“Fragile” Felix Jones Is Back

September 29, 2009

After having monster performances in the Cowboys’ last two games, Felix Jones has once again succumbed to the injury bug that has pestered him for his entire short career. ESPNDallas.com is reporting that Jones will miss Sunday’s game at Denver due to a sprained knee he suffered on a long run in the third quarter of last night’s game against Carolina.

I think at this point it’s fairly obvious what a weapon Jones can be when he’s healthy. However, it looks like we’re never going to see more than three games in a row out of this guy.

This injury combined with Marion Barber’s strained left calf have quickly thinned the ranks of what was the NFL’s deepest backfield.


Friday Fun: Keep F**king That Chicken

September 25, 2009

The line itself is priceless, but what makes it all worthwhile is the look of sheer horror on the co-anchor’s face.

Wylie Quarterback Excels At Yale

September 24, 2009

I’ve been meaning to post this piece about former Wylie quarterback Patrick Witt for a couple of days, but the new job keeps getting the way. After my summer of unemployment, I just keep telling myself that not posting due to work is a great problem to have.

Anyway, as I think I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Witt and his family lived three houses down from me while they were in Wylie. Patrick couldn’t have been a nicer kid and his family was just as great. While it’s true that his parents did move him from Atlanta to Dallas to get him into a better high school program, they aren’t your typical “get rich off your athlete kid” type of parents. Both are successful airline pilots who have raised two fantastic sons. Patrick’s older brother was the starting quarterback at Harvard before having his career cut short due to a shoulder injury.

It’s refreshing to read a story about a student-athlete who is just as interested in his intellectual pursuits as he is trying to win the starting job. In a day when most stories involving student-athletes involve arrests, suspensions or poor conduct, it’s guys like Witt and Myron Rolle who remind us that a few bad apples can’t spoil the whole bunch.

Friday Fun: Ask Propecia the Crack Ho

September 18, 2009

Propecia is wise beyond her years.

Warning: Language NFSW

UPDATE: The original video I posted from Break.com has been removed. I’ve replaced it with the YouTube version. Ignore the first 10 seconds and the last 20 seconds.

Buffalo Bills + Monday Night Football = Epic Fail

September 14, 2009

Bills Patriots FootballIt doesn’t seem like it’s been two years since the epic Buffalo meltdown against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. In case you need a refresher, the Bills jumped out to a 24-7 lead in that game only to allow the Cowboys to come storming back. On the last play of the game, Nick Folk drilled a 53-yard field goal (twice) to win the game 25-24. A full recap can be found here.

Tonight, the Bills seemingly wanted to duplicate that magical night in 2007. Leading the mighty Patriots 24-13 with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Bills allowed a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Ben Watson, fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and then allowed another Brady to Watson touchdown pass. The final score after a couple of missed two-point conversions by New England: 25-24.

You suck at life, Buffalo. Why don’t you just give up?

Week 1 Game Notes: Cowboys vs. Buccaneers

September 13, 2009

Cowboys Buccaneers FootballIf you just look at the 34-21 score, you’d think the Cowboys came out and handled Tampa Bay today. While there were some things to be pleased by, I think there are far more things to be very concerned about. Let’s light this candle.

1. The Cowboys defense sucks. They’re soft, slow and stupid. That’s not to say that they won’t improve as the year goes along, but today they were horrible. The Bucs racked up 450 total yards and could have easily had 100 more if it wasn’t for a few dropped balls and passes that got away from Byron Leftwich. Early in the game, the Bucs were running the ball at will. The impact of Wade Phillips’ infamous “Camp Cupcake” was obvious as Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward just bowled over Cowboys defenders. The Bucs ran the ball for 176 yards and average 5.6 per carry. Missed tackles were abundant in the preseason and it’s obvious that it’ll be a problem for a long time. Wide receivers were wide open all over the field. The middle of the field was wide open all game. If these things don’t get fixed by next week, the Giants will win by three touchdowns.

2. Speaking of the defense, how do these stats sit with you? Leftwich, a veritable statue at quarterback, dropped back to pass 42 times. The Cowboys got ZERO sacks and forced ZERO turnovers. Not only have the Cowboys not improved on the absolute worst facet of their game (forcing turnovers) from last year, but they’ve lost what was the only strong point of their defense from last year (getting to the QB).

3. Mike Jenkins is a moron. The guy looks lost on 3/4’s of the plays he’s in on. Please let Orlando Scandrick be the full-time starter.

4. It’s the second quarter, the Cowboys are marching down the field trying to regain the lead after a Cadillac Williams touchdown made it 7-6.  It’s 2nd and 10 at the Dallas 45 yardline. The Cowboys run a beautiful end-around play to Patrick Crayton who dashed upfield for a 16-yard gain. However, there’s a flag on the play. Unnecessary roughness called on Flozell Adams. Wipe out the run and move the ball back 15 yards. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

5. It was good to see Tony Romo overcome his early game jitters and come out firing in the second half. The placement on his passes was off in the first half. He was throwing behind his receivers on quick slants and he tried to fire a pass into Martellus Bennett on a fade route instead of throwing the ball high and with touch. However, in the second half, he settled down and ended up with the highest single game passing yards total of his career: 353. His final line was equally impressive: 16 of 27 for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns. That comes out to a QB rating of 140.6. Not too shabby.

6. Remember the constant whining about where the big plays were going to come from now that T.O. is gone? How do touchdowns of 42 yards, 66 yards and 80 yards sit with you, naysayers? The receiving corp looked good today, and it was kind of relieving to watch a game and know that the ticking timebomb that is T.O. wasn’t about to explode because other people were making big plays.

7. I like the running back rotation that Jason Garrett used today. It was a great mix of all three Dallas backs: Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. What I liked even better was how obvious it was that Barber was still fresh in the fourth quarter when it was time for the Cowboys to close out the victory. The Cowboys are a much better offense when Barber can come in late in the game with fresh legs and be the battering ram we all know and love.

Friday Fun: Getting It In The Can

September 11, 2009

I wish I could work in the marketing department at Anheuser-Busch. These guys consistently come up the most hilarious commercials, and they constantly push the envelope of the tasteless. I love it.