CUBS AVOIDING MAJOR CHANGES THIS OFFSEASON

As fans around the country are still celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship, General Manager Theo Epstein and the Cubs brass are moving sensibly this offseason. At this point they are avoiding any major free-agent signings and instead are focusing on stabilizing their team with a few moves that could prove beneficial in the short-term. With a glut of young talent on the major-league roster and waiting in the wings, the Cubs feel good about their chances to make another run at a World Series title in 2017. Led by young stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are currently slight favorites with Vegas at 7/2 odds to repeat. However, the Boston Red Sox, with some splashy moves, are right behind them with 7/1 odds. So far, this offseason the Cubs have made a few moves that can be considered under the radar. One to help stabilize their bullpen and another that can be considered a short-term patch for the centerfield position. The team signed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old spent 7 seasons with the Minnesota Twins before spending last season with the Baltimore Orioles. He will bring experience and a left-handed arm out of the Cubs pen. They also made a move to bring in outfielder Jon Jay as a free-agent addition and signed him to a one-year deal. Jay is a seven-year veteran who played last season for the San Diego Padres. He batted .291 in 90 games for the Padres but lacks power with just 2 home runs. Jay is expected to help fill the gap with the loss...

Dallas Cowboys enjoying an amazing turnaround season!

After the first 13 games of the 2016 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting atop the NFC East Division with an 11-2 record. They lead the second-place New York Giants by two games with three to play. Surprisingly, it’s the Giants who have handed the Cowboys their only two losses on the season. Most recently this past Sunday with a slim 10-7 loss. But let’s step back a bit and try to figure out how Dallas has been able to get to this point. I mean, they were coming off of a 4-12 season in 2015 that saw quarterback Tony Romo get injured twice. Romo suffered a broken collarbone in week 2 and was able to return in week 11. But the following week in the Thanksgiving game he injured his shoulder again and was lost for the season. Romo returned healthy in 2016 but in the 3rd preseason game he suffered a compression fracture in his back that would sideline him for two to three months. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, backup quarterback Kellen Moore had suffered a broken tibia earlier in training camp and the team had to turn to rookie Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State. Prescott had been drafted in the fourth round and was looked at as a developmental prospect. But a strong showing in his preseason appearances gave the Cowboys hope that he could hold the position until Romo recovered later in the season. And Prescott didn’t disappoint. After an opening day loss to the Giants, the rookie led the team to 11 straight wins and performed with skill and poise beyond his...