All Star Weekend 2010 Means More Attention For Dallas In the Future

  

  

 

  

  

The 2010 All Star Weekend is over in Dallas, but in a city that is famously known for the Dallas Cowboys, the NBA and its All-Star festivities has left a lasting mark on the city and greatly increased its clout in the sports world. The last time the All Star Game was hosted in Dallas, the Cowboys played at Texas Stadium in Irving, the Mavericks home court was Reunion Arena and the game’s attendance was 16,573. A lot has changed since then. 
Nearly twenty-four years later the Dallas Cowboys now play at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington built by owner Jerry Jones, the Mavericks play at the American Airlines Center, the All Star game was played in a transformed football stadium and the attendance was a record breaking 108,713. Cowboys’ Stadium reinforces Dirk’s welcome exclamation prior to the All Star game that everything is bigger in Texas; bigger in a very good way.
  

The stadium’s enormous size alone left fans and players marveling at what is believed to be the biggest indoors dome in the world. If the size wasn’t impressive enough the big screen televisions, huge crowds and the simple fact that Cowboys stadium is originally a football stadium were also reasons to be amazed by “Jerry’s World”. 
Cowboys Stadium has given Dallas, a city that has never hosted a Super Bowl despite being home to “America’s Team, and ranks far behind cities such as New Orleans and Miami, a chance to host big games that attract large crowds for the first time. The success of the All Star weekend in Dallas means there is good reason for the sports world to return to the city over and over again in the future.
With other major sporting events coming to Dallas such as the Pacquiao fight, the 2014 NCAA Final Four and the 2011 Super Bowl there will be plenty of time for Dallas to prove its staying power in championship sports. It has been a long time coming but Dallas has arrived in the sporting world with a chance to compete and make a name for itself in years to come.  

Players introduction at All Star Game

 

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Blame it On The Jose Cuervo?

The increase in alcohol consumption and the decline of top-shelf alcohol sales

Alcohol sales overall are increasing but luxury liquor brands are feeling the wrath of the economy. Not even celebrity promoters such as P. Diddy or highly popular songs such as “Blame It (On the Alcohol)” by Jamie Foxx can help the declining sales of highly popular top-shelf alcohol brands such as Ciroc, Grey Goose, Patron and Hennessey. Despite the celebrity status that is associated with these products, even for those who crave social outings and a good time, in a recession it just isn’t economical. Those who have turned away from the more expensive brands have turned to lower priced alcohol to get more product at cheaper.

According to recent stats, the sale of Grey Goose is down 5.1 percent while the sale of cheap tequila is up more than 20 percent. Instead of following the lead of celebrities, Americans are making their own decisions and this means they are buying lower priced brands such as Papov, McCormicks, Smirnoff, and Jose Cuervo. The hit single “Money to Blow,” featuring Drake couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to buying alcohol in today’s economy.

 As the economy falters and it becomes harder to relate to celebrities bragging about spending lots of money on alcohol, the celebrity endorsed advertisements and commercials have declined. Consumers are buying alcohol without all of the marketing gimmicks and glamour that manufactures previously invested so much advertising into. Instead alcohol powerhouses such as Bicardi that produces Grey Goose and Diageo that produces Kettle One and Ciroc, will be depending more on the success of their “cheap” brands such as Bicardi and Popov.

What this translates into is that until the economy improves, the only people drinking top-of the line alcohol might be those celebrities getting paid to do so In the mean time most Americans will drink economically and maybe new music will reflect their new drinks of choice and a trend they started.

 Articles Consulted:

“Liquor lovers sip more for less” by Emily Fredrix, AP

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The Highs and Lows of Being a Texas Sports Fan

The Highs

 

No matter what happened in Texas sports, no matter how bad it was, the Cowboys win was huge! The Cowboys win redeemed a team that had not won a playoff game in thirteen years and was living off of the legacy of a Super Bowl reign that only Cowboys fans still call to memory.

