Jim Myers, a longtime assistant who was on the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff longer than anyone other than his boss Tom Landry, has died at the age of 92.

Myers died on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Landry hired Myers to coach the offensive line in 1962, and Myers stayed on Landry’s staff as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and associate head coach until 1986. He was on the coaching staff when the Cowboys won Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.

Prior to joining Landry’s staff, Myers had two stints as a college football head coach: He coached Iowa State in 1957 and then was hired at Texas A&M in 1958, replacing Bear Bryant when Bryant left A&M to coach Alabama. He stayed at Alabama until 1961 and then embarked on his final coaching job in Dallas the following year.

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was forced to exit today’s game against the Blue Jays in the first inning after he sprained his right ankle on a swing.

This sounds like a typical injury for the snake-bitten Rangers this season, but it appears that they dodged a bullet for once. The team announced that X-rays came back negative and he’s considered day-to-day.

Rios, 33, is batting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs, 42 RBI and 16 stolen bases over 96 games this season. He’s a potential trade candidate this month

Baylor got one over on in-state recruiting power Texas A&M. Within days of Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin explaining how Texas A&M’s recruiting efforts have been so successful since joining the SEC, the Aggies lost one of the nation’s top offensive linemen in the Class of 2015 to Baylor.

Patrick Hudson, a 6’5″, 330 pound offensive tackle, had been committed to texas A&M as recently as late March of this year. Today it was reported the massive in-state offensive lineman will instead head to Baylor. Hudson is not currently rated by Rivals, but he is a five-star prospect according to the 247 Sports composite rating system.

This may not be considered a shock, as Hudson reportedly had been planning future visits after committing to Texas A&M’s class of 2015. This is, however, the second time Baylor has snagged an offensive lineman from Texas A&M offensive lineman Ishmael Wilson made the decision to transfer from the Aggies to the defending Big 12 champions. Wilson was rated four stars by Rivals in the Class of 2013.

As for Hudson, this is a nice pick-up for Art Briles and Baylor. With the recent rise of the Baylor football program with an explosive offense, the importance of solid offensive line play has been highlighted by what Baylor has been doing in the trenches. Getting Hudson in the mix could be a solid ingredient for the future of the Bears offense.

UPDATE (8:48 pm): As many of you have pointed out, Hudson’s high school coach is a college roommate of Briles. Yeah, that seems somewhat important and worth noting.

From Laughing Squid

Designer Matthew Hirsch created this ingenious “Hirschy” chocolate bar that serves as both a gift to prospective employers and a resumé. The front of the package is a play on the classic Hershey’s bar, while the back lists Hirsch’s qualifications where nutrition facts and ingredients would normally be found.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic performed his parody song “Tacky” on a recent episode of Conan. The track is a parody of “Happy” by Pharrell and features lyrics about terrible outfit choices.

The song is off Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, which released on July 15th. The album is currently available via Amazon.

Johnny Manziel may not see the field in the early part of his rookie season, but that does not mean he won’t be all over our TVs.

Manziel has signed an endorsement deal with Snickers and will be featured in their “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign, according to ESPN.

Manziel’s deal with Snickers comes after he’s filmed commercials for McDonald’s, Nissan and Nike. The Snickers commercial will be a national spot.

A national TV commercial will be unveiled closer to the NFL season.

The Snickers brand, which has been an NFL sponsor since 2002, is the most popular candy bar brand in the world, with more than $3.5 billion in annual global sales.

Despite being picked in this year’s NFL draft at No. 22, Manziel has been the most talked about player. His jersey has sold better than any other pick.

Johnny Manziel racking up endorsement deals without even playing an NFL snap? Great googly moogly.

It seems we have a clear favorite in the Big 12 this fall. The Oklahoma Sooners, fresh off a Sugar Bowl suplex of Alabama, the 2014 SEC media favorite, were named the preseason favorite by the media. The Sooners received 47 out of 56 first-place votes to run away with the preseason voting.

