The one saying of Bill Parcells during his tenure with the Cowboys that I always remember is, “You are what you are.” In other words, if the Cowboys have an 8-8 record, then they are a .500 team. They’re not a Super Bowl team that had some tough breaks. They are an 8-8 team.
I’m sure you’ve also heard, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Or “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken poop.” I’ll take the concept one step further and say that people don’t change. They are what they are.
How many teams draft a player of questionable character with loads of talent thinking they can change that player? Think Aaron Hernandez or Randy Moss. How many women marry the hunky low life thinking they can turn him into a gentleman and a faithful husband? I’m sorry. It doesn’t happen. Just ask one of the former Mrs. Newt Gingrichs.
For the past 17 years, we have been waiting for Jerry Jones to change. We’ve been dreaming of the day that he will allow someone else to make the personnel decisions for the Cowboys. Don’t get me wrong. I love Jerry Jones. Jerry is a marketing genius. How many other owners could take a team with one playoff win in 17 years and make it the second most valuable pro franchise in the country?
I just wish that he would stick to promoting the “House That Jerry Built,” American’s Team and its merchandise and let someone else run the football team. But, Jerry is what he is. He thinks he’s a football man, and no reaching to draft a Quincy Carter will convince him otherwise.
We’re looking at a .500 program since 1996. The only team in the NFC more futile than Dallas during that time frame is Detroit. The Lions have 0 playoff wins for going on two decades. On the bright side, at least someone is underneath us. We’re not America’s Doormat.
Over the past three drafts, Jerry has dug up some gems in Sean Lee, Demarco Murray, Tyron Smith, Dez and others. He loves the home run ball in the draft. He also falls in love with his own players. Sometimes he overrates what is on hand. In this year’s draft he overlooked the defensive line. He passed over a defensive tackle that was the #5 prospect on their board. Jerry liked the numbers he had on the defensive line.
Demarcus Ware is coming off of shoulder surgery, Anthony Spencer is having knee surgery right now, Josh Brent is being fitted for an orange jump suit (size XXXL), Jay Ratliff is hurt AGAIN, and Tyrone Crawford is out for the season. Just where are those numbers? Because Jerry “the football man” liked the numbers at draft time, they are scouring those cut by other teams. Does that sound like a formula for success?
Success on both sides of the ball begins up front. Aside from an occasional crumb, Jerry looks for star power. He likes a little flash with his picks — 300-pound linemen don’t provide much flash. So, we keep looking at the definition of mediocrity. In fact, without Tony Romo, we wouldn’t get up to the mediocre level. Last year had to be the worst offensive line in Cowboy history. When you figure up all the pre-snap penalties, the sacks and the times Tony was running for his life, 8-8 looks better than they deserved.
However, don’t blame Jerry. He is what he is. We are to blame. Jerry World is filled to capacity every Sunday that the Cowboys play there. Everywhere you look people are buying blue and silver jerseys. Jerry the money changer (as opposed to Jerry the “football guy”) is winning. He sees no reason to change even if he could.
It’s like New York City. If they elect Anthony Weiner as mayor and Elliott Spitzer as comptroller, they will get what they deserve. There is already evidence that Weiner (a.k.a. Carlos Danger) hasn’t changed. If they elect him as mayor, and if we let Jerry think we’ll keep filling his seats, then those in the Big Apple and those of us around Big D will have to watch out for the E Coli in our chicken salad. And don’t even think about a silk purse.
GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1
This was easy.
Almost too easy.
It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.
GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3
It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
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