Matthew’s latest observations on the Dallas sports scene
By Matthew Postins
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that he and the coaching staff were “pleased” with the way guard Mackenzy Bernadeau played last Sunday. Was he watching the same game we were? Garrett even went so far to say that if Brian Waters were ready to take over at right guard this weekend that Bernadeau could move over to left guard in place of Ron Leary. Based on how Bernadeau played last year and last week, it’s difficult to understand why the Cowboys are hung up on keeping this guy in the starting lineup.
New Kansas City head coach Andy Reid told reporters earlier this week and the Cowboys “do it the right way.” I assume Reid was evaluating the Cowboys’ marketing efforts? Of course, Reid was 17-12 against the Cowboys while in Philadelphia, so in his eyes I guess the Cowboys ARE doing it the right way.
The NFL tells the Cowboys that the Giants didn’t fake injuries. And in other NFL news, the NFL informed the rest of the league that the Jacksonville Jaguars are not a fake football team.
The Dallas Stars opened training camp on Thursday. Their first preseason game is Sunday. How does one reconcile the unbearable heat with this?
The watchword at Stars camp is “aggressive.” New coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Jim Nill want a team that pushes the pace and gets up the ice. Wasn’t that the watchword when Marc Crawford was head coach? And Glen Gulutzan? Just saying. Perhaps its time for all of this aggressiveness to translate into something other than calls for more aggressiveness.
Tyler Seguin has apologized twice times since joining the Dallas Stars. He hasn’t played a game and yet he’s already tied Sean Avery’s team record for most off-ice apologies in a season.
Nelson Cruz works out with the Rangers. Or at least that was the headline on stories reported by multiple outlets on Thursday when they wrote that Cruz was working out with the Rangers in Arizona, further widening the definition of “working out with.” I mean, are they Skyping Cruz in for workouts at the Ballpark?
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels tells radio hosts “Ben and Skin” that last year the Rangers got caught looking ahead to the postseason before they had a spot clinched. What does he call what they’re doing now? Because this looks downright similar.
Eric Nadel is up for the Ford Frick Award once again. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gives the Frick award annually for broadcasting excellence. He’s a three-time finalist. Perhaps its time he gets the award? The good news is you can help by voting for Nadel at https://www.facebook.com/baseballhall.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson gives Texas Tech’s defense “credit” for holding the Horned Frogs to 10 points. That noise you hear is Texas Tech researchers furiously trying to determine the last time the Red Raider defense was given credit for anything.
By the way, Tech, gray is not the new black. It’s just blah. But at least it’s better than anything Maryland wears outside of its red unis.
A Houston attorney paid $115,000 for the right to have a Texas license plate with “12thMan” on it. For that much he really SHOULD get a Johnny Manziel autograph, shouldn’t he?
Meanwhile, up in Oklahoma, Sports Illustrated reporting is tearing apart Oklahoma State’s football program. I mean, five parts? Wow. That’s either in-depth reporting or an Oklahoma alum. But, seriously, Tatum Bell has a point. When asked if he received payments he said no. He also said that, as one of the best players in that program at that time, wouldn’t he be receiving money? That’s awfully good logic from a guy that could probably use some booster money right about now.
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 his 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.