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Southlake’s star QB de-commits from the Longhorns

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Quinn Ewers of Southlake Carroll has changed plans in his college decision making for 2022. Still a couple years out from graduating and officially having to make a decision, Ewers has just entered his junior year as quarterback for the Southlake Carroll football team. In his three seasons in Southlake, Texas, Quinn has managed to become the highest ranking high school recruit in Texas history.  As of this year, he has also been noted as the top recruit so far for the class of 2022 – another enormous feat for the young quarterback.

Ewers is currently in the midst of his third season playing for his hometown team, and is proving himself to be the top 2022 recruit once again. We have yet to see what will happen with the rest of his junior season, but so far he has shown excellent throwing prowess, great snap judgement, and the rare QB ability to run with the ball. There’s little doubt that the season will continue to be a great one for Ewers.

A multitalented athlete

According to Gabe Brooks, a Midlands region reporting analyst for CBS’s 247 Sports, Quinn is a quarterback that takes just the right amount of risks and is an elite improviser. He’s also an excellent athlete and runner, showing great flexibility in a wide range of scenarios. Brooks believes Ewers has great long-term potential that may even carry him to the NFL one day. He compares Ewers playing style to that of Philip Rivers of the Indianapolis Colts1. Rivers is mostly known for his years of play with the San Diego Chargers and has a 95.1 career passer rating, making him the tenth best of all time in that category among NFL quarterbacks2. In short, if Ewers turns out anything like Philip Rivers, he’ll be just fine in his football career.

Where to next?

The people of Southlake, Texas are overjoyed to see such talent come from their city, and Quinn has been a hit. Presently, the question on everyone following the quarterback has been where he’ll go next. According to 247 Sports, Quinn has received offers from multiple universities, the most prominent being the University of Texas. In addition to that, he’s also gotten offers from Ohio State and twenty-nine other schools across the United States. In August of this year, Quinn committed to the Texas Longhorns, but proceeded to de-commit just recently on October 28th.

On his Twitter account the same day, Quinn released a statement explaining his decision to de-commit. In it, he basically details that he did not feel that he’d explored enough of his options and other offers before committing to Texas – and wanted to take the appropriate amount of time to do so. We have yet to see what university he’ll eventually commit with, but plan to keep you updated as we find out more. As fans of all things Texas, we’re sad to see him potentially go, but are excited to follow Southlake’s football prodigy as he advances throughout his career.

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Aldon Smith has a successful return to the Cowboys

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After a five year hiatus, defensive end Aldon Smith has seen an excellent return to NFL through the Cowboys. The former Oakland Raiders player was brought back to the NFL in this years’ pre-season in hopes to boost the Cowboys up in their own standings. Smith had previously been put on leave indefinitely due to substance abuse, but his excellent history as a defensive end makes his return sweet – it’s sure to be a welcome sight for Dallas fans.

Due to his substance abuse issues, Smith had been suspended since his 2015 season with the Raiders. According to ESPN, he had been in violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policies, as well as their policy regarding personal conduct after being charged with a DUI and hit-and-run charges1.  Since recovering, he has been working tirelessly to turn his situation around and get himself back into professional football, even going so far as to meet with some of the league’s top officials.

Smith has played in the NFL as a defensive end since the age of 22, originally joining the San Francisco 49ers for their 2011 season as a first-round draft pick. Prior to that, he was recruited from high school to play football for the Missouri Tigers, where he stayed for two years, from 2008 to 2010, before moving onto the NFL. Despite only reaching his sophomore year in college at Mizzou, Smith received multiple awards in the Big 12 conference2. Though his time in college was brief and arguably too short, it is only reflective of his love for the game above all else.

We have been exhilarated to watch Smith’s return to the gridiron after so many years away. It seems that the time off has only improved the returning defensive end’s already great game. Smith has been leading the Cowboys defense since his return, solidifying the reason the Cowboys brought him back from forced retirement in the first place. The team has been struggling enormously so far this season, with only two wins over the course of seven games. In an exceptional start to the season, Smith made four sacks in the Dallas team’s first three games. He’s slowed his roll a little since those first few games, but has still been a relentless fixture on the defensive line. Of the seven eventful games so far, Smith has made a combined 32 tackles3. Though this hasn’t been the best year for the rest of the team, Smith has most definitely proved that he’s capable of making a comeback after years away from the sport.

This 2020 season still has nine more games left for the Cowboys, so it is yet to see if the team will improve in the leaderboards. Dallas fans are absolutely hopeful that the team will start getting some W’s under its belt, living up to the winning standard of Cowboys’ history. We’re excited to see more of Aldon Smith’s extraordinary defensive prowess, and look forward to watching him and the Cowboys in the next nine games of the season.

