Dallas Sports Fan – Mavs Slide Into Break, Stars Prepare For Stretch Run, Rangers Get Ready For Camp
2012 March Madness betting players in Dallas are still getting their brackets together as the season is winding down, but it is a busy time for three of the four professional teams in the area as the Mavericks head into the All-Star break, while the Stars are awaiting the trade deadline and the Rangers are going to spring training to get ready for the 2012 campaign.
The Mavericks are still hanging around despite not playing their best basketball this season, and a sportsbook review of their chances may even show surprise that the defending champions are still in it after an awful start. Dallas split their four games over the last week as they prepare for the All-Star as they held off Philadelphia on the road, then they were caught in “Linsanity” with a loss in New York before returning to beat Boston and lose to the Los Angeles Lakers. Dirk Nowitzki will represent the Mavericks at All-Star weekend for the 11th time, even though he said he doesn’t deserve to be there, and then he’ll return to Dallas for a home game against New Jersey on Tuesday (players that purchase price per head services will hear a lot about Deron Williams, the Dallas native at the point for the Nets who is a free agent in the offseason), then the Nets travel to Memphis on Wednesday.
The Stars are doing a great job of keeping themselves in the Western playoff picture, although they’re a little fortunate as there are a number of teams around them that may be more inconsistent than Dallas. The Stars played four games since last Thursday: an overtime home win over Calgary, an overtime loss in Phoenix, a one-goal loss at home to Nashville and then Dallas blanked Montreal on the road. Dallas’ busy slate continues on Thursday in Chicago, then the Stars return home for meetings with Minnesota, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. There are no NHL trade deadline rumors surrounding the team right now, but the Stars have until Monday at 3:00 PM ET to decide if they want to make a move.
The Rangers are now working out in Arizona as they are aiming for a third consecutive trip to the World Series, and of course, there was a media circus surrounding Yu Darvish, the Japanese pitcher who is being touted as the next superstar. However, a more important piece to the puzzle may be veteran Roy Oswalt, who will make a decision on Monday as to where he will be this year. The frontrunners figure to be the Rangers and Boston, and even though he isn’t the pitcher he once was, Oswalt’s experience can help any pitching staff, which in turn improves a team’s odds at most sports betting sites.
The online betting world is starting to focus in on March Madness betting, but the sports fans in Dallas have a whole list of Cowboys issues to deal with. First on the list of things that is causing some grumbling at Valley Ranch is comments made by defensive end Jason Hatcher. When asked about the future of the Cowboys’ defense under Rob Ryan, Hatcher said that the talent is there and the scheme is good but the defense lacks leadership. Hatcher pointed to the lack of a “Ray Lewis type leader” in the Dallas locker room that could bring the defense together.
While the 2011 season was going on, the pay per head sports experts were questioning the leadership abilities of linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Ware is often acknowledged as the most talented defensive player on the Cowboys’ defense and many feel he should assume a more prominent leadership role. Ware’s response to the comments was that Hatcher was wrong. Ware maintains that the Dallas defense has strong leadership and as the team gets more familiar with coordinator Ryan’s schemes, the leadership in the locker room will emerge.
The fans are also starting to make themselves heard when it comes to the job that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has done as general manager. Several fans have started social networking pages and websites dedicated to forcing Jones to hire a general manager and put Jones back to being just the owner. A bodog review of Jones’ responses to past fan insurrections indicates that these kinds of pressures do not bother him. But this is not just a smattering of fans here and there. The number of fans actively trying to force Jones to hire a general manager is growing and it will soon be something that not even Jerry Jones can ignore.
The Cowboys are in the same boat as all the other NFL teams in that Dallas has to use its franchise tag by March 5th or the team loses the tag for the season. Many sports experts are following the franchise tag. You can even read about the NFL franchise tag updates on the occasional NHL trade deadline blog. But there are some teams that may not use the franchise tag at all. The Buffalo Bills do not have any players outside of wide receiver Stevie Johnson that would require the tag. The wide receiver tag number is around $9.5 million this year and it is doubtful that the Bills will want to pay that much to Johnson.
The Cowboys have several candidates for the franchise tag, but it is expected that the Cowboys will not use the tag and rely on free agency instead. The most likely candidate for the tag is linebacker Anthony Spencer. But the Cowboys would rather work out a long-term deal with Spencer than pay him the $8.8 million that a franchise linebacker would get in 2012. The Cowboys are trying to avoid using the franchise tag if at all possible in 2012. At this point, Dallas is in negotiations with all of its free agents and hopes to have deals struck soon.
