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Weird but True Cowboys Stories: a Big Romo Fan Could Get Death Penalty and More

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) catches an exercise ball during drills before the Blue-White Scrimmage at training camp in Oxnard, California, Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Cowboys are always in the news.

When you’re always in the news, there’s going to be a wide range of stories. Some will be uplifting, some troubling, some light-hearted and some, well, they’re just weird.

Here’s a sampling of some of the stranger stories involving the Cowboys in the past few months.

homas Randolph, wearing a Tony Romo jersey, leaves the courtroom after appearing in his death penalty phase trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday, June 30, 2017. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/@bizutesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo always had his supporters, even in the midst of Dak-mania in 2016.

As Exhibit A, we offer Thomas Randolph, a 62-year-old from Las Vegas who has been convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his sixth wife and then killing the hitman.

Randolph wore an XXXL Tony Romo jersey to court for his sentencing hearing, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Randolph faces punishment ranging from 20 years in prison to the death penalty.

And this wasn’t Randolph’s first time on trial in the death of one of his wives. According to the Review-Journal, he was acquitted in a 1986 murder case but pleaded to tampering with a witness for conspiring with a cellmate to kill the prosecution’s star witness.

1986, hmmm. Three quarterbacks started games for the Cowboys that season: Steve Pelluer started nine, Danny White started six and Reggie Collier started one. No information is available as to whether Randolph wore Pelluer’s No. 16, White’s No. 11 or Collier’s No. 10 for his trial appearances in ’86.

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Overall, everything went smoothly for the Cowboys on the first night of the 2017 NFL draft. Dallas sat back with the 28th overall pick and selected Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton when he fell to them.

Before making the selection, however, the Cowboys had to change the number of their war room phone line after it was compromised.

“Somebody got their hands on [it],” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “They got it off social media.”

The fix was simple. The Cowboys pulled the old number and switched the phone line to another number so they were back up and running quickly without any interference.

There’s nothing unusual about Stephen A. Smith’s bashing of the Cowboys or their fans on ESPN’s First Take. He’s been doing it for years. It’s just his annoying schtick. Take it as you should take Stephen A., with a more than a few grains of salt and a pain reliever.

But Smith — even though he was joking — took his anti-Cowboys message to a new level on this episode, which aired the morning before Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Smith asked a police officer to join him on camera, then pointed to two Cowboys fans sitting in the front row of the audience, one sporting a Dak Prescott throwback jersey.

“If they are disrespectful in any way, I want them removed,” Smith said. “They’re [Cowboys fans] are like cockroaches A nuclear bomb could drop and some how, some way, they’d find a way to contaminate the proceedings.”

Whatever, dude!

On a scale of 1 to @88DrewPearson how fired up are you for football to be back in 132 days? #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/ZAnC7yNQ77

— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 1, 2017

This one came totally out of the blue on the second night of the NFL draft … or should we say totally out of the silver and blue.

Former Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver Drew Pearson stood at the podium to announce the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick and essentially spiked a football in the face of the city of Philadelphia, which hosted the 2017 draft.

Pearson: “How ’bout them Cowboys?”

The crowd: “Booooooo!

Pearson: “Thank you Eagle fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you.”

Pearson: “I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick and on behalf of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, Jason Garrett, all the Cowboys players that played before me and played with me and played after me. With the 60th pick in the second round, the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado Chidobe Awuzie.”

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen: “That is an all-time great pick announcement. I am standing and applauding. Drew Pearson soaking in the hate and spitting it back.”

As you probably know, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with Pope Francis recently on a visit to Vatican City. There’s no truth to the rumor (which we’re starting) that Jerry was trying to sell the Pope on the idea of an NFL team in the Vatican City.

The folks at WBAP-AM 820 took note of Jerry’s visit, even writing a song (sung to the tune of Dionne Warwick’s I Say A Little Prayer).

Here’s some of the lyrics from WBAP’s parody, which was posted on the station’s Facebook page.

Every morning when he wakes up,

He checks his collar for makeup,

And says a little prayer for Dez.

Sipping some Jack now,

Or watching his Razorbacks play now,

He says a little prayer for Dez.

He met with the pope, yeah.

They’re full of pizza and hope, yeah.

They say a little prayer for Lee.

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Oh, those NFC East rivalries.

Take the case of 32-year-old Brittan Holland, a Cowboys fan who was arrested and charged following a bar fight with a Philadelphia Eagles fan in New Jersey.

In a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Holland claims that the state’s current bail reform laws are illegal. Following his arrest, Holland was ordered to be released on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor. The suit claims that Holland was denied the option of bail, to which he should have been legally entitled.

A preliminary injunction motion has been filed, with the court being asked to hear the matter by July 17.

In an interview with Pro Football Hall of Fame Radio on SiriusXM, Jerry Jones talked about the time the Cowboys bus took on the ESPN bus in a race.

“We were in San Antonio and we had a drag-strip race,” Jones said. “I’ve forgotten who finished first — we’ll call it a tie. But I thought about how that transmission joint was going to look like laying out there on that parking lot.”

Must not have been any wagers on that race or Jerry would certainly remember who won.

Cowboys rookie receiver Ryan Switzer has a tattoo of the word “Believe”. What’s weird about that, you ask? It’s tattooed across the inside of his lower lip.

Switzer quickly tired of talking about his ink when he met with reporters for the first time after being drafted in the fourth round out of North Carolina.

