Star Wars – The Last Jedi: Spoiler-Free Review

Posted on December 15th, by Rob Scichili in All. No Comments

Star Wars – The Last Jedi is a sprawling, character-driven second act to the latest trilogy of the saga that takes the story into uncharted waters. Casual fans will like it; true fans will love it.

Different storylines take us on several journeys and adventures, mixing in the nostalgia of favorite characters while developing others. And we’re introduced to a few new ones along the way. Perhaps the best is Rose Tico, a Resistance maintenance worker who is a hero at heart. She’s strong, fun and full of hope. Benicio Del Toro’s codebreaker character is a quirky fun guy with a MacGuyver edge to him.

The movie picks up where we left off in The Force Awakens, with a rather pissed-off First Order targeting the Resistance’s base, and Rey tracking down Luke Skywalker. The action picks right up for Poe Dameron and … Read More »

Live in Vision

Posted on December 7th, by Rob Scichili in All, Texas A&M. No Comments

Texas A&M made it official Monday, hiring Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State to become the Aggies’ new head coach. It’s quite a coup for Aggie Athletic Director Scott Woodward, who courted Fisher over the last few weeks when it became apparent that Kevin Sumlin was on his last legs at A&M.

“Why in the world would Jimbo Fisher leave Florida State for Texas A&M?,” I’ve heard asked more than a few times this week. I get it, it’s a fair question. On the surface, A&M looks like a step down from Florida State. Winning is the name of the game at FSU, and the Seminoles have done it better than really anyone on a consistent basis since 1976.

I’ve got news for you – it’s not a step down. Now before you go labeling me with bias (though I am biased … Read More »

Committee Gets it Wrong – Again

Posted on December 4th, by Tom Fireoved in All, BCS, Colleg Football Playoff, College Football, NCAA. 4 comments

Color me confused. I thought conference championships were important in deciding who made it to the College Football Playoff. At least that’s what the Committee told us (in no uncertain terms) when TCU was left out in the cold in 2014. The Horned Frogs were ranked No. 3 by the Committee through Week 15, then won their regular-season finale over Iowa State 55-3 but slid all the way to No. 6 in the rankings the following week. The Big 12 did not play a conference championship game, so the 11-1 Frogs could not benefit from a 13th game statement, and remained at No. 6 and out of the playoff in the Committee’s final rankings.

So in 2016 the Big 12 announced it was going to add a Conference Championship game in 2017 (which they did), a decision that was … Read More »

Dave Strader

Posted on October 5th, by ScoreBoardTX in All, Dallas Stars. No Comments

By Rush Olson

I only met the man in person once.

The meetup came at the Dallas Stars’ media day in September, 2015. The team had just hired Dave Strader as its play-by-play announcer and he had come over to Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena to observe the goings-on. I chatted with him and his new broadcast partner, Daryl Reaugh. The whole conversation might have lasted a minute. I remember Dave being nice and then I went on to whatever other production duties had presented themselves.

I re-connected with Dave earlier this year. The Stars announcer was scheduled to join his radio counterparts from the Mavericks, Rangers, and Cowboys to swap stories and raise money for charities. I had taken on some producing duties for this event, called Talk of the Town, and needed to work with him on the show. What made it … Read More »

Teamwork Still Key For Belfour

Posted on August 14th, by ScoreBoardTX in All, Dallas Stars. No Comments

Ed Belfour achieved great success playing his sport’s most individualized position. But he also knows that standup teammates like Chris Chelios, Richard Matvichuk, and Craig Ludwig did a lot to help him win a Stanley Cup and earn election to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It makes sense, then, that to give an ambitious post-hockey endeavor its best chance of success, he would try to assemble a strong team around him.

