RB DeMarco Murray has hand surgery

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand, coach Jason Garrett said.

Murray, however, has not been ruled out for this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“The biggest question we have to ask ourselves is, is he functional to do his job?” Garrett said. “Can he hold the football? Can he carry it under duress? Can he block? Can he do the things necessary to play the position?

“He’s as strong-willed and as determined an individual as I’ve ever been around, and if anybody has a chance to come back, he does. So let’s take first things first and see how the surgery goes, and we’ll make our best decisions from there.”

Murray suffered a broken fourth metacarpal bone, a source told ESPN.com. The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 38-27 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

After the game, Murray said he was “good,” but he did not elaborate about his hand. He had X-rays taken after the game and was examined further Monday.

The fourth metacarpal is the long bone in the hand that runs from the base of the fourth finger to the wrist.

If Murray can’t play against the Colts, the Cowboys would turn to Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar as their top tailbacks. Ryan Williams has spent the year on the practice squad.

“We have a lot of confidence in those guys,” Garrett said. “Obviously we like to give them opportunities in games to spell DeMarco and just to give those guys a shot. I thought last night was a good example of how those guys consistently take advantage of those opportunities. Joseph got a couple of carries and was productive with his. I felt Lance did a really nice job in that game, at the end of the game handling the football and just doing some good things and making some good runs. They weren’t splashy runs but they were real positive runs in critical moments of that ballgame.”

Should Murray miss the game, it would be a serious blow to an offense that has relied heavily on the NFL’s leading rusher. Murray has established career highs in carries (351) and yards (1,687). He needs 87 yards in the final two games to eclipse Emmitt Smith’s single-season team record of 1,773 yards set in 1995. He has an outside shot at 2,000 yards, as well, but those chances took a hit Sunday when he was held to 81 yards on 31 carries.

Murray has 11 100-yard games this season and has scored a career-high 11 touchdowns. Randle has 237 yards on 34 carries and has two touchdowns. Dunbar has 91 yards on 26 carries.

Others have dealt with the same or similar injuries as Murray’s. Smith missed one game in 1999 after undergoing the surgery following a 13-carry, 140-yard and two-touchdown game against the Minnesota Vikings. He had two straight 100-yard games after his return. In 2006, Terrell Owens suffered a similar injury while with the Cowboys. He had a plate and screws implanted into his hand and did not miss a game, thanks to the Cowboys’ bye week. He wore a glove with extra padding on the top of his hand for added protection. In 2011, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee missed one game with the injury.

Because Murray carries the ball predominantly in his right hand, it might not be much of an issue, but he has lost five fumbles on the season. He missed 11 games in his first three seasons with ankle, foot and knee injuries.

TCU’s Patterson named Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by football writers

TCU head coach Gary Patterson has been named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Patterson was named this year’s coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America and is the eighth coach to win the award multiple times.

“I’d like to thank the Football Writers Association of America,” Patterson said in astatement released by the FWAA Monday afternoon. “I’m very honored and humbled to be a part of such a great award and the man it represents.”

The award is named after former Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson, the all-time winningest coach in Division 1 history with 408 wins*. Robinson coached Grambling to 17 SWAC titles and nine Black College Football Championships during his coaching career.

Patterson guided TCU to a record of 11-1 and a share of the Big 12 championship in the third year as a Big 12 member for the Horned Frogs. TCU slipped out of the College Football Playoff field, but the success of the season in Fort Worth should not be overlooked. Patterson is known more for his defensive mindset, but this year he and his staff opened things up offensively and used that to their advantage. The ability and will to adapt is something that separates great coaches from the good coaches.

Other coaches to win the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award at twice are Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Darrell Royal, John McKay and Johnny Majors. The only three-time winners of the award were Woody Hayes and Joe Paterno. Alabama’s Saban was one of the finalists for the award as well. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oregon’s Mark Helfrich and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Baylor’s Art Briles, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin, and Justin Fuente of Memphis were also finalists for the award this season.

Patterson was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year during last week’s college football awards show. He has also been named the Big 12 coach of the year by the Associated Press and the Big 12.

