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Got My Sports Shorts On!

Apologies for the delay since my last blog, but we finally started classes here at UCLA so my responsibilities have exponentially risen over the past few weeks! I feel like I am running 200 MPH all day, every day! SO… I’ll do my best to keep up with the real world throughout the school year. And by the way, my definition of the real world is the sports world. Here are my thoughts on what has been going on in the wide world of sports over the past couple of weeks:

RANGERS: Holy Texas Rangers, batman! As the only major league team who has never won a playoff series, The Rangers are making the most of their 2010 opportunity. After putting a 2-0 chokehold on the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon they are well on their way to the next round of the playoffs, a place they have only heard stories about. Going up 2-0 on the impressive Rays while playing in Tampa and heading back to Texas for Game 3 and Game 4  is HUGE. Cliff Lee was incredibly dominant in Game 1 and CJ Wilson only allowed 2 hits through his 6 1/3 innings of work today. The defense was stellar featuring Josh Hamilton (per usual) and the Rangers loaded lineup stepped up to the plate and delivered including third baseman Michael Young getting his first post-season hit of his career, a three-run homer in the fifth to crack the game open for the Rangers. While watching the last few innings of the game from my trusty elliptical in our training room, I was laughing out loud watching Wilson and Hamilton clown around with each other in the dugout once the game was firmly in their grasp. Josh was making faces at the camera while CJ was lurking unknowingly behind him throwing up bunny ears and the infamous antlers. It was an awesome display of how much genuine fun these guys are having soaking up every second of what could potentially become the franchise’s most successful playoff run to date. Well, what am I saying? They have already won a playoff game, so they have already upstaged their Ranger predecessors. I just love watching professional athletes when it’s clear that they REALLY ENJOY PLAYING. It’s not about the money or the fame for these guys… It’s about the game, hanging out with each other, and winning games. How refreshing! Keep it going boys, lemme see your claws and antlers! 

COWBOYS: As outstanding as Dez Bryant has been on the field thus far, he finally got his pay back for his refusal to carry Roy William’s pads during pre-season training camp (See: “Dear Dez, You Have to Fit In Before You Can Stand Out”). During the bye week Bryant invited the offensive players out to dinner, on him of course, to (literally) pay his dues as the star rookie on the team. Much to Bryant’s surprise, not only did the offense show up…. so did the defense, on a special personal invite straight from Roy Williams. This was obviously the perfect opportunity for  the revenge that William’s spoke of a few months back. And he took full advantage of it. The ‘Boys ordered nearly every item on the menu at Pappa’s Steakhouse including numerous bottles of expensive bottles to go. Apparently the price for not carrying a veteran’s pads is, drumroll please… $55,000. AWESOME. Oh, and the Cowboys are 1-2. Meh.

BRUINS: I could definitely get used to this whole winning football games thing. The Bruins took care of business last weekend against the hapless, toothless Washington State Cougars winning 42-28 in front of the hometown crowd at the Rosebowl. It would have been easy to have a football hangover after the emotionall victory over Texas, but the Bruins scratched and clawed their way to a somewhat sloppy victory, which in my opinion probably wouldn’t have happened in previous years. Richard Brehaut got the start in place of Kevin Prince, who was experiencing some knee swelling following a hit during the Texas game, completing 12 of 23 passes for 128 passing yards and was poised under pressure scoring the go-ahead TD on a QB keeper in the 4th quarter. The lightning and thunder one-two punch of Jet Franklin (216 yards) and Derrick Coleman (185 yards) made their substantial contributions to the Bruins 437 rushing yards. I’m PRETTY sure we have found a solid identity in our running game, don’cha think? Kai Forbath made two field goals bringing his collegiate total completions to 80, just five behind John Lee who holds the school record with 85. A Bruin win, an SC loss, and a Stanford loss made reason for celebration on Saturday evening in Westwood! Hard work, positive attitudes, and guts are paying off. Let’s take it on the road to Cal this Saturday, Bruins baby!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

