Office of Congressman Beto O’RourkeU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX 16th District)As expected, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced he’s running against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. The third-term House member and former punk rock guitarist officially kicked off his campaign at the Alcantar Sky Garden in his hometown of El Paso.“Friends, vecinos, paseños, tejanos [neighbors, El Pasoans, Texans], I’m running to represent the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate,” O’Rourke said.O’Rourke recently gained publicity from a cross-country road trip with Republican House colleague Will Hurd. His bid is widely viewed as a longshot. Cruz finished second to Donald Trump in last year’s crowded GOP presidential primary field. He remains powerful in Texas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.But the 44-year-old O’Rourke insists Cruz is beatable. He said the state needs, “a senator who’s not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interests, to run for president, to shut down the government, when there are so many people who pay taxes into or served in uniform for this government to work for them.”Before challenging Cruz, though, O’Rourke will have to win the Democratic senate primary. That primary race could feature fellow Congressman Joaquin Castro, who might be favored because of stronger name recognition. Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share The Dallas Cowboys sit atop the list at a whopping $2.3 billion. Rounding out the top five are the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Houston Texans. The least-valued team in the NFL? That would be the Oakland Raiders at $825 million. Hey, we’d take it and so would you. The Arizona Cardinals are valued at $961 million, ranked 24th out of 32 NFL teams according to Forbes.The value is up from $922 million in 2012. The Cardinals also moved up a spot from 25th. All 23 teams ahead of the Cardinals are valued at more than a billion dollars. At their recent pace, 2014 would be the year they hit the nine-zero club.As far as NFC West teams go the Cardinals sit third, ahead of the St. Louis Rams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
What a difference a year makes, right?Wait… Scratch that.What a difference three weeks make, right?Three weeks ago, the NFC West was the best division in football. Three 1-2 starts later, and the division looks like N’Sync. One of them is clearly talented and going onto bigger things. The other members of the group might soon be begging for a slot on “Dancing with the Stars.” – Arizona still can’t pass protect. – St. Louis’ youngest roster in the league is playing like the youngest roster in the league.– And San Francisco’s mighty defense not only ranks fourth from the bottom versus the run, but the unit just lost its best player for an unknown period of time.What in the Mild, Mild West is going on around here?Sports fans love to use the word “parity” to describe the NFL. But the truth is, the “money-buys-championships” sport of Major League Baseball that everyone loves to rip has featured more champions and more year-to-year playoff team turnover the last decade than the NFL. However, the 16-game NFL schedule SCREAMS a greater sense of urgency.Three short weeks ago, Giants, Steelers, Redskins and Vikings fans awoke for opening day with the wide-eyed zeal of a trailblazer. Every great journey begins with that first step. Anything is possible. Super Bowl here we come.Those same fans woke up Monday confronted with the long odds of making the playoffs. After all, only three teams have started 0-3 and made the postseason since 1990.Things aren’t so grim for the three last place teams in the NFC West. Even though it represents only a one-game difference, a 1-2 record feels infinitely easier to overcome. But the Cardinals, Rams and 49ers all had such high hopes for the season, and their greatest fears have surfaced early. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share – A new offensive system in Arizona hasn’t changed the ugly truths that the Cardinals still can’t run the football or protect the quarterback.– Sam Bradford hasn’t played poorly for St. Louis, but he doesn’t seem to be taking that long-awaited step into stardom that Rams fans thought was coming this season.– Defenses have taken away Colin Kaepernick’s ability to run with the ball, and his arm isn’t making them pay (25th in the NFL in passer rating).– Opposing tight ends have killed the Cardinals for 23 catches, 346 yards and four touchdowns through three games. And a single receiver has accounted for at least six catches, 116 yards and two scores each game.– The Rams’ running back-by-committee approach ranks 29th in the league, and the Cowboys outrushed them 193 yards to 35 Sunday.– And San Francisco? Mighty San Francisco, my pick to win the Super Bowl, has lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 56-10.Still, it’s too early to bail on preseason predictions. The AFC East is currently 9-3, but I refuse to believe the division is superior to the NFC West.The Kansas City Chiefs (worst record in football last season) have a two-game lead over the defending NFC champions, but I’ll wager Colin Kaepernick’s other eyebrow that the Niners will finish with a superior mark. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And I know the Cardinals haven’t looked like the same defensive team they were last season, but #58 is returning soon.Oh, it’s a wacky league, this NFL. The Indianapolis Colts reversed their fortunes in a year’s time. The Jacksonville Jaguars? Well, it’s taking longer. They call it a grind, and if you’re a fan, that’s exactly what you want it to be. Because a few more false steps and the members of “best division in football” will be preparing for the draft far sooner than any of us predicted.