The Greenville Lions haven’t had a lot of luck lately with the weather when it comes to outdoor tournaments and track and field meets.

  The Cotton Ford Relays and the Lions’ soccer tournament usually features very cold temperatures, rain, high winds and sometimes severe weather conditions.

  One would expect cold temperatures for the annual soccer tournament since it is always held in January. But the temperatures have been unusually warm for the 2020 tournament this weekend. Maybe too warm. That brought a tornado watch for the local area and the suspension of half of the scheduled matches for the soccer tournament on Friday. The tournament will resume at 8 a.m. on Saturday, though the forecasted high for Greenville will be only 44 degrees and the low at 30.

  Sub-freezing temperatures have been the norm for the previous Greenville soccer tournaments, plus the Cotton Ford Relays, which have been held in February and March. The temperature got down to 32 degrees by the end of the 2019 Cotton Ford Relays last March with a wind chill of 26.

  The field events were washed out for the 2018 Ford Relays.

  The worst conditions for the Ford Relays were in 2015 when the temperature dipped below freezing and the wind gusted up to 31 mph. That was the coldest track and field meet yours truly has ever been to and I’ve attended so many over the past 50-plus years that I’ve lost count.


  My hat’s off to head coach Chris Williams and the Greenville Lions on their 23-4 start in basketball. That’s the best start for the Lions since the 1988-89 season, when they started off 23-3 under head coach Gene Robbins.

  But like Williams said following the Lions’ 60-48 win over Aledo in their last non-district game, “It’s a new season and we start 0-0 in district.”

  The Lions still have to face a formidable lineup in District 15-5A, including No. 4 state-ranked Sulphur Springs, which is off to a 16-6 start, and a Mount Pleasant team that also has been state-ranked. Royse City traditionally plays the Lions tough and so do Lindale and Texas High of Texarkana.

  The Lions will open district play on Friday at home against Sulphur Springs and will recognize the late Robbins, who guided the Lions to several 20-win seasons.


  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did the right thing in not renewing the contract of head coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys were stuck in another 8-8 groove and it was time for a change.

  But will Jones back off and let the new head coach Mike McCarthy provide some serious input on player personnel? That’s the $1 million question.

  McCarthy won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.

  But winning another Super Bowl these days with the Cowboys would be a much bigger accomplishment, especially with Jerry’s meddling. I’m curious to see the new Cowboys under McCarthy.

  If Jones wants be head coach, go ahead. Otherwise let the new coach do his thing.

  David Claybourn is sports editor of the Herald-Banner.

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