By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
1. Welcome into the first Thursday column of 2013. Take a moment to let it sink in that we all defeated the Mayans and lived to see a new year. With the soccer season kicking off and basketball about to dive head first into district play, exciting things are happening around MISD sports during this very rainy month of January. If it’s OK with you, let’s talk sports.
2. After Tuesday night’s basketball action, five of the six MISD high school teams are over .500 with their overall records, with only the Boyd Lady Broncos sitting at 10-14. The North girls team is currently riding a 14-game winning streak and has climbed to No. 9 in the TABC Top 25 rankings this week. Meahwhile, the Boyd boys are off to their best start in program history (16-3) and snuck in at No. 10 in the SportsDayHS area rankings this week. At McKinney High, the boys team is 15-5 and have won four out of their last five games, while the Lionettes topped Plano East on Tuesday night to earn their first District 10-5A win of the season.
For the Lionettes and Lady Broncos in District 10-5A, the team to beat is Plano West and its 26-2 overall record. The Lady Wolves already topped Boyd 69-45 last week and will face MHS on Friday at home. Plano West is currently ranked No. 3 in the TABC Top 25 and is heavy favorites to make a state championship run this spring. On the boys’ side of 10-5A, Plano East is the team that is the favorite to win the district title. The Panthers are ranked No. 7 in the TABC Top 25 and will get their first cracks at Boyd and McKinney in the next two weeks. It is likely that Boyd, MHS, Plano East, and Plano West will make up the four-playoff spots at the end of the year, but how they finish in the standings will be one of the more fascinating stories of the spring.
As for the North basketball programs, the Lady Bulldogs appear set to make the postseason and make a deep run through the 4A playoffs. Having already beaten the 5-1 Lovejoy Lady Leopards on the road, North could finish 14-0 in 13-4A play and keep their impressive 14-game winning streak going well into March. On the boys’ side, the Bulldogs have a playoff caliber team that shoots the ball well, but need to keep beating the lesser teams in district play to ensure one of the four playoff berths. The Jan. 22 game at home versus Lovejoy will be huge for the Bulldogs as they try and even up the season series at a game apiece. Without the win against Lovejoy, the Bulldogs are likely to finish no higher than second place at the end of the season.
3. Soccer season is upon us once again as the 2013 season will get fully under way this weekend around the area. North and McKinney High’s boys and girls’ teams will be participating in the Frisco ISD Dr. Pink Tournament from Thursday-Saturday, while the Boyd boys team will be at the Richland Winter Blast Tournament and the Lady Broncos will be at the Fort Worth Inter. Elite Prep Tournament. Over the next couple of weeks you can check out soccer previews for each team right here on TSB, as well as get scoreboard updates after every game on the following morning.
4. For those wondering, high school baseball and softball will begin less than a month from now. It may not seem like baseball weather outside right now, but it is pretty darn exciting to be this close to spring ball again.
5. I saw Django Unchained on Tuesday night and must admit that I was blown away by the movie. It is easily Quentin Tarantino’s best movie since Pulp Fiction and was just a bit better than Inglorious Basterds. Yes, they say “that word” over 100 times (and almost seems like 200 times) but the overall storyline and ability to make you both uncomfortable and entertained is something to be truly marveled at. If you don’t like blood you should probably keep away from the movie, and if there is one thing to be critical about it is the film could have been cut down by about 30 minutes, but overall it is a film that will be regarded as one of the more epic films of my generation. Looks like Tarantino did it again folks.
6. Am I the only one who loves this Stars versus Cowboys Dallas Twitter war that broke out yesterday? After the Cowboys dissed on the NHL, the Stars’ comeback stating “at least our No. 9 got the job done” with a picture of Mike Modano holding the Stanley Cup is pretty epic. I would say the Stars shouldn’t have any room to talk because of their recent lack of success, but the ‘Boys have had about the same amount as their hockey counterparts. Maybe Rob Ryan decided to get one more stab at the Cowboys before he was fired.
7. I attended the highly compelling Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day at the Cotton Bowl, in which Oklahoma State defeated Purdue a lot to a little. However, what I came to found out in the coming days was that the UIL 5A Division I championship had 66 more people attend the game than the Jan. 1 bowl game at Fair Park. Oh, and the high school championship had double the capacity of the New Mexico, Little Caesars, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, and Military Bowls. But no NCAA, there are not too many bowl games.
8. Congrats to my editor’s alma mater, Alabama, for winning the National Championship on Monday night, but more importantly to A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb. Gaining almost 200,000 Twitter followers in one night is quite astonishing. It probably has to do with all the insightful tweets she puts out.
9. I know that we are getting into Dr. Dre territory with his supposed Detox album, but I want to throw it out there that Monday has a good chance to be the season two debut of The Sports Bruu Podcast. If not, I will give myself the vote of confidence that I will return behind the microphone this year, which will of course mean that I will come up epically short.
10. I believe it is about time for me to get out of here. Check out TSB’s basketball game of the week Friday night as Boyd takes on Allen. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.