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No playoffs? Reasons to still be optimistic about the future of the Cowboys, Mavs, Rangers, and Stars

These are dark days in for the North Texas sports scene.

Over the 2017-18 sports calendar, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and Texas Rangers all missed the playoffs together for the first time in history.

SportsDay's Brad Townsend recently delved into the magnitude of such an 'accomplishment.'

But it's not all doom and gloom, here are some reasons for optimism going forward for the four major pro sports franchises:

Cowboys

- Ezekiel Elliott doesn't have a six-game suspension hanging over his head. His presence alters the competitive landscape.

- Young nucleus at key positions on both sides of the ball remains intact. The arrow, as Jerry Jones likes to say, is pointing up.

- The Cowboys have won 22 regular-season games over the the last two years. New England and Pittsburgh are the only teams with more in that span.

David Moore

Mavericks

- They have a point guard to grow with. Dennis Smith Jr. has all the tools to follow in the footsteps of Brad Davis, Derek Harper, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd.

Read the full article at Dallas Morning News

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