Ballzy

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"Ballzy" is SportsDayDFW's weekly podcast, hosted by Evan Grant and Kevin Sherrington. The duo provides expert analysis on the D-FW and larger sports landscape. They also welcomes in big-name columnists, analysts and newsmakers themselves to reveal a side of the story you haven't heard before.

Episodes

  • SportsDay Insider: The Mavs' Porzingis question, the Cowboys' offensive line and lots of barking

    08/06/2021 Duration: 39min

    Kevin Sherrington, David Moore and Evan Grant discuss lunch with their old boss before getting to the meat of the podcast: What do the Mavs do about Kristaps Porziņģis, their most expensive player [2:57], David says the Cowboys' offensive line may not be back to what it was when it was the world's greatest, but it's good enough [20:04], and Evan wants to know what's up with Zeke's dogs [25:57]. And, speaking of woofs, or whiffs, can the Rangers hit enough to keep their manager from giving up on them [27:51].

  • Luka's pain in the neck, Dak's bum ankle and the Rangers aren't feeling so hot, either.

    01/06/2021 Duration: 36min

    Kevin Sherrington and David Moore discuss what's gone wrong with the Mavs after taking a 2-0 lead on the road in their playoff series with the Clippers [1:49], and it's not all because of Luka Doncic's cervical strain. David describes what Dak Prescott looked like in his first drills in front of the media since his gruesome injury [17:15]. And, in violation of Evan Grant's edict not to talk about the Rangers without him, David and Kevin speculate on what Adolis Garcia's impact means to Joey Gallo's future [28:54]. Find more ‘Dallas Morning News’ audio and a special membership offer for listeners at dallasnews.com/listen.

  • SportsDay Insider: Rick Carlisle's job security with the Mavs, Dak's return to the Cowboys from a gruesome injury and, gasp, killer squirrels

    18/05/2021 Duration: 39min

    Writers Kevin Sherrington, David Moore and Evan Grant take a look at the Mavs' playoff chances and how they impact Rick Carlisle's future (4:47). In the potpourri (15:36), they consider the greater impact of Dak Prescott's ankle injury: mental or physical? And Evan rethinks his position on the Rangers' pursuit of Trevor Storey in light of Isiah Kiner-Falefa's MVP-caliber play this season (28:57). Also, David tells a harrowing tale of a squirrel named Scarface.  Find more ‘Dallas Morning News’ audio and a special membership offer for listeners at dallasnews.com/listen. 

  • SportsDay Insider: Is Adolis Garcia the Rangers' answer at long last in centerfield, and can Kristaps Porzingis do what's best for the Mavs in the playoffs?

    11/05/2021 Duration: 39min

    Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore discuss the Rangers’ gift from the Cardinals in the form of Adolis Garcia [8:41], and Evan reveals the work Garcia puts in to make his hitting approach sustainable. In their potpourri segment [16:35], David says the downside to the Mavs’ season is that they still haven’t determined Kristaps Porzingis’ fit in this offense. The Stars' failure to make the playoffs after a Stanley Cup Finals season will probably cost Rick Bowness, and the Nelson benefits from the move to McKinney's Craig Ranch, where Kevin says the locals will do a better job than Dallas did at Trinity Forest. And, last but not least [29:33], David breaks down how first-round pick Micah Parsons fits in the Cowboys’ crowded linebacker room and which rookies need to make an impact.Find more Dallas Morning News audio and a special membership offer for listeners at dallasnews.com/listen.

  • SportsDay Insider: The Cowboys' mistakes at linebacker led them to double down in the draft; Why the Mavs can't beat bad teams

    04/05/2021 Duration: 36min

    Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore dive into the Cowboys’ draft (04:21), with David dropping that the Cowboys were determined to come out of the first round with Micah Parsons, Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn. And that made impossible a trade further down the board than 12. Evan likes the fact that Joey Gallo has nearly doubled his extra-base hit output on Sunday and Monday (19:05), but he’s still not sold that Gallo’s back. He's high on Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Nick Solak, though. So much so that he's thinking the Rangers may not need a certain All-Star shortstop out of Irving after all. And Kevin thinks it’s a good thing the Mavs (27:18) get to play good teams this week, because the Mavs are no good against bad ones. Also, this breaking news: Evan is no good around the house (34:00).  Find more ‘Dallas Morning News’ audio and a special membership offer for listeners at dallasnews.com/listen.

