September 16, 2013 |
Dez Bryant made enough spectacular plays against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday for it to have been considered a breakout day for the Dallas Cowboys receiver. But the focus during the post-game news conference was on his one gaffe, midway through the fourth quarter. After breaking free from the Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, Bryant dropped a a perfectly thrown deep pass by Tony Romo that could have erased, or at least put the Cowboys in position to erase, a four-point deficit.
September 9, 2013 |
Were New York Giants defenders faking injuries in Sunday night's game to slow Dallas when the Cowboys shifted into their up-tempo offense? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones implied that after the game, telling reporters with a laugh: "It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn't humorous because we really wanted to take advantage, and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped. " On consecutive plays, the Giants lost linebacker Dan Connor to a neck injury and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to some type of upper-body injury.
September 7, 2013 |
She'll sing that she's been waiting all day for Sunday night, but really Carrie Underwood has been waiting months. Underwood, who replaces Faith Hill in singing the "Sunday Night Football" opening for NBC, performed her segment in June at an airport-hangar-sized studio in Playa Vista. Her rendition debuts Sunday night when the New York Giants open the season against the Dallas Cowboys. The song will be the same one sung by Pink in 2006, and Hill each year since - "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" - but Underwood's version is intended to be faster-paced and more energetic.
August 26, 2013 |
Jerry Jones must have thought he was so cool when he had the Dallas Cowboys' videoboard installed at the team's then-new stadium four years ago. At 2,100 inches wide it was the largest high-definition screen in the world at the time, earning the Cowboys owner instant bragging rights for his monstrosity of a mancave known as AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium). One problem. That big ol' thing hovering 90 feet above the playing field just might get in the way of punts. And it did, when Tennessee's A.J. Trapasso hit it during the very first preseason game played at the facility.
August 17, 2013 |
I was talking with one of my old correspondents the other day about a writer's “voice.” Daily journalism may subdue that voice a bit, but in the Great Reads, I feel very Auntie Mame exclamation-pointish on the matter: Give me more! He sent me Saul Bellow's thoughts on the subject: “It seems to issue from the bosom, from a place beneath the breastbone. It is more musical than verbal, and it is the characteristic signature of a person, of a soul.” Beyond being beautiful, the quote moved me because it echoed a (slightly loopy)
August 16, 2013 |
"What we need is an army of the kind. " Cleveland Amory Kindness One, my trusty motorcycle with the sidecar, has already transported me from Los Angeles to the cornfields of Nebraska. In truth, though, it is not Kindness One that has been doing the heavy lifting. It's the people I've met along the way. People have filled the bike with gas, fed me and opened their homes on these first legs of my around-the-world journey that began Aug. 10. I have no money, no food, no place to stay, relying on the goodness in others to help me on my journey.
August 14, 2013 |
Tony Romo became the highest paid player in Dallas Cowboys history this off-season when he signed a contract extension worth $108 million over six years. Presumably it was all legally done, with all the proper forms signed by both parties. But in the eyes of former Houston defensive lineman Travis Johnson, the Cowboys quarterback has been robbing the team ever since he became a starter back in 2006. "He is a thief," Johnson said of Romo during a segment on CSN Houston. "They need to bring him up on federal charges.
August 13, 2013 |
NFL teams like quarterbacks who can fit the football into tight windows. In the first throw of his trick-shot video, Alex Tanney fired the ball out of a tight window - specifically, from a dormitory room on the third floor of Bowers Hall at tiny Monmouth (Ill.) College. Kneeling on his couch and showing impeccable timing, Tanney threaded a pass out the window and into the hands of a teammate sitting in the bed of a moving pickup truck. Tanney, vying for a spot as a reserve quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, became a virtual overnight sensation with the five-minute video, which he posted on YouTube in February 2011.
August 10, 2013 |
The Cowboys haven't snapped a down yet, and they're already one of 2013's most exciting teams. Oklahoma State played with (orange and black) pants on fire last season in averaging nearly 46 points per game, but apparently it just wasn't entertaining enough for Coach Mike Gundy. "We expect to play very fast this year," he said. He ordered strength coach Rob Glass to turn up the hamster wheel to get the team in better cardiovascular shape. Oklahoma State is happy to be one of the defendants in the phony "spread offenses lead to more injuries" argument being prosecuted by Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
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August 8, 2013 |
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, an influential producer, songwriter and engineer who had been revered in country music since the 1950s and was later sought out by rock acts for his creative input, has died. He was 82. Clement died Thursday of liver cancer at his Nashville home, his friend and fellow producer Dub Cornett told the Associated Press. Clement was the first to record Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He arranged the signature mariachi horn part for Johnny Cash's original recording of "Ring of Fire," persuaded George Jones to record "She Thinks I Still Care," and produced Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams," considered one of the finest albums of the 1970s "outlaw" movement.