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Dallas Stars

​Stars sign Denis Gurianov once again

After much restructuring, the Dallas Stars have signed Denis Gurianov once again. The rookie wing will be returning for a two year contract valued at $5.1 million, or $2.55 million per year. The Stars are excited to see the young player returning after being moved last year to the AHL’s Texas Stars, a junior development team that feeds into the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Players drafted into the Dallas Stars can be placed on the Texas Stars team, and vice versa, as needed between the two leagues.
 
The star Russian wing is still a rookie to the NHL, despite having played professionally in Russia’s Minor Hockey League and Kontinental Hockey League since the age of seventeen. In his time with the MHL and KHL, Gurianov played as a wing for team Lada Togliatti. Similar to the Dallas and Texas Stars relationship, Lada Togliatti has teams in multiple league levels of hockey – from junior leagues all the way up the Russian Superleague (formerly known as the International Hockey League), the highest level of Russian professional hockey.
 
For his American hockey debut, Gurianov was drafted to the Texas Stars for the 2016 season. After his first season, he was moved to the Dallas Stars for a year, and then back to the Texas Stars. In 2018, Gurianov was brought back to the Dallas Stars roster. Playing for the Dallas Stars against the Calgary Flames in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, Gurianov became the first player to score four goals in a playoff game for the team. There’s little doubt that he’ll continue to be a valuable piece to the Stars’ roster, especially since he’s proven that he comes through when it matters most.
 
Though Dallas fans are excited for his re-signing, there is still some concern that Gurianov could be picked up by another team in the off-season, even more so after his recent triumphs. In his current state, Gurianov is still considered a “restricted free agent.” This essentially means that he has played in the NHL long enough to no longer be considered a rookie, but has not yet played in enough games to be considered unrestricted. In the period before this next year’s season begins, there is still a possibility that Gurianov could accept a better offer from another team in the league. Being a hot commodity after his show-stopping performances last season, only time will tell if Gurianov stays with the team. We are certainly hopeful that he’ll stick with the Stars, and are excited to keep you updated on any breaking Dallas Stars news.

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Dallas Cowboys bringing Anthony Brown back next game

After an injury-filled 2020 season, the Cowboys have made the decision to bring back Anthony Brown from the injured reserve roster. Current cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, Brown played for Purdue on scholarship in college, making 189 tackles and catching four interceptions during his undergraduate football career (Wikipedia). Since joining the NFL as a sixth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, he has been playing for the Cowboys. 

During game one of the season in September, Brown received a rib injury that put him on the bench. The injury came shortly after re-signing to the Cowboys for an additional three years with a $15.5 million contract. The cornerback has not played in any games since his injury, but Brown’s teammates and Cowboys fans alike will be elated to see the five-year NFL veteran’s return to the field in the next game.

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DFW Music

Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire Playing Dos Equis Pavilion in July

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The two icons of classic rock and disco have rescheduled their upcoming “Miraculous Supernatural” tour for July 2021. Though coming into their own as bands around the same times, the tour featuring both Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire comes as a surprising, yet exciting, event due to the different sounds of each.

Legendary Santana has been around since 1966 in the US, founded by Carlos Santana. Since its debut and long and tumultuous career as a band, Santana has become a fixture of classic rock and a benchmark of guitar skill. It is noted as one of the best-selling groups of all time (Wikipedia) and has won multiple Grammy awards.
 
Earth, Wind and Fire is a band that spans across multiple genres, but is mostly known for its unforgettable contribution to the worlds of disco and Afro pop. The band’s most famous song, “September” is a well-known hit that you’ve likely heard at a school dance or wedding.  Much like Santana, Earth, Wind and Fire is also one of the best-selling groups of all time. The band has been inducted into the Songwriter’s, Rock and Roll, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame. Earth, Wind and Fire has also received seven Grammy awards and four American Music Awards (Wikipedia).
 
The duo is sure to impress at the upcoming Dallas show in an act sure to make history. Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire will be playing Dos Equis Pavilion on July 16, 2021.

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Deion Sanders Takes Head Coach Position at Jackson State

Deion Sanders, a two-time Super Bowl winning defensive back, has returned to football to coach the Jackson State Tigers college football team. Sanders, famous for his 1995 Super Bowl win with the Dallas Cowboys that came at the apex of an illustrious professional football career, has led an interesting career in the sports industry.

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Throughout his time in the NFL, he was a fixture of the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams, but this will come as no surprise to dedicated fans who have followed his journey from the very beginning. Sanders played college football for the Florida State Seminoles and was a unanimous All-American in 1987 and 1988. He capped this incredible college career as a Jim Thorpe Award recipient and the fifth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. His 16 year career in the NFL was one decorated with successes, both personal and professional1.