The online betting crowd knows that Dallas Cowboys fans expect a winner and can be merciless on the team’s quarterback when the team is not winning. While some bettors are getting ready for March Madness betting, others are still trying to suggest ways to improve the Cowboys. One constant target has been quarterback Tony Romo. The embattled quarterback does not help his own cause when he makes himself an available target by playing the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the weekend.
While hacking his way through the course as a playing partner to Tiger Woods, Romo was besieged by a barrage of comments about how he should get back to work on the football field and how golf is too much of a distraction to him. Each year, Dallas Cowboys’ fans make comments on how Romo constantly seems distracted during summer workouts by golf and that Romo’s lack of attention to the team is what is causing the team to lose. The pay per head sports experts are pretty sure that golf is not causing that many problems for Romo. But there is a growing consensus that the Cowboys may make a move to draft a top-tier quarterback in the 2012 draft. Since there are very few top-tier quarterbacks in this draft, it will be interesting to see what the Cowboys wind up doing.
The Cowboys do not currently have anyone under the franchise tag and there are few players in the current list of free agents that would actually be deemed worthy of the tag. The one player that has been mentioned frequently is outside linebacker Anthony Spencer. A bodog review of Spencer’s performance shows some potential but nothing that would indicate a franchise player. Still, the Cowboys do not want to risk losing Spencer in free agency and may hit him with the franchise tag if a contract cannot be negotiated by the March deadline.
It would be a bet online scam to assume that the announcement by wide receiver Randy Moss that he wants to play in the NFL in 2012 fell on deaf ears. While Moss earned the label of “locker room trouble” with his antics in 2010, he still feels like he can play the game. Many fans in Dallas are concerned that Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones is considering bringing in Moss, even though the Cowboys do not need another wide receiver. The Cowboys especially do not need a receiver that has one or possibly two years left in him.
But Jones has not ruled out the possibility of Moss going to Dallas. While no formal announcement has been made by any team, there is a feeling that Moss will get more interest that Terrell Owens did in 2011. Owens announced that he wanted to play in the NFL again and even held a workout for teams which no one but media cameras attended. Owens wound up in the Indoor Football League as a player and part owner. Moss has a better chance to playing in the NFL again, but nothing is guaranteed.
Dallas Sport Fan – Mavs Snap Out Of It, Stars On Thin Ice, Romo Tees It Up With Tiger, Rangers Tie Up Important Players
Dallas Sport Fan – Mavs Snap Out Of It, Stars On Thin Ice, Romo Tees It Up With Tiger, Rangers Tie Up Important Players
If you write a soccer blog in Dallas, the MLS season hasn’t started yet, so fans of FC Dallas still have some time to focus on the other teams in the area. The defending champion Mavericks are rounding into form, the Stars are trying to stay within shouting distance of the playoffs, the Rangers are still improving their team, while the Cowboys’ quarterback is making news off the field this week, but in a good way.
The Mavericks lost two of their three games last week, falling to Indiana and at Cleveland, but they snapped a three-game skid with a victory in Denver on Wednesday night, and a Bodog review of Dallas’ early season would state that they’ve done pretty well in the face of injuries, and they still don’t have Jason Kidd back, although he could be back on the weekend as the Denver game was the sixth that he’d missed. This week coming, the Mavericks head to Minnesota on Friday night before returning home to host Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Nuggets.
Dallas has picked themselves up after a five-game skid last month, but players that purchase bookie software should still be skeptical of their playoff chances despite being only two points out of eighth place. The Stars were thumped in San Jose last Thursday before they bounced back for a shootout win in Minnesota, but then they were handled at home by Phoenix and the Stars are now struggling to find consistency down for the stretch run. This week’s slate sees the Stars going to Columbus and Buffalo for back-to-back games, then they host Los Angeles before travelling to Detroit to wrap up a busy week.
The Cowboys are still looking at ways to improve their status among those that work with price per head sports services, but it is a long offseason and the players are unwinding. Quarterback Tony Romo loves to play golf and he is pretty good, almost qualifying for the U.S. Open in recent years, and he will be paired up with Tiger Woods at the star-studded AT&T Pebble Beach National at venerable Pebble Beach. Woods is resuming his chase for the all-time major-championship record, and he has had high praise for Romo’s golf game as well, so this will get a lot of attention over the weekend.
The Rangers are tying up some of their players after the Yu Darvish signing, as they agreed with Elvis Andrus on a three-year, $14.4 million deal and they’re working on re-signing Nelson Cruz, whose big bat was a major factor in their postseason run which ended in a second consecutive loss in the World Series. The Rangers are going to be in tough in the West as the Los Angeles Angels reloaded with Albert Pujols and former Texas ace C.J. Wilson, so you may even be able to find some value on their World Series odds at places like Bodog.
