Dallas keeps Phillips, senior tees praised, Colts flop


One of the best things about this job is that you get to hear from folks who know their sports. Some example:


ALFREDO CHAVEZ, a member of the crew that keeps statistics at UTEP football and basketball games, says he’s one of many El Pasoans who are happy that Wade Phillips will be kept as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Chavez got to know the coach and his son, Wes, when Wes played quarterback at UTEP from 1999 to 2001. The elder Wade came to visit his son and Chavez asked if he would pose with him and Wes for a photo. Coach Phillips was very gracious, Chavez says. Both father and son autographed the photo.

Quite a few other El Pasoans got to meet, and like, the Phillips family. Some folks may not know, or have forgotten, that Wade attended El Paso High School when Wade’s father, Bum Phillips, coached the Miners in 1962. Bum went on to a coaching career in the NFL.


PUG HAVEN WRITES:  “Reference your article in El Paso Inc. regarding the use of senior tees at local golf courses:  Vista Hills Country Club is far ahead of other city golf courses, including Santa Teresa, in designating senior tees (silver). Terry Jennings implemented the senior tee concept four years ago and our Dawn Patrol group of 20 plus senior players use senior tees exclusively.”

Good for Vista Hills. I played there last year with a local group but we all teed off from the regular tees. Hopefully, the trend for senior tees will continue.


ALTON SETLIFF, a fine local golfer and tennis player, explains why senior tees are a good thing. He writes: “I agree with your position on the senior tees.  I see so many golfers out on courses where they have too much carry to get to the fairways or simply have to hit hybrids and woods to greens.  That's too much work for amateurs. They will either get frustrated and quit or find somewhere else to play.  As baby boomers age courses had better help keep them out on the course as long as they can, both male and female.”


MY CRYSTAL BALL is one person I didn’t hear from this past week. Boy, did I have a bone to pick with it. The crystal ball predicted that the Indianapolis Colts would beat the New Orleans Saints in last week’s Super Bowl by two touchdowns and it turned out exactly the opposite. The Saints won 31-17.

I took it out of its drawer after the game and expected its usual obnoxious self. Instead, it said meekly, “Hi.”

“Hi, my foot,” I said. “You know how embarrassing it was for me to print your prediction? I tried to argue with you but you wouldn’t listen. What have you got to say for yourself?”


THE CRYSTAL BALL kept its head down and said, “Hey, every other expert in the country picked the Colts. How were we to know that the Colts would believe all the hype about how great they were? Heck, quarterback Peyton Manning was even being hailed as the greatest quarterback ever. The Colts thought all they had to do to win was show up.

“The Saints, on the other hand, were all fired up. They fought, they hustled, they took chances. They were a sight to see. I’ve got to give them a lot of credit.

“Besides, it was destiny. This was their year and they believed. It’s hard to beat destiny.”

I was impressed by the crystal ball’s humility. “Well,” I said, “I’m glad you’re being a good sport about it.”

I put it back in its drawer gently.



Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at rayf358@yahoo.com or online at www.raysanchezbooks.com