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All Things Must Come To An End ! Even The Good Ones ……….


All Things Must Come To An End ! Even The Good Ones ……….

All good things come to and end it’d appear that calmer heads ruled the day as Jerry Jones made the decision to fire his much maligned incumbent head coach Wade Phillips. At 1-7 one might ask why it took Jones so long to come to a decision where clearly it was evident that Phillips had lost control of a Dallas Cowboys’ team that had for all sense and purpose was “mailing it in”. Highly overpaid athletes who as such couldn’t strap it all on and play hard for 60 minutes. I’ve often heard it said that NFL players are tough and some of the best athletes on the planet. Pardon me for saying this if the Cowboys are meant to be the basis for that argument then I feel everyone who subscribes to that premise really needs to pull their head out of their ass. This current Cowboys’ team couldn’t match the tenacity of teams past who wore a Cowboys jersey with pride. What we’re now witnessing are a bunch of high priced primadona players. As for Phillips his sacrifice was to fall on the sword without Jones being prepared to accept responsibility for this gaffe and the team’s fall from grace.

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Jerry Jones believes that the team can somehow rebound and play with a great deal of pride. Phillips’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will now become the interim coach of the team and he’ll be assessed by Jones as to whether or not he’ll become Wade Phillips’ successor. From my own perspective this might just be the only appropriate thing that Jones can do while he gauges the interests of former coaches Jon Gruden , Bill Cowher and quite possibly from the college ranks Mark Dantonio , Chip Kelly , Gene Chizik , Les Miles and quite possibly Jim Harbaugh of Stanford . Though from what we all know of Jones it’s highly unlikely that he’d be willing to hire a coach from the college ranks unless he knows that he won’t have to acquiesce any power whatsoever to his new hire.

Jason Garrett was originally meant to be their heir apparent to Phillips and while his title was in essence the team’s offensive coordinator he had also been assigned the title of assistant head coach. Collectively however, I do think that while much of the blame lays squarely on the shoulders of Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones , I do feel that Garrett simply has shown that as a coordinator and assistant coach he’s simply brought nothing at all to the table. This team lacks leadership, accountability but overall the Cowboys lack complete purpose and the will to win !. And given the inept display by the team in their 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers it’s easy to see why the Dallas Cowboys have become one of the biggest jokes of the NFL season. Other than the hapless 0-7 ___ Buffalo Bills has there been a more maligned team and none sensical story of this NFL season ? Granted we’ve had so many idiotic prognostications as to why the Cowboys ought to have been viewed as a preseason favorite for the Superbowl . I must’ve missed something here because this is the same Dallas Cowboys’ team that hadn’t won a playoff game in over decade and whose presence last year in the playoffs lasted almost as long as a sobriety rehab stay of Lindsay Lohan. Mauled and manhandled by the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC divisional playoff game it is easy to understand the reason why I personally think that this team is vastly overrated !

How in God’s name can a 6-1 team look so inept in every facet of an NFL game ? Given the premise that the New England Patriots were now being viewed as the best team in the AFC record wise. It was clear that they were going to be in for a rude awakening . And that came about in the Patriots’ humiliating 34-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns where former Patriots’ offensive coordinator , now coach of the Browns Eric Mangini and his coaching staff out-coached Bill Belichick . If the postgame interview and statement by Belichick was anything to go by then it’s clear that the Patriots’ coach in his own naivete took the Browns far too lightly. The New England Patriots were outplayed in every facet of the game and defensively this team still has its flaws , as they were continually exposed in the team’s pass and run defense. And if that wasn’t enough Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense were so inept that it is inconceivable that they actually ended up scoring fourteen points in this game. To top it all , Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy had what might have been the best performance of his career in the NFL since his entrance, leading his team with a great deal of aplomb. Assisting him in that endeavor also was his teammate Peyton Hillis who racked up 184 yards on 29 carries , scoring 2 TD’s (avg 6.34 yards per carry). And if that wasn’t cause for concern it’s clear that this Patriots’ defense has a long way to go if the ambitions of Belichick are to be met in his aim to win a fourth Superbowl championship as a coach joining former Steelers’ coach Chuck Noll as the only four time winning Superbowl coach of the modern era in the NFL.

