Kauf Drops: Lost Season, New Player, and the World Cup

If the Rangers are going to win the AL West, Derek Holland needs to step up.

The Lost 2014 Season

When April began, no one could have predicted what has transpired with the Texas Rangers and their 2014 season. No one.

This hasn’t been a fun few months, there’s no Ranger fan who will disagree with that. You try to watch them but there comes a time where it becomes unwatchable baseball because there’s no more losing than winning and, outside of Yu Darvish, very little excitement at the ballpark anymore.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

I don’t blame baseball fans for sticking with their team. In fact I applaud it, especially with most of the DFW media already salivating over the Dallas Cowboys who haven’t done anything worthy of being called “exciting” in 18 years — but I digress.

It’s hard to blame anything on the Rangers’ front office, unless you want to bring up Tanner Scheppers, Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross. Then there might be an argument to be made about blaming someone somewhere. However, losing Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland, Jurickson Profar, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez couldn’t have been predicted, not to mention still waiting for Derek Holland and Geovany Soto to make their 2014 debuts.

The only reason to continue to watch what has transpired in 2014 is the one, though long shot, chance at getting into one of two wild card spots. Is it extremely unlikely? Yes. But at least it gives the Rangers, and their fans a little bit of hope.

Tyson Chandler Returns

The Dallas Mavericks should have made a bigger effort to keep Tyson Chandler around and the team itself looked, and played, very different without him wearing a Mavericks uniform. Thankfully, owner Mark Cuban saw the error in his ways and re-acquired Chandler to bring him back to the place where he belongs and the place he helped bring a championship to back in 2011.

While he doesn’t guarantee this team an automatic berth into the playoffs next season, he does make them far and away better underneath the basket. An enforcer if you will.

What’s left at this point, and I won’t even get into the very unlikely possibility of Carmelo Anthony, is to bring in a solid point guard who can be a floor general for this team. It’s what Jason Kidd did for them three years ago and it’s what they desperately need now. A guy who can run the offense, a guy who’s going to be a captain on the floor (outside of Dirk Nowitzki), and someone who can make things happen not only offensively but can disrupt the opposing team’s point guard.

If they can get that when free agency begins tomorrow, it will make them a much better team than the one that took the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games this past postseason.

Let People Enjoy the World Cup

I get that a lot of people are not big fans of soccer, I’m one of those as well (just as @geoffreyturner on twitter). I don’t like defending soccer and I may never become a fan of the sport at all in my lifetime no matter how much a certain friend might try as hard as he can to change that line of thinking. However, the only reason that I will stick up for soccer is the amount of criticism it’s gotten from the local media in the last week alone. I understand they think watching paint dry would be a lot more fun and I get the argument about the amount of flopping that takes place because it’s one of the arguments I’ve made about the sport as well. However, how much flopping did we watch the San Antonio Spurs do during this last postseason? I don’t see anyone complaining about that as much as they do about it happening in soccer.

I’m not asking people to watch club soccer or become huge fans of the sport, I get that it’s not really that big of a deal year round here in the United States, but let people enjoy cheering on their country during an event that happens once every four years.

We’re not asking you to turn it on your television or forcing you to show up to one of the many watching parties that take place around Dallas/Ft Worth and around the country, but what I do ask is that you either get on board rooting for this US team or stop complaining about those who do want to get excited about it and do enjoy this tournament. Don’t want to watch it? That’s fine, you have your own television remote, just hit the channel button and you’ll something great happen — it changes the channel.

Don’t want to see people tweeting about it? Great. See that button that says ‘Follow?’ Hit it and watch it change from blue to white. What does that mean? You’ve just unfollowed that certain someone, or group of people, who do enjoy tweeting about it so you won’t have to see it for the next week or so.

You don’t have to love it; you don’t even have to like it. But let others enjoy it.

After all, they aren’t rooting for a team; they’re rooting for their country.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

1 Comment on Kauf Drops: Lost Season, New Player, and the World Cup

  1. #WeBelieve (Any amount of soccer writing on TSI will make me smile)

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