Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wednesday Links

Rangers lose, show frustration

Michael Young was frustrated, and Mark Teixeira was blunt.

"My three years here, this is the worst that it's ever been," Teixeira said. "Everything. My rookie year, we lost something like 20 of 23 in June.

"This is worse than that."

But, wait, there is more:

"I had hoped we were ready to take it to the next level this season instead of taking a step backward," Young said. "This is my fifth year with this team, and we've never finished higher than third place. It's hard when every season you start concentrating on next year.

"I don't want to think of myself as a losing player. I know how to stay locked in for a game, and I'll do that. Unfortunately, I've had that practice."

Evan Grant’s newsletter takes on the angry Rangers fans…

A look back at the Mavs with Finley

Mark Cuban second guesses himself

Are we going to get back in the business of taking on bad contracts to get a single player. No. Will we consider trading short term contracts for longer, more expensive players, yes. If it makes basketball sense and doesnt inhibit our future. The difference going forward today vs the past is that Avery and Donnie are putting in programs and structure that will allow us to better evaluate players and choose those that put our team in the best position to succeed. We never did that in the past.

We made trades because we thought we knew players. Im embarrased to admit, but this summer was the first time we actually brought in non rookie Free Agents that we were interested in to work out. Before, we just called the agents of guys we liked and tried to work out deals.

Avery and Donnie and Joe P have watched more tape in a week of players that we have talked about in trades or Free Agency then we have watched in any summer since I bought the team and maybe in all combined.

Its my fault that we got to this point.

I never should have authorized deals without asking for far more details. I was guilty of being overly optomistic. I wanted to believe that the next deal was the one that was the difference maker. I found ways to rationalize the business side and how i would only be losing a few more dollars and that if it made the difference it was worth it. I enabled a culture where we always thought that if we had assets to trade we could fix a mistake.

I was wrong.

John Clayton looks at the Cowboys building their roster with more Parcells guys this spring

Kyle Field is #1 stadium in America

Liberty Allows Flip-Flops!

LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) -- Capri pants and flip-flops will be fine in class but shorts will remain forbidden as school starts next week at Liberty University, the college founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Students were notified of the more relaxed campus dress code by e-mail. As recently as five years ago, men were required to wear ties at the university and women had to wear long skirts or dresses.

And a few quick e-mails:

Sports Sturm,

I missed your previous discussion on Parcells and EA sports - but in case you never got an answer as to why Tuna is not in the game - it's because he declined to become a member in the NFL Coaches Association, and EA contracted with the Association for their images and likenesses.


David Smith

And this one from last yesterday’s Rosenhaus segment:

I love lectures from professional athletes and super agents. More please. And it is the media's fault, if you don't like it TOO BAD! I am marching right into my bosses office to tell him I am playing golf this afternoon and if he doesn't like it, TOO BAD! When he fires me I will sock him in the face, go play golf, and demand a second chance tomorrow while at the same time telling him that when I come back I will expect to play golf again. brilliant! Pro athletes and super agents should rule the world.



AttnyDan said...

With all due respect, Texas is a football state and the Rangers should be used to page 8 of the Sports page when August hits. Saying that, GOOD GAWD AHMIGHTY, they've gone from an average team to just flat awful since the trade deadline.

Is it possible that maybe, just maybe the players have figured out what we've known all along? There is no help coming, this year, next year or ever from free agency?

I love the young guys, but Hicks is totally destroying their faith in this organization. Congratulations, Tom. Sell the $^%@ing team please.

Fake Big Mac said...

I'm starting two new websites:


No thanks necessary Bob.

I hate the P1

Anonymous said...

Did I catch a few Nellie low-blows in Cubans blog? He just pretty much pawned off all bad trades in the past few years on Nellie.

Anonymous said...

I will join, but who is going to fire him?

Patrick said...

I'm pretty sure the only person who can fire Tom Hicks is Mrs. Tom Hicks, unless he goes all Marge Schott on us.

Fake Big Mac said...

Fine, screw the P1.

How about

Anonymous said...

What about or that second one might be taking it a little too far.

Chris said...

FYI, the City of Dallas has some very well documented F ups in its history regarding great projects, and keeping a lot of money IN Dallas...

The city government better pull their head out of their ass and realize that the OU-Texas game, and $20M a year in the pockets of businesses in Dallas are going to walk to Arlington, or worse, walk to a Norman - Austin series VERY soon!!!

Just another great example of why Dallas is failing... (and Ft. Worth and Arlington are kicking ass)

Adam said...

Did I catch a few Nellie low-blows in Cubans blog? He just pretty much pawned off all bad trades in the past few years on Nellie.

That's the way I read it...

Isn't it reassuring to know that Mark Cuban is apparently going to start getting MORE involved in player personnel matters?