Within the AFC East the division has become something of a competitive one and it can no longer be viewed as the Patriots’ domain . Rex Ryan and the New York Jets have now become a welcome foe for the Patriots and with a rejuvenated and always forceful Miami Dolphins now looking for some semblance of respect from their divisional rivals as well as the rest of the teams within the AFC. It has to be said that whoever makes it out of the division as its divisional champion will be considered to be one of the favorites within the AFC for the Superbowl 45 (SBXLV).

If the Patriots are to get back on track then their next game against conference opponents the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh this upcoming Sunday will be a stern test of their resolve. They’ll be meeting a Steelers’ team having hit its stride and playing some of the best football in the league on both sides of the ball. Ben Roethlisberger having returned from his four game NFL mandated suspension has been guiding the team as its signal caller and with Troy Polamalu and Rashard Mendenhall having banner seasons it has to be said that this will be a tall order that is being asked of the Patriots to rebound from their loss to the Cleveland Browns. Mike Tomlin will have his team prepared to face whatever Bill Belichick has to throw at him strategically . This may well be one of the better games on offer in Week 10 of the NFL and it could go a long way in determining whether or not the Patriots are “for real” and whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers are capable of making another return to the Superbowl in chasing down what would be their quest for a seventh Lombardi Trophy triumph.

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the decision of Jerry Jones to fire his coach ? Do you feel that it was a knee jerk reaction on his part and do you feel that under interim coach Jason Garrett the team will fare any better ? With regard to the New England Patriots do you feel that the team will be able to rebound from their rather inexplicable loss to the Cleveland Browns and some defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers this upcoming weekend ? Simply chime on with a comment on the issues raised within this piece and any other NFL story that was of interest to you this past weekend. Thanks as always for your continued support as it has always been appreciated !

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Stat of The Week ……………….


Stat of The Week

Well the hype of the moment still goes on the Miami Heat are winning , Brett Favre has thrown his 500th TD of his career and low and behold the Cincinnati Bengals are indeed a terrible team . In the case of the Heat the bravura that this team would be laying waste to the NBA seems to be complete joke . When you have someone such as Jeff Van Gundy making such asinine claims gives me the impression that as an analyst he ought to be showing sound judgment and not be making the most idiotic statements with nothing at all there to back it up. The Heat’s recently loss to the New Orleans Hornets who are unbeaten and would appear to be a rejuvenated organization under Monty Williams .

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Chris Paul is leading the Hornets with a great deal of aplomb and he’s being ably abetted by David West. Unbeaten and riding high within the Western Conference along with the Hornets are the reigning NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers remain the only unbeaten teams within the NBA . Care to ask Van Gundy what he thinks about the Lakers and Hornets at this moment ? I guess he’ll pass on both questions and simply state they are both good teams !

Week 9 of the NFL and I’m now wondering how bad it can literally become for a number of teams within the league . It’s gotten to the stage where parity now becomes a misnomer for what appears to a diluted talent pool and coaching that borders on being insipid , completely agonizing and painful to watch . The Buffalo Bills remain win-less and I’m not so sure that by season’s end we might witness a second NFL team go win-less at 0-16 for the second time in five years. Chan Gailey and his coaching staff seem to be at a loss as to how best to get this team back on the right path. I’m not about to suggest that Gailey be fired but at this juncture there’s a distinct feeling that the fans and owners aren’t entirely happy with the situation as it now unfolds.

The AFC West has become an open race and it appears that the Kansas City Chiefs , Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are looking to make this race a thriller. The Raiders and coach Tom Cable have been a team on a mission . For those who’ve become aghast with the explosiveness of the Raiders’ play in recent weeks then think how their fans are said to be feeling ? For the first time in three years the Raiders have won back to back games and are looking to make it three straight. The Raiders’ offense has racked up 700 yards of offense and unheard of 92 points in two games . Darren McFadden, Darius Heyward-Bey and Michael Bush seem to be the three headed horse that has come about to slay the dragon. Cable now has a decision to make as to which quarterback he wants as a starter for this team . The choices are Jason Campbell and journeyman Bruce Gradkowski _________ care to guess what the choice will be ?

Ah the saga that is the Dallas Cowboys ……. “America’s team” ? Well folks the team appears to be now as popular as the poll ratings of the Congress and the Obama administration combined. With each passing week the woes of this team and its owner becomes cannon fodder for the press and for Jerry Jones the choices are , watch this team continue to implode while a lame duck coach in Wade Phillips continues to lead the team. Phillips for his part has no idea where this team is going and the reasons behind the “free fall” and how best to address the problems. Suffice to say while the intrigue continues there’ll be more to this story that unfolds.

