Kauf Drops: Dallas Mavericks, DeMarcus Ware, and a Possible New Rivalry

Can Dirk carry the Dallas Mavericks back to the promised land?

The Dallas Mavericks may have picked up what could be a signature win and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Winning on the road is hard enough, but doing it against one of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference makes that feat so much harder, especially when you’re facing one of the top young stars in the game in Paul George.

The game was tied 66-66 midway through the fourth quarter but Dirk Nowitzki and the boys made sure they were not going to leave Indianapolis without landing a victory and they did just that; finishing the game with a 15-7 run to close an 81-73 win.

With it, the Mavericks now hold on to the sixth spot in the NBA’s Western Conference playoff race but there’s still a long way to go. I’ve begun to notice that the team I didn’t expect to even be in the playoff race has continued to fight through every game and pulled out wins most didn’t expect them to get.

However, there’s the other side of the coin when you watch this team lose games they shouldn’t be losing and do so in grand fashion.

When it’s all said and done, the Mavericks might make more noise in the playoffs than I originally expected them to make. If they can get wins like this against one of the best teams the Eastern Conference has to offer, maybe the West really does have to take the team from Dallas a little more seriously.

 

A sleeping giant in Fort Worth

Things may be changing in Fort Worth, Texas and the TCU Horned Frogs may be ready to make a big statement to the Big 12 when the 2014 season gets underway.

While it’s still early and we’re just more than a week removed from national signing day, the Horned Frogs are, all of a sudden, ranked in the top 10 in recruiting for the 2015 class. There’s still a lot of work to do for Coach Gary Patterson and his staff, but if this holds up, there may be a national powerhouse building at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

 

What does the future hold for DeMarcus Ware?

Is DeMarcus Ware’s future with the Dallas Cowboys really in jeopardy? The defensive end is set to undergo elbow surgery and you have to hope that it makes an impact on his play for this team going in to the 2014 season.

Ware told ESPN that he wore an elbow pad to make sure it didn’t get hit but he admitted that it didn’t do much to help his pain and would be irritated just with a light touch. He’s expected to go under the knife on February 18th and time will tell whether that changes the type of player he is or if he remains with the Cowboys for the rest of his career.

 

Nolan Ryan in Houston doesn’t mean a new rivalry….yet

Only time will tell what affect Nolan Ryan will have on the Houston Astros after joining the organization as an advisor to general manager Jim Crane. Ryan himself said he wasn’t going to move to Houston and he didn’t want an office at the ballpark, so maybe that means he’s available for advice or to give his take on certain players.

The talk of a new “rivalry” building between these two teams because of Ryan joining the team to the south, especially after leaving the Texas Rangers for any number of reasons, is premature to say the least. Just because Ryan decided to join the Astros, a team that is still very young and is still in the very early stages of rebuilding, doesn’t mean they’re about to be sent into a chase for the World Series.

An advisor isn’t exactly the role of a CEO, so I’m not sure this can be taken all that serious unless things, or his role, change.

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

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