  • The “Year of the Pitcher” has evidently carried over into October post-season fun. Timmy Lincecum gets 14 Ks tonight and Roy Halladay tossed the second no-hitter of MLB playoff history yesterday. What an animal. If not for one pitch, he would have had his second PERFECT GAME of the year. That’s just filthy. I’m not gonna lie… if it gets to the point where the Rangers are playing the Phillies… I’m gonna be a little nervous. And by a little nervous, I mean A LOT nervous. What a way come out for your first playoff start ever, congratulations Roy!
  • Randy Moss is on the move, people. Back to the Vikings he goes. A few weeks ago he made it clear that he felt unwanted/under-appreciated in New England. The Pats solved that problem real quick. I’m sure Grandpa Brett will be happy to have Moss in the Minny endzone since Sidney Rice is still out after hip surgery and poor Percy Harvin seems to still be suffering with his bouts of migraines. Come MNF we’ll see how Moss looks in purple… again.
  • The Texas Longhorns are suffering on the gridiron… and that’s an understatement. After losses to UCLA(!) and Oklahoma, UT has fallen out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 9 years. It happens to the best of us, but it’s just so weird to have a Top 25 without the Longhorns in it. Interested to see how they rebound and if they can get it together after a bye this weekend.
  • Our head gymnastics coach, Valorie Kondos-Field, was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. What an amazing accomplishment! Just wanted to give her a shout out of mad congratulations. We’re all so proud! Senior class with Miss Val:
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Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl Curse Killers?

Call it a jinx, call it a curse… but of the 44 Super Bowls that have been played, 37 Super Bowls games have been played in NFL stadiums and NOT ONCE has the home field team been out there competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I can’t help but believe in some sports “curses “and superstitions. I mean, I’m not crazy about my own superstitions, but I do have some things I do before and during all of my competitions, just makes me feel better. Anyways, exhibit A: the Sports Illustrated curse. According to the myth, after an individual or a team has been featured on the front of the magazine they are doomed to experience bad luck. Now obviously not EVERYONE is affected by the SI curse (Michael Jordan had a record 49 cover appearances and it clearly didn’t affect his performance), but the list of notable bouts with bad luck following a cover appearance is somewhat extensive and impossible to ignore:

  • June 2010: Basbeall player Stephen Strasburg. Later that week was injured, put on the DL, and required Tommy John surgery.
  • April 2010: Yankees “Core Four” (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada). Within a week of their cover, Rivera, Pettitte, and Posada suffered injuries.
  • February 2010: Downhill skier Lindsey Vonn. The gold-medal hopeful suffered a serious shin injury the same week she appeared on the cover.
  • January 2010: Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez. Both lost their Division Championship games.
  • January 2010: Miles Austin. The Cowboys lost their divisional playoff game that Saturday.

… and those are just from this year. I’m serious, the list goes on and on. So, back to the 2010 Super Bowl. Only 5 would-be Super Bowl hosts have even made the playoffs. Only 2 of those teams have even won a playoff game. No host has ever reached the divisional championship game. Ouch.

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year, BUT Dallas is hosting this year’s big game in Cowboys Stadium/The Death Star/Jerry World which, could make things difficult. Owner Jerry Jones has made it no secret that he is adamant about his ‘Boys breaking the 0-37 Super Bowl record. However, after a much less than stellar pre-season it is clear that “America’s Team” has a long road ahead of them before they become “America’s SUPER BOWL WINNING Team.” The primary concern is the age and depth (or lack thereof) of the offensive line. The four returning starters are at least 31 years old and right tackle Marc Colombo is out with a knee injury. Having a vicious O-Line is so important to a team’s success, ask any QB in the league. Uncertainty at kicker can greatly affect the confidence of a team and even though the Cowboys have confidence in David Buehler after an impressive pre-season and training camp, he still has to prove himself in the regular season. Buehler was inconsistent on field goals at USC (Ew!) and even though he has one of the strongest legs in the league was passed up for the kicking position in Dallas last year when kicker Nick Folk caught a case of the yips. This year, the Cowboys are keeping an ex-kicker on staff to continue to work with Buehler on his technique and mental approach this season. Staying healthy is also a huge component for a team to get to the Super Bowl. Can injury prone running back Felix Jones and receiver Dez Bryant stay healthy enough to have a positive impact? Hammys, knees, toes, ankles, OH MY! Another point: the Cowboys have GOT to take advantage of their trips to the red zone. Patrick Crayton, one of Tony Romo’s go-to red zone guys, has been traded and tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett only combined for 2 TDs last season. Cue, Dez Bryant (hopefully). And the biggest issue for the Cowboys… Super Bowl talk has been swirling since the first snap of training camp. Can the Cowboys handle the hype? Will they be able to handle a difficult regular season schedule? Will they be mentally tough enough to deal with adversity throughout the season? Can their offense get in the zone and start scoring some freaking points (13 points on 12 possessions in pre-season)?

