Kauf Drops: Not Lacking in the Area of Attention

Will Jerry Jones be willing to change his head coach? Or is comfortable all he needs to keep Garrett in that seat for the long run?

Jerry Jones Appreciation Day

I really thought Tuesday was just the anniversary of Jerry Jones purchasing the Dallas Cowboys. What it turned in to was an all out praise of an owner who won’t get out of his own way.

Now I understand appreciating a guy who has turned the Cowboys into the top selling team in the NFL, there’s no denying the type of savvy businessman Jones has been over the years. But being the owner who won’t admit that he’s his own problem is something else entirely.

For 17 years, the Dallas Cowboys have just a single playoff victory under their belt and haven’t come close to even sniffing the Super Bowl let alone the conference championship game. Thanks for being a great businessman Jerry, but as for being a general manager and being able to draft among the best of them — you’re lacking more than a little.

 

Throw it down, Wash!

If there’s one thing I love about Texas Rangers’ manager Ron Washington it’s the absolute honesty that he brings to the job and not just in private. He cares very little what the media thinks of him and, when asked about bunting and those who believe in analytics, Wash again didn’t pull any punches.

While I won’t post the entire quote no matter how funny it was, I will tell you he essentially told those who use analytics in their arguments to, well, “shove it.”

Come to think of it, why should he pull any punches? Because some person sitting in front of a computer tells him he’s wrong? Because those people are tired of seeing it happen time after time? How many of those computer, stat watching, baseball fans could do the job that Ron Washington has done for this organization during his tenure? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Here’s what I don’t understand about the whole bunting argument. While I understand the whole “giving up an out” thing, why are we not holding the hitters behind said bunter accountable? Why are we not looking at guys like Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz (now playing for the Baltimore “Texas East” Orioles), and Alex Rios to name a few and asking the question, “why can’t you do your job?”

I can see the argument coming now so I may as well save you the trouble. Yes, I understand that hitting with runners in scoring position isn’t a skill, but being able to get the ball out of the infield with a runner on third and one out certainly isn’t a lost art, especially for a big league hitter.

Here’s another argument I’ll give you; this offense wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire so in what other way would you have suggested Wash use to manufacture runs? I’ll patiently await your answer.

The offense has certainly been upgraded with the addition of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder so many bunts won’t come into play this season as often as it did last season — or maybe it will.

At the end of the day, it’s still Wash’s job to make that call and I’d say he’s earned the benefit of the doubt. He’s certainly done more for the baseball team in this town than Jason Garrett has for a certain mediocre football team.

 

A Rooting Interest…

I got to spend some time with Hebron High School offensive lineman Zach Rodgers and his father, Randy. While this wasn’t my first time being around both of them, I have to admit that I have a rooting interest, and a bias of sorts, when it comes to Zach and his family.

I first met them during one of SMU’s Junior Days they hold each year. If you’ve never been to this event, it’s held by just about every college and it’s a day where coaches can meet the incoming recruits and give them a tour of their facilities. For some of the bigger recruits, it’s a chance for the position coaches to talk to them in person.

While you can tell who the bigger, more outstanding, recruits are by the way they carry themselves and how they talk to you, this young man was different from the rest. From the moment I shook his hand to this very day, it’s always “yes sir” and “no sir” to every question I ask. To say I was impressed would be an understatement.

Fast forward to a scrimmage that took place just before the 2013 season got underway and I get wind of Zach sustaining an ACL injury that would end his junior season before it ever began. I talked to his father, Randy, and you could tell just how devastated they were. There really wasn’t anything I could say in that moment, but what you did know was this young man was going to do everything he could to fight to get back on the field for his final season at Hebron and get himself physically ready to take on a new challenge — playing football at the University of Arkansas and in the Southeastern Conference in 2015.

After getting a chance to talk to Zach and his father on Monday night, it was tough for me not to come away with a rooting interest in Zach. But, from everything he said, you just get the feeling he’s going to have a big year in 2014. Believe me when I tell you, I’ll be sitting quietly in my own corner rooting for that exact thing.

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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