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Sunday Night Football! (Cowboys vs Giants)

They say that a season builds up as the games go by and that the first game of the season is just another pre-season game. Well, there was nothing of that when two NFC East teams met at AT&T Stadium for Week 1 of the 2015 NFL Season. The New York Giants came to the land of the Cowboys and they were up for a rodeo.

The experience begins with tailgating. Cowboys and Giants fans were waiting for this game since the end of last season. They wanted to see what their teams brought to the table this season. Before that, the outskirts of Jerry World were filled with fans grilling and getting ready for the game, The biggest rivalry in the NFC East.

Nothing spectacular really happened in the first quarter with one field goal for each team. In the second quarter it was the Giants who took the lead thanks to a touchdown and another field goal. They would hit the halftime break with a 13-6 scoreline favoring the visiting team.

Whenever Dallas seemed to have a chance to make things right and open up a bigger lead, they got in trouble. Over the course of the game, the New York Giants recovered three balls due to fumbles or interception, including a 57-yard return in the second quarter. Things like these seemed to happen every time that Dallas was starting to find some momentum going.

In the second half, things started to change in favor of Dallas. They would win the third quarter 7-3 and trail by only six points going into the last 15 minutes. Dallas had not lost any of their previous two games against the Giants last season, but things were historically not pretty for Tony Romo and his team against Eli Manning and the team from the Big Apple.

With wide receiver Dez Bryant out of the game, the Cowboys had to go with Terrance Williams, Gavin Escobar and Jason Witten for the most part. Lance Dunbar also had a good game as he starts getting involved in more snaps as a running back. The former North Texas Eagle was vital in the last play of the game for Dallas. He ran the ball 40-yards in two plays, getting Dallas within scoring position.

In the last play of the game for the Cowboys, there were only seven seconds on the clock and no time-outs left. Romo even dropped the ball as it was coming to his hands, but he was able to pick it up and throw it to the one-yard line, where Jason Witten was waiting to just take it a few steps further into the end zone and the rest is history.

WATCH: Cowboys vs Giants highlights (Provided by NFL)

What you may have not seen on TV or at least felt, was how almost 90,000 fans reacted to that touchdown. Being at that game, at that moment and not leaving early was definitely a great decision for anyone that though that the game would have been over five minutes ago. The Cowboys had made a comeback with less than two minutes in the clock, over the New York Giants. The reaction from the crowd at the time of the big play and leaving AT&T Stadium was wild.

Now the Cowboys have started their season with a big win against a big rival. They will face the Eagles next in Philadelphia next, What happened during last Sunday Night’s Football at the House that Jerry Built, was not pretty, was not perfect, but it was worth however much any fan paid for their ticket. The Giants played a good game but this time it just wasn’t enough.

Being there to experience the whole thing was definitely priceless.

El Camino a Arizona

Tres victoriaS consecutivas separan a cualquiera de los ocho equipos restantes de alcanzar la gloria en el Super Tazón XLIX en la casa de los Cardenales de Arizona, el estadio de la Universidad en Phoenix.

En las 49 ocasiones que el super domingo se programa para jugarse en una cancha neutral, ningún equipo local ha logrado llegar a jugar en casa el último juego de la temporada. Arizona no logrará romper esa racha al haber caído ante las Panteras de Carolina por 27 a 16.

BALTIMORE VS NUEVA INGLATERRA

Pocos creían en los Cuervos antes de la semana pasada. Para muchos el simple hecho de tenerse que enfrentar ante los Acereros de Pittsburgh en el mismísimo Heinz Field era suficiente para hacer pensar que Big Ben y compañía no tendrían problema para avanzar. Aunque los locales tuvieron mayor control del reloj, los visitantes fueron más certeros en sus jugadas. Por aire y tierra los números favorecieron a Pittsburgh pero cuando Ben Roethlisberger lanzó dos intercepciones, los carneros supieron aprovechar y capitalizar sus oportunidades. Los Cuervos se vieron en desventaja en el primer cuarto, pero con un touchdown al inicio del segundo todo comenzó a fluir de a su favor y se vió reflejado en el marcador por 30 a 17.

Ahora enfrentan a quienes muchos consideran los favoritos de ganarlo todo. Un equipo que por lo regular no se hace chico en estas instancias y que esta acostumbrado a llegar al campeonato de conferencia. Terminaron la temporada regular con marca de 12-4, y Tom Brady, el mariscal se perfila para ser el jugador más valioso de la liga. Al igual que los Cuervos, Nueva Inglaterra depende mucho de su ataque aéreo pero Baltimore puede hacer más daño por tierra según las estadísticas. Amos mariscales tienen anillos de Super Tazón, Flacco con uno y Brady tiene tres.

Aquí le doy la ventaja a Bill Billacheck y los Patriotas de Nueva Inglaterra. La diferencia será marcada por la lectura que le dan al juego Bill y Brady, capaz de superar a unos Cuervos que les falta para estar en la forma que ganaron el Super Tazón en el 2012.

