Weatherford Democrat


January 13, 2013

We’re ‘Stuck in the middle’ with Jones — Column


I am not quite sure what the birth rate is for the virtual, pseudo-geographic region known as “Cowboy Nation” — and birth rate, in this case, refers to the newcomers who discover within themselves a burgeoning urge to root for blue and silver. Just the sheer numbers of upcoming generations (now speaking to  birth rate in the traditional sense) add to the number of new Dallas fans who plunk down money for game tickets, parking fees, merchandise and premium television programming.

But, in speaking with friends and colleagues, as well as  occasionally catching some of our local sports programming between home and the office, there also exists an apparent Cowboy fan-dome fatality rate. I am not (yet) one of those casualties, though I must admit to an ever-increasing urge to plan Sunday afternoon activities during football season, a major departure from what used to be a sure bet for a 3-hour couch reservation.

And the diversions have gotten much easier over the past few seasons. Catching a movie and dinner, cleaning/rearranging the garage or entertaining friends has given way to more mundane tasks like sorting socks and alphabetizing DVDs. I have yet to seek escape via a Sunday afternoon nap, but unless my mind gets right — and soon — it may well come to that.

The indications of the Cowboy-fan casualties pop up in places I hadn’t thought of, as well. In researching season records for the ‘Boys, I came across no less than three “independent” web sites created by individuals (as opposed to sports info conglomerates), who made a good start at chronicling the history of the Cowboys, but who had quit updating the site soon after the turn of the century.

As one who involuntarily crunches numbers (like trying to stop my leg when I hear blues playing), I lingered long enough at a fully-updated site to compute a couple of stats... just long enough to augment my depression. Since the Cowboys last Super Bowl appearance (current high school seniors had not yet impacted the birth rate), Dallas’ compiled record is 138-145 (.487 win percentage, 2-7 in postseason). In the same time span (the prior 18 years), the Cowboys were 169-111 (.603 win percentage, 18-9 in postseason). The further back you go, the better the numbers get — even if you include the six struggling, start-up years of the franchise.

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    WICHITA, Kan. – Weatherford College’s Trooper Reynolds will be among the top two-year college baseball players from across the nation converging in Wichita Thursday to represent the United States of America in the 80th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dallas Cowboys — News from Oxnard

    Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension 

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed Tyron Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season.

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    Former Roo ballplayer Zach Britton continues to rack up saves as the Baltimore Orioles closer. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • This date in baseball - July 30

    July 30

    1917 — Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach and Ossie Vitt each went 5-for-5 in Detroit’s 16-4 win over Washington.

    1933 — Dizzy Dean struck out 17 Cubs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 8-2.


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    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

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    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Summer athletic camps — July/August

    Staff Report

    Summer athletic camps become a bit more “meaningful” in the late days of July and into  August, at least for some high school and middle school athletes.

    In most cases, the youth football camps include grades 6 through 8, and though there is no contact involved, some of the instructors of he camp may be getting a preview of the talent coming their way in just a few short weeks.

    Team volleyball camps, stretching from grades 4 through 12, provides a segway for many of the campers who will soon be entering workouts for the impending volleyball season.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sports in brief - July 25, 2014

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    July 24, 2014