Newy Scruggs: Stars, Cowboys look to be best title bets

The Metroplex needs a major championship.

We need the good sporting life like they have in Boston.

Man, they have it real good. In case you haven’t noticed, the last nine months around Beantown have been amazing for their pro sports teams.

Back in October, the Red Sox won the World Series for the second time in four years.

In February the Patriots played in the Super Bowl for the fourth time this decade. The Celtics can wrap up their 17th NBA title with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oh, by the way, the Bruins let the town down by “only” making the Stanley Cup playoffs and losing in the first round to Montreal in seven games.

Why can’t this happen here? Here’s a better question: why isn’t it happening here?

Tom Hicks, Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones have billions of dollars and have shown a desire to win.

Hicks’ Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup and lost in the 2000 Finals. Cuban’s Mavericks were on the verge of going up 3-0 against the Miami Heat before losing four straight to blow the 2006 NBA Finals. We all know Jones’ Cowboys were the NFL’s Team of the 90s with three Super Bowl victories.

So who can deliver us from the Boston Reign?

I will throw out the Rangers immediately. Hicks can certainly improve his payroll, but I’m not looking for his baseball team to win a championship … maybe ever. The only way this club is going to win is to spend some cash on pitching or trade for it. Besides, I consider him an outstanding hockey owner.

The Stars went six games with the eventual Stanley Cup champs, Detroit. Co-general managers Les Jackson and Brett Hull made bold moves and helped the organization reach the Western Conference Finals.

They seem to have the blend of championship vets (Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov, Brad Richards) and young talent to make another run.

Put the Stars on the list. They can bring us a title.

The Mavericks have a new coach in Rick Carlisle. They don’t have a first-round draft pick, and the roster is looking pretty old.

Maybe Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson can pull off some great trades like Celtics GM Danny Ainge did last summer, when he brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston. That’s unlikely because Ainge had players and picks to work his deals. The Mavs don’t.

The Cowboys had an outstanding off-season and improved last year’s 13-3 team. They are better at running back, cornerback, linebacker and tight end. They return 13 Pro Bowlers.

Add in the fact that the team will not have to learn a new defense and that Jason Garrett is back to coordinate the offense, and there is no reason the Cowboys shouldn’t have Super Bowl expectations this season.

So there you have it. The Stars and Cowboys are the best bets we have to bring titles back to North Texas.

Newy Scruggs is the sports director at NBC 5.


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