CAROLINA VS SEATTLE 

Un equipo que realmente ha mantenido su esencia pero no la forma de la temporada pasada a esta son los Halcones Marinos de Seattle. El año pasado este equipo se coronó campeón de la NFL y este año vienen con toda la intención de repetir. Tras un inicio tambaleante para el equipo de Russell Wilson, se han sabido sobreponer y les alcanzo para librarse de la ronda de comodines. Wilson ha lanzado siete pases interceptados en la temporada pero viene de cinco muy buenos juegos para cerrar la temporada regular. Este equipo de Seattle no depende tanto del brazo de su mariscal ya que tienen en Marshawn Lynch a uno de los mejores corredores de la liga. 1,306 yardas en 280 acarreos. Eso habla de la confianza que le tiene Wilson al ataque terrestre.

Carolina no tiene mucho que perder en este encuentro a disputarse el sábado en Century Link Field. Al no ser locales y mucho menos los favoritos, el sorprender a Seattle es lo único que les debe de importar. Newton es uno de esos mariscales de los que se habló poco en su llegada a la NFL pero que ha sido consistente en su peregrinar por la liga. A pesar de haber sufrido un accidente automovilístico casi al final de la campaña esta en buena forma para pelearle del tú a tú al campeón vigente del Super Bowl. Newton ha logrado completar más del 50% de sus pases, pero fuera de casa han conocido la derrota más veces que la victoria. Ellos dependen más de la conexión entre Newton y Greg Olsen para anotar por la via aérea que intentos por tierra.

La victoria de este juego se la voy a dar a Seattle, más allá de lo parejo que puede estar el juego a la ofensiva, será la defensiva de los Halcones Marinos la que marque la diferencia como es costumbre.

INDIANAPOLIS VS DENVER

Los partidos del domingo pintan para ser más parejos que los del sábado. En el “Mile High Stadium” de la ciudad de Denver, Peyton Manning tiene la experiencia que se puede requerir para ganar este encuentro. Estos dos equipos se enfrentaron en la primera semana y los Broncos ganaron por 31 a 24 en el mismo escenario. Los Broncos son el cuarto mejor equipo de la liga en cuanto a yardas por aire. Manning lanzó el ovoide para 39 pases de anotación. Además de eso esta el hecho de que la defensiva no permite mucho avance por aire o por tierra y a pesar de la posible ausencia de Brandon Marshall, tienen con que ser fieles a su sistema.

Por el otro lado Andrew Luck no se queda muy atras. El egresado de la Universidad de Stanford es uno de los mariscales más consistentes de la liga. Tras ser aplastado por los Vaqueros en la penúltima semana de la temporada regular el domingo pasado ante Cincinati demostró de que esta hecho. Lanzó para 376 yardas y un touchdown. A lo largo de la campaña estableció el mejor ataque aéreo en la NFL con un promedio de 305.9 yardas por partido. Además en los pies de Adam Vinatieri existe un arma confiable en caso de que sea el veterano de 42 años quien tenga que definir el partido.

Duelo que siempre tiene tintes de importancia tan solo por el hecho de que Manning pasó muchos años gloriosos con el equipo que enfrentará el domingo. Una derrota difícilmente signifique el último partido de Peyton pero si de Vinatieri. Aquí le voy a dar la ventaja a Denver.

DALLAS VS GREEN BAY

Este es el juego estelar de la ronda divisional. Dos de los mejores tres mariscales de campo esta temporada frente a frente en una tundra llamada Lambeau Field. Los empacadores se coronaron campeones del Super Bowl 45 en Dallas y no querrán que los Vaqueros arruinen sus planes de llegar a Arizona. Por el lado de Dallas Tony Romo ha completado el 69.9% de sus pases esta temporada. Ha estado fino cuando había que estarlo incluyendo la segunda mitad del juego de comodín ante Detroit. Las estadísticas colocan al mariscal originario de San Diego, que estudió en Illinois y de origen hispano como el mejor de la temporada, seguido de su próximo rival, Aaron Rodgers. Romo terminó la temporada pasada en la banca por una lesión en la espalda y el apoyo terrestre que le ha dado DaMarco Murray en esta campaña corriendo 1,845 yardas y anotando en 13 ocasiones para un record de la franquicia. También hay manos seguras con DezBryant como receptor abierto. quien tuvo 88 capturas para 1,320 yardas y 16 touchdowns sumando otro record de franquicia. También cuentan con la habilidad de Jason Witten, Terrance Williams y Cole Beasley.

Invictos en casa, Green Bay busca sortear a un hueso duro de roer y tiene con que hacerlo. Su linea defensiva es mejor que la que los visitará el domingo. Permiten menos avances por aire pero son más susceptibles a pagar caro por tierra y esa ha sido el arma letal de los Vaqueros esta temporada. El frío que se espera (-15ºC) puede dolerle más al mariscal de Green Bay pues presenta dolor en la pantorrilla y que puede frenar la movilidad que tenga el domingo. En caso de que Rodgers tenga que salir del partido las cosas no se ven muy bien pues Matt Flynn no tiene anotaciones hasta el momento y el ataque terrestre de Green Bay con Eddie Lacy tampoco es muy prometedor. Si por algún milagro Rodgers se llega a sentir mejor de lo que se pronostica entonces si habrá que preocuparse y mucho en caso de los Vaqueros.

