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By: Dustin Dietz
I was told earlier this week that I could write another one of my entertaining sports articles I have been producing for quite a while now about anything I would like to. After learning about this information, I was quite ecstatic and filled with joy. For the next couple of days I deliberated back and forth with myself as to what I should write about. Well, as I began to write this article, I still had not decided as to what I wanted to write about. I guess I could probably learn a thing or two from writers such as Seth Grahame-Smith.
One of the many peculiar traits I possess is I tend to think about many random items in a short period of time. I am not sure as to what this mental issue is referred to as, but I have managed to somehow survive with it. Since my mind is unwilling to allow me to settle on just one topic this week, I think I am just going to write about some of the many thoughts racing through my head at this current moment. In case one is wondering, no, I do not have writer’s block. Shame on you for thinking such a thing.
What in the world are the Mavs doing?
By now, I am sure all Mavs fans are aware Dallas native Deron Williams chose to resign with the now Brooklyn Nets for 5 years and close to $100 million dollars. The past couple of days, other NBA free agents such as Goran Dragic, Steve Nash, and Brandon Roy have found new homes as well. Throughout most of the day on Thursday July 5th, sources believed the Mavs had reached an agreement with 39 year old point guard Jason Kidd to stay in Dallas. Well, hours later, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported Kidd actually decided to sign with the New York Knicks.
According to a late night tweet from Mavs beat writer Dwain Price, Kidd was told by Dirk Nowitzki he should sign with the Knicks. Here is the exact quote by Kidd tweeted by Mr. Price, “I talked to Dirk on Thursday morning and he gave me his blessings. He thought that I should go to New York.”
The past few days have been dreadful for the Dallas Mavericks franchise. They did not catch the big fish in the free agent sea (Williams), they have no assets to trade for Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard, Jason Kidd does not even want to play here anymore, and the best player in franchise history (Nowitzki) is now advising players to sign elsewhere. However, the team does still have the coveted financial flexibility. So, maybe there will be a Financial Flexibility banner raised in November at the AAC.
Where the Mavericks go from here is anyone’s guess. One thing is certain, the team must do something. Beginning with the decision to not resign Tyson Chandler last December, the Mavs franchise has been utterly mismanaged, and is now in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000 if they do not quickly do something to improve the roster.
Random Jerry Jones thought.
How angry would fans be at Jerry Jones if the Cowboys were having a similar kind of off season the Mavericks have had so far? At least Jerry has had the ability to sign marquee free agents. Can anyone name the marquee players Cuban has signed since he bought the franchise?
Rangers offense has been nonexistent.
The Rangers have lost four games in a row, and have scored a total of 8 runs in the 4 games. In the three game sweep suffered in Chicago to the White Sox this week, the Rangers were outscored by the Pale Hose 26-7. During the last week of play, one Ranger is hitting over .300 (Josh Hamilton), and the club has only hit three home runs.
The offense has just not been consistently producing since May. While many feel the organization should trade for a starting pitcher such as Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke, I believe the club should try to trade for a hitter to replace Michael Young in the 5th spot in the batting order. I am not suggesting too replace Young completely. Rather, I am advocating trading for a player to force manager Ron Washington to move Young and his line of .265/.297/.349 with 3 home runs and 14 doubles down in the order. Young simply is unable to protect cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre with yielding numbers like that.
Carlos Quentin please
This is the guy I would love to see the Rangers trade for before the July 31st trade deadline. Quentin has hit 7 home runs and 7 doubles in 97 at bats for the San Diego Padres this season. His line of .289/.430/.577 would be ideal to hit right behind Beltre in the Rangers order.
Adding Quentin would also bolster he bench as a players such as David Murphy and Craig Gentry would become your late game bats off the bench. Visions of pinch hitting Esteban German in the World Series still bother me.
As I am sure many of the readers already know, Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes are divorcing after 5 ½ years of marriage. I really thought this marriage was the one Hollywood marriage which might actually last (I seriously hope one can detect my sarcasm.)
I am rather indifferent toward both of these human beings and everything they represent. However, I find the fact Tom Cruise has divorced each of his three wives when the woman was 33 quite fascinating. While Scientology is something I feel is nonsensical, Cruise’s ability to rid himself of 3 women all at the age of 33 is quite impressive. You had me at hello Tom.
Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The long awaited film based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith recently arrived at theaters this past week. If one enjoys visions of his or her president slaying vampires, this is the film for you.
I did read this book a couple of years ago, and did enjoy it. I am not sure if reading this piece of historical fiction makes me a skateboard man or not, but the book was at the least bit entertaining.
Sadly, I might force my wife to attend this film with me. After all, the film does contain vampires. Women do seem to like vampires. You know, this film might be the perfect date movie. The 16th president who freed the slaves and vampires. Who would not enjoy that combination? Check your local listings.
Addicted to Twitter
I recently tweeted my 25,000th tweet. I am not sure if that means I have no life, or if I need to pay more attention to civilization around me. I think I will choose to continue to live in my little Twitter galaxy on planet Twearth. Twitter is just too much fun. Until next time.
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