“I’ve got a tattoo on my lip. There are worse things in the world, trust me,” Switzer said. “There are guys who have tattoos on their face and their neck. I think that’s a little bit more fearless than lip.”

“We’re really talking about my tattoo right now,” he said with a smile before responding about the pain level. “I don’t know. It doesn’t compare to getting hit across the middle, I’ll tell you that.”

Switzer originally got the lip tattoo while in high school so his mom wouldn’t see. He said she’s still not a huge fan, but “she has kind of grown into it.”

Cowboys sixth-round pick Marquez White can relate.

“That’s kind of how this Nike sign ended up on the back of my [left] leg,” he said Saturday. “I was trying to hide it from my mom, too. I was like 13 or 14.”

So, the question for Switzer and White is … if you have to hide the tattoo, why get the tattoo?

That’s weird.

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The State Of Texas

Taking A Look At The State Of Texas

The largest state in the continental United States, and the second largest in the U.S. behind only Alaska, the old saying that “Everything is bigger in Texas!” is one that really captures the confidence, the heart, and the swagger that the Texan identity provides many of the state’s proud residents. Texas is also the second largest state by population, with only California acting as home to more people. There’s a lot of interesting culture and cities throughout the Lone Star state, and Texas is also unique as being only one of two U.S. states that was once its own independent nation state, as well.

If you are going to be driving across Texas you’ll realize not only is there a whole lot of territory to cover by car, but much of the western part of state is desert that stretches on and on. There is plenty of rough ranch land, and there’s a reason this is a state known for its cattle, as well. When you hit the central to eastern part of the state you will run into a large number of great large cities that have a little bit of everything (including plenty of Texas barbecue joints), plenty of college and professional sports, and rolling hills and remarkable areas of nature that any outdoorsman can truly enjoy.

Add in unique cities like Austin, the state capital which is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World as well as the hosting city of the famous South by Southwest annual festival and it’s not hard at all to find a little bit of everything. You even have one of the better beaches and spring break destinations in the United States down on South Padre Island.

Texas is a state with a bit of everything and we’d expect nothing else from a place as big and bad as the Lone Star State.

You Gotta Believe! ‘Improbable’ Aggies Not Satisfied as Texas A&M Preps for Cws Favorite Louisville

Sam Craft/AP Texas A&M catcher Cole Bedford, center right, hugs teammate Hunter Coleman (10) after defeating Davidson in an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game Saturday, June 10, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

When this season began, Texas A&M baseball coach Rob Childress probably didn’t expect to be sitting in Omaha in the middle of June, talking to reporters a few days before the College World Series.

After all, the Aggies were coming off their second loss to TCU in the super regionals in as many years and lost 16 players from that 2016 team, with 12 of those headed to the minor leagues.

And yet, Childress was seated at a table Friday with three other coaches he could face this week, talking about his team’s improbable journey. For the first time since 2011 and only the second time since 1999, the Aggies are one of the last eight teams remaining in the NCAA postseason.

But just because the Aggies have somehow made it to Omaha doesn’t mean they’re satisfied.

“We’re going to be going to win a national championship,” A&M senior outfielder Nick Choruby said before the team’s super regional series win over Davidson last week. “We’re not just going to be happy to be going.”

Sunday’s matchup between the Aggies (41-21) and No. 7 Louisville (52-10) is one that features two teams with opposite expectations. According to the Las Vegas’ Bovada Casino, Texas A&M has the worst odds of winning the national championship. The Cardinals have the best chances of holding the trophy at TD Ameritrade Park.

Louisville also happens to have junior Brendan McKay. McKay, who will start opposite A&M’s Corbin Martin, is the nation’s best two-way player and was drafted fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in this week’s MLB amateur draft.

Louisville coach Dan McDowell said the left-handed pitcher with a 2.34 ERA and a team-high .464 on-base percentage has been level-headed and humble despite all the accolades that show he’s one of the best players in college baseball. McDowell said McKay helped ease Louisville’s transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“We needed a superstar player like Brendan along with all the kids we’ve had around him to elevate each other and allow us to compete in a great baseball league,” McDowell told reporters Friday.

While Louisville was on its way to being the ACC’s best team during the regular season, A&M was trying to fight its way into NCAA contention. The Aggies’ low points included a 17-3 loss to Vanderbilt and a loss to Missouri in the first round of the SEC tournament.

Yet, the Aggies managed to squeeze into the NCAA tournament and somehow found themselves hosting Davidson, the only No. 4 regional seed to advance to the super regionals.

“The guys believed an awful lot,” Childress told those gathered in Omaha on Friday. “We found a way to get into the NCAAs and certainly made a lot of breaks along the way to get here.”

That belief, along with some good defense and decent pitching, helped propel A&M into an unlikely postseason fate.

Before Childress traded his gray A&M polo into a maroon shirt for team picture day at the front of TD Ameritrade, he said he’d give his players the same tips he’d give someone before their wedding day.

“Remember every hand you shake and every hug you get,” Childress said. “Don’t look up and go, ‘What just happened today?’ But at the same time, you need to make sure you keep your head down when it’s time to prepare in practices and when the games occur.”

Texas A&M (41-21) will play the No. 7 national seed Louisville (52-10) in the afternoon game at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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Texas Connects Us: The Final Four of Chess

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The UT Dallas Chess team is off to the final four for the 15th time in 17 years. Today the school held a pep rally, with cheerleaders and all.

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