By now, the dust has settled from Santa’s visit and you have likely rung in the New Year with gusto. As those with resolutions head back to the gym and promise to eat healthier, let’s take a look back at what some of the great state of Texas’ professional sports teams might have wished for from Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.
Dallas Cowboys – A solid offensive line and a few good D-men. Once again the Dallas Cowboys finish the season out of the playoffs and in the middle of the pack. They seem committed to Tony Romo as the man calling the shots behind center, but they have got to get him some protection to stay healthy and buy some time for him to connect with Dez Bryant. Hopefully this offseason they will be able to beef up the offensive line and find some defensive characters that can play up to the abilities of guys like DeMarcus Ware. The solid sacker cannot do it on his own.
Houston Texans – Lots of bubble wrap for their quarterbacks. The team has run through a number of them this season and managed to still end up with a shot at the playoffs. Here’s hoping rookie TJ Yates can carry them through and stay injury-free.
Dallas Stars – This team is simply looking for consistency. After a tough loss last week against the league’s last-ranked Columbus Blue Jackets, they came out and stunned last year’s Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins on Saturday in a wild New Year’s Eve contest. They dropped a close one last night against Detroit, but will need to string together some wins to stay in playoff contention in the tough Western Conference.
Dallas Mavericks – Where to begin? After winning the NBA Title in June, the team has started off this season struggling. After an emotional banner raising at the American Airlines Center, the team put up a dismal performance against the Miami Heat and went on to lose 4 of their first 6 games. Despite signing big name Lamar Odom (welcome Khloe Kardashian?), the Mavs have not looked good and are currently sitting at the bottom of their division.
Houston Rockets: Houston has started the season in the middle of the pack this year, currently sitting at 3-2. While the Rockets could use some help on the court, the one thing they probably did not ask Santa for this year was some dance lessons. Check out this video from their open practice – http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2011/12/20/RookiesDancing512Kcopymov-1941210/index.html
San Antonio Spurs – Manu Ginobli to heal quickly! Ginobli suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand this week. Spurs fans know he has played hurt, but with the aging team, they need him at his best.