Talk of the Cowboys  to date consisted of constant jabs that the team failed to perform in December, failed to win a playoff game, failed to  have a huge performance from its quarterback and failed to have a coach who could show real leadership. Yet, with all of these alledged shortcomings the Cowboys showed up big in a win against the Eagles that was so impressive that all commentators and “Cowboys haters” alike were forced to come to terms with the idea that the Cowboys are back in the playoffs and back to claim their rightful title as America’s Team.

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The Lows

The 2009 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship game between Texas and Alabama, had very big implications for the Texas Longhorns.  The 2009 season had the potential redeem what Texas had lost a year before in a monumental BCS snub that allowed Oklahoma to play against Florida for the championship game instead of Texas.

 Yet it turned out that a Championship title was not how the Longhorns would end the decade or Colt McCoy’s incredible tenure as quarterback: the twice-nominated Heisman trophy winner Colt McCoy went down after just a few minutes of play. Right then chances for a Championship win and chances for redemption decreased, but the Longhorns still kept fighting with freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert at the helms and Colt on the sidelines. 

Even with a noble effort and a promising quarterback that shows potential to lead his team to a big game, Texas fans still have to feel cheated. Not cheated because they felt like Colt didn’t give his best or cheated because a freshman quarterback played the majority of the game, but cheated because for the second year in a row they were  left to marvel at what could have been if Colt had been able to stay on the field the entire game or if Texas had just been given a chance against Florida last year.

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Mark Cuban, It’s Not February 8

Is Mark Cuban ready to face the NFL?

“I know we’re just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues,” Cuban said. “They don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves.”

We all know that Mark Cuban is good at pulling publicity stunts, but his recent lashing against the NFL has to be one of his least successful. This time no one is disagreeing with Cuban’s basic premise: it’s NFL season and no one cares about the NBA until it ends. In its defense, perhaps the NFL forgot the Mavericks were playing. It is still football season and schedulers are so busy that they didn’t have time to check their calenders, but it is more likely the NFL’s decesion to broadcast the Cowboys game right before the Mavericks tip-off was intentionally unintentionally done.  The NFL believes their games should be front and center and if that means going up against the NBA so be it–at the end of the night the NFL will have the fan power and the ratings to prove it.

Yet, even if it was a little rude who is Mark Cuban to talk about the “ugly” American citizen? Mark Cuban who has been fined millions of dollars for his inability to hold his tounge and be considerate of others has the audacity to tell the NFL that it is being rude? The irony of the words of the basketball owner that is more well known for his ability to distract his team than the team’s ability to play sound like the ones of an owner missing his spotlight. Although Mark Cuban’s diversion attempt proved futile against the NFL, there is only exactly one month of football left until the Super Bowl is played on Feb. 7 in Miami. After that the NBA can get the spotlight and Mark Cuban can regain his role as the “ugly American” from the NFL.

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We Deserve This: Alabama vs. Texas for the 2010 BCS Bowl Championship

 

If you are a Texas Longhorns fan you know that in reality your team deserved to go to the BCS Championship last year instead of Oklahoma. Unlike Alabama who clearly lost their bid for a championship run with a loss to Florida last year (and would go on to later lose to Utah), you felt your team deserved the bid for the BCS Championship because you beat Oklahoma (and would later win against Ohio). I mean sure there was that one loss to Texas Tech, but like Mack Brown said when he explained to the entire country why Texas was the most deserving team for the # 2 spot, “Texas beat Oklahoma”.

 However, if you are a Texas fan you know that the computer didn’t know any better so it picked Oklahoma. As a Texas fan you cheered for Oklahoma to lose so that the BCS would know that its decision to pick Oklahoma as the #2 team was wrong, but it was okay that Texas could have won that game with an opportunity to play because next year Texas was going to come back with a chip on their shoulder. Next year Texas was coming for Florida. Texas would be undefeated and unquestionably deserving of a Championship for the 2009-2010 season because no one deserved it more.

