Looks like the Dallas Cowboys have a little competition for attention around here this summer.
The Texas Rangers not only lead the American League West by 8½ games, by far the biggest lead of all divisional races in the bigs, but the team is running neck-and-neck with the Cowboys in terms of media coverage and TV ratings.
Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees is just about sold out. According to a release from the Rangers, the only remaining seeats come with an obstructed view or a solo fan because of scattered individual tickets. All reserved seats have been spoken for, and the remaining standing-room only tickets — $15 — go on sale at the ticket windows at Rangers Ballpark.
Folks headed to the game, first pitch at 7:05, need to leave about, oh, now, because of anticipated heavy traffic along Interstate 30.
Over on the television side of the coin, last night's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Yankees averaged an 8.0 rating over the course of 10 innings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It peaked with an 11.0 rating, or 281,000 homes, from 10-10:15 p.m., and obliterated the previous high of 6.9 set Sept. 16, 1998 vs. Anaheim.
The Cowboys vs. Bengals Hall of Fame game to open the preseason logged a 7.6 overnight rating.
If the Rangers can beat the Cowboys, they can beat anybody. Do you believe?
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area.