Dictionary of Relevance in Houston City Sports

Houston Sports also includes UH, Rice, TSU, and HBU at the collegiate level. We cannot include the Sugar Land Skeeters here. Apparently, being located in

Houston Sports also includes UH, Rice, TSU, and HBU at the collegiate level. We cannot include the Sugar Land Skeeters here. Apparently, being located in “Sugar Land” may have helped them win the independent Atlantic Baseball League Championship in 2016.

There are only three words of relevance in this dictionary, but, man, do they make it rough on the Houston sports fans that buy into their tricky ways of working together to discourage us from learning from our own experiences over time as fans. Check them out – either for edification or entertainment. We try to be good for both those goals around here.

(1) illusion

noun il·lu·sion \i-ˈlü-zhən\
Popularity: Top 30% of words

Simple Definition of illusion

(1a) something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real

(1b) an incorrect idea : an idea that is based on something that is not true

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Simple Examples of illusion in City of Houston Sports

(1a) looking at any team in Houston City Sports and seeing an imminent national or world championship in the making

(1b) best examples: Colt .45’s-Astros in the World Series; Oilers and Texans in the Super Bowl;  UH in basketball or football

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(2) delusion

noun de·lu·sion \di-ˈlü-zhən, dē-\
Popularity: Top 10% of words

Simple Definition of delusion

(2a) a belief that is not true ; a false idea

(2b) a false idea or belief that is caused by insanity

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Simple Examples of delusion in City of Houston Sports

(2a) “Next year we’re going to kick the door in!” ~ Bum Phillips

(2b) “Wait’ll next year!” ~ any Houston fan in any sport

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(3) insanity

noun in·san·i·ty \in-ˈsa-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of insanity

(3a) a rejection of reality by thought, word, or action

(3b) when we continue doing painful things expecting a different result each time

Source: Merriam-Webster and their bastard child, Street Wisdom

Simple Examples of insanity in City of Houston Sports

(3a) renewing season tickets under the influence of an illusion/delusion cocktail

(3b) expecting things will get better when all we have to go on are marketing slogans and an unwillingness to learn from our previous experience with hopeful promises.

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Postscript

If the terms illusion and delusion sound the same it’s because they almost are. Here’s an easier way to keep their distinctions from each other in mind.

An illusion is more of a visual distortion of how we may erroneously distort certain parts of of our life view on reality. Illusions emanate from the same section of the brain that allows us to recall visual memories of what we have seen or – as in this case – how we may visualize the possibility of what we want to see in life as attainable certainty.

A delusion is an ideational – or linguistically-based belief-error thought pattern in how we think about life. On the negative side, delusions of persecution, for example, are the basis for our baseball culture’s tendency to embrace the ideas of “curse” as the explanation for past curses upon such clubs as the Boston Red Red Sox and the still active “curses” upon the Chicago Cubs. Delusion may even be the source for the belief that some of us in the City of Houston suffer from a belief about how the championship misfortunes of our various local sports teams are afflicted uniquely by disappointments that do not seem to occur to other big league cities to the same degree. 🙂

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 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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