I am that person that hates to see the end of a era. There’s something bittersweet about saying goodbye to the people you grew to love especially in the sports world. The end of an era is coming for a lot of my current sports heroes. In the NBA the classes of 2002 and 2003 are by far my favorite classes. They were loaded with guys that made me enjoy the NBA again. A few guys from years before are still relevant in the NBA but that class is about to reach the point where you start circling the opportunities to see them play the next few years because father time is ready to start calling them to the land of the retired.
The NFL is a different animal all together. Sometimes players have to be moved because they are just too expensive or because the team needs to switch things up. Today I have to let go of my quarterback. Tony Romo has been the centerpiece of my fandom for the Dallas Cowboys for almost 8 years now. Continue reading →
Earlier this week we watched the release of 2 of the greatest running backs of the modern era. Both Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson have been staples of NFL running games for the past 7 years. Now Charles, 30, and Peterson, 31, have found themselves in the unemployment line. Considered washed up and used goods. On the exterior they have to feel as if they have lots of life left in their bodies. The reality is that very few runners are productive past their 30th birthday.
Why? The reality is that the wear and tear of a running back is extreme. All it really takes is one max carry season and the next season will be riddled with injuries. There are many that subscribe to the thought that the curse of 370 is just a hoax. I’m here to tell you that the curse of 370 is real. Just ask Demarco Murray, Larry Johnson, Terrell Davis, Jamaal Lewis, Curtis Martin, Earl Campbell, Barry Foster, and Shaun Alexander. Continue reading →
I know I am a little prejudiced in my evaluation since he coached me in college, and became one of my best friends, but I have seen enough film and football throughout the years to make my argument. Not to mention that the Hall must agree since he is one of two right guards to be admitted into the Hall of Fame.
The thing is if you ask anyone who played during his era, and trust me I did plenty of times hoping someone who played would give me some ammo to fire back at him at some point, who was the best offensive lineman they played against, his name would come up about 90 percent of the time.
I remember when he would have his annual hall of fame golf tournament to raise money for the university. Guys like Mike Webster, Deacon Jones, Joe Greene, Mercury Morris, and a host of other stars would come out in support of their fellow hall of famer. Continue reading →
Father Time is probably the most unfriendly person any athlete or human being wants to encounter. Father Time is undefeated and eventually he will claim at least part of your spirit and take away your ability to do extraordinary things in the process. Some athletes find a way to defy Father Time. Others seem to give in to the old fella and in a desperate attempt to prove him wrong, fall to a level where their greatness will be forever questioned.
A few athletes figured it out early and discovered when to quit. Others defied him in ordinary moments, but on his biggest and brightest stage Father Time reigned supreme.
Dwyane Wade – Considered by most to be the most athletic of the trio of fantastic players in the 2003 NBA draft. Wade was unmistakably a force and impact player and never Continue reading →
I pride myself on being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. In fact outside of my family, the longest relationship I’ve ever had has been with the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve loved them through thick and thin and there have been several times I’ve wanted to leave but stayed. I’m loyal to a fault and even though I step out on my team from time to time, I always have their back regardless of how I feel about them and how they are playing.
The Dallas Cowboys have a very big decision to make in the next week. The return of Tony Romo is eminent and if you were looking for a return to form, this would have been the best case scenario ever. Except the Cowboys are 5 – 1 without Romo at the helm and Rayne Dakota Prescott is balling at a high level.
To know me is to know that there are very few guys I go against the grain for. However, Sterling Sharpe is one of those guys. I remember the first time I saw him up close, he was at a football camp in Fayetteville, NC that Redskins safety Brad Edwards was having and listening to him talk about football made me a believer in him. I was already a fan but listening to him describe why to a little kid showed me that he was passionate about his craft.
That being said, Sharpe had his career cut short by a neck injury that could have left him paralyzed if he would have tried to continue playing. Sharpe was already a superstar but when his career was cut short, he lost out on the opportunity to have a legitimate quarterback throwing him the rock for the next 6 – 7 years.
Sharpe’s brother Shannon made the Hall a couple of years ago and he even admitted in his speech that he wasn’t the best football player in his family. Let’s not get it twisted, Shannon is deserving of the Hall, but in comparison to his brother, he’s not even close talent wise. Continue reading →
Football is back and I’m excited. This year is different as none of my teams really have a chance, but I am learning to deal with life after the golden era of my favorite teams. The past few years I’ve made my way to a minimum of 3 road games that the Dallas Cowboys play. One of those games is almost always played in the nations capital as we watch our beloved Cowboys take on the Washington Racial Slurs. This year, I elected not to go as the game will fall on the birthday weekend of my little princess.
If you know anything about me, nothing, (not even football) comes between me and the princess. I can’t wait until she cares enough about it to become my road dog for games but until then, I will continue to hit the road with my people who love the game as much as I do. Continue reading →