Archive for December, 2007

The Cowboys Need To Draft A WR

The Cowboys must use one of their 2008 first round NFL Draft picks on a wide receiver.

Terry Glenn missed 15 games this season with a knee injury and Terrell Owens will miss the final regular season game with a high ankle sprain.

Patrick Crayton is a free agent.

Glenn and Owens are both in their mid 30’s. It’s time to spend a top pick on a wide out.

The Cowboys have done it in the past and been done well. Michael Irvin in 1988 and Alvin Harper in 1991. They have tried to land guys in the second round and it hasn’t worked out so well:

Jimmy Smith in 1992. Smith went on to a great career in Jacksonville.

Kevin Williams in 1993. Former Miami Hurricane was more of a special teams returner.

Antonio Bryant in 2002. Great talent, ten cent head. Out of football because of attitude.

It’s time to go get another receiver playmaker for Tony Romo and the offense.

Newy Scruggs

Sports Illustrated Ranks the Rangers Rotation

Can you say LAST in the American League?.

Jon Weisman is a baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and he ranked all the pitching rotations in the American League. The Texas Rangers were dead last….surprise!

He uses this point system:
• 0 points: below-average pitcher
• 1 point: mystery pitcher – wildly inconsistent pitcher or above-average recent track record but with dubious health
• 1 point: young, up-and-coming minor-league pitcher with above-average potential in 2008
• 2 points: average to above-average pitcher
• 3 points: above-average pitcher
• 4 points: elite pitcher

Texas Rangers (6 points)
• Mystery (2 points): Robinson Tejeda, Jamey Wright
• Up-and-coming (4): Brandon McCarthy, Kason Gabbard, Edinson Volquez, Eric Hurley
• Below-average (0): Kevin Millwood, Kameron Loe, Vicente Padilla, John Rheinecker

Comment: Every third year — 1999, 2002, 2005 — Millwood shines. The Rangers sure would like that trend to continue.

He’ll need to lower the ranking since the Rangers traded Volquez to the Reds.

Newy Scruggs

Give T.O. A Break On Jessica Simpson

ESPN’s Sportscenter has gone hog wild claiming Terrell Owens was calling out Tony Romo and his love life after their 10-6 loss in a locker room chat with the media.

Blame the Dallas Morning News Blog that took T.O.’s words about Jessica Simpson as “not joking” while the Associated Press used the term “playfully chimed” as he said this:

“Right now, Jessica Simpson is not a fan favorite in this locker room or in Texas Stadium,” T.O. said. “I think with everything that has happened, and obviously the way Tony played and the comparison between her and Carrie Underwood, I think a lot of people feel like she’s probably taking his focus away.

“Other than that, she was at the top of my list until last week.”

I’ll vote for “playfully chimed.”

Sportscenter ran with this and I honestly feel for T.O. They are saying he is “calling out his quarterback” and that is not true.

Now he has said some out of line things in the past, but the man was joking with reporters. He was asked in a joking manner about Simpson and played along with it.

There is no need to hunt this man for negative soundbites, he will give them to you. He has for years. I just think it was wrong on the media to try and trump up something that was not there.

Tony Romo did not speak to the media in the locker room on Tuesday.

Sportscenter made this an A block story. ESPN’s Mike Wilbon said Romo should tell T.O. to shut up about his love life or take it outside. Silly comment on Wilbon’s part. He’s thousands of miles away and has zero clue about what is going on in the locker room other than to take a blog and misread it and check the facts before spouting off. Wilbon hates T.O. so he looks for any reason to ride the guy.

Gimmie a break.

Newy Scruggs

Tuna Con Man Shafts Atlanta

Let’s see, Bill Parcells had a deal worked out with Atlanta to run their football operations, then backed out of that and is looking to take over the football operations for the Miami Dolphins.

Can you say con man?

That is all Parcells is.

He toyed with the Falcons before and backed out of becoming their head coach years ago. The Tuna agreed to take over the Tampa Bay Bucs then left them hanging after agreeing to take over in 2002.

