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Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs Playoffs 2009
The first Dallas Mavericks playoff home game is April 23rd at the American Airlines Center at 7:30pm, and some game tickets are still available. If the series continues the way it went in game 1, the Mavericks are on course to sweep the series. If you have not seen the Mavericks play this season, now is your chance to cheer them on in the playoffs, so get you tickets now before they are all gone.
April 18th, 2009 | at San Antonio | Dallas 105 San Antonio 97
Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry were held to only 35 points combined in the Mavericks 2009 playoff debut. The Mavericks road win came thanks to the play of an injured Josh Howard, J.J. Barea, Josh Howard and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks bench.
San Antonio looked apathetic, Manu Ginobili is out for the season and Tim Duncan has ailing knees. This has forced Tony Parker to carry the load for the Spurs this season.
April 20th, 2009 | at San Antonio | Dallas 84 San Antonio 105
The Dallas Mavericks were unable to stop Tony Parker in game 2. J.J. Barea was unable to repeat his defensive performance in game 1 allowing Tony Parker to score 38 points. Parker also had 4 rebounds, and 8 assists in the Spurs blowout of the Mavericks.
The Mavericks head home to Dallas for game 3. Game 1 was the Mavericks first playoff road game in 3 years. The first two games took place in San Antonio and the series is now tied 1-1.
April 23rd, 2009 | at Dallas Mavericks | Dallas 88 San Antonio 67
The Dallas Mavericks put the game out of the San Antonio Spurs reach in the first quarter of game three. Unable to mount a comeback, the Spurs starters were warming the bench shortly after halftime. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did not return to action, the Spurs simply gave up. Parker and Duncan will be rested for game 4 which will be played at the American Airlines Center on Saturday.
April 25th, 2009 | at Dallas Mavericks | Dallas 99 San Antonio 90
Mavericks won game 4 despite allowing Tony Parker to score 43 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry were held to 22 points combined, but Josh Howard picked up the slack scoring 28 points on a bum ankle. The Mavericks will return to San Antonio with a chance to close out the series.
April 28th, 2009 | at San Antonio | Dallas 106 San Antonio 93
The Mavericks closed out the series in San Antonio, Dirk and Jason Terry resurfaced on the stat sheet as the Mavs leading scorers. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had nice games but the lack of Manu Ginobli turned out to be to much to recover from. Dallas will face the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
The NFL has released the Dallas Cowboys 2009 season schedule, and it is Cowboy friendly. Other than the New York Giants and other division opponents there is no one the Cowboys need to worry about. The Cowboys will not have to play the Steelers, Patriots, or Ravens; and the bye week falls on week 6. A week 6 bye is preferred since it offers a break towards the middle of the season.
The first game at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington will be on September 20th against the New York Giants, who signed Chris Canty in the offseason. Canty, a Cowboy since 2005, averaged 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks a season. To replace the loss of Canty the Cowboys signed Igor Olshansky. Olshansky, previously a San Diego Charger, averages 35 tackles and over 7 sacks a season. The Chargers defense is very similar to the Cowboys’ 3-4 scheme, and was originally designed by Wade Phillips when he was a defensive coordinator there. Comparing career averages shows Olshansky to be a more productive player and an upgrade over Chris Canty.
Other notable departures from the Dallas Cowboys Roster include Zach Thomas, Roy Williams (S), Terrell Owens, Tank Johnson, and Adam (Pac-Man) Jones. These moves were made to fix fractures in the locker room and make the team more Romo friendly.
Roy Williams (S) departure will help the defense; now the defense will not have to hide an overpaid safety that cannot cover his shadow. Adam Jones and Tank Johnson contributed very little besides trouble as Cowboys, and their departure will not have any effect on the team.
Terrell Owens’ act wore thin in yet another city, he will play for the Buffalo Bills this season. Roy Williams (WR), Jason Witten, and Miles Austin will have to make up for the loss of TO, but this move will help the team move on without the circus that surrounded it last year.
Veteran Linebacker Zach Thomas has moved on to the Kansas City, and the Cowboys signed Keith Brooking as his replacement. Brooking has over 100 tackles in each of his last 8 seasons as an Atlanta Falcon.
The cowboys will have 5 primetime games this season, which is among the most in the NFL for the 2009 season.
Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Schedule | 2009
|Week||Home / Road||Team||Record 2008||TV||Time||Tickets|
|Week 1||Road Game||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9-7-0||FOX||Noon|
|Week 2||Home Game||New York Giants||12-4-0||NBC||7:15||Cowboys-Giants Tickets|
|Week 3||Home Game||Carolina Panthers||12-4-0||ESPN||7:30||Cowboys-Panthers Tickets|
|Week 4||Road Game||Denver Broncos||8-8-0||FOX||3:15|
|Week 5||Road Game||Kansas City Chiefs||2-14-0||FOX||Noon||Cowboys Merchandise|
|Week 6||Bye Week||Bye Week||Bye||Bye||Bye|
|Week 7||Home Game||Atlanta Falcons||11-5-0||FOX||3:15||Cowboys-Falcons Tickets|
|Week 8||Home Game||Seatlle Seahawks||4-12-0||FOX||Noon||Cowboys-Seahawks Tickets|
|Week 9||Road Game||Philadelphia Eagles||9-6-1||NBC||7:15|
|Week 10||Road Game||Green Bay Packers||6-10-0||FOX||3:15|
|Week 11||Home Game||Washington Redskins||8-8-0||FOX||Noon||Cowboys-Redskins Tickets|
|Week 12||Home Game||Oakland Raiders||5-11-0||CBS||3:15||Cowboys-Raiders Tickets|
|Week 13||Road Game||New York Giants||12-4-0||FOX||3:15|
|Week 14||Home Game||San Diego Chargers||8-8-0||CBS||3:15||Cowboys-Chargers Tickets|
|Week 15||Road Game||New Orleans Saints||8-8-0||NFL||7:15|
|Week 16||Road Game||Washington Redskins||8-8-0||NBC||7:15|
|Week 17||Home Game||Philadelphia Eagles||9-6-1||FOX||Noon||Cowboys-Eagles Tickets|
The Texas Rangers opened the 2009 season by blowing out Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers won 9 to 1 thanks to home runs from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Hank Blalock. Ian Kinsler continued where he left off last year before injuries shut him down, he was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs and a run.
Kevin Milwood only allowed one earned run in 7 innings of work. This is impressive in comparison to the last two seasons where he has had ERAs over 5. In the eighth inning CJ Wilson struck out one and allowed no hits. Frank Francisco closed out the 9th inning allowing no hits and stricking out one.
The Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux have taken a different approach to the pitching staff this year. They removed pitch counts and pitchers reported attended a work out program before spring training. It is only one game, but if things continue this will be a fun season to buy some ticketsand head out to the ballpark in Arlington.
2009 Roster Changes
The 2009 roster is different than last years due to the departure of DH/OF Milton Bradley, OF Frank Catalanotto, and C Gerald Laird. Gold Glove shortstop Michael Young will move to 3rd base this year to make room for rookie SS Elvis Andrus. Andrus turned a double play with Ian Kinsler in his opening day debut. Hank Blalock will DH this season, the last on his current contract. Frank Catalanotto’s release cleared room for OF Andruw Jones whose time with the Dodgers last year was simply horrendous. Jones was overweight and batted .158 with 76 K’s in 75 games. The Rangers are no doubt hoping that Jones can regain his swing and gold glove skills as a CF so they can either move Josh Hamilton to right field or trade Jones at the deadline.