THE DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick 02 27 14
When the Houston Astros got put into the American League West, the MLB bosses were hoping to make a interstate rivary with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers for the past few years has had the Astros number. That might change a bit, and there is one person who has a history with both teams. Nolan Ryan. The former Astros pitcher, who played for Houston for 5 years, is now in the Astros front office. Not that long ago, Ryan was the lead man in the Rangers front office, and had a major role in the Rangers getting to the World Series twice in a row. But his role with the Rangers dwendlled while the Astros struggled. Well Astros fans are hoping for that same magic that put the Rangers on the national baseball map. Ryan is a baseball man, who really knows the game and the trends. Old school in his approach, but his success has been proven. Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels is the lead man now, and he no longer has a shadow of Ryan over him. Now that Nolan is back in the game in Houston, this rivarly might get stoked up a bit. We will see how the two baseball heads go as they battle head to head.
Well the 2014 winter olympics are history. Overall, Team USA did well, coming in second in total medals behind Russia. The story for me was men’s hockey. The epic battle between USA and Russia came down to penalty shots with the game tied at 2-2. Which USA won. Russia did not make it to the semi finals as Finland beats Russia. The home country did not play for a medal. But the big suprise for me was the USA team coming up blanks in the last two games. Dallas Stars Jamie Benn became a hero in his home country of Canada. Scoring the only goal in the semi final game against USA. His goal stood up, and Canada beats USA. And the offensive power outage continued into the bronze medal game as USA lost to Finland 5-0. Canada won the gold beating Sweeden. Now that the Olympics are over, time for all the teams in the NHL to get ready for a shotgun start to get to the playoffs. The Dallas Stars will be very much involved.