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         FRISCO, Texas – And now it’s time to find out. Read

         Time to find out what the Cowboys think of Jaylon Smith. Read

         Where he is at physically. Read


         FRISCO, Texas – So let’s see, we celebrate The Ides of March on Thursday and St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. Read

         But today, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, we celebrate the NFL New Year. Read

         Happy Free Agency, the 25th anniversary of NFL Free Agency, and when the clock struck 3 p.m. the NFL says there were officially 525 players becoming free agents of one sort or another, available for 32 clubs to sign. Read


         FRISCO, Texas – About 1:15 or so on Thursday, one DeMarcus Lawrence came walking through the Training Table out here at The Star. That’s the chow hall for players, staff and members of the organization. Read

         Few seemed to notice. Read

         But guarantee you Lawrence’s heart had to be pounding. He was making the lucrative walk of his nearly 26 years on this earth, heading down the hall, then up two flights of stairs to the front office to . . . . Read


         FRISCO, Texas – Maybe it’s the thin, mountain air been living in for the past week in Colorado. Read

         Maybe it’s just the exercise on the slopes clearing my mind. Read

         Maybe it’s just being plain, ol’ cantankerous. Read

         But over these past seven days since taking some Shots at the end of February, there are just some things can’t seem to get my head around. So, what the heck, since it’s time for another round of Shots, might as well get a few things off my chest. Read


         FRISCO, Texas – There is so much for the Cowboys to consider just 12 days from the start of free agency on March 14 and now 55 days from the start of the NFL Draft come April 26. Read

         Here is something for them to chew on, and a lot will depend on how they evaluate their defensive performance in 2017. Read


         FRISCO, Texas – Seriously … seriously … did we really have to wait three years for some NFL entity to finally say “that was a catch” by Dez Bryant in the 2014 season playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at L Read


FRISCO, Texas – So what’s your impossible? Read


FRISCO, Texas – Ran into a little bit of Dallas Cowboys history while doing a couple of interviews on Tuesday. Laminated Dallas Times Herald sports pages from September of 1972 were there on a table, and staring right back at me were the column mugs of two writers, colleagues I revered: Read


FRISCO, Texas – Thinking this happens at this time of the year, somewhat prematurely, every year. Read

         Draft talk. Draft analysis. Top 10 projections by position. Top 50 boards. Top 5 needs by team. On and on. Read

         And to think, the NFL Draft – that, oh, by the way, will be held at AT&T Stadium April 26-28 – is still 69 days away. More than two months. Nearly 10 weeks. Read

         Yet, still the buzz. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Strange set of occurrences these next couple of months. Read

         First, on Wednesday, we had a collision of dates between Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. As we’ve been told, this is the first time this has happened since 1945. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Now that the parade is over – I think – and the hysteria is quieting down since the Philadelphia Eagles finally won a Super Bowl, let’s look at things rather realistically. Read

         Because I’m sure everyone in the cities of the other 31 NFL teams are all asking the same question: Read

         What do we have to do to catch up with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles? Read


FRISCO, Texas – Now for that lull in the action. Read

         The Super Bowl has been played. So have the Pro Bowl and Senior Bowl. Very little going on between now and the start of the NFL Scouting Combine, and that doesn’t take place until Feb. 27 in Indianapolis. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have just completed their 58th NFL season, having entered the league as an expansion franchise in 1960. Read

         As we know, they have played in eight Super Bowls, winning five, creating this perception out there of a fairly charmed existence, all beginning with the franchise’s first winning season in 1966, the start of that NFL-record string of 20 consecutive winning seasons. They also became the first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years during their re-emergence in the 1990s. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Dak Friendly. Read

         The term keeps coming up, time and time again. Read

         So I’ve been asked time and time again, what exactly is Dak Friendly? What do people mean when they use that term? Read

         Well, here we go, a primer on Dak Friendly, and exactly what I believe it to mean. Read

         First, Dak Friendly is not having the running back who wins the NFL rushing title the year before suspended for six games of the final eight games of the season. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Some things in this game of football are hard to understand. Things happen, and you go, say what? Read

         Like this past Sunday. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Empty NFL conference championship weekend. Read

         Jags at Pats. Read

         Vikes at Iggles. Read

         No Cowboys for the 22nd consecutive season, and everybody seems to be piling on, especially since the 25th anniversary of the Cowboys winning Super Bowl XXVII will arrive within two weeks (Jan. 31), yet another reminder of how long it’s been since winning three of four Super Bowls in the 1990s. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Do you remember . . . . Read

         How ‘bout dem Cowboys! Read

         Wednesday, Jan. 17, marks the 25th anniversary of Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson uttering those infamous words following the Cowboys’ 30-20 beating of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game that 1992 season at a muddy Candlestick Park to send the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl in 15 years. Read


FIRSCO, Texas – This needs to be shouted from the highest mountain. Read

         Heck, write your congressperson. Read

         Do what you can to spread the word: Read

         Everson Walls deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and that decision by the selection committee will take place Feb. 3, in Minneapolis, Minn., the Saturday before Super Bowl LII is played on Sunday. Read


FIRSCO, Texas – That time of year, with the Cowboys already “gone fishing,” we sit back to watch the rest of the playoffs. That is, if you can stomach watching all these games. Read

         So from the first round of the postseason this past weekend, here is what stood out to me as of utmost importance if you are going to win in the playoffs. Read

         First, better score. With the exception of the Jags beatings the Bills, the other three first-round winners scored at least 22 points, with the Saints and Falcons a high of 31 and 26, respectively. Read