October 3, 2013 |
A veteran cowboy would seem to be a difficult subject to resist for a documentarian, as the cowboy life tends to be a potent combination of scenic beauty, storytelling richness and mythic personality. So even when it meanders, and "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde" occasionally does, director Suzanne Mitchell has a ready supply of landscape and lore to corral viewers back in again. The Michigan-born, Berkeley-educated Hyde, a gently grizzled, soft-spoken conservationist now in his late 80s, certainly earns his bio-doc credentials as the man behind a 12,000-acre wild-horse sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
September 24, 2013 |
Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos are on such a roll, they're approaching some historic numbers. The Broncos have scored 127 points, tied with the 1966 Dallas Cowboys for the second-highest total in NFL history for a team in its first three games. Only the 1968 Cowboys scored more, with 132. In beating Oakland on Monday night , Denver won its 14th consecutive regular-season game, tying a franchise record set in 1997-98. The Broncos can break that mark Sunday when they play host to Philadelphia.
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.