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Football in 2009

Posted on: June 14, 2009 6:44 am
Edited on: June 16, 2009 7:06 pm
Well its soon time for training camp. Its time for the coaches to see who is the players to keep and the players to get rid of. I think the Cowboys did great in getting rid of Terrell Owens. Now the question is, will it help Tony Romo or hurt him? Owens was the deep threat. Without him, will there be less dropped passes? Will there be less interceptions? Will Romo's pass percentage improve?. That is  the question. We still have great players like Patrick Crayton, Roy Williams and Jason Witten. Plus we have some new blood. I want to see Romo become one of the elite great quarterbacks. He plays good ball till November then he seems to fall apart. He has yet to prove to me that he will ever be one of the elite. He has to get us into the playoffs and win a couple of games. Better yet, he needs to get us to the Super Bowl. But in order to do that, he has to get us into the playoffs and keep us there for at least a couple of playoff games. There is quarterbacks and there are elite quarterbacks. He is good. But so far he is just a quarterback. Nothing more.

I believe in our Cowboys. But as I said, I want Romo to prove he can be an elite quarterbacks, one of the greats. Or I want to see them bench him and put someone who can become one of the greats. Donovan McNabb was benched for one game. That is  all it took to wake him up. The next game he played, he played like the Donovan McNabb of old. He started getting games won. Maybe that is what Romo needs.

I am counting the days till it is football season again. I will root for my Cowboys. Win or lose, I will back them. I am hoping they have a good winning season. In football, we never know how it will play out untill it is played out. Each one of us will try to predict the out come. Some of us will be right and some will be wrong. Thats life.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:44 am

Football in 2009

Addison Cowboys fan who lost memorabilia to thieves scores big

12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

By ERIC AASEN / The Dallas Morning News

CARROLLTON – Butch Franklin is a man of few words, but there was no need to say anything Monday.

Cowboys linebacker Bradie James met ultimate fan Butch Franklin on Monday and gave him a No. 56 jersey. Franklin's memorabilia was stolen earlier this month.

His face said it all.

Franklin was all smiles when he saw a table covered with autographed pictures, posters and cards of Dallas Cowboys stars. And his eyes lit up when he met offensive lineman Cory Procter and linebacker Bradie James.

It's quite a change considering what happened to Franklin just a few weeks ago. Franklin, 53, who is mentally disabled, was distraught after thieves stole some of his possessions – including his prized Cowboys memorabilia.

Franklin may have been quiet as he sat next to Procter on Monday, but he did have a question.

"Will you have a good season?"

"Yeah, heck yeah," Procter responded. "We're going to do our best in the new stadium."

After a story about Franklin's stolen items ran in The Dallas Morning News last week, readers, Cowboys fans and autograph collectors e-mailed and called asking how they could help. Others gathered memorabilia to donate to Franklin.

And some Cowboys made plans to meet one of their biggest fans.

"It's been a very positive experience despite the negativity that happened," said Tammy Johnston, a coordinator for Mosaic, a nonprofit agency that helps people with mental disabilities live independently and hold jobs.

In a Mosaic conference room Monday afternoon, Franklin and Procter looked at the donated items.

Later in the day, Franklin met James.

Thieves stole several hundred dollars worth of items from Franklin's Addison apartment, including a flat-screen television, a PlayStation game console and cash.

Friends replaced the television, PlayStation and video games. But Franklin, who makes $30 a week working various jobs, wasn't sure what he was going to do about his Cowboys pieces.

At first, Franklin seemed stoic when he pointed out the missing items. But when he saw empty poster hangers, where framed Cowboys photos had been displayed, Franklin got upset.

On Monday, Procter said what happened to Franklin was a "rough deal." He told Franklin he was sorry.

"I thought I'd come by and say, 'What's up?' " the player said.

Procter and Franklin talked about music, the July Fourth holiday and barbecue. They took pictures together.

They looked at pictures, too, including shots of Cowboys cheerleaders, signed "Love and Cheers!" Franklin scanned one picture for quite a while.

Franklin also got the back of a Texas Stadium seat, signed by a few Cowboys. And he also received a new No. 9 jersey – Franklin loves to wear quarterback Tony Romo's number.

"He doesn't care too much about me," Procter said jokingly. "He's got a new Romo jersey. That's cool."

It may take awhile for everything – the gifts, meeting the players – to sink in for Franklin, Johnston said. But it's sure to be a day he won't soon forget.

"He'll definitely enjoy putting ... [the memorabilia] up in his room," she said, "and showing it off."

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:23 am

Football in 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed tight end Zach Miller.

Miller, a sixth-round pick in April's NFL draft, signed his contract Monday, becoming the team's first rookie to do so.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Miller played quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, where he threw for 4,096 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for 3,122 yards and a school-record 50 touchdowns in four seasons.

Jacksonville drafted him as a tight end, and the 180th overall pick has been one of the team's best pass-catchers during offseason workouts.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:22 am

Football in 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Offensive lineman Kraig Urbik, the first of the Pittsburgh Steelers' three third-round draft picks, has signed a three-year contract.

