For Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, his legacy starts now

From the Star-Telegram

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman insist Tony Romo will be the next Dallas Cowboys quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Romo believes it, too. Doubts about his ability to lead the Cowboys to the Promised Land prompted Romo earlier this season to declare, “This team is going to win a Super Bowl at some point.

“Quarterbacks are judged by statistics and wins; they are defined by Super Bowls.But to win the Super Bowl involves getting there. To get there involves winning in the playoffs. To win in the playoffs involves winning meaningful regular-season games.And that brings us to the Cowboys’ winner-take-all game against the New York Giants tonight. Romo’s legacy starts now.”This is something of a playoff game, because if we don’t win, we don’t get in,” Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. “This is definitely a signature game for Tony.”

Romo should finish 2011 with his third 4,000-yard passing season and his second 30-touchdown season, but if the Cowboys don’t beat the Giants, no one will care, including Romo.”It’s about winning and losing, so that’s all it’s going to be about,” he said. Romo has more attempts (2,531), more completions (1,627), more yards (20,283), a better completion percentage (64.3) and more touchdowns (144) than any Cowboys quarterback after 76 starts.

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Wake up call: More Mavs bits and pieces

There is so much information about a team after a championship is decided, like the parade, the David Letterman appearance, you know, the celebrations. Obviously, much has been written and photoshopped since the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship Sunday night. Let’s get current on these details shall we?

Dirk Nowitzki says that adding Tyson Chandler last summer ‘turned everything around’.

Since Game 6 Sunday night, Mark Cuban has been everywhere. He showed lots of class when allowing previous Mavs owner Don Carter to hoist the championship trophy.

From Yahoo Sports:

In the Dallas Mavericks‘ NBA Finals after-party, team owner Mark Cuban bought a bottle of champagne for his team, and then left a 22 percent tip. We also should point out that the bottle was nearly half the size of the 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki(notes), it cost $90,000, and his tip was $20,000. The New York Post reports that this made up the entirety of his tab for the night, but we suspect Cuban bought more than that.

From the Post:

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spent $110,000 in four hours celebrating at club Liv at Miami’s Fontainebleau after his Mavs beat the Heat to take the NBA Championship. Cuban spent most of it on a $90,000 bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne for teammates Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry(notes), Brian Cardinal(notes) and Shawn Marion(notes). After partying with the trophy until 5 a.m. yesterday and taking in a performance by Lil Wayne, Cuban left a $20,000 tip for the wait staff. “Worth every penny,” he cheerily told us via e-mail.

Pretty good stuff right there. By the way, the City of Dallas is expecting some 225,000 fans to attend the Mavs parade tomorrow. If you go, be sure and hydrate yourselves, it’s gonna be hot!



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Lots of rumors about a DC Cheerleader, from a Philly fan of course

As you may or may not have heard by now, there seems to be some rampant rumor from Deadspin.com that a certain un-named Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader is/has been caught in a (clears throat) compromising situation?

An emailer contacted Deadspin, claiming to have naughty photos of a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, as well as emails belonging to the cheerleader in which she arranges sex parties with strangers on Craigslist. In one of the messages, the cheerleader inquires about monetary compensation for her participation.

Let me set the stage for you. A.J. Daulerio is the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Deadspin. Now he seems like a nice chap, except he’s from Philly. That would be the same place the Philadelphia Eagles are from. Are you getting my drift here?

From Deadspin:

Price Offered: Less than $100

From [Redacted]:

I am in possession of risque pictures of a current Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In the pictures, she is not completely naked, but she is posing in her panties, lingerie, and does expose her butt in one of the pictures. I also have e-mails from this cheerleader responding to ads on craigslist for sex parties. In these e-mails, this cheerleader arranges meetings with strangers that posted on craigslist looking for sexual partners, including threesomes and other fetish party inquiries. This cheerleader arranged sexual meetings with multiple sex partner’s through craigslist, and in most of these situations even inquired whether there would be compensation involved for her sexual services.

I want to know if these pictures and e-mails are something that your website would be interested in obtaining, and if you would pay for this information.

You can read the entire “transcript” if you choose, and I guess you may not even need to, if you see where this is going.

The question that comes to my mind is how credible is all of this? Maybe this is breaking news and we will find out. Then again, it might just be a convenient post against an NFC East rival.