Just as expected the Texas Longhorns have come back this year. Colt McCoy has led his team to success with the help of some key players, an awesome defense and of course stellar coaching. After the win over Nebraska for what will more than likely be the BCS Championship game, Texas found that this year there will be no Florida. As a Texas fan I was initially thrilled to hear about Alabama knocking off Florida, the best team in the nation, until I realized something: Texas was not the only team playing with a chip on their shoulder. Alabama players admitted that after losing the SEC Championship game last year to Florida, that since last season their team has been working to show that they could be a contender this year.

Texas is not the only team that believed they deserved to play in the big game last season.It is only fitting that if everything goes accordingly, that the two teams that feel they have the most to prove from last year will face off in the BCS Championship. With an undefeated and dominating season this year and a huge win that exposed the weaknesses of the nation’s number one team, Alabama has shown it is ready. Even with a shaky win against Nebraska, Texas fought back to place itself in a position it believes was denied to the program last year.

For those like myself who initially believed that after comparing the games that Alabama and Texas played to grant their acceptance to the championship game, Alabama had the obvious advantage: Wrong, everything starts over from here.  Now that Florida, Alabama’s biggest roadblock is no longer in contention and Texas is playing in the game it believes has been two years in the making, both teams have a clean slate to play in s BCS Championship game that will ensure the nation knows what its football program can do on the college football’s largest national stage.

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Come All Ye Football Faithful: My Response To Some Very Pressing Football Issues

So I’m an avid sports fan specifically football and now that the 2009-2010 NFL and college seasons are underway I decided to write about some of the most exciting events in college and professional football by asking and answering a few questions, please feel free to agree or disagree– we’re all friends.

1. Is this the end of Charlie Weiss?

I sure hope so. I have been saying for years that Charlie Weiss is the most overrated coach in college football so the loss to Michigan was not a big surprise for me but I must admit that while watching the game I was worried that Michigan might not hold off the fighting Irish and that a Notre Dame win would leave me unable to prove my argument and reluctantly admit that Weiss seems to be turning the Notre Dame program around. Luckily Michigan didn’t let me down. Now that the Michigan game is over the “Fighting Irish” don’t have exactly what many would call a tough schedule or a chance for redemption this season.  Next season the “Fighting Irish” might have a new coach leaving Weiss to look for a new job since his affiliation with the New England Patriots has not equated a win.  But Charlie Weiss being overrated is not all his fault. The fascination with Weiss stems from the NFL fascination with anything that deals with the New England Patriots and Golden Boy Tom Brady. Charlie Weiss was the offensive mastermind who helped lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl win so many thought “surely he could do the same in college football right?” No wrong. Weiss has proven to be as overestimated as the Patriots were before they lost to the New York Giants, but like the Patriots his old faithful still won’t count him out. So in short would I be surprised if Weiss stays on another year and given far more chances than his predecessor Tyrone Willingham? No, but then again I wouldn’t be surprised if the New England Patriots were Super Bowl favorites again despite falling short two years in a row.

2. Is Ohio State overrated?

This one is easy and shouldn’t take a long response at all but instead simple logic. For the past three years we have seen Ohio State go to Bowl Games and lose games they should have won; games they needed to validate their standing as a collegiate football powerhouse. With a loss to USC what makes this year any different? Terrelle Pryor? I doubt it. The kid is good but not good enough to redeem the highly overrated and low performing Ohio State. I know some might point out wins in the two years prior to the string of bowl losses, but those wins were against Notre Dame and Oklahoma State teams OSU should have against won proving nothing. In short do I believe that Ohio State should be banned from bowl games appearance so they can have time to get it together, quite wasting time and give a bowl game appearance to a more deserving team? Not right away—maybe after this year.

3. Is USC really that good?

Yes USC faithful your team looked really good Saturday night in that big game against Ohio State, but after reading my previous opinion I also just said that Ohio State isn’t that good and so I believe that’s a game that you all should have won if you’re good. So let’s make a deal USC fans. Pull off an undefeated season with a schedule that isn’t too tough.  If that happens I will be more than willing to testify to the greatness of the Trojans. Otherwise I will be forced to (I wouldn’t want to) point out some very dismal facts. Like how during the last four years I have seen USC fall very short of going all the way i.e. the Texas v. USC game and USC beating up on a poor defenseless Illinois team that proved nothing. But no worries Trojan faithful you all have somehow managed to remain highly ranked in BCS polls and perhaps this year you are going to go all the way—perhaps but I still remain reluctant and say to USC prove it and let’s talk again at the end of the season.