The World Series ended with a thoroughly lopsided series win for the San Francisco Giants. Tim Lincecum , Cody Ross and series MVP winner Edgar Renteria have a number of reasons to be proud. Bruce Bochy wins the team their first title in over 5 decades and the fans are now looking to next season to defend their title. One choice already made by the organization is that the services of Renteria will not be retained and in all likelihood we’ll see the retirement of the two time winning World Series player. For the losing team the Texas Rangers and the ownership group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg it must have been a bitter pill to swallow. Favored perhaps to win the series and with the apparent pitching of Cliff Lee it was believed that the team would be on their way to landing their first World Series championship.

A 4-1 series loss and now the fallout from this all is that Lee becomes a free agent and perhaps the most desired player on the market. ALCS losers the New York Yankees having been embarrassed by the Rangers in that series are now said to be actively pursuing Lee. And though Ryan and Greenberg have stated that is their intention to do their utmost to retain the player one gets the impression that the Yankees led by GM Brian Cashman will move heaven and earth to acquire the player whatever the cost. In all likelihood that will mean making him amongst one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball. That privilege currently belongs to Yankees’ ace C C Sabathia whose seven year $150 million contract now sits atop of the list. Lee who’s represented by Darek Braunecker is known to drive a hard bargain when it becomes common knowledge that one of his clients is the desired target of a team. And with the Yankees venerable financial resources we are now liable to see a bidding war start for Lee’s services between the Boston Red Sox , Los Angeles Angels , Rangers and New York Yankees. Lee has stated that he loves the camaraderie of his teammates and the friendliness of the Rangers’ fans but given the financial security that a $150 plus million contract will no doubt provide, do you get the feeling that this might be the one contest that no one really notices ? Braunecker for his part will seek to drive up the price as he’s often been known to do when it involves one of his more high profiled clients. And for the Yankees this once again goes to show how much disappointment there has been with the inconsistency of their pitching rotation in the postseason .

A $200 million dollar payroll and but for Robinson Cano this team was a complete disappointment in the postseason. No leadership when it mattered most and a group of players where there was about as much synergy and cohesion that one come to expect from a bunch of highly overpaid athletes whose biggest concern it appears wasn’t actually to win but give the impression that they were overly concerned about the Yankees’ legacy. Effort being what it is how the hell can anyone believe that the New York Yankees could actually be favored when they acted with such complacency and a complete lack of competitiveness ? As good as the Rangers were in the ALCS was there any point during the series that gave you impression that there was a chance that the New York Yankees were in with a chance of winning the series ?

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Given what we now know it will be interesting to see how things pan out as both the Rangers and Yankees pit their wits against each other in trying to acquire the services of Cliff Lee. As to the NFL the stories there are ripe for discussion and a battle of opinions from the analysts and fans alike. And for the paeans within ESPN it simply gives them something to talk about and give us their own rather mundane opinions concerning the fortunes of a number of NFL players and teams. Chris Mortensen , Adam Shefter and Mark Schlereth will no doubt still have their lips firmly pressed against the sphincter of Brett Favre as they try to give us the latest on the player’s relationship with his coach and teammates. I guess that will continue to provide us with a great deal of comedic value ? And what of the Dallas Cowboys and their descent into mediocrity ? Is there really anything else that we really need to know at this juncture ? Simply chime in with a comment on this and any other sports related topic that proved to be of interest to you .

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The Emperor Has No New Clothes


Well the NFL‘s season has began and as much to the delight of the the fans , finally they’ve got something to rejoice about. They’ll be there in their throngs to support their teams wholeheartedly. And it’d appear that for the usual perfunctory of characters that there are-nothing much has changed.

New  Orleans  Saints'  quarterback  Drew Brees (9)  left,  and  Detroit  Lions'   backup  quarterback   Daunte  Culpepper  meet  after  the  game  to   discuss  the  day's  events.   The  Saints   defeated  the  Lions   45-27  and   Brees  would   throw  for   6  TD's   and  an  int,  during  the  game  played  in  New  Orleans,  Louisiana.   picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/Bill  Feig  ..................
New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees (9) left, and Detroit Lions' backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper meet after the game to discuss the day's events. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-27 and Brees would throw for 6 TD's and an int, during the game played in New Orleans, Louisiana. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Bill Feig ..................