The Steelers have eight of their nine picks under contract after signing Urbik on Monday. Their only unsigned draft choice is first-rounder Ziggy Hood, a defensive end from Missouri.

The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Urbik played both right guard and right tackle at Wisconsin, making 50 starts. He is expected to play right guard for Pittsburgh, competing with starter Darnell Stapleton and backup Trai Essex.

The Steelers chose Urbik with No. 79 overall pick following a draft day trade with the Denver Broncos.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:20 am

Football in 2009

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -The New York Jets have claimed guard Mike Fladell off waivers from the Giants.

Fladell was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent to the Giants' practice squad last December, and was waived last Wednesday. The 6-foot-7, 334-pound New York native played at Rutgers from 2003-07, and started his last two seasons with the Scarlet Knights.

The move Monday was the third waiver claim in a week by the Jets, who added cornerback Rashad Barksdale and wide receiver Mario Urrutia during the last few days.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:19 am

Football in 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round draft choice LeSean McCoy on Monday.

The running back from Pittsburgh, taken by Philadelphia with the 53rd overall selection, is the first second-round pick to sign, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Philadelphia has come to terms with seven of the eight members of its 2009 draft class. Only first-rounder Jeremy Maclin, a wide receiver from Missouri, has not agreed to a deal.

McCoy, who provides insurance behind the dynamic but injury prone Brian Westbrook, rushed for 2,816 yards and 35 TDs, and caught 65 passes for 549 yards and one score in two seasons at Pitt. He ran for 1,488 yards and 21 TDs last year.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 12:35 am

Football in 2009

It is true, disapointing is the least when our Cowboys get kicked out of the playoffs, it is sad, very sad, and even if the season is virtually ended then, there  are still the playoffs and the super bowl, then I root for any AFC team to win the Super Bowl, any team excepting Pittsburgh, in that case I will cheer any NFC team not named redskins, eagles o forty niners, I am glad about the fact that a SB between Pitt and the skins, eagles or niners has not ever happened, just because it is not possible to have two loosers.

Any way, at the end, football is the best and watch great games with incredible plays is enough to survive another Cowboys' unhappy ending, I love the game and there is always something to enjoy until the pro bowl... and after that... there is always nfl network....

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2009 9:09 pm

Football in 2009

I want to see Tony Romo become one of the elite quarterbacks also. He needs to leave his personal life at home. Concentrate on the job at hand. Winning games. Becoming a leader. He has the ability to do so. Some how he needs to get past the Thanksgiving games and get the confidence he needs to win playoff games. I am not sure what it is with him. Does he lack the confidence to win the big playoff games? Or is it just that he is human, gets all wrapped up in his lady friends? And forgets what he is suppose to be doing. Winning Playoffs.

One thing I am sure of. If he continues to play lousy after Thanksgiving Holidays, then Jerry Jones will finally say, enough and get rid of him. Jones is no fool, he will keep players around untill they prove that they are not worth the money he is paying them. The he starts looking for some one who is. How long will Romo last? I have no idea. Hopefully a long time. But that depends on Romo himself.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2009 8:55 pm

Football in 2009

It is always very disapointing, to say the least when our Cowboys get blowed out of the playoffs before they ever get there. For you then have to wait untill next year to see them play again. When that happens, then I root for an NFL team to win the Super Bowl. Because I love it when the NFL beats the AFC. I root for who ever in the nfl plays in the super bowl. It will not matter to me if it is the Redskins, Eagles, Giants, Packers or who ever. As long as the nfl wins. I know most fans do not see it that way. They say they will not root for any team but their own. Well, thats their peragotive. I believe a fan should be able to cheer for whom ever they please without being harrassed.

It is a shame when we come on line to chat and brag about our teams and some jerk comes around and trashes them. Personally I pay these type people no mind. They pay for their internet and the way they use it is their own business. Not mine. If thats how they enjoy wasting their time, theres nothing no one can do about it. Except just plain ignore them.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2009 1:44 am
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Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:56 pm

Football in 2009

I agree with you, there has been a long time since the last time we were the happiest fans on earth, as a Cowboy fan since the 1972  season, the year after the victory against the Dolphins in SB VI and perhaps the first whole Cowboys' season broadcasted in Mexico, I have been through a lot of things.

I suffered both SB looses against Pittburgh, I use to say I still have nightmares about Smith's dropped pass and about the catch. I really enjoyed the crush of Denver in SB XII and I was really happy with the three SB victories during the 90's, but 12 years without at least a NFC championship is too much.

However, every year, at season's kick off I believe again, there is always the hope and the wish to see my boys  winning every single game including super sunday, even if it sounds foolish, a win makes next week's start better, the good mood stays until the streak ends and a play off elimination almost ends football season to me, even if I love the game, it's not the same with my team out of the race.

As I use to say, there are few things that everyone leave to his/her children, and among those are religion and the love for your football team, once you have a team  to cheer you don't leave it, is a matter of principles, winning or loosing  is always your team, that's true love.

So I hope again to see Romo an elite QB calling signals in a Cowboys elite team and I really think TO's departure only can help this, if not in the field it will in the locker room.

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