Dirk Nowitzki

Hope restored for Mavs

As a lifelong Dallas Mavericks fan, any fear of dying without witnessing “the one” was dismissed after Dirk and company were able to upset The Big Three in 2011. Life since that miracle season has not been easy. 2012 ended with a first-round sweeping by the Thunder, and the team failed to make the playoffs…

Still in shock, but what a great year

I made a reservation for Lubbock for this weekend a long time ago. I thought Hirschi would be there. I thought Burkburnett would be there. Not that they were perfect teams, but they were really good teams with a chance to win the region. Or so I thought. I expect both teams to give it…

NFL Wild Card playoffs

Two teams without a lot of recent sucess kicked off the 2011-12 NFL playoffs. The pick-6 at the end of the first half of Andy Dalton may not have been the deciding points, but it turned everything the Texans’ way for the second half.  I liked the Bengals by a hair coming in, but didn’t…

Just as I was buying the Bears

I was beginning to buy the Chicago Bears as one of the best five teams in the NFL. Good defense, great special teams and enough offense with Matt Forte having a great year and yes, Jay Cutler, making some big throws. I, like most, had underestimated the Bears coming into the year. I looked right…

Oklahoma playoff scores

Tipton pulls a stunner, beating Deer Creek-Lamont, 13-12. Defense held the fort in the fourth quarter after the surprising Tigers went up 13-0 in the third. Frederick stayed about even for a half at Hennesey, trailing 14-12, before falling 42-20. Bombers finish at 10-2 in another good season by Coach Farmer’s crew.

Rider can win this region

I have a feeling the Rider Raiders are going to win Region I-4A. I didn’t necessarily think that for much of the season. I wasn’t sure if their defense was sturdy enough. But maybe it is. That maybe was a certainly last week and really the defense has been pretty good since the Little Elm…

Worth a second look

The NFL Sunday Ticket gives a fan a chance to watch his/her team every single week and for me that’s the 49ers. But it also gives me a chance to watch portions of games of any team around the league. So besides watching the Cowboys and 49ers every week, I decide what games to try…

Glad to have Wash today

When you ride with Ron Washington, the most successful manager in Rangers history, you get all of him. The Wash that used Alexi Ogando last night I didn’t like. The Wash who didn’t let Scot Feldman bat in the 11th inning when pinch-hitting meant going to Mark Lowe I didn’t like. The Wash who didn’t…

Crazy last day

I know the Astros would love to spoil this comeback bid of the Cardinals.
Those races are more than enough, but there’s also our Texas Rangers trying to get the home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are one game up on Detroit, but must win tonight or have Detroit lose to get the No. 2 seed.
Ron Washington said rest was more important than home field, but his team has went about winning in typical fashion while some pitchers have rested up.
If it’s all the same to Washington, who has taken the same stance as Johnny Oates did in the late 90s, I’d just as soon be the No. 2 seed with home field.

Can I believe in the Bills? Not yet

My top six in the NFC.
Green Bay still looks better than anyone at 3-0.
Next comes the Saints (2-1, nice comeback over the field-goal prone Texans); Lions (3-0), Cowboys (2-1), Bucs (2-1), Eagles (1-2).
I thought about flipping the Giants over the Eagles, but not ready to trust Giants yet. The Eagles may not be a playoff team if they can’t solve offensive line woes.
The 49ers are a play away in the Dallas game from being 3-0, but hard to trust them yet, either.

Looking ahead this week

Rowdy in Windthorst

“Windthorst is a heckuva football team and coach (Bill) Green runs a first-class operation,” Lavender said. “The Rowdies were up to the challenge played right with them (21-14) for a half. “I love going over there. An opportunity to play under the lights, those hamburgers and sausage links, it was great. But they run that…

Can Rangers push Angels over the cliff?

The Texas Rangers have done what they were supposed to lately, winning a series in Oakland to build a four-game lead and then pushing the AL advantage to six with wins over the Angels the past two nights. I think they’re winning this division even if they lose the next two games. I just think…

Big 2nd half coming

Interesting first half as the Thunder gave Dirk some different looks and then really attacked offensively. That allowed Tyson Chandler to roam free inside and he had 11 suprise points and should have finisheda couple more times. Shawn Marion also gave away some chances. Nowitzki took five shots, making 3, and had 13 points. OKC’s…

Mavericks-Blazers

The Blazers got lucky, at least according to most NBA talking heads, by drawing the Dallas Mavericks. No one wanted to draw the Lakers, which the Blazers were one Kobe Bryant missed 3 from doing on Wednesday night, and it seemed all the lower seeds wanted to play Dallas. I still think the 57-win Mavs…

Turnovers, turnovers

Watching MSU and one of my favorite guys Charlie Logan play well on a national stage was fun on Wednesday. Got a chance for some father-son time as I hooked up the computer to my TV. But too many turnovers kept it from being a great day in MSU history as the team is still…