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The Dallas Cowboys’ Thursday News and Views

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On December 10, 2000, LaVar Arrington of the Washington Redskins came flying toward the right sideline and hit Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman just after he released the football, slamming his head into the Texas Stadium turf and essentially ending the happiest era of my childhood.  It was rookie vs. future Hall of Famer and the rookie won by TKO.  Aikman’s career was over and the slow decline on my beloved Dallas Cowboys was thrust directly into rock bottom.  It was over.  And, sadly, it’s been over for a very long time.  This fine Thursday marks the return of the NFL, which should be celebrated with great fanfare as grown men put on jerseys and flock to Buffalo Wild Wings in droves.  But, for me, it’s just the start of another season in what has become a painfully disappointing existence as a Dallas Cowboys fan.  The Cowboys have won exactly one playoff game since I’ve been able to legally operate a motor vehicle and now features the painfully unlikeable Tony Romo as the face of the franchise.  I’d like to say that this year is going to be different.  I’d like to pretend that I expect them to return to dominance behind the leadership of the one-time third-string quarterback.  Instead, it’s probably just going to be another year of talking about how great the 90s were and being glad I’m not a Bengals fan.  I’m rooting for a win against the Broncos Thursday night, but I’ll settle for 27 1/2 combined sacks from Jeremy Jarmon and Wesley Woodyard.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – The biggest news in the world of college athletics late Wednesday could have a major impact on the Kentucky athletics program.  Multiple sources are reporting that Texas A&M is considering a move to the SEC, with Texas governor Rick Perry confirming he’s been told the same thing to ESPN.  The Aggies have long been rumored as a potential option for the conference, should it plan to expand, and would most likely be part of a four-team addition that would create a 16-team conference.  If the SEC does decide to expand, the focus would, of course, be on finding a quality football school with a competitive basketball team, but moreso creating a new market for the conference.  Branching into Texas, as well as Oklahoma, if the rumors that OU and Oklahoma State are also on the radar are true, would add a significant target audience for the SEC.  There are rumors that the Big 12 could look to replace the departed schools with a number of teams, including Louisville, but others suggest that they’d be content at staying at nine teams if only A&M jump the boat.  You can expect more rumors to circulate over the next several days, but it’s clear that the Aggies are clearly agitated by the new Longhorn Network, which appears to have given Texas a huge advantage over the other schools in the Big 12.  For the SEC’s part, expansion doesn’t seem to be necessary, but if the right pieces are available – and those three schools certainly appear to be very nice pieces – then what is there to lose?  Maybe bowl eligibility for the Cats?  We’ll have to wait and see. 

 – As Kentucky fans continue to wait somewhat patiently for the first 2012 commitment to fall into their laps, they were met with two pieces of big man news Wednesday that didn’t appear to be entirely promising on the surface.  Andre Drummond, clearly the most talented big guy in the class, announced that he’d be attending prep school instead of re-classifying, seemingly cementing himself as an early entry into the 2012 NBA Draft.  Though he listed Kentucky as one of the schools that he’s considering, the chances that Drummond ends up as a Cat remain very slim right now.  On the flip side of that, one guy Kentucky has seemed to be sitting very nicely with, DaJuan Coleman, told Adam Zagoria that Ohio State has now caught up with Kentucky in his recruitment and he’ll likely visit both schools.  Coleman said that Jared Sullinger and his basketball tattoo on his chest have been pushing after him hard for the Buckeys and he’s intrigued by what they do with their big men.  I, like you, do not find anything intriguing about how their highly ranked big men go on to ride the pine in the NBA.  But, hey, we were all kids once.  He has plenty of time to sort it out.

 – With the game between his Dominican team and the UK Pros at the Yum! Center less than a week away, Coach Cal pushed hard Wednesday to try to get the game sold out.  I’ve been told that the tickets have actually been selling pretty well, especially considering the game in Lexington the night before sold out, but there are still plenty available for the August 16 battle at Ricky’s Chicken and Brothel.  Kentucky has traditionally not sold out their Freedom Hall game, but not having it tied to a season ticket package and playing a weak opponent has often been cited as the reason for that.  It will be interesting to see if Cats fans can make a push in the coming weeks to get the Yum! Center to maximum capacity, or at least very close to it for the exhibition.

