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Romo takes on the Rob Lowe role for Sunday Ticket

It’s been a while since DirecTV aired the Rob Lowe commercials, some of which .

The cable-alter-ego shtick is back for football season, with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romoplaying the dual role of himself, who has DirecTV, and bald-headed and bearded “Arts and Craftsy” Tony Romo, who has cable.

While memorable, the entire campaign attempts to craft bizarre stereotype that anyone who has DirecTV is super cool — and anyone who has cable is some sort of a goofball. The perception quickly falls apart with this reality: I have DirecTV, and I don’t need to post a poll at PFT to know that I’m some sort of a goofball.

As to Romo, the far better campaign (setting aside the bizarre nature of the satellite-cable distinction) would have gone something like this: “‘Hi, I’m Tony Romo of 2015, and I have DirecTV.’ . . . ‘Hi, I’m Tony Romo of 2006 through 2014, the one that consistently screwed up when a big game was on the line, and I have cable.”

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Spieth catches fire after putting adjustment

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth said it best, “I don’t normally putt the way I did.”

That’s the truth. The man who flat out finds a way to get the ball in the hole had five three-putts and 37 putts during the second round of the Open Championship, both career highs as a professional.

You knew that wasn’t going to continue.

Spieth spent some extra time on the practice green Saturday and was a new man on Sunday shooting 67 with only 27 putts. He’s only one shot off the lead heading into the final round at the Old Course.

“I just had been aligned a little left,” Spieth said. “Every putt was missing just a little off the left side of the hole, so I just tried to adjust.”

Spieth was miffed after making bogey on the par-4 ninth hole because he had a pitching wedge into the green. He then cruised to three consecutive birdies on the next three holes and made key par saves on both the 13th and 17th holes down the stretch.

“I kind of just wanted to stay patient today, let them come to me, and once I figured out my putting, it did,” Spieth said. “Yeah, I believe when I was standing with you yesterday that a day like today could happen, but in order to win you’ve got to duplicate it.”

West Point Revokes Diplomas Of Confederate Graduates

From DuffleBlog

WEST POINT, N.Y. ─ Following the decision of the South Carolina government to remove the Confederate flag from a state memorial, and the subsequent, nation-wide uproar over all things Confederate, West Point has announced that it will posthumously revoke the diplomas of all cadets who graduated from the Academy and fought for the South during the Civil War.

“This sends a clear message to slave-owners and those who would fight for such a horrific cause that 150 years after most of them died we will not tolerate such atrocities on American soil,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Jackson, a spokesman for the school.

When asked if this decision signaled a change in the Army’s stance on not changing the names of bases named after Confederate officers, most of whom graduated from West Point, Jackson replied that it did not. The cost of altering the signs, street names, maps, military shipping inventories, and other changes necessary to implement the removal just so people wouldn’t be offended would be astronomical, he explained.

“But this is no small matter,” he added. “A revoked graduate status means they will no longer be able to order transcripts, obtain early tickets for West Point football games, or receive their 10 percent discount at the Cadet Bookstore.”

The ceremony will be held next week, when cadets will symbolically burn hundreds of recreated, historically accurate diplomas in a bonfire at the cadet monument. After the diplomas are consumed in the blaze, the monument will be torn down, since it was built to honor Vincent Lowe, a cadet who died in an 1817 artillery misfire and had an uncle who once owned a slave, explained a source familiar with the event.

Jackson also said that USMA leaders are debating the merits of removing Gen. Robert E. Lee’s half of the Appomattox surrender document that ended the Civil War, currently stored in the Cadet Library.

 

Tom Watson makes emotional farewell walk up 18th hole in his final British Open

What a class act.

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TCU the overwhelming media favorite to win Big 12

The SEC released its media predictions a short time ago for conference and division favorites, and now the Big 12 has done the same.

This year, the media predicts that the Big 12’s One True Champion™ will be TCU, which received 32 of 42 first-place votes from those who cover the conference on a daily basis.  The only other team to receive first-place votes was Baylor with 10, although BU only trailed 408-384 in total points.

Last year the Horned Frogs and Bears finished tied in conference play at 8-1, although no solo champion was named despite BU beating TCU in October.  The fact that one champion wasn’t declared, along with the lack of a league title game, played at least some role in the conference finding itself without a seat at the first College Football Playoff table.

