Dallas Cowboys Media Coverage Is Sensational

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You know, there are times when I just don’t know what to think about the media who attend the Dallas Cowboys Press Conferences. I’ve had some interaction with almost all of them at one time or another. I think most of them are good people, and a couple of them are very good writers. They seem to be way too focused on pretending they are Sherlock Holmes or Perez Hilton.

On Wednesday Twitter exploded with “news” that Doug Free, the starting Right Tackle, was moved inside to Right Guard, and Jermey Parnell was in at RT. I put the word news in quotation marks because to me this wasn’t a big deal at all. My first thought was, “Hey Parnell is back.” I consider that a good thing. One of the first comments I read on Twitter was, “This shows you what the Cowboys actually think about David Arkin.” No it doesn’t. It shows you that due to injuries they are trying different things during practices.

Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett celebrates a score with tackle Doug Free (68) against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Garrett basically ratified this at his Press Conference the same day Free lined up at Guard. The first five questions, predictably, were about Free at Guard. In fact, the very first question he answered should have put the thought to rest. He specifically mentioned the need to shuffle due to injuries. Each time he patiently explained that they were reading too much into it, and that it was largely due to needing enough bodies to get practice reps in, and Parnell some time back at RT. Was this sufficient information for them? Of course not. There was finally a question about some other topic, and then a 6th one about Free.

What really baffles me about this is that the media are always so focused on injuries. Why that topic is so interesting to them is baffling to me. The question that interrupted the “Free for all” was about the injuries to Nate Livings and Ron Leary. Jason Garrett answered with one of the typical answers he has every time they want to know about an injured player’s progress. They are “day to day.” How many times do they need to have that answer before they quit asking those questions? This is the beginning of his third year as Head Coach, and his answer really hasn’t changed.

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  • Super Duper

    My take on this, another one of your rambling, nonsensical tomes:
    1) You love the word “ratifies” although you clearly have no idea of its meaning
    2) You love Twitter although you told your minions at CZ that you didn’t use it and had no idea how to use it.
    3) You need to go back to Writing 101 and look up the section about rules for capitalization. You capitalized words unnecessarily thinking you were providing emphasis when it’s really just showing how lousy a writer you are.
    4) If you stick to your guns then you call yourself consistent. If any other writer does the same thing, he’s “stuck in a rut”.
    5) The reader is told to believe an apartment manager in Arizona knows all of the goings on at Valley Ranch over writers who cover the team and can and have been blackballed for reporting bogus stories. Sorry, I’ll take the word of most of those writers over the neighborhood toilet unclogger.
    6) You have been able to endow Shirley Povich as “legendary” because he made a quip that you so admire. You are the epitome of narcissism.
    7) How you went from Doug Free getting snaps at guard to the controversy over the name Redskins I’ll never figure out, nor will you if you ever proof-read your work.
    8) How you got from Doug Free getting snaps at guard to the infamous Cabo trip in 2007. Sorry, but I check most news outlets every day and haven’t read anything about that for years. WTF are you talking about?
    9) It’s not like Brent and Jerry Brown were hiking and Brown lost his footing and died. It’s about Brent making an incredibly stupid decision to drive after drinking way too much, and was only “ratified” by his further stupid decisions he’s made since then, since you seem to love that word so much.
    10) You need to lick the spoon of all the dung you’ve posted on this site. If anyone is a sensationalist, it’s you. No one probably in the history of journalism has trumpeted himself as being the know-it-all you proclaim yourself to be than you.
    11) Come down off your cross, Hostile. Take the wood and build a bridge to nowhere.

    • Incredulous

      Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an meaningful, informative, and unhinged rant.

    • True Cowboys Fan

      In some ways you both right & wrong as a cowboys fan I’m tired of all the crap & bashing of our team from fans & media what I don’t understand is the fans how can you kick the team when its down or when they make a mistake what happened to backing the team through good times & bad times no mater what cheering them on & letting the players know you got there backs as fans the players out there giving it there all & so its time we as fans start to show more loyalty to them & when I say them I’m saying the Dallas Cowboys as for the media we fans can start by letting them know we not gonna stand for this crap & reply when they do write crap about the Cowboys GO COWBOYS TRUE COWBOY Fan For Life !!

