Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:49 pm

Kicking out the jams

If you like your football with a side of heavy metal, the Dolphins and the Cowboys have just the thing for you.

When they’re not blocking defenders and trying to protect quarterback Chad Henne or Tony Romo, a few NFL offensive linemen jam in a metal band called Free Reign. The Dolphins official team site has the findings, and it’s a pretty cool story.

Miami guard Cory Procter apparently has a knack for drumming, and he’s teamed up with Cowboys tackle Marc Colombo (lead singer, rhythm guitar) and Dallas guard Leonard Davis (bass), along with one of Davis’ high school friends.

“During the season, it’s non-existent,” Procter told Dolphins web site. “We talk about the band and maybe on a day off, I could get on the drums. The drums are the physical one, especially the kind of music we play because it’s not really quiet music. Our genre’s metal with a lot of heavy riffs, heavy guitars, big drums and a lot of screaming. Columbo does the screaming, but the thing is, he’s good at it and his vocals have come a long way. All of us have, and there used to be a big gap between Justin and the rest of us but now we’re all pretty close.”

So far, the band has released a five-song EP on its Australian record label, and the foursome are making plans to release an eight-song full-length album.

If you’re looking for a listen, click here to breath in the song, “Tragedy.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:18 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 2:05 pm

Jerry Jones on HBO's Entourage

Gotta love NFL news in early July. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a cameo on HBO’s hit show Entourage. The show has already been filmed. HBO flew to Arlington in April for a day of filming, then Jones and Cowboys head of public relations, Rich Dalyrmple, flew to L.A. for a second day of filming.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has the rest of the details if you’re so inclined (it was a well-written, entertaining piece).

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:00 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 8:12 pm

Two sad tales of former NFL players

E. Lockhart in 1990 (Getty) A couple of former NFL players are having money problems today. One is in trouble with the law, and one has grabbed the attention of the IRS.

Former Cowboys LB Eugene Lockhart Jr. – who played from 1984-92 – was taken into custody Friday morning and accused of violating the terms of his release as he waits to stand trial in a federal mortgage fraud case, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune has the scoop on the latest from former Bears DT Chris Zorich, who can’t find the missing $864,645 that was held by his now-defunct charitable foundation.

Neither saga sounds promising.

Lockhart, as the Morning News writes, is charged with “conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and aiding and abetting. … Initially, he and eight others were indicted on charges that they allegedly profited by arranging mortgages based on inflated sale prices around North Texas. The case has now expanded to 11 defendants. One of them, Michael Anthony Caldwell, pleaded guilty Feb. 17 and faces up to two years in prison.”

Lockhart apparently failed a drug test that was a condition of his release as he waits for the trial that is set to begin in October.

Zorich, who played from 1991-97, e-mailed the Tribune this week, writing, "I haven't found the statement yet. When I do, I'll let you know.”

C. Zorich in 1994 (Getty) From the Tribune story:

  In an article published in June, the Tribune reported that Zorich's foundation was in disarray and that Zorich didn't know the location of the assets listed on its 2002 tax return, apparently the last one filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The article also chronicled how the IRS filed a $10,000 lien in April against the Chris Zorich Charitable Foundation.

The Illinois attorney general's office canceled the charity's registration in 2004, rendering it ineligible to solicit, receive or hold onto funds in Illinois.

In an e-mail exchange this week with the newspaper, Zorich did not directly address questions about where the money is located and how much remains. Instead, he offered the following response:

"I'm in the process of hiring an accounting firm to help me sort through all of the information. The attorney general's office has contacted me. Other than that, that's all the progress that has been made."

Zorich now works in the Notre Dame athletic office as the manager for youth programming and community outreach. 

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 7:49 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 8:29 pm

Martellus Bennett makes another Youtube video

In his latest demonstration of “what happens when young athletes have too much time on their hands”, Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett has created a YouTube video in which he wears a beard and marches around, rambling like an idiot about Osama bin Laden. It’s likely that some group out there will find a way to be offended by this. (Of course, to do that, they’ll have to take Bennett somewhat seriously, which won’t be easy).

