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Life was good in the old SouthWest Conference


by Lew Patton

So here is a topic that revolves around age. How many of you remember the old Southwest Conference? For those of us that do, there was a ton of pride in a conference that primarily revolved around one powerful state, Texas. If you thought the people of Texas bragged about football to the rest of the country, the Southwest Conference was probably why.

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Video: Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park home run against Yankees

In the bottom of the fifth inning tonight, Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua hit a low liner which Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury attempted to catch on a slide. Not a good idea. The ball got past Ellsbury and Rua was off to the races. Check it out below:

According to Tater Trot Tracker, Rua rounded the bases in 15.27 seconds.

Rangers, Local Businesses, U.S. Chamber Team Up to Put Veterans to Work

1000 Musicians Simultaneously Perform ‘Learn To Fly’ to Persuade the Foo Fighters to Play Concert in Italy

The Rockin’ Thousand is a group of 1,000 incredibly talented musicians who came together from all over Italy to simultaneously perform the now-classic Foo Fighters song “Learn To Fly” in a historic effort to persuade the band to play a concert in Romagna, a historical district in northern Italy. Conceived in 2014 byFabio Zaffagnini, a multi-lingual musician, adventurer and TEDx speaker, the project took many months to come together through crowdfunding and of course, finding the right musicians who could synchronize with other musicians perfectly.

The Rockers have been selected online: they had to leave their personal information and a video showing their ability. Through the months, our Music Gurus examined every single video (thousands!) and decided whether the rocker was good enough or not. The data management and the communications passed through an automatic web system, nevertheless, part of the work requested one-on-one calls.Every Rocker had a personal area with all the information needed for the participation, like the Music Gurus Tutorial

The Rockin’ Thousand is now awaiting a response from the band about the show, although they seemed to like the video a lot.

Via Twitter, ex-UCLA DB Priest Willis announces move to A&M

Nearly two months to the day he was moving on from the program with which he signed coming out of high school,Priest Willis has apparently found a new landing spot in which to continue his collegiate playing career.

In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account early Thursday evening, Willis announced that he will be continuing his education at Texas A&M and play football for the Aggies.  The playing part won’t happen in 2015 as the defensive back will have to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Then, beginning in 2016, Willis will have two years of eligibility remaining.


It’s at this point in the program where we note A&M has yet to officially announce Willis’ addition to the roster.

A four-star member of UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class, Willis rated as the No. 6 safety in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Arizona; and the No. 56 player overall according to Rivals.com. Along with fellow defensive back Tahaan Goodman, Willis was the highest-rated recruit in the Bruins’ class that year.

After sitting out his true freshman season as a redshirt, Willis played in nine games last season for the Bruins.

Rangers land ace left-hander Cole Hamels from Phillies

MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan had the majority of the major scoops on this one. It’s a massive two-team, eight-player blockbuster deal that will net the Phillies a frontline starter for this year and years to come while injecting more young talent into the Phillies’ under-construction minor league system.

Rangers get …

SP Cole Hamels
RP Jake Diekman

Phillies get …

C Jorge Alfaro
OF Nick Williams
SP Alec Asher
SP Jerad Eickhoff
SP Jake Thompson
SP Matt Harrison

Rangers “now clear-cut favorites” for Cole Hamels

The very latest on the Cole Hamels trade front …

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears the Rangers are “now clear-cut favorites” to land the Phillies ace because the Dodgers prefer David Price and the Tigers have now made it known that they’re going to sell off some major parts. There’s been talk of the Astros making a big push for Hamels, but Hamels can block a trade there and Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle was told that the Astros are expecting him to land elsewhere. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are “fading” from the Hamels chase.

So it sounds like it’s all coming together for the Rangers, who currently stand 4 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot. Hamels is under contract through 2019 — at a pretty reasonable rate — so this trade wouldn’t just be about 2015.

Hamels, 31, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season for Philadelphia. He threw a no-hitter in his last turn through the rotation Saturday against the Cubs.

Shoulder issue ends playing career of TCU DB George Baltimore

Heading into the final stretch prior to the start of summer camp, TCU has lost a promising member of its defensive secondary.

In a missive posted to his Instagram account this past week,George Baltimore revealed that his playing career is over.  According to the safety, it’s “extensive shoulder surgeries” that’s forced him to the sidelines permanently.

“Two weeks till fall camp and we want to show support to Joe Turner and north side high school football players,” Baltimore’s social media post began. “Excited for them but also my teammates as they get ready to go get that natty this year. Done playing for TCU due to extensive shoulder surgeries but always family and still going to enjoy the ride.”

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Baltimore played in 13 games in 2014.  He tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with eight.

Because of both his talent level and attrition in the unit, Baltimore was expected to compete for significant playing time this upcoming season.

Rangers, Dodgers lead field in race for Cole Hamels, sources say

The Texas Rangers  and Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged over the weekend as the likely favorites to trade for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, multiple sources said.

The Phillies also continue to discuss Hamels with at least four other teams — the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox, a source said. However, those teams are said to have had more trouble matching up on a potential deal than the Dodgers or Rangers.

Sources say they would be surprised if a trade was completed before Tuesday, even in the wake of Hamels’ no-hitter Saturday against the Cubs.

“I doubt it happens quick,” said an official of one team that has spoken with the Phillies.

The Rangers and Dodgers both had scouts in attendance at Hamels’ no-hitter, as did the Yankees, Giants, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and several other clubs. But other than Texas and Los Angeles, those teams were described as doing their “due diligence” in monitoring the market for the 31-year-old left-hander.

Both the Rangers and Dodgers view Hamels as an attractive alternative to this winter’s deep class of free-agent aces, because he is under contract for three more years after this season and has a team or vesting option for a fourth season. The guaranteed portion of his contract runs through only his age-34 season — whereas a group of free agents in or approaching their 30s, such as David Price, Johnny Cueto and Zack Greinke (assuming he opts out), will be looking for deals that take them into their late 30s.

The Phillies have been positioning themselves for months to take the Hamels talk to the brink of Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, in the hope that some team would be more willing to overpay as the deadline pressure mounts. So clubs speaking with Philadelphia continue to report they wouldn’t be surprised if a Hamels deal goes right down to the deadline.

Hamels is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts this season. But his win-loss record is skewed by lack of run support — which ranks 85th among 94 qualifying MLB starters — and by the two starts immediately preceding his no-hitter, in which he allowed 14 earned runs in 6⅓ innings. His ERA in his 18 other starts this season is 2.80.

One scout who watched Hamels’ no-hitter Saturday told ESPN.com: “After watching that, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s still one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s a difference-maker for somebody.”


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