In a normal year, playing after Christmas was a privilege given to participants in the UIL State Championship. This year, round 4 games will be played on December 24th, and the 26th. This week two big games will be played right here in the DFW Metroplex, at Globe Life Park.
The 34th ranked in the state and undefeated Lovejoy Leopards will face off against the 11-1 Mansfield Timberview Wolves on December 24th. Timberview is coming off an extremely dominate 42-28 win over Ennis. The story is the same for Lovejoy as they defeated Everman last Friday in a 49-21 victory. While both teams put up big offensive numbers, Lovejoy wins their games by taking a huge lead in the 1st, while Timberview finishes with a 4th quarter surge. This combination could make for an interesting dynamic and I’m excited to see how this game plays out.
The other big playoff game comes from the 6A D2 Championship bracket, as the Prosper Eagles take on the Fort Worth V.R. Eaton Eagles. Prosper is 7-3 overall and ranked 23rd in the State of Texas. On the other hand, Eaton comes in with a 9-3 overall record, and they dominated their district with a 5-1 record. Both Eagle teams had a loss to Denton Braswell, who was ironically knocked out of the playoffs after Prosper won their last regular season game against McKinney Boyd. This battle of the Eagles seems to be an evenly matched game, and I’m excited to see it in person.
The Steelers might set the record for the most embarrassing season to ever be played. What started out as a dominant 11-0 team, has now lost 3 straight games after playing against ‘real’ talent and even some not-so-talented teams.
The buzz all over social media earlier in the season was answering the question: are the Steelers a Super Bowl caliber team? After an embarrassing 27-17 loss against the now 3-10 Bengals, it appears the Steelers were in fact playing the weaker portion of their schedule. Pittsburgh will face off against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, and if they’d like to keep the respect of NFL fans across the country, a win is a must.
After what seems like 2 weeks, the NBA is back in action tonight. In the 2019 season, Kevin Durant suffered an injury with the warriors and he sat out for the season. He then went to the Brooklyn Nets which is who he’ll be playing with tonight as they take on his old Golden State teammates. Another interesting aspect to this game is the addition of Kelly Oubre Jr. to Golden State’s Roster. The small forward was traded from the Phoenix Suns to OKC Thunder and then almost immediately to the Warriors.
Also with their season opener tonight is the LA Lakers and the LA Clippers. Both games are interesting but this one could have more riding on it. The Lakers are the defending champions with forces a question about their performance: Will the Lakers come out the gate as dominant as ever, or will another team step up this year? It all starts with game 1 tonight at Staples Center.