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Joy to the Metroplex...

'Twas the night before Christmas, and the sports fans of the DFW metroplex scattered around in the rain and the cold to finish their last minute shopping, and to find a seat in church. As a sports fan in the DFW area, I like to acknowledge the joys that have been brought to us so far this year. The joys, and well, the disappointments as well. I'll start off with this, a question posed to even the most optimistic of sports fans, how far did you really expect the Texas Rangers to go in the beginning of the season? If you said to the World Series, odds are you were probably lying or you mistook the Rangers for a different team. The Texas Rangers had been the doormat of a fairly competitive American League West the past few years, but this year was different. This year the Texas Rangers gave the fans something to cheer about that they haven't gotten to cheer for in some time...good baseball, and a team that showed heart. If nothing else, the Texas Rangers played with the most …

The Cliff Lee Factor

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In a heated competition between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankess to give the most money to pitcher Cliff Lee, they both lost to the non-reported third team that was the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee never really seemed to be interested in the Yankees and how they do business; Lee, however, enjoyed his time with the Rangers and if it wasn't for the Phillies jumping in at the last second Lee would have once again been the ace in the Texas Ranger starting rotation. But ultimately the Phillies is where the dominant Arkansas native ended up. The Phillies to Lee, can be compared to the girl that got away. Lee did not expect to part ways with the Phillies, but the decision was not up to him and the Phillies decided to cut ties with the pitcher that led them to the World Series. While Lee enjoyed the time he had in Texas, and was able to stay clear of the lust of the Big Apple, you just can't put a price on the one that got away. Philadelphia had become Lee's home and that'…

The Art of Returning (Feature Post)

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The art of returning punts and kicks in the NFL has long been a sought after skill, as in just one play it is possible to change the momentum and outcome of the game. This week in the NFL, there were 3 punts returned for a touchdown, 2 kicks brought back all the way, and a guard for the Patriots lumbered down to the 4 yard line after slowly running a punt back 60+ yards. Brad Smith of the Jets returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for his team, starting off the momentum as ol' Rex's Jets powered past the Steelers. The Philadelphia Eagles battled back from 21 down in the 4th quarter against division rival Giants thanks to the help of MVP Candidate Michael Vick. However, the game was set to go into overtime if it was not for a miraculous 65 punt return from the versatile Desean Jackson*, who fumbled the ball and then proceeded to zip past the Giants Special Teams basically untouched.

Editor's Note: The Cowboys chose Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins in the first round o…

Sunday in Review

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Sunday December 19 was indeed a crazy today for the NFL. Some of the happenings included Multiple back-up/3rd string quarterbacks started, a 28 point comeback in 7+ minutes capped off by a walk off punt return, an offensive lineman returning a kickoff 73 yards, as well as one team clinching a playoff birth even with a loss. For those of us sit on the couch and watch football all day, we were certainly entertained.
A Barrage of Back-ups
Leading the Green Bay Packers to a near victory against the hottest team in the NFL right now with 3 touchdowns was none other than...Matt Flynn? With Aaron Rogers failing to pass the standard NFL concussion test, Matt Flynn made his first career start against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and almost led his team to victory, but fell short in the final minute. If anyone can remember, Matt Flynn was a good QB coming out of LSU and winning a national championship. Although Flynn was a good passer ion college, he was overlooked by the size and p…

These Mavericks Are Finally For Real, Again.

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No fan of the Dallas Mavericks can think twice about team's past without thinking of the seasons in 2006 and 2007. It cannot be done. It's simply impossible for die-hards like Colby, myself, and the MFFL nation to forget what happened. No need to explain, if you need to to explain, please explore other blogs, may I suggest fashion or home living?

The Mavericks haven't been taken seriously by the rest of the NBA since getting bounced by the up-tempo, Don Nelson coached Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs in 2007. 67-15 wasn't enough. Dirk winning MVP wasn't enough. Not even did the series reach a seventh game back in the "Big D," because these so called "Final Contenders" stood no chance beating the Warriors on the home court.

They just couldn't do it.

2008 - no different, the Hornets made quick work of the Mavericks with an up-tempo offense and smothering interior defense.

