Dale Hansen Unplugged: Greg Hardy

Dale Hansen, sports anchor for WFAA-TV (Ch. 8),blasted the Cowboys during Wednesday night’s newscast for their signing of embattled defensive end Greg Hardy.

Here’s a portion of what Hansen had to say during his Hansen Unplugged segment about the Cowboys signing of Hardy, who was placed on the exempt list of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in September as he awaited a jury trial on charges of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend at the time. Charges were dismissed last month when prosecutors were unable to locate the accuser and she failed to appear in court.

Said Hansen: Just when I begin to think the Cowboys can’t possibly sink any lower… they can’t fall from grace any more than they have… they find another shovel and dig a few feet deeper.

Hardy’s only available because Carolina didn’t want him anymore, and only two or three other NFL teams did. Funny how so many teams would pass on such a great talent only because he beat up his former girlfriend.

But your Cowboys didn’t, and so many of you are so happy.

I don’t care how good he is. I don’t care if the Cowboys made a great deal. And I absolutely don’t care about the argument so many of you make that what he does off the field just doesn’t matter if he can help you win on the field.

Is there no line you won’t cross? Is there no crime you won’t accept? Is there no behavior you will not tolerate?

More from Hansen: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has been exposed. He’s one of two things: He’s either a fraud and hypocrite when he talks about having the right type of guys, “character” guys, on his team … or he really has no say in this and he’s simply the puppet so many of you think he is.

DeMarco Murray thanks Cowboys fans with billboard in Dallas

DeMarco Murray sees athletes who take out ads in the newspaper to thank their previous team’s fans and raised them a billboard.

Murray, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, put up a billboard in downtown Dallas that shows a photo of him in Cowboys gear and says “Thank You Dallas!”

 

We feel somewhat badly for Murray over the whole situation. All the talk was that he wanted to return to the Cowboys and was willing to give them a hometown discount , but Jerry Jones was adamant about not paying him that much. It just made much more sense for him to leave them. Since then, fans have already burned his jersey and booed him at UFC 185. You know that sort of treatment bothers him, which is why he’s making a big effort to get back on their good side. The issue is that he didn’t just leave them; he chose the rival Eagles. That results in an automatic booing, which he should realize.

Larry Brown: Kentucky could make the NBA playoffs

SMU basketball coach Larry Brown does not feel that people are overreacting about just how good Kentucky is this season. The 34-0 Wildcats are the consensus favorite to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament, and Brown thinks they could even beat teams at the next level.

Just how many NBA teams does the 74-year-old coach think John Calipari’s squad could take down? Enough to qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

 

Kentucky is good — the best in college basketball, for sure. But could a college team really keep up with NBA teams enough throughout the course of a season to make the playoffs? We doubt it.

So what does the Cowboys signing of Greg Hardy mean?

There used to be a time in Cowboys’ history when they won Super Bowls AND had a great group of gentlemen and athletes. They used to give their chinstraps away to kids as they left the field at Texas Stadium. The Boy and Girl Scouts looked up to them as leaders, role models, and just all-around good guys.

The Cowboys aren’t those Cowboys anymore.

Letting players kill other team mates and then letting them back on the team has been noted for some time. Now, the Cowboys have outdone even that. They have signed Greg Hardy to play this year at Jerry World. How many games? Will he be suspended for slamming his girlfriend on a couch with several loaded rifles? That remains to be seen. But here are some interesting facts about the contract that Hardy signed with the Cowboys.

To Wit:

It’s a one-year contract, which carries a salary of $750,000.  He can earn up to a total of $13.1 million (which was his base salary as Carolina’s franchise player in 2014) through a series of per-game roster bonuses, incentives, and a large workout bonus.

Specifically, Hardy can earn a workout bonus of $1.3116 million, a whopping $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses, and $1.8044 million in incentives based on sacks.

The Cowboys chose to keep the base salary as low as possible in the event that another incident or accusation against Hardy puts him back on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list for all or part of the 2015 season.  The thinking is that the Cowboys would only owe him game checks and not per-game roster bonuses if he’s suspended with pay.

At last check, the league had not resolved the question of whether a player would be entitled to per-game roster bonuses and other items of compensation tied to playing in games while on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list.  Either the NFL and NFLPA have agreed that a player on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list gets salary only or the Cowboys are preparing for that eventuality.

It’s also possible that the contract contains specific language in which Hardy waives his right to anything except base salary, if placed on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list.  If the NFL and NFLPA have yet to resolve that question, it’s presumably a topic that player and team could negotiate on their own.

Here is an excerpt from a protective order filed by Hardy’s ex-girlfriend:

“On May 13, 2014, Greg Hardy attacked me in his apartment. Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons. Hardy bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded.”

So, the bottom line is Jerry has done it again. Hired a player that has no morals, and doesn’t care if the player beat up women, killed other team mates, or whatever. Jerry just wants to win baby.

I’m pretty sick of the Cowboys and their criminal element. Even if they play.

 

Is Sam Bradford just trade bait for Eagles to move up in draft?

Chip Kelly may insist that his Philadelphia Eagles really like Sam Bradford and are prepared to move forward next season with him as their quarterback, but not everyone is buying that talk.

