Dallas sports fans do not be dismayed over Cowboys 4-12 season

Noah Vice, Staff Writer

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If you’re any kind of Cowboys fan, you’re still in mourning. I know I am. Every time I look at ESPN or even the newspaper, I’m constantly reminded how bad the season was as the Cowboys finished 4-12 last in the NFC East. There’s no denying that it’s hard to move on from such disappointment, but in all reality, there’s a lot more to be excited about. Most Dallasites fail to realize that we’re living in one of the best chapters of Dallas professional sports since the early 2000’s.

Let’s take it to the ice rink. Although they don’t receive nearly enough credit, the Dallas Stars are one of the best teams in their entire Western Conference. Currently they only sit three games behind Chicago for the Conference Title. They feature the No. 2 and No. 3 players in the League in Tyler Seguin, scoring 28 goals on the season and Jamie Benn scoring 25.  The team not only is the top team locally,  but in all of the NHL they rank among the best. However, we do live in Texas, and hockey is almost dead last on the list of sports we care about. Regardless, the Stars alone give us sportsmen and women something to celebrate as they are in search of another Stanley Cup.

Moving on to the Diamond, the Texas Rangers give us something else to brag about. This team went from being the worst team in the American League to AL West Champs in a single year. They clinched a spot in the Divisional round of playoffs before suffering a devastating reverse sweep to the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t be discouraged. During this offseason, ace pitcher Yu Darvish will fully recover from his Tommy John surgery and once again take the mound. The mid-season acquisition of pitchers  Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson will enhance an already sound team.  First baseman Prince Fielder had an all-star caliber year last year and his talent shows no signs of fading anytime soon. This diverse bunch proves we are set for a top notch Spring season.

The Mavericks are welcoming back many of the stars from the 2011 NBA Championship team. (Allison Peregory Photo)

The Mavericks are welcoming back many of the stars from the 2011 NBA Championship team. (Allison Peregory Photo)

Over at the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks are not doing too shabby themselves. They’re currently in third place in the Southwest Division and sixth  place in the Western Conference. Dirk Nowitzki is being Dirk, averaging nearly 20 points a game. Guard Deron Williams is proving to be an asset putting up his fair share of points and taking it to other teams on the board. Although the Mavericks could not acquire Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in the offseason, things seem to be working out fine. Zaza Pachulia, a seasoned veteran from Milwaukee, is exceeding expectations as the Maverick’s starting center. If things go as planned, the Mavericks look to make some noise in the West and hopefully the post-season.

Cheer up, Dallas. Sure the Cowboys didn’t live up to the hype they received prior to their poor performance, but we should already know that they haven’t since Jerry Jones began calling the shots in the split of the Jones-Johnson duo. There’s so much more to look forward to than the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft, like a possible Stars Stanley Cup, Mavericks NBA Finals or even a Rangers World Series. So let’s forget the fall and run towards 2016 with an attitude that it deserves. Dallas sports are the best.

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