4. Was the decision to get Jay Cutler a good one for the Chicago Bears?

Well he sure didn’t look very good in the NFL debt versus Green Bay but we can’t say for sure now. There are a lot of reasons to explain a seemingly bad start that included a career first four interceptions and a huge loss. For example, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers looked very good, the entire Bears offense stalled which is not uncharacteristic, (but was that because they had the all time worst Rex Grossman) Cutler is getting used to his new offense. It might be too early to tell right now but the Denver Broncos don’t seem to be missing their former quarterback now because their new QB led them to a victory.

5. Did the Cowboys look really good or did Tampa Bay get a little worse this season

I plead the fifth. I can’t talk against my Cowboys this week because a huge win against Tampa Bay is exactly what we need before next week’s game against the very good New York Giants who handed the Washington Redskins a humiliating welcome into the 2009-2010 season.

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Remember or Forget Ted Kennedy with One Word: Bipartisanship

Ted Kennedy was Known for his Ability to Cross Party Lines and Make Crucial Deals

August 26, 2009 Edward (Ted) Kennedy, labeled by President Barack Obama as the greatest senator of our lifetime, died.  Now that the senator has passed away how will Washington continue without one of its greatest leaders who served as Massachusetts Senator for nearly five decades: how will Washington remember the late Ted Kennedy?

The amazing quality about Senator Kennedy’s imprint on politics in Washington from a public relations vantage point is that it can be summed up in one word: bipartisanship (granted people are generous enough to omit the obvious answer liberal). The trouble is from a political standpoint in 2009 the word is becoming less significant or possible to enact despite it being one of the senator’s greatest attributes.

Statements released from Democrats and Republicans, liberal and conservative alike, assert that what made Senator Kennedy so successful and widely respected was his ability to reach across the aisle in order to strike a deal for the benefit of the American people. In his article analyzing the impact of Senator Kennedy, Ronald Brownstein contends, “Solutions are more durable when the hands that craft them represent a broad range of viewpoints, both inside and outside of Congress” but today we are less likely to see this cooperation that garners success.

Ted Kennedy was likely to make deals with the likes of Ronald Regan, Orin Hatch and John McCain if that deal meant he could give workers better benefits, AIDS patients help, and children from lower incomes access to healthcare.

Yet, the word bipartisanship has a different connation today. In today’s politics bipartisanship means disloyalty to one’s party, and the inability to take a stance. With the bickering that ensues among parties today Robert Kuttner admits that this goal of bipartisanship and the crutch of Kennedy’s legacy is hard to understand, “people who never saw [Kennedy] in action will not grasp how it was possible for a senator to be simultaneously a principled liberal, a superb tactician, as well a bipartisan force who could befriend conservative Republicans to work for public purposes”.   

Barack Obama‘s presidential goal for bipartisanship influenced by the Massachusetts senator was seen as highly improbably from the beginning because it would require cooperation amongst Democrats and Republicans. Although cross party nominations were made, the healthcare debate is suggesting that President Obama’s plan to build bipartisanship is harder than expected. Just weeks ago before the death of Kennedy, getting the healthcare plan approved would mean Democrats had to abandon the principle of bipartisanship. However, now that bipartisanship represents the legacy of the late Senator Ted Kennedy perhaps there will be a new resurging interest in reaching across the aisle to honor one of America’s great politicians and also allow all political parties to become a part decisions that affect the American people.

Articles Consulted

“Why Ted Kennedy Was the Last of His Kind” by Ronald Brownstein http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200908u/ted-kennedy

“Ted Kennedy: A Liberals Bipartisan” by Robert Kuttner

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=ted_kennedy__a_liberals_bipartisan

“John McCain Says Barack Obama Flunks Bipartisanship” by Mike Allen and Carol Lee http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25695.html#ixzz0PLoTLIVp

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