On Sunday the cameras caught Dez Bryant in a very peculiar situation with the way he was acting on the sidelines. From afar, it looked like he was in melt down mode not once but twice and he was getting in the faces of the wrong people. This has also become talk radio fodder because of what he did.
Dez is one of the rare cases in which he has all the talent and could be a very deadly weapon for the Cowboys offense. But whether it is being young, or just immature, he tends to throw tantrums when he doesn’t feel like he is being targeted enough. Maybe he is still too young to know when to keep his mouth shut and when to let loose and try to fire the team up. It would benefit him to have a sit down with Michael Irvin about that difference.
Sunday’s instances looked more like a tantrum and could potentially be a bigger issue than most fans realize. The Cowboys brass needs to quit making excuses and try to reel him in before he turns into the type of player to tears a team apart and ruins a locker room.
You can see Dez has all of the talent, and could be one of the best receivers in the league for years to come. But with guys like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss before him, he needs to reel in his emotions and just go to work. Because both of those guys had the ability to do great things unfortunately they are remembered for things other than their play on the field. This is the fate Dez is headed for if he doesn’t change the way he acts.
Dez Bryant can yell, hoot and holler about things in the locker room away from the cameras and could use that to be a “rah rah” guy who fires the team up. But every time he is seen throwing tantrums like he did on Sunday will only help feed the “childish” mentality the national media has of him. To change this perception, it is time for Dez to just shut up and play.
It was homecoming Saturday in Dallas and the Mustangs had hopes of an easy victory over the visiting Owls, but the visitors had another idea in mind. The Mustangs would come out on their first drive and showed a troubling trend of a turnover, but the defense would hold and SMU would get the ball back to score and take a touchdown lead. But Temple, behind Quarterback P.J. Walker would have another idea and end up tying the game at seven on their next drive. This is point where the SMU offense would start having issues. Walker would lead the Owls to 28 unanswered points and look to have the game in Owl control.
SMU would get a defensive stop with 3:07 left in the half and the crowd could sense a score here would help change the momentum of this game going into the half. Garret Gilbert would organize a drive down the field to lead the mustangs into the end zone and put SMU on the board for the first time since the first quarter. There was a decided momentum shift at that time as the crowd had something to cheer about before halftime. Temple would choose to run out the half and take the opening kickoff to start the second half.
Coach June Jones said in his post game press conference “If we go out and stop them, we will win the game”, Maybe June has a magic ball and we are just not privy to it yet. As the Mustangs started the second half, they got a much needed defensive stop and had a chance to pull within a touchdown of Temple early in the second half. Enter Gilbert again who seems to have a knack of doing good things when it is not expected of him, he once again led the Mustangs down the field and got a much needed touchdown to make it a 28-21 deficit. But Temple wasn’t going to lie down and let SMU stampede over them, as Walker moved his offense down the field and put temple back up by 14. This seemed to damper the crowd just a bit,
Gilbert and the Mustangs would come back and score 14 unanswered points to tie the game up, which would leave only one quarter for either team to decide who wanted it more. By this point the crowd at Ford Stadium got loud and started to let their Mustangs know they were behind them 100 percent. There was a sense of something special is happening on the Hilltop because Gilbert had 422 passing yards and 92 rushing yards going into the third quarter. Gilbert would lead the Mustangs through four drives in the fourth quarter and score 17 unanswered points to pretty much wrap up the game, but Temple and Walker had another idea. Walker would lead Temple into the end zone, but a missed onside kick would be the final nail in the coffin for the Owls. SMU would walk away a winner and survive a very strong punch thrown by their American Athletic Conference foe.
Garret Gilbert would throw for a career high and SMU record 538 yards. SMU would also set a school record with 728 yards of total offense, and a record of 34 first downs. This would also be the first time SMU has not allowed a sack since 2012 against Southern Mississippi. All in all it was a very good day on the Hilltop as SMU won the game and improved their record to 3-4(2-1). SMU will take on Cincinnati on November 9th and return home on November 16th.
Late last week it was announced Nolan Ryan would be retiring from the Texas Rangers front office, but during the press conference Nolan let it slip that he was resigning. It has been no secret there has been some discourse between Nolan and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, but in public, they would say it was just “media fodder” and nothing was wrong. This has led some people to wonder, was Nolan being forced out, or is he leaving because he doesn’t want to be involved with Daniels anymore?
The only two people who know the true answer will be Nolan and Jon, and they have both made it very clear, neither will tip their cap to the true answer. While the owners and rest of the front office staff want fans to believe this will be a seamless transition and will not effect the way the team plays on the field going forward. I can’t help but think this could have a bigger negative affect than most will realize right now.
Nolan Ryan brought credibility to this franchise when it was nothing more than a laughingstock and he helped engineer the turnaround of a life time. Most people will give Daniels most of the credit, but I don’t doubt for a minute Nolan had more power than most realized. And it was because of that power that Daniels started lobbying for more control and ended up getting it. But with that control, the Rangers are now losing someone who gave fans hope the team would finally bring a championship back to Arlington.
