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@SkinsHogHeaven I was only five when the trade occurred so I don't remember it personally, I just like historical accuracy.  

And I agree that Marshall probably hated the Cowboys for playing LeBaron, as if he (Marshall) needed another reason!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Redskins rivalry with Cowboys didn't start with George Allen

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LeBaron retired from the Redskins on Feb 16, 1960. He was not part of the expansion draft.

The expansion draft was held on March 13, 1960. The Cowboys were allowed to take three players from each team, and the three players the Cowboys took from the Redskins were: LB Tom Braatz, C Joe Nicely, and RB Doyle Nix. The Cowboys didn’t sign LeBaron until June 23, 1960. The Cowboys had to give the Redskins their 1st and 6th round picks in the 1961 draft for the rights to LeBaron. They didn’t have to give up any draft picks or players for the guys they obtained in the expansion draft. This is the second time I’ve read a blogger claim that LeBaron was obtained via the expansion draft.

It makes a great story about how the early Cowboys might’ve pulled one over on the Redskins, but unfortunately it’s not true and I have no idea where this information comes from.

Refs: 

http://fs64sports.blogspot.com/2012/06/1960-cowboys-obtain-eddie-lebaron-from.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_NFL_Expansion_Draft
http://www.prosportstransactions.com/

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Redskins rivalry with Cowboys didn't start with George Allen

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Do local jurisdictions have the legal authority to treat broadband as a utility service and regulate it accordingly?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the FCC pre-empted states (and presumably localities) from regulating broadband, because it was deemed an "interstate" service?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.govtech.com/network/Regional-Approach-Urged-to-Ensuring-Adequate-Broadband-Capacity.html

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How about the half who's never heard of George Soros?

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Can Social Media Save Democracy?

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Kudos on a great website.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 Reasons to be glad you are a Dallas Cowboys fan

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I'm not willing to set the bar that low.  

As a Cowboy fan for almost fifty years, I can recall the days from the mid-60s through the mid-80s that we were contenders every year.  EVERY FRIGGIN YEAR!  We didn't hope and pray things would fall just right so we could sneak our way into the playoffs, WE EARNED OUR WAY IN!  Nothing less than that will do now.  I'm tired of hoping and praying.  I want that smug confidence of KNOWING we'll in the playoffs!

Why should Cowboy fans settle for anything less?

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 Reasons to be glad you are a Dallas Cowboys fan

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Actually Roger led the Cowboys to four Super Bowls, not five.  

Craig Morton was the QB of the Cowboys during the 1970 season, when he led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl, SB V, which they lost to the Colts in the "Blunder Bowl".  I'm not downplaying Roger's accomplishments or importance to the team.  I'm just setting the record straight.

Leading the Cowboys to four Super Bowls is not bad, but let's not get carried away.

1 year, 2 months ago on Landry, Staubach, Smith, Aikman: FInal Four in Greatest Dallas Cowboy of All-Time Poll – #Cowboys

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@LouPickney Lou "Top Ten NFL WAGs" is neither breaking news nor analysis.  Even a casual review of B/R reveals that its content leans heavily toward mindless lists rather than legitimate analysis.

1 year, 7 months ago on How I respond to the haters

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@bgoldberg If you define "success" as giving readers what they want, then I guess by that measure B/R is probably a success.  

Kids would rather eat candy than vegetables -- but giving your kids candy all the time doesn't make you a successful parent.  

I view B/R's Top Ten lists as little more than the sports journalism equivalent of cotton candy.

1 year, 7 months ago on How I respond to the haters

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@bgoldberg I don't hate your success, but I absolutely detest B/R.  All the Top Ten lists in the world won't change what it is, which is a junk site.  Lots of opinion and faux "analysis" but simply devoid of original journalism.

1 year, 7 months ago on How I respond to the haters

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Interesting article and I know it was not meant to be all-inclusive, but I don't see how you can call Duane the "first" misfit. 

 

A year or so before Duane, Lance Rentzel had to be traded to the Rams because he exposed himself to a young girl.  Pete Gent never got in trouble with the law as far as I know, but if you believe his autobiographical "North Dallas Forty", Tex and Tom certainly considered him a misfit. 

 

And while they aren't "misfits" as that term is commonly understood, Pettis Norman & Mel Renfro filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in the mid to late 60s that made the Cowboys very uncomfortable.

2 years, 3 months ago on The Misfits Of The Dallas Cowboys: From The Early Days To Dez

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Jeff: great article about one of my favorite Cowboys.  Like yourself, I consider myself a "True Blue" fan but I try not to beat other fans over the head about it (not saying that you did). 

 

In fact, even "True Blue" fans can be wrong sometimes.  As an example, the Cowboys didn't obtain LeBaron in the expansion draft. The Cowboys three picks from the Redskins were Tom Braatz, Joe Nicely and Doyle Nix (Braatz was the only one of the three who made the 1960 final roster).

 

In fact, LeBaron had retired from the Redskins to become a lawyer in Texas.  When the Cowboys made him an offer, he came out of retirement.  But the Redskins still held his rights, and so to compensate the 'Skins for LeBaron we had to give them our 1st and 6th round choices in the 1961 draft (we took Lilly with a draft pick we got from Cleveland in exchange for our 1962 first round pick). 

