Greetings Captain Awesome Fans,
Yes, you read the title and now you think this is going to be nothing but a long drawn out bitch about the Dallas Cowboys. Well you are partially right, I am really just going to reiterate on a blog that I wrote last year when this same thing happened in the playoffs. I also want to point out, that since he became a starter I have never been a fan of Tony Romo, granted when I was calling for Brad Johnson to start, it may not have been out of my thought that BJ was a better quarterback, but more to point out what I have thought about Romo (I still think the Brady Quinn draft would have been something to look at for the Cowboys). The one upside to Tony is that he is currently railing Jessica Simpson, and banged the shit out of Carrie Underwood before that, so that is pretty awesome of him. Anyway, this is going to be a cut & paste job with some editing on what follows from my previous blog (on myspace). I hope you enjoy and can sympathize for a sports fan in the D/FW Metroplex.
January 13, 2008 - Sunday (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=5988307)
A Dallas Sports Fan
Today I would like to write about something way more important right now, and that is the pain it takes to be a sports fan in Dallas. I am referring to only the Big 4, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Dallas Mavericks. I realize there are some other minor league teams as well as professional teams in sports that I don't give a shit about, like soccer.
So here is the deal, teams from Dallas historically have been pretty good and competitive. We have had winners, MVPs, and many, many playoff runs. Sure there have been a couple of championships, the Dallas Cowboys, the oldest sports franchise in Dallas, has 5, and the Dallas Stars, the youngest has 1. So let's look at this, 4 teams in a period of about 50 years have a combined 6 titles in 4 major sports. Not very good. The Dallas Cowboys, America's Team, has 5 Super Bowl titles, very good in the NFL, but as of now, they have not won a playoff game in 12 years (counting today's loss to the New York Football Giants). ***In 2008, they have choked in a game against a rival Eagles team, and did not make the playoffs*** Now the Dallas Cowboys of the early 90's is essentially the only true time period that I personally cannot complain about, seeing as they were a true dynasty. So for the rest of the blog, I will lay off the Cowboys.
Let's start with the Dallas Mavericks now. 2006-2007: Dirk = MVP...best record in club history, 3rd best record in NBA history, number 1 seed...1st round playoff bust to an 8 seed...2005-2006: good season, good playoffs, in the finals...BLOWN...to a far less superior Miami Heat team. I don't really need to do this on a year by year basis for the Mavs, because honestly they sucked ass until around like 2002, not even making it to the playoffs most of the time. So, Dallas Mavericks...0 titles.***2008, a deadline deal to get Jason Kidd did not end their playoff troubles.***
Now the historically biggest loser in Dallas, TX history, the Texas Rangers. 35 years in the area, going on year 36, total playoff appearances, 3. Total league MVPs, 5. Well four players, as Juan Gonzalez won it twice. 3 players with multiple home run titles, 2 players with batting titles, tons of silver sluggers and gold gloves, three manager of the year awards...playoff series wins...0. Total wins in the playoffs...1.***2008, they did finish 2nd in the division for the 1st time ever, but that was with an under .500 record and 21 games behind the Angels. Josh Hamilton made a run as the league MVP, and had the Rangers been good, he would most likely have won it.***
Alright, on to the Dallas Stars, actually in their 15 or so years in Dallas, not that bad. Stanley Cup winners in 1998-99, and made it back the next year. Multiple award winners, many playoff experiences, though there are also many disappointing bust outs. Twice winners of the President's Trophy for best record in the NHL. All in all though, only one Cup of Lord Stanley. ***The 2007-2008 season was actually very exciting for Dallas hockey fans. They played 2 outstanding series against Anaheim and San Jose, and fought their hearts out against a superior Detroit Red Wings in 6 games, falling 2 wins shy of a 3rd Stanley cup appearance. I am not going to mention the 2008-2009 campaign right now...***
So for the fans of other cities with a lot of champions, Boston, LA, New York, Chicago, rejoice in the quality in your sports. For those of you who are fans of sports in cities like Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia ***Won 2008 World Series***, San Diego and I won't forget those of you in Buffalo, you can share the pain. Though we in Dallas have way more than you, they are essentially all in 1 sports. Cleveland, you are the city I feel for most. Good luck to you. For everyone else in Dallas Sports Land, I dare say prepare yourself, while the cowboys are donesky, the Mavs will be a second round bust, the Rangers will probably finish last in the west, I think the Stars, if they can figure out how to get around Detroit have a chance to make a third appearance in the Stanley Cup. They know how to handle Anaheim and San Jose in their own division, but the only team we have to worry about is Detroit. The Mavs have to worry about Phoenix, San Antonio, and Golden State, a much more daunting task. They may escape a first round matchup with someone like Utah, but a second round matchup with the likes of the Lakers, Spurs or Suns could prove in another disappointment, similar to what the Cowboys suffered to a team that they dominated twice in the regular season. Anyway, I'm done ranting...and I think I should move to Vegas. I think sports would be a lot less stressful for me to watch living in a city without a major professional sports team. Hell I could just move to Europe and become a soccer fan, but what would that accomplish. Anyway I'm done, so I say fuck Tom Hicks and the shit he has done to the Rangers organization.
Seeing this post from a year ago my feelings haven't really changed, but I am surprised with my accuracy in calling what was going to happen that year in sports for the Metroplex. Anyway, this is just a rant and rave that I am reposting after seeing the Dallas Cowboys get reamed by an Eagle team with a quarterback, who according to Rush Limbaugh is just not a good quarterback...of course that is a whole different story. I hope you all have enjoyed this blog (again if you read it last year), and tune in next time for another exciting writing from Captain Awesome, oh yeah...Get your popcorn ready...