After a winless season , the Detroit Lions are back to where they left off, last season. Having lost a mind numbing 16 regular season games. Their first regular season game of the 2009-10 season , has left us in no doubt that they’re back to their usual ways. Wherein, ineptitude is likely to be the norm. And that’s even with the mindset that the acquisition of Matthew Stafford through the draft, as their # 1 draft pick , would be the savior of the franchise. Their 45-27 loss the New Orleans Saints. All but assured us , that in reality hasn’t been that much of a change with regard to mindset of the franchise. Winning breeds confidence -but for the Detroit Lions they’ve first got to learn how to win and all of the prerequisite things that goes along with winning.

Brees  throws  a  pass  during the  game  played  against  the  Detroit  Lions  played  in the  New  Orleans  Superdome  ,  New  Orleans  ,  Louisiana  on  Sunday.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/ Chris  Graythen  .................
Brees throws a pass during the game played against the Detroit Lions played in the New Orleans Superdome , New Orleans , Louisiana on Sunday. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Graythen .................

Not only was this a resounding loss for the team. But in essence , it lets the Lions’ fans know that this team faces a steep uphill battle if they’re to turn around their fortunes. Albeit, that this is only the first game of the season. It may prove to be indicative of what’s to come for this team under their coach, Jim Schwartz.
And the task that’s envisaged ahead for Schwartz and his coaching staff is by no means an easy feat at this juncture.
All things point to the fact that this’ll be an exceedingly trying time for the coach and the team as a whole.

Lions   starting   quarterback  Matthew  Stafford  makes  an  attempted  pass   during the  game   against  the  New  Orleans   Saints.   It's  was  Stafford's   baptism  of  fire  in  his  first   regular  season  game  for  the  Detroit  Lions'  franchise.      picture  appears  courtesy of   getty  images/  Chris  Graythen  ...................
Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford makes an attempted pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints. It's was Stafford's baptism of fire in his first regular season game for the Detroit Lions' franchise. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Graythen ...................

In the case of the New Orleans Saints , it’d appear that their quarterback , Drews Brees , merely picked up from where left off, from last season. And he’s not just content with putting up the usual stats. Brees , in essence looks as if he wants to sends those stats into the stratosphere. He threw for 6 touchdowns in the Saints’ win over the Lions. And he served notice that a 5,000 yard season isn’t at all beyond him.

Box score : New Orleans Saints 45 Detroit Lions 27

Bucs' running  back  Carnell  Williams  (24)  gets  by  Cowboys'  defensive  players Anthony  Spencer  (93) and  lying on  the  ground   Steve  Octavien.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Brian  Blanco  .......................
Bucs' running back Carnell Williams (24) gets by Cowboys' defensive players Anthony Spencer (93) and lying on the ground Steve Octavien. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Brian Blanco .......................

Something has seemingly gone awry with sports- within the Tampa Bay area. It may well be the grandiose delusions of the fans and that ever present belief that the teams within the area aren’t as good as advertised. And it certainly hasn’t helped with the asinine notions of the sport’s broadcasters on the radio , locally, giving their usual analysis. Much of the time it borders on being either sublime or downright ridiculous. Well that most certainly has to be the case with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cowboys'  quarterback  Tony  Romo  hands  the  ball  of  to  teammate,  running  back    ,  Felix   Jones.      picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/   J   Meric   .........................
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo hands the ball of to teammate, running back , Felix Jones. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .........................

And for Buccaneers’ first year coach, Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik. They’ve the unenviable task of having to reshape this team and make them somewhat more competitive. And though it has to to be said that the abrupt departure of Morris’ predecessor , Jon Gruden wasn’t totally unexpected. What has taken place since Gruden’s departure , in many ways resembles something of a comedy of errors. Morris has seemingly given the fans what they want to hear. ‘We’ll be competitive and play with urgency and show athleticism’ .

Buccaneers' quarterback  Byron  Leftwich   manages  to  get  a  pass  off  before  the  Cowboys  defensive  player   Jason  Hatcher  (97)  manages   to  make  the  defensive  play.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/  J Meric   .........................
Buccaneers' quarterback Byron Leftwich manages to get a pass off before the Cowboys defensive player Jason Hatcher (97) manages to make the defensive play. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .........................

