Questions, questions, everyone’s got questions. Are we really all alone in the universe? Was it something we said? Does a career with modest pay but interesting perks automatically mean your mother-in-law won’t approve? If the lovely wife is out of town, do I still snore? Unfortunately, these are questions too big even for your intrepid reporter. But questions about the four local sports franchises? Child’s play.
Should the Cowboys pay Dak Prescott like a franchise quarterback?
I can hear you now: Everyone knows the big question is when is Jerry Jones going to hire a real general manager? That’s not a question. It’s a complaint. You know the answer anyway. Jerry will hire a GM when telemarketers give up.
Dak is the most polarizing Cowboy since … Tony Romo. Which shows how quickly it can turn. Quit football, become a psychic broadcaster and watch everyone forget that you won just two playoff games. Dak’s biggest public relations problem is that his most glaring weaknesses — accuracy and indecision in the pocket — were Romo’s strengths. Dak’s critics are slow to credit his durability, leadership and winning percentage, especially in the clutch.
But are those qualities good enough to pay him, say, $28 million a year? If your answer is no, you should know that’s what Kirk Cousins is averaging over three seasons with the Vikings. And I think I’d rather have Dak.
But I wouldn’t pay him just yet. The advantage of a quarterback making just $2 million this fall is it allows you to pay someone else. Two of the Warriors’ last three titles came when Steph Curry was making $12 million, tops.
See how Dak performs in a different version of the offense, with a better line and another season of Amari Cooper. If you still like him then, give him the money.
Remember this, too, all you haters: Quarterbacks are like jobs; never give up on one until you have another in hand.
Will the Rangers ever develop a frontline pitcher?
The best pitchers the Rangers discovered and nurtured and promoted to the big leagues were Kevin Brown and Kenny Rogers. Problem is, I could have written that same sentence 25 years ago. A handful of pitchers have had their moments before and since, but it’s not exactly the ’93 Braves.
This has not only been Jon Daniels’ problem. Generations of Rangers execs have failed. Where did they all go wrong? Is it a curse? Do we need to exorcize the Globe? We’ve already sacrificed David Clyde. Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe the Rangers should bring him back, publicly apologize and prevent him from leaving until he signs a release.
Or could it be that what the Rangers have needed all these years was not an ace but a thermostat?
A hospitable work environment for laboring pitchers would help. Koji Uehara probably still hasn’t cooled off since his summers in Arlington. Of course, it’s not so simple. Piling up pitching must become a priority. In my three decades following the Rangers, it’s been an occasional strategy.
Daniels has finally come to just such a conclusion, which improves his odds of eventually finding a pearl in all these shells. Sooner or later, you’d think they’d just get lucky.
Can the Mavs find a third star this summer?
Kristaps Porzingis is a second star, no matter what you may believe. Wait until you see his chemistry with Luka Doncic. This will be good. Promise.
The Mavs will also have about $30 million to spend on another player. Or players, if Plan A doesn’t work out.
Initial thoughts centered on Orlando’s brute center, Nikola Vucevic. He’d give the Mavs the physical presence and rebounding they need, and he’s got a typical European skill set. Done, right? Except SportsDay alum Marc Stein says the Mavs’ pursuit of Vucevic may be “overstated.” They’d reportedly like a little more shooting, speed and athleticism to mix with Porzingis and Doncic.
Anyway, if not Vucevic, then what? Kevin Durant? Kyrie Irving? Kawhi Leonard?
Consider this your alarm clock.
Never put too much stock into what you hear or don’t hear about the Mavs’ plans. History shows they like to surprise. I still wouldn’t rule out Vucevic. Failing that, they may go for smaller fish this summer. Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic is a terrific shooter and scorer. He’d fill a need until a few contracts expire and the Mavs take runs at free agency in 2020 or 2021, when Porzingis and Doncic really catch on.
Who goes first, Jamie Benn or Jim Nill?
You know me, and it’s not as Mr. Hockey. But it seems safe to say by now that Nill has not transformed the Stars into Red Wings south.
Three head coaches in six years. Two short playoff runs.
One volcanic eruption from the team president.
Nill’s high point came three months into the
Jim Lites didn’t famously call out Benn and Seguin because he was bored. Not his style. Sounds a little more like something that might have come from the owner, Tom Gaglardi. He’s a smart, commanding guy who hires good people and leaves them
Here’s betting it means either Nill or Benn won’t be back next season. But I’ve been wrong before. Even about
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