This Weekend in Dallas Sports: In Cowboys We Trust

Posted by    |    December 19th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

As YouPlusDallas’ new sports blogger, I figure that a how bout’ them Cowboys? (trust me, I used my best Texan accent), is a good way to kick things off. I know the ‘Boys have caused people to grow a lot of unwanted white hairs this season, but Saturday night’s romp 31-15 over Tampa Bay proved to be a good bounce back game after last week’s inexcusable loss to the Giants. Yes people, I am aware that the Buccaneers made things just a tad interesting outscoring Dallas 15-3 in the second half, but their was no way the Cowboys were losing this one, plus it’s time to smile! The Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East now and they looked pretty darn good in the first half.

Tony Romo absolutely tore apart the Buccaneers defense, throwing three touchdowns to three different receivers en-route to a 28-0 halftime lead. Miles Austin scored for the second week in a row after recovering from a hamstring injury. Austin has been battling hamstring problems all season, but it looks like he’s healthy enough to give Dallas that little push they need to win the division and maybe even make a nice little run in the playoffs. The emergence of Laurent Robinson as a redzone threat and very nice No. 3 option will also help. And let’s hear it for Felix Jones! It’s funny how when players get benched, they realize it’s time shift gears, and that’s exactly what Jones has done. Jones never really took back his starting spot after DeMarco Murray broke out, but he got his chance last night and put up over 100 yards rushing for the second week in a row. With Murray out for the rest of the season, it’s time to trust Felix…… or hope Sammy Morris has found the fountain of youth.  (more…)

Cowboy Stadium Incident: Runaway Cart Plows Into Spring Dekaney Head Coach and Others

Posted by    |    December 18th, 2011 at 11:13 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yturk-_RdQ

An unmanned electric cart suddenly lurched forward and veered  into winning head coach from Spring Dekaney, Willie Amendola who was being interviewed and others at midfield at Cowboys Stadium after a high school championship game Saturday night.  Dekaney beat Cibolo Steele 34-14.

As you watch the video, we believe Amendola was the one falling backwards into the cart’s passenger seat as it continued rolling.  We have not learned how the cart started forward.   Stadium workers were picking up orange sideline yard markers and pylons in one of the end zones after the game when the cart unexpectedly took off.  We do not know the condition of those involved in the accident.

Collegiate Sports and the Black Male Student Athlete According to Dr. Leonard Moore

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2011 at 6:00 am

YouPlusMedia has been on assignment to document the great work that the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is doing at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Greg Vincent, a Vice President and leader of this important effort at Texas, has allowed us to meet with a number of faculty, film in the classroom and around campus, and meet with students.   During the course of our assignment, we met Dr. Leonard Moore, a history professor and contributor to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  Dr. Moore also has a developed a program to help the high profile black male athlete become a well rounded student athlete.  He has worked with athletes at high profile academic institutions such as LSU, University of Georgia, and the University of Texas.

We were immediately impressed,  and we decided to document his program during a video shoot on June 1, 2011 when Dr. Leonard Moore spoke before the Athletic Directors and several head coaches at the Dallas Independent School District “DISD”.  The meeting was arranged by DISD spokesman and great guy, Jon Dahlander, for Dallas ISD Athletic Director, Jeff Johnson, who had recently been awarded the Outstanding Director of Athletics Award from Positive Coaching Alliance-Dallas.  The award was given to him for his positive impact on youth athletics.  Johnson is special in many ways, so it is not surprising to us that he won this award given his life long commitment to teaching life lessons through sports.The well-attended meeting gave Dr. Moore an opportunity to candidly address the issues confronting Black Male Student Athletes and the specific issues that he has dealt with having worked directly with student athletes on several campuses.  This story is the first of a ten part series on how Dr. Moore’s program is designed to address critical issues facing coaches, faculty and student-athletes at the high school and collegiate level.

Learn more about Dr. Moore here.

Welcome to Troy

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Reminiscent of a hometown July 4th parade, Newman Smith High School held its annual Homecoming Parade last night through the sidestreets of Carrollton, complete with decorated cars, cheerleaders, the entire marching band and, of course, the football teams.  My oldest son having attended Smith and my youngest headed there someday, I just had to get in on the fun.

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Football Night in Park Cities: HP wins, Ponies fall

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Two wild, exciting games tonight. At Highlander Stadium, the HP Scots held strong against a furious second half comeback by Rockwall to win 37-30. Senior wide receiver Dalton Stogner was brilliant, with three huge touchdown catches. Senior QB Jake Howeth passed and ran for scores, while also making numerous stellar plays in the secondary. The top-ranked Scots improved to 4-0.

Over at Ford Field, the SMU Mustangs hosted TCU, now ranked #4 in the nation. The Ponies gave the Horned Frogs ALL they could handle for three and a half quarters, but TCU pulled away late to win 41-24. The game was highly touted by SMU fans and according to one former SMU player who attended, “was a fantastic fight that reminded you of the old Southwest Conference battles these teams had. Just great football.” The best news? You+Dallas film crews captured incredible footage of both games which will be on the site this week!