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Thankful for Big D Sports Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Wed, Nov 23, 2005, 10:24 PM

Well it’s Thanksgiving and in years past I would put together my list of Sports Turkeys of the year. It would be very easy for me to do that this year. But, how much more can I say about Kenny Rogers and Rafeal Palmeiro?

So, this year, in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks. The Metroplex sports fan has plenty of reasons to be thankful.

I am thankful that I live in an area that has 4 major sports franchises. The Stars are getting things together this season and if they continue to improve, they promise to be very competitive in the playoffs. The Mavs are off to a great start and will only get better as they gel under Avery Johnson. The Cowboys are among the top teams in the NFC and have a good shot at winning the NFC East. The Rangers are in the middle of what promises to be a very eventful off-season.

I am thankful that the owners in this town all have a genuine desire to win. I may not like all the moves they make. I disagree with the way they handle themselves from time to time. But, there is no doubt in my mind that Mark Cuban, Jerry Jones and even Tom Hicks want to win. They have all proven that they are financially willing to pay the price if it means bringing home a championship.

I am thankful for the colorful, dedicated coaches that we are very lucky to have in this town. Say what you want about Buck Showalter, but I look forward to every chance I get to talk with him. Avery Johnson is starting what I think will be just a tremendous coaching career. Dave Tippett is as dedicated a coach as you will ever meet. And, of course, Bill Parcells is a true character.

I am also thankful for all of the great athletes we get to watch on a regular basis in this market. Think about it, we have been lucky enough in this town to watch Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Alex Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Mark Teixiera, Michael Young, Mike Modano…I could go on and on…But I think you get the picture. We’ve been fortunate to see some of the best athletes in sports.

But most of all, I am thankful that I get the opportunity to communicate with you, the Metroplex sports fan on a daily basis. As you know, I travel quite a bit. Sports fans are different in every city. Some fans are more passionate than others. Some are more vocal. Some are more analytical. But, in Dallas, we have some of the smartest fans in the nation. And, I get to talk to them each and every day. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for that.

Now, that I’ve gotten that off my chest, maybe I’ll go back to compiling my list of Sports Turkeys.  Did I mention Bud Selig and Terrell Owens yet?


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