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TEXAS TEAMS’ TITLE HOPES, RANKED FROM BEST TO WORST

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Who will be the next professional sports team in the Lone Star State to win it all? Here’s who the sports fans at Olympus 7th Street Station think have the best shot at becoming the next Texas team to hoist a trophy.

1. Dallas Stars

They came oh so close to winning the Stanley Cup this season, only to be foiled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. They will surely be among the favorites to win the Cup in 2020-21.

2. Dallas Mavericks

Budding superstar Luka Doncic put on a show in a first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, providing a glimpse of just how dangerous this team can be. Surround the 21-year-old with a few more key pieces and the Larry O’Brien trophy could return to Dallas sometime soon.

3. Houston Astros

The Astros fell just short of their third World Series appearance in the past four seasons, but with their relatively young core of Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve still intact, they’re a force to be reckoned with for at least a few more years.

4. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in 23 seasons, but with Gregg Popovich at the helm, you can never count them out.

5. Houston Rockets

Coach Mike D’Antoni and General Manager Daryl Morey may be gone, shrouding the Rockets’ future in mystery, but ... they still have James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

6. Houston Dash

The Dash won the Challenge Cup in the National Women’s Soccer League’s return from the COVID-19 pandemic, setting them up for a promising future.

7. Dallas Wings

Led by All-WNBA first teamer Arike Ogunbowale and promising rookie Satou Sabally, the Wings could well be on the rise. Watch for them to make some noise in the coming years.

8. FC Dallas

FC Dallas sits in the middle of the Major League Soccer pack this season and are in contention for a playoff spot, though they’re unlikely to be a contender for the MLS Cup this year. But with a talented roster that includes promising youngster Paxton Pomykal, the future is bright.

9. Dallas Cowboys

Though 2020 has been a complete disaster for the Cowboys – and, well, the entire world – they’re just a couple of seasons removed from a playoff appearance and still have a fair amount of talent on the roster. If quarterback Dak Prescott heals up nicely from his broken ankle and Dallas makes good use of what will likely be a first-round draft pick, they might make noise again someday soon.

10. Houston Texans

Yeah, this season isn’t going great, but they have a stud quarterback in Deshaun Watson – and unfortunately not much else. A solid draft or two, though, and they could claw their way back to relevance.

11. Texas Rangers

Coming off a disastrous season and playing in the American League West, one of the best divisions in baseball, it’s hard to love the Rangers’ chances of winning a title anytime soon.

12. Houston Dynamo

Currently sitting near the bottom of the MLS standings, the Dynamo are having a rough year – and they don’t appear poised to compete for a title in the near future.

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