Archive for July, 2008

Demarcus Ware Injured

Pro Bowler linebacker Demarcus Ware had his bell run yesterday and was held out of the special teams practice.

Today, Ware did not practice.  Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said it was precautionary and Ware should be on the field for Friday’s practice.

Wicked Hit A Today’s Cowboys Practice

In the blitz pickup drill Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber just (as Emmitt Smith would say) BLOWED UP Tyson Smith.

Smith went down like a boxer who just got knocked out.  The crowd was going “Oooh”.

The training staff had to help Smith up.  The hit was so violent, they moved the drill to a different practice field. 

Mamma said knock you out!

Jessica Simpson Update

A source with the Cowboys told me those pictures are from Monday and that Jessica Simpson is not going to be at camp today.   And may not come to camp at all.

Jessica Simpson Hits Oxnard

Yep, Dallas native Jessica Simpson is now in Oxnard.   She is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s girlfriend.

This website has the pictures of her hitting town.

I can tell you Romo’s family likes her very much.  His dad Ramiro told me in an interview, “He made a good choice.”

I also spoke with other Romo family members in Wisconsin and they all said Simpson was a nice person and they liked her very much.

I’ll keep my eye out to see if she makes it out to practice which starts in 8 minutes.

Parcells Desperate: Brings In Quincy Carter

The Miami Dolphins must really be desperate at quarterback because they brought in Quincy Carter for a tryout. 

VP of football operations, Bill Parcells, cut Carter in Oxnard a few years back and now he’s giving the quarterback who loved his weed more than football a chance to get back in the NFL.

Miami had rookie Chad Henne, 2nd year man John Beck, and journeyman Josh McCowan on their current roster as quarterbacks.

I personally don’t like Carter and think he’s nothing more than a con man.  Carter was last playing in the Arena Football League.  Hopefully he doesn’t let this chance go up in smoke.  He is 30 years old now.

The Dolphins claim it is just a tryout.  If he is signed it will make the 3rd NFL club Carter has played for.  He last played for the New York Jets.

Bad Odor Problem At Cowboys Camp

The beancounters at NBC 5 need to go easy on one of my expense reports.  Today, I am going to buy some cans of heavy duty air fresheners.


I have to work in my producer Sam’s room and my photographer Noah’s room.  They are great guys BUT they drop some serious smelly bombs when they hit the toilet.

Look, it is what it is, but when you have to work out of the room after they drop the bomb I need some protection for my sensitive nose. 

We tried candles…not strong enough.   So today, I am going to buy some heavy duty spray cans to make the work place easier on all of us.

Ran Into A Playboy Cover Girl At Cowboys Camp And She Knew Me

I was walking out for the second practice at Cowboys Camp in Onxard and ran into an old friend.  We gave each other a hug and caught up on things.

I knew her back in my LA TV days when we were both covering sports for different stations in the 90’s.

She became a big star and later posed in Playboy magazine and got the cover in Jan 2006.

Who is she, well click here.  Don’t worry the site is 100% clean and safe.

Chris Simms To Cowboys?

That is the rumor coming out of Tampa Bay training camp.  The 27-year old former Texas Longhorn went on the record this year saying he could not play for Bucs coach Jon Gruden. 

Gruden is keeping him on the roster out of spite.

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting:

The Cowboys remain interested in trading for QB Chris Simms if the Bucs will lower their asking price of a midround draft pick.

The Cowboys are believed to have communicated their interest in May but the Bucs have insisted on a third- or fourth-round pick.

The Cowboys should use any draft picks.  The Bucs will have to cut Simms anyway.  If the Bears are interested fine, but Simms would be wise to latch onto the Cowboys.   He will be better off under Jason Garrett than Ron Turner as far as offensive coordinators go.

Rangers Brass Lying To Trade Blalock

So Ron Washington told the media 3rd Hank Blalock had an upset stomach and wouldn’t play last night.  The club came clean according to the Morning News beat guys and put Blalock on the D-L.

They came up with the theory the Rangers want to trade Blalock and not have to pay him $250,000 in severance for not picking up his 6 million dollar club option for 2009.   So they lied to keep his trade value.  Shady huh?

I said blogged earlier, Blalock is done with the Rangers.  He has a bum throwing shoulder and catch make the throws from 3rd to 1st.

AM Practice Notes

Terence Newman is trying to help coach up Mike Jenkins. He is giving him pointers at practice.  That shows you the type of teammate Newman is.

T-New is out 3 weeks with a groin strain.  I had a chance to talk with him over a bowl of chili last night.  He says he can run straight but can not cut.

At practice rookie Mike Jenkins has been running with the first team along with Adam Jones.

SHAMLESS PLUG:  Matt Barrie will have a story on him tonight at 6pm on NBC 5 sports.

Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart told me not to read too much into Jenkins running with the ones.  He said he was trying not to wear guys out and was experimenting with different combinations.  Alan Ball is injured with an ankle sprain so they are tyring to keep bodies fresh.  They have another practice today.

One thought in throwing Jenkins out there with the one is to get him up to speed. Stewart said that Jenkins will learn more working with Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams than if he just worked with other young guys like himself.

Danny Amendolawill make this team if he can have a good preseason.  The kid makes catches.  The rookie free agent out of Texas Tech has to show he can take a hit in a game.  I hear Jason Garrett really loves the Amendola and he will get a lot of play on the HBO Hard Knocks show.

Ray Sherman says Isaiah Stanback drops passes because he doesn’t look the ball into his hands.  He is trying to run before he catches the football.  I think Stanback will make the team if he can put together some good moments in preseason games. 

Stanback dropped a one handed catch in the end zone during red zone drills.  It was about to be a darn good grab, but he could not hold on.

He is raw, but has the make up to be a good player. 

T.O. looked good…again.  Give that man money and he produces.  If Philly would have just given him that new contract he wanted they would be in a lot better shape.  Oh well, give Jerry Jones credit for taking care of Owens.

Rookie Martellus Bennett needs to stop the drops.  He’s got work to do.

Anthony Henry is playing linebacker in the Cowboys dime package.

Miles Austin had a nice down the field catch from Tony Romo in 11 on 11.

Courtney Brown picked off Romo in the end zone during the Red Zone drill.

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