  • SportsDay Insider: Risky Cowboy gambles in the second round, why no Ranger wants to run into Adolis, and Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor to go home. Sort of.

    27/04/2021 Duration: 39min

    Welcome to our new weekly sports report from columnists Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore. After dissing the Oscars — Kevin loves Gary Oldman, but Mank is as wooden as Joey Gallo’s bats — they discuss Sean Lee’s career (4:50) and how his selection in 2010 set a pattern of second-round gambles. David says they have to fix the defense, but the guys are unanimous (15:40) that if Florida tight end Kyle Pitts is available at 10, they should take a true difference-maker, as Evan calls him. One of the only Rangers making a difference is Adolis Garcia (22:52), yet the guys nitpick him. Kevin wonders if he's communicating with the other outfielders, and Evan critiques his cross-over step. Finally, (31:08) Evan and Kevin discuss whether going back to LSU is really going home for Kim Mulkey and what it means for Baylor. Discover more Dallas Morning News audio and a special membership offer for listeners at dallasnews.com/listen. 

  • The Cowboys' 'optional workouts' and potential draft choices, Mavs misery continues, and, surprise, the Rangers are almost even

    20/04/2021 Duration: 42min

    Kevin and David discuss: What does the phrase “optional workouts” really mean during a pandemic? And how are the Cowboys handling the issue? The guys also examine the draft choices the Cowboys might have. Next, the Mavs misery continues. Finally, Evan awakens from his slumber on the west coast to talk Rangers. Surprisingly, the team is almost even.

  • The 'maddening' Mavs, a pitching bright spot for the Rangers, and will the Cowboys trade out of their No. 10 draft slot?

    13/04/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    Kevin, Evan and David are back to take you inside all things North Texas sports. The guys dive into some golf talk [5:31] following strong showings by local stars in the 2021 Masters, highlighted by Plano's Will Zalatoris and Dallas' Jordan Spieth. They then discuss the "maddening" Mavericks [12:36], who appear stuck in seventh place in the West following some "crippling" losses. What's going on there? Meanwhile, the Rangers' offense is struggling, which isn't a surprise overall, Evan says [26:26] — but he highlights the most alarming element of that. From a long-term perspective, starting pitcher Dane Dunning is giving Texas some hope. We're also one week closer to the NFL draft, so Kevin and David discuss whether the Cowboys would move down from their No. 10 slot in the first round, Patrick Surtain II vs. Jaycee Horn and more. [44:13]Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore

  • Baylor conquers men's basketball, what recent NFL trades mean for Cowboys' draft, and the Rangers' disheartening start

    06/04/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    The NCAA men's basketball championship is back in the Lone Star State! Kevin and Evan discuss Baylor's domination of Gonzaga on Monday night and other topics regarding the sport in the state of Texas, including Texas Tech's new head coach, Chris Beard at UT and more. Then, they are joined by Cowboys insider Calvin Watkins [13:51] to talk all things NFL draft, including how recent trades around the league could impact Dallas' selection at No. 10 overall, a potential trade-down scenario and the debate of whether to consider an offensive tackle in the first round. Finally, Kevin and Evan dive into the Rangers' "disheartening" start to their season. [36:29] They also discuss Texas' need for a right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, Leody Taveras and whether the club could soon approach Joey Gallo about a contract extension. Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and Calvin Watkins

  • Rangers opening week, Texas flavor in the men's Final Four and the Cowboys' outlook with their top pick in the NFL draft

    30/03/2021 Duration: 51min

    Kevin, Evan and David bring you the latest on Texas Rangers baseball, college hoops in Texas and Dallas Cowboys football. Among the things discussed on today's episode: [4:38] -- The Rangers' decision to move on from Rougned Odor and a projection for their starting lineup on opening day.[25:32] -- The NCAA men's Final Four, Baylor vs. Houston, Shaka Smart and college hoops in Texas.[39:18] -- The Cowboys and the NFL draft, including the "leader in the clubhouse" for Dallas' selection at No. 10 in the first round. Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore

  • The Cowboys' biggest move in free agency so far. The Rangers' bullpen is a mess. Plus, do the Mavs need to make a trade this week?