Can the Rangers win a World Series without Nolan in the front office? Yes, but those hopes will now fall solely on Jon Daniels shoulders, and if Rangers fans will look back, he had a history of making dumb decisions before Nolan arrived. Some would argue the lack of a decision this year could be at fault for the Rangers not going further in the post season. So as Rangers fans say good bye to Nolan, and try to keep positive about the future of this team, they can only hope Daniels doesn’t regress with his sole control of decisions going forward.
Can fans fully say “In Jon Daniels we trust?” only time will tell.
On a hot Saturday afternoon in Denton, Texas the North Texas Mean Green welcomed in Mid-Atlantic conference visitor Ball State to Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green were looking to rebound after their loss last weekend in Ohio, but wanted to continue their winning ways at home in Denton. Early on it looked like these two teams were evenly matched, and this game could go either way.
The first half was very even except for a few glaring differences which would end up making the score look worse than what the game really was. Ball State was able to capitalize on two big scoring plays which put 13 points up for them in a hurry, meanwhile North Texas was able to force three turnovers, but only able to get six points off them as a whole. Even with that fact, the game would still be close if not for a Ball State fumble return for TD which gave them the bigger lead at the half. But a late touchdown seemed to energize the Apogee crowd and North Texas would receive the ball in the second half. Even then it wasn’t an insurmountable lead at 27-16.
North Texas came out in the 2nd half and drove down the field and got a touchdown to quickly capture the 2nd half momentum and take the opportunity to tighten up the game. With that score they made the game 27-24, which seemed to put the Cardinals on their heels because they couldn’t ever get a solid drive going to get any points at any point. The only real opportunity the Cardinals had was a 51 yard field goal which was short early in the third quarter and this would be the only real chance they had to put up points on the Mean green.
The Mean Green was able to get a tying field goal early in the fourth quarter which ignited the crowd of 14,747 at Apogee stadium. The defense looked to kick it into a fifth gear and was flying to the ball to keep Ball State on their heels. The Mean Green was able to get a touchdown run from quarterback Derek Thompson which would be all they needed to seal the game. The Mean Green would finish with 92 plays and 505 yards of total offense. Which Derek Thompson said”the goal was to run 80 plays on offense”. The plan was to try and wear down the visitors from Muncie, Indiana and the Mean Green did just that.
In the 34-27 victory, the Mean Green achieved some things that haven’t been done in a very long time. They are 2-1 for the first time since 1994 and are now 2-0 at Apogee for the first time ever. This will also up the record to 9-4 at home under Dan McCarney. This was a solid victory for the Mean Green and is a big step in achieving their “Win Six” campaign they set forth for the season. The Mean Green will be playing at Georgia next week in Athens, Georgia.
The SMU Mustangs were given about as much as they could handle by the Montana State Bobcats. Other than a safety early on in the game, SMU never lead past that point. But they play the game for sixty full minutes and for almost 58 of those minutes, Montana State thought they could escape the hilltop with a victory.
Garret Gilbert ended his night going 35-48 for 317 yards and getting his first TD pass of the season when it mattered most. The Bobcats came into Ford Stadium and quickly show the Mustangs why they are the #3 team in the FCS polls. Between Montana State doing everything right and SMU making numerous mistakes it looked bleak heading into the half, and then there was a punt return for a touchdown by JaBryce Taylor with no time left to draw the Mustangs closer to the Bobcats. It was also the first time since 2011 the Mustangs have a punt return for a touchdown in game.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs the Bobcats got the first drive of the second half and scored a touchdown and a two point conversion to take a 30-19 lead. At this point of the game it was time for the Mustangs to dig in and try to find a way to get back in the game, and they did just that. That opening drive of the second half was the last points Montana State would score.
The Mustangs started chipping away at the Bobcats lead with a couple field goals to make the game a 30-25 lead for the Bobcats. It took a defensive stand late in the game to give the Mustangs a chance to win the game. They took the ball over on their own 19 with 3:46 left in the game. This drive didn’t start great when Gilbert took a sack to start, but then he started moving the Mustangs up the field to get them into position to win the game. The Mustangs moved the ball all the way to the MSU four yard line.
Gilbert took his spot behind center with 12 seconds left to go and while facing a good amount of pressure from the Bobcats defensive front he found Darius Joseph in the middle of the end zone for the go ahead score. This would be the first time the Mustangs had led the game since early in the first quarter. But with five seconds left, the bobcats had one shot at a miracle play to try and steal a victory. Even with a little trickery and playing hot potato, the Mustangs were able to tackle the ball carrier far short of any gain and finish off a victory by the skin of their teeth.
A win is a win and heading into the bye week, this will give the Mustangs something positive to build on, because after the bye week they will travel down to College Station and face the Aggies of Texas A&M.