Jerry likes to say that “if you work for yourself, you can’t fire yourself.” But isn’t that just what John Elway did in Denver? Hall-of-Famer Elway is as iconic in Colorado as Hall-of-Famer Jones is in Texas. But the Broncos boss, realizing that he’s overseeing the first team in NFL history to go to the Super Bowl one year and then fail to make the playoffs for the next five years straight, basically “bumped himself upstairs” in the Broncos organization and is now overseeing the hiring of the GM who will replace him.
If Elway can do it … why can’t Jerry Jones? If the Broncos think five years is too long, how can the Cowboys not think 25 years is too long?
*Supposed to be all positive and forward-looking and “new” in 2021, but if you dare to remember the lowlights of the Cowboys’ 2020 grab a barf bag and … here.
5. Alex English
English was the first player to score 2,000 points in eight consecutive NBA seasons. One of the greatest scorers ever, he averaged 22 points and six rebounds per game and was an eight-time All-Star during his 16-year NBA career. His first few years in the league with Milwaukee and Indiana were rather uneventful, but he began assaulting the NBAs scoring records beginning in 1980 as a member of the Denver Nuggets.
For a full decade through 1990, he was the leagues highest scoring player and helped the franchise reach the Western Conference Finals in 1985. No player scored more in the 1980s than the much-slept-on Cheap Alex English Jersey, one of the coldest offensive weapons ever.
4. Sam Jones
One of the greatest winners in the history of professional sports, Jones won ten NBA rings with the Celtics. He’s known as one of the most clutch players ever and, along with Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, was a part of eight straight NBA championship teams from 1959 to 1966.
*Couple eye-popping Cowboys’ stats from the final autopsy: How many offensive holding penalties you think they were flagged for? Yeah, me too. I was thinking at least one per game, so … like 18ish? Nope. Nine. NINE! Well below the league average of 14. More confounding, head coach Mike McCarthy tried more fake punts (3) than he threw challenge flags (2).
*Sad news this week re: the passing of radio icon Tom Bigby. Gruff? You betcha. Irrationally demanding? Dang skippy. Creative genius? Yep, above all else. Bigby hired me full-time at 105.3 The Fan in 2009, pairing me first with Newy Scruggs and later Greg Williams. Think of him as the Don Meredith of The Fan, the star who put the fledgling franchise station on the map before it got really good.
*Why is it Froot Loops instead of Fruit Loops?
*In his first game off the Mavs’ bench, Cheap Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey produced an uncanny performance: 30 points on 14 shots.
I would say that’s an impressive group to be included in, but it’s really more eclectic than excellence.
That’s not to say Tim hasn’t been excellent; his unselfishness here is notable enough.
*Think I’ll call my bank Cheap Tim Hardaway Jersey and demand it “finds” me $11,800. I’ll pretend not to listen when it shows proof of three calculations of my correct balance, and instead I’ll rant and blame conspiracy theories and promise grave consequences if the obvious errors aren’t fixed. What? Strategy was good enough for our political leaders.
*Got a chuckle out of Sam Ehlinger announcing he was leaving Texas to enter the NFL Draft, in part, because “I’ve accomplished all I can here.”
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Really? The Longhorns’ quarterback went 1-4 against Oklahoma, never played for a Big 12 Championship and won only one significant bowl game (2019 Sugar over Georgia). Ehlinger is a tough runner and … beyond that, let’s face it, not cut out to be a star in the NFL. Arm not strong enough, much less accurate enough. He’s a really poor man’s Tim Tebow who will bump his ceiling at Taysom Hill.