2009 - A series win, but an early second round exit,…

The Man Who Couldn't Retire, Even if he Tried

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In what seems to be that last hours of his 20 year career in the NFL, after a devastating hit against the Buffalo Bills that injured the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, it seems like Brett Favre still won't be able to leave the game of football, or at least the game of football won't seem to leave him. Every post game press conference Favre has given this year sounds like his swan song. It is almost as if the fat lady is in the process of beginning of sing, but she just can't get the words out, not quite yet anyway.
In a way, this season for number 4 seems to be a strange parallel on his whole career. In the beginning of the year he seemed to be returning from the fountain of youth with that little kid enthusiasm he brings to the game. As the season progressed, he had to do more and more all by himself and started forcing throws and giving up interceptions. Later on this led to arguments with the coach, which ultimately, Favre won. As well as starting to throw interception …

Heisman Trophy 2010 Cam Newton

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Just in case you have been a hole the past couple weeks, Cam Newton won the Heisman...is anyone surprised? This year's Heisman voting was one of the most lopsided victories since the prestigious award came about. And it would have been even a larger percentage of victory if this whole scandal with Cam Newton hadn't come about. I couldn't help but laugh though at some points last night. All the past Heisman winners were on stage, no Reggie Bush. There was a slide show of the pictures of all the past Heisman winners, a slide show that did not include Reggie Bush. Just months after Bush was forced to give up his Heisman trophy, it had become like he was never once even part of the prestigious community of past Heisman winners. Despite the allegations from Mississippi State, and all of the swirling controversy of Cam Newton and his father, Cecil Newton, there is no doubt that this award belonged to one Cam Newton. The stand out do-everything quarterback from Auburn University.…

Pary Like It Is1997!

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1997 being the last time the Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Longhorns. That all changed Saturday night when the nationally ranked Baylor Bears went into Austin and defeated the Texas Longhorns 30-22 delivering the Longhorns their 3rd straight home loss this season. With the Baylor victory, the Bears now control their own destiny for the Big 12 south. And no we're not talking about baseball, or tennis, or golf, women's basketball, or men's basketball. This is the Baylor Bear football program with head coach Art Briles that we are talking about here. For those who know me closely, they will know how much joy I am getting out of this article. Since my brother attended Baylor I had been a Bear fan for 8 years or so now, and all the Texas fans would make fun of me because the football program was experiencing some lows being the doormat of the Big 12. Well, I guess that is just what makes this win ever so sweet. Not only did the Baylor Bears reach the 6 win mark last week agai…

Colby!

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Not many times do I get to title a story with such an amazing name like this one, but because of his pitching performance last night, Colby Lewis, starting pitcher of game 3 for the Texas Rangers, definitely deserves it. With Cliff Lee like command, Lewis was able to fly through the Giants lineup and quiet their bats for the first time all series. Although Lewis gave up two home runs in the outing, they both occurred with no one on base minimizing the damage they could have caused. Lewis
ended up going seven and two-thirds for the Rangers giving them the solid pitching tey needed to get back into contention for the World Series. Lewis was confusing the Ginats' batters all night mixing his deadly slider in with his precise fast ball. With the win, Lewis improves to 3-0 in the post season and really makes you wonder what happened in Japan to turn an ordinary middle of the pack pitcher into a clutch, top performing pitcher delivering strike out after strike out in the World Series. I…

Ranger Update

Well hey! My apologies for having not written this whole month. Asher and I have been swamped with a lot of stuff that has been taking up all of my time as well as draining me emotionally as well as physically. But, I've finally found some time and want to acknowledge the Texas Rangers for not only beating the Tampa Bay Rays, but then moving on to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Congratulations to the Rangers on their first playoff home win, series victory, second series victory, an d their first trip to the World Series! Now, there are some matters worth discussing about the Rangers though. But I do want this to be a somewhat positive article (I know its rare to read a positive sports story in the DFW metroplex but try and bear with me) since no matter what happens in the World Series with the Texas Rangers, their season has been a huge success and far better than I or anyone else I knew honestly thought it would be. The most lethal weapon …

Disturbance in Dallas

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First I would like to point out that I was wrong in some of my comments in my last post. I believe I said something along the lines of "The Cowboys offense will be fine, and there is no need to worry." I apologize to the 5 people who read this for those comments, because there is indeed plenty of reason to panic after the last two performances the Dallas Cowboys have put out on the field. The Defense, while at times dominant, also seems to lose focus every now and then and blow an assignment. Overall the defense is decent, and this can partially be blamed on the offense. If an offense puts up mass numbers of points, it makes a decent defense look great. But when drives constantly come to an end due to penalties and just heinous playcalling, that makes the defense work even harder. I tried to wait and cool down after those last two efforts in Washington and the home opener against the Bears, but it really hasn't worked. Although, I did realize something in the Bears game …

