Speaking as a long-time Texan who used to root for the Astros, I’m glad they lost. My emotional attachment to the ‘Stros was overridden by my desire to avoid having a pennant winner with a losing record during the regular season.

Good for the Rays. They have made the WS only once before, in 2008, but lost to the Phillies.

There was no doubt that lanky old geezer Charlie Morton was the star of the series against the ‘Stros (his previous team). Two starts, no runs allowed, two wins. He is now 3-0 in the post-season this year. That dude is the ultimate late developer. His record was 46-71 (.393) with a 4.54 ERA through age 32. Since then he has been 47-18 (.723) with a 3.34 ERA. He somehow turned from Sy Sperling into Cy Young. (Although that may have hurt his hairline.)

Two ways to look at the latest developments in Colorado:

(1) “Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, is pulling its remaining $1.2 million in TV ads out of Colorado in a sign of confidence that former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a solid lead over Cory Gardner, the first-term GOP incumbent.”

(2) Despite Hickenlooper’s lead in the polls and Senate Majority PAC’s expression of confidence, a Gardner campaign spokesman, asked to comment on national Democrats’ decision, had a different interpretation. “It’s clear the Democrats also know John Hickenlooper has no chance of winning,” said Gardner spokesman Jerrod Dobkin, who probably added, “Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what’s coming to ya! I’ll bite your legs off!”

(It’s possible that Loops has already won. Colorado votes 100% by mail, Loopy is up by some 9-10% in the polls, and the early balloting rush has been astounding.) At the top of the ticket, it appears that Biden will win by a landslide. (Hillary won it by five points in 2016.)

According to 538, the overall national battle for control of the Senate is too close to call. (Slight edge to blue at the moment, but with a lead too fragile to weather the vagaries of October.)

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Laure Calamy in “10 pour cent”:

Marie Denarnaud in “19”:



Alice de Lencquesaing in “l’anémone et l’ancolie”:



Clémence Boisnard in “été mouillé”:

Sarah Inès in “été mouillé”:

Claudine Charreyre in “Verde”:

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