Dallas Cowboys Get Down To Business

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“Coach wants to see you. Bring your iPad.” This will be and has been said all around Valley Ranch as the pre-season is finally over for the Dallas Cowboys. The Houston Texans game to end the fake games now gives way to the business of football and the real ones. Many players were playing for their football lives all over the NFL this week. The popular phrase is people expect a “visit from the Turk.”

Legend has it the phrase began with the Rams in the 1950′s. Players would be awakened in the middle of the night by a scout, or someone assigned by the coach. They were about to get cut by the long knife. Since the Turks of the Ottoman Empire were known for raiding and stealing children with their long knives, the phrase just sort of stuck. The only thing that has really changed is that now instead of a playbook, the players bring their team issued iPad. The Turk still comes.

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Houston Texans at AT

This year the Turk began his mission on the 2012 coaching staff. I really found it ironic that when the Turk came for Rob Ryan he was in the Virgin Islands at Turks and Caicos. Who is the Turk coming for in Dallas? No matter who it is, they end up in front of Jason Garrett who last week told reporters that by far the worst part of his job is ending some young man’s dream of playing for the Dallas Cowboys. As a 3rd string QB for much of his career Jason is more than just a little familiar with what these kids are going through.

The worst part about it for some kids is the window of opportunity will not open in some other NFL city. For some it might. Some players cut in another city might end up here in Dallas too. After football games you are so sore you can barely move without feeling it. I remember days of someone coming up after a game and slapping me on the shoulder and it sending shock waves of pain through me. The physical pain will be replaced by an emotional one for 22 players as the cuts are due to the NFL Offices by 6:00 PM Eastern time today.

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  • Rufus

    You can’t be serious. You want to sign and employ McElroy because he looks like Garrett did 20 years ago? You think that makes him coaching material? The dumbest thing you’ve said, at least today. You have said a lot of dumb things, starting with your supposed “predictions”.

  • Idgit and Jobberone

    Please don’t post links on our site anymore to these monstrous, pathetic ramblings. As a matter of fact, don’t come back to CZ anymore. Thanks.

  • zrinkill

    Yeah, cuz I’m tired of looking like a fool by saying I’ve got inside info and I pass on what I get from you and it doesn’t happen. I’ll talk to you again when Brian Waters is signed. Or when you admit John Garrett was fired. The choice is yours.

  • SuperDuper

    Christ. Please stop embarrassing yourself. The football Messiah you fancy yourself to be, you are not. Your “articles” read like something out of a Dr. Suess book. I can’t even get past the first page any more. Pathetic is right.

    • tfs

      Yet you make it a point to show and post comments. Obsess much?

      • SuperDuper

        What can I say? I keep hoping he will turn the corner and write something meaningful. Then sack-lickers like you eat his drivel up and all you do is encourage him. I think it’s obvious I’m not the only one who thinks this guy is an idiot.

        • tfs

          I made no comment good or bad on the content of the article.

          • tfs

            Oh, and it’s an OK opinion column this week. Not the best one I’ve read from him. Laced with some facts and what he thinks the Cowboys will do as far as the roster. Much like many other people were doing.

            He recaps a few facts that most people already know but I don’t see anything really “Messiah” related on the first page since that is all you read. It also does not read like any Dr. Suess book I have ever read. Makes me wonder if you have even read a Dr. Suess book. I’m thinking you haven’t. They are a bit more complicated to read than “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”.

            The truth is, I do not think you read a single word of it. Sir and/or madam, it is apparent you do not like Mike Burke long before he started writing here. Your comment is transparent and it does not take a genius to see that. You did not come here to read the column. Your only purpose was to come make a snide comment to carry on whatever juvenile agenda you have toward the man.

            I sincerely hope one day you seek professional help for this very unhealthy obsession of yours.

          • SuperDuper

            Spare me the Dr. Phil routine, tfs. I don’t care what you think I did. You have a low bar to clear when it comes to being entertained, obviously. And no, I didn’t know Burke before I started reading his toilet paper material when it started showing up here a while back. I just decided to let him know beginning last week that his writing is trash. Nothing snide about it. Tell you what, let me break it down to you this way. There is a difference between informing and educating. If he was just here informing people, he wouldn’t be so bad. But it’s obvious from the way he writes that he considers himself more knowledgeable than most here, thus his need to educate the reader say, for example, about the origin of the word “Turk”. Who gives a shit? Oh and his “opinions” he cleverly passes off as what he thinks are facts, case in point the Waters signing that he said would take place last week.

          • tfs

            You made your opinion known last week on his writing. And made it a point to comment again this week. Why? You had already decided he writes “toilet paper material” by the time his last article posted. Here’s something novel for you to try… don’t like his writing, stop seeking it out. The writer of the article is displayed, not like it’s a secret until you click on the column.

            I don’t read anything from his writing that “he considers himself more knowledgeable than most here”. As far the Turk thing, if it’s true then I think it’s an interesting bit of trivia.

            There was a lot of people saying Waters was coming as soon as the Cowboys got back to Texas after breaking camp. Why is Mr. Burke so much more wrong than anyone else who said the same thing?

          • tfs

            Also, for someone who claims they didn’t know Burke before he started writing here your comment last week appears to betray that claim.

  • AbeBeta

    lmao of all the dumbass pathetic shit youve spewed out of your jizz hole bringing in McElroy to be groomed to be a coach just because he’s a ginger neverwas like garrett has to take the cake.You fail at life you fat fuck