The defending Big 12 champions, Baylor, received the other nine first-place votes and finished second in the preseason media poll. Oklahoma has emerged as a favorite because 20 starters return from the Sugar Bowl championship roster, but Baylor still has the preseason Offensive Player of the Year with quarterback Bryce Petty. Baylor actually had more preseason All-Big 12 players named by the media as well, with seven compared to Oklahoma’s four.

Kansas State is once again expected to be a thorn for Big 12 contenders though. The Wildcats were picked to finish third in the Big 12, followed by Texas and Oklahoma State to round out the top half of the conference.

Here is the how the preseason media voting was tabulated, according to the Big 12;

School (first-place votes) – total points

1. Oklahoma (47) – 548
2. Baylor (9) – 508
3. Kansas State – 377
4. Texas – 376
5. Oklahoma State – 312
6. Texas Tech – 308
7. TCU – 297
8. West Virginia – 170
9. Iowa State – 121
10. Kansas – 63

Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi likely would have been a first-round pick if he had entered this year’s NFL draft. But he decided to stay in school in large part because of an insurance policy that protected him in the event of a career-ending injury.

That is not unusual. What is unusual is that it wasn’t Ogbuehi or his parents who paid for the policy. It was Texas A&M, and it was perfectly legal under NCAA rules.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that A&M badly wanted Ogbuehi to return for his senior season instead of turn pro, and so the school did the same thing a school does when it wants a high school player to enroll: It engaged in a recruiting process designed to persuade Ogbuehi that another year in school would be good for him. That recruiting pitch became a lot easier when Texas A&M researched the details of the NCAA rules regarding the Student Assistance Fund, which gives schools discretion to spend money on things like a player needing an emergency trip home to visit a sick relative. What Texas A&M discovered is that it’s permissible to pay for a player’s insurance policy with Student Assistance Fund money.

In the case of Ogbuehi, that means A&M may spend about $60,000 on an insurance policy that could pay Ogbuehi millions if he suffers a career-ending injury this season. A&M associate AD for football Justin Moore told Feldman that when officials in the athletic department discovered that NCAA rules allowed them to pay for Ogbuehi’s insurance, they were thrilled.

“I don’t think many schools know about it,” Moore said. “It’s a game-changer.”

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The Cowboys might be stuck in perpetual 8-8 purgatory, but they’re champions at turning a buck.

Even though it seems like forever since they’ve been pertinent in the postseason, they’re still the most valuable NFL franchise, according to rankings compiled by Forbes magazine.

The Cowboys are valued at $2.3 billion, which, as Darren Rovell might point out, is $2.3 billion per playoff win since 1996.

They trail soccer giants Real Madrid ($3.44 billion), Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion), along with the New York Yankees ($2.5 billion).

Forbes pegged their stadium naming rights deal with AT&T at an estimated $500 million, with a combined $220 million in sponsorship and premium seating revenues

The Patriots ($1.8 billion, eighth), Redskins ($1.7 billion, ninth) and New York Giants ($1.55 billion, 10th) were the other NFL teams in the top 10.

Troy Aikman, as it turns out, is just like the rest of us.

He was surprised Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could resist his own urge to draft Johnny Manziel too.

“I thought there was a real good chance if he fell to the Cowboys’ pick that he would take him,” Aikman said, via Travis Brown of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I understand why they didn’t. It would have certainly added a lot of excitement around here, but I don’t think it would have been best for the club, certainly not in the short term. There’s a lot of other needs, as we saw last year, that this team has, so it was probably the right thing not taking him, but I was a little surprised.

“I think that had to have been a difficult decision for Jerry.”

Aikman said he expects Manziel to be successful — with the big provision — if he stays focused on his job.

“I think when the time comes for him to get serious about football and put in the time, I’m confident he’ll do that,” Aikman said. “He’s going to have to do that if he’s going to be successful. There’s no shortcuts in this league to becoming a great player. Cleveland has invested a lot in him and expects a lot from him, and I’m sure he recognizes that.”

“He likes to have a good time, I know that, but if he can stay focused on football and commit himself, which is what it’s going to require, I think he has a chance to be really good.”

Aikman knows all about the power of the star, particularly since he helped create it, so it’s no surprise that he was as surprised as we were that Manziel wasn’t a Cowboy today.