Welcome back to another edition of King’s Court right here on MyMindOnSports.com. This week I will bid farewell to one of the all-time, great baseball players to ever step on a diamond. I will also bid farewell to another baseball player, who isn’t getting all the recognition. I will discuss the Dallas Cowboys hot start as well as the New Orleans Saints not-so-hot start. Without further ado, King’s Court is now open.
Let me preface what I’m about to say by stating that I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan and I absolutely despise the New York Yankees. With that said, I can’t help but root for Derek Jeter and his illustrious career. Jeter is one of the most iconic sports figures in the history of sports. Whenever there was a bug-game situation, Jeter thrived. In his final at-bat ever in Yankees Stadium, Jeter delivered a walk-off RBI single. Of course he did. The moment seemed as if it was scripted straight out of Hollywood. Jeter took great pride in being the captain and the shortstop for the Yankees. He carries himself with such poise and is an ideal role model. He never got himself in trouble off the field, in a day and age where there is always something going on negatively in the sports world, he avoided it. He has been the face of baseball for the better part of two decades. He played the most demanding position in baseball for all of his career. There will always be a debate on where Jeter ranks in Yankees history, but for my money, he’s number one. I put him at the top due in large part to being able to watch his career play out (feel free to debate me on this). He is the Yankees all-time leader in hits with 3,465, and is a five time World Series champion. He is class personified. There won’t ever be another player quite like No. 2. Farewell, Captain. I tip my (Red Sox) hat to you.
The Dallas Cowboys’ Hot Start
Let me be the first to say that I counted the Cowboys out before the season started. I didn’t think they would do much, but so far I’m wrong. Dallas is off to a 3-1 start and are currently on a three game winning streak, after dropping the season opener to San Francisco. The Cowboys are tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East. The latest victory was an impressive 38-17 decision over the New Orleans Saints (more on them later). Tony Romo is playing well thus far, completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 936 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. While Romo has played well, the star of the offense is running back Demarco Murray. Through the first four games this season, Murray has rushed 99 times for 534 yards and 5 touchdowns. To me, he is the best running back in the NFL right now. He is on pace to carry the ball 400 times and is also on pace to break the single-season rushing record. The defense has improved immensely since its historically bad season a year ago. If Jason Garrett will stay committed to the run game, the defense continues to play well, and Romo doesn’t break the hearts of the Dallas faithful, this team will be in the thick of things in the NFC East all season long.
Happy Retirement, Paul Konerko
Major League Baseball will also say goodbye to Paul Konerko, who had a pretty good career as he is retiring after 18 seasons. Konerko spent 16 of his 18 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and served as team captain since 2006. He helped lead the Chi Sox to a World Series title in 2005 and was named ALCS MVP in that same postseason. Konerko finished his career with a .279 batting average, 2,340 hits – 439 of those hits were homers – and 1,412 RBIs. Konerko stayed loyal to the White Sox for the past 16 years, something that is rare to see in sports today, since money talks. Farewell, Paul Konerko and congratulations on a stellar career.
The New Orleans Saints’ Dismal Start
Before the season started, the Saints were favored to be a team that could reach the Super Bowl. Well at the quarter mark of the season, the Saints look far from a Super Bowl contender with a 1-3 record. The Saints have played one game this season in the Mercedes Benz Super Dome, resulting in a win over the Vikings. The Saints are 0-3 on the road this season. The highly potent offense, led by quarterback Drew Brees, is being outscored 110-95. New Orleans is ranked in the top 10 for rushing and passing, but are ranked near the bottom on defense. The New Orleans defense is allowing 27.5 points per game and 396 yards per game. The Saints have a lot of work to do going forward, but for right now, they look like the New Orleans Aints.
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