The One With A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Selling Herself For Sex Parties On Craigslist (Deadspin.com)

Wake Up Call: The morning after an NBA Championship is won

According to my Twitter and Facebook page, there are still many, many Dallas Maverick fans that are still up and celebrating the Mavs victory last night. The Mavs are due to fly out of Miami at 9:00 AM ET, so I’m not sure how some of those folks are gonna do it, but carrying a championship trophy(ies) shouldn’t be too painful.

As expected, lots of details coming out now that the series is over. From ESPN:

Dirk and his Mavs, truth be told, had more swagger than anyone knew. Keeping with a tradition that began in earnest before Game 4 of Dallas’ second-round sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, every Mavs player conspired to wear something black to work on Sunday, convinced that they’d soon do to Wade’s Heat precisely what Miami did to Dallas in a Game 6 on the road five years prior.

“Goin’ to a funeral” was the Mavs’ inside joke.

It was a farewell flurry that took Nowitzki’s fourth-quarter total for the series to a heady 62 points … matching the combined total Wade and LeBron James scored in the fourth. It was a clinching salvo that left even Nowitzki’s famously stoic shot doctor with watery eyes when the ABC cameras found Holger Geschwinder in the stands.

“Tomorrow he gets a day off,” Dallas Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in Game 6 on Sunday night, Gilbert sent a message on his Twitter page to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — a statement that included a jab at James.

“Congrats to Mark C.& entire Mavs org.,” Gilbert wrote. “Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.”

So from the Cleveland segment to the Dirk, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, old dogs that have played in the finals but never won club, et al, this was a very emotional series for the Mavs and for so many others. I’ve read where the Mavs are the new “America’s Team” and have dethroned the cross town Cowboys of that honor. One thing is for certain: The Mavs will be celebrating this for a long time to come. Congrats Mavs!



Lots of photo shopping going on

*Relax NFL fans, 49’ers Coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday that he expects the NFL’s lockout to be lifted in early July.

* Think babies know how to look at our diets.



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If you serve turkey testicles, they will come

Here is the most bizzare story of the day, from Ballpark Digest

The last two seasons should have been gravy time for the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants (independent; American Association) as the team set marks for wins. Instead, attendance is plunging after branding and concession changes. What can be done to stem the tide?

No doubt managing partner Gary Weckwerth thought he was opening a new chapter in Sioux Falls baseball after buying the team and changing the team name from Canaries to Fighting Pheasants. Along the way ballpark operations were overhauled, with Ovations brought in to run concessions, and manager Steve Shirley established a winning program on the field.

Instead of crowds swarming the Bird Cage, the opposite happened: attendance plummeted 35 percent last season to 1,922 per game, and it’s even lower this season, some 1,226 fans a game. (That number will rise in coming weeks after school lets out for the summer, though.) What went wrong?

Lots of little things, it seems. First, popular GM John Kuhn was let go. A former Goldklang Group employee and an indy-ball veteran, Kuhn brought many Veeckian touches to the ballpark, greeting fans at the gates and making his presence known throughout the game. He brought in some high-profile promotions along with some high-profile sponsors; he made headlines selling deep-fried turkey testicles, but did it with the backing of a major sponsor.

That can’t be good when you have to rely on turkey testicles to get people to come watch baseball.


As Pheasants struggle at gate, owners look for solutions (Ballpark Digest)

***Breaking News*** Miami Heat “very disappointed” over Game 2 loss to Mavericks

In breaking news from USAToday, we are learning that the Miami Heat are “very disappointed” at losing Game 2 in Miami the other night.

“First of all, we let one go,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We let one slip away. We’re a very confident team going into the fourth quarter when we have the lead, whether it’s one point and obviously 15.
But just looking at the film, even watching on my own, just looking at the things you felt we could have done better as a team, the little mistakes we made that they made us pay for.”

I have to wonder if the Miami Heat ever thought that maybe they are too full of themselves? Nah, probably not.

Heat ‘very disappointed’ in late Game 2 collapse (USAToday) 

Charles Barkley in a league of his own

I’m not sure if you have seen this but I think it’s pretty funny. Charles Barkley actually breaks his golf club on a drive.

Lots of people have issues with Sir Charles. I think he has much greatness.