During his electrifying NFL career, Sanders also managed to play left and center field part-time in the MLB. He led a successful, yet controversial, career with five different MLB teams – most notably the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves2.

Across the sports industry, Deion Sanders remains a symbol of a fierce competitor, natural athlete, and a man dedicated to the love of sports. As a college and professional hall of famer, it’s impossible to ignore Deion Sanders’ impact on the sport of football. His years in Dallas were, luckily, some of his best.

The renowned new head coach of the Jackson State University football team will lead a legacy of twenty coaches before him at the famous historically black university. Sanders will be replacing previous head coach John Hendrick, who was let go in early August of this year despite his contract technically ending in December 2020. Hendrick will be replaced due to the university’s desire for a change of leadership in their program, though only beginning coaching at Jackson State in 2018.

In John Hendrick’s short-lived career as head coach of FSU, he had six wins and nine losses and managed a 5-5 record in the SWAC East conference. The president of Jackson State University, Thomas Hudson, hopes that replacing Hendrick with Sanders will illuminate and honor the history of JSU football, bringing importance to the athletes’ performance on and off the field3.

Deion Sanders currently plans to begin coaching Jackson State once he finishes out his final season as offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Sanders has held his role at Trinity since 2017 at the school of his son, Shedeur Sanders – who also received an offer to play for JSU. The upcoming college football season has been pushed back due to COVID, but will hopefully pick up as early as Spring of 2021 if plans go accordingly.

During game one of the season in September, Brown received a rib injury that put him on the bench. The injury came shortly after re-signing to the Cowboys for an additional three years with a $15.5 million contract. The cornerback has not played in any games since his injury, but Brown’s teammates and Cowboys fans alike will be elated to see the five-year NFL veteran’s return to the field in the next game.

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Dallas City Council News

City lists open bid for removal of “Shingle Mountain”

On September 24th, an open bid for the removal of the controversial 70,000 ton mountain of shingles in South Dallas to the nearby McCommas Bluff Landfill was posted.

Shingle Mountain, the abandoned roof shingle recycling facility off of Central Expressway, has been more than an eyesore for years to the city. Area residents and environmental activists alike have called for its removal due to the danger it poses to air quality, since the shingles cause fiberglass dust to fill the air. To attempt getting the mountain removed, one resident went so far as to create the Southern Sector Rising organization. The group works with other legal groups, including Downwinders At Risk and Texas Rising, to push for not only the removal of Shingle Mountain, but also changes to environmental zoning in Texas that protect low income and minority neighborhoods from other similar incidents.

Due to the massive effort by members of the Dallas community, the city listed the opening worth $450,000 and has already received bids from multiple businesses. The top bid will still have to pass City Council in a vote happening on October 13th, so members of the city are nervous, but remaining hopeful, that this will finally be it for Shingle Mountain.

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District 2 school board race ends November 3rd

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Dallas ISD’s second district will see a vote next month on November 3rd. The vote was originally pushed back due to COVID, giving the candidates vying for District 2’s spot extra time for their campaigns. The three candidates for this year’s race are Nancy Rodriguez, Alex Enriquez, and incumbent Dustin Marshall. Rodriguez and Enriquez both will be challenging Marshall with an aim to bring trust back to the school’s board, after years of the DISD’s enrollment declining. Marshall plans to continue his efforts to bring the district up to par with other schools in the state. We’ll be breaking down each candidate’s viewpoints to help you make your decision for District 2’s future.

Nancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez is a current parent and volunteer with Dallas ISD, who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. She has her master’s in social work from Hunter College of City University of New York, and has worked in the social work field for over twenty years. Rodriguez hopes to bring her passion for helping students with special needs, an often undervalued group in Dallas ISDs. She also seeks to make the ISD more inviting for all students by bringing in more teachers and finding more ways to bring classrooms to or below the state mandated limits on capacity.

Alex Enriquez

A graduate of Dallas ISD’s District 2 himself, Alex Enriquez plans to use his firsthand experience to benefit the district and its policies. Enriquez has worked with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on her campaign, moving to Washington DC to do so. Before that, he graduated with his bachelor’s from Florida State University. His focus for the campaign is bringing a sense of transparency that he believes has been missing from the school board. Enriquez plans to use his three priorities – community, equity, and excellence – to bring the board the transparency and effectiveness it needs.

Dustin Marshall

Incumbent Dustin Marshall plans to continue the work he has already done to bring Dallas ISD’s test scores up to par with the rest of the state. He employs a data-driven viewpoint for the schools, that prioritizes rewarding the best teachers and schools in the district. He also has plans to invest more in facilities for students, getting rid of vacant buildings while expanding current ones and their classrooms. Marshall has an MBA from Northwestern University and is the CEO of Hazel’s Hot Shot, a freight company. He has previously worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company, where he learned the importance of the analytical viewpoint he takes.

