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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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Kids Do the Darndest Things

Bill Cosby could have a field day with some of the numbskulls that are currently in or spurning the NFL.

Getting drafted is great; heck, just the phone call inviting a guy out to camp would be enough for most guys. It would mean that you still had a fighting chance to continue living the dream. However, for one guy, the phone call just was not good enough. Scott Sicko not only got the call from one team, but from multiple, and he decided to turn them all down.

“If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL,” Sicko said in an interview with the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union newspaper. “I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education.”(Yahoo)

Scott Sicko (AP Photo/Josh Gibney)

What makes the decisions a bit perplexing is that he had a pretty good chance to make it in the NFL. Rated #402 on Fox Sports draft tracker, it would have been surprising to see him get drafted, but he should have been expecting numerous phone calls like he got.
Every year there are hundreds of quality players that go undrafted; teams only have so many picks, yet they are wide open as to how many they wish to invite to camp. What Sicko, who is from the football powerhouse of New Hampshire, is failing to realize is that just because a team does not draft you does not mean they do not value you. In fact, getting drafted does not mean your chances of making the final cut are any better than undrafted players.

What will really make many players sick about Sicko is the opportunity that he turned down. Two Super Bowl contenders showed interest in the tight end, Dallas and the Jets. His agent had even agreed to a deal with the Cowboys, but Sicko has declined it.
Sicko must have something up his sleeve or be in for a rude awakening later in life when he realizes what a huge mistake he made. However, there is another which rival his intelligence level.

LeGarrette Blount should be ecstatic to be on any NFL roster let alone have the audacity to spurn one for another. Yet somehow this guy was able to do just that.

This is a guy who has been nothing but a trouble making piece of work for a good chunk of his relevant football life. A quality player in junior college, he constantly butted heads with his head coach, Mike Belloti, at Oregon, to the point where he was suspended indefinitely at the end of the season. Had Belloti’s tenure not ended he may have never gotten another chance. New coach Chip Kelly came in and must have figured what the heck.

Boy was he ever proven wrong. In case you’re the rare football fan that never watches SportsCenter , in the first game of the 2009 season, a loss to Boise State, he punched a Boise State player after the game. He went onto punch one of his teammates in the head (who was trying to help him) and had to be physically restrained from going after fans. He deserved a suspension for the rest of the season like he received (if only the team had followed through)

This guy has already proven that he is not that bright, and going to a Tennessee team looking to start a third year player in Chris Johnson, who is arguably also the best running back in the NFL, proves that fact even more. At least with the 49ers, the team that he had agreed to sign with, Blount would have a better chance of playing. Frank Gore is not old, but he is not exactly a spring chicken these days either; Glenn Coffee did not exactly blow people away either.

Instead, he proves how immature and unreliable he is by flipping from a team he could have played for to one he will likely never see the field for. Nice move.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Kids really do the darndest things after all.

Beer: Maybe Blount’s problem in Oregon was the fact that he had too much of the good stuff from the Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, Oregon; maybe he even wished that Doggie Claws were Blount’s Blades or something. Anyway…too much of this barley wine could make any man a little crazy (at 11.5%ABV). A nice combination of malts and hops make this strong brew surprisingly tasty and easy to drink.

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