 

It's also worth mentioning that LeBaron was a decorated Korean War veteran.  He was drafted by the Redskins in 1950 but he spent 1950-51 with the Marines in Korea before joining the 'Skins.  Regarding his height, the 1960 Cowboys media guide lists him at 5' 7".

 

So go easy on fans who may not know as much Cowboys history as yourself -- you never know who may be reading!  ;)

2 years, 3 months ago on Eddie LeBaron, the original Cowboys QB #1

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I'll believe it when I see it.

2 years, 5 months ago on How the USFL Could Affect the Dallas Cowboys

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Going 6-10 and 8-8 the last two years -- what is there for opponents to hate about this team?  The Cowboys have done nothing to deserve the incessant woofing coming from my fellow Cowboy fans.  So I absolutely stand by my comment that opponent fans hate because of the Cowboys' insufferable fans. 

2 years, 6 months ago on "What Did The Dallas Cowboys Ever Do To You?"

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 @CowgirlCas22 you are correct regarding the publicity.  The problem is, the Cowboys haven't done anything in the last 17 years to deserve all that publicity, yet Cowboy fans continue to act like we are the cock-of-the-walk.

2 years, 6 months ago on "What Did The Dallas Cowboys Ever Do To You?"

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I've been a Cowboy fan almost fifty years.  I followed them when nobody cared about them, through the glory years under Landry & Johnson, and through the not-so-great years.  

 

The reason fans of other teams hate the Cowboys has more to do with the arrogance of Cowboy fans than almost anything else.  Sure, the whole "America's Team" thing got people worked up in the 80s, but now that's almost irrelevant, just as the Cowboys have been.  But you'd never guess that from reading the woofing posted by Cowboy fans in forums all over the web.  Cowboy fans think we're gonna win the Super Bowl EVERY year.  It's ridiculous.  I understand supporting your team -- I supported them when they were 1-15 and through three straight 5-11 campaigns.  

 

The truth is this team is barely average but you'd never get Cowboy fans to agree to that.  I think that kind of attitude is what makes other teams' fans hate us so much.

2 years, 6 months ago on "What Did The Dallas Cowboys Ever Do To You?"

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Whether its depth or the secondary, those are merely symptoms of the real problem which is that our GM has no clue what he's doing. Most people get better at their jobs over time, but not Jerry. The same GM who assembled a three-time champion in his first seven years, can't assemble enough talent to win more than two playoff games in the last 15 years? THAT my friend is the REAL problem.

2 years, 8 months ago on The Dallas Cowboys Most Crushing Problem isn't the Secondary- It's Depth.

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@dconti23 OK suppose Jerry blows up this team. Do you honestly think Jerry has the ability as a GM to assemble an even better one? I don't -- so what is accomplished by blowing this team up?

Jerry isn't the GM to fix our problems -- heck, he created this mess. So even if he gets rid of the core, who's gonna be in charge of rebuilding it?

2 years, 9 months ago on Contemplating the End of The Parcells Core

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It's too early for me to judge Garrett's drafting ability, but Jerry hasn't shown me anything in the last 15 years that gives me any comfort that he would know what to do with a bunch of extra picks. He's terrible with the picks he has, what makes anyone think he'll do any better with even more picks?

I'm not arguing against a trade, maybe blowing up the team is the thing to do, I don't know. What I do know is Jerry's performance as a GM over the last 15 years has been nothing short of inept and pathetic. The only reason he still holds the job is because he's also the owner.

2 years, 9 months ago on Contemplating the End of The Parcells Core

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@jonathanbarger: nice fairy tale but that dog won't hunt. If the kicking team wants to call a timeout to allow the FG unit to properly setup, you do so BEFORE they line up, NOT microseconds before the snap -- that's what the OTHER team does. Get the difference?

I don't care how you try to rationalize the decision, it was a boneheaded move, plain and simple. A coach should put his team in the best position to win. And the fact is, DESPITE all the mistakes you mention, we WOULD have won the game BUT FOR one boneheaded coaching decision.

2 years, 10 months ago on Lets Cool Our Tongues Dallas Cowboy Fans - The 'IceGate' Edition

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@Dboyz62 Think again. If you give Jerry credit for those three Lombardis, then you gotta give Jerry the blame for this team's mediocrity over the last 15 years.

If Jerry the owner had hired a separate GM who was this bad, do you honestly believe that GM would still be around? Jerry changes coaches faster than Landry changed hats -- you better believe Jerry-the-owner would've fired any other GM LONG before now. Jerry sux as a GM plain and simple. His ego won't ever allow him to step down so he places blame on the coaches, players, everybody but himself.

In fact, he's changed coaches, players and everybody but himself over the last 15 years and we still don't have a Lombardi to show for it. The one constant in all that time is JERRY. So you tell me where the problem is?

2 years, 11 months ago on Fox Sports Video: "Jerry Jones Should Fire Jerry Jones!"

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