Archive for January, 2011

Steelers vs. Packers at Cowboys Stadium

January 29, 2011
By guest blogger: Cory Mageors – Advocatemag.com Sports Blogger

For any self-respecting Dallas Cowboys fan, the only way this could have been a worse pairing for Super Bowl XLV, would have been if the San Francisco 49ers joined in.   Three of the Cowboys franchise’s most memorable losses came to those teams.  You know them, I won’t rehash.

However, for any true fan of professional football, the 12-time World Champion Green Bay Packers squaring off with the six-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers is a great opportunity.  It’s an opportunity for the old school and the new school to match wits.

Old School – Pittsburgh Steelers
Tough. Defense. Running game. Just finds a way to win.

On the defensive side of the ball Pittsburgh is a solid unit, with a perennial talent in Troy Polamalu.  I am fairly certain I saw Polamalu sack the quarterback on a run play and also get credit for tackling the running back.

Offensively, Ben Roethlisberger leads with his ability to shuck defensive ends like kindergarteners, and make clutch throws downfield. All the while, he finds balance with the running game.

This season alone, the Steelers held opponents to 17 points or less 12 different times, and less than 13 points 10 times. If defense wins championships, then Pittsburgh might be the first to hoist the Lombardi Trophy seven times. 

New School – Green Bay Packers
Yes, the Packers are a team with plenty of history on their side. I say new school because the new era quarterbacks are throwing the ball effectively and often.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 3,922 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, and has more than 180 yards more than any other quarterback this post season.

He is the pulse of this Packers offense, and is just plain fun to watch.

On the other side, the Green Bay defense can force a turnover all over the field. Charles Woodson is an elite defensive back, and did you see 337-lb. B.J. Raji pick off a pass and take it in for a touchdown?

If the big and physical Green Bay receivers make the grabs when it matters, then this Packers offense will make big plays and score against a stingy Pittsburgh defense.

While Cowboys nation will have a tough time watching either team enjoying the post-game confetti shower, professional football fandom should enjoy a treat in Super Bowl XLV.

Great fans coming to Cowboys Stadium

January 28, 2011

So we are only a little over a week out.  Of course I would have preferred to see the Cowboys playing in this year’s Super Bowl, but getting to watch two teams with a great winning tradition will make for a good game. 

Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are known for their great fan base.  I remember when Tom Landry was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Pittsburgh fans gave him as good an ovation as they did for their guys.  The fans on both sides really love football and love their teams.  They are really good fans.  It’s good for the game to have two teams with such a supportive fan base.

Personally, I would prefer to hand off the Vince Lombardi trophy to Green Bay on February 8th.  It’s nothing personal towards the Steelers; it’s all competitive.  The Steelers are a great winning team.  The Cowboys have played in more Super Bowls, but the Steelers have won more.  Winning the Super Bowl XLV would give them even more of an advantage over the Cowboys, and I have to stay true to my home team. 

I’ve always had such great respect for the Rooney family and those Steelers fans – they are as nice as can be.  Really first-class.  I’m excited to see these two great teams battle it out next weekend.

NFC Championship game

January 22, 2011
Notes from our researcher, Steve Triolet

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have been in the playoffs together only four times, and this year marks the first time they have met in the playoffs since 1941. Seventy years ago, Chicago beat Green Bay 33-14.

In this seasons finale, the Bears could have knocked the Packers out of the NFC Wild Card spot all together by winning. However, the Packers finished with a 10-3 win and clinched a spot in the playoffs in a game that apparently did not matter to Chicago who had already clinched the NFC North.

Now, the Bears and Packers meet on Sunday for a chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV.

Market expectations and reality

January 14, 2011
Notes from our researcher, Steve Triolet

2010 has come and gone, and like many years, there has been a stark contrast between what we thought was going to happen and what really happened.  This holds true for the Dallas Cowboys 2010 season (with their Super Bowl aspirations before the season began) and for the Dallas office market (which was expected to perform poorly throughout the year).

When I look back at both, there’s one large parallel between the two – they both changed dramatically halfway through.  For the Cowboys, did anyone still have any hope of anything positive happening after a one and seven start?  The coaching change did help, the cowboys didn’t go undefeated thereafter, but they were competitive for the remainder of the season.  For the Dallas office market, things looked relatively bleak at the beginning of 2010.  The recession which, had been slow to hit Dallas in comparison to most parts of the country, was still weighing heavily on the commercial real estate sector. For many in the business world there was a secret fear that the worst for Dallas was still yet to come – that we would be as adversely impacted as the rest of the country, but just at a later date.

Dallas was certainly impacted by the national recession.  At mid-year, the total vacancy rate for Class A & B office product was 24.8 percent and the total net absorption was a negative 914,343 square feet (downsizing by tech companies in the Richardson/Plano area being the largest contributors).  Average asking rental rates were in a steady decline, hovering at $20.72 per square foot (full service gross).

In the second half of the year, however, due to a combination of no new office construction, modest job growth, corporate relocations, and an increase in leasing activity, the market has appeared to have turned the corner.  The total vacancy rate at year-end was 23.6 percent, net absorption for the year was a positive 479,116 square feet and rental rates, though not yet rising on a weighted average basis, have stabilized at $20.34 per square foot.  Rents are actually showing the first signs of increase with a handful of landlords raising their on properties that have seen significant rises in occupancy.  Given all the available facts, things look better for 2011 whether you’re a Cowboys fan or just a member of the Dallas business community.

One month and counting

January 8, 2011

It’s one month and counting until the Big Game, and the activity is already starting to heat up in the new year.  Check back with us on Monday for more news as we take a look back at what happened in real estate in 2010.

And what about that exciting news for the Cowboys announced yesterday?  Maybe 2011 will be their year.