The Dallas Cowboys: Seven Coaches and a Baby
In this week's Dallas Observer column in which I surmise that Wade Phillips is entering his last season - win, lose or drawl - I tell the story of riding up a training camp elevator with the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.
Sounds riveting, I know. But wait, there's more! Watching Wade interact with a young'un turned into a psychological exercise.
Faced with a baby asleep in a stroller, Phillips bent down, got this big, sweet, smile on his face and offered in his best Texas drawl - "Aww, sacked out." It was actually a neat moment. An NFL head coach on the eve of a grueling, demanding, month-long training camp acting, well, perfectly human.
As usual, it got me to thinking.
Whereas Phillips morphed into doting grandpa when faced with the zonked out kiddo, I can't help but imagine how the other head coaches in Cowboys' history would've handled the encounter ...
Tom Landry: "Hi there, future Cowboy."
Jimmy Johnson: "(Crickets)"
Barry Switzer: "Look at you, you cute lil' somebitch!"
Chan Gailey: "Well, I reckon this is my floor. Wait, no it ain't. Is it?!"
Dave Campo: "I'll have to ask Jerry."
Bill Parcells: "See, babies in Joy-zee don't require sleep, mmm 'kay?"
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Dallas, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.