Tru Grit: Sports Roundup

Seems like football is the only thing that’s cookin’ in the Metroplex. The Cowboys have won 11 straight after beating the Minnesota Vikings 17-15 in Minneapolis. The Dallas Cowboys celebrated Thanksgiving with a huge win over the Washington Redskins, 31-26. After Minneapolis is the ’Boys destiny and possibility of clinching a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. High school football playoffs are also cookin’ and several Metroplex schools are looking to punch that ticket to the semis.  

In the college ranks, Texas fired football head coach Charlie Strong. Longhorn nation in Austin was hoping to see big changes when Strong did great at Louisville but all they got was three disappointing seasons with a record of 16-21. High expectations were shattered especially when Texas lost to cupcake Kansas which was supposed to be an easy win. They got spiked by the Horned Frogs at TCU. It was time for a coaching change and the Longhorns grabbed Tom Herman from the University of Houston. Herman posted a 22-4 record in his only two seasons with the Cougars. 

College football playoffs are right around the corner which is no surprise. When they have Alabama and Ohio State once again the top two, it just sucks the fun out of the entire postseason.  

I never thought the Mavericks would start the season off that bad. They’re basically tanking whether Mark Cuban wants to admit it or not. With Dirk Nowitzki injured and complicated chemistry, the Mavs could turn out to be the second-worst team by season’s end. The same goes for the Dallas Stars of the NHL. Just pure disappointments early in the season. I wouldn’t be surprised if ticket prices at the American Airlines Center would go down. I could probably get lower bowl seats for less. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen lots of empty seats at the AAC.... 

Major League Baseball will no longer use the winner of the All-Star Game to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. I like this idea a lot because the team who wins the pennant with the best record will get home field. It’s something they should’ve done all this time. In the last 10 all-star matches, the American League won seven of them. So now with this change, hopefully the Rangers can bring in better pitchers and keep the offense powerful so that they can have the best record again.  

As we enter the final month of 2016, I must say it’s been an interesting year. Championships from Richland College to Chicago to Cleveland. The Cowboys are red hot and hopefully they can melt all that bad ice from the very cold Mavs and Stars. High school football will wrap up its season and college football and their revolting list of bowl games. But be ready for Richland basketball and wrestling as the season continues....

—Tru Armstrong