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Confident Cowboys a Plenty

At first he may be afraid; he may be petrified (sing it Gloria Gaynor fans).

Unrecognized is one thing that Jimmy Johnson will not be when he appears as a contestant on the 21st season of Survivor. Confident (and careful) he’ll have to be to make it past the first tribal council.

Johnson rose to fame back in the 1990s as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys after taking over for the only coach the Cowboys had ever had, Tom Landry. He would go on to revitalize the floundering franchise winning two Super Bowls before parting ways with the team.

Many of his former players have found time to get involved in popular television shows once their playing days were over. Two of Johnson’s ‘triplets’ have been on Dancing with the Stars (Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith); Smith even won the show when he was on in 2006.

Johnson will be the second former Cowboy to be on the popular reality television series. Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Gary Hogeboom appeared on Survivor: Guatemala in 2005.

He’s a little nuts for pitching  a male enhancement product. I do have to give the old man credit for putting himself out there—way out there— on Survivor. I got to give some love to the most cocky, confident kicker on earth. I’m talking about a kicker, Dave Buehler.

Buehler is a rarity among kickers in that he is one bad man, in better shape than most athletes on the field. To prove that he challenged cornerback DeAngelo Smith to a foot race and won. He went onto to say that he thinks he could be wide receiver Patrick Crayton or may be even Tashard Choice.

This guy even thinks he is as strong as some of the team’s biggest. In a recent report he said that he and defensive end Igor Olshansky were working out; Igor bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times and just to be a pest he did 23.

Dallas has not had much luck with kickers recently. Nick Folk couldn’t get it done and was cut in 2009; signing Shaun Suisham was a surprise after that. His not getting signed at the end of the season was not.

Bueheler was the team’s kick off specialist; he has not yet tried to kick a field goal in a regular season game. At 6’2” and 227 pounds this guy is no small man and he knows it. He’s big; he’s bad’ and he knows it.

With the confidence that this guy has, Dallas would not have to worry about this guy getting rattled. So far he is the Cowboys only kicker on the roster. At least they know this guy will not get rattled! Just a thought…

Beer: Dave from the good people at the Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland,OR- in honor of strongman kicker Dave Buehler I bring you Dave, an English barleywine with one heck of a kick—29%ABV.

Sadly, you may have a hard time finding this one since they only made one batch and that was some time ago. To create a brew with such strength they basically just took 300 gallons of Adam, another of their stellar beers, and froze it three different times till there was just 100 gallons left. If you are able to find it be ready to pay a pretty penny for it, but then be pleasantly surprised by the taste. With such a strong kick to it there is an unmistakable alcohol scent and taste to go with a sweet taste that will remind you of brown sugar or chocolate. Drink this on a cold night and it will definitely warm you up!

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Cleveland Fans Rock!

With fans like this who needs LeBron James.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has not had a good week. He’s seen his franchise player leave town, been accused of having a slave owner’s mentality, and been hit with a $100,000 fine. It’s enough to make a normal man crack.

What he does have though is the support of the city his basketball team represents.

Since his comments and letter criticizing his former star for leaving town the owner has received an impressive amount of support in the form of thousands of emails and phone calls. Some have even offered to help pay the fine that NBA commissioner David Stern recently imposed.

Gilbert has had this to say in response to the response he has had from the Cavalier faithful:

“The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back.” (ESPN)

I can’t say that I blame the owner of the Cavs and the fans in Cleveland at all. As a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan I was more than just mad when Tom Landry was fired by Jerry Jones; I was very upset when Hershel Walker was traded shortly after Jimmy Johnson took over. When Emmitt Smith became a Cardinal I thought that everything was wrong with the football world.

In time I began to realize something that is a painful but all too relevant truth about professional sports—there a business. The bad thing about business is that when push comes to shove the all mighty green dollar will win out in the end. It’s the responsibility of guys like Gilbert and Jones to field the best team they possibly can for as long as they can. At the same time it is the responsibility of guys like James, Smith, and every other veteran player traded before they retired to play as long as the market allows them to.

Fans like you and me sit on our couches and buy tickets to games so that we can watch these guys. We grow attached to these guys. We begin to associate with these guys that take up one day a week every fall for about five months. When they leave we get upset.

It’s all understandable. We should get upset, but at the same time we have to realize that this game (whatever it is) is a business to the owners and guys that play the game. For us it’s fun; for them its work. Just like you and I would quit out jobs for a hefty raise we should not expect them to do any different.

Personally, I’m a Rocket fan so I could really care less what LeBron, Dan Gilbert, or what anyone else does, but I do love the dedication the Cav fans have. I understand and appreciate their pain, but in the end the game must go on.

Beer: Blonde Bombshell from the Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland, OH- in honor of a friend of mine, one of the recently rejected Cavalier fans (who happens to be a blonde bombshell herself) I figured it was only appropriate to review this beer.

After a few of these, the 6.2%ABV might help dull the pain from the kick in the gut that LeBron gave Cav fans; with such an easy, drinkable taste it will not be hard to get a few down quick. Those imps at the brewery in Cleveland concocted a good mix of malts and hops  to give this beer a well-balanced character. I’m not 100% positive, but I think I tasted a hint of a nutty, banana finish to it as well.

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