The sports betting world got a small peek into what Hall of Fame weekend will look like in the NFL when August rolls around when the new inductees into the Hall of Fame were announced just prior to the Super Bowl. The final list of inductees includes cornerback Jack Butler, center Demontti Dawson, linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin and offensive tackle Willie Roaf. The first thing that the price per head sports experts noticed is that there were no Dallas Cowboys on that list. That is significant because two former Cowboys were nominated and not selected; head coach Bill Parcells and defensive end Charles Haley. Many feel that these snubs were almost unforgivable.
The price per head bookie community will readily admit that nothing Bill Parcells did while with the Cowboys was particularly Hall of Fame worthy. But a head coach that takes two different franchises to the Super Bowl puts up a strong argument for inclusion into Canton. The story of Charles Haley is a little harder to understand. Haley was a five-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, had 100 ½ sacks in his career and is already on the Cowboys Ring of Fame. Many would argue that if Haley does not qualify for the Hall of Fame, then what defensive player does?
What has kept Haley out of the Hall of Fame to this point is the attitude he displayed during his playing days. He often spoke out against coaches and took steps to divide locker rooms. It was hard to predict what Haley would do from game to game, or even day to day. The media loved Haley’s sound bites, but team management and players who were often the target of his verbal assaults did not appreciate his candor. Still, with five Super Bowl victories and five Pro Bowl appearances, many think that it is Haley’s on-field performance that should matter and not his ability to disrupt a team.
A bodog review of the Cowboys’ 2011 season shows a team that had several chances to win the division but could not get the job done. During Super Bowl XLVI, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo kept fans updated on what he was doing and what he was thinking by Twittering before and during the game. Romo expressed frustration that another Super Bowl was being played that the Cowboys were not part of. Romo indicated that Cowboys’ fans should look forward to 2012 as there are great things coming up for Dallas. Several of Romo’s teammates also tweeted that they feel confident about next year and are looking forward to the start of training camp.
Rookie running back DeMarco Murray is making headlines with his confident talk and rapid pace towards recovering from his injury. Murray assured fans through Twitter that it is not a betonline scam to expect him to be ready for training camp to open in 2012. Murray indicated that he is progressing ahead of schedule in his injury recovery program and he was one of the Tony Romo teammates that indicated that the Cowboys’ fans can be confident about 2012.
Superbowl odds is the main focus for most sports fans right now, although in Dallas, it may sting to see the New York Giants in the big game after they took advantage of the Cowboys’ collapse, beating them twice in the final four weeks of the season. However, the Cowboys have plenty of time to make moves in the offseason, much like Texas, who are still looking to improve their rotation. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are battling for the top spot in their division, while the Stars are back from the All-Star break.
The Mavericks are tied with San Antonio for first place in the Southwest Division, and some BetOnline players are surprised that Dallas are still in it despite a lot of injury woes in the first third of the season. Dallas went 3-1 over the last week with wins over Utah, the aforementioned Spurs in overtime (both at home) and then a romp in Phoenix before they fell at home to Oklahoma City in a hotly contested game. On Friday, the Mavericks host Indiana before heading on the road for games in Cleveland, Denver and Minnesota.
Jamie Benn was the only Star to make the All-Star game, and he was scoreless, but his team captained by Boston’s Zdeno Chara won a 12-9 game in Ottawa and it was a solid experience for the 22-year-old, who won the accuracy competition in the Skills contest on Saturday night. But he got back on the scoresheet in Dallas’ first game back after the break, a 6-2 win in Anaheim, which was the second half of a home-and-home with the Ducks that started before the break with a 1-0 win at home. The Stars will stay on the West Coast to face NHL favorites San Jose on Thursday night, and then they return home to host Minnesota and Phoenix.
Experienced players that purchase price per head bookie software may be skeptical of the Cowboys next season and for good reason, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Dallas does in the offseason. They’re targeting the draft to improve their secondary, but they’ll also be aggressive on the free-agent market, providing there are players out there. But it may be mental at this point with the Cowboys, and the coaching staff has to improve as well, especially late in games.
The Rangers tied up Yu Darvish for their rotation, and now they’re reportedly going after veteran Roy Oswalt, who is also coveted by Boston and St. Louis. Oswalt is coming off an injury-plagued year in Philadelphia, where he was overshadowed by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, so maybe he needs a fresh start and an reinvigorated Oswalt would help any team’s online betting odds.