La calidad de Rodgers es la mejor arma de los Empacadores esta semana, si esa arma no esta bien preparada habrá sorpresas en Lambeau. Los Cowboys no han perdido fuera de casa pero en sus últimos tres encuentros contra el rival en turno han salido sin la victoria. La última vez que ambos se enfrentaron en la postemporada (1996) ganaron los Vaqueros y yo pienso que esta vez será igual.

Last Week in Sports (December 22-28)

NFL

After 17 weeks of action the NFL regular season came to a close yesterday night with the game between the Cincinnati Bengals on their visit to Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a game where most of the scoring opportunities came from big mistakes by the opposition it was the Steelers who won the game 27 to 17 clinching the top spot on the AFC North. They will now face the Ravens as the Bengals will pay a visit to Indianapolis.

Dallas is back in the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys did not have to win this game but they sure wanted to end the season with a bang as they visited Washington, a division rival. DeMarco Murray who had some unfinished business last week trying to tie the record of most yards rushed in a single season finally achieved and surpassed that mark. His 1,845 rushing yards by the end of the game left the 1995 record set by Smith of 1,773 in the dust. Also Dez Bryant became the player with most touchdowns in a single season with 16, a record that belonged to Terrell Owens since 2007. At the end of the game the Cowboys won 44 to 17 and will host the Detroit Lions this upcoming weekend.

The other Wild Card matchup will be between the Cardinals and the Panthers. In the AFC the Patriots and the Denver Broncos have the week off while in the NFC the Packers and the Seahawks will be also watching next weekend’s games from home.

NBA

In some basketball action Toronto is making the most out of a great season and still holds the lead in the Eastern Conference after 31 games with a 24-7 record. The Chicago Bulls are right now one of the hottest team in the league having a six game winning streak. The Dallas Mavericks with Rajon Rondo as one of the new stars for the team are still in playoff contention while they stand in fifth place in the Western Conference. They finished last week beating the Lakers at home and as well as the OKC Thunder. This upcoming Friday Rondo will travel back to his basketball hometown of Boston as the Mavs will take on the Celtics. Golden State is atop of the Western Conference with a record of 24-5.

SOCCER

While most of the soccer action is taking a winter break before 2015, the English Premiere League does not stop. Boxing Day (December 26) and soccer in England is almost the equivalent to football and Thanksgiving in the U.S., both need to coexist at a certain occasion. Some of the most interesting scores include Chelsea’s victory over West Ham United by 2-0, Liverpool beating Burnley by 1-0, Manchester United scored three goals over Newcastle, team which only scored once, with that same score Manchester City earned three points over West Bromwich and Arsenal came out victorious over Queen Park Rangers by 1-0.

Now after 19 games so far this season it is Chelsea who leads the leaderboard with 46 points. Manchester City is in second with 43 points and Manchester United runs in third with 36 points. If the tournament ended today Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester City would be relegated from the competition for next season.

RUNNING

Doping was a strange word in the vocabulary of long distance running events, not until this year when the world heard about Rita Jeptoo’s scandal. The back to back winner at the Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon winner in 2014 tested positive early this month, this time it was the “B” sample. The “A” sample was tested in September but the results of that test did not come out until after her win at the Chicago Marathon. Jeptoo requested further testing and still failed to show no signs of doping. The punishments by the International Association of Athletic Federations and Athletics Kenya are be a ban from any IAAF regulated competition for at least two years, forfeit any prize money plus her World Marathon Majors jackpot.

Postseason Cowboys

The accident waiting to happen has not happened this season for the Dallas Cowboys. Without Jerry Jones making the calls and letting his staff, lead by Jason Garrett do its job, after 16 weeks of football action this means the Cowboys are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Unlike the past three years, Dallas did not have to wait until the last game of the regular season to learn its faith. By winning all but three games up to this point last night at AT&T Stadium they clinched not just a ticket to the postseason but the NFC East division title.

America’s team has been unbeatable on the road but they have had their fair share of struggles when performing in front of a home crowd. They opened the season with a loss against the 49’ers and since then only the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles have made it clear that they do wanted to mess with Texas.

That did not matter much now, since after losing to the Eagles in Thanksgiving, Romo has been on beast mode and done everything he can to take his team to where it stands today. After the Eagles lost to the Redskins on Saturday it was only a matter of a win against the Colts to seal the deal. They obviously came out on top with a dominant 42-7 performance over Indianapolis.

It was a record-setting night in Jerry World and it had nothing to do with ticket sales. The over 90,000 spectators were in to see the boys #finishthefight. Emitt Smith was sitting in the V.I.P. box with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and “hoping” to see DeMarco Murray beat his record of rushing yards in a season. With having surgery done in his left hand just days before the game it was a surprise to see Murray on the field. At the end of the day he was 29 yards shy of it.

The one that did get a record was Tony Romo. The quarterback had just another one of those nights that are hard to believe from a QB that had been struggling with his games in December his whole career. He completed 90% of his passes (18-20), he did not throw a single interception while the Colts had two. He passed the ball for 218 yards which has him now as the franchise all-time leading passer with 32,971, putting him in the record books over legendary Troy Aikman.

