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With one more game remaining in the preseason, the Cowboys have been a hop topic for discussion since their horrible performance last Saturday in that 23-7 lost to the Houston Texans.
In that game, the Cowboys looked out of sync, discombobulated, and worn down as they were physically beaten by the Texans and raised some eye brows about the super bowl contender.
Will the red zone woes from last season carry over to this season? Can the offensive line hold up enough to keep Romo off his back? Or, can Alan Ball and Gerald Sensabaugh provide the consistent play at the safety positions this defense has desperately needed in past years.
So, here are four concerns for the Cowboys going into the last preseason game. More importantly, these are areas they need to address with the regular season right around the corner:
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The summer of 2010 will officially be in the rear view mirror with the kick off of the football season this weekend. And what a summer it was for the Big 12. The conference was on life support, and then flat-lined, then was brought back to life, albeit minus a couple limbs. But that is for another time; there’s a football season to play.
The Big 12 is starting the 2010 campaign with three teams ranked in the top 10 of the preseason polls. And there are several others that hope to crash the party and make the final season of the Big 12 as we know it a special one.
Ah, yes, optimism reigns supreme in early September for nearly everyone. Despite the positive vibes coming from around the conference, this weekend will bring with it the reality that not everything is perfect. Here is a look at the Big 12 South and the questions each team needs to answer if they hope to turn that optimism into something real.
Over the last few years the Rangers have made some pretty good personnel moves: the signing of Vladimir Guerrero, The Cliff Lee Trade, Edinson Volquez for Josh Hamilton and of course the famous Mark Teixeira Trade. They have also made some bad ones: Chris Young for Adam Eaton, Alfonso Soriano for Brad Wilkerson, and John Danks for Brandon McCarthy.
The most recent move by the Rangers was trading catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Boston Red Sox for right hand pitcher Roman Mendez, first baseman Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash considerations. The move was done because they were disappointed in Saltalamacchia’s performance, but it was also done to bulk up their roster as they make a serious run for the post-season.
Getting to the post season in Major League Baseball is probably more difficult than other professional sports such as the NHL or the NBA, so making deals that help a team in short-term is commonly accepted. However; are the Rangers hurting themselves in the long-run by parting with a catcher who has the potential to be one of the best in the league? Will this move join the list of regrettable trades made by the Texas Rangers?
This year’s NBA free agency made a big splash, mostly in South Beach. While other teams made high profile moves and Lebron James broadcasted his decision on prime television, the Mavericks acquisitions were expected and relatively quiet.
They managed to keep Dirk Nowitzki at a discounted rate and they re-signed center Brendan Haywood. In typical Maverick fashion, they also traded away Eric Dampier for center Tyson Chandler from the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Mavericks moves also received their fare share of criticism. Everyone expected them to keep Dirk, but many felt Brendan Haywood was overpaid. Their have also been questions about Tyson Chandler’s health status. Despite all this, the Maverick’s free agency was both smart and strategic.
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In the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) no one ever dreamed that a free agency signing would be broadcasted on ESPN as a prime time special. That’s right, millions had the luxury of watching Lebron James announce where he will play next season on a one hour show titled “The Decision”.
After watching “The Decision” the following words came to mind: diatribe, debacle, mockery, a spectacle and most importantly disrespectful. We haven’t seen such a circus act since P.T. Barnum’s “Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome” was unveiled in 1875. Of course after 40 minutes of fluff, Lebron made his decision: the Miami Heat. The fan reaction in Cleveland was grim and full of despair. The reaction in Miami had band wagon fan written all over it. The entire scene was disrespectful to the Cleveland Cavaliers, their fans, and anyone who enjoys the NBA.
There is no sense in gripping about this. It’s a business plain and simple. The important question now is how this impacts the league and Lebron. Now that Lebron is teaming up with Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and a cast of other unknown characters, will they be successful? Is the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy returning to South Beach? Will Lebron be doused in champagne come next June?