From Pro Football Talk
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that there were going to be changes to the team this offseason and reports indicate that the first one has been made.
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that running backs coach Skip Peete has been relieved of his duties. Peete had been with the Cowboys since 2007 and, per Hill, was surprised by the move.
The reason for his surprise is that starting running back DeMarco Murray missed a big chunk of the season with a foot injury, the second straight year that Murray was sidelined by injury, and that the offensive line performed poorly all season. That contributed to a team record for the fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season and an observation from Garrett during his postmortem on the season that the team needed to be more effective running the ball.
Jones promised to make things “uncomfortable” around the organization. Peete’s departure might be making other assistants a little tenser, but the changes will have to keep coming for the Cowboys to show serious improvement come next season.
Boy oh boy, that’s some earth shattering news right there Jerry. I can see the Cowboys going to the Super Bowl now…
From Larry Brown Sports
Arian Foster is using the disparaging words of a sports writer to motivate him for Sunday’s playoff game at New England.
A day after the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, Dan Shaughnessy wrote a column for The Boston Globe that bashes the Texans.
Dirk Nowitzki is 34 years old and nearing the end of his NBA career. He has made 11 straight All-Star Games and finally won the elusive NBA title two seasons ago. But the Dallas Mavericks decided to break up their title team because of changes to the league’s collective bargaining agreement and take a gamble that they would land some big-time free agents the next summer.
The Mavericks most notably lost former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler after the title. They let J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, and DeShawn Stevenson go, too. Former Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry left over the summer, as did Jason Kidd. The Mavericks missed out on Dwight Howard and Deron Williams — both of whom they hoped to land — and instead ended up with guys like O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Elton Brand, and Chris Kaman.
After reading this, one wonders when the Tuffy Rhodes museum is going to be built in the United States …
Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is only 26 years old, but he apparently has accomplished enough in that short time to be immortalized in his homeland of Japan. According to Japanese media reports, planning is underway for a Darvish museum in the Hyogo prefecture, in the southern part of the country. The tentative plan calls for a November opening.
Or maybe Warren Cromartie.
Still, for it to beat Ichiro’s museum, it will have to be run by Darvish’s mom.
Source: Daniel Beaton
The Cowboys currently boast the largest Jumbotron in the NFL, a behemoth that literally can affect the way a game is played. In its grandeur, graphic artist Daniel Beaton saw an opportunity to showcase the boards of the NFL, from the Cowboys all the way down to the Vikings. The above graphic is for comparison’s sake; to see his interpretation of each board, head here.
The University of Texas’ college football is valued at $761.7 million, which makes it more valuable than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a recent study indicates.
The Longhorns are the most valuable college football team, but their hold is slipping. The team’s worth fell five percent from the 2011 evaluation, and Michigan — the second-most valuable — is fast approaching at $731.9 million. For comparison’s sake, the Jaguars — a professional team, though it often does not play like one — were sold for $760 million in 2011.
Other teams of note:
Oklahoma: $454.7 million
Texas A&M: $278.5 million
Texas Tech: $211 million
Oklahoma State: $209.1 million
TCU: $76.6 million
Baylor $71.3 million