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Last night I thought of the Ice Bowl and then how the Tom Laundry and the Cowboys couldn't win the big one, until they did. The Cowboys lost NFL championships and Super Bowls numerous times before finally breaking through. They are now the second most valuable franchise in the world, next Manchester United ahead of the vaunted Yankees.
The Rangers have the ability to piggyback the Cowboys success and someday be in the top 10 most valuable sports franchises in the country. They are already there in MLB or at least close to it, RBIA is one of the larger stadiums in MLB and they have the ability to draw 4.5 million.
One thing the Cowboys have the Rangers don't have is the tie into the North East, Tex Schramm was a sports genius and demanded that the Cowboys always be in the NFL East now NFC East conference as a condition to taking on the franchise. The Rangers don't and never have had the leverage the Boys had when they were helping the NFL fend off the fledgling AFL and send Lamar Hunt's Texans off to become the KC Chiefs.
But the Rangers are now a power, and how long they stay a power in MLB depends on a few things that I think are in place. Namely JD and the new ownership group is well funded, there is success to build upon.
This market here is not as big as the Yankees (TV Markets 2011, Designated Market Areas, Nielsen DMA rankings http://bit.ly/txHOod), it is about a third. However the Rangers can draw on OKC number 44, Austin #46, El Paso #91 and NM, LA, Arkansas, and San Antonio, Tyler-Longview. You get the picture. There is plenty of room for growth.
So win or lose tonight, the Rangers are in the driver seat to continue to improve their ability to compete with the larger market teams. By they way the only Market larger than DFW with only 1 team is Philly and that margin is small.
Lets go Rangers!
"The Cowboys couldn't win the big one, until they did". mhilgtx, I love your posts, seriously do. That one line was Yogi Berra-ish. And it is "Landry". At least he won something so please be respectful. As for your Rangers points, you're right. Many of us have lived to see what most people have not... The Cowboys win the Super-Bowel (mispelled on purpose), the Stars win the SC, and the Mavs win the NBAC. If only in game 7 we get the... quad-fecta? Is that a word? Ah, what the hell, it is now. Bring on the QUAD-FECTA!
I've tarped off the living room and have my champagne and beer. You're all invited. And if we lose, we can just pee on the floor... it's covered too. But we will win... bottom line.
There's a new Sheriff in town....
Ricky you almost made me regret not having tarped off my keyboard as I just about spewed Dr. Pepper all over the place reading that. LMAO! "We can just pee on the floor" - no need man, the bubbly will flow through Texas!
Derek - LMAOROTF! I''ll be here all week!
Ricky Tom Landry (sorry for the misspelling above) was the most influential coach of our time in the NFL. The multi set pro offense we know today created by Landry expanded upon by Walsh. The flex defense so cutting edge no one else can coach it and Rob Ryan ran it in his first called play of his Cowboys career as a nice tip of the hat to God's Coach. Win Win Win that is all God's Coach ever did.
However the point of my post is the Cowboys are by far the biggest TV draw for the NFL and the most valuable franchise in the US. Even more so than the Yankees and only a few million behind Manchester United. Therefore there is zero excuse about this not being a "big market". A winners market yes. But then again Manchester United and the Yankees aren't exactly losers. The Cowboys are one of the winning-est franchise in the NFL. I know the last decade has been brutal but that just proves that if the Rangers can carve out a winning Rep they will be rewarded.
@Ricky: Yogi once said, "I really didn't say everything I said."
@ mhilgtx - I thought you were mispelling his name as a bit. No problem. I, for one, still think that baseball IS America's Game. I'd love to see the Rangers over-take the Cowboys, fan base wise. Jerry Jones has done a ton for football and charities, yet less for the Cowboys. He needs a Jon Daniels, yet he won't relinquish that role. Mark my word, the Cowboys will not win a SB til Stephen runs the show. He is smart.
@ Andy - It's like dejavu all over again!
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