As a founding member of the Texas Collegiate League, the Texas Marshals have groomed college players for futures in pro baseball since 2004. The Marshals travel throughout the state each summer, playing a minor-league-style schedule while maintaining their NCAA eligibility. The players follow the same rules as minor leaguers, using the same equipment and making sure every entrance song is set in a minor key.
For the first time, the Governor’s Cup rolls its four-wheeled fury into Dallas for a weekend’s worth of hard hits and raucous parties. On both days, skaters hailing from seven southwestern Women’s Flat Track Derby Association leagues and descending from a long line of souped-up steamrollers jam and block their way to the big trophy. First-time host league Assassination City seeks to break away from the middle of the South Central division pack with tenacious teams such as the schoolgirl-styled Deadly Kennedys and the black-leather-clad Lone Star Assassins, defended by fierce veteran blocker and travel-team member Trigger Mortis.
The SMU Mustangs gallop onto the field with 20 returning seniors, back-to-back bowl appearances, and 96 years of football-flavored wisdom. Groupon-getters snag seats in section 123, which showcases exciting midfield events such as the coin toss, the kickoff, and the team's customary halftime minuet. With five All-Conference USA players on the roster, the Mustangs plan to wow fans and daunt foes with helmet-rattling tackles and earth-shattering punts. Last season, junior quarterback Kyle Padron set SMU records with 3,828 passing yards, 302 completions, and 31 touchdowns. Junior linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, a member of the Lombardi Award watch list, sacked nine opponents and 8.6 tons of groceries in 2010.