At the end of the game there were many reasons to smile about in the locker room. The victory, the playoff spot, and being so close to getting their first shutout of the season and against a team that had scored in every regular season game since 1993.

It was also a special night for coach Jason Garrett who now has 40 victories with the team since he took charge in 2010. He is now showing why Jerry has kept him for a long time after losing decisive games against the Giants, Redskins and Eagles the past three seasons. For the man that once was a player and is now leading the organization to the spot in history it deserves, this is the reflection of the work done in all past three seasons and not only the past 15 games.

If the regular season ended today things would not look so nice for the Cowboys as they would most likely be playing the Cardinals  (11-4), one of the few teams that can brag about beating the boys this season. If the accident waiting to happen does not happen there is a big chance we could see the Dallas Cowboys back in the Super Bowl on February 1st at the University of Arizona

Last Week in Sports (Dec. 2- Dec. 7)

SOCCER

It was the farewell Landon Donovan wanted and most of the United States soccer fans though he deserved. The L.A. Galaxy, a team that had been Donovan´s home for many years with the exception of a short period when he went to play in England. On December 7th the captain of the team had the chance to step off the pitch on a high note and another championship on his impressive resumé. The game was as close as it was expected, New England Revolution made the trip to Carson to try and ruin a party they had already lost against the same team two other times. First half went by scoreless but in the second half the home team took the lead at the 70th minute while New England reacted quickly and tied it up before regulation time was over.

Even though the night was supposed to belong to captain America, his teammate Robbie Keane (named MLS MVP) had better plans for himself and scored the championship winning goal in overtime. That meant L.A. would earn their fifth championship trophy and Donovan his sixth MLS title.

In Mexico the final is now set between Club América and Tigres. Both teams took advantage of being better placed than their rivals in the general standings. America only needed a 3-0 win halfway through the week against Monterrey to pretty much clinch their championship ticket with a scoreless draw in the second game. Tigres did not score a single goal in the whole series and that was enough for them to leave Toluca buried in the semifinals. Now it will be the first time both teams face-off in the final series, but the third time America makes it to the final stage in the last four tournaments.

NFL

Coming into week 14 the Eagles were in a position that pretty had the Cowboys praying for a miracle to stay in the hunt for a playoff game. That miracle came pretty soon and the Seahawks tamed the Eagles on the road 24 to 14. Now both NFC East teams have a 9-4 record and will meet in Philly next Sunday Night for a game that could decide who makes it to the playoffs. The Cowboys will finally finish over .500 in the season after beating the Bears at Soldier Field on Thursday Night. It was a big game for SMU alum Cole Beasley that had two big touchdowns. 179 was the total yardage that DaMarco Murray covered during the game with one touchdown. That performance In a night where the Cowboys won 41-28 has #25 tied with legendary Emmitt Smith for 11 games in one season rushing for over 100 yards. Finally the San Francisco 49ers fell in the “Battle of the Bay” to the Oakland Raiders in Oakland by 24 to 13.

ALPINE SKI

With cooler temperatures some sports shut down for the winter but some others are just heating up. That is the case of Alpine Skiing and this week in Beaver Creek, Colorado some of the Giant Slalom greatest stars put their skills to the test. Even though the competition was done in American snow, that was not a reason for the Europeans to put their best foot forward in foreign ground. Out of the top ten athletes, eight came from overseas. The hopes of the home crowd not only rested on the American athletes but there was one that carried most of the pressure coming into the gates. Ted Ligety, who had four metal screws inserted into his hand after an accident in training just over two weeks ago had a performance nothing short of impressive.After staying within the top five after the first round, he took down Alexis Pinturault from France and Marcel Hirscher from Austria for a fifth win in the mountains of Colorado and his 23rd win in the World Cup Series.

FORMULA 1

Even though the season is over there are two stories to talk about here. The first one involving the future of Jenson Button with McLaren. While Fernando Alonso is coming into his old team, it is unknown who will be his teammate in the grid. After tests in Abu Dhabi, the high chairs of McLaren have not made a decision. They first said it would come at the beginning of December, then set the date for December 3rd and nothing happened, then nothing has been said and the speculation is even getting Jenson nervous. Meanwhile the decision could be taking some time after Kevin Magnussen proved to have great skills while driving for the British team and it could mean he is a better option if you are looking for years down the road.

Over 60 trophies were stolen from the Red Bull’s headquarters this past weekend by a group of six burglars. Christian Horner, the team’s sporting director reported that no one in the facility was injured but that the damage was not measured in the number of trophies stolen but the amount of work everyone in the factory had put in to make the drivers win those trophies. Until today there is no news about the whereabouts of the trophies or the people who committed the crime.

NBA

Hard to believe that one of the leagues best teams right now is the Golden State Warriors. After beating Chicago on the road last Sunday they reached a 12 game wining streak. They have only lost two games and even though the season is still young the team might be heating up for some big things no one expected them. Toronto Raptors are leading the Eastern Conference. The team has not been so consistent in racking up wins but lucky enough other teams in their conference have not found a rythm. Kevin Durant is back to play with the Thunder after healing from his injury, his team really needs him before its too late. Dallas had a busy week last week with four games and managed to win three of them. Miami lost all of its four games last week and sure hopes to bounce back this week.

