Sorry again about the slow posting. I guess Trip is still in the throws of a bad computer experience and I have simply been swamped at work. But here are a few links to things of interest in the Cowboy world.
DMN: Go here to read JJT talk about the Cowboys having no excuses for not winning. You can also link to the blog and read several good articles, as well as several space fillers.
Star Telegram: These guys have done a minor, but I think effective, reorganization of their page with a large number of article links easily accessible.
Dallas Cowboys.com: The Cowboy homepage has tons of good stuff on it. Currently the positional breakdown and analysis is focusing upon the RB position. Spagnola has his mailbag, as well as a few articles worth your time.
Hashmarks: Matt Mosley has been avoiding putting up too much Cowboy stuff, since he was criticized for it by some of his readers, but he can't help it all together. If you dig through all the Michael Vick being an animal killer stuff, you will find some stuff about Romo's golf game.
Again, hopefully, Trip will be back with us shortly. Until then, enjoy the next week of down time as we get ready for Training Camp. There should be lots of more stuff up starting then.
From my earliest memories, I can remember seeing the crazy guy who wore the outlandish Cowboy getup and ran around making everyone smile. He was at every home game. It took me awhile to figure out who he was, and my dad always called him "Whistling Ray."
It took me longer to figure that one out. See, everyone on TV always called him "Crazy Ray." He was the unofficial team mascot and vastly preferred over the current "Rowdy." But he got his start as a vendor at the football games. He attracted attention by whistling. So people started calling him "Whistling Ray." The old timers still do. But you didn't see that on TV since by the time he became famous on TV, he was past hawking his wares in the stands, but was putting on a show. The Cowboys never officially hired him, but he was given free pass to every game an preferred parking.
Was there ever more fun than watching him pull his six shooters on the Redskin's mascot (when the Cowboys were winning) or more heartbreaking than seeing the Washington mascot 'scalp' Ray (when they lost)? Great times, great memories.
Ray was slowed in recent years due to health issues and passed away this spring. This will be the first season without Ray. He will be missed. There will never be another like him, and there shouldn't be. He was special. So special, that I actually think he should be inducted into the Ring of Honor. I don't want this to become a debate about who should or shouldn't be included, nor about who seems to have been slighted already (I have some strong opinions about that, too, - think DREW PEARSON), but he rightly has been an instrumental part of the Cowboy lore over the last half-century. That should be rewarded.
DMN: Several new articles, including Todd Archer's continuing positional analysis. This time with Linebackers. Also some talk about Romo's golf game. You can link to them here.
Dallas Cowboys.com: Spagnola discusses the reshuffled locker room in his mailbag. Eatman continues looking at the various positions, at QB now. Plus another article discussing the Romo contract issue. Read them here.
Star Telegram: Articles explaining why the Cowboys don't need Larry Johnson and whether or not Jerry Jones is he King of Texas. Read about them here.
Hopefully Trip will be back online soon and can resume taking care of the news. He does a much better job of it than I do. I just got back from a 4200 mile vacation (drove it all) so I will take a couple of days to really get back up to speed. Expect more normal posting starting next week.
NOTE: I think Trip is still having serious computer issues and I am traveling the next couple of days. So keep checking and something good will be up on the site before long. Just making no promises until early next week.
DMN: Things are so quite that JJT has started writing articles about the Rangers. Otherwise, on the blog, some discussion about the Desperadoes (Arena League) and Romo's golf game.
DallasCowboys.com:Nick Eatman begins yet another position by position analysis beginning with the defensive secondary. Spagnola has started this week's mailbag.
Star-Telegram: Crickets chirping.
NFL.com: Linking to Pete Prisco's column at Sportsline, I see that he is ranking the best players by position currently playing. I found one surprise and one shocker. First, the surprise, Andre Gurode was listed as one of the best centers in the league. But imagine my disappointment when I saw that apparently Jason Witten was not one of the top Tight Ends. Though I expect to see the overrated Jeremy Shockey listed, I couldn't believe he actually placed Kellen Winslow, Jr on the list while leaving Witten completely off. Shouldn't one requirement be that you must complete at least one season without falling off of a motorcycle?
