ARLINGTON - Last fall when the Rangers were busy winning the hearts of all North Texans the Dallas Cowboys were in a collapse mode, complete with a head coach firing.
The line tossed about from both media dorks and PR types in and around the Dallas Cowboys was, "Thank God for the Rangers."
The idea being the success of one franchise attracts away from the overwhelming negativity towards the other. Even one like the Dallas Cowboys.
Because the Texas Rangers are in first place and it's not even June, it's hard to say the success of the Mavericks is drawing away a lot of attention away from the Rangers. Maybe it does a bit on talk radio, but beyond that the impact is not felt inside a clubhouse.
"Right now it's 'Mavs Fever' and it should be," Rangers DH Michael Young said when I asked him about this little media theory.
"I hope they keep going. I've always liked the Mavs. I like all the local teams. I'm a Cowboys nut. But in (in the clubhouse), (the media) is all loving the Mavs, which is the way it should be.
"We really don't think about it. It's really not relevant. I mean, right now it's perfect. We have a good team coming off a great year and now the local basketball team is on fire. For us, it's fun. We hope on board like everyone else. I'd love to be able to have a day game, and be able to catch the Mavs at night."