Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

Johnny Manziel creates epic trick shot video

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Once you’ve won the Heisman as a freshman and quarterbacked your team to a Cotton Bowl victory, naturally, you get bored.

All-American Johnny Manziel has proven this by partying at casinos, sitting courtside at sporting events a lot, commenting on the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax on Twitter and now creating a YouTube video that’s sure to go viral.

Johnny Football did his best Alex Tanney impression by creating a trick shot video with YouTube masters “Dude Perfect.” (That’s the name, people).

The video shows off Manziel’s pinpoint accuracy but is fantastic for a number of different reasons.

1. Manziel’s “Dude Perfect” friends are perfect in all the clips.

2. It’s not just Manziel making all the highlight reels and it’s competitive with Dude Perfect making clutch trick shots.

3. Manziel even kicks an extra point, something he couldn’t quite master last season.

4. The celebration dances are classy.

5. This will keep Manziel out of trouble (or out of jail according to Mike Stoops).

 

Troy Aikman not certain that coaching changes have improved Cowboys

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Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman says he doesn’t think Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is having much say in the changes that are occurring to his coaching staff. The Hall of Famer is also unsure if those changes are going to make much of a difference.

Aikman discussed how Garrett is dealing with those moves Thursday during an interview with The Musers on 1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM]. The FOX NFL analyst said Garrett is simply handling the situation the way team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is telling him it should be handled.

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Time to show Jay Ratliff the door

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Not even the death of a teammate could stop Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff from allegedly driving while intoxicated.

There was Ratliff, wearing a white T-shirt, sporting a puffy face and a sad look while posing for a mugshot in a Grapevine, Texas, police station early Tuesday morning. He was charged with DWI after crashing his 2011 Ford F150 into an 18-wheeler at 12:36 a.m. No one was injured.

The look on Ratliff’s face is different from the scowl he displays in the Cowboys locker room on a regular basis when reporters walk in. I’m sure it’s a different look than the one he had when he was arguing with Jerry Jones late in the 2012 season.

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My friend Jane McGarry is ‘Starting Over’

I’m so honored to be able to call Jane McGarry a friend.jane-mcgarry

Like all of us, she’s made a mistake or two in life, but she is back on the reporting trail, and you can tell with this new piece for Channel 8 that she has that driving passion to get the story done perfectly.

She was back on television today in her series ‘Starting Over.’

Welcome back Jane! You give us tons of motivation with your style and stories!

Starting Over with Jane McGarry: The Loss of a Son & Soldier add to reading list

Part 2 Starting Over with Jane McGarry: “It’s All About Family”

Cowboys close to hiring Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys are closing in on filling yet another hole on their coaching staff.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are close to naming Rich Bisaccia as the team’s new special teams coordinator.

Bisaccia was hired by Auburn University less than three weeks ago to serve as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator under new head coach Gus Malzahn. Bisaccia has spent the last two seasons as the special teams coordaintor of the San Diego Chargers.

Per George, the Cowboys also interviewed former Buffalo Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven and former Tennessee Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry for the job. Both have previously coached for the Cowboys.

Prior to his time in San Diego, Bisaccia served as special teams coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2010. It’s yet another coach from the Jon Gruden coaching tree to end up in Dallas this off-season. Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and Bisaccia have all served on Gruden’s staffs in the past. Bisaccia also coached with Kiffin and Marinelli with the Buccaneers.

Maybe there’s nothing to read into all the connections to Gruden showing up in Dallas but it’s enough to at least raise an eyebrow and wonder if Jerry Jones may be targeting Gruden as a potential replacement for Jason Garrett, either this off-season or next.

Jay Ratliff described as “verbally abusive” after DWI arrest

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Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff used his December sports hernia surgery as an excuse during a field sobriety test, and was then “verbally abusive,” to officers after his DWI arrest Tuesday morning.

According to the arrest report filed by the Grapevine, Tex. police, via ESPNDallas.com’s Tim McMahon, Ratliff was initially “cooperative and courteous” at the scene of the accident, where he ran his truck into a tractor-trailer.

But when he was taken to jail, his “demeanor changed considerably.”

The probable cause affidavit said he showed 12 signs of intoxication during three field sobriety tests, but that he said prior injuries contributed to that.

Ratliff told officers he was “chillin’ with a homegirl” in Arlington and was on his way to his home in Southlake. The area where the accident occurred is apparently not on the way between those two points, but Ratliff said he was following his truck’s GPS.

Regardless the reason he was out, or what the blood tests eventually reveal, Ratliff made a terrible decision by getting behind the wheel.