Spurs Off to a Slow Start

Created Wednesday, 19 November 2008 07:59

One look at San Antonio’s injury list should tell fans how the Spurs’ young season has gone so far.  Manu Ginobili has been out of action since having surgery on a bad ankle before the season started, but unfortunately he now has company for the next couple of weeks.  Tony Parker, coming off a career performance on Nov. 5 against Minnesota where he scored 55 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists, followed up that game with a severely sprained ankle against Miami that looks to cost him at least a couple of weeks.

With two of their most dangerous players sidelined, San Antonio has mucked its way through the first eight games of the season to a 3-5 start.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the Southwest Division is a competitive one, and the Spurs only remain 2 games out of first.  One of their three wins was last Friday’s 77-75 defensive battle against division leading Houston.

Another bright spot for San Antonio has been the play of their rookie point guard, George Hill.  Certainly, by drafting Hill in with the 26th pick in the draft last year, the Spurs were looking for a quality back up point guard to spell Parker, while developing him along the way.  Having Hill step into a starting position so early in his career was probably not in the cards, but it is now, nevertheless, the reality–at least on a temporary basis.

For his part, the rookie out of IUIPUI has filled in reasonably well, although there is no one that can replace Parker.  Hill’s best game of his short professional career came at an opportune time.  In the game against Houston, Hill was outstanding, scoring 17 points on 8-13 shooting, and dishing out 5 assists to go along with 6 rebounds.  For the season, Hill has scored 11, 2, 6, 12, 4, and 17, so his scoring has certainly not been steady, but he only has 4 turnovers on the year, which has to make Spurs’ fans happy.

The bright side of Hill’s heavy amount of playing time is that he is getting lots of valuable experience early on in the season, which should pay dividends in the playoffs.

While two of the San Antonio Big Three have had their injury issues this season, Tim Duncan has been his usual dominant self.  The Big Fundamental is averaging just under 25 points per game and just under 10 rebounds.

As far as Ginobili’s rehab is concerned, all signs indicate that his rehab is proceeding very well, and that it’s possible he could return earlier than anticipated (mid-December).  Hopefully that is the case, but Ginobili’s return should not be rushed at all, and certainly Popovich realizes this, and will allow him to return to the court when he is 100%.

At this point in the season, and with the injuries that have accrued, the San Antonio Spurs just have to hope to hold serve for the next month and keep Houston and New Orleans in their sights until they have a complete team again.


Texas Deer Lease

Created Monday, 17 November 2008 09:07

Don’t Shoot Holes in Your Deer Lease


COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Deer hunting season is underway, and this means big business for Texas landowners, who control the major supply of huntable land.

Deer leases generate substantial revenue for landowners, but they come with certain responsibilities. Those responsibilities are explained in The Texas Deer Lease, published by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

This handy guide to deer lease management has been updated and can be downloaded free at the Center’s website. Copies can also be purchased at the Center’s online store.


Texas Still Good Value for Homebuyers

Created Monday, 17 November 2008 08:57

Texas Still Good value for homebuyers

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas continues to be a better value than the rest of the country when it comes to buying a home, according to the latest Housing Affordability Index (HAI) numbers.

Texas finished second quarter 2008 with an HAI of 1.55. The United States’ HAI was 1.27.

The index is the ratio of median family income to the income required to qualify for an 80 percent, fixed-rate mortgage to purchase the median-priced home.

“Nationally, housing affordability has improved considerably as the overall median home price continues to descend from its record high in mid-2006,” said Dr. Jim Gaines, research economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “As the HAI figure suggests, Texas remains even more affordable despite the fact that home prices in the state increased modestly during the first half of the year.”

The Texas HAI has been updated on the Center’s website. To view the index, click here. An index for first-time homebuyers is also available. Click here to view.


