We made it to 2017, and already there’s good and bad news. The Cowboy Nation is obviously sick to its stomachs, after Aaron Rodgers and the Packers upset the boys in the divisional round. I must say it was a great comeback by Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant and the Cowboys. I tip my hat to the team on a great season. Cowboys fans, is it really worth watching the rest of the playoffs now?
Speaking of the NFL, last November on Election Day, San Diego rejected a new football stadium for the Chargers. After 56 years, the Chargers are heading back to their original home, Los Angeles. I mean, seriously, they gave the Padres a new baseball stadium but said no to the Chargers. Qualcomm Stadium is the same age as the Super Bowl. It’s time to rebuild! The Chargers will join the Rams at a new stadium in Inglewood in 2019. Meanwhile, the Raiders are on their way out of Oakland with plans of heading toward Las Vegas as Nevada’s second pro sports team following the NHL’s new Vegas Golden Knights.
Not much is going on when it comes to the Mavericks and Stars. Both teams picked up the tempo just a bit but we’re a long way from the end of the season. The NBA is still the same with the usual teams on top, such as the Warriors and Cavaliers. College basketball is cookin’. So far, so good. Both Baylor men’s and women’s teams are on fire as both are ranked in the Top 10. The Baylor men’s team reached No. 1 for the first time in school history until the squad was blown out by West Virginia. The UCONN women’s team continues to win, win, win! This month the Lady Huskies broke their record by winning their 91st straight game. Unbelievable!
The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are former Expo and White Sox star Tim Raines, Houston Astros all-time home run king Jeff Bagwell and the second-greatest Texas Ranger of all-time, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. These three did big things throughout their careers and deserve to be in Cooperstown. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were not that far away but didn’t make it. They could be close again next year, if the voting baseball writers can forgive them for using illegal supplements.
Keep it locked to Richland’s sports as we cover our wrestling and basketball programs. Bill Neal and Jon Havens, two outstanding championship coaches, are on the hunt to bring more titles to North Dallas. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for 2017. Last year was shocking but then again, every year is. Wishing everyone a safe, prosperous and victorious ’17.
- Tru Armstrong