Matthew’s latest observations on the D/FW sports scene
By Matthew Postins
The Dallas Mavericks are signing a whole bunch of guards. They’ve signed Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis. They’ve signed Wayne Ellington and Israeli League MVP Gal Mekel. They’ve drafted Shane Larkin, who is now out for three months with a broken ankle.
This doesn’t include Devin Harris, the former Mavericks they tried to sign before a toe injury forced the Mavs to pull the offer.
Rumor has it the Mavs are after Samuel Dalembert and – gulp – Greg Oden at center.
Take Dalembert’s knees and transplant them onto Oden’s body and you’ve got something. Otherwise, ugh.
This is going to be a painful 2013-14 at the American Airlines Center. I can feel it. And there’s little Mark Cuban and company can do about it. Except, I guess, continue to sign guards, it would seem.
At least it sounds like the Mavs will be able to keep Brandan Wright. He’s no Howard, but he’s a tough center who can score, rebound and run the floor. Maybe you combine Wright with Dalembert and you have something.
There are just too many maybes surrounding this Mavericks team to get me confident about much of anything right now. And I can’t imagine I’m alone.
The Dallas Cowboys release fullback Lawrence Vickers. I feel bad for Vick. He’s a class guy. I sat and talked with him at length for a feature for Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine a couple of years ago. What he’s risen above in his life is tremendous. But the sad truth is the fullback is becoming minimized in this Cowboys offense, so much so that they don’t need a true blocking back. The Cowboys get $1.2 million in cap space. Vickers gets a chance to find a better fit. I can think of a few teams that could use a fullback that has blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was all over ESPN earlier this week. Interesting choice. You’re not going to get Tony Romo or DeMarcus Ware to do it at this point in their careers. The Cowboys think highly of Murray and would love to see him become more of a face of the team. Overall he did well on camera. Murray and the Cowboys received a little extra publicity out of it.
This is THE year for Murray. Either he produces or the Cowboys start putting together contingency plans, as Murray’s contract expires after the 2014 season. In my bones, I’m not feeling it.
Ron Jaworski has Tony Romo ranked No. 15 among the NFL’s starting quarterbacks. To me Romo is not a Top 10 quarterback. But, I’m sorry Jaws has Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick in the four spots ahead of Romo. You’re not selling me on the fact that three young quarterbacks– one of which hasn’t even started half a season’s worth of games – are, overall, better than Romo. Perhaps they have a higher ceiling than Romo. But better right now? Sorry, Jaws, no.
Here’s hoping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspends Josh Brent before training camp. It would be better, however, if Dallas released Brent now. I’ve said it on a couple of podcasts with Bryan Houston – this guy is showing no interest in keeping out of trouble.
Twitter is the worst thing to happen to young athletes since rookie wage scales. The social media juggernaut is getting new Stars center Tyler Seguin in trouble again this week after an anti-gay slur ended up in his account. He says he was hacked, which is certainly possible (I think my Twitter feed — @PostinsPostcard — gets hacked every other day). But this comes on the heels of an anti-gay slur that Seguin copped to in April, which led Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli to say Seguin needed to be a better pro.
I was already a little worried about this guy. I’m now elevating that to mighty concerned.
Ron Washington says there’s a plan if Nelson Cruz is suspended. Of course, Wash didn’t tell anyone what the plan entails. Anyone else worried the crux of this plan is that guy down in Round Rock that the Rangers signed last week?
In six games Manny Ramirez is hitting .286 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI with Round Rock. I have to admit I find that mildly surprising. I thought he might struggle more early on. So far Manny isn’t being Manny off the field. Which, if you know what “Manny being Manny” is, then you know how big a deal that is.
The Texas Rangers have never been this banged up on the mound. The only member of the opening-day rotation still standing is Derek Holland. Yu Darvish and Nick Tepesch as on the disabled list. Justin Grimm may be on his way there.
Thank goodness for Martin Perez, who has returned from injury and thrown nicely in his last few starts.
The All-Star Break can’t get here fast enough.
Random question – has anyone asked Nolan Ryan if he can still pitch? Or Greg Maddux? Seems a waste not to use them if they’re already on the payroll, you know?