Watch out, Houston Astros. If history repeats itself, you might get your own Taylor-Swift-penned diss track.
The Texas baseball team’s potential playoff run was in danger of a schedule conflict with the pop star’s world tour, but the Houston Chronicle reported last week that a calendar kerfuffle has been avoided. And in the stare-down for a slot at Minute Maid Park, it wasn’t the Astros who blinked.
The Houston stop on Swift’s “The 1989 World Tour” will now light up the baseball stadium on Sept. 9 instead of the previously planned Oct. 13, when a potential Divisional Series game would have kept Swift from shaking it off. The Astros will be in Oakland on Swift’s new H-Town date.
According to the Chronicle, tickets for the old Swift date still guarantee the same seat, and refunds are available if Swifties don’t have a blank space in their datebook Sept. 9.
As Mashable pointed out, the Astros foretold a conflict when Swift’s tour dates were announced last December, tweeting “Note: the date of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour show at #MMP is subject to change if it conflicts with an #Astros postseason home game.” At the time, the team had just flailed in another consecutive losing season, so the very idea was laughable to the social media hivemind.
Swift, of course, has a history of not letting perceived slights go unnoticed. The “Style” singer recently got into a widely publicized Twitter spat with rapper Nicki Minaj over this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations. (Speaking of VMA nods, her song “Bad Blood” and its Moonman-nominated video are widely rumored to be digs at fellow chart-topper Katy Perry.) Swift is also well-known for venting romantic frustrations through her music — including 2010 song “Dear John,” thought to be a jab at ex-boyfriend John Mayer.
Will the Houston Astros follow in the grand tradition of Perry and a litany of Swift’s exes and receive their own musical burn?
(No, of course not.)
Study: Texans tweet about junk food a lot
What are Texans tweeting about? “Donuts” and “eating,” according to a recent study by a University of Vermont research group.
Using a tool they call the “lexicocalorimeter,” the group set out to see what insights about public health could be gained by tracking, state by state, what people are tweeting about. They evaluated more than 50 million geotagged tweets against a pre-programmed database of food- and activity-related phrases and found that what people are tweeting about in each state correlates with national health trends.
For example, like Texas, a number of Southern states known for their high obesity rates tweeted the most about “eating” and unhealthy foods like “cake” (Mississippi) and “chocolate” (Louisiana). States with lower rates of obesity, like Colorado and Montana, tweeted the most about “noodles” and “peanut butter,” as well as “running” and “skiing.”
— Hannah Thornby, American-Statesman staff
• What’s better than the Internet meme where cats imitate Donald Trump by wearing wigs made of cat hair? Willie Nelson’s attempt at recreating the presidential hopeful’s signature coiffure by piling his braids onto the top of his head. A photo of Nelson’s Trump-do was posted to his website’s blog July 24. Nelson also made music headlines this week: The country legend and fellow Farm Aid founders John Mellencamp and Neil Young will play the 30th anniversary of the annual concert benefit in Chicago on Sept. 19.
— Hannah Thornby, American-Statesman staff
• New celebrity power couple, liberal arts degree edition: “Blue Valentine” actress Michelle Williams and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” author Jonathan Safran Foer, according to US Weekly.
Also on the Web during the week that was: Whataburger won a big burger battle. Circuit of the Americas looked for its next national anthem singer on social media. We learned a few things about Austin-based YouTube phenoms Jelly and Day. One anonymous Austin photographer took to the city’s rooftops for some breathtaking shots. It was easier to celebrate a blue moon in Austin than we thought. We found out which beers were most likely to be on menus in each state. Read more at austin360.com/webbreport.
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