Archive for January, 2011

Texas vs. Missouri Hoops Preview

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

After Wednesday night’s win vs. Oklahoma State I’m starting to question my prognostication skills when it comes to this Longhorn squad. And actually, that’s a good thing. If you would have told me that Dogus Balbay would be an MVP of the OSU game while J’Covan Brown was relegated to the pine after a virtuoso performance against Kansas, I would have laughed at you.

That’s what has made this season so fun as opposed to last season—this team can’t be pigeon-holed. The hallmark of a great team is finding different ways to win and Texas is doing just that. From stifling defense to a diversified offense, the Horns are a virtual Rubik’s Cube if you’re trying to scout them. So how are we going to beat the Missouri Tigers? Who will be the MVP this game? Well I’ve got some ideas on that so let’s see how wrong I am this time. First, let’s start with the Tiger personnel. (more…)

Quarterback from Team of 1,900

Posted by    |    January 23rd, 2011 at 12:47 am

The New York Times is doing a great job of covering an important story about the labor negotations.  The lastest article is attached here.
DeMaurice Smith, head of the N.F.L. players’ union, spoke to players after a practice for the 2010 Pro Bowl. He is pushing to protect players’ health as owners demand a longer regular season.
By SRIDHAR PAPPU
Published: January 22, 2011

“WE are at war!” DeMaurice Smith yelled.

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, with DeMaurice Smith, of the players’ union, at last year’s Super Bowl. They face a March 3 contract deadline.

Mr. Smith, the hard-charging executive director of the union that represents 1,900 N.F.L. players, was pacing in a conference room in downtown Washington. Sitting before him were nearly 20 professional players, all recently elected to represent their fellow athletes.

They listened as this former federal prosecutor and corporate lawyer called for them to be leaders for their union, the National Football League Players Association. They are facing the unthinkable: no professional football next year if the N.F.L. owners and players cannot reach a collective bargaining agreement by March 3. At this meeting last Tuesday morning, Mr. Smith, known as De, had the attention of the player reps. Although only 5 feet 9 inches tall — diminutive by football standards — he is powerful both in his build and in his ability to command a room. Thoroughly dapper, he took off his black-and-white pinstriped suit jacket — with its pocket-square flair — and weaved in and out among them, his voice ever rising.

For the rest of the story, go here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/business/23nfl.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

We have met with several former NFL players and will be following the labor negotiations after the Super Bowl.

You+Pics: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Posted by    |    January 21st, 2011 at 2:15 pm

“Bulls Night Out” at the Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 1.19.2011.

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An unlikely accomplishment

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Last May I was given the green light to cover an event in West Dallas of a ground breaking ceremony. It was a celebration of an unlikely accomplishment. Students from Pinkston High School had successfully started an initiative to raise enough money to build a home for a fellow student, who had been injured just months before during a varsity football game. The unlikely aspect of the story is that they did it just 24 cents at a time. So here I was, camera in hand, capturing prominent people of DISD like Dr. Hinajosa and also Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert pushing shovels into the ground to commence the construction of this home. It was at that moment that I begun to realize the gravity of this story. (more…)

A Tale of Two Quarterbacks

Posted by    |    January 14th, 2011 at 9:40 am

So, the established head coach wasn’t totally sold on his QB.  The QB had been successful, and been a major part of the team’s successful climb from the cellar, but the coach felt he should play better.  The QB didn’t put in the film study the coach wanted, seemed to miss too many games due to nagging injuries, and could be more consistent throwing the ball.  The coach said all the right things in support, but displayed his real feelings with his willingness to pull his QB for his backup.

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 Isn’t Google News Archives great?

 Don Meredith was one of the first installed in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, and spent years in front of the nation talking on Monday Night Football.  That colors our perception of past events, and guides our interpretation.  Here’s what really happened- (more…)