The venture entails building a distillery complex called Belfour Spirits. They plan to produce several varieties of liquor, and the project involves more than one Belfour. The principal team consists of Ed and his children, son Dayn, and daughter Reaghan. The core members of Team Belfour have gradually pushed the project forward over the past four years as they have learned the nuances of the business and navigated regulatory … Read More »

Dak, We Hardly Knew Ye

Posted on April 1st, by Rob Scichili in All, Dallas Cowboys. 5 comments

Holy cow, Jerry has done it again. BREAKING: ScoreBoardTX has learned that the Cowboys have agreed in principle to a trade that will send quarterback Dak Prescott  and Dallas’ first round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the number one overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, as well as the 12th overall pick.

Amazing. No wonder the Cowboys held on to Tony Romo and did not trade nor release him. It’s clear that the organization still feels Tony has one more run in him, but this is a definite roll of the dice.

“Presently, we feel like we have a good shot as contenders for the Super Bowl this year,” Jerry told us, late Friday evening. “Dak is a wonderful player, but the fact is we were able to parlay a fourth round pick into the number one overall … Read More »

College Baseball Greatness Comes to the Frisco Classic

Posted on February 17th, by Rob Scichili in All, College Baseball. 1 Comment

Today’s the day – college baseball is back! It’s opening day for many division-1 teams around the country, and some are coming our way in the near future.

Those that have yet to discover the greatness of one of America’s greatest games at the collegiate level will get their chance in two weeks to see some of the most tradition-rich programs in the sport as part of the Frisco Classic Presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy and Research at the STAR. Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State will all take part in the event, played at Dr Pepper Ballpark from March 3-5.

This is the closest thing you’ll find to Omaha and the College World Series between now and May, at least in this neck of the woods. Looking for something fun and affordable to take your family to? Look … Read More »

Landing Zones

Posted on February 10th, by Rob Scichili in All, Dallas Cowboys. No Comments

Thanks, Tony. To quote Don Meredith, “It was a goodun’.”

Tony Romo is almost certain to be in different uniform next year, right? I mean, Dak Prescott just had one of the best seasons a quarterback can have with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions on his way to offensive rookie of the year.

So where does Tony land? The list of possible candidates is plentiful, each with pros and cons.

Let’s start with taking a look at his contract, which expires in 2019. Romo is slated to make $14 million in 2017 and $40 million more over the two seasons after that. He’s tough to trade and tough to keep. The Cowboys would get some cap relief as a post-June 1 release, but will they release him at all?

Starting with the long shots of places for Romo to land, these guys at … Read More »

Entire NFL Still Looking Up at The Pats

Posted on February 8th, by Mike Fisher in All, Dallas Cowboys, NFL. No Comments

To the Dallas Cowboys — and 30 other NFL teams — this Super Bowl was about “what could’ve been.’’ And Dallas can actually look forward to Super Bowl LII armed with the knowledge that they are 9/1 favorites to make it to the big game, the second-best odds of anybody.

The team with the best odds? It’s the only one of the NFL teams that doesn’t today think about “what could’ve been.’’ For New England, 34-28 winners over Atlanta in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and maybe the greatest game in Super Bowl history, this is about what was, what is, and what will forevermore be,

With the Patriots trailing by 25 points and Tom Brady throwing so many errant passes that Lady Gaga had to climb on Houston’s NNNN Stadium roof to … Read More »

Get Ready For a Hotlanta Celebration

Posted on February 1st, by Tom Fireoved in All. No Comments

It’s Super Bowl week and that means a week of hoopla like no other. Sandwiched around the actual game are parties, parties and more parties…celebrities appearing everywhere, over the top television commercials, ridiculously extravagant half-time shows…and of course big-time (and crazy) betting. This year you can bet on what Luke Bryant will be wearing when he sings the National Anthem. You can wager on who Donald Trump says will win the game. You can put your money down on what color you think Lady Gaga’s hair will be when she performs the half-time show. Or on how many times Giselle Bundchen (Mrs. Tom Brady) will be shown during the broadcast. Oh and of course you can bet on the actual outcome of the game – and as of now the Patriots are 3 point favorites. They have Brady, Bill Belichick … Read More »