New To The Silver & Blue: Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant as we all know was the Cowboy #1 pick in this years draft.  He will be wearing  #88 so he has alot to live up to since legends Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin are known for wearing the same jersey.  I have no doubt that he will be able to do just that.  He has the most amazing hands I have  ever seen playing college ball. He always seems to know where the sidelines are and what he needs to get that all important first down.

Here is some history on our newest member of the Dallas Cowboys. Dez was born November 4, 1988 in Lufkin Texas.  He attended  Lufkin High School. Here are just a few of his merits in high school.

  • Superprep listed him as #7 receiving prospect.
  • ESPN.com choose him as America’s 29th best player
  • Member of the Texas football Superteam, first team..All State  Selection
  • Stats is Senior year 53 receptions for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • He ended his high school career scoring 41 touchdowns in 31 games.

Dez had his choice of college’s to attend including LSU, Nebraska, OU and Arkansas, but chose to attend Oklahoma State University. Where is majored in education.

2008 Final Stats at OSU:

  • 2nd nationally with 19 touchdowns
  • 3rd in the nation with 113.9 receiving yards per game
  • 3rd nationally with 17.94 yards per punt return
  • 2nd nationally with 9.69 points per game
  • 87 receptions, 1480 yards, 19 touchdowns and 2 punt returns. 

He is the highest picked OSU wide receiver since 1989.

I realize a lot of fans have doubts since he was ineligible for the of 2009 season for violating an NCAA bylaw. He failed to disclose his interaction with former Cowboy Deion Sanders. He would have been a candidate for the Heisman, no doubt in my mind.  Dez doesn’t have any drug or criminal problems.  He was late for a few practices and games in which Coach Gundy didn’t start him.  So compared to many other questionable players who played for the Cowboys, believe me this kid is worth the pick.

A Dez quote from KLTV says it all,

” Me falling to the Cowboys, that’s the best thing that could ever happen to me. I am so happy. I’m excited. I’m ready to go to work.”

I can not wait to see what the future holds for this young man.  With he, Jason Witten and Miles Austin,  watch out NFL here we come!

Cowboys Interested In Darren Sharper

As reported by ProFootballTalk.com, the Cowboys have expressed interest in Darren Sharper the free agent safety who played for the Saints in 2009. Sharper is visiting Jacksonville today and could be headed to Dallas next.

I believe this would be a big signing for the Cowboys as well as their defense since they released Ken Hamlin a few weeks ago. Sharper can be that one big free agent signing like Keith Brooking was last season. He will upgrade the secondary and be another leader for the young guys on the team.

In other news as reported by ESPN.com, the Cowboys have resigned free agent guard Montrae Holland to a two year contract. This adds some much needed depth to the offensive line of the Cowboys. 

Reported by NFL.com, undrafted tight end Scott Sicko from New Hampshire has signed with the Cowboys. Sicko is 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds and in 2009 he had 57 receptions for 725 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned first-team All-America honors in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

Do you believe in superstitions? Do you believe that what you say or do will make a difference? Can you lead your team to victory by sitting a certain way in your living room? Can you send messages to players just by talking to the television as you pace during the final minutes of a close game? I’m sure we have all gone through this at one time or another. Some truly believe it’s a ridiculous thing and others take it all very seriously. All I can say is that the mind is a very powerful thing and it can convince you of things even though you know deep inside that it’s not true.

Having just recently turned 42 (can not believe I just wrote that), I’m one of those people who is superstitious over many things when it comes to the Cowboys. It’s true that the little voice in my head is telling me that the things I do and say are stupid, but why can’t I stop? Why do I have to keep doing things every game that I believe is helping the team play better? When I was younger I believed that if I hung my Drew Pearson jersey up on game day (Pearson’s name needed to be seen of course) that the Cowboys would play better. My family would ask why not just wear his jersey for good luck and my answer would be because I can’t see his name. But at the same time I would wear my Danny White jersey because I thought it would help him play better. So why not hang the Danny White jersey up like I did with Pearson’s? If I turned my favorite Cowboys book to one particular picture of Tony Dorsett and left it open for the game I believed he would play well. I lost count how many times I would change the way I was sitting because the Cowboys were playing poorly. Then by changing positions something positive would happen and I could not move because I truly believed it was me changing positions that changed the way the Cowboys were playing. The mind sure is a powerful thing to make you think that way. Talking to the players, yelling at the players as I stared at the television almost as if I was coaching them and motivating them. Could they really hear what I was saying? Well, if those players ended up doing what I spoke to them about or picked their game up, then the answer would be yes in my mind.