Last Week In Sports (Nov. 17-23)

FORMULA 1

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)

It was a much anticipated race under the lights of Abu Dhabi without a much anticipated result. The final 55 laps of the 2014 Formula 1 Season decided the winner of the entire year. Lewis Hamilton came in as the favorite but just 17 points behind was a german with an incredible will to win. Nico Rosberg, who has been friends with Hamilton since their days back in karting series when they were both around 12 years old took their lifelong rivalry to the biggest stage there is in motorsport. Rosberg who had qualified in first lost his lead before even getting to turn one. After being able to keep his teammate within reaching distance after one pit stop Rosberg faced his worst nightmare. His engine lost a tremendous amount of power and instead of fighting for a championship he had to fight the car to finish the race, which he did ending up in 14th spot. That way Lewis was able to relax for most of the race just working to keep Felippe Massa away from the lead. The brazilian put up a fight but was about 2 seconds shy of going past the now two-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton, who had been serious and barely talking the past week showed quite some emotion in the post-race stage when he had already sealed the deal. Rosberg was obviously not happy with his result but conducted himself appropriately and congratulated his teammate, plus acknowledged the superiority of Hamilton not just that day but throughout the season.

NFL

Interesting week in the NFL. The first shocker came from the Oakland Raiders who had not won a single game throughout the season but managed to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday Night Football. On Sunday Seattle and Denver got back to their winning ways and defeated Arizona and Miami respectively. It was also a good day for Aaron Rodgers who led the Green Bay Packers over the Vikings claiming the first spot on the NFC North with a 24-21 win. But the most exciting game once again involved the Dallas Cowboys as they showed up at MetLife Stadium in New York to face the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys came off from a bye week where all their division rivals including Giants had lost. Eli Manning had thrown five interceptions on the past game. The game headed in the right direction for the local team who had a 21-10 lead heading into halftime. The Cowboys responded with 21 points on the second half including a game-winning drive of 80 yards with less than two minutes to go in the game. With a 31-28 win the team owned by Jerry Jones is 8-3 this season, about to clinch a playoff ticket.

SOCCER

It was a record just like any other that was meant to be broken and Leo Messi had been lingering around it for a long time. Telmo Zarra had of 251 La Liga goals. Messi had tried to break it at the Santiago Bernabeu during the derby but was unluck for that one and the next two matches. Saturday against Sevilla not only did he tie the record, but with a hat-trick he set a new one in 253 and counting. Barcelona ended up winning the game 5-1. Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-0 to keep the lead of “La Liga” after 12 weeks. In the MLS Playoffs L.A. Galaxy took the lead on the first leg of the Western Conference Final with a 1-0 win and the New England Revolution beat Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the Eastern Conference Final. In Mexico the playoffs are set and America will be facing Pumas, Tigres against Pachuca, Atlas will play against Monterrey and Toluca will have Chiapas as their opponent in the first elimination round.

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES

Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)
Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)

Mexico continues to dominate the medal count in Veracruz with just a week to go in the games but Cuba is closing in strong and with the wide range of track and field events they might find what they need to attack the host nation. Some of the highlights from last week were Horacio Nava’s (MEX) first place in the 20 km. race-walk with a time of 1:25:05 while Mirna Ortiz from Guatemala took gold on the women’s side with a Games record of 1:35:43. In soccer both teams from Mexico (men and women) advanced to semifinals with a perfect streak during the group stage. The men will face Cuba while the women will play Costa Rica. Mexico dominated the synchronized swimming events with seven out of seven wins and that can be considered as to what is making the difference between Cuba’s 63 gold medals and the 67 earned by Mexico so far. Colombia is in third with 51.

NBA

We are just getting started with a long basketball season and some teams are over the expectations while others are below. Lebron James came back to Cleveland hoping to be the secret element to bring the Cavs back to title contention. Up to this point we can say King James is missing having Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by his side since the team he is now playing for is in an early season crisis after a four game losing streak. Toronto is the best team in the league so far with a 9-1 record after ten games. Both Dallas and San Antonio have a 7-3 record heading into the last week of november while the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant can’t find a groove and are 3-7. Last week they were demolished by the Mavericks at Dallas 140-106 just after beating the Rockets on the road.

Last Week in Sports (10/13/14 to 10/19/14)

Here is a look at some of the most important stories in the world of sports this past week.

NFL

Once again I will start things off by talking about the Dallas Cowboys. The team was coming off an impressive victory on the road against the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. They had a bumpy week that started with Joseph Randle being caught stealing underwear and cologne at a store in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area (he will now endorse it). The next day a survey came out stating that the team owned by Jerry Jones was no longer America’s team, but now the Denver Broncos held that title. Pretty sure if that same survey was handed out today the Cowboys would recover that spot. Playing their first division game of the season against the New York Giants they had a shaky first half but a very solid second. DeMarco Murray  ran for 126 yards becoming the first player to go over 100 for seven consecutive games in the history of the NFL. Tony Romo had another great day in Arlington passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys are now 6-1 after beating the Giants 31-21. Last time they started this well was in 2007.

