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Offseason Training Camps

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    September 21, 2011

    Without Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, Cowboys' Receiving Corps is ... Yuck.

    ​The question isn't if Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo is going to play against the Washington Redskins Monday night. (He will.) It's who the heck is he gonna throw to? (Who knows?) With Miles Austin out (hamstring) and Dez Bryant iffy (thigh), the Cowboys are in danger of being lef ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2011

    It's Off to Camp Chaos for the Cowboys

    With the NFL lockout finally over, the Cowboys embark on an unprecedented training camp and an unpredictable 2011 season.

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    July 19, 2011

    Good News: The Lockout's Almost Over. Bad News: So Are Two-a-Days.

    ​I'll never forget the image. It was 2009 and your Cowboys were holding their afternoon training camp practice at San Antonio's Alamodome. In shorts. The pace and feel of coach Wade Phillips' camp mimicked that of a leisurely picnic kicking off a weekend 10-year high school reu ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Barring a Lockout, Here's Who Your Dallas Cowboys Will Play in August

    ​If the Dallas Cowboys have a training camp this summer, they'll spend it in San Antonio's Alamodome. That's great news for critics who reasoned that last year's 1-7 start that got head coach Wade Phillips fired was a product of a marketing campaign of a preseason that saw them play five game ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    September 2, 2010
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    August 12, 2010
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    August 9, 2010

    Cowboys 16, Bengals 7: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Man, what a letdown. You spend all weekend talking about and listening to and watching highlights of Emmitt Smith and Super Bowls and football immortals. Then they kick off the Hall of Fame game and you get Cowboys 16, Bengals 7. It's like going to the theater and being titillated b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Dez Bryant's Injury Makes Karma Happy and Jerry Jones Mad

    ​Was it, as Roy Williams denies, karma? Or was it, as Jerry Jones suggests, Wade Phillips' fault? Either way, the ankle injury suffered here in San Antonio Friday afternoon by rookie receiver Dez Bryant has yanked the momentum of Dallas Cowboys' training camp to a screeching halt. S ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Camp Cowboy: Early Observations From Afar

    ​I'll be down in San Antonio for Dallas Cowboys' training camp next week. For now, I'm making calls. Talking to spies. Trying to get the skinny by chewing the fat. Some thoughts: New offensive tackle Alex Barron is better than expected. And Doug Free has struggled with his quickness at l ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    The Cowboys Will Kick Off Training Camp Without Dez Bryant

    ​Dallas Cowboys' rookie receiver Dez Bryant may start once the NFL regular season starts. But he'll be on the sidelines when training camp begins Friday in San Antonio. Almost assuredly. Barring an 11th-hour contract agreement, Bryant will be one of many NFL rookies to miss the official start ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Miles Austin on the Cover of Sports Illustrated. Uh-Oh.

    ​For the second time in 2010, Dallas Cowboys' receiver Miles Austin has made the cover of Sports Illustrated. A sign of stardom? Or a jinx waiting to strike? Austin is on this week's cover curiously wearing a No. 2 jersey (as a Yankees fan, he was honoring Derek Jeter during a minicamp practi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    With a 22-Game Taste, Let's Circle the Bases: Last-Place Rangers Have First-Place Potential

    Ian Kinsler makes his season debut tonight against the Mariners and lefthander Cliff Lee, who's also making his first appearance of the year. ​While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has cryptically blamed the refs yet again for his team's fourth first-round exit from the playoffs in the last seven y ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    August 27, 2009
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    August 27, 2009

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    My Top 10 Observations From Cowboys 30, Titans 10, Stadium 7.

    ... to this.   From this ...    ​                There are kinks to be worked out, yes. But in Friday's victory over the Tennessee Titans the Dallas Cowboys showed that their team and their stadium just might be great - if not ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Snap To It!

    After all, this franchise has a history with bad snaps.​With nods to the special teams and Mike Mickens and Jason Williams, the most troubling aspect of last week's Cowboys' pre-season loss to the Raiders was the most elementary of plays: The snap. After a season in which Andre Gurode sent ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Camp Cowboys Top 10 Observations: Day 9

    ​10. Tony Romo spent about 10 minutes after practice chatting with long-time San Antonio Spurs' pest Bruce Bowen. Let's hope the topic was winning, not defense. 9. For the first time in training camp the Cowboys brought in referees. Today's lone practice focused on goal-line situations. 8. Am ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Whitt's End: 7.31.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Been buried in Camp Cowboys all week, but looks like 103.3 FM ESPN needs a new drive-time sidekick alongside Randy Galloway. Brian Estridge is leaving to co-host mornings on WBAP 820 AM with the l ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Camp Cowboys Top 10 Observations: Day 1

    Playmaker and his pupil.​Pass along your questions or suggestions of who/what you'd like a report on and I'll watch it at tomorrow's practices. Thursday is the first day of two-a-days. Who knows, we might even see pads. 10. So much for the new-and-improved-and-tougher Wade Phillips. The Cow ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009
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    June 18, 2009

    Dallas Cowboys: Three Dots and a Cloud of Dust

    Quick takes from a Wednesday's minicamp workout at Carrollton's Standridge Stadium: *Tony Romo says the story that appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about him being told to lose weight is total bullshit. "That never happened," Romo said with a smile. "It just didn't." ... *From what I co ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    The 10 Worst Quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys’ History

    Holy hell, he's even worse than we thought. Giants Stadium has long been a house of horrors and horseshit for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterbacks. Hall of Famer Troy Aikman threw a career-high five interceptions in New Jersey in 2000. In ’01 backup Clint Stoerner topped that by tossing four pic ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Six Pac

    The Cowboys are counting on NFL outlaw Pacman Jones to pop the top on their sixth Super Bowl.

