Kauf Drops: Contracts, Prosper, and Random Thoughts

Someone questioning Yu Darvish's toughness. Again. (Image: Abelimages/Getty Images North America)

Riding the Choo Choo Out of Town

I know there are plenty of people who are already judging the contract the Texas Rangers gave to outfielder Shin-Shoo Choo prior to the 2014 season, but are we really ready to judge Choo, or the contract, based on one season that has turned out unlike any other Rangers’ season any of us have seen, well, ever? What if his next six years show us exactly why the Rangers brought him in in the first place? Would you then take back anything you said about it being a terrible contract or the playing being terribly overpaid or overrated?

The injuries to this team have been decimating and the Rangers look more like a Triple-A club than resembling anything like a big league team. That being said, if there are any Houston Astros’ fans bragging about having a better record or beating the Rangers this many times this season, can we bring it down a notch and remember Texas is playing with most of their players spending the entire season on the disabled list? Do you really think you beat this team at 100 percent strength? Really?

Speaking of contracts, the Dallas Cowboys are working on getting a long term deal done with wide receiver Dez Bryant…and why not? Bryant is arguably one of the more talented players in the league not only at his position but as a player in general. There’s no reason the Cowboys shouldn’t get something done with him to make sure he’s here long term, he is one of the few things fans have to look forward to when they come to the stadium for any number of home games.

Why they continue to spend that much money on tickets, parking, and concessions to watch a less than mediocre football team is beyond me.

 

Prosper v. Birdville

I never thought I would look forward to high school football opening their season this much. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I’ll be one half of the radio broadcast team for the Prosper Eagles this season, alongside play-by-play guy Bryan Sutcliffe.

They’ll open their season on Friday night against the Birdville Hawks who are coming off back-to-back playoff appearances but in those two straight years they were bounced by Denton Guyer who eventually went on to win the state title. Nothing like saying you lost to the eventual champion, right?

There will be a lot of new starters for the Eagles so there’s no reason to judge what their season will be based on one game, especially against an opponent like Birdville. However, it still gives me a chance to do radio which I absolutely love – even more than writing as strange as that might be.

I’m looking forward to getting to know head coach Kent Scott and working with the assistants as well as meeting some of the parents of the players. I always thought that was an important thing to do especially at this level.

 

Random Thoughts

There are complaints aplenty this morning about a certain columnist here in DFW questioning Yu Darvish and his toughness for not pitching the rest of this season. It’s not that I don’t scratch my head at questioning someone’s “toughness,” I just don’t know why we care that much about one person’s opinion. Yeah it might be off the wall, out of left field, and we completely disagree, but when we’ve seen these kind of things from them before, why we surprised every time it happens.

Not only that, but isn’t it one person’s opinion? Does it really hold that much weight? Just something I think about.

Speaking of opinions, I had suggested that a guy like Kurt Suzuki would have been my first choice at the catcher spot for the Rangers during this past offseason and was dismissed by more than a few people. I wonder if they think I was still wrong about that suggestion?

College football kicks off this weekend and I couldn’t be happier. I get to throw on my red and white Fresno State football jersey on Saturday and root for the Bulldogs as they take on the USC Trojans. We’ve been down this road before with this match-up and while I’m not exactly overly optimistic, this team could very well surprise me. But I doubt it.

Speaking of college football, if you love a good college football game there are four really good ones that will be played at AT&T Stadium over the next few months and I would very much suggest taking in a college game there even if you don’t have a dog in the fight so to speak. The noise level is absolutely deafening and the atmosphere is always incredible.

First up: The Oklahoma State Cowboys take on Heisman winner Jameis Winston and the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles.

The other games at AT&T Stadium should be equally as good. The Texas Longhorns will take on the UCLA Bruins, both teams ranked in the pre-season top 25, the Arkansas Razorbacks will face the Texas A&M Aggies, who will be starting life after Johnny Manziel, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Baylor Bears will do battle there at the end of November.

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. 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

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