As I got older I got a little better. Maybe not much, but a little better. Although my wife would not agree that I’ve gotten better. She believes I’m crazy with some of the things I do and believe in. There was one Dallas-Giants game not long ago that it just so happened that when the Cowboys were on defense I was standing to the left of my television and when they were on offense I was standing on the right side. I kind of picked up on this right after halftime. For the rest of the game I could not go away from that since they were playing well. Like I said earlier, I knew deep down it was stupid but I also could not stop because even if there was a tiny thought that I was making a difference that’s all I needed to know. One game a few years back I had eaten dinner while watching the game. The Cowboys were not doing that well. When I finished dinner I put the empty plate on the arm of my chair. Wow!!! The Cowboys actually started to take control and play better. By simply putting an empty dish on the arm of my chair? This was amazing to me. My wife came into the living room to take the dish. “DON’T TOUCH IT!!” “ARE YOU CRAZY?” I pointed at the television trying to convince her that it was the dish and only the dish that was responsible for the Cowboys playing better. I can still see the look she gave me as she walked away…without the dish of course.

Back in 2007 the Cowboys were losing to Detroit 27-14 going into the fourth quarter. For three quarters I sat watching them play a horrible game. The fourth quarter I paced around my living room between plays and then stood still for each play with one foot on the coffee table. Well, for those who remember that game Cowboys came back and won 28-27. Should everyone thank me for winning that game because of what I did in the fourth quarter? For those who believe that we have the power to control games, then I will say you’re welcome. To actually think that we can change the course of a game simply by standing or sitting is amazing, but at the same time it can get a little scary because we get so caught up in it. 

If the Cowboys win and I am wearing a particular jersey (Romo, Barber, Emmitt and yes even Danny White) that week then you can be sure that the next game I will be wearing the same jersey. I will wear that jersey every week because I believe it has a spark to it and gave the Cowboys good luck. But as soon as the Cowboys lose I will then change jerseys because in my mind the spark has gone away and it can only mean bad things for the team. I also can not put on a jersey until right before kickoff because I believe it is bad luck.  

I met my beautiful wife five days after the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX. Now she is not a big football fan, but she loves that I’m so passionate about the Cowboys to the point that she had no problem with giving my son the middle name of Dallas when he was born. But…….since meeting her five days after Super Bowl XXX the Cowboys have not done so well. They are only 2-7 in the playoffs and have missed the playoffs seven times. Back in 2000 I decided to bring her to a Dallas-Giants game. What happened? Troy Aikman has his worse day as a pro throwing five interceptions. She has been instructed for several years not even to look at the game when it’s on. She did not watch any of the playoff game against the Seahawks back in 2006 until the ball was snapped to Romo and….Well, we all remember what happened after that.

My point is that the mind can control all of us at times. It can convince us of things that we know are not possible, but at the same time we continue to think that way. Even as I write these examples and read them I’m shaking my head. I think it’s funny, but only because the Cowboys are not playing. If the Cowboys were playing tomorrow I would be doing the same things I’ve always done. Sitting a certain way, wearing something that had energy, standing with one leg up on the coffee table, telling the players what they need to do and to get their heads in the game, making sure I adjust my hat three or four times during a commercial. Am I crazy? Do I need help?  Some people think so. Some people yell at me saying that these players got to training camp, they practice every day, they lift weights, they study playbooks, they watch game film and do all the things they need to do to become better and to hopefully become a championship team. But yet I sit around thinking that I’m the one making the difference. That I’m the one doing what it takes to make the team better. Why can’t I stop myself even though I know better? Even though that little voice in my head keeps telling me that all these superstitions are ridiculous? In the end it’s all in my mind because…

The mind is a very powerful thing!

