Our Only Hope

Right now, the Rangers are the Obi-Wan Kenobi of professional sports in the Metroplex: they are our only hope.

Last night, the Dallas Cowboys managed to once again botch a draft (at least the first round of it), for what seems like the umpteenth time in the Jerry Jones era.  Yes, they’ve had recent successes in Morris Claiborne, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, but there have been infinitely more misses than hits in the Valley Ranch War Room over the past 15+ years.

Somehow, the Cowboys figured out a way to make three massive errors in one fell swoop: (1) they passed on a consensus top 10 talent who had fallen to them at 18 – and would have filled a critical need – in Sharrif Floyd; (2) they got fleeced by a hated rival within their own conference – the 49ers – in only getting a low 3rd round pick for dropping 13 spots; and (3) they ended up using the swapped 1st round pick on a player who not only was projected to go no higher than the 3rd round, but whose own hometown paper (well, Milwaukee is kind of close to Madison) called him “the slowest player at his position drafted in 20 years.”

Man, that is all kinds of fail.

Meanwhile at about that very same moment, the Dallas Stars were in the process of being officially eliminated from the NHL playoffs for the fifth straight year.  Remember when they won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and returned to the Finals the following season?  Unless you are of legal drinking age, probably not.  This once proud franchise has become a total afterthought, both in the league and even within their own market.

As for the Dallas Mavericks, they had a fantastic run over the past decade, including an NBA Championship just a couple of years ago.  But with an owner seemingly sated enough by that one title to shift the majority of his focus onto his burgeoning novelty invention judging career, the good times appear to be gone for the foreseeable future.  Title runs have been reduced to beard growing contests and a season-long pursuit of .500 – not exactly a scintillating storyline.

So, let’s all be incredibly grateful for these glory days of our beloved Texas Rangers.  While the other three local pro teams are floundering in mediocrity, the Rangers continue to remain a viable title contender year after year.  No, they still haven’t won it all yet, but right now they are light years closer to a title than either the Cowboys, Stars, or Mavericks – all of whom are currently stuck in a galaxy far, far away from championship glory.

Bob Bland is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning. He can be reached at Bob.Bland@ShutDownInning.com or on Twitter @SDIBob.
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