Well , based upon the evidence shown in their first home game of the season. The Buccaneers showed very little athleticism throughout the entire four quarters of play against the Dallas Cowboys -in their home opener at the Raymond James Stadium. They held their own against the Cowboys but seemingly they were unimaginative in their play, offensively. And once the Cowboys and in particular their quarterback , Tony Romo found his timing . The Buccaneers were playing catchup for the rest of the game. From the third quarter on, the Buccaneers’ defense was taken apart with precision of a surgeon . As Romo seemingly found his receivers almost at will. Several times the Buccaneers’ defense was torched for several aerial plays . Wherein, their defensive backs seemingly had no answer for the speed of Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton , Jason Witten or Roy Williams.

Cowboys'  wide   receiver   Roy  Williams   (11)  salutes  members  of  the  US  military  in  attendance  at  the  game.   Williams   would  be his  team's  most   potent  offensive   weapon  on the  day-hauling   4  receptions  for  135  yards  and  a  touchdown.   The   Cowboys  would   go  on to  defeat the  Buccaneers   34-21    in  the  game  played  at  Raymond  James   Stadium  ,  Tampa  ,  Fl,.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Reinhold  Matay  .................
Cowboys' wide receiver Roy Williams (11) salutes members of the US military in attendance at the game. Williams would be his team's most potent offensive weapon on the day-hauling in 4 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys would go on to defeat the Buccaneers 34-21 in the game played at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa , Fl,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Reinhold Matay .................

And though the 34-21 victory by the Cowboys. In the end the result may not reflect a wide margin of victory -but for the garbage points attained by the Bucs in the latter stages of the game. The end result could well have been a great deal wider in terms of the victory for the Cowboys.

As we all know , the Buccaneers have never been viewed as on offensive juggernaut. The team’s mantra has always been built around defense. And though this is still a very young team , in terms of its roster. The defensive schemes put into place by defensive coordinator, Jim Bates , were seemingly lost on the players. And nowhere was this more evident than with the lack of resolve shown when it came to making tackles and the man to man coverage. Coverages were blown and the talk of this team being built and predicated upon speed. I can only surmise that if the Bucs’ defensive players were racing a tortoise. My money would be, on the tortoise ! And unfortunately for the Bucs the veteran presence that it was felt that Ronde Barber would give to the team on the defensive side of things. Well it’d be easy to suggest at this juncture that Ronde ought to be thinking about applying for his AARP card . The player’s best days are certainly in the rear view mirror and not ahead of him- as many within the Bucs’ coaching ranks still seem to think.

Buccaneers  coach  Raheem  Morris  speaks  with  an  official  on the  sidelines   during  the  game.   The   first  year  head  coach   would  lose  his   first   game  in  the  NFL  as  a  coach   to  the  NFC's   Dallas  Cowboys   34-21.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/   J  Meric  ......................
Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris speaks with an official on the sidelines during the game. The first year head coach would lose his first game in the NFL as a coach to the NFC's Dallas Cowboys 34-21. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ......................

Whilst it may well be too early to read anything into this loss for the Buccaneers. It seemingly doesn’t at all bode well for the team. Bearing in mind that before the midway point of the fourth quarter, several of the Buccaneers’ fans were already making their way to the exits. Fair weather fans they say …’ come in all shapes and sizes’. But within the state of Florida and in particular the central part of the state. This is commonly what the fans are primarily known for when it comes to their home teams. Is it any wonder that as far as allegiances goes , the support for any team within the state if it doesn’t happen to about Gators’ football, Seminoles’ football or as a matter fact Canes’ football. It is seemingly about the college game. Rather than showing support for the non-descript NFL entertainment now being served up. And that’s about as worthwhile as having a tooth pulled without the use of novoacaine.

Box score: Dallas Cowboys 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

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To Be Capped Or Uncapped That Is The Question ………..


We’ve  lamented  the  woes  of  baseball and the   fact  that   the  game  in  terms  of  its  finances.  In some  ways  it’s  about  the  haves  and  have  nots.   The  game doesn’t  as such  possess a salary cap.  But  in light of  the  imbalances  between the  major market  and  small  market teams.   The  hierarchy of  baseball  saw   fit  to initiate a luxury   tax.   Thereby  enabling   the  smaller  market  teams  to  be  deemed  competitive  by  giving  them   a chance  to  compete  with  their  much  bigger   rivals. 

