One tradition that continues tomorrow is the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. But America’s Team didn’t always have Dallas’ undivided loyalties. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with John Eisenberg, author of Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, The AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’ Pro Football Future.
The football-mad state of Texas didn’t always look the way it does now, with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, playing in a super-stadium and the Houston Texans a legitimate force of their own.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned New Orleans Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night. Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five 3-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team. Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships. Ryan Anderson, starting in place of Anthony Davis, led the Hornets with 15 points.
Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype. Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard TD as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions — with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with 5½ sacks.
The old gun outplayed the new gun and the New England Patriots taught top-draft pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts a lesson in all-around excellence in the Pats' 59-24 victory. The 59 points tied a New England franchise record. The Pats scored five touchdowns on offense, two on defense and one on special teams. It's the fourth 50-plus performance in the NFL this season -- two by New England.
Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Boston Celtics pull out a 100-94 win over the Washington Wizards last night. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists and reserve Jason Terry had 16 points. Bass finished with 11. Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster each scored 16 points for the Wizards (0-3). Bass hit a tiebreaking free throw, making it 93-92, then scored on a twisting layup on the next possession. He added a breakaway dunk with 37.7 seconds left to help seal it.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead the New York Knicks to a 110-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks beat the Sixers 100-84 on Sunday in the opener of the home-and-home series. The Knicks busted the game open in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 21 points.
In the Meadowlands yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame some uncharacteristic early sloppiness and pulled off a 24-20 win that ended the Giants' four-game winning streak. Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards and scored the go-ahead TD with 4:02 left. This was Mike Tomlin's 60th win as Steelers coach.
The Texans entertained Buffalo and walked off the field with a 21-9 win. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for 111 yards. Houston has won 7 of 8 this year, as have the Chicago Bears who blew past the Tennessee Titans 51-20.
With the Knicks-Nets game postponed last night there was only one NBA game but it had plenty of excitement. With six seconds left in the Spurs-Thunder match-up on TNT, San Antonio’s Tony Parker got the ball with enough time for one shot. The buzzer beater handed San Antonia an 86-84 the win.
Around the NBA last night, James Harden demonstrated his worthiness with Houston by pouring in 37 points and providing a career-high 12 assists in the Rockets' 105-96 comeback win at Detroit. The Pistons led 83-72 early in the fourth quarter before Harden hit a three-pointer to ignite Houston's game-ending, 33-13 run. The NBA's Reigning Sixth Man of the Year was playing just four days after being acquired from Oklahoma City. And Portland handed the Lakers their second loss 116-106.