Finally On To The Real Thing

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i can't begin to tell you how thankful I am that the preseason is finally over. It might as well be renamed media season. The media just goes crazy with every story during the preseason, and there comes a point where I just can't turn on ESPN anymore because I don't want to hear about Brett Favre, Darelle Revis, Albert Haynesworth, or the best story of all, the weird haircuts and other things rookies must do as a rite of passage into the NFL. Aside from that is the fact that preseason is in fact the most pointless thing out there to judge a team. The starters go into the game knowing they will get maybe 10 plays in the first game. A quarter the 2nd game. 2-3 quarters in the third game, and no time at all in the 4th game. (The Cowboys and Bengals did pretty much the same thing even with having 5 preseason games instead of 4 since they both played in the hall of fame game) Having said that, it brings me to the topic of this article. The Dallas Cowboys preseason and what it m…

College Football Season is Almost Upon Us

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Yes, we are now just days away from the start of the college football season. This year Boise State is rumored to actually have a chance to play for the BCS national championship. Why only now is Boise State eligible for a prize they have deserved the past three seasons? BCS pre-season rankings. Boise State is never ranked very high in the pre-season rankings because they play in a non-BCS conference. (WAC) This basically means that an undefeated Boise State team that has run through all of its competition would rank below an SEC team with two losses. Arguments can be made either way about strength of schedule, but unlike most schools (...Texas, Texas A&m...) Boise State actually plays a decent out of conference schedule. Boise State does what it can do to improve its strength of schedule, but that ultimately isn't good enough for the BCS. Because on the other hand, we have the University of Texas who plays 4 teams that are just barely above the 1AA level. So basically all Tex…

Covering All The Bases: The Wide Out and the Hold Out

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Football is in the air again fans, and what is football without a little controversy to go along with it? Two players have overwhelmingly taken over the spotlight in the NFL this off-season, and even into the pre-season. Its funny, because both stories were about players who didn't look like they were going to play this year. In fact, you could even say there was another story about a player who was going to play, then wasn't going to play, then texted his teammates, then didn't text his teammates, and now looks like he will play. That player is obviously Brett Favre, quite possibly the single most important man in all football off season. Hearing him talk is almost like trying to sort out Corey Pavin's comments on the golf channel, you never know what to believe. But, I am going to stray away from Brett Favre, because, quite frankly, I think ESPN will soon be coming out with ESPN 4 to keep you up to date on all that is Brett Favre. Believe me, that show would be runni…

5 Freshman who will be watched

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Several freshman were key on last year's major contenders. John Wall and Xavier Henry both were on teams that snagged #1 seeds. Lance Stephenson kept his team in the Big Dance race right up until the last meeting. Several other freshman were also key. What freshman can the fans expect to notice this year? Take a look.



1. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Barnes was considered the top recruit in America throughout the season by both rivals150 and Espn recruiting rankings. He's a 6'7 SF who can score in the paint but also score points outside the perimeter. He’s definitely going to get tons of recognition this season, mainly because of where North Carolina finished last season. After starting the season in the top 5, the Tarheels finished it by losing the NIT championship game to Dayton. Although the Tarheels did lose Ed Davis, they are going to be somewhat better this season. Which makes Barnes looks even better. If he can get this team a top 10 seed in March, he could be look…

Covering All The Bases

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As I pondered what to write about tonight and I scrolled through headlines on ESPN.com, as well as, rummaging through ideas in my mind, I couldn't think of just one particular thing. There are in fact so many things going on in the world of sports, so I'm just going to cover all the bases in the the first addition of...yes, covering all the bases. With the title being oh so appropriate, I might as well dedicate the whole story to baseball, and what better to talk about than the AL West Division Leaders with no ownership, the Texas Rangers.

A team that had a blistering June, followed by a good July, the Texas Rangers lead the Angels by 8 games. (I'm going to refrain from calling them California or Anaheim, or Los Angeles, because frankly I don't think anyone knows what it really is anymore) After dropping the last 2 of 3 games to the Angels, it seems almost as if the Texas Rangers may be coming back to earth a little as the month of August begins. Especially seeing that…