DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
Before I get into my sports piece, got to tell you about the Super Bowl XLV kickoff event at Cowboys Stadium on Setemeber 10. Still plenty of tickets left, and plenty of things happening during this one of a kind super bowl event. Emmitt Smith will be honored for getting into Pro Footballs Hall of Fame. Van Cliburn, world renouned pianoist, will perform. Country Music great Tim McGraw will perform as well. A star studded event to get people ready for the Dallas Cowboys 50th Anneversary season, and the push to Super Bowl 45. Get your tickets now.
And now the mysterious kicker known as David Buehler. The Dallas Cowboys place kicker with a strong leg for kickoffs. But thats all we know about him. Can he kick long fieldgoals with accuracy, and can he deliver in the clutch. We got the answer to both in the final pre season game with Miami. David had a impressive night kicking four fieldgoals in the 27-24 tune up win over the Dolphins. The two kicks that answered our questions, the 51 yarder before the half, and the 31 yarder to win the game. I guess we can take that mysterious veil off David Buehler for now. Give credit to Chris Boniol, the former Cowboys kicker who is working as a consultant for the Cowboys, with the hope he will be full time Pokes kicking coach. If the success continues, both Buehler and Boniol will benefit big from the hard work they done.
I would call this weeks article a tale of 3 kickers. All of them did some dramatic things in their last games that is worthy of a mention.
Lets start with Dallas Cowboys Kicker David Buhler. We were wondering what kind of kicker we were getting with Buhler, who has not tried a fieldgoal since hes been with Dallas. In the final pre season game against Miami, he connected on 4 fieldgoals. Including the 51 yarder before halftime, and the game winner from 31 yards. I think we got our questions answered about David Buhler.
Our second kicker is SMUs Matt Szymanski, Mustangs punter/fieldgoal kicker. The first play into the fourth quarter, Matt attempted a 61 yard fieldgoal. It made it through the uprights. The 61 yarder was the second longest fieldgoal in C-USAs history. The long distance fieldgoal was impressive enough for Matt to garner up the Conference USA Special Teams player of the week award. Seems like we have two booming kicking legs in the DFW.
The third kicker is Ceadr Hills Ryan Sparkman. His foot won the game for the Longhorns over Denton Guyer in overtime. But the winning extra point is not the story. Last February, Ryan was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. He went through the chemo and the other treatments. After 8 months, he got the good news that he is cancer free. Getting a second chance at life is the biggest victory of all.
Their kicking stories are different, but all means one thing. When the game is on the line, these one of a kind bunch know that their foot can make or break the game for their team. Now you know why kicking is an important part of any football game.
The Dallas Cowboys cut their roster to the required 53 players. But one move has caught most of the fans eye. Patrick Crayton is now a San Diego Charger. What we got for him, and why we got rid of the second best receiver i dont know. San Diego gave up a 7th round pick for Crayton, we should got much more value than that. Some times, Crayton bails out Tony Romo, and now you are going to rely of Roy Williams, who has shown the inability of catch a ball. This is Jerry Jones rolling the dice. So Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, Roy Willams, are your Cowboys receiving team. All members need to step up like right now.