On the Sunday Night Football game history was made. Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre’s record of 508 career touchdown passes and just moments later he went for a record setting 509 on a third and goal opportunity. Demaryius Thomas caught the ball that from now on will be displayed in Canton, Ohio at the NFL Hall of Fame museum. Manning would leave the game but not before he threw one more touchdown pass (510) against the San Francisco defense. It was a historic night at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado where the dominant 42-17 win by the Broncos will hardly be remembered by the score.

WATCH: Peyton Manning 509 TD Pass

SOCCER

Euro 2016 Qualifiers continued early this week. Germany can’t find a way to play like it did to achieve the World Cup title just a few months back and was tied by Ireland in the last minutes of the game for a 1-1 draw. A header from Cristiano Ronaldo helped his national team (Portugal) get three points on its visit to Denmark 1-0. A game determined by UEFA (the European association that regulates soccer in Europe) as a high-risk match proved to be just that. Serbia hosted Albania hoping politic turmoil in between both nations did not affect the game but it was a drone flying over the field carrying a flag from Albania the last straw that angered Serbian players. One of them pulled the flag down and when that happened all hell broke loose and there was a big fight among players and those on the bench as well as in between fans in the stands. That way Martin Atkinson from England had no other choice but to suspend the game. While Albanian players were received as national heroes, Serbia wants UEFA to award them an automatic win. Chances are both teams get suspended from competition from now in.

In Mexico the national league is only four games away from going into playoffs. America played Monterrey hoping to get a win after two straight games without it. They did just that playing against a team that was in second place before the game and now sits in the fifth spot after. Monterrey after losing 0-2 against the leaders of the competition has let Toluca, Atlas and Tigres stand in the way between them and the top of the leaderboard. Chivas, one of the most popular teams in the league hired a new coach, (the same one that could not get Mexico to the World Cup) José Manuel de la Torre. They played León  who won the last championship setting the stage for a great comeback but in the end 2 goals from “La Fiera” and one from “El Rebaño” just made things worst .

In Spain the soccer world is getting ready to see Real Madrid play Barcelona in what is said to be the biggest rivalry around a soccer ball that there is in the world. Before that happens this past weekend Madrid played Levante in what seemed to be target practice for the team managed by Carlo Ancelotti. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, one from James Rodriguez, one from Isco and another one from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (his 3rd with Madrid), sealed a 5-0 victory the week prior to “El Superclásico”. On the other side, Messi is just one goal away from tying Telmo Zarra as the player with the most goals in “La Liga”(250). He scored once in the 3-0 win against Eibar and refused to be substituted late in the second half.

BASEBALL

It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. That is probably what both teams that will be playing in the MLB World Series told themselves after clinching a spot for the Wild Card game on their respective divisions a few weeks back. The Kansas City Royals have not been defeated in their first postseason run in 28 years. The team swept Oakland, L.A. Dodgers and the Orioles. The San Francisco Giants are a bit more used to playing this far into the season. They recently were crowned champions when playing against the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series. This time around they beat Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game, 3-1 in the series against the Washington Nationals, and 4-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals where the last game came down to the wire but a three-run home run by Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the ninth inning sealed the deal at home for the Giants (6-3). The 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants starts this tuesday.

On a quick note, the Texas Rangers announced Jeff Banister as their new skipper after Ron Washington resigned late in the 2014 Season due to personal problems after eight years leading the Rangers clubhouse leader. Banister comes from Pittsburgh hoping to bring the Rangers back to the postseason, an instance they have not showed up to in the past two campaigns.  I will address his personal story in a later date.

GOLF

Major championships were over a while back in the PGA Tour this year but that doesn’t golf players have stayed at home since then. This past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Ben Martin took the win finishing 20 strokes under par, just two strokes below his closest competitor Kevin Streelman. Mexico’s rookie Carlos Ortiz played in his second tournament as a PGA pro and that did not seem to matter. The former Mean Green golfer finished tied for 18th spot with 11 strokes below par. He is now 33rd in the Fedex Cup Rankings.

RUNNING

Just three weeks ago the Marathon world record was shattered in Berlin, Germany. This past sunday, Abraham Cheroben was aiming to do the same with Zersenay Tadese’s World Record of 58:23. The 21-year-old Kenyan ran the Medio Maratón Valencia with that goal. “I’m satisfied with my win but I’m not totally happy because I was targeting a world record today. I’m convinced I can break the 58-minute barrier for the distance”, were the Cheroben’s words right after the race that has been won by Kenyans the past nine editions. His time of 58:48 is the fastest time for anyone who has ran this distance the past two years.

CAR RACING

The Formula 1 is on a two week break from racing. While the Formula travels from Europe to America in Mexico City representatives from “Tilke”, a german architecture firm presented the design of the new “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” track which will be used to host the “Mexico Grand Prix” on November 1st of 2015 per the preliminary calendar. The track is expected to be the second fastest in the world just behind the historic Monza circuit in Italy. Cars should be able to reach a top speed of 328 kms/h and organizers expect to receive over 120,000 fans at the track’s grounds on race day.

