The name game: There has been an overwhelming response for the new name of the AA baseball team Amarillo will house beginning in 2019. So I’ll save some of those names and the idea for a possible “live” mascot for Sunday because all the names wouldn’t fit in this space. Let’s keep this conversation going and keep the creativity alive. Send your suggestions to email@example.com or reach me on twitter @lancelahnert. North Canyon on July 3: Anybody with their eyes to the sky Monday night in north Canyon were treated to quite a pre-Fourth of July fireworks show from several houses. I must say, those coming from near what appeared to be the home of one J. Pat Hickman — yes, the man of Happy State Bank fame — were simply amazing. I tip my cap to all who joined in. Nothing quite like a great evening of fireworks.
MLB All-Star game: I don’t care what you think of the home run hitting contest, or a few snubs by players deserving to make the team, major league baseball has by far the best all-star game of all the major sports.
Texas Rangers bullpen: Started sad. Getting sadder.
NBA contracts: Nobody, and I mean nobody, deserves 30 million bucks a year to play a game called basketball.