    23/03/2021 Duration: 01h05min

    Kevin, Evan and David are back with all the latest Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks developments. There's a lot to get to this week, so here's a breakdown: [3:11] -- NFL free agency is in full swing and the Cowboys have made some moves, highlighted by the addition of safety Keanu Neal. How does he fit into the Dallas defense? What moves could the Cowboys make this week? Plus, some talk about Jaylon Smith and how the fan base views him, and leadership on the team. On the draft side of things, who would the Cowboys pick between Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II if faced with that decision? Also, a red flag has recently been raised on another potential target for Dallas with the No. 10 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, and this player is now a "risky" pick, David says.[29:40] -- The Rangers' bullpen is a mess. Evan discusses the latest on injured relief pitcher Jose Leclerc, the state of the bullpen given all the injuries and what that means for the club moving fo

  • Cowboys free agency, full capacity at Globe Life Field for Rangers fans and the Mavs' current outlook in the West

    16/03/2021 Duration: 51min

    There's no shortage of things happening in North Texas pro sports right now. Kevin, Evan and David sit down to dive into the latest on the Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks, highlighted by discussions about: NFL free agency and what the Cowboys are positioned to do. [3:55] The Rangers' decision to open Globe Life Field at full capacity for the upcoming season. [24:19]  How high up the West standings can the Mavs climb? And should they make any moves before the trade deadline? [38:29] *Editor's note: This episode was recorded before the Cowboys reached a deal with Ty Nsekhe and before Andy Dalton reached a deal with Chicago.Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore

  • 5 things to watch for the Texas Rangers this spring, including prospect talk

    02/03/2021 Duration: 46min

    It's baseball time in Texas Arizona! The Texas Rangers are in spring training mode, so Kevin and Evan go deep on a number of topics related to the club ahead of the upcoming season: Rougned Odor and third base; hitting approaches and some discouraging things our guys have heard so far; how the pitching rotation will come together; promising centerfielder Leody Taveras; and prospects, from guys who are coming along to names you should keep in mind for the Rangers' No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 MLB draft. Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant

  • How far away are the Cowboys from stacking up to the likes of the Bucs and Chiefs?

    09/02/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Football is now in full-time offseason mode. Kevin, David and Evan convened this week to talk about Sunday's Super Bowl LVI; the Dallas Cowboys and how they stack up to the Super Bowl participants; the Elvis Andrus trade and what it means for the Texas Rangers; the Mavericks and Kristaps Porzingis' recent play; and Jordan Spieth coming up just short of breaking his long win drought on the PGA Tour. A breakdown: [3:33] — A quick Bucs-Chiefs recap and takeaways from the Super Bowl. [9:55] — How far away are the Cowboys from stacking up to Tampa Bay and Kansas City? What areas does Dallas need to improve in? [18:02] — ... Should we even be stacking the Cowboys up to Super Bowl participants? Maybe it's time we dial things back as far as evaluating Dallas' outlook for next season. Plus, a Super Bowl participant who the Cowboys could sign on defense and what they need to do in the NFL draft. [33:20] — The Texas Rangers traded Elvis Andrus for Khris Davis. And it's a move Evan says the club *needed* to make. What

  • While the GOAT and The Greatest Eventually prepare to square off in the Super Bowl, is Dak Prescott good enough to get the Cowboys there someday?

