The Not so Surprising First Round 

Well that was surprising, or not. The first round of the NCAA March Madness Tournament is coming to a close and the field of sixty-eight has been trimmed to thirty-two. This year’s tournament has been an exciting one, but different from others that came before. If this is your first year filling out a bracket and went with the favorite in most matchups, congratulations you have actually done surprisingly well. Unfortunately, like most of the brackets out there you too are bust. 

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If your bracket is lucky enough to survive the first, chances are you will not survive the second. I have always found collegiate sports to be more competitive in some respects. There is often more at stake than in professional leagues. The fact that college basketball only plays two quarters instead of four like the NBA, I believe, puts more pressure on the players to perform well and makes the game more exciting.

As far as what will see come round two, I can’t tell you and that probably is the mindset of other fans as well. More upsets are on the horizon though of that I am sure. All we can do is watch and wait. There is a good amount of games still to be played until we reach the final four and eventually the championship game.

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Demarcus Ware Retires

Even the best have to know when to quit and on Monday that could not be more true. After a career that spanned twelve years and two teams Demarcus Ware decided it was time to hang up the shoulder pads. I can definitely see why, twelve years is a long time in any sport. If you’re like me I was both happy and sad to see Ware leave Dallas. The Cowboys were down right deplorable under Tony Romo. And I knew that they would only get worse once they got rid of Ware.

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However, after Ware left the Cowboys he just got better and better. He of course ended up going to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. Whether you think that is because of Peyton Manning is up to you, but having a great defense is just as important as a good quarterback, whomever it is. 

Some questioned on whether he might return to the Cowboys after his run with the Broncos. I was hoping he wouldn’t despite the fact that Dak Prescott had taken over for Tony Romo as quarterback. After all that he had gone through with the Cowboys I just couldn’t see him going back to Dallas. Now with the departure of Tony Romo to who knows where it seems like next years Cowboys will be Dak’s team, a younger team and maybe, just maybe, have the capacity to win the next Super Bowl. 

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Major League Soccer Returns!

It is that time once again my friends and fellow sports fans. The time when the other fütbol fans come out to play. I am speaking of course about the return of MLS (Major League Soccer). Of course there are your what would be considered “powerhouse” teams: Seattle Sounders, the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers. Each of which have been equally competitive over the past years. 

I myself am a Houston Dynamo fan and with the recent moves and retiring of players we will have to see what happens. Giles Barnes was of course traded to Vancouver and Brad Davis retired. I was a fan of Giles and he was a good goal scorer as was Brad Davis but he had gotten old in soccer terms. Hopefully, with a new set of players to start the season the Dynamo can make a run for the playoffs. 

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The Dallas Stars and the NHL Trade Deadline 

The NHL trade deadline was this past Wednesday and the Dallas Stars made some serious and, in my view, surprising moves. Patrick Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, Jordie Benn, brother of Jamie to the Montreal Canadiens and Johnny Oduya back to the Chicago Blackhawks. Some fans might say the Stars gave up a lot at the trade deadline and in some respects they did. But what they lost in these three they gained in prospects and draft options.

Some fans may say so what. What is so impressive about acquiring draft picks? If there is one thing that I have learned being a sports fan, when it comes to building up a team draft picks are the most important. Given the Stars recent struggles I could see why they chose to make the moves they did. At the present moment their playoff hopes are dwindling and they need to focus on building a team that could win Lord Stanley’s Cup in the coming years. 

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The Fate of Tony Romo

It’s a debate that has been going around for quite some time now. One might say it started when the Cowboys were knocked out of the playoffs. While others might say it started after the Super Bowl. Where/what will happen with Tony Romo?

Part of this question has already been answered with Jerry Jones saying that the Tony Romo era in Dallas is over. And in some ways it makes sense. Could anyone have really predicted that the combination of Prescott and Elliot would position the Cowboys to have a chance at winning a Super Bowl?

There are a number of teams that he could possibly end up with. The New York Jets, Washington Redskins and/or Houston Texans. I believe the best option for him would be the Houston Texans. They have the greatest need for a quarterback given the not so stellar performance of Brock Osweiler this past season. However, I would not be too surprised if he decided to retire given his age and his potential for injury. 

 

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