Being a born and raised Dallas girl I’ve always been a Cowboys fan, much to the dislike of many of my friends out here in LA. I think they’re just jealous because they don’t have an official team of their own, but that’s beside the point. I hope the Cowboys can go all the way and break the curse and I think they can with threats at several significant positions. I’m ready to get back to the winning times! Plus, I would just really love so see Jerry World get rockin’ with the ‘Boys playing for it all. It’s going to be a circus no matter what (there are go-go girls dancing in cages during PRE-SEASON games… can you imagine what the Super Bowl is going to be like?!), it would be absolute MADNESS if the home town team was on the field. 2010 NFL Season… bring it on, DALLAS IS READY!

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Dear Dez: You Gotta Fit In Before You Can Stand Out

Unless you have been living under a rock during the duration of NFL training camps you are definitely aware of the pad snafu that occurred down in San Antonio, Texas between two of the Dallas Cowboys’ receivers, rookie Dez Bryant and vetern Roy Williams. If you HAVE been living under a rock, let me give you a brief recap of what the (shouldn’t have been) situation was. Bryant and Williams were expected to clash during training camp due to their projected fierce competition for playing time. However, the first “clash” came when Williams attempted to hand Bryant his pads to take into the lockeroom following practice. Bryant was having none of that. He let Roy know that he could carry his own pads. The story BLEW UP (even though it probably shouldn’t have). In response, the young Cowboy claimed “rookie hazing ignorance,” telling the media that he was not aware that rookies were expected to carry the vet’s pads and that he was brought here to play football, not to carry somebody else’s pads. Several days later Dez suffered a severe ankle sprain that put him in a walking boot and has forced him to miss the remainder of training camp and at least the first few pre-season games, if not all of them. Was it karma and the football gods striking down on Dez? Or, just a coincidental bout with bad luck? That’s your call.

Anyways, it’s like… come ON kid! (And yes, I can call him kid because technically I am older than him!) Nearly every rookie that passes through the professional “Not For Long” system has to endure some kind of hazing from the team’s veterans. Besides, IT’S NOT EVEN HAZING! Getting tied to a goalpost, getting dunked in the cold tub, or being “given” a solo to sing your school’s fight song in front of everyone is expected. Stunts like these that veterans pull on their rookies are (typically) not dangerous, they are not legitimately embarrassing to their reputation, and everyone ahead of you has gone through it. These pranks are more like a “right-of-passage” than they are an act of hazing. So, put up or shut up, ok? It’s a tradition that has been going on for years, and Dez, I hate to break it to ya… but you have to prove yourself before you can pull something like that. You gotta fit in before you can stand out.

I understand that you are a complete athletic freak of nature, you’re probably going to be a star, and well, like I said, you’re an athletic freak of nature. But, you are most likely going to take Roy’s place in the starting lineup, the least you could have done is humor the man and carry his pads in from practice for a day.

Fast forward to this past Thursday and the Cowboys pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders. Prior to the game Dez presented his fellow receivers with Air Jordan Olympic 7s and he had a special gift for his pal Roy Williams, a copy of Madden NFL ’11. When asked about the sudden showing of altruism towards his teammates Dez said that the gifts were simply out of “the kindness of his heart,” and that it didn’t have anything to do with the previous hazing incident. According to Dez, he is just trying to create good chemistry between himself and his new gridiron comrades. Hmmm… Yeah. I’ll let ya’ll mull that one over for yourself; but I’m pretty sure that, traditionally, rookie “hazing” is what starts to build team chemistry between rookies and vets not shoes and video games.

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