The Drafted, The Undrafted And Trading?

With the draft ending after three days I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it being on Prime-time, but it ended up being a good idea by the NFL. I think what made it exciting was of course chatting with all my fellow LSS friends as well as being able to watch what was going on in the Cowboys war room. Every time someone in the room picked up a phone or got out of their seat I thought something was happening. Oh, I almost forgot, the Cowboys drafted some guy named Dez Bryant. I hear he is supposed to be a pretty good receiver. Of course I’m kidding. I was jumping out of my chair as the Cowboys traded up and then the commissioner announced Bryant’s name as the next Dallas Cowboy. I can tell all of you this. As much as the Giants fans that I know tried to cover it up, I know they were not happy that the Cowboys were able to get Bryant.

As far as our other picks are concerned I can honestly say I don’t know much about them. So many people have their opinions of how teams did or how players are going to work out. The Cowboys can only hope that they picked some players that will contribute to the team this year and years to come. Let’s not forgot that many players from last years draft class either never made it to the field or barely made it to the field. Players like Robert Brewster, Mike Hamlin, Jason Williams, Brandon Williams, Stephen Hodge and Victor Butler.

After the draft the Cowboys started to sign some undrafted free agents per ESPN.com.

Chris Gronkowski, fullback/tight end, Arizona

Phil Costa, center, Maryland

Matt Nichols, quarterback, Eastern Washington

Chet Teofilo, guard, Cal

Lonyae Miller, running back, Fresno State

Barry Church, safety, Toledo

Terrell Hudgins, wide receiver, Elon

Will Barker, tackle, Virginia

Now we have been hearing that Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Martellus Bennett and possibly Tashard Choice are available to be traded. I’m not overly happy with the trade talk about Choice. I don’t want him traded and I think it would hurt the Cowboys down the road. Hurd would not be a big loss and as far as Crayton, I don’t blame him for wanting to go somewhere because he wants to play more. I guess we just have to wait and see how things play out.

FMC’s Offseason Rant: NFL Draft

Hey all you LSS fans out there!

It’s me, Full Metal Cowboy, bringing you another installment of my latest thoughts on the “Silver & Blue”. It was a wild and productive NFL Draft for our Dallas Cowboys this weekend, and I want to tell you all about it Full Metal style!

So go grab a drink, sit your butts down for ten minutes, hit play, and most of all enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fegU9TkRxFM

On behalf of me and everyone at Lone Star Struck, thanks for all your support, and until my next installment, peace out!


“WOW” What A Weekend

Although I am VERY excited the NFL draft is over and all the analysts saying over and over and over and over (you get what I mean) and over again about who goes where, who is number one, who should pick who, one word says it all. WOW!!!!!!! This has got to be one of the most active NFL drafts I have ever seen. There were trades galore and picks that shocked everyone. Top prospects going before during and after what they were projected to go. In a nut shell, a GREAT football weekend in the middle of the off-season.

First off Kelly did a good job on breaking down who we drafted this year. Although we got a great WR in the first round I kind of wish we would have gone with a little more focus on O-line to start the draft and other positions after that was solidified since we did lose Flozell Adams. But I do think we had a great daft and I am looking forward to an OUTSTANDING “championship” season. With that said, this draft to me seemed much more “emotional” than drafts in the past. As a writer for NFL.COM says, it was the “year of the hug”. There were more players hugging Commissioner Roger Goodell as they came on stage than in years past. Tears flowed, emotions ran high and dreams were fulfilled.

