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2/23/2006

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Free Agent's I'd Take

Unlike last year we don;t have the full luxury of going on a big spending spree this free agency season; however, I would like to nab at least 1 or 2 of the following free agents available:

LeCharles Bentley - C/G - New Orleans Saints
Bentley has been solid for the most part, and has been a force to deal with. The attractive part of signing Bentley is his versatility. He excels at guard and at center. Center is a big question mark for us going into the 2006 season. Al Johnson never got on track and seemed to be overcome and overpowered by larger NT/DTs all year long. Andre Gurode actually faired better then Johnson, but are either of these two the answer, and is the rotation of the two the answer. I would say no for now. Bentley would be a great fit, but he will be highly seeked since quality offensive lineman this free agency season is quite light on talent.

Jason Fabini - OT - New York Jets
At 31 he is getting up in age, but would be a upgrade to Rob Pettiti at RT. Fabini was a player that Parcells liked while he was with the Jets. A reunion and "Parcells Guy" return could be in the making here. Taking care of RT before the draft would give us more room to draft another position player that we need like LB, FS, DT.

Adam Vinatieri - K - New England Patriots
Not much needs to be said about Vinatieri, he is Mr. Clutch as far as kickers go. Rarely misses, and in games where FGs decide games, Vinatieri would be the difference maker. Last season, we could have won at least 3 games decided by FGs, and missed FGs. Let's get him signed, sealed, and delivered!

Chris Hope - FS - Pittsburgh Steelers
Hope would be a real upgrade for the FS, Hope is more the prototypical FS we need next to the hard hitting Roy Williams. Hope plays well in coverage, makes good reads, and has great gametime experience playing against some of the NFLs best offenses. Let Davis return to ST fulltime and bring in Hope to complete the secondary.

Other players I'd like to consider:
Matt Bryant - K - Tampa Bay Bucs
Ryan Longwell - K - Green Bay Packers
Julian Peterson - OLB - San Fran 49ers

2/04/2006

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Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame, Again...

You know the drill, its that time of year when the anti-Cowboys biases are validated. Today at 1PM CST we will find out if any of our Cowboys Legends get inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. We all know who votes, and its a extremely flawed and illogical way to vote in NFL players.

Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Rayfield Wright should all get in, unfortunately, I'm predicting that Aikman will be the only one inducted; however, I would not be surprised if none were inducted, as outrageous as that may sound it is a possibility. NOTHING is guaranteed today. Let's hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

From NFL.com>>> Charged with the vital task of continuing to be sure that new enshrinees are the finest the game has produced is the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 39-man Board of Selectors (see list below).

The Board consists of one media representative from each pro football city with two from New York, inasmuch as that city has two teams in the National Football League. A 33rd member is a representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and there are six at-large delegates. (Read More)

Players get "voted in" by the media...Here's the official list of HOF voters:
Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors
Arizona Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Atlanta Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal
Baltimore Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
Buffalo Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Carolina Charles Chandler, Charlotte Observer
Chicago Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune*
Cincinnati Chick Ludwig, Dayton Daily News
Cleveland Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dallas Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
Denver Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
Detroit Jerry Green, The Detroit News*
Green Bay Cliff Christl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Houston John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Indianapolis Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
Kansas City Bob Gretz, KCFX Overland Park, KS
Miami Edwin Pope, Miami Herald*
Minnesota Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England Ron Borges, Boston Globe
New Orleans Pete Finney, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants) Vinny DiTrani, Bergen Record
New York (Jets) Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
Oakland Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
St. Louis Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
San Diego Jerry Magee, San Diego Union Tribune*
San Francisco Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle*
Seattle John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
Tampa Bay Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee David Climer, The Tennessean
Washington Len Shapiro, Washington Post*
PFWA David Elfin, Washington Times
At Large Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At Large Dave Goldberg, Associated Press*
At Large Peter King, Sports Illustrated
At Large Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times
At Large Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com
At Large Mike Wilbon, Washington Post


Troy Aikman - Quarterback - 1989-2000 Dallas Cowboys
Harry Carson - Linebacker - 1976-1988 New York Giants
L.C. Greenwood - Defensive End - 1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
Russ Grimm - Guard - 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
Claude Humphrey - Defensive End - 1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles (injured reserve - 1975)
Michael Irvin - Wide Receiver - 1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys
Bob Kuechenberg - Guard - 1970-1984 Miami Dolphins (injured reserve - 1984)
John Madden - Coach - 1969-1978 Oakland Raiders
Art Monk - Wide Receiver - 1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Warren Moon - Quarterback - 1984-1993 Houston Oilers, 1994-1996 Minnesota Vikings, 1997-1998 Seattle Seahawks, 1999-2000 Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Thomas - Linebacker - 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs
Thurman Thomas - Running Back - 1988-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Miami Dolphins
Reggie White - Defensive End/Defensive Tackle - 1985-1992 Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-1998 Green Bay Packers, 2000 Carolina Panthers
Rayfield Wright - Tackle - 1967-1979 Dallas Cowboys
Gary Zimmerman - Tackle - 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos

If I had a vote, I would vote these six players into the HOF:
• Troy Aikman
• Michael Irvin
• Rayfield Wright
• Reggie White
• Warren Moon
• John Madden

I predict the HOF will vote these six players:
• Troy Aikman
• LC Greenwood
• Art Monk
• Reggie White
• Bob Kuechenburg
• John Madden

and the HOF voters could also be pussies and only vote in 4 players as they did last year, which would not surprise me either

Good Luck Cowboys, either way, you know where you stand in Dallas Cowboys lore.