y'all ready to do this. This should be a fun sports week with the NCAA tournament in Arlington with Florida Gulf Coast and the rangers opening in Houston. I love this business
What do you make of the rangers chances vs the angels and their offense or the A's and their pitching?
If the Rangers are going to claim the AL West for the third time in 4 years, then they're going to have to do it with pitching, the rotation and the BP. The Rangers, when it's all said and done, probably have the best overall team in the division,. Angels are better at the plate and Athletics better on the mound. The Rangers aren't as good at either, but they're more than capable in each area. It should be a good race to the end, and I give Rangers a slight edge because they pitching is better than Angels and Oakland offense won't be as good as it was last year
JJT, who is taking that 5th slot for the Rangers?
still up in the air. They only need to use the guy 2-3 times in April, so it's not the biggest question I have going into the season. That said, fifth starter was 0-10 down the stretch last season and that's one reason the Rangers collapsed
Hi JJT, what do you think of Derek Holland? Do you think that he will break out or continue to be inconsistent?
He has a ton of talent. The question is whether he can put it together. The home runs and 2-strike and 2-out hits hurt him last season. He gave up 32 homers after 22 the year before. He's added a changeup. He's my wildcard. He's ready to take the Matt Harrison step up in class.
Which Ranger pitcher out of Harrison, Ogando, and Holland do you think will have the biggest year?
Holland. As No.3 starter, he won't be facing same class of pitcher as Harrison each week. And it's time.
Will the Rangers regret passing on Lohse and do you think there is the possibility that they could still pull off a trade for someone like Porcello?
I wouldn't have given a 34 YO pitcher moving to the AL, who has spent bulk of career in the NL, a three-year deal that also cost me a draft pick. There was a reason he was out on the streets until a week before the season started. Colby Lewis is coming in May. Martin Perez will be back in May or June. They should be good to go
Will the Nolan Ryan thing get resolved soon and has it had an effect on the ball club?
no idea. The longer it goes, the more it seems likely he will bounce. I'd say it's had no effect - and it won't on this team. The effect will be more long-term because that's Nolan's role on this team. He helps put the team together as opposed to impacting it daily
What do you think Of the Houston Astros & the Texas Rangers in the Same Division?
Astros are one of the worst teams in baseball and if the Rangers want to win the division. They have 15 games against Astros, they better win 12 of them. This is a team they must beat up to win the division
With Will Allen and Durant taking physicals yesterday, could that possibly mean an extension for Romo or/and Spencer ( in my opinion never should've been franchised) could be finalized this week?
it could, but no guarantee. They could just be checking in since they're still on the streets. And when they get some money it'll be a quick negotiation
JJT, would it be wise for the Cowboys to trade down in the draft if all their prospects they want are taken? We could draft a guy like Matt Elam or Sylvester Williams if we do. Also it would give us another draft pick, which would be good considering we have many holes.
Nooooooooo. Stay there and take the best player. Don't get cute. Or cocky.
Does Cowboys management get how bad the offensive line is? Do you feel they will go O-Line in first round?
it depends on who's there. U don't want to take the 8th best OL, if the 4th best DL is there or the best safety. Just follow the board and take the best player there.
If Dallas doesnt take O-Line in draft why should anyone honestly think we will be any better next year?
it depends on why they didn't take one. Was it because 8 went in the first round before them? We just have to see how it plays out. I realize that's boring, but it is what it is
Three reasons to have hope as a Cowboys fan for 2013?
they have talent, if they can keep it on the field and healthy; Monte Kiffin and Rod marinelli are outstanding and should help the defense ad Dez Bryant is about to be an X factor all season
do you think players from mavs team ever get fed up with cuban antics like pissing of kobe and deron williams because he the one who doesnt have to play them like the mavs players have to..
No, but the reality the players on the court determine who wins and loses - not what the owner says or doesn't say. I don't really buy into the whole bulletin board material hype
i know it early but whats your predication if your ohio state meets alabama for the national championship this year who do you got to win and why..
you're right, too early. I don't like hypotheticals bro. We don't even know who's starting for those teams. How would we even have a guess as to who would win?
JJT - do you agree with Grazano's opinion that the cowboys should draft an O-Linemen in the draft even though top 5 linemen are gone and the O-linemen that are left are not as good as other players left on the board! Drafting need before best available?