Video: Charles Barkley shatters driver on 1st tee at Champions Tour Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek (MSF)

Wake Up Call: Dirk is better with age

From Business Insider:

Dirk Nowitzki is having the best postseason of his career, averaging 28.4  points per game, while leading the Mavericks back to the NBA Finals. Nowitzki’s  newfound dominance can be traced back to a plan hatched by his coach before the  regular season even started.

This year, Nowitzki averaged just 34.3 minutes per game. That was down over  three minutes from 2008-09 (37.7 min/g) and 2009-10 (37.5 min/g), and was his  lowest amount of playing time since his rookie year (20.4 min/g).

The fewer minutes led to Nowitzki’s lowest scoring output (23.0 ppg) in seven  years. But the benefit appears to be a Dirk with fresher legs in the NBA’s  second-season. So far, Nowitzki’s playing time in the playoffs is up to 38.9  minutes per game, which is in line with previous postseasons. Last year he  averaged 38.8 minutes and in 2008-09 he average 39.4 minutes. And despite nearly  identical playing time, his scoring is up 2.0 points per game over the last  three years, when he averaged 26.7-26.8 points.

In his older age, the fresher legs have made Nowitzki a better shooter. His  effective field goal percentage (eFG%; which weighs shots based on their point  value, a 3-pt shot is worth more than 2-pt shot) was at a career-high this  season (.545) and has continued at nearly the same rate into the postseason.

All data via Basketball-Reference.com



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LA Angels fans trying to break record for wearing masks?

You just have to wonder how people come up with marketing ideas to put fans in the stands at a baseball game right?

It’s a masked ball at Angel Stadium tonight, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing costume masks,” as all fans will be presented with a complimentary Angels Wrestling Mask and asked to wear it for ten minutes.

“We are constantly looking for ways to connect and engage with our great fan base,” said Angels Vice President of Sales & Marketing Robert Alvarado. “Setting another world record to compliment last season’s blanket event will be a unique and memorable experience for our fans, and another memory during our 50th anniversary.”

If I’m a baseball player seeing this, I’m wondering how in the world 40,000 can be instructed to wear this joke for 10 minutes anywhere.

All in the name of a record? Just goes to show there’s one (or 40,000) born every minute.

Angels to break world record for fans wearing wrestling masks (Ballpark Digest)

A new season, a new attitude for the AirHogs

Last night, I had the opportunity of going to the “meet and greet” for the new Grand Prairie AirHogs baseball team called the “Taste of QuikTrip Park”. It was a great way to indeed meet the new team. I was very much impressed.

There is a ton of excitement already about just how good this team might be.

I had a chance to hear new manager Ricky VanAsselberg describe his expectations for this year:


I hit it off with Ricky right off due to his south Louisiana roots, and I have to tell you, this guy is successful, having coached for 6 years and having 5 championships under his belt. I got the feeling we are in store for lots of fun at QuickTrip Park this year.

I had a chance to meet some players. Only four players remain from last year’s roster: Greg Porter, David Espinoza, Danny Jordan, and Marcus Salmon. When I spoke to Porter I asked him what he saw as the biggest difference between this roster and last year’s and he said “this team is more mature.” I took that to mean this team was more serious about winning and at least that was my impression. I had only been at the park for just an hour and had learned that Chris Garcia (Infielder) had already been called up by the Atlanta Braves. Whatever you think about the minor leagues, the ultimate goal for a player here is to “make the show”. Get that call for the major leagues.

In speaking to these players, even though some had only been here a few days, there was an air of a winning attitude already. I thought to myself this looks much different than last year. It looks like everyone is on the same page.

I heard the phrase “Teamwork, makes dreams work.” Wow, how’s that for a new attitude? Lots of these players are from AA and AAA minor league teams and Greg Smith was on the Colorado Rockies team last year as a pitcher.

There was also some big news about the games and promotions out at the park this year. On 6/24 the San Diego Chicken will be out at the park. I wonder how he and Ace Bacon will get along?

There is also going to be an AirHogs Officer Club which means you pay 40.00 and get all you can eat and drink the rest of the night, in a suite I think, but I will get clarification on the suite part.

There is going to be a new food court kind of set up this year with vendors from Texas Skillet, Pizzaiolo’s Italian food, Snoball Corral (shaved ice), and Flores Fajitas Mexican food, to go along with the QT Stores site.

All in all, I was very, very impressed and looking forward to a great new season of AirHogs baseball. Ya’ll all better come on out and jump on the bandwagon. This team is going places!


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