First, it was the new and improved Michael Vick pitching to DeSean Jackson.
Vick threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, guiding his team to a close victory over the hometown Dallas Cowboys, ensuring the Cowboys will have a losing 2010 season.
Major League pitcher Cliff Lee was thought to be weighing whether to bolt for New York to take the money and wear the Yankees pinstripes against staying in Texas, the team he just helped get to the World Series, and a team that plays only five or so hours from his home in Benton, Arkansas.
“Cliff Lee likes it here. He has friends on the team. He likes to hunt and fish. He is staying.”
“No. When it is all said and done, he will take the money and the opportunity to pitch on a team that is a perpetual title contender.”
So went the argument in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and points between and beyond. Day after day, talking heads and pen-pushers talked themselves into and out of Cliff Lee being a Texas Ranger come Spring.
There was very little thought or weight given to the rumor of some mystery club being in the mix. Everyone in these parts just knew he would wear the Texas “T” or the venerable “NY” on his ball cap next season.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Sitting in the shadows, biding their time, stalking like a bird of prey, was the team Cliff Lee first pitched to the World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies. Last night, Lee announced he is going back to pitch alongside Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels.
Like LeBron before him, Lee apparently figures being one of the boys on a stacked team trumps being The Man on a Johnny-come-lately party-buster that may or may not be up for serious contention in the years to come.
So, twice in three days, the Dallas area loses to Philadelphia. We prefer not to lose to that bunch twice in three decades.
On the bright side, the week is bound to get better.
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