* Joe Paterno broke the record with 409 wins but was stripped of the record as a result of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State program in 2012.

Philadelphia fans throw beer bottles and eggs at Cowboys buses

From DallasNews.com

Philadelphia Eagles fans welcomed the Dallas Cowboys to Philly by throwing eggs and beer bottles at the team buses.

Our writer Jon Machota reports that most of the effort hit only the media bus. Here is the Twitter reaction to the events:

It started out innocent enough.

 

Then the pelting came.  

Louisiana Tech’s Famed Quarterbacks Achieving Stardom in Different Venues

Bradshaw and Robertson…

No, it’s not a law firm in Shreveport, La., but two of Louisiana Tech’s most famous quarterbacks (for different reasons) that grace the national airways weekly and have brought fame and recognition to the Tech program.

As the 2014 Bulldogs prepare for their first Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance on Dec. 26 at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, both alumni are watching with anticipation.

The names of Terry Bradshaw and Phil Robertson are etched throughout Bulldogs’ gridiron history as they actually competed for the 1967 starting quarterback’s post for the then-NCAA College Division powerhouse.

And little did they know that their later careers would take them to NFL Super Bowl and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame accolades (Bradshaw) and successful business and entertainment ventures in Duck Commander (now the sponsor of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport) and the “Duck Dynasty” national television series (Robertson).

Bradshaw starred for the 1967-1969 Bulldogs, led them to wins over such teams as Southeastern Conference contender Mississippi State, ranked tops nationally in NCAA passing a junior in ’68 with 2,890 passing yards, paced the Dogs to a 9-2 record, and led them to a 33-13 triumph over Akron in the Rice Bowl.  The Emmy Award winner added 2,314 passing yards as a senior for the 8-2 Tech squad and became the No. 1 player selected in the 1970 NFL draft.

The popular Fox Sports commentator also ended his Pro Football Hall of Fame career with 168 games played, 2,025-of-3,901 passing attempts for 51.9 percent, 27,989 aerial yards, and 212 TD passes over a 14-season career from 1970-83 – all with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Robertson, meanwhile, started at quarterback for the Bulldogs in 1966 and 1967 and elected not to play in 1968 because it interfered with his incessant love of hunting, which later led to the successful duck call manufacturing business and eventual television career with “Duck Dynasty.

The four-sport star in high school finished his two-season career at Tech with 179-of-411 passing and 2,237 yards with 12 TD tosses but a school-record 34 interceptions.  That probably also led to his football career stoppage in 1968 before Robertson received a BA in physical education from Tech.

And he told an interviewer many years later about his relationship with Bradshaw: “Terry went for the bucks, and I chased the ducks.”

The two true characters on the televised airwaves approach the holidays and bowl season, it is safe to assume they will be there in person or tuned in for their alma mater’s contest with Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.


Bo Carter is a media professional who has worked in the DFW area for 28 years in Southwest and Big 12 Conference media relations as well as being a correspondent for the National Football Foundation, Sports Page DFW and other area sports groups.

Young happy to be back winning and back home

Winning and Texas. Donovonn Young knows a thing or two about both.

Fortunately for the Illinois senior running back, his Illini did enough of the former to allow him to return to the latter.

Thanks to a late-season flurry, Young, who starred as a prep for storied Katy High School in greater Houston, has a chance to close his college career back in the Lone Star State on Dec. 26 when the Illini play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. He expects 25 to 30 friends and family members to be on hand to watch him in person.

“I feel like it’s a fairy tale ending the way these last few weeks have gone,” Young said.

When Illinois owned a 3-4 overall record midway through the season with five Big Ten Conference games remaining, things did not look particularly good for the squad’s postseason chances. However, following a bye week, the Illini managed to knock off top-25 Minnesota in its next outing. Then, sitting 4-6 with two weeks remaining, Illinois pulled off back-to-back victories to earn its first bowl appearance since 2011.

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You have to love drones!