As we all know, Sam Bradford, QB for Oklahoma went number one to the Rams, the best defensive player in the draft, Suh went 2nd to the lions and from then on, it was GAME ON. Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, the draft was pretty well split down the middle between offensive and defensive players. 17 defensive players taken vs. 15 offensive players taken. What really came into play this year was the trades. Before the draft, the Eagles officially became the most ignorant franchise in NFL history trading a top 10 QB to a DIVISION opponent, the Washington Redskins. “BIG BEN” did what he does best and rubbed his name in the dirt just a little more showing his off the field behavior deserves NO respect, causing trade talks. In the end, the Steelers decided they were going to keep him and let his play on the field overlook his pathetic decisions off the field. With the Bears grabbing the best free agency out there in Peppers, they continued to focus on their defense drafting 3 more defensive players and 2 offensive players.

Seattle’s new head coach and former USC head coach Pete Carrol brought back familiar faces in acquiring RB LenDale White from the Titans and traded with the jets getting all pro RB Leon Washington to compliment that backfield. The Raiders decided that the Skins no longer needed Jason Cambell and took them off of their hands. We all know, just like in past drafts, the Patriots were going to be wheeling and dealing. Well coach Bill Belichick boosted up their defense and stealing veteran DT Gerad Warren from the Raiders. This acquisition, along with free agents WR Tory Holt and Defensive Lineman Amon Gordon and their TWELVE (12) picks in this year’s draft improved their team dramatically.

As I research the trades that went on this weekend, I realize I have taken on a task that would take me much more precious time than I thought, and besides, my blog would be 5 pages long. I found a link here that shows all the trades that happened during the draft this year.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d817b4621&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

With just the information that I’ve shared, you can easily see that this off-season is one of the most active ever. Free agents, trades, and a draft that in my opinion lasted WAY too long. Finally the draft is over, and the training camps can get underway. The newest “Boys” can start to show us what they have. Before we know it pre-season hits us and then, LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

Cowboys 2010 Draft Summary

I present to you the Dallas Cowboys Class of 2010. Some of you will make the team, some of you may not.

But for today you are Dallas Cowboys! Congratulations!

Rd Pk Player POS Ht Wt College
1 24 (24) Dez Bryant WR 6-2 220 Oklahoma St.
2 23 (55) Sean Lee LB 6-2 236 Penn St.
4 28 (126) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB 6-1 190 Indiana (PA)
6 10 (179) Sam Young T 6-8 320 Notre Dame
6 27 (196) Jamar Wall CB 5-10 203 Texas Tech
7 27 (234) Sean Lissemore DT 6-4 298 William & Mary

Some Sound Advice For Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd

Whenever you hear a professional football player say something like, “I just want to play and help the team win.”, what they’re really saying is, “I just want to play so I can make more money”.

It’s no secret that in football, the more snaps you participate in, the better your chances are for earning more riches.

Immediately after the selection of Dez Bryant on Thursday night, most of the reactions from our current crop of receivers were very cordial and supportive.

However, I wasn’t all that convinced, and in fact in a previous post I poised the question,

“What are they really thinking?”

The answers started trickling in less than 24 hours later…

According to several reports, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked to be traded. Additionally, Jerry Jones was quick to react and didn’t seem all too shook up about it.

“Both of those receivers I have such respect for,” Jones said. “And I know what they’ve given to our team and what they may give to the team in the future. I respect their sensitivity and I understand that. We all, I think, should understand when Dez Bryant enters the scene that that’s competition.”

You can be sure that niether of them will be back.

We might be able to get a future 3rd or 4th round pick for Crayton (if we’re lucky), but Hurd?

Sorry Sam… But like I said yesterday, you’re only sixth on the depth chart right now (if that), and you’ll probably just get released.

If you had made the right comments and said the rights things, you may have been able to stick around somehow and earn a paycheck, but now you’re looking at the prospect of trying to beat out a field of 10-12 other wide receivers trying to make another team, and that’s only if another team gives you that opportunity.

If we lose Crayton, I’ll be honest, I’ll miss him. But I also don’t hold it against him for trying to find an opportunity to be a number two receiver somewhere else.

But Patrick my friend, you have no control over where the Cowboys trade you. You have no veto power. You may very well end up in a situation where you get even less playing time. Or worse yet, end up with a perennial loser like the Detroit Lions, with no chance to make the post season.

Well. whatever happens I wish both of you luck.