WATCH: F1 Mexico Grand Prix Track Design

In NASCAR Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag at the GEICO 500 in Talladega. 32 of the 43 drivers that started the race finished in the same lap that the leader did. Matt Kenseth who is also fighting for the Sprint Cup championship made it finished just 0.141 seconds behind Keselowski. With just four races to go in the season it is Joey Logano from Team Penske who leads the pack. He finished 11th at Talladega in a race that had 38 lead changes.

RACQUETBALL

Mexican racquetball player Paola Longoria had not made major headlines in Mexico until last night when she lost against the American Rhonda Rajsich at the Stockton Pro Am (11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4). The reason this was important was because it meant the end to a 152 game winning streak from the mexican superstar. Oddly enough it happened against the same person she had lost to in may of 2011. Since that game Longoria had not lost a single match until now. Longoria’s chance to restart her streak will come at the Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico from november 14 to the 30th.

Last Week in Sports (10/06/14-10/12/14)

Starting today, every monday I will be posting a summary of the most important news in the world of sports over the weekend.

NFL

Even though we still have to wait to see how the Monday Night Football game pans out to be, it will hardly overtake the show that Seattle and the Dallas Cowboys displayed yesterday at CenturyLink Field, the house of the 12th man. (considered the second loudest stadium in the NFL right behind Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City)

Dallas was coming off an overtime win over the Houston Texans at home but was expected to face an even harder test on the road against the Super Bowl XLVII Champions.  Things did not start well for the team managed by Jason Garrett and due to a couple of mistakes early in the game, they fell behind 10-0. The underdog responded quickly with some great plays by Tony Romo and came back to take the lead 10-17 before halftime. A fielding mistake by the special teams and a mistimed pass by Travis Frederick were key mistakes to give hope to the Seahawks and turn things around in their favor 20-17. Cowboys came back to tie but another field goal by the Seahawks gave the lead to a team that was getting lucky.

The key play of the game happened with less than five minutes to go in the game. 3rd and 20 for the Cowboys and Tony Romo avoids a couple of sacks to find Terrance Williams 23 yards away. Williams makes the best catch of the game right on the borderline of the field having his toes save him from an incomplete pass. In that same series DeMarco Murray takes the ball for a touchdown and gives the Cowboys its 5th win of the season. They will play division rivals (New York Giants, Washington Redskins) the next two weeks before traveling to London to play the Jaguars.

SOCCER

With most club activity suspended for the week due to FIFA Dates national teams in North and South America played friendly games while teams in Europe continued Euro 2016 Qualifiers. Mexico played Honduras on thursday and won 2-0 with goals from Oswaldo Alanis and “Chicharito” Hernández who is now just nine goals behind Jared Borgetti as the all-time best national team scorer. On sunday they played Panama and with the first goal of Erik Torres with the national team they took the win (1-0).

Among other important results Landon Donovan said farewell to the U.S. Men’s National Team. He played his last 40 minutes with the jersey he wore 157 times and 19 of them as the captain of the squad. After not being included by Jurgen Klinsmann to play in the World Cup the decision of retiring was clear for the best soccer player to ever represent the red, white and blue on a soccer field. Unfortunately after a memorable night Ecuador’s Enner Valencia tied the game in its final stretch for a 1-1 draw.

Brazil beat Argentina in what is probably the biggest rivalry in soccer at an international level. Diego Tardelli scored both goals for the “Verde Amarela”. Messi had a chance from the penalty spot to temporarily tie the game but he missed. This friendly game was played in Beijing, China.

In Euro 2015 Qualifiers scores Spain beat Luxemburg 4-0 after falling 2-1 earlier in the week to Slovakia. England had an easy week winning 5-0 over San Marino and 1-0 over Estonia. France beat Portugal 2-1 even with Ronaldo on the pitch but even more shocking Germany lost against Poland 0-2.

MLB

We are approaching the very end of a very long baseball season and surprises keep popping up. Probably the biggest one is that the L.A. Dodgers aren’t in the hunt for a World Series anymore. Now the Kansas City Royals are back to a spot they are not very used to be in. They are facing the Orioles in the American League Championship Series who are also pretty unfamiliar with this stages. Their rival in the biggest stage in baseball will come from the winner between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals who are playing to reach the National League Championship Series to access the World Series.

F1

A very unusual week unfolded in Formula 1. Most people have now seen or heard the accident in which Marussia’s driver Jules Bianchi was involved back in the Japan Grand Prix. Today Bianchi is still in critical condition in a hospital in Japan and is being supervised by a medical team lead by two doctors provided by Ferrari. Most of the people that surround F1 races say they are having a tough time dealing with the situation. But the show must go on and Russia welcomed the highest category in auto-racing for the first time. A circuit with lots of turns and few spaces to overpass other drivers built around the same Olympic Park that hosted the recent 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

It was again the Mercedes drivers who occupied the top two positions . Lewis Hamilton came in first after leading the whole race and Nico Rosberg finished second in a competition where most cars only needed one stop Marussia only had Max Chilton’s car on track as a tribute to his teammate. Unfortunately he had to abandon the race early on due to technical difficulties. With the 1-2 for Mercedes Benz drivers, the team secured the Constructors Championship with three races to go in the season. Apparently Russia is having to pay $50 million as a hosting fee per year for this new venture. Next up is the United States Grand Prix in Austin (special coverage from the Circuit of the Americas, stay tuned).

