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June 13, 2014

Morgan: There's no luck like bad luck ...

Corsicana — This week contained a Friday the 13th. I will assume some of you spent the day avoiding black cats, walking around ladders and tossing salt over your shoulder.

I’d say this year, at least in this part of the world, it would all be a waste of time.

What’s that old saying? If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Ain’t it the truth?

Where do we start? Jerry, Jason and the ‘Boys must be herding black cats. As much as we all moan and complain about another 8-8 season and another “we’re this close,” it should have been much worse.

 It’s a testament to Tony Romo and the offense to wind up at .500 when you had the worst defense in the history of the NFL. Not only did half the defensive squad walk under a ladder, the ladder fell on them.

By comparison, Jerry found a four leaf clover if your standard for luck is our Texas Rangers.

I’ve written about the unprecedented string of injuries to our own boys of summer. Well, the procession to the disabled list hasn’t slowed down.

 Since I last wrote about them, Wash and the Rangers' brass have waved goodbye for the rest of the season to Mitch Moreland and Tanner Scheppers.

Who’s next? Today’s horoscope did nothing to make me think it’s going to get better any time soon.

Let’s just say that if Elvis goes back to his Abe Lincoln beard, it just might be because he’s avoiding all mirrors even to shave. The Curse of Nolan could cause a mirror to break just by looking at it.

The NBA is not the luckiest league around what with Donald Sterling selling the Clippers, then not selling the Clippers. Sterling is suing the league. The league has an iron clad case, right? Not so fast there, Lone Ranger.

V recorded Mr. Sterling without his knowledge which, in California, is illegal. Well, as far as everyone in the country is concerned, that’s no big deal.

It doesn’t do much good to close the gate after the cows get out. Everyone knows about the racist remarks he made and they don’t care about California law.

However, if it goes to court, it may make a difference that the tapes were illegal.

Since V broke the law with the secret recordings, the court, as I’m sure Donald’s lawyers will argue, could rule that the tapes are inadmissible in court. What kind of case does the league have then? Do they bring up the lawsuit brought by Elgin Baylor years ago? If so, Sterling’s attorneys could argue that the Clippers' owner hired Baylor as the first black GM in NBA history. And, they might point out that the Clippers in 2014 had a black coach.

Does that sound like a racist? The NBA could simply be out of luck.

How about the 2/3 Triple Crown winner, California Chrome? The latest horse with a shot at the hallowed three wins came up short in his bid for immortality.

Losing was bad enough. What was the bitterest pill to swallow was owner Steve Coburn’s rant about how unfair things were.

The guy sporting a Sam Elliott mustache and Stetson came off like a whiney sore loser (or in this case, would that be whinny?). He kept going on about horses that hadn’t run in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness coming in with fresh legs. Come on. Nobody likes a cry baby. It takes more than luck to win the grueling third leg of the Triple Crown.

I can tell you who don’t need luck and that’s the San Antonio Spurs.

Whoever wins this year’s crown, the Spurs will be talked about for years to come. If the Spurs do win it all, in many minds, there will be an asterisk for Game One.

Game One is when the A/C failed in the downtown San Antonio facility. Playing in 90 degree heat finally put Lebron on the bench with leg cramps.

Could the Heat have won if King James had stayed on the court? We will never know, but the question will always be hanging there.

In game three, the first on Miami’s home court, it didn’t matter whether they had cold air blowing or not.

The Spurs scorched the court with, statistically, the best half of basketball in the history of the NBA finals.

There is no such thing as perfect, but San Antonio came closer than any team ever has.

I swear, during one of the TV timeouts, they must have had to replace the nets on the Spurs’ end of the court.

 I don’t see luck playing any part of determining the outcome. It will be the best bench in the game against the best player in the game. The only spilled salt that will come into play will be what’s in Lebron’s sweat if the “Heat” is back on in San Antonio.

This fall, if the Cowboys are lucky and the injured players come back and stay healthy, they could jump to … maybe 9-7?

The luckiest thing for our Rangers is they can now plan ahead for, perhaps, 2016. Forget scouring for overpriced free agents.

They can work on two years from now.  Assets that may not be worth as much in ’16 can bring in cheaper young talent now. Some of the young guys, like Odor, Martin and Sardinas can get some seasoning while even younger hot prospects like Joey Gallo, Chi Chi Gonzales and catcher, Jorge Alfaro have time to get ready in the minors.

Who knows, just maybe, bad luck could turn out to be good luck. If their Friday the 13th streak this year causes them to reevaluate and reload with young talent, it could be the best thing that could have happened to them.

 It’s hard to see now, but if the young guys turn out to be what they think, this bad luck could be tomorrow’s blessing.

Remember, Wally Pipp’s bad luck turned out to be the luckiest break the Yankees had since they traded for a left handed Red Sox pitcher named Babe. (Don’t remember Wally Pipp? Look him up.) Luck is in the eye of the beholder.

  

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