He tried to snake Jerry and get the NY Giants GM job last year, while he was the head coach of the Cowboys. This man is whore.

This is a statement from Falcons owner Arthur Blank on his pursuit of Parcells:

“Late last night it was revealed to the media by a source outside the Falcons that we were close to reaching an agreement with Bill Parcells to lead the club’s football operations.

“Prior to the information becoming public, we had reached an agreement in principle with Parcells, and we met with him this morning to complete the contract. At that time, we were made aware by Parcells that he was considering a revised offer from the Miami Dolphins. He later informed us that he would not be signing a contract with us.

“We remain committed to looking at every option for building a championship-caliber team for our fans. I have stated we will leave no stone unturned in doing so, and this effort is one example of that. We gave it our best shot, and it didn’t work out.”

Poor Arthur Blank. The man is a walking episode of “Punked”, I read that somewhere and thought it was a funny line.

Parcells will go to Miami and I wonder if it will really matter since New England is in the AFC East. is reporting Parcells wanted to take Cowboys player personnel director, Jeff Ireland with him. That move would hurt the Cowboys.

Newy Scruggs

Movie Pick: This Christmas

I saw this movie last night and I can’t rave about it enough. I found it to be a tearjerker at the end.

This Christmas is a wonderful story of family drama and how the holidays can make it worse and sometimes better.

The Whitfield family comes together and lots of secrets get let out and it’s fun to see it all play out.

One of the kids is married to a white woman, but hasn’t told the black family members, the eldest son is in deep financial trouble only to see his issues hit his mother’s front door, and one daughter finds out her husband is cheating on her.

I don’t want to say more and give it away. It’s a good movie. By the way, you don’t have to be black to watch this movie. The cast is black but understand it’s a great movie for any person who has family and family troubles to deal with.

Newy Scruggs

Pro Bowl Cowboys

The Cowboys 11 Pro Bowl Selections tied a club record. No NFL team has more.

Big ups to player personnel director, Jeff Ireland, a former kicker for using a 6th round draft pick on kicker Nick Folk who made the Pro Bowl.

Big ups to owner/GM Jerry Jones. He gave Leonard Davis $18 million in a signing bonus and was raked for doing so. Davis made his first Pro Bowl. Davis was drafted #2 overall in the 2001 by the Arizona Cardinals as a tackle.

Davis moved inside to guard and he’s been great. That seven-year $49 million deal was worth it… so far.

Flozell Adams and Andre Gurode were the other two offensive line starters.

Tony Romo will be making his 2nd trip to the All Star game and tight end Jason Witten will make his 4th trip.

Witten should be the All Pro tight end when that team is named. He has been the best in the NFL this year.

T.O. was named a NFC starter.

The defense was filled with guys who made their first Pro Bowl: Safety Ken Hamlin and corner Terence Newman. Hamlin signed a one year deal and he’s been outstanding and I hope he gets a new contract because he’s done a solid job as the quarterback of the defensive backfield.

Demarcus Ware made it as an outside linebacker for the 2nd year. I wish Greg Ellis had joined him. Ellis leads the club with 11 sacks in 11 games. He should be there. Ellis was named an alternate.

And big ups to running back Marion Barber. He’s the first running back since Emmitt Smith to make it to Hawaii. Here’s why you should be happy for Barber. He’s not a starter, he’s clearly better than Julius Jones, but never makes any waves. He just does his thing. Good to see a team guy rewarded for an outstanding effort.

Roy Williams didn’t make the team this year, but look for him to go. He was selected as an alternate. Since the late Sean Taylor was voted in, Williams could get the nod to make his 5th straight Pro Bowl. Expect a lot of howling if Williams gets to go back to Hawaii.

Punter Mat McBriar and special teams ace Keith Davis are also alternates.

Give credit to coaches Wade Phillips, Tony Sprano, Jason Garrett, Ray Sherman, and Brian Stewart for getting the best out of their players.

Newy Scruggs

TCU Almost Lost Gary Patterson

A source from TCU told me Arkansas was set to hire Gary Patterson until Bobby Petrino called them back and said he wanted to leave the Atlanta Falcons.

