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FRISCO, Texas – With apologies to Dean Roy Fisher, sports editors Gary Clark and John Rawlings, the very guys who taught me the do’s and don’ts of journalism at the University of Missouri, yes, I’m going to break one of the cardinal rules drummed into us at an early age. Read

         Do not start a story with a question. You are supposed to answer questions not ask them. Read

         So here goes: Read


FRISCO, Texas – For the Dallas Cowboys, going on their 58th NFL season and two weeks from their 57th NFL draft, gosh, they must feel like they’ve been searching for Bigfoot … Read

         When it comes to drafting pass-rushing defensive ends. Read


DALLAS – So there he was, really his first somewhat public appearance since announcing he was moving from the football field into the CBS booth as the No. 1 TV analyst after the Cowboys last week granted his release. Read

         There at the American Airlines Center Tuesday morning following the Dallas Mavericks shootaround before tonight’s final home game of the season, with young son Rivers, who was dribbling around with a smallish basketball, and frankly not bad for a 3-year-old, the one his mom had told me once is “their little Tony.” Read


FRISCO, Texas – So after watching all 14 seasons of Tony Romo’s career with the Dallas Cowboys, every one of his of his 156 games played, all 2,829 of his completions, those 248 touchdown passes, along with 117 interceptions, a club-record 66 games with a passer rating of at least 100, a club career-record passer rating of 97.1, authoring 78 victories in 127 starts and that 2-6 playoff record, every bit of this leaves me scratching my head. Read

What a strange dichotomy of a career. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Consider this a sort of public service announcement, either to help clear the air on what seems to be some confusing developments or to offer some help to improve upon others. Read

So on this double-dose Final Four weekend – one of those being played down the road in Dallas – and before the 2017 MLB season pitches off, let’s get going here in a hurry. Read


All About Witt Read


FRISCO, Texas – And 67 days after the fact comes a victory for common sense. Read

Too late for the Dallas Cowboys. Read

Now before we go any further, let’s give a couple of definitions for the age-old term of common sense: Read

First: Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters. Read

Second: Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. Read

Makes sense, right? Read


FRISCO, Texas – And now we bear witness to the continuing exodus of the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. Read

         One by one, piece by piece, already nine players contributing this past season to the Cowboys’ best record in the NFC and second NFC East title in the past three years are being swept away by the riches of free agency. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Happens this time every year, where molehills turn into mountains, when common sense takes a backseat to headlines. When player agents have no problem throwing something out there in the name of creating market value for their clients. Where team officials say one thing to disguise what they’re really thinking. Read

         So as a public service, let’s do this. Let’s try to bring some facts, and give you the rest of the story. Read


DeMarcus Ware would like to return to the Cowboys: Read


WACO, Texas – So thought I knew everything there is to know about Darren Woodson over these past 25 years. Read

         You know, how former Arizona State assistant coach Lovie Smith basically raised him as a Sun Devil in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. Read

         How Cowboys defensive assistant Dave Campo was the guy insisting to head coach Jimmy Johnson that the Cowboys select this hybrid linebacker with cover skills in the second round of the 1992 draft. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The No. 1 question being asked, deliberated and anticipated as this 2017 offseason begins picking up steam unquestionably is this: Read

         What will the Dallas Cowboys do with 14-year veteran, four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo? Read

         Will they trade him, and if so where? Read

         Will they simply release him? Read

         Will they designate him for a post-June 1 release? Read

         Will they keep him? Read


FRISCO, Texas – So we’ve been inundated recently with what the Dallas Cowboys should have learned over the past two weeks, leading up to Super Bowl LI and day in and day out following Super Bowl LI. Read

         Here is one you have yet to see: Read

         Gotta score. Read

         As in points. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Election Day 2017, Saturday, Houston, Texas. Read

         This, though, is a little different than the democratic process we live in these days. Not everyone gets to vote. Just 48 are eligible, and a simple majority doesn’t rule. Either you get an 80-percent approval rating or you’re out. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Well, here we go again with the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys now officially nearly two weeks old, and will be in full swing after this weekend’s Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl are played, along with next Sunday’s Super Bowl down in Houston. Read

And darn, if it’s not the same song, next verse. Read

The Cowboys need a pass rusher. Read

Again. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The video board at the far end of the locker room out here at The Star went blank blue midweek, save the tiny date still in the bottom left-hand corner: Jan. 16. Read

No daily schedule. Read

No time for the morning meetings. Read

No time for practice. Read

Nothing about wearing pads or shells. Read

No nothing. Read


FRISCO, Texas – You know, thought we had moved on from all these yeah buts a long time ago when it came to Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. Read

Remember, seems every time the Cowboys would win a game that first half or so of the season, most wanted to qualify the victory by saying something like, Yeah, that was good but Dak hasn’t … you fill in the hurdle. Read


FRISCO, TexasYou’ll know it when you see it. Read

That’s what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said just less than a month ago when discussing how the Cowboys would decide if they should stick with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott after his 11-game winning streak narrowly came to an end or if they should turn to a now healthy 14-year veteran quarterback Tony Romo for the rest of the season. Read

And you know, there is some truth to that previous Supreme Court reasoning on a censorship case. Sometimes you have to just trust your eyes. Read


PHILADELPHIA – Did everyone’s hearts good, didn’t it, to see Tony Romo smile? Read

Yours, too, right? Read

Been a while. Been a long while. And he deserved to. Read

The guy has been working his tail off, ever since he was cleared to work after suffering the compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae back on Aug. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks in a darn preseason game. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The kid in him seems to surface daily. Read

         Take Wednesday of this week. He decided to throw straws at Dak Prescott during the quarterback’s weekly session with the media. And when that was not distraction enough, he then started firing spit balls through a straw at Dak. Read

         Then on Thursday, after someone pranked him by stashing seemingly a hundred of those Halloween-sized bags of M&Ms into his locker’s upper compartment, he seemed unperturbed as a whole bunch of those bags flowed onto the floor all around his shoes. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Merry Christmas, Dallas Cowboys. Read

         Twelve is enough. Read

         Enough victories to win the NFC East for the second time in three years. Read

         Enough to earn a first-round bye. Read

         Enough to become the top seed in the NFC and snatch the accompanying home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs, along with home-state advantage if they can manage to reach Super Bowl LI, to be played just a drive down I-45 in Houston. Read