  

NFL  Commissioner  Roger  Goodell  addresses members  of  theb  convened  press
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell¬† addresses¬† members¬† of the convened¬† press¬†.¬† picture¬† appears¬† courtesy of¬† ap/photo/ Matthew¬† Dibble¬† ………

 

 

 

 

Well  now  with  the   NFL  season  about  to  reach  its  culmination  in  early  February .  We’ll  be  heading  into  a season  of  uncertainty   as  there’s  talk  of  there  being  an  uncapped  season   in   terms of  the  salary  cap.  Such  is  the  acuteness  of  the  situation  that Commissioner  Roger  Goodell  is  looking  at the   situation  with  a  great  deal of  seriousness.  And if there’s  one  thing   that  we  know   about  the   NFL is  that it  loves  a  tightly  ran  ship  when  it  comes  to  the  financial  aspect    of  its  business.   And   that   includes  all  of  the   thirty  two  franchises   no  matter  what  their   size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the likes  of  a  colossus  such  as  the  Dallas  Cowboys  and  their  owner  Jerry Jones  this  may  well  give  him  the  sort  of  resources   that  he  was  denied.  Especially when  they  were  able  to  compete  with  abandonment   and  pursue  any  big  time  free  agent  that they  desired.  If this  situation  should  materialize  without  an  agreement   being  hammered  out   between the  league  and   the  Players’ Union (NFLPA).   The  situation   could  set  the   game   back financially for  years.   The  gravity of the  situation  hasn’t   gone  unnoticed   with  many  of  the   general managers   around  the  league.   And  the  players   themselves    realizing  that  they’re   going  to  be  the  ones  dictating   the   terms.  As  they’ll  most  certainly   will  in  the   driver’s  seat. 

 

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell  and  Cowboys' owner  Jerry Jones  at the  NFL owners'   meeting .............
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell(right) and Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones(left) in conversation at the NFL owners' meeting.................

 

NFL Commissioner¬† Roger¬† Goodell¬† and¬† Dallas¬†Cowboys’¬† owner¬† Jerry¬†¬†Jones¬† in conversation¬† at¬†¬†the NFL’s¬†owners’¬† meeting.¬† picture appears courtesy of¬† getty images/ Tim Short¬† ……………………

 

 

 

 

With  the  Players’  Union  yet  to elect  a  leader   to  take  over  from the  late  departed  Gene  Upshaw.  One  can  surmise  that  every  effort will  be   made  to  do  what’s  right  to  deal  with  the  situation  in  the  manner  that  will  be  equitable   for  all of  the  parties  involved.  Needless  to say  the  fans  of  the  NFL  will  be  watching  the  matter  very  closely.  As in the  end  it  may  well  be  costing   them  more  than  they   really   know.  And  in these  dire  economic  times   when  all  of  the  major  sports  are   facing  some sort  of  a  problem  financially.  Even  though   the  NFL  has  a  vast  number  of  corporate  sponsors  covering  a  gamut  business  entities.  But  then  again  the  template  that  the  NFL  has  put  in  place  has served  them   very  well.  A  multi billion  dollar  business  that  in  effect is  admired   by  its  peers    across  the  sport’s diaspora. 

 

 

 

 

 

It  has  been  the  salary  cap  that   has  in effect  kept  the  NFL  teams  in  check  over  the  years. And  were  the  situation  to  change   it  would  be   very  interesting   to see   how  the  competitive  balance  would  change   with  a  number  of  the  teams and  across  the league as a whole. Franchises  that  are   financially  sound  as  to  the  way  they’re  ran.  With  everything  as to  the  success  of  the   game  being  about  the  now .  It  can  be   said  the  pressure  will  be  on   many  of  the  teams   to  succeed  should  there  be  the  advent  of    a  season  without  a   salary  cap.  So  make  of  it   what   you   will  should  the  situation  arise  where   the  NFL  has  a  season  without  there  being  a  cap  in  effect.

 

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There’s No Such Thing As Trouble In Paradise When It Comes To Terrell Owens………It’s Always About Him ……..


Well we know first hand that there appears¬† to be rumblings¬† of disatisfaction amongst the¬† Cowboys as of late. Much¬† of¬† this has to¬† do with players Patrick Crayton , Roy Williams¬† and the¬†perennial self centered it’s me¬† and¬† no one¬† else¬† but¬† me¬† Terrell Owens.¬† All three players¬† happen to be part¬† of¬† Dallas’¬† offensive arsenal of wide¬†receivers.¬†¬†¬†

Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo is sacked by¬† Steelers’ defensive player James Farrior¬† for a loss of yardage on the play in the game played in Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.¬† The Steelers¬†would go on to defeat the Cowboys 20-13. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Paul McCambridge¬† …..