The new Phantom 2 Vision by DJI is one cool toy! it allows you to capture the world around you and share these moments like never before. The flying camera streams real time live-view on your mobile device, allowing you to take take photos and videos from a completely new perspective. The integrated high end camera includes a 4GB micro SD card, takes 14 megapixel photos and records video full HD video at 1080/30p or 1080/60i with a 140 ° wide-angle f/2.8 lens. You can even tilt the camera, adjust camera settings, ISO settings, exposure compensation, white balance, RAW or JPEG format…all remotely via the App! The Phantom 2 Vision also offers an integrated GPS auto-pilot system, for “position holding” so you can focus on getting the shots, and “Return-to-Home” feature which will automatically fly it back and safely land at its takeoff point. It has 25 minutes of flight time and can fly to a distance of 300m. watch the amazing video

I would like to one day get one of these things and create some awesome video to view skylines, weather, and neat attractions. It would be so interesting to do. Have a look at this video. Tell me how awesome that would be.

The rush to sing second, an Army-Navy Game tradition

For the 13th straight season, Navy got to sing second after its rivals from Army. It is one of the best traditions in college football, with the singing of the alma maters for both Army and Navy following the annual Army-Navy Game. Other schools have taken up the post-game alma mater tradition, but no game will feel quite the same emotion as when Army and Navy get together.

The tradition is the losing team stands on their side of the field for their alma mater, with the victors standing by their side, a show of mutual respect. Once the first alma mater is done, the winning team rushes to their side of the field for their alma mater.

If you ever wanted to get in the middle of the scene for the winning alma mater, perhaps this video will give you a new perspective of the tradition (as well as hear some security personnel attempt to stop the players from leaping up to the stands):

Bengals ruin the Johnny Manziel party, win 30-0

The rookie making his first NFL start made a big impact on the battle of Ohio.

But it was Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, not Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Bengals throttled the Browns 30-0, making Manziel look foolish while Hill ran wild.

The second-round pick ran 25 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns, as the Bengals used blunt force to improve to 9-4-1. They ran for 244 yards as a team, with Giovani Bernard chipping in 79 yards andRex Burkhead getting a late touchdown.

They were able to push the Browns around up front throughout the game, which is part of the reason Manziel looked so bad.

Manziel finished the game 10-of-18 passing for 80 yards, with two interceptions and a passer rating of 27.3. He was sacked three times, and the Bengals relished every one of them, mocking him with his “money” hand gesture while making play after play.

Cincinnati outgained the Browns 347-107 on the day.

The loss drops the Browns to 7-7, effectively ending their pursuit of a playoff spot.

But the bigger concern will be how to develop the guy the obviously view as the future, after such a horrific debut. Confidence has never been the guy’s issue, but he needs to do something over the next two weeks to make them confident in their decision.

 

Tyson Chandler with the block of the year, rejects Warriors’ player’s shoe (VIDEO)

The Warriors improved to a league-best 20-2 with a matinee win over the Mavericks on Saturday, but that will have long been forgotten once the regular season is finished.

This play from Tyson Chandler, however, may live on in the hearts of basketball fans for much, much longer.

After Marreese Speights lost his shoe on a Warriors offensive possession, Stephen Curry tossed it near midcourt to get it out of the way as the game went on.

Jae Crowder came away with the steal, though, and play continued for another possession, with Speights playing with only one shoe in place. A Dallas miss kept things going, and as the Warriors brought the ball up the floor, Curry tried to toss the lost shoe back to his teammate.

But Chandler wouldn’t have it, and just as he does with basketballs at the rim, he jumped in and swatted the shoe out of bounds, keeping the minor advantage for his team alive for a few more seconds.

Navy extends win streak in 115th meeting with Army

Thirteen games and counting.

The 115th edition of Army-Navy ended the same way the previous 12 meetings did…with the Midshipmen defeating the Black Knights.

Saturday’s meeting at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, appeared to be a step in the right direction for Army despite a 17-10 loss. It’s the third time in the past four years the game was decided by only one score.

During his first year as Army’s head coach, Jeff Monken put a team on the field that nearly played Navy to a standstill. Army amassed more rushing yards than Navy — the NCAA’s top rushing team — until the final seconds of the game. Navy only had one more first down during the contest. And 50 yards of total offensive separated the two teams.

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