 – As sometimes tends to be the case during this part of the pre-season, Wednesday brought some turnover with the UK football team as Qua Huzzie announced that he would be transferring and Josh Gibbs will be giving up football.  Gibbs’ departure will likely force someone to switch positions, possibly an offensive player, to help provide depth at the safety position.  Meanwhile, Huzzie’s departure appears to be a simple case of not seeing himself fitting in on a newly revamped Rick Minter defense.  Minter has made it clear since day one on the job that he expects to play a certain way on defense and guys need to have a certain mentality to be a part of what he is building.  Considering the significant departure from the previous defensive strategy, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more turnover.  Huzzie gave us one of the greatest pictures we’ve ever posted and for that, we’ll be forever grateful.  But this is Nuclear Minter’s world right now.  You’re either in or your out.

 – To say that the NCAA is having some serious PR issues right now would be a massive understatement.  So it’s not a shocker that they’re having some of their employees pop up on Twitter to maybe help spread their message or control stories that they think are inaccurate.  That appears to be why Dana T has joined up on Twitter.  Is she worth a follow?  I wouldn’t rush out to sign up anytime soon.  But there’s something about her bio that’s just so refreshingly reflective of the NCAA.  She is a real person!  With real feelings!  Take it easy!!!!!


 – Finally, on a completely unrelated note, congratulations to KSR reader Michael Clos for being named the funniest man in Cincinnati.  Try not to enjoy it too much or they’ll send you to New England.

That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around all day as Matt tries to pull himself out of bed and take to the airwaves on Kentucky Sports Radio with John Calipariat 10am.  Hopefully he can survive for the full two hours.  In the meantime, pray for all the Cowboys fans you know.  It’s going to be a long season.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

30 Comments for The Dallas Cowboys’ Thursday News and Views

  1. Sladet87
    12:24 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    @NCAADana follows Beisner but not Bilas or Calipari. That’s power my friend.

  2. Sladet87
    12:25 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    @NCAADana follows Beisner but not Bilas or Calipari! That’s power my friend…

  3. Sladet87
    12:26 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    @NCAADana follows beisner but not Bilas or Calipari! That my friends, is when you’ve reached the big time.

  4. Me
    12:42 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Come on, Aggies! They would be an awesome get for the SEC. Their football games and traditions are awesome. Even if they’re not hugely successful. But I think they would do great in recruiting out of Texas because they could say “wanna go play for those cows down the road in a shitty, weak conference, or do you wanna play in the best conference with a great ESPN deal?”
    Gig em and go cats

  5. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    1:06 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’d give Dana T a heavy dose of my Dennis RODman. And no Dana, I won’t take it easy on you…Not by a long shot.

  6. Blue2daCore
    1:18 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    I know the conference expansion discussions/decisions are primarily football driven – I get that. But wouldn’t you love to see Kansas join the SEC? From a purely basketball standpoint, the addition of KU alone would significantly bolster the rep of the conference, and maybe — JUST MAYBE — we wouldn’t have to suffer through so much ACC media hype. Plus, Kansas seems to have pretty good football fan support, too. At the end of the day, we get to affirm our dominance over another traditional basketball powerhouse and add another win in football. Seems like a win-win if the Big 12 (or whatever the appropriate # is) collapses.

    1:30 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    If A&M comes to the SEC, it’ll be interesting to see how the recruiting of Texas schools play out. On one hand you have the University of Texas who is the recruiting juggernaut in the state. On the other hand you’ll have a pretty respectable football school that can now sell recruits on playing in the SEC.

    If it happens, I guarantee the balance of power in Texas will shift a bit.

  8. kentuckygentleman
    1:32 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    All I saw was something about liking the Cowboys and I saw red! Cowboys suck!

  9. BPsycho
    2:45 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    #1,2,3 Well yeah, Beisner is ****** geo double dee. xD

    #5 Lol

  10. Common Sense
    2:51 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    So lets say they add Texas A&M, OU, Okie State and Kansas, how would you divide the divisions? Do you maintain the East/West or do you part from geographical reasoning?

    Geographically, it’d be interesting to see the East be UK, USC, UGA, UF, UT, Vandy and the additions of Alabama and Auburn; the West would then be LSU, Oklahoma, Okie State, Arkansas, Miss State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Kansas. However, I would split up the Miss. and Alabama schools for competitive balance (E: Auburn & MState; W: Bama & Miss). Think about the second idea for football. Holy crap. The East: UF, Auburn, UGA, USC, Tenn, and improving UK and MState teams. The West: Alabama, OU, LSU, Arkansas and a revamped SEC Texas A&M.