As the Super Bowl betting continues, the Dallas Cowboys are conspicuous by their absence in this year’s playoffs. The 2011 version of the Cowboys put up more of a fight but, in the end, the results were the same as 2010; the Cowboys missed the playoffs. As the off-season is getting ready to begin, there are a lot of questions that surround the Cowboys’ defense. One of the biggest question areas is at safety where the Cowboys had almost no interceptions and could not stop a big play all season long. Safety Abram Elam was signed to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million and Gerald Sensabaugh was signed to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million. It appears that the Cowboys have painted itself into a corner at safety.
The price per head sports experts are quick to point out that the Cowboys signed Sensabaugh to his contract at a time when no other team was showing an interest in the safety. The Cowboys could have gotten Sensabaugh for less, but did not. The problem is that Elam seemed to be more competent at safety and is well-liked by his teammates and coaches. Elam is also in demand with a few other teams. If the Cowboys want to make changes at safety, then it will have to retain Sensabaugh and let Elam go due to current contracts. That is the opposite of what many observers feel is the right thing for the Cowboys to do.
The pay per head sports experts point to bad contract decisions, like the one at safety, as one of the reasons why the Cowboys are going to have a difficult time making personnel changes on defense. The Cowboys are not going to be able to make wholesale changes without taking a financial hit, and some players are not convinced that wholesale changes are even necessary. Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware has come out in support of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his system. Ware tells fans to be patient and give the defense a full off-season to work things out. A sportsbook review of the current roster shows players that could not flourish under two defensive systems. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, are made on the Dallas defense.
Despite the surprise ice storm in North Texas on Super Bowl Sunday and the blatant greed that ignited the seating controversy, there is talk that the new Cowboys Stadium will host another Super Bowl in the future. The betonline scam that owner Jerry Jones caused by selling tickets to seats that did not exist was eventually settled out of court and, apparently, forgotten by the league. The rumors are growing stronger as new cities are announced for upcoming Super Bowl years. Both owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach are giving indications that the NFL could announce another Dallas Super Bowl in the not too distant future. Skeptics are warning that Jones will turn another Super Bowl into an embarrassment if given the chance.
Dallas Sports Fan – Mavs Improving, Stars Slump Into Break, Cowboys And Rangers Prepare For Next Season
The NHL is holding their All-Star break this weekend, and the Stars are happy to see it as they’ve struggled as of late. But we’ll start in the NBA, where the Mavericks are starting to come around, while Dallas and the Texas Rangers are getting ready for next season.
The Mavericks went 3-1 over the last week, defeating Utah and New Orleans on the road, while they returned home to beat Phoenix, but they ended the week with a big loss to Minnesota at home. A BetOnline.com review of that game would probably throw in the fact that the Mavericks finally received their championship rings before that game, so they may not have been as focused as they would like. It’s a relatively light week for the Mavericks coming up as they host the Jazz, followed by San Antonio on Sunday, and then on Monday they’ll be in Phoenix. But the Mavs are still missing Dirk Nowitzki due to a knee problem.
It was smart of the NHL to avoid a busy week for Super Bowl betting players next week, so their All-Star festivities will take place this weekend and the Stars will be represented by 22-year-old Jamie Benn, who missed the five games because of an appendectomy, but he was activated in time to take part in the annual contest. The Stars need him back after the break as they were 1-4 in the games that he missed, with three of the losses coming by a single goal, and only a 1-0 shutout at home over Anaheim gave the Stars a win heading into the break. They’ll return next Tuesday in Anaheim before heading to San Jose on Thursday.
The Cowboys are looking ahead to next season, and experienced players that use bookie software would tell you that Dallas needs help in the secondary badly. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and linebacker DeMarcus Ware are representing the Cowboys at the Pro Bowl this weekend in Hawaii, but the front seven was asked to do too much this season. The rumor is that the Cowboys are looking hard at cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who is out to put a troubled college career at Florida and North Alabama behind him. Jenkins is incredibly talented, but was arrested twice at Florida, and a fresh start in the NFL may be what he needs. Will owner Jerry Jones take the risk?
The Rangers didn’t land slugger Prince Fielder, who signed with Detroit instead, but they have enough bats in the lineup to make up for him. Now, there are whispers that Roy Oswalt may be interested in coming back to Texas; he spent most of his career in Houston before he was shipped to Philadelphia and is now a free agent. A veteran presence like Oswalt could certainly help boost the Rangers’ odds at betting websites.
