Years ago, I was playing a gig at a sports bar way out on the southwest side of town. The bar was surrounded by a massive ring of softball fields used by adult teams, mostly made up of corporate teams and the like. There was a strange, green glow that came up off the fields as grown men strode in wearing the full garb of cleats, stirrup pants and jerseys while my partner and I played, appropriately we thought, "Glory Days."
In yet another of what appears to be a massive indoor-outdoor complex -- this one for golf -- on the west side of town, there is TopGolf. A chain of British-based sports entertainment complexes with double-decker, it immediately reminded me of the kid in Bad News Bears Breaking Training looking up at the roof of the Astrodome and saying, "What is this, a baseball game or the Fourth of July?"
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On Monday, they kicked open the doors and invited Texans linebacker Brooks Reed, quarterback T.J. Yates and Rockets star guard James Harden to hang out and take the ceremonial first swing (see above). The place looks like a circus mixed with a sports bar and a golf course, which, when you think about it, is sort of awesome.