Time to rally
Sinking just 25 points below .500, the Richland men’s baseball team continues to fight for the postseason. After getting clobbered by North Lake 16-2 on Friday the 13th, the Thunderducks retaliated the next day against the Blazers 27-9. On April 20, the Thunderducks won in a close game against the Brookhaven Bears, 6-5. The Metro Athletic Conference is up for grabs. At the moment, Brookhaven, Eastfield and Cedar Valley are in the top three with the T-Ducks not far away.
Everybody knows when you leave a job on bad terms, you don’t lash out on social media. Obviously, Dez Bryant didn’t get the message. Was it a “circle” that got rid of him? Or was it his lackluster performance last season? Any way you slice it, both Dez and the Dallas Cowboys were in the wrong. Now the question is how can you replace a star wide receiver like Bryant? Easy. Find a better, younger, more mature offensive catalyst in the NFL Draft. Are things looking bright for Bryant? Not now and no one in Dallas cares. It’s time to win again, Cowboys. There are too many mouths open and it’s time to see more action.
A possible Dallas connection
Can Courtland Sutton fill Dez Bryant’s shoes in Dallas? The wide receiver from SMU has the size and athleticism that the Cowboys really need to blow past the opponents’ secondaries. In 2017, Sutton produced 68 catches for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns. He decided to skip his final season of eligibility to go pro. His height would be sufficient and compares to other top NFL receivers like Mike Evans and Alston Jeffery. There won’t be another Dez Bryant and that’s the good news. Sutton can fill that void in two or three years.
Retire the Carter hat
The man who is responsible for bringing pro basketball back to Dallas in 1980 will have his jersey retired...but it won’t be a jersey. The famous Stetson cowboy hat worn by Dallas Mavericks founder and first owner Donald Carter will be raised up to the rafters at the American Airlines Center. As a gift to his wife, Linda Jo, Carter and Norm Sonju came together to purchase an NBA team for $12 million. The league approved and the Mavericks were born as the NBA’s 23rd team.
The original Mavs logo with the cowboy hat came from Carter. What they failed to realize was that the University of Texas at Arlington already claimed the Maverick team name. Carter and company stuck with it and the rest is history. Carter owned the Mavericks from 1980-1996 through good times and bad.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern presented the 2011 NBA championship trophy to Carter at current Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s request. Carter died earlier this year at 84. He’ll join Maverick legends Brad Davis, Rolando Blackman and Derek Harper in the rafters. And in a couple of years, future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki will join Carter and company with his #41 jersey retired.