    02/02/2021 Duration: 42min

    It's Super Bowl week! Kevin and Evan are the crew for this week's episode, and they dive into football topics ranging from Chiefs-Bucs, Patrick Mahomes' greatness, whether Dak Prescott is good enough to get the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, and more. [1:53] Then, the guys talk baseball, including a remarkable story about former Ranger Drew Robinson that was reported by ESPN and the latest MLB developments as the season draws nearer. [27:40]

  • It's mock draft season and the Senior Bowl is here, so it's time for more Cowboys draft talk

    26/01/2021 Duration: 55min

    Kevin and David this week tackle some Cowboys and Mavericks topics, ranging from the Senior Bowl and NFL draft to Kevin's first in-game Mavs experience of the season this past weekend, which he described as "a little creepy." But first, the guys share a few words on the late Alicia Landry, wife of legendary Cowboys coach Tom. Alicia, 91, died of natural causes Thursday. [2:35] Elsewhere in the Cowboys universe, David and Kevin discuss this week's Senior Bowl, the annual showcase event for top college seniors who are draft hopefuls. How much different will be it due to COVID-19? Given the significant changes to the scouting combine, does the Senior Bowl rise in importance this offseason? Then, they go into a talk about the Cowboys' recent draft history, potential scenarios the team could encounter in April based off of mock drafts that are out there, potential needs and more. [9:31] Finally, Kevin shares his takeaways from covering the Mavs' Saturday night game against the Houston Rockets. Also, in this age

  • The Mavs are hurting, the NFL combine is drastically changing, and Joey Gallo's future as a Ranger is in question

    19/01/2021 Duration: 01h12min

    Kevin, Evan and David dive into some Mavericks, Cowboys and Rangers discussions in this week's episode. They start with the Mavs (5:00), touching on the play of Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic, the development of the team to this point in the season and more. In the NFL, a vastly different draft season awaits the Cowboys and all other teams (24:17). The scouting combine as we've come to know it won't take place in Indianapolis -- how much of an impact will that have on the offseason? Plus, the Cowboys haven't hit on their top defensive draft picks in the past decade. Lastly, Evan catches us up on all things Rangers (48:46), including MLB's outlook for the coming season and Joey Gallo's future with the club. Hosts: Kevin Sherrington, Evan Grant and David Moore

  • Texas has a new head coach. The Cowboys have a new DC. The Mavs and Stars have COVID-19 issues.

    12/01/2021 Duration: 59min

    The gang is back with their first show of 2021, and there's a lot to cover. Columnist Kevin Sherrington, Cowboys insider David Moore and Rangers insider Evan Grant discuss a number of topics, ranging from: • [7:35] New Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian, who's coming off a national championship win as Alabama's offensive coordinator Monday night. The guys dive into the coaching history at Texas and discuss whether the expectations there are even realistic for the program. • [28:25] The Dallas Cowboys have hired a new defensive coordinator after firing Mike Nolan last week. Is Dan Quinn the right man for the job? What will his scheme look like? Does that even matter? • [53:25] The Mavericks and Stars are already encountering COVID-19 issues and disruptions in their seasons. In the Mavs' case, it's meant quarantined players on the road and one postponed game (as of recording Tuesday morning). For the Stars, it's meant a delayed season opener.

  • Questions the Cowboys still have to answer, college football's coaching carousel and the Rangers' recent moves

    15/12/2020 Duration: 52min

    Columnist Kevin Sherrington, Cowboys insider David Moore and Rangers insider Evan Grant are back with their final episode of Ballzy for this year! In this jam-packed episode, they discuss the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Cincinnati Bengals and questions the club still has to answer going forward [2:00], college football's coaching carousel [27:25] and the Texas Rangers' recent developments (including a new GM) plus roster moves and acquisitions [42:30].

  • Cowboys do the inexplicable, Mavs open training camp, and Urban Meyer watch at Texas

    01/12/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    *Editor's note: Audio cuts out in some spots of this episode due to some connection issues during recording. Columnist Kevin Sherrington, Cowboys insider David Moore and Rangers insider Evan Grant are back with a new episode of Ballzy, in which they cover a number of topics and storylines: Cowboys: Dallas' next game is a moving target, having gone from Thursday to Monday to Tuesday. Could it move again? Plus, the guys discuss "the dumbest play in Dallas Cowboys history," analytics in football, how to judge Mike McCarthy's season, the NFC East race and more. [2:30] Mavericks: The Mavs opened training camp Tuesday, believe it or not. The crew breaks down the Mavs' offseason moves and how they feel about this team entering the 2020-21 season. [33:40] Texas Longhorns: Is the Tom Herman era coming to an end in Austin? And is it Urban Meyer or bust for Texas Football? Does the success of Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher play a role in all of this? [49:31]

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