It was such the cluster in the first year of the CFP that, in May, the league introduced a new set of tiebreaker procedures to ensure that there’s one and only one champion holding up a conference title trophy at regular season’s end.

After TCU and Baylor, there’s a sizable gap back to Oklahoma (312) and Oklahoma State (289), and then a moderate distance back to Texas (245) with a predicted finish of fifth in the 10-team conference.

Not surprisingly, Kansas is in its familiar spot in the basement.  Perhaps the only surprise is that KU finished with 45 points, meaning that as many as three of the 42 voters see the Jayhawks climbing out of the cellar.

Below are the complete set of media projections.  And, for the All-Big 12 teams released yesterday, click HERE.

1. TCU (32) 408
2. Baylor (10) 384
3. Oklahoma 312
4. Oklahoma State 289
5. Texas 245
6. West Virginia 204
7. K-State 201
8. Texas Tech 139
9. Iowa State 83
10. Kansas 45

Dez Bryant gets 5-year, $70 million deal from Cowboys

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant have a deal.

As the deadline to come to an agreement on a long-term deal loomed, amid threats of skipping training camp and possibly regular-season games, Bryant signed a five-year deal worth $70 million on Wednesday that will pay him an average of $14 million per season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bryant’s deal includes $32 million in fully guaranteed money, including a $20 million signing bonus and guaranteed salaries of $3 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016, sources told ESPN. That guaranteed money will increase to a total of $45 million if Bryant is still on the team’s roster on the fifth day of the league year in 2016, kicking in another guaranteed $13 million for the 2017 season, sources said. Bryant’s base salary for 2018 and 2019 will be $12.5 million per year, sources said.

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Dez Bryant reportedly ‘optimistic’ after Cowboys increase offer

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly making a strong push to sign Dez Bryant to a long-term contract before the franchise tender deadline passes at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Cowboys have increased their offer to Bryant and expressed a willingness to pay him more than $13 million per season. The 26-year-old wide receiver is said to be pleased with the direction of the negotiations.

 

On Tuesday, Rapoport reported that Bryant is seeking more money than Calvin Johnson got when he signed a massive extension with the Detroit Lions in 2012. Johnson is the highest-paid receiver in the NFL with an average annual salary of roughly $16 million. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace is the second-highest paid at $12 million a year.

Perhaps asking for $16 million was Bryant’s way of aiming high. In reality, he would likely be content with a five- or six-year deal with an annual salary that exceeds the $12.8 million franchise tag number, depending on how much guaranteed money he gets.

The guaranteed money could be the biggest holdup in discussions, as one report indicates that the Cowboys are concerned that giving Bryant a bunch of money up front could lead to off-field issues.

 

Spieth wins Deere playoff for fourth title of season

Jordan Spieth did it again. The 21-year-old won the John Deere Classic in a two-hole playoff over Tom Gillis. Here’s how things played out atTPC Deere Run:

The leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-20), Tom Gillis (-20), Zach Johnson (-19), Danny Lee (-19),Chris Stroud (-18), Justin Thomas (-18),Johnson Wagner (-18)

What it means: Spieth won his fourth title of the season, and the spotlight could not be brighter on him as he looks to win the third leg of the Grand Slam next week at St. Andrews. He started off slow Sunday with a bogey on No. 1, a birdie on 2 and a bogey on 3. He also bogeyed No. 11 while everyone around him was making birdies. But Spieth, as he’s done all year, closed strong with four birdies in the final six holes to get in a playoff with Gillis. After Gillis found the water on the second playoff hole, Spieth two-putted for his second win at the Deere.

Round of the day: Stroud picked up his second top-10 in his last three events with an 8-under 63.

Best of the rest: It was a tough finish for Gillis, as the 47-year-old was trying to win his first PGA Tour title, but he shot a final-round 64, earned a nice paycheck and a ticket on the John Deere charter flight to St. Andrews.

Biggest disappointment: It’s hard to say anyone was a disappointment on Sunday since all the contenders were under par, but Danny Lee had a chance to get into a playoff or win for the second week in a row, but he was unable to get up-and-down from behind the green on 18 and finished one back.

Quote of the day: “It was a really, really fun day.” – Spieth

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