The Hog family would have been better off with Patterson. Petrino left the Falcons with three games to go. He had no fortitude to handle the job. He’ll never coach in the NFL again.

TCU got lucky, they still have their coach. Next year that might not be the case.

Newy Scruggs

An Email From A Frustrated Texas Rangers Fan

This is a real email I got Monday from an angry Texas Rangers fan named Eric.


Please don’t send a crew to Arizona to cover the Rangers this spring. Maybe lack of interest will create some change in Arlington. You might guess the Milton Bradley signing has set me off.

Why don’t the Rangers just send us fans a letter like this:

Dear Rangers Fans,

We will do everything in our power to build a team capable of winning 74-78 games a year.

We will not make our fans suffer through the pains of a season or two of a rebuilding process that could possibly make our team a division(not league) title contender in future years.

We will endeavor to sign journeyman, mediocre free-agent talent that other major-league teams have deemed no longer useful. This type of off-season acquisition will be the cornerstone building-block of our drive to be almost competitive.

It will, of course, be necessary to raise ticket prices each year to pay for the increasing price of overpaying for marginal, not totally useless, major-league free-agents and to maintain the all important Tom Hicks bottom line.

Mr. Hicks and the Rangers organization fully understand that this lucrative, cash generating organizational blueprint would not be possible without our blindly-loyal hayseed fans. We appreciate our fans unconditional support.

We hope you enjoy another season looking up at the small-market teams in Seattle and Oakland and again waving a white flag at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Yours Sincerely,
The Texas Rangers

Folks, this is classic!! Tom Hicks is just losing his fan base left and right. He needs to hire Nolan Ryan as the team president and get the organization some credibility back.

Newy Scruggs

Could Terry Glenn Comeback This Year?

I saw wide receiver Terry Glenn in the Cowboys locker room Monday. He was all smiles. Glenn has been injured since training camp.

Owner Jerry Jones says Glenn started running routes last week and looked good. Wade Phillips says Glenn will practice this week, but will not play against the Eagles this week.

Glenn played coy when we asked about his playing status. I have no idea what kind of playing shape he is in, but Glenn could and I mean could be a great addition if he can go.

If Glenn can get on the field for the Carolina game or the season enderin Washington it would be a big plus for the passing game.

Imagine T.O., Crayton, Glenn and Jason Witten all running routes in a playoff game. Tony Romo would have all sorts of option and it would also open up the running lanes for Marion Barber and Julius Jones.

Don’t get your hopes up. As John Lennon once sang, “Imagine.”

Newy Scruggs

Lucky To Win In Detroit

Why are the Patriots resilient and tough when they win close games and the Cowboys are “lucky” to beat Detroit?

New England was a 20 point favorite before needing 59 and a half minutes to beat the Ravens in Baltimore on Monday Night Football.

I look at New England and Dallas’ wins the same way: Good teams find a way to win, even when they don’t have their A game.

The Lions had numerous chances to put the Cowboys away Sunday and did not.

Let me count the ways:

1. Jon Kitna missed an open man in the end zone in the 1st half and the Lions settled for three and left four points hanging out there.

2. Jason Hanson missed a 35-yard field goal which would have given the Lions a two possession lead in the 2nd half.

3. The defense forced a Tony Romo fumble on the last drive but failed to recover.

Sometimes it’s not the plays a team makes, but the ones they don’t that determine who wins in the NFL.

The Lions had a chance to knock out the Cowboys and they did not do it. Plain and simple. That is why the Cowboys walked out of Ford Field with their 12th win.

The Cowboys didn’t give up. That is a sign of a good team. You don’t win 12 games in the NFL by steamrolling every team, you will have some close games.

The Lions had more offensive yards, converted 50% on 3rd downs, rushed for 152 yards and 3 rushing TD’s, won the turnover battle, and held the ball longer… and still couldn’t win.

I will say this, the Cowboys sure did get away with a bunch of pass interference non calls on defense.

Newy Scruggs

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