Thursday, April 10, 2008

Today in Sports.

I can't remember a better day than yesterday. I think everyone needed that. It's been a down year for sports teams in the metroplex, but days like yesterday give this city hope. Let's start with the most important victory last night to the least important.

We lead off with the Dallas Stars. The Stars faced the Anaheim Ducks yesterday in their first round playoff match-up, to bad Anaheim didn't get the memo. The Stars put on a show and in the process demolished the defending cup champs. That was awesome to see. The offense kept coming and could've easily scored 10 goals last night. Turco continued to prove doubters labeling him as a playoff choker wrong. Posting his fourth shutout in his last eight attempts. The power play, which seemed like a concern heading in, couldn't have gone better. My pet child, Loui Eriksson played outstanding and contributed a goal and had a chance for one or two more. He's finally starting to emerge as a player and after all the talent we've been told he has, its nice to see someone from the farm produce. Yep, that'll give you a 1-0 series lead. Outstanding goaltending and converting on your opponents penalties, seems like the right way to go. I do realize that it is one game and they could easily lose the next four, the Ducks are that good. But for one night that was really cool. Go Stars!

Next up is the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks clinched a playoff spot with their win yesterday.They did it in most dramatic fashion, lead by none other than big German. The Mavs as usual jumped out to an early lead 42-30, before letting the Jazz creep back in it and eventually taking the lead at 60-59. However, the Mavs never let the lead get past one possesion. Which concluded as follows: 9 seconds left, Jason Terry makes 2/2 free throw, Mavs up 94-91. Deron Williams banks in a three from way downtown to tie it up at 94 all. Kidd quickly inbounds to Eddie Jones who dribbles up the court and finds a wide open Dirk for a three... Nothing but the bottom of the net with .09 seconds remaining. Deron Williams had a shot to tie it but promptly shot an air ball with Dirk running at his face. That was fun to watch. Dirk has ice in his veins. He is as clutch a player as you can come by nowadays. He has single handedly put this team on his back and carried them into the post season. In true MVP form, not to get carried away but if Dirk hadn't won the MVP last year, shouldn't he be right up there in the discussion this year? One thing that shouldn't be overlooked is the prescence of mind for Eddie Jones to find the best player in the game and just get him the ball. I have no doubts that if Howard or Stackhouse had they would've forced an awkward jumper. Go Mavs!

Finally, as much as I love the Ranger they are on the back burner this morning. But should not be overlooked. They swept a double header and are above .500 at 5-4 for the first time since September 20th 2006. They got another solid pitching performance from their starters. Millwood went 7 innings giving up one run in the first game of the doubleheader and Gabbard went 5 2/3 giving up 3 runs. CJ Wilson was perfect getting the saves in both games. While the offense gives cause for concern, you really can't complain about the pitching. The only pitcher to struggle so far has been Jason Jennings and he just came off elbow surgery. The defense continues to struggle and the substitutions by Wash can be questioned. But for this early in the season, can't really complain about what we've seen thus far. Go Rangers!

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