Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 22, 2013

Morgan: Thinking about No. 14, and others

Corsicana — Since the start of the NBA season, Dirk has passed both Jerry Lucas and Reggie Miller on the all- time scoring list. He now sits at number 14, and before he’s finished bouncing a ball, he will be in the top 10. I mention this just so you will be aware of just how special the big German is. Every game you watch, you are seeing basketball history being made. When you have a chance, go look at who all he has passed and will pass before he’s done. It’s more than special.    

You know how I hate the limelight. I’ve never even done a “selfie” (see, I know the new “Word of Year”for 2013). I do everything I can to avoid the paparazzi (I’d hate to turn out like Alec Baldwin). The other day, I informed a group of colleagues that I was traveling Incognito and was immediately accused of bullying. (Just how can a 6’5”, 325 lb. lineman be bullied?)

I see that the Phantom has struck again. Just months after that mythical creature, Todd Wills last disappeared again, I saw a column in the Daily Sun with that nom d’plume. I have a theory. I seldom see the musings of Bob Belcher online any more, and Bob more closely resembles the late Chill Wills than the man introduced to me as Todd Wills. I think Belcher pens those columns. I think he’d rather be another Ron Morgan than a Dick Platt (The little writer. He hates that name.)

If you think the Cowboy defense is manned by a bunch of no-names now, just wait until next year. In 2014, Jerry will literally be in salary cap purgatory. The Cowboys will be so far over the cap next season that there will be players now starting and still under contract that Jerry won’t be able to afford. If you think the ’Boyz defense is bad now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Next season, Kiffen’s bunch will make the Obamacare website look a huge success. (You like the football? You can keep the football, period.)

The baseball player formerly known as Prince …wait, he still is known as Prince …is now a Texas Ranger. A couple of years ago, the locals made a big run at then free agent Fielder. The human backstop took a super-sized contract (with extra fries) offered him by the Tigers.

 The Rangers had a double barreled off season dilemma. They had three middle infielders for two spots, and they had a power shortage at the power position of first base. The Detroit trade solved both. Can you say blockbuster? I just hope the ADD afflicted Kinsler doesn’t get lost on his way to Mo’ Town.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a very momentous event. No, not the JFK assassination. My baby sister was born and now qualifies for membership in AARP (or could if she were a socialist.) However, there is a link to that other significant event. Tammie and my mother were in Methodist Hospital in Dallas when the fatal shot was fired. My dad was driving down Jefferson Avenue (by the Texas Theater) headed to the hospital when they were apprehending Oswald. The following Sunday, we had to wait for the hospital to release Mom, so we drove down to see the Schoolbook Depository. We saw a big commotion by the jail, and figured out later that we drove by about the time that Jack Ruby shot Oswald.  That makes me historical. And, the AARP crack may make my sister hysterical.

This week, A-Fraud is appealing his suspension. He is in binding arbitration in NYC. Yesterday, he got mad and walked out on his hearing. He went immediately to a live radio show professing his innocence. He says he won’t testify at the arbitration hearing unless Bud Selig testifies (no commissioner has ever testifies). So why talk to a talk show host but not to the arbitrator? Mike Francesa didn’t swear him in. Nothing he says on the radio gets him charged with perjury. Let’s just hope this extinguishes the career of the man who makes Ty Cobb look like a choirboy.

How can you win by losing? Let’s ask Mark Cuban. The last two summers, the Mavs made signing free agent Dwight Howard their number one priority. I didn’t get it, but then I’m not claiming to know as much about the NBA as Cubes or Donnie Nelson. I had just watched the L.A. Dream Team turn in to the Nightmare on Elm Street (or whatever street the Staples Center is located on). Adding Howard and Steve Nash to Kobe Bryant was supposed to be the key to topping Lebron, Dwyane and Chris Bosh. Uh, it didn’t work out. Dwight Howard was a bust.

Anyway, Cuban lost out (again) in the free agent lottery this year when he again targeted the underachieving seven footer. So, instead of Dwight Howard, he had to “settle”for Monta Ellis. To fill the void in the middle, they signed Samuel Delembert. They went from a dearth of talent at point guard, to a stable that might be the envy of Calumet Farm. Once healthy, Carlisle can trot out Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and/or Devin Harris then just for fun move the land jet Ellis over to the point. Oh, and did I mention that they still have the 14th (for the moment) most prolific scorer in NBA history? So, I’d say by losing Mark Cuban most definitely won.


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  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan; Remembering House and a better era

    The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
    In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • weights.jpg GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win

    His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
    “I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kevin Reese mug.jpg Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking

    With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
    Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team

    Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 Kayana.jpg Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne

    Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
    Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
    More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced

    The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.


    July 22, 2014

  • UIL Football: State championships to be held at AT&T Stadium

    The 2014 University Interscholastic League Football State Championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the League announced Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • All-State Baseball: Sunnyvale's Wilcox tops TSWA/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A team

    Sunnyvale's Jake Wilcox is player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A All-State Baseball Team

    July 22, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Kerens' Anderson makes TSWA/Collin Street Bakery all-state team at four positions

    Call it the rarest of rares, at least as far as all-state teams go. Brett Anderson of Kerens shows up on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery all-state team not one, not two, not three, but four times. Dawson's Lane Dotson was a second-team outfielder, and the Bulldogs' Trent Underwood made the third-team as a pitcher, and also garnered an honorable mention nod at first base. Kerens outfielder Brent Warren was also an honorable mention pick.

    July 21, 2014

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan: All-star games and all-star shame

    If there is anything more useless than a political promise, it’s an all-star game. I don’t care what sport at what level. Any all-star game is simply an exhibition, a reward for being among the best (maybe). Any one of them is about as relevant as the IRS’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing emails.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo