By Matthew Postins
Sorry for the absence last weekend. Something about an LSU-Georgia game in Athens.
Randy Galloway will retire from radio on Monday. Galloway was supposed to leave the airwaves at the end of this year. But for some reason he’s moving it up to the day after the Denver-Dallas game. Turns out its money. Galloway can leave the airwaves now and still get paid through the end of the year because his contract with ESPN is not transferable to the station’s new owner, Cumulus (which incidentally owns The Ticket), according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. So, basically, Galloway is going to work one job – his columnist gig for the Star-T – and get paid for two through December.
Nice work if you can get it.
Galloway’s influence? Are you kidding? This market now has three sports talk radio stations. Galloway showed that sports talk and radio could work, thanks to his “Sports at 6” show on WBAP, which started in 1985. When Galloway transitioned to ESPN Radio his show was the longest running sports talk show in Texas. Not DFW. Texas.
Sports talk shows used to be one-offs in this market. Galloway changed that. He also ushered in the era of sports writer as broadcast star in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, forever changing the career track of dozens of sports writers in this market. Galloway has impacted schleps like me who write, podcast and opine on a daily basis.
I’m glad that I’ll be able to continue to read Galloway each day. But it’s a shame he’s ready to move on from the airwaves. His act, unlike others in this market, hasn’t gotten old.
Welcome to being in charge, Jon Daniels. Texas wins 91 games, loses a play-in game and Daniels is now expected to find the pieces necessary to get the Rangers back to the postseason. Not fun being on the island by yourself is it, JD?
Daniels says Rangers have to get back to player development. I would never disagree with developing talent. But the Rangers are missing one key element on the farm – power. When I looked their Top 20 prospects earlier this year they had plenty of pitching and plenty of contact hitters. But there was little to no power, and certainly no power that will be ready in 2014. With Daniels saying the club likely won’t spend more in 2014 than they did in 2013 and you see the challenge ahead for Daniels. It’s perhaps his greatest challenge since convincing Tom Hicks to let him go “Moneyball” on the organization in 2007.
Because having a great set of table setters like Ian Kinsler, Alex Rios, Jurickson Profar and Leonys Martin are no good to any team if you don’t have enough hitters to drive them in.
The Rangers will probably make a qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz. Means nothing. The Rangers made a qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, too. Look how well that worked out. Seriously. How glad are you that Josh Hamilton isn’t a Ranger anymore? Forget the off-field stuff and look at his numbers in Anaheim. Then do a happy dance. For once letting the star go was the right thing to do.
Jackie Moore is one of the baseball men there ever was. I find his firing confounding and borderline ridiculous. You’re telling me he’s the guy that needs to pay for the Rangers not making the playoffs? Ludicrous.
The Dallas Mavericks have started training camp. I’m just not feeling it right now. It feels just like last year and that ended in missing the playoffs. Right now it just looks like Dirk and a bunch of guys. Can anyone get excited about that?
Morris Claiborne admits to a “confidence” problem with new defense. I’ve been in locker rooms most of my adult life. Believe me. The use of the words “confidence” and “problem” are never good.
The Dallas Cowboys defense says they’re sick of hearing about Peyton Manning. If that’s the case, playing against him on Sunday is going to drive them downright bonkers.
First fans go nuts because Tony Romo throws too many interceptions. Now they’re getting all up in arms that Romo is playing, in their minds, too conservatively. Really? What on earth do you people want? Oh, yeah. Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. Forgot.
So if you’re looking ahead a few years down the road to a life without Romo, I can say this. Aaron Murray would look really good with a star on his helmet. That LSU-Georgia game last weekend might have been the best regular-season football game of any kind I’ve witnessed in person. But Jerry Jones isn’t nearly that smart and isn’t nearly that inclined to plan ahead since Tony Romo has another five years left on his contract. And that’s a shame because Murray can make every throw and handles the crucible of SEC football like, well, a pro.
Someone smarter than me needs to explain to me why the Dallas Cowboys aren’t pursuing some experienced defensive ends right now. The Dallas Cowboys have about $4 million left under the cap for 2013. Kyle Vanden Bosch is out there doing, I assume, nothing. What’s the holdup? You can’t tell me Vanden Bosch would take $2 million at this point in the season. It’s baffling to me that the Cowboys seem content to rely on a bunch of unproven players that can’t take the heat off DeMarcus Ware this Sunday, assuming George Selvie can’t play. And, let’s be honest – Selvie hasn’t done it over a 16-game season before, either.
One last thing. Major college football season is underway. One of my side projects is College Football America, a publication that myself, Chuck Cox (who contributes here on The Front Row) and Kendall Webb (who is helping us with SEC football coverage) have been working on all year. The College Football America 2013 Yearbook Encyclopedia is something that we believe is the first of its kind – a book that covers every single college football team in the US and Canada. That’s 919 teams, 919 schedules, 919 team capsules, and nearly 100 conference previews. It’s full color and it features dozens of photos, most of which we’ve taken ourselves. It’s a publication on a massive scale. Yes, it’s big – but if you have a Kindle, an iPad or even a laptop you don’t need to spend a lot to get a lot. It’s $5.99 at lulu.com. You can click here to purchase.