March 3, 2005, 8:08 p.m. (CST)
challenge. Change is good."
Cowboys' passing coordinator Sean Payton grew up a 49ers' fan, especially of quarterback John Brodie. Does he think the system today makes the game better?
"I look at it this way," Payton said Thursday: "What are the two hottest things going in sports right now? The NFL and college basketball. Both incorporate change. Sure, in college basketball, you used to have a guy come in and he'd be there four years. But they're both pretty popular. Someone's doing something right."
Well said. If you're a Cowboys' fan of any age, you had to like Thursday. Two days of negotiating brings you one of the better young veteran corners in the game, one of the top nose tackles and clearly one of the best guards, and a classy bunch with the character and work ethic you want for your team at that. This team may be forty percent better just with those three signings.
You can make yourself crazy wishing for the way things were, or you can enhance your life by deciding that these are the good old days.
One way or another, the bus is leaving. And my favorite Cub is now Nomar Garciaparra.