DFW Sports Mix by Don Arnet
On a hot June day in Arlington, Texas, the new Cowboys Stadium opens for business. If you went to see George Strait perform, you probably got a stiff neck after looking at that large plasma screen display on top of the stadium. That’s one of the many features you will find at the NFL’s largest football venue. Let’s face it, this place is one of a kind. And you will see more of it, the first sporting event to be played at the Cowboys new home will be the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 19. And another soccer event follows that when Chelsea FC battles Club America in the World Football Challenge on July 26. The first Dallas Cowboys game is a pre season battle with Tennessee on August 21. First regular season game a the new digs is September 20 with the NY Giants. And in the month of September, high school, college, and pro football will be played in Cowboys stadium during that month. And for those who have that dream of performing music in front of a large crowd, American Idol tryouts will be June 24-26 at Cowboys Stadium. If you are going to any events at the new Cowboys Stadium, better get hold of a good massuse. Your neck will need a massage after looking up at the new scoreboard. Texas Rangers pitcher Vincente Padilla had a roller coaster week. In New York, he almost took Mark Texeria’s head off with a wild pitch. Which caused the Rangers to put him on waivers the next day. On a Sunday afternoon in Boston, guess who had a great outing, Padilla. Who had a great pitching performamce in the 6-3 win over the Red Sox. In a span of a week, Padilla show the good and the bad of what he can do. It’s the good that the Rangers want. And in a pennant chase, Padilla needs to harness the positive energy that got him the win in Boston. The Rangers are battling for American League west title. And pitching will be the key to any Rangers success in August and September.