Posts Tagged 'texas'

Vince Young Has Onion Skin

I didn’t say that Vince Young had onion skin, Titans broadcaster, Frank Wycheck did.

And before you say he was wrong, Young’s mother backed it up, telling the Tennessean Vince needs some love.   Young suffered a knee injury opening day and was booed by his home crowd.

Felicia Young said her son has grown weary of all the negativity he faces as an NFL star. On Monday, he indicated to those around him he didn’t want to play football any more.

“Vince has gone through a whole lot as a young person,” Felicia Young said. “And I think he has done pretty well up to this point. But it is hard, all he is going through right now. He’s hurting inside and out.

“But he will be fine if people are prayerful and help my baby boy out. He is a young man. He just needs a lot of love and support.”

I’m sorry.  This is the NFL.  You will get booed as a young quarterback.  Troy Aikman got booed.  Warren Moon, Donovan McNabb and Drew Brees know the feeling.  Phil Simms and Eli Manning can write a book on it.  John Elways had every move he made documented in Denver upon arrival. 

There is talk Vince Young may not return to the team because he can’t handle the adversity

“What would you think, if you were tired of being ridiculed and persecuted and talked about and not being treated very well, what would you do? What kind of decision would you make?” Felicia Young said. “He may not want to deal with it (all), but you have to get to that point before you make that decision first.

“But we’re not talking about football right now. We’re talking about what would make him happy, and that is the most important thing.

“… You don’t want people to be hurting like he is. But it is a growing-up process, and he will eventually come out like gold no matter what. But Vince is going to be OK. We are just going to try and give him some space.”

It’s said to see Young can’t handle the heat that comes with playing the toughest position in sports.  There is a reason why the Titans paid him millions.  He has to stand up, no, make that grow up.  This is not Texas and Mack Brown can’t hide him or defend him from the fans.

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My Texas Stadium Memory

I will always remember coming to my first game at Texas Stadium, it was in 1993.  I was working for a TV station in Austin and the Cowboys were defending World Champions.   It was a big thrill.

I grew up a huge Cowboys fan, so covering the team has been a great ride.  I will always cherish it.

Walking down the tunnel to the field was and is an amazing walk.  Electric.  I will miss that walk.

I will not miss Texas Stadium, it’s time has passed.  I will be happy when the new stadium opens in Arlington.

Matt Harrison Throws A Gem For Texas

Rookie pitcher Matt Harrison was dealing tonight in Arlington.  The kid mowed down 8 Tampa Bay Rays in 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits Saturday night.

Outstanding.

Harrison did it on 109 pitches.  The Rangers needed that.

Everyday Eddie Guardado closed it out and Harrison improved his record to 5-2.

Here’s the take on his night from the Newberg Report:

Tonight Matt Harrison:

a. Struck out more batters (eight) than he had in his other seven big league
starts combined (seven).

b. Allowed three singles — two of which came in the first inning — and no
walks.

c. Retired the final 18 batters he faced.

d. Threw one of the best games any Rangers pitcher has thrown this season.

e. Threw one of the best games of his pro career, at any level.

f. Earned his fifth win in eight starts, one victory less than Kevin
Millwood
has in 21 starts.

g. Became just the sixth Rangers starter this season to complete at least
eight innings (and the first Rangers rookie to do so in more than two
years).

h. Needed only 109 pitches — 72 percent of which were strikes and a greater
percentage of which looked absolutely aggressive — to get his 24 outs.

i. Gave the bullpen a badly, badly, badly needed break.

j. Got an eighth-inning hug in the dugout from Ron Washington . . .

The Big 12 Is QB Heaven

Great piece by one of the best in the business, Ivan Maisel, of ESPN.com on the signal callers in the Big 12.

Chase Daniel of Mizzou is a Heisman Trophy candidate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam Bradford of Oklahoma or Graham Harrell of Texas Tech ended up as the first team Big 12 quarterback. 

That means I’m leaving off Colt McCoy of Texas and Todd Reesing who lead Kansas to and Orange Bowl victory.

Good read.

Only The Rangers Can Score 17 Runs And Lose

The Rangers were down 10-zip in the 1st inning thanks to Scott Feldman in Boston.  He gave up 12 runs and did not get the loss.

So what, the Rangers banged out 20 hits and scored 17 runs…and lost.

Frankie Francisco gave up a 3-run bomb to Kevin Youkilius in the 8th inning.  The Rangers choked away what would have been a great comeback win.

Poor Ron Washington.  His bullpen is not very good.

Cowboys Still Checking Out Chris Simms

Brad Johnson’s average performance against the Chargers is what it is.  I don’t think he should be cut, but the Cowboys need to bring in another option because Rich Bartel is not.

The St. Pete Times said the Cowboys had a scout at the Bucs-Dolphins game to scout Chris Simms.

The Bucs may want a 5th rounder for the former Texas quarterback. 

If they made that trade I can’t see Simms getting enough of the Cowboys offense down to be the #2 right away, but maybe by October he could have 80% of it down if he had to play.

Hank Blalock On The Disabled List…Again

This dude stays hurt.  You can’t  spell “hurt” or “Hank” without the “H”.

The Rangers put their 3rd baseman on the 15-day D-L with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Let’s break it down for ya….Hank can’t make that throw from 3rd base to 1st base anymore.

That is why he wanted to switch his position to first base. 

Blalock has a club option for 2009.  It’s worth 6 million.  He won’t have it picked up.  Can’t see the Rangers doing it.  Chris Davis is their first baseman so I don’t see Blalock being a Ranger after the season.

BTW, shortstop Michael Young is playing tonight.  He’s got a broken ring finger.