Cheers and Jeers is a collection of quick hits of praise and comments on local, state and national issues. The Sun encourages readers to submit their own Cheers and Jeers. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Cheers to the City of Baytown and the decision to rebuild the Roseland Park Pavilion. The original structure was damaged in Hurricane Harvey. The new version will be built on higher ground and will provide an area for Baytown resident to recreate and enjoy each other’s company. The pavilion will have a capacity of about 156 people and be located near a splash pad and volleyball court. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a spring day.
• Cheers to the development of a new walking path for the residents of Crockett Place and Baybrook Place. The 1,600-foot trail starts at Blue Heron Parkway and winds along the Harris County Flood Control Ditch. Kids will be able to use their bikes and residents will have a safe place to walk.
Councilwoman Heather Betancourth should be credited with leading the charge for the trail and is one of the biggest advocates for trails and parks on the city council.
• Cheers to Bianca and Blake Bobo who gained a reprieve in their eviction fight. An eviction lawsuit was dismissed and the couple, who were represented by State Rep. Briscoe Cain, have been given time to find a new home. The eviction fight began when the Bobo’s purchased window units for their mobile home to provide better care for their son who suffers from heart and lung problems.
• Jeers to the luckiest man on Earth: Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien. Why? Because on the day after only the second worst NFL playoff collapse for a Houston NFL team, Major League Baseball suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for a full season, distracting almost everyone from the inexplicably horrendous performance of the Texans and, more specifically, its hapless coach. Later in the day Astros owner Jim Crane fired both Hinch and Luhnow. A Major League Baseball investigation confirmed the Astros had broken the rules by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season and during part of the 2018 regular season.
Bottom line: O’Brien will never take the Texans to a Super Bowl unless he buys them tickets. And look for the Texans organization to do exactly nothing about its daft head coach. Jeers all around.