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 Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College
There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games
Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
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