No. That's dumb. That's how you get in trouble, reaching for lesser players. You spend millions of dollars and thousands or hours on the board. Either follow it or fire those folks putting it together
Did Jerry cripple this whole offseason by franchising Anthony Spencer? Sure seems like the market is giving free agents a lot less than Spencer got. Cliff Avril - two years, $13 million for example.
why did Detroit - a 4-12 team - let him go for a relative pittance? I'm just saying, ask yourself that. The Cowboys were gonna be cap-strapped regardless. before last season, they had signed six FA in 5 seasons. They tend to pay their own guys not free agents
Michael Huff - does he end up with the Cowboys?
i wouldn't want him. He's just a guy. I'd rather get a guy in the draft
JJT love ur work..keep up the good job..what is keeping this cowboys team at 8-8?? I feel they are enigma..they have the qb, the wrs, HOF TE, HOF LB/DE, is it truly the offensive line that is holding this team back? Ur thoughts??
they lack intangibles. Look at all the dudes in Baltimore they could count on at winning time: Reed, Lewis, Suggs, Boldin, Flacco and Rice. Cowboys have no one.
About Shaun Rogers....the problem was not the lady he brought back to the hotel room, it's that he had $440,000 worth of jewelry! Who needs even a fraction of that amount of jewlery!
there u go spending other folks' money again. You might spend $400 on a PS4. Your wife spends $400 on a coach purse. You each think the other one s crazy. Someone spends $60K on a car and someone thinks that's stupid. I'd say only a fool would spend $300 on a bottle of wine, but lots of folks do it. I wouldn't have bought that jewelry, but I wouldn't say what someone else needs
LSU's troubled Tyrann Mathieu - if you are the Cowboys, would you take a chance in the third round?
I don't do drug guys. At all. They're unreliable. You can never trust them. Let someone else worry about them.
What is ging on with the Stars? We had the hope that a new owner would come in and put some money into the team, to right the ship. They sign two 40 year olds and have a fire sale on most of the other talent. Now they mostly have youth, but not much Star power!!
Franchise in disarray. I like Nieuwendyk and I think he gets a chance to make one more coaching hire because someone is getting fired if they don't make the playoffs
JJT, do you know if Garrett is at UT's pro day?
don't think so. Ain't much talent at UT
Whats the deal with Bynum? I don't hear many rumors about the Mavs going after him this summer. Would there be interest? and at what price?
Loser mentality. Would u pay that dude $10-$15 million a year. Heck no. Never.
So who wins the AL West, I know the Angels are the sexy pick again and the A's are the reigning champs. Can the Rangers keep up?
I've got the Rangers by a game. I like the Rangers' rotation better than Anaheim's rotation and the Rangers' offense better than the Athletics' offense
The best player availble may not always make sense. I know you wouldn't want the cowboys taking a wr in the first rd if he were the best availble given what they have at wr already?
u laugh, I wouldn't be opposed because do u trust Miles Austin? Would u be shocked if they cut Miles after next season? It would surprise me, but it wouldn't necessarily bother depending on who it was. Tavon Austin if he fell and none of the 6 OL you loved were there? You just gotta let the board play out and see what happens
I have to defend Graziano b/c the last question was out of context. Graziano said that drafting Fluker wouldn't be a reach b/c he is clearly a 1st round talent and that many drafts have him projected to go just 2 picks after Dallas. Therefore it isn't much of a reach. So you take need if all things are close to equal not if best player is light years ahead of others!
if 4 guys are equal, u take the need. correct
yo jjt, with the mavs just 1 1/2 games behind for the 8th spot and the lakers and jazz falling. what do you think the chances are for the mavericks to make the push for that final spot? obviosly it starts tonight with the clips.
I'm not interested in really talking about the Mavs in the playoffs until they reach .500. If they can't win, what happens to other teams means nothing
Are there any Cowboys who haven't been cut yet who you think might be on thin ice - either now or during training camp?
doug free and lawrence vickers
Can you give us your mock draft for the Cowboys?
Sorry, I'm not a big draft guy. The draft until the week or so before the draft is so speculative that it drives me crazy. After FA ends and the COwboys brings their guys in for Dallas day it becomes a lot more clear
What positon is key for us to address in the draft? What I mean by that is, what do you see as the biggest need that the cowboys have that can be fix via draft picks?
How lucky is Rick Barnes that he doesn't coach at UCLA or even Minnesota?
lucky beyond belief. I don't know when Texas became this apathetic athletic program that accepted mediocrity. First Mack, now Rick. Wonder how long it takes until they';re so far back, the Aggies can't see them in the rearview mirror
JJT, you mention TAvon Austin if everybody that makes sense in not there...would he play right away and be better than our current #3?
u don't have a three. U think Dwayne Harris the guy, but you don't know. That was just an example.
Mack Brown - he'll rise again or it's all downhill from here?
until they get a qb, they will struggle
Jerry's opinion of the talent on his team - how delusional do you think he is when it comes to the players?
they have talent. they don't have enough of it
your predication who gets the final 8 seed
Louisville, Michigan, miami, wichita state
great chat today. Same time next week. At least then, we'll know who's in the Final Four and and how matt harrison did in the Rangers' opener