There has long been speculation that the Eagles would do “whatever it takes” to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the draft. Even though Kelly acquired Bradford in a trade with the Rams and has said how much they like him, that doesn’t mean the team will keep him.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted Sunday that some coaches around the league believe Bradford is trade bait for the Eagles to move up in the draft. She even mentioned the Titans as a potential trade partner:

Interesting to hear some coaches @kwhite8 pro day who said not convinced w/ Kelly/Bradford. They think SB still bait for Titans, not sys fit

Tennessee holds the second pick in the draft and does not really have a quarterback. You really telling me they’re going to roll with Zach Mettenberger? No way — Bradford is much better. If the Eagles can put together a package including Bradford and some draft picks, that might be enticing for a team in the top 10. And moving up to No. 2 would almost ensure they can draft Mariota because most expect the Bucs to take Jameis Winston No. 1 overall. There has been talk that the Eagles would trade with the Jets at No. 6, but that would allow another team the opportunity to move up ahead of Philly if they really want Mariota.

My guess is that Kelly is prepared to play this season with Bradford at QB, but that he wants to move up for Mariota. Only I don’t think he would move up to No. 2 to do it. Maybe he’ll wait to see if Mariota slips in the draft before moving up to trade for him that way it won’t be as costly in terms of what they would need to give up.

Kevin Harvick notches second straight victory, fourth in a row at Phoenix International Raceway


Kevin Harvick’s torrid run through the Sprint Cup Series continued with a dominant win in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick, who started from the pole position for the first time on the 1-mile oval, scored his second consecutive victory after winning last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It was his fourth straight win at Phoenix and fifth in six races. He has a record seven wins at the track.

Harvick, who led 224 of 312 laps, has seven straight top-two finishes (four wins and three seconds) dating to his 2014 championship season.

How Harvick won: After falling from first to fourth on a two-tire stop under yellow, Harvick seized first fromBrad Keselowski just past the midpoint of the race and fended off runner-up Jamie McMurray after a restart with 15 laps left in scoring his 30th victory in NASCAR’s premier series.

Ryan Newman was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.

Fast forward: In his first race since serving a three-race suspension, Busch ran as high as second after starting eighth in the No. 41 Chevrolet. Before the race, he addressed the domestic abuse allegations that led to his punishment. … Jeff Gordon ran as high as third and took ninth after opening the season with two pole positions but finishes of 33rd, 41st and 18th in the first three races.

In reverse: Dale Earnhardt suffered his first DNF since Aug. 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A flat right rear because of a melted bead sent his No. 88 Chevrolet into the wall and caused a caution on lap 181. It was the first finish outside the top 40 for Earnhardt since he was last at Texas Motor Speedway last April. … Brian Vickers crashed on the second lap, scuttling the promise of a 15th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his return from missing the first two races with heart surgery. Vickers finished outside the top 40 Sunday. … Sam Hornish Jr. spun on lap 116 (also because of a melted bead on the right-rear tire of his No. 9 Ford), ensuring his worst finish of his first four starts with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Quote of the day: Kurt Busch in postrace Fox interview: “It means I’ve got a strong team. Personally, it’s great to get back to them and produce a result like this on the first day back. … I can’t thank them enough for believing in me. The truth will be shown later on. The way we raced today was with heart. I thought there was enough goodwill in the back to bring home a win, but Kevin’s tough.”

Notables: Tony Stewart was on the verge of scoring his first top 10 this season when he spun on lap 236, appearing to lose control of his No. 14 Chevrolet while battling Justin Allgaier for position. Stewart crashed again with 24 laps remaining and finished outside the top 30 for the fourth consecutive time to open the 2015 season.Jimmie Johnson made contact with Vickers on the second lap and spent much of the rest of the race out of contention.

What’s next: The series heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., next weekend. There will be no repeat winner – last year’s race was won by Kyle Busch, who is sidelined with a broken right leg and fractured left foot.

Does Iowa State belong in the final four conversation after another comeback win?

For those who haven’t been paying attention, Iowa State seems to have discovered a foolproof formula for success in the postseason — suck in the first half and get down by double digits.

I’ll have to admit that I turned off the Big 12 Championship game when Kansas went up by 17 early in the second half. But Iowa State came back to win — for the fifth straight time, three of those in the Big 12 Tournament — 70-66. This makes CBS, ESPN, etc. VERY happy.

“WE KNEW IT’S A LONG GAME, NO MATTER WHAT TEAM YOU’RE PLAYING,” SAID THE JAYHAWKS’ WAYNE SELDEN JR., WHO HAD A CAREER-HIGH 25 POINTS. “WHETHER YOU’RE UP OR DOWN, IT’S A LONG GAME.”

It was the biggest second-half comeback win in Big 12 Tournament history, by the way.

 

The Cyclones now have comeback wins in consecutive games vs. Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma again Kansas. They’ll likely be seeded No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament this afternoon. One reason TV is going to love these guys in the tournament is coach Fred Holberg’s push-it-up-the-floor NBA style. So if you’re looking for a sleeper in your office pool, why not these guys?

Kansas has its moments, however.  

 

Why would anyone be mad at DeMarco Murray?

So we all know DeMarco Murray has gone to the (cough, cough) Philadelphia Eagles, a team I absolutely hate.

But I hear Dallas fans now are setting fire to old Murray jerseys and booing him at MMA matches when he shows up with Michael Irvin. My question is, why are you mad at Murray?

DeMarco Murray is doing the exact same thing Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, and even Jerry Jones is doing. Making the most money they can. So why is DeMarco Murray any different? He worked hard, played hard, put in the work to be the best running back in the league last year, became the best offensive player in the league last year, so why would someone not get rewarded for that? So what if it is the dreaded and feared Philadelphia Eagles?

Is it Murray’s fault Jerry couldn’t afford his services any longer?

I mentioned last week that the real culprit for Murray not staying in Dallas is Jerry Jones.

I said then Romo’s contract was way out of proportion .

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