      • 4lyfe

        TCF: It’s thinking like yours, that everything is just fine, that is the reason why this team has not done anything for 17 years. Pure and simple. If you don’t see that there are things very wrong with this team, beginning with the man at the top, then you are out of your mind.

        • True Cowboys Fan

          Oh so now your attacking Jerry ? LOL do you know him ? or you just going by what the media writes? Look what I’m saying is enjoy the games win or lose back the team up the player are out there giving there best why cant we as fans & maybe you wont look like such a fool when they win the Super Bowl GO COWBOYS! ! TRUE COWBOY Fan For Life!!

          • 4lyfe

            Attacking him? Hardly. Attacking is a word used by overly-dramatic attention whores like the writer of this article. I don’t go by only what the media writes, I go by what I hear him say on TV and the radio, the media doesn’t write that. I also go by wins and losses. The Cowboys’ record tells me that he’d rather lose his way than win someone else’s way, he’s that desperate to be recognized as a “football guy”. People like you only serve to feed the monster.

            You’re a fan of mediocrity. I get it. Rah rah Cowboys!

          • True Cowboys Fan

            Oh well here is where i say adios mi amigo we just on way opposite sides of being a fan I’m all in with my team & back them up no mater what from the top to the practice squad Hey I live in ca my family from San Juan Texas but any way you know whose fans I got to talk $h&t to all the time & then to hear my fellow cowboy fan criticize & nitpick about every thing its too much Don’t get me wrong about media tho we on the same side on that but i don’t waste my time with there BS GO COWBOY ! TRUE COWBOY Fan For Life !!

  • John

    I just thought toying with Free at guard meant they really really really love Fredbeard at center…

    • Raymond Tippett

      I agree keeping frd at center is so important to the cowboys front , its quite clear that fredricks is great at calling out the mike and picking up the inside guy, he does his job at center and it is smart to keep a guy there

  • Collin

    An outstanding article. Bravo.

  • Dan

    Mike, your piece of neglected perspective is welcome more than you know. There are many who mourn its day-to-day absence. Thanks for bringing it to life again.

  • 4lyfe

    I agree with Super. On top of that you can’t possibly be stupid enough to believe your own drivel. I think you post this crap solely for attention, you don’t even care if it’s good or bad.
    Please go take a course in sentence construction, too. Even if I agreed with you I’d probably have to consider changing my stance because your writing style gives any reader above a 2nd grade education the impression you have no idea what you are talking about.

    • True Cowboys Fan

      Excuse me I hope YOU’RE not referring to me TRUE COWBOY For Life? I deliberately dumbed down for those so called fans WHO criticize the COWBOYS from just reading the crap someone in the media wrote

      • 4lyfe

        So we should take the word of this Burke guy, who talks to NO ONE on the team, over people who are around the team every day? Burke is a narcissistic moron who sucks in simple-minded idiots by pumping nothing but sunshine under the ruse that he is :”in the know”. He is wrong far more than he is right. Just ask him about the Brian Waters signing, that he assured you was going to happen last week. You going to listen to a guy who picks up dog crap at an apartment complex or Brad Sham, who said it wasn’t going to happen?
        You do know his wife doesn’t even let him watch the games live, don’t you? Do the math. He has no control at home, not even over the TV, so he cultivates this internet persona via CZ and now TLH where he presents himself as some sort of insider when he couldn’t even tell you the layout of the lobby of VR. I don’t know what’s funnier, reading his BS rants on here or watching you fall all over the other retards who believe every word he says.

        • tfs

          You do realize many media members (you know, those reporters “who are around the team every day”) were speculating Waters was coming as well. Yet you act like Mike Burke being wrong is so much worse than any one of them?

  • Debo

    Hey Mike, how is that Waters signing coming along that you came down from on high last week to tell us about? Or is this just another one of your friends playing a joke on you? Oh wait, I got it. One of the Navy Seals told you about it then you found out he was just an action figure.