05 in Detroit for Game 3.
Tim Tebow.
Doug Pensinger, Getty Images
Half of you just either said you loved him or cussed him under your breath. The lightning rod in Denver almost led the Broncos back to victory against the Chargers falling 29-24. Many in sports media have criticized Tebow and most of it isn’t about his performance or technique. Let’s get real about why he gets so much crap thrown his way; Tebow is a Christian and open about it without being a jerk. Some will be offended by his openness, but  look at his play on the field and how he hasn’t ever had a felony. A low standard, but the NFL has gone rock and roll in its off the field behavior.
If the worst thing that Tebow does is share his faith with the platform that he has, which is football then I’m sure people will survive if they hear about Jesus in spite of there “sensitivities”.
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