A Basketful Of Goodies

know, no matter if it's New York, Tampa, Dallas or Charlotte, the guy is like a black suit. Fits any occasion . . . . Just to Reiterate II a point made last week about the new lineup for TV broadcasts, the Cowboys-Falcons game scheduled for the NFL Network on Saturday, Dec. 16, will be partnered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Atlanta with an over-the-air station for those who do not have cable or dish or whose carriers don't subscribe to the NFL Network. For those of you outside the local areas, you better start writing your carrier if you do not have access to the NFL Network. This is the same deal as the previous ESPN Sunday night games . . . .  

Here is your Drew Henson update going into Saturday's game against Amsterdam: He has completed 61 of 86 passes (59.3 percent) for 586 yards (6.81 per attempt), four touchdowns, one interception, four sacks and a QB rating of 90.6. Best of all, his Rhein Fire is 4-0, but has a toughie this weekend with the second place Admirals (3-1). His QB counterpart in Game 5 will be Seattle's Gibran Hamdan, who owns a 114.7 QB rating, the only one higher than Henson's after four games . . . . Speaking of quarterbacks, and a few of you asked this since Quincy Carter made vague reference to unresolved issues in the NFL upon his signing with Montreal in the CFL, there still has been no ruling on his grievance filed against the Cowboys, which means the club still most account for nearly $1 million on the cap while awaiting the arbitrator's judgment . . . .  

Good Friday is also Dallas Day here at The Ranch, the day the Cowboys will bring in at least 30 prospective draft-eligible players who either live in the immediate area or went to college in the area. Among some of the more recognizable names will be Texas safety/cornerback Michael Huff, Texas offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, Oklahoma cornerback Eric Bassey and TCU offensive lineman Shane Sims. Those visits should be followed up next week with a few from the national guys allowed to visit. Already, USC offensive tackle Winston Justice has said he has a planned visit with the Cowboys on Monday. Justice is expected to be a mid-first-round pick come April 29 . . . . Speaking of April 29, of local interest, the high-flying Dallas Desperados (9-2) are moving their game against the Arizona Rattlers scheduled for the 29th to 7:30 p.m. (CDT) April 28 . . . . 

Been a bunch of questions about the progress of the new stadium to be built in Arlington. Well, the land has been scrubbed clean, so to speak, and some dirt should start moving around here in the next week or so to level everything off before the first digging takes place, likely in May. Man, when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones starts talking about the stadium project, he can hardly contain himself. He is really into this - as would be expected when investing at least $325 million of your own money . . . . Interesting draft nugget: Here are the past five players selected with the 18th pick in the first round: DE Eramus James by Minnesota, DE Will Smith by New Orleans, defensive end Calvin Pace by Arizona, RB T.J. Duckett by Atlanta and OT Jeff Backus by Detroit . . . . Oh, and for those of you who can't remember why the Cowboys don't have a fourth-round pick this year, that was sent last year to Philadelphia as part of the trade to move up for Chris Canty . . . .  

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Here's to hoping you find all the eggs you hide.                               

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