Rock and Roll Marathon

Created Thursday, 06 November 2008 14:35

San Antonio Texas Rock and Roll Marathon

November 16, 2008 brings the inaugural Rock and Roll Marathon to San Antonio Texas.  The event is being managed by Elite Racing, and is just one in a series of similar events being put on across America.  This unique event will feature live bands playing all along the 26 mile, or 13 mile half-marathon course.  The headlining show features The Cult playing at the Alamodome, with doors opening at 6:30 PM.  Participants entry is included with their registration, and general admission costs $26 in advance, or $30 at the door.

The marathon begins on Broadway, just north of Post Street, and culminates at the finish line on Cherry Street at Wyoming.  The half-marathon starts and ends at the same points, but obviously takes a different course.  As both races wind through the city, participants will pass by some of San Antonio’s most well-known and important landmarks.  Both the full and half races will pass by or through: The Alamo, San Pedro Park, King William District, and the Southtown Arts District.  Those participating in the full race will pass Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission Espada, and the Tower of the Americas.

Throughout the races, runners will be supported by service of water, sports drinks, and energy foods, in addition to medical care, aid stations, and a wave start, insuring that runners will be comfortable during the start of the races.  Both races begin at 7:30 AM.

As far as the name of the race is concerned, it will definitely be a rocking time, with over 70 live bands and DJs performing throughout the race.  Among some of the names that can be seen are: Dog Men Poets, Omega, Lynette Brehm, Texas Renegade, Crimson Envy, Alter Ego, The Worx, Bad Neighbor, JointMethod, Scratch, Sons of Sancho, Last Week was Better, Slick Dickens, The Black Doves, Resounding Victory, Halfway Legal, Rick Cavender, Hellbound Glory, Ashlee Rose, Dertybird, The Krayolas and many more!

At the finish line, runners will find recovery areas sponsored by New Balance, complete with personal trainers, stretching mats, and seats, where weary racers can rest and recuperate after finishing.  Family members will find a waiting and greeting area where they can relax in anticipation of their loved ones.  The Verizon Wireless Family Reunion Area features free beer and refreshments, as well as more music!

Military members and veterans are invited to join in the USAA Military Racers Division, where the top male and female finishers in the marathon and ½ marathon will receive a special award.  Also, military members will also receive a discount on their entry fees.

In addition to the San Antonio race, Elite Racing is hosting races across America throughout the year.  Runners can participate in Rock and Roll Marathons and ½ marathons in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, Arizona; in San Diego and San Jose, California; in Chicago, Seattle, and Virginia Beach.  In Nashville, Tennessee, Elite is sponsoring the Country Music ½ Marathon, featuring jazz, country, and rock and roll acts from the area.

San Antonio remains a city with a variety of interesting and exciting cultural events, and even if you aren’t a runner, you can still come out and enjoy the great weather, and exciting acts that will be performing at the inaugural Rock and Roll Marathon!


San Antonio Spurs Roster and Spurs Salaries

Created Sunday, 02 November 2008 08:29


San Antonio Spurs

Spurs Team Roster and Spurs Salaries



Coach: Gregg Popovich
Average Age: 29.5
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 218
15 Matt Bonner PF 28 6-10 240 Florida $2,978,000
12 Bruce Bowen SF 37 6-7 200 Cal State Fullerton $4,000,000
21 Tim Duncan PF 32 6-11 260 Wake Forest $20,598,704
33 Desmon Farmer SG 27 6-5 220 USC $797,581
4 Michael Finley SG 35 6-7 225 Wisconsin $2,500,000
20 Manu Ginobili SG 31 6-6 205 $9,905,248
3 George Hill PG 22 6-2 180 $1,006,200
28 Ian Mahinmi C 21 6-11 230 $841,000
8 Roger Mason SG 28 6-5 212 Virginia $3,500,000
7 Fabricio Oberto C 33 6-10 245 $3,600,000
9 Tony Parker PG 26 6-2 180 $11,550,000
40 Kurt Thomas C 36 6-9 235 TCU $4,200,000
35 Anthony Tolliver C 23 6-8 240 Creighton $711,517
5 Ime Udoka SG 31 6-5 220 Portland State $1,080,000
11 Jacque Vaughn PG 33 6-1 190 Kansas $1,262,275