When was the last time you ever heard me compliment Jerry Jones on his football prowess as an owner and GM? Besides catapulting the Cowboys into another stratosphere of commercial success, JJ has been making some questionable calls when it came to personnel for quite some time now and folks in Big D were just sick of it. That tune changed, however, when Dallas made a bold move on draft day and traded up to get Thorpe Award honoree Morris Claiborne of LSU in the first round. Although Jerry has made many a bold move before, they were usually ones that left Cowboy fans scratching their heads instead of erupting in applause the way the Claiborne draft did. It seems like Jerry got it right again. Although the Cowboys didn’t exactly have the greatest draft, there are still many things to like about this group, and you have to respect Dallas’s desire to commit on improving its defense.
And as long as we’re talking about how the Cowboys did in the draft, how on earth could we not talk about the Texans? These days, they seem to be only one or two pieces away from being a serious contender. The good news: They got Jared Crick at a complete steal in the fourth round, barring any problems with his pectoral injury that knocked him out of his senior season, which seems to have healed nicely these days.
Congratulations to Keenan Robinson, Emmanuel Acho, and Kheeston Randall who all heard their names called throughout draft weekend. And a big salute to Blake Gideon, Justin Tucker, Christian Scott, David Snow, and Cody Johnson who all found their way onto NFL rosters as undrafted free agents. Hook ’em, fellas.
Question: How sweet was Kevin Durant’s game-winning shot against the Mavericks in game one of their playoff series? Answer: Pretty fuckin’ sweet.
Mere days into the NBA Playoffs and we already got our first complete choke of a game when the Grizzlies coughed up a 27-point lead as they allowed the LA Clippers go on a 28-3 to close out the game. How do you spell Memphis Grizzlies, you ask? C-H-O-K-E.
Poor Derrick Rose! Seriously, the guy is fresh off an injury that took him out for about half the season and then tears his ACL in the first game of the playoffs, effectively ending his year and possibly beyond. That’s just cruel. All I can say is I sincerely wish him a speedy recovery; but compounding injuries like this, especially one that’s as serious as an ACL tear, makes me fear for the longevity of his career. I certainly hope that’s not the case, because the NBA is better with him in it. Get well soon, D-Rose.