TENNIS MASTERS

Roger Federer has shown the world he is not done playing great tennis. The swiss who for a very long time had ranked number one in the world won the Shanghai Masters for the first time in his career after defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2). A close match that was mostly defined by Federer’s efficiency from the net taking 24 of 35 points. With the absence from Nadal in the tournament, combined with this result, Federer is now second in the ATP Rankings just behind Novak Djokovic.

CHICAGO MARATHON

There were close to ideal conditions in the “Windy City” yesterday for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. No world-records were broken, nor even course records and that is mostly due to a highly conservative pace from the leaders on both the women’s and men’s side of the field. It was a Kenyan podium on the men’s side with Eliud Kipchoge taking first place with a time of 2:04:11. Followed by Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba less than a minute behind. On the women’s side Rita Jeptoo won the race with a 2:24:35 Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 2:24:35, Mare Dibaba came second and Florence Kiplagat finished third. Jeptoo from Kenya also clinched the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors title.

OTHERS

Finally mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz made his PGA debut at the Frys.com Open in Napa Valley, California. The University of North Texas alumni and “Web.Com Player of the Year”finished with a scorecard of one stroke under par to rank 57 allowing him to rank 56 in the PGA Tour. Also Paola Longoria from Mexico won the U.S. Open in racquetball after defeating María José Vargas from Argentina 3-0 at Minneapolis. It is Longoria’s fifth U.S. Open title and 150th consecutive win for the player from San Luis Potosi.

How ‘bout Them Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys (dallascowboys.com)
Dallas Cowboys (dallascowboys.com)

The National Football League 2014 season is about to get on its way. The teams have made their moves, the Seahawks would love to repeat their title, Johnny Manziel wants to put on a show and the Cowboys can’t be taken seriously once again.

One of the things I like the most about the NFL is the way the league gives a chance to pretty much any team to be a title contender. The budget on a team is not relevant to the position they will end up in. The Dallas Cowboys are the prime example for that. At the end of the 2013 season the team owned by Jerry Jones occupied the top spot as the most valuable franchise in the NFL. A 406 million dollar revenue to be exact. At the same time the team based in Irving, Texas did not make it to the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

Out of the 32 teams in the league, the Cowboys usually end up in the middle of the leaderboard. This is really not a good spot to be at when it comes to the NFL Draft. At the draft, collegiate players get the chance to sign with a professional team. The best collegiate players are usually selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft, unless strange things happen. With the Cowboys usually sitting within the 10th to 20th pick. For the sake of Jerry Jones team I would actually like a devastating season so they could get the first pick at one point bringing in a Heisman Trophy winner.

With that I come to my next point called Jerry Jones. The owner of America’s Team is for sure a brilliant mind when it comes to business, hence the stats given above. With that in mind, the 71 year-old millionaire (#578 according to Forbes list) is really investing on his team, but probably not in the right way. The Cowboys have made some really poor choices in the past three drafts, not one player has made a big impact on the team lately coming from the biggest talent pool available to NFL teams. Many people think that Jones is actually the man who makes the play calls during games, and that Jason Garrett is just there to fake it as a head coach.

Meanwhile the Cowboys play every two weeks on the world’s most expensive stadium known to man ($1.2 billion), formerly know as Cowboys Stadium now due to a huge sponsorship by AT&T it now “AT&T Stadium”. The admission cost to their games averages $110 per single ticket and somehow Jerry and his marketing team manage to almost sell-out the 100,000+ seats at every game. In the 2013 season, according to stats by ESPN Jerry World was the stadium with the most fans during the eight home games (704,345). I would like to think that most people go to watch the Cowboys Cheerleaders. America’s Sweethearts have also helped the Cowboys marketing as they are the most known sports animation group in the world. Interviewing a cheerleader is even harder than getting a one on one with Tony Romo.

For me, Tony is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I am not ignoring the fact he may throw a lot of intercepted passes at key moments during the game but he has an ability to play within the pocket like few players of his position do. He can usually control the tempo of the game and if he has to make a decision without being influenced by those outside the field he will usually do the right one. But what hurts him the most are the bad decisions during the draft and the whole offseason. He needs better players hired in the defensive line in order for him to achieve a better completion rating. I’ll makke my point by telling you that in the 2013 season the Cowboys defensive line ranked 30th in opponent passing yards and 27th in rushing yards out of the 32 teams in the league. The Cowboys NEED better defense, there is no way around it.

There is enough quality in the wide receivers and the Boys seem to be ok when it comes to running backs. Gavin Escobar, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have the ability to make big plays. Lance Dunbar should be good to go this season and if healthy he can really make an impact on the league this time just how he did playing for the University of North Texas and setting any kind of records.

I obviously don’t know what the magic trick is for the Cowboys to tie the ranking they have as a revenue machine in the NFL. What will it take for the Cowboys to be back in the same spot Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin left them in 1995 (last time they won a Super Bowl)? The investment is obviously there, but it hasn’t been the right one. I like to think that things won’t change dramatically as long as Jerry Jones is in charge, but for the good of the most loved/hated team on the National Football League I hope I’m wrong and they can soon add a sixth star to the legacy of America’s Team.