    As they do now, you could then block off one game for rivalries each year. Florida & Oklahoma. Auburn & Alabama. S. Carolina & LSU. UGA & OK State (recently played). Tennessee & Texas A&M (tradition). Arkansas & Vandy. Finally, the basketball game on grass Kentucky vs. Kansas.

    However, that means UK would never play anyone in the West but Kansas unless they played more than 8 conference games. What would be best is that you have the divisions split in half. You play the 3 teams in your group, then rotate two of the other four within your division. That’d be 5 games. Then your other division rival + 2 rotated games.

    E1: Tennessee, UK, Vandy, MState.
    E2: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, S. Carolina. (Interestingly, UGA is rivals with all of these schools)
    W1: LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas.
    W2: Alabama, Oklahoma, Okie State, Ole Miss.

    So for example, UK would play: UT, Vandy, State every year. 2 of E2 (rotating). Kansas every year. 1 from W1 and 1 from W2 (rotating). The problem would be who would represent each division for the championship game as there would sure to be record ties. Fun stuff though.

  11. Claud Bawls
    5:44 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    F the Cowboys!

  12. katty
    7:12 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    The reason UK doesnt sell out in Louisville is the teams we play, play a top notch team and they will come, when i was a kid we always sold out the Indiana or Notre Dame games

  13. Big Blue Streeb
    7:26 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Cowboys suck

  14. notBomaniJones
    7:35 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    #blocked @NCAADana

    Cowboys suck!

  15. Natedogg
    7:41 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    It is hard to be a cowboys fan these days. I cannot freakin stand romo.He and his backward hat make me sick.

  16. Keepin it real
    7:55 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    F the cowboys. Go redskins (and anyone that beats Dallas)!!!

  17. BoomKentucky
    7:56 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Go Giants!

  18. CatTough
    8:11 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Cowboy fans deserve all the misery.

  19. Good Times With Jorts
    8:25 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

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  21. skinman
    9:03 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    How about dem Cowboys! EFF all the other teams in the NFL!

  22. PrimeTime
    9:20 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    America’s Team! GO COWBOYS!!!

  23. Al's IndiCats
    9:39 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    LMAO @ the Cowgirls, I stopped being a fan or at least watching them when that A$$wipe Jerry Jones bought them. Without a doubt the biggest egoistical bullball licking piece of 4 day old dog SH!T that ever owned a franchise. My only wish would be is that their new stadium would collapse, of course with nobody in it, and his insurance had lapsed……..GO CATS!

  24. BluGreas
    10:00 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    The SEC doesn’t need anymore stinkin teams (basketball) We are already going tohave to expand the conf. schedule…

  25. Scott Baio
    10:08 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    If the SEC wants to expand, why go west? Why not add schools in the east? I would like to see Georgia Tech (who has been in the SEC in the past), Florida State (which fits more with the SEC than it does the ACC), Clemson, and North Carolina.

  26. El Dude
    10:32 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Add Texas A&M, Clemson, FL State and one of the Oklahoma teams.

  27. taxes
    11:30 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    If Coleman is anything like his dad off the court, I hope to goodness sake Coach Cal skips out on him. Big Blue doesnt need that attitude for 4 years and it would be for 4 years after watching him play.

  28. bluetexan
    11:41 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Beis- You have to be on some powerful drugs to state that Romo is ‘painfully unlikeable’! Yes, ol’ Jerry has even stated how disappointed he is over last year’s debacle…but, never has anyone, including the very intelligent and diligent Dallas press corps has intimated that undrafted Tony, out for most of last season with a broken clavicle, is anything but one of the most likeable and popular Cowboys. Other than the Jessica/Mexico ‘brain-fart’…Romo remains popular as ‘our’ QB and we’re confident that the ‘Boys will be successful with his leadership. Yes, we’ve all been through some painfully disappointing seasons…but, simply, you’re wrong about Tony. Now, direct your ‘painfully unlikeable’ comment toward Jerry and the great unwashed fans will cheer you!

  29. John
    11:59 am August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone but the Cowboys SUCK! Oh, and go CATS!!

  30. cabethy
    7:48 pm August 11, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cowboys!!! Didn’t know that Beis was a fan of America’s Team, but if voting were held today, he’d get my vote for favorite blogger. Just sayin.