Bennett created a stir with a vulgar YouTube rap video last year. This latest “project” is far less thought out. Nonetheless, there’s roughly a 1/8 chance it will cause a stir in the mainstream media this week, so if you’re so inclined, you can view the video here.

UPDATE: Pro Football Talk reports that Bennett has removed the bin Laden video.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 9:29 pm

Jay Ratliff offers a level-headed perspective

Cowboys star nose tackle Jay Ratliff gets it. Ratliff’s team has been bombarded with Super Bowl questions and hype this offseason. But the former seventh-round pick is not taking the bait.

Ratliff recently had this to say on the ESPN Radio Show Galloway and Co.:

There’s a lot of talk about the Cowboys and the Super Bowl but are you even thinking about the Super Bowl right now?

Nope. I’m not talking about it and I’m not thinking about it. Right now, I’m just thinking about training camp and then when the time comes, I’ll be thinking about the game we’re playing that week. But, I’m not looking ahead, I’m not falling in that trap, not going to happen. And we have a very mature team and I’m pretty sure the other guys won’t either.

Problem is, a lot of the Cowboys Super Bowl talk seems to indirectly derive from the owner of the team…

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 9:34 am

Cunningham's son found dead

This is a terrible way to begin the day, but the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports today that the 2-year-old son of former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham was found dead floating in the backyard hot tub at his home in Las Vegas. Though police were investigating for possible abuse, they said the drowning appeared to be accidental.

Cunningham – now a pastor at Remnant Ministries, the church he founded in 2004 – was not home at the time.

"We know healing is going to take time," one church member, who goes by the name Miss Happy, told the newspaper. "We ask that everyone pray for the family. It hurts. It hurts."

Cunningham, a four-time Pro-Bowler, played 16 seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Eagles, Vikings, Ravens and Cowboys. He’s among the top-35 all-time in career passing completions, passing touchdowns, passing yards, pass attempts and sacks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:45 pm

Flozell Adams takes a visit to Pittsburgh

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com , the Steelers will work out OT Flozell Adams in a possible attempt to replace RT Willie Colon, who suffered an Achilles injury Monday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Colon is out for the year.

Adams is 35 and a five-time Pro Bowler, but he hasn’t played RT since his rookie season in 1998.

From the article:

In 2009, Adams had team-highs in penalties (12), sacks allowed (eight) and quarterback pressures allowed (34). However, the Cowboys coaches valued his play during a season in which he participated in 1,081 snaps. Once the season ended, Adams was let go when the Cowboys elected to give Doug Free the starting job at left tackle.

Adams is nearing the end of his career, but if he can somehow make the transition to the right side of the line, he might be a valuable signing for the Steelers. There doesn’t seem to be much interest in moving LT Max Starks to RT.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 10:56 pm

A casualty of technology

Now, this is something I never would have thought about. When you think of HD TV, you think of Aprils at the Masters and how vivid the field looks during the BCS title game. You don’t think of the Cowboys wearing green pants.

But apparently, that’s exactly what you get when you watch Dallas in high definition.

According to Richie Whitt at the Dallas Observer , Tex Schramm, the original team president, designed the pants with a greenish shade, because on non-HD TV, the hue actually appeared silver. Now, with new technology, fans can see right through the special effects.

The Cowboys pants look slightly green, because, well, they’re slightly green.

"When fans go to our home games in person, the No. 1 grief we hear about is the green pants," Cowboys vice president of merchandising Bill Priakos told Whitt. "Now we're hearing it from fans watching on TV because of HD. It's too realistic."

As a result, the uniforms might be altered in the future. Priakos is quick to say that nothing will change with the white home jerseys or the star on the helmet. But the shade of the pants is a different story.

--Josh Katzowitz

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