Top of the Morning, Nov. 3, 2017

Top of the Morning, Nov. 3, 2017

If you heard a loud cheer in the South Side neighborhood late Wednesday night, it's a good bet it was the O'NEILLs.

Longtime Champaign residents JULIE and TERRY O'NEILL watched their favorite team, the Houston Astros, take the World Series with a 5-1 Game 7 win against the Dodgers.

Their youngest son, DAN, former Central and Illinois baseball player, is the Astros' senior director of business operations. He joined the team in 2012, first working as director of major league team operations.

The 40-year-old O'Neill was in Los Angeles with the team.

"It was a dream come true for anybody that was part of that organization," Julie O'Neill said. "We actually saw him in the clubhouse celebrating with the team."

Her son got in on the ground floor of the Astros' rebuild, joining general manager JEFF LUHNOW.

"They had plans," Julie O'Neill said. "We've seen the improvement."

Julie and Terry saw the Astros in person earlier in the playoffs, attending a game against the Red Sox. Because Julie is recovering from knee-replacement surgery, the couple wasn't able to attend the World Series.

But they watched every inning, including games that went late into the night.

Next for Dan is a celebration in Houston with the team. Later, he will get a World Series ring.

Dan and his wife, JILLIAN, have four kids: CALI, CADEN, DECLAN and EMMA. They live in The Woodlands, Texas.

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS

At the end of another strong week, Colbert welcomes actor Jeremy Piven, author Walter Isaacson and singer Kelsea Ballerini. The amount of effort put into the show's production, including the openings, is impressive.


"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC.

"Sen. Bernie Sanders" is hosting the show. Actually, it is comedian Larry David, who will certainly appear as Sanders during his second time in charge. Miley Cyrus is the musical guest.


"Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny," 9 p.m., Comedy Central.

Don't know about the rest of you, but T.O.T.M. can't get enough of the comedian's act. Here, he performs standup in front of a packed house in Cleveland. It's, well, seriously funny.