Dallas Morning News: Todd Archer rolls on with his roster analysis, previewing the defensive line. This will be a big season for the defensive ends. The team needs to find some dependable depth at NT behind Jason Ferguson. The Associated Press reports that Jason Witten's mother has been arrested for stealing about $5,500 from another person's account. Investigators have reported that Witten says she obtained the account information when it was mistakenly delivered to her home in the mail. And she made 25 withdrawals from the account, according to the report.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Nothing.
Dallas Cowboys: In part 8 of the coaches series, John Newburn profiles running backs coach Skip Peete. Peete has been the Oakland Raiders running backs coach since 1998. He also has 10 years of experience at the college level. Mickey Spagnola writes about rainy days, the Dallas Desperados and Will Pettis.
Others: I couldn't find anything else out there today.
Dallas Morning News: Jean-Jacques Taylor gives three keys to a successful Cowboys season. (1) How good will Jason Garrett be as an offensive coordinator, (2) Will Roy Williams play close to the line of scrimmage all season, and (3) Will T.O. make the fans boo or cheer? Maybe its just me, but I'm thinking a whole lot of other things need to go right for it to truly be a successful year. Taylor also has a Q & A session, and he says the Chiefs absolutely, positively will not trade Larry Johnson to Dallas. And the Cowboys have definite interest in Darren McFadden in next year's draft. And Calvin Watkins gives us the training camp practice schedule.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: No Cowboys news in the FWST.
Dallas Cowboys: Continuing with part 6 of the coaches series, Rob Phillips profiles assistant linebackers and defensive quality control coach, Dat Nguyen. Dat was a Cowboys fan favorite, mostly because he was a hard-working, high-motor, effort player. (Not to say he wasn't a very talented linebacker.) I expect him to bring those same qualities into coaching, and we should be hearing from him for a long time. In part 7, Jana Wallis profiles offensive assistant and offensive quality control coach, Wes Phillips. This is young Wes's first coaching gig, and he's a third generation NFL coach, with father Wade and grandpa Bum. Mickey Spagnola talks about his vacation and San Fransisco. And in Micks' Mail, Spagnola says there is something special about Isaiah Stanback and he is not comparable to Skyler Green, a Cowboys failed draft choice last year.
Others: Jarrett Bell of USA Today has a nice feature article on the Cowboys hiring of Wade Phillips, and his laid back style. It's a great article, Bell even goes around position by position and gives an overview of the talent Phillips is inheriting, but, just curious, if Parcells wasn't the Cowboys' previous coach, would everyone really be talking about Phillips laid back coaching style?
Dallas Morning News: Calvin Watkins writes that Terrell Owens is suing a nightclub for using his name and photo without permission. Owens claims he has never been to the New York nightclub Avalon, and he doesn't know its owners Faltiron Entertainment LLC, but they are advertising that he hosts parties there. Owens is looking for $500,000 in punitive damages and $100,000 in compensatory damages.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Clarence Hill says that Tony Romo wasn't just caught up in the moment when he predicted a Super Bowl run for the Cowboys, Romo believes that his team has as good of a chance as any. Hill says that Jason Ferguson will be fine without Bill Parcells, he's a grown man for crying out loud. And Kevin Burnett is trying to make the most of his opportunities, playing alongside Bradie James with Akin Ayodele out with minor knee surgery. And Hill gives us a Cowboys calender, with nothing on the horizon until training camp begins July 24. Didn't I write almost the exact same comments about the exact same article in the FWST a few weeks ago?
Dallas Cowboys: Mickey Spagnola gives us some facts about Jerry World, including the two arches that are currently being put in place that will support the retractable roof and video board. The countdown has begun. 760 days. And Spagnola finally takes a question in Mick's Mail, about Tank Johnson.
Others: Michael Silver of CNNSI ranks all 32 NFL owners. Jerry Jones comes in at #2, behind Bob Kraft. Silver talks about Jerry World and how Jones will put the money he makes back into his team. Silver also mentions Jerry winning a staredown with Bill Parcells in the offseason.