For 30 years, including 25 as a head coach, Michael Hatch has led teams on to the floor. And for the 500th time Dec. 20, he coached a team to victory with the Northwest Texans’ 47-44 win over Southlake Carroll. He’s since added seven more to the tally, which he states only shows his longevity. The intense and demanding coach has compiled the victories during a pair of stints stretching 21 years at Northwest along with a few seasons at McKinney and Fort Worth Paschal. His latest six-year stretch at Northwest has been impressive with all but one ending with at least 20 victories. This year, his Texans are off to an 18-4 start and were ranked No. 5 in the state before a loss to Keller Tuesday. When asked if there were any of the wins that were more memorable than the other 506, the coach just offered, “No. I remember the losses a lot more than the wins.” Typical for most coaches.
- Over the past four seasons, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs have compiled 37 wins in 48 games after the calendar turned to Jan. 1. Of the Lady Bulldogs’ 11 losses, five are to Brock, including two setbacks in the region finals. They have a lot of company around the state in that department.
- Last Friday as the first tweets about the Texas Rangers’ lefty Derek Holland’s knee injury were hitting the Internet, you knew there was going to be a strange explanation. Then word came the injury was caused by his dog. He’s not the first to blame a mishap on the dog. But it’s only fitting knowing the history of the Chicago Cubs that the dog is named Wrigley, just liked the Cubs’ home field. It would really be fitting if the injury derails what was looking to be a promising Rangers season.
- New Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong is saying the right things and trying to change the culture in Austin with his expectations. But those tough words will only mean something if they result in wins; or like Mack Brown found out, powerful boosters will start searching for the next guy.
- I can’t figure out what this Maverick team is, and I don’t think I’m alone. Losses like Wednesday when they blow a 17-point lead in the final four-and-a-half minutes, shows they may be close to the same as last year – not a playoff team.
- Craziest tweet of the week courtesy of ESPN: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ deal that will pay Highland Park’s Clayton Kershaw $30.7 million in 2014 is more than $8 million more than the entire payroll for the 2013 Houston Astros.
- The NFL couldn’t have drawn up a better final four with the two greatest current rivalries – the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks and Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. My bet is a Seattle and Denver Super Bowl.