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    February 27, 2008

    Play Ball! Notes from Texas Rangers Spring Training, Thus Far.

    CharleyPride.com The Pride of North Texas: Charley Pride, that is, an annual fixture at Rangers spring training SURPRISE, Arizona -- Eight months from now we’ll either remember this as the day your Texas Rangers commenced a stunning turnaround. Or, more likely, the day they unofficially officiall ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Captain Casual

    Wade Phillips ushers in a kindler, gentler, better Cowboys era

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    July 27, 2007

    What Up, Dawg?

    The sight of Nate Newton, all 340 pounds of him, trying to hide behind a tree would have been funny. If he hadn’t been trying to avoid being spotted and arrested by police. At an illegal dog fight. As Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick prepares for the first of what should be many days in c ... More >>

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    May 15, 2007

    A Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Does Interviews. Wait, That Can't Be Right.

    We had two choices: run a picture of Wade Phillips or this one of his daughter, Tracy, who you might know from that My Chemical Romance video. Sorry, Wade. And thanks! A Dallas Cowboys head coach did something today that hasn’t happened in five years. Yep, Wade Phillips appeared on local radio for ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

    Can the Rangers' oldest rookie leave his diva days behind and deliver?

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    August 10, 2006

    Ready to Blow

    With Terrell Owens, which comes first--the Super Bowl ring or the explosion?

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    August 1, 2006

    Dead Presidents

    Why is Lincoln Kennedy so danged happy? Maybe it's because the former Raider's getting a shot at being a Cowboy during training camp. Two words this morning: Lincoln Kennedy. Been a while since you heard that name, eh? Well, you'll be hearing it again later today as the Dallas Cowboys bring in the f ... More >>

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    July 28, 2006

    Rage Against the Machine

    It's only the first day of Dallas Cowboys training camp here in Oxnard, California, but at least one major player is already in mid-season form. Long-time WFAA-Channel 8 sports anchor Dale Hansen got Day 1 off to a rousing start, purposely directing football-specific questions to owner Jerry Jones a ... More >>

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    October 6, 2005

    On Thin Ice

    After giving fans the cold shoulder, can hockey win us back?

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    August 25, 2005

    Parcells Guys

    Can has-beens from a coach's glory years change the cowboys from mediocrites to monsters?

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    October 28, 2004

    New Kids on the Block

    The Nash-less Mavs try to hang tough and build a winning team from scratch

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    September 2, 2004

    Tough Love

    Can Julius Jones win a place in Parcells' heart? Assuming Parcells has one, of course.

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    August 19, 2004

    The Summer of Wrong

    It's August. Who knew there'd be so much sports news? Not me.

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    June 17, 2004

    Dear Hunter

    Do the Cowboys need another cornerback? What's the answer, for Pete's sake?

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    June 12, 2003

    Amateur Hour

    Even in June, the Cowboys' quarterback situation is a laugh riot

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    October 31, 2002

    Steppin' Out

    Former Cowboy Mark Stepnoski tackles a new role--leading the charge for marijuana reform

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    April 4, 2002

    Desperate Measures

    Welcome (again) to the Arena League, where Desperados are kind, giants are invisible and rock concerts turn into football games

  • Culture

    May 3, 2001

    Was He High?

    When Jerry Jones traded up to get Quincy Carter, he made everything difficult for his new "star"

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    March 15, 2001

    The A-Team

    Love it when a plan comes together? Not so fast. Sure, they've got A-Rod and I-Rod, but what about Rusty Greer hitting leadoff, Tim Crabtree closing, and Johnny Oates acting human? John Gonzalez goes to Texas Rangers spring training to look for answers.

  • Culture

    August 5, 1999

    Be like Mike

    Amidst so much business talk, Michael Irvin remembers that it's all just a game

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    March 25, 1999

    The spring of our discontent

    Raphael Palmeiro is hurt. Johnny Oates is grumpy. Pudge Rodriguez is acting like a spoiled brat. Lee Stevens just wants to play baseball. Welcome to Texas Rangers spring training.

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    March 12, 1998

    Getting to first base

    Everyone's a contender during spring training, but can Will Clark and the Texas Rangers come back from last season's disappointments?

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    August 22, 1996

    Damned Rangers

    The Texas Rangers better win the pennant this year, if only to atone for subjecting fans to two decades of baseball hell. Mike Shropshire chronicles the team's cursed early years in an exclusive Observer excerpt.

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    April 20, 1995

    Camp Player

    Baseball's unemployed get in shape--and wait by the phone

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