Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


April 27, 2013

MORGAN: Operation, Protect Tony

Jerry needs to bulk up on bulk

By the time you read this, you will know just what Jerry did in the War Room on draft nights . As I write, I’m in the dark. I don’t know Tony Romo personally, but on his behalf, I’m begging Jerry. Please stay away from a first round wide receiver, safety or cornerback. For Tony’s sake, find someone who can play on the offensive line. We don’t need another guard who was a backup at Wisconsin like we got a couple of years ago. We need a real life stud lineman who can keep Tony on his feet.

I appreciate Dez Bryant for what he has become. I love Mo Claiborne for his talent and potential. However, if this offense is to become Romo-friendly, we have to have something other than rejects from free agency. If, at number 18, Warmack of Alabama and Cooper of North Carolina are gone, trade down and get two quality linemen with an extra draft pick. Longhorn safety Kenny Vaccaro would be a sexy pick for new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffen (who makes me look like a teenager), but DON’T DO IT! You can find a safety. What good does it do if Kyle Orton has to be your starting QB?

While I’ll be bouncing back and forth between the draft and “Swamp People” (and suffering from a mild case of depression over the season for “Duck Dynasty” ending so soon), my secretary’s husband is at a VIP draft party with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has gotten to know the team president as he has redesigned one of their concession stands, and now has a contract to redo all of their concessions. I bet he’ll get better than stale hot dogs, cold popcorn and ballpark nachos with mystery cheese.

Speaking of ballpark nachos, the Rangers, who invented the concoction, constantly amaze me. After an off season in which they lost Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young, then failed to get any of the premier free agents, they are currently in first place in arguably the toughest division in baseball (ignore those northeastern snobs who talk about how tough their division is with the Yankees and the Red Sox). If what appeared to be a non-productive off season wasn’t enough, and starting the year with Coby Lewis and Neftali Feliz recovering from surgery adding to the subtractions (is it possible to add to a subtraction?), they lost Martin Perez to a broken arm and season opening starter Matt Harrison to back surgery.

Afterthought senior citizen free agents Lance Berkman and A.J. Pierzynski have been significant upgrades at DH and catcher respectively. Out-of-nowhere starter Nick Tepesch and emergency starter Justin Grimm have been a big help. The supposed soft spot for the team was a retooled bullpen. That soft spot has turned into team strength. The recuperation of Feliz and Lewis will even strengthen it further.

By the way, I’ve mentioned before that my step-son in Fort Lauderdale is the visiting team trainer for Miami Heat home games. Well, about a month ago, my wife stopped by there for a visit. After she got home and was unpacking, she pulled out an autographed Dirk Nowitzki jersey. It now occupies a place of honor next to my desk in my office next to my autographed picture of me and Byron Nelson. I guess you could call it the Ron Morgan Hall of Fame.

I suppose you saw that earlier in the week, the stock market had a precipitous drop for a couple of hours because someone hacked into the AP site and planted a story that there had been two explosions at the White House. I don’t understand that. No one needs to hack into AP for them to get a story wrong. If the market drops anytime the AP gets something wrong, we’re in for another Great Depression. However, it also serves to let you know that anytime you find any type of factual error, misspelling, grammatical or punctuation error in my column it has probably been hacked by some nefarious outside group. Besides, as I told Raymond a long time ago, I never let facts get in the way of my writing, but you knew that.

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    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

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    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14Amessigns.jpg GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College

    There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris

    Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
    She had no idea.
    And she didn't care.
    Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games

    Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014