With the student-focus of Rodriguez, the transparency sought by Enriquez, and the analytical approach of Marshall, each candidate for the upcoming election brings a unique perspective to District 2. The election is sure to be a close race between the three candidates, and we hope that our local readers will make a well-informed vote on November 3rd. 

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Stars sign Denis Gurianov once again

After much restructuring, the Dallas Stars have signed Denis Gurianov once again. The rookie wing will be returning for a two year contract valued at $5.1 million, or $2.55 million per year. The Stars are excited to see the young player returning after being moved last year to the AHL’s Texas Stars, a junior development team that feeds into the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Players drafted into the Dallas Stars can be placed on the Texas Stars team, and vice versa, as needed between the two leagues.

The star Russian wing is still a rookie to the NHL, despite having played professionally in Russia’s Minor Hockey League and Kontinental Hockey League since the age of seventeen. In his time with the MHL and KHL, Gurianov played as a wing for team Lada Togliatti. Similar to the Dallas and Texas Stars relationship, Lada Togliatti has teams in multiple league levels of hockey – from junior leagues all the way up the Russian Superleague (formerly known as the International Hockey League), the highest level of Russian professional hockey.

For his American hockey debut, Gurianov was drafted to the Texas Stars for the 2016 season. After his first season, he was moved to the Dallas Stars for a year, and then back to the Texas Stars. In 2018, Gurianov was brought back to the Dallas Stars roster. Playing for the Dallas Stars against the Calgary Flames in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, Gurianov became the first player to score four goals in a playoff game for the team. There’s little doubt that he’ll continue to be a valuable piece to the Stars’ roster, especially since he’s proven that he comes through when it matters most.

Though Dallas fans are excited for his re-signing, there is still some concern that Gurianov could be picked up by another team in the off-season, even more so after his recent triumphs. In his current state, Gurianov is still considered a “restricted free agent.” This essentially means that he has played in the NHL long enough to no longer be considered a rookie, but has not yet played in enough games to be considered unrestricted. In the period before this next year’s season begins, there is still a possibility that Gurianov could accept a better offer from another team in the league. Being a hot commodity after his show-stopping performances last season, only time will tell if Gurianov stays with the team. We are certainly hopeful that he’ll stick with the Stars, and are excited to keep you updated on any breaking Dallas Stars news.

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Cowboys face a challenging season with new head coach Mike McCarthy

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The current Dallas Cowboys season has been a tough one so far. One could argue that it’s due to COVID, or a lack of good players, or political tension, or just about anything under the sun – but let’s face it, Dallas’s home team isn’t doing too well this season. It hasn’t helped that head coach Mike McCarthy is in his first year with all of this happening, but we certainly believe he has the potential to make a turn-around for the entire team in the years to come.

So far this season, the Cowboys have only been able to attain two wins and have, unfortunately, lost six. Most recently, they went up against the Philadelphia Eagles in a tough match. According to Yahoo Sports writer Frank Schwab, the Eagles should not have even statistically been able to win (they had turned the ball over and gotten sacked multiple times, and had less than 250 yards)1, but they still managed it due to our team playing so poorly. It didn’t help that our current starting quarterback, Andy Dalton of Fort Worth, Texas, was also out on the reserve roster due to COVID. The Cowboys’ primary starting QB, Dak Prescott, has already been out this season for a broken ankle. The Cowboys ended up losing that last game against the Eagles with a final score of 9 to 23 in an upsetting loss for fans.

Multiple players out

For diehard Dallas fans, it’s been a tough year so far seeing so many players out. According to ESPN, the team had more than $61 million in salaried players on the sideline2. That’s essentially the majority of Dallas’s highest paid athletes not even being able to play. While it’s most definitely been a challenging season for all NFL teams because of the pandemic, it’s proved to be an even more difficult one for Dallas.

Hopeful for McCarthy

We hate to see this unfortunate set of games so far, especially because of Dallas’s new head coach – Mike McCarthy. In his first year with the Cowboys, he has had to deal with much more than just about any other new coach would ever have to. Of course, McCarthy is no newcomer to the NFL or even being charged with coaching an entire football program. Prior to joining up with Dallas, McCarthy was head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 2006 to 2018. During his time there, he was able to bring the Packers up to par with some of the best teams in the league, even leading them to a Super Bowl win3.

While it’s certainly a bummer to see the Cowboys start off the first half of the season so poorly, we in Dallas look forward to seeing how the next eight games go. There’s ample evidence that McCarthy will be able to turn the team around and even find great uses for the backup players in now down the road. Only time will tell though, so we’ll keep you updated as the season progresses.

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