 

And for¬† a team that¬† has¬†in some people’s eyes¬† this¬† season has¬† underperformed. The why’s and wherefore’s as¬† to this¬† latest reverberation has got many wondering who’s minding¬† the¬† ship ?¬†¬† Insomuch as¬† we had¬† owner Jerry¬† Jones¬†questioning the¬† resolve and¬† courage¬† of his¬† running back Marion¬† Barber. Due to the¬† fact that¬† the¬† player¬†wasn’t suited¬† up in the team’s¬† 20-13 loss 3 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It adds to the situation if we’re¬† now going¬† to see¬† this¬† team¬† melt down¬† right¬† before our¬† very eyes again this season ?¬†¬†

A somewhat somber¬† look on the¬†face of¬† Wade¬†Phillips after his team’s loss to¬† the Pittsburgh Steelers¬† which¬† now leaves¬† the team on the cusp of¬† the¬† wildcard entrants looking¬† to make the playoffs in the NFC.¬† The Dallas Cowboys were projected¬† as¬†¬†a Superbowl contender¬† and favorites to represent the NFC.¬† picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark¬† Rogers ……………..

 

The NFC East as¬† a division is viewed as¬† the¬† NFL’s elite¬† and¬†with the¬† New York Giants(11-2)¬† seemingly running roughshod over their opponents in and outside the division this season. It can be¬† said that Jones and¬† his¬† gaggle¬† of high profiled players must¬† feel somewhat¬† aggrieved that¬† the limelight¬† doesn’t seem to be on them. That’s unless one counts¬† the off the¬† field¬† incidents¬† and antics of¬† cornerback¬† Adam Pacman Jones¬† this seaon ?¬†

 

¬†Tashard Choice(23) of the¬† Dallas Cowboys tackled for a loss by¬† the¬† Steelers’ Troy Polamalu during¬† the¬† fourth quarter in the game played¬† at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh , Pa.¬† picture appears courtesy of¬† getty images/Gregory Shamus ………………..

 

The Cowboys¬† for their¬† part have¬† proven¬†how invaluable a player¬† quarterback Tony Romo is to their¬† cause.¬†Without him¬† on the field¬† as their signal caller¬† they’re¬† at¬† best just¬† another¬† bearly¬†above average team. With him being out¬† for¬† a number¬†of games due to¬† injury. It was left¬† for the team to be guided by¬†journeyman Brad Johnson. Yes the¬† same¬† Brad Johnson who guided the Tampa Bay¬† Buccaneers¬† to¬† victory¬† in the Superbowl over¬† the Oakland Raiders.¬† That¬† being said Johnson for¬† his part has¬† proven that¬† all that¬† glitters is¬† not gold.¬† He’s¬† merely a player whose¬† best¬† days¬† are¬† behind him¬† instead ahead of him.¬† And¬† with the erstwhile¬† virtues and presence of¬† Jason Garrett as the¬† team’s¬† offensive¬†coordinator.¬†¬† Even Garrett knew¬† that¬† he was in for an impossible¬† task. Owens for¬† his part¬† hasn’t¬† come out and directly¬† pointed a finger¬† at¬† his quarterback¬† but¬† he’s clearly prepared¬† to make it¬† known¬† that the¬† fault if¬† any is not¬† his as¬† to the¬† inconsistencies¬† of¬† the team.

 

¬†Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger evades the tackle of¬† the Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James(56) whilst teamate Greg Ellis looks on. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Gregory Shamus ……………………

 

So what is now troubling is¬† the fact that¬†¬†Owens along¬† with¬† the¬†sortie of¬† Crayton¬†and¬† Williams are¬†¬†now seeking to question the¬† play calling of offensive coordinator¬†Jason Garrett. And¬† the very fact that tight end Jason Witten is¬† getting¬†even¬†greater¬† productivity and¬† action¬† in terms of the¬† plays on the field.¬† For his part¬† the coach¬† Wade Phillips¬† sees the situation as nothing more¬† than the players placing¬† their own input¬† as to team strategy.¬† Whatever¬†concerns there might¬† be¬† one¬†can clearly see that¬† the¬† soap opera¬†setting that surrounds¬† Terrell Owens¬†never¬† wanes.¬† If he’s not¬† part¬† and¬† parcel of¬† getting¬†the¬† attention on the¬†field. Then more certainly than¬† not¬† he’s bound to¬† make¬† sure¬† that¬† he’s part¬† of¬† it¬† off¬† the¬† field.¬† But most definitely¬† not¬†¬†necessarily¬† for¬† the¬† wrong¬† reasons.¬† That¬† being¬† said what other player within the NFL at¬† this¬† moment¬† in time¬† can be¬† equally as annoying¬† as¬† he is¬† brilliant ?¬†¬†