As the Super Bowl betting approaches, the Dallas Cowboys are once again on the outside looking in as the team did not make the playoffs this year. In past off-seasons, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones would indicate that the team had no plans on making major changes, even though changes were desperately needed. The Cowboys have needed to attend to its offensive line and defensive secondary for three years now, but Jones had refused to act. All of that may be changing if Jones remains true to his recent statements.
The price per head sports experts were wondering which area of the team that Jones would address first and it looks like it will be the defensive secondary. The Cowboys became infamous for giving up long plays to the opposing offense with the run and the pass. But the biggest offenders were the players in the defensive secondary. Jerry Jones has vowed that Cowboys’ fans will see several new faces in the Cowboys’ defensive secondary when training camp opens for the 2012 season. Jones did not comment on the offensive line or indicate when changes would be made to that unit.
The pay per head sports experts have been projecting for weeks now that the Cowboys will be taking a top-tier quarterback in the 2012 draft. Many of the experts have been suggesting a second or third-round pick, while others have gone so far as to say that the Cowboys will use its first pick to take Tony Romo’s replacement. Jerry Jones was asked about the possibility of the Cowboys choosing a quarterback in this draft and he indicated that the team was happy with starter Tony Romo and backup Stephen McGee. No changes are expected at the quarterback position for the 2012 season.
A sportsbook review of the Cowboys’ past activity in free agency shows a team that has either been hesitant to sign the big names or has lost out to other teams. This off-season, the Cowboys fully intend to be active in the free agent market to get the players it needs to compete in 2012. Jerry Jones was asked about the team’s potential activity in free agency and he said that the team had plenty of room under the salary cap and it was going to use that room to grab good free agents. Jones would not elaborate on which free agents the Cowboys were keeping an eye on, but he did say that the fans can expect activity this year to strengthen the team.
In a move that Dallas Cowboys’ fans would only describe as a betonline scam, CNBC released a list of the top 10 cheerleading squads in the NFL and the Cowboys’ cheerleaders were not the top group. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are one of the more famous groups of cheerleaders in the world thanks to an active marketing campaign that dates back to the 1970s. But when the squads were placed side-by-side and evaluated using categories such as presentation, community involvement and ability to get the fans involved in the game, the New England Patriots’ cheerleaders were ranked number one and the Cowboys’ cheerleaders were ranked number two. It is just another way in which the Dallas organization has dropped a notch or two in the past few years.
Cowboys fans who are following NFL scores may be trying to erase the memory of their season, especially with the New York Giants heading into the NFC title game. But there are plenty going on in the Dallas area to distract them as the Mavericks are trying to navigate their way through the shortened season with a veteran team, the Stars are falling out of the playoff picture and in a stroke of good news, the Texas Rangers finally landed their big-money signing.
The Mavericks had dropped two in a row ahead of their visit to Utah on Thursday night, and most sportsbook reviews would note that Dallas was probably happy to leave the Staples Center as they fell to the Lakers and Clippers bya combined five points, both coming on late jumpers by a veteran player (Derek Fisher and Chauncey Billups, respectively). That followed home routs over Milwaukee and Sacramento, and the Mavericks will be looking to end this road trip with victories over the Jazz and New Orleans, where they’ll be on Saturday night before returning home for games against Phoenix and Minnesota. You should keep an eye on their team news as Dirk Nowitzki has been trying to play through an ailing knee, and coach Rick Carlisle may have to shut the German down. Imagine New England’s Superbowl odds without Tom Brady; that’s what Dallas’ NBA Finals odds look like without a healthy Nowitzki.
The Stars have lost three straight games as they prepare to host Tampa Bay on Friday, and all three games were by a single goal, at home against Colorado and Detroit (shootout), along with a 1-0 loss at St. Louis. They’ve also lost leading scorer Jamie Benn to an emergency appendectomy and that is a definite blow for the Stars, who are sliding down the pecking order among those that use pay head services. The Stars aren’t known for being an offensive juggernaut in the first place, so to lose their leading scorer until the All-Star break really hurts. After Tampa Bay comes to town, the Stars fly to Minnesota for a game the next day, then they have a home-and-home series with Anaheim on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Some Texas fans were shaking their heads when C.J. Wilson left the Rangers to join their rivals in Los Angeles/Anaheim as a free agent, but they are in for an intriguing 2012 as the team signed Japanese hurler Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth $60 million. The Rangers outbid the likes of Toronto for the right to negotiate with Darvish to the tune of $51 million, but now he has a lot to live up to. Some are comparing him to Detroit ace and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, and that would help Texas’ chances among those that bet on sports next season.