• Play Ball: I will give the ownership and leadership of Amarillo's new professional and affiliated baseball team the benefit of the doubt that they meant well when they announced the five finalists for the names of the team that begins play in downtown Amarillo next year. However, if ownership has not learned it already, they will - Amarillo is different than other communities. I'm not saying Amarillo is better or worse than other communities - just different. Weird, unique and off-the-wall baseball team names may be embraced in other cities, but many could have told ownership that the five possible team names announced this week were going to get booed like an umpire making a bad call. I was told this week by a team official that Amarillo's team name will be one of the five finalist names - there will be no reversing course. The team needs to get off on the right foot and consider other team names - and there is plenty of time to do so. If the team wants a quirky name - I suggest "Amarillo Dirty Sox." Seriously - Dirty Sox. Just an idea.

• No Excuse For Some Pardons: Amarillo Globe-News ran an editorial Friday about President Donald Trump and presidential pardons. (Editorial: Pardon us, but Trump is not the first with questionable pardons, June 1, amarillo.com). The point of the editorial was that Trump is hardly the first president to make questionable pardons. It was founding father Alexander Hamilton who was a big proponent of the constitutional authority of presidential pardons. Wrote Hamilton, "Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed." While it is true Trump is not the first president to use his pardon power in questionable fashion, it is also likely that Hamilton is spinning in his grave at how presidential pardons have been abused through the years. I don't think Hamilton would consider Martha Stewart as a candidate for a presidential pardon. What is tragic is that the presidential pardon has become yet another example of how what is actually in the U.S. Constitution does not matter when it comes to the personal benefit of those in power.

• Social Media Comment/Fumble Of The Week: There were many social media comments on AGN content related to the five finalist team names for Amarillo's new baseball team that blamed the City of Amarillo. I also heard that the city received thousands of calls blaming the city for the names. If you are going to play the blame game, do it right. The City of Amarillo had little - if anything - to do with determining the five finalist team names. So, in other words, those who do not like the proposed team names should not criticize the city. 

• Phone Call Of The Week: This week it was a caller who expressed support for the name "Sod Poodles" as a name for Amarillo's baseball team. Said the caller, "I am 100 percent behind and down with 'Sod Poodles.' I think it is the greatest name ever. If you want to make ESPN SportsCenter, go with 'Sod Poodles.'" The caller also wanted to know why the City of Amarillo has not issued water restrictions. "That blows my mind," the caller said. According to city data, Amarillo was above its "daily water usage goal" every day in May. I am not sure if water restriction is necessary yet, but the summer is just beginning. We shall see.