 

Tony¬†Romo attempts a pass to wide receiver Terrell Owens¬†during the game played¬† against¬†the Pittsburgh Steelers. picture apears courtesy of getty images/Gregory Shamus …………………

 

Owens for his part has¬† had somewhat of a productive¬†season thus far but¬† that¬† being¬† said they’re¬†obviuously not¬† in line with the expectations¬†of the player himself. Fifty five receiptions on the season, with 9 touchdowns¬†and 848 yards receiving to any¬† other player¬† that would equate to a¬†productive year. But for Terrell Owens¬† he may¬† well be¬† view¬†it as being¬† sparse¬† given¬† his undoubted¬†and considerable¬†talent.¬† With that being said if¬† he’s now about¬† to implode when the¬† team are¬† in need of him most. Then it doesn’t augur well for¬† the remainder of the¬† season with¬† just¬† three games remaining for them salvage¬† some semblance¬† of success.¬† At (8-5) the Dallas¬† Cowboys sit second within the NFC¬†behind their fiercest rival the New York Giants.¬† And seemingly on the outside¬† looking in¬† the team now must¬†¬† maximize their potential and¬†play above¬†their ability.¬† The playoff race¬† amongst¬† the teams in question looks as¬† if it¬† will¬†turn into¬† an outright dogfight.¬†¬†It¬† doesn’t help¬† the Cowboys’ cause¬† that both¬†the Philadelphia¬† Eagles and Washington Redskins¬† are¬† still¬† in the picture¬† within the division.¬† A failure to make the¬† playoffs¬†¬†at this point¬† would be an immense¬†disappointment for the franchise.¬† And¬† with them moving into a new multi-billion dollar state of the art¬† edifice next season. The¬† ramifications of that alone would be felt.¬† This season now comes down to the do or die attitude of the¬† team and¬† not merely¬† about¬† the wiles of one¬† player¬† who¬† feels that he’s not being¬† best¬† served¬† by¬† a teammate or¬† the¬† offensive¬† coordinator.¬†

 

Tight end Jason Witten of the¬†Dallas Cowboys dives in order¬† to¬† make the first down¬†in the ¬†game against the Pittsburgh Steelers played in Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa. picture appears¬† courtesy of getty¬† images/ Gregory Shamus¬† ………………………..

 

The underlying¬† problems¬† that this¬† team¬† has¬†¬†is a¬†lack¬†of¬† real¬† leadership on or off the field¬† and¬† it’s¬† cohesiveness if any is¬† but¬† an¬†inconsistency of¬† highly¬†overpaid players. Who¬†when they’re at the¬† best¬† play exceptionally well¬† but¬† when¬† faced¬† with¬† adversity¬† they tend¬† to cower like¬† children who are¬† afraid of the dark. If it’s one thing¬† that¬† can be said of the Cowboys¬† they’re¬† no¬† different from¬† any other professional¬†¬†sport’s franchise with grandiose ideas¬† but¬† who as¬† of¬† late¬†¬† haven’t¬† lived up to their¬† past success.¬†¬† Jerry¬† Jones would have¬† you believe¬† that the franchise is the¬† only¬† show in town¬† and¬† that the NFL would¬† be the¬† worse off without them.¬† But¬† when as¬† a franchise you’ve¬† not¬† won¬† a postseason¬† game¬† in¬† almost a decade and¬† counting.¬† Is¬† anyone¬† really¬† concerned¬† with¬† what¬† you’ve got to¬† say¬† let¬† alone¬† that¬†¬† of¬† a¬† player¬† who¬† knows¬† that¬† his own¬† window of¬† opportunity is quickly closing¬† for¬† the one thing¬† that¬† covets above all else.¬† And¬† that’s¬† a¬† Superbowl¬† ring.¬† Owens¬† may well¬† think¬† of¬† himself¬† of¬† winner but until a¬† team that he¬† plays¬† for¬† lifts the¬† Lomardi trophy.¬† He’ll¬† merely¬† be viewed¬† as¬† nothing¬† more¬† than a¬† malcontent who¬†craves¬† the¬† attention¬† of all¬† be¬† it¬† on¬† or¬† off the field¬† of¬† play.

 

 

 

 

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