Blessing in Disguise

Posted on August 26th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Dallas Stars. No Comments


Earlier this week, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn announced he would not play for Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Benn, second in the NHL with 89 points last season, a total which also led the Stars, was originally slated to play for Canada alongside Dallas linemate Tyler Seguin, 10th in the league last season with 33 goals. But with Benn having surgery in July, there was little wiggle room in his recovery to be ready for the World Cup of Hockey, which starts in mid-September.

In July, Benn signed an eight-year contract extension to the tune of $76 million, ensuring he will remain in Victory Green for the foreseeable future. However, just before the Benn extension was announced by Dallas general manager Jim Nill during a fan event at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, the Stars issued a … Read More »

The Book on Barnes

Posted on August 23rd, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Basketball, Dallas Mavericks, NBA. No Comments

For years, Mavericks fans have been pining to get players who are younger and more athletic. Not to mention players with pedigree. So you would think that if the Mavericks were able to acquire the services of a 24-year-old, former seventh overall selection in the NBA Draft, who was the number one ranked player coming out of High School, that their fans might be high fiving and doing cartwheels. But there has been no such reaction to the arrival of Harrison Barnes.

Indeed, the arrival of Barnes has been met with anger by some, angst by others, and indifference by even more who are convinced that no matter who the Mavericks decide to sign it won’t move the needle one way or the other. Much of it, of course, has to do with the size of Barnes contract: Four years/$94 million … Read More »

The Star is Here

Posted on August 22nd, by Mike Fisher in All, Dallas Cowboys, NFL. No Comments

FRISCO – The Cowboys opened The Star, their new practice home and headquarters, on Sunday in Frisco, and a tour demonstrates that the facility is both over-the-top in its audacity and under-the-radar in its attention to detail.

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” said quarterback Tony Romo as the team prepared for its first practice at the new digs.

Well that’s because there is nothing like it. The Jones family’s new real estate gem isn’t just the finest team headquarters in sports; it rivals some NFL teams’ stadiums.

“To me,” defensive back Orlando Scandrick said, “it’s a symbol of, ‘It’s time to win.’”

The Star certainly removes any excuses for this football team. The venue, complete with the 12,000-seat Ford Center that will serve as the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility (and Frisco high school programs’ home as well), features a luxurious … Read More »

Crystal Ball: College Football

Posted on August 19th, by Rob Scichili in All, TCU. No Comments

We’re just two weeks away from college football season and there’s no reason to wait any longer to look into the crystal ball and make some prognostications for the Big 12 and SEC.

Big 12 Champion: Will be decided early when TCU matches up with OU on October 1 in Ft. Worth. Former A&M quarterback Kenny Hill will put up some big numbers in a TCU offense that is built for him to thrive in, and of course their defense will be again be stout along the front line. Both teams will end up with one loss with the Horned Frogs earning the tie-breaker and the conference title.

Surprise Team: Texas Tech. Yes, really. Pat Mahomes is the next quality passer at Tech and the offense will crank out the yards and points once again. The surprise comes on defense, where the … Read More »

Coach Josh Howard

Posted on August 17th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Basketball, Dallas Mavericks, NBA. No Comments

Josh Howard has a new gig. He’s the new head coach at Piedmont International University, a small Division II school in the former Maverick’s hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And Howard, the 29th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by Dallas who was a Mav until a 2010 trade to the Washington Wizards, couldn’t be happier.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” Howard, now 36, said. “The head coach at the time’s brother-in-law had passed away and they felt like they needed a coach with more experience, so they offered me the job and I definitely took it. It was the perfect situation for me. It’s a faith-based school. I majored in religion at Wake Forest, so that was right down my alley. I’ve always wanted to give back to the community. This was the perfect way to do it.”

Howard’s last … Read More »

Do the Cowboys Have Something in Dak?

Posted on August 15th, by Mike Fisher in All, Dallas Cowboys, NFL. No Comments

LOS ANGELES – “I said it on draft night,’’ Dez Bryant told me Saturday night after Rams 28, Cowboys 24 in preseason game 1 at the LA Coliseum. “I told coaches: This Dak is special.’’

“This Dak’’ is Rayne Dakota Prescott, a fourth-round rookie who 14 days ago was not thought to be good enough to serve as Tony Romo’s caddie and Dallas’ No. 2 QB … but now, is.

This was a “Preseason Super Bowl’’ for a lot of reasons, including a nationally-televised exhibition opener recording the NFL’s return to LA after a 45-year absence. But to Prescott, it was just another game…or even, just another practice. Just another day at the office in front of 89,000 people, the largest preseason crowd in U.S. history.

“I surprisingly wasn’t nervous,” Prescott said. “I didn’t know if that was bad or not, me not … Read More »

Clicking on All Cylinders

Posted on August 12th, by John Rhadigan in All, Texas Rangers. No Comments

In my day job, it would be such a great play on words.  I could start Rangers Live by saying, “The Rangers are playing well, but they are not clicking.”  A question mark would form over the heads of my collective audience and then I would nail the punch line and say, “actually they are clicking, but they are not clique-ing.”  Isn’t the English Language great?  Two words that sound the same but are spelled differently and, of course, their meanings are vastly different.

The truth is the Rangers are clicking like few in team history ever have.  One of the reasons is that there are no cliques.  Cliques can undo a good team quickly.  There